Saturday, July 2, 2016

Canadian Records Update for June-July 2016

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The end of June and the beginning of July have brought welcomed news about new record sets and databases for Canadian family history.

New databases released by include:

"Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Honeymoon and Visitor Registers, 1949-2011." This new database is fantastic for those researching post World War II ancestors and relatives.

Niagara Falls, Ontario is the Honeymoon Capital of the world. Thousands of newlyweds and tourists visit the city every year from South America, Europe, Asia and Australia as well as North America. Many sign their names in the register books at the Niagara Falls Tourism Office. It's these register books that are now available.

It's worthwhile taking a few minutes to enter a surname or two into the database search engine. You might be surprised at what turns up. What's so terrific about these registers is the information requested, and recorded in your ancestor's or relative's actual handwriting. Information included date of visit, name, current address, and place and date of marriage.It's important to know most women in these registers are only known as "Mrs." Try searching with the man's name to get better results. As you move closer in time, women's first names are recorded along with their husband's names.

"Canada, Photographic Albums of Settlement, 1892-1917" is a browsable database of photo albums containing photographs primarily taken by photographers John Woodruff and Horatio N. Topley, who were employed by the Canadian Department of the Interior. These photos will add to your understanding of your migrant and/or immigrant ancestors, especially those who settled in the Prairie Provinces. Although not searchable by name,each photo album contains a table of contents with brief descriptions of the photos.

"Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada, Homestead Grant Registers, 1872-1930" is the searchable database of registers of homesteaders who applied to the Dominion Lands Office for land grants in the Prairie Provinces. You can search by name, date, homestead number and homestead coordinates.

Two updated databases include Biographical Dictionary of Jewry, 1897-1909, and Biographical Dictionary of Jewry, 1909-1914. These are great resources for researching early Canadian Jewish families.

Find My Past is expanding its record sets by including Canadian databases! The first offering is Canada Census 1911. Those of us having Canadian ancestors originally from the UK will appreciate the ease of researching all in one place. I anticipate more Canadian offerings will be released from Find My Past in the months to come.

© Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2016. All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Updated Ontario Marriages and Deaths at, in partnership with Archives of Ontario, has announced the release of updates to two of its Ontario vital statistic databases.

The official announcement was released on the Archives of Ontario website

Ontario, Deaths, 1869-1938, 1943, and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947
The death registrations for 1943 have been added, and 1944 will be added later this year. However, you'll notice years 1939 through 1942 have yet to be released on 

Ontario, Marriages, 1801-1928, 1933-1934
The years 1933-1934 have been added. However, years 1929 through 1932 are missing.

Of course, the marriage record for my grandparents is 1931 and currently unavailable online.
I telephoned Archives of Ontario and spoke with an archivist. I was told the release of these missing years is dependent on copyright and reaching an agreement with the organizations involved. I was then asked to email the Archives of Ontario in order to get an official response to my enquiry. I have done just that. Although I'm eagerly awaiting a response, it could be up fifteen working days before I hear back from the Archives.

© Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2016. All Rights Reserved

Monday, May 23, 2016



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