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.

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Monday, May 23, 2016



  • From 23rd May until 30th May 2016 all records hinted against in Findmypast trees will be completely free
  • This includes over 116 million United States Marriages and over 10 million Irish Catholic parish registers
  • Findmypast challenges you to find at least one new ancestor through an FMP family tree
  • Family historians will be supported with expert insights, help videos, how to guides and a dedicated “tree building” webinar at 11am EST on Wednesday 25th May.

London, UK. 23 May, 2016.
Is your family history leaving you stumped? Findmypast is here to help with their “Tree Challenge”, a seven day event to encourage people to branch out and discover ancestors they’ve never met. From 9am, 23rd May until 12pm 30th May 2016, all hints on Findmypast Family trees will be completely free to view and explore.
Findmypast is challenging family historians around the world to discover at least one new ancestor by building their family tree on the site, or uploading an existing GedCom file. Researchers will be provided with daily getting started guides, expert insights, useful how to videos and a special webinar hosted by expert genealogist, Debra Chatfield, dedicated to helping you get the most out of your Findmypast family tree.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Canadian FamilySearch Collections May 2016

FamilySearch has released two new collections for Canadian researchers:

New Brunswick, Saint John, Saint John, Burial Permits, 1889-1919 The collection has not been indexed by name, but images are browsable by year range.

Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869 The collection has not been indexed by name, but images are browsable by county.

Those with cross-border family history may be interested in these new Michigan databases:
Michigan Church Marriages, 1865-1931 This is an index only.

Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940 This collection contains both index and images. However, there are quite few counties not included.

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