July 2010

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I read recently in Practical Family History Magazine that the Scottish government is planning to release the 1911 Scottish census on 4 April 2011. The census images will be available on the ScotlandsPeople website.

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It has recently been announced that there will be new additions to the wills and testaments at ScotlandsPeople. The years 1902-1925 are to be released later this year.

They have also released the Catholic Parish Registers for births and baptisms for 1703 to 1908. The website suggests you read about the Catholic Parish Registers before using the database.

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Did you enjoy watching Who Do You Think You Are this spring? If you liked the celebrity family histories but wished you could see family histories of ordinary people then The Generations Project is for you.

This is a project that follows ordinary people on their search for their family’s history. The episodes can be viewed online and are between fifty and sixty minutes long. They cover many different areas of research. The main idea is the story behind the search for your family history.

Why not check it out at The Generations Project.

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The last topic is School Records. Since this is usually taken care of by the provincial and territorial governments there are few records at Library Archives Canada. You will find some information for Aboriginal records and Quebec, Lower Canada and Canada East: Civil Secretary, records relating to education at Library Archives Canada.

This is the last of the Most Requested Records section to be found at the Canadian Genealogy Centre. You will find other sections entitled How to Begin, What You Can Do, and Learning Resources.

Visit the Canadian Genealogy Centre and spend an afternoon exploring the online resources they offer.

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Other Topics covers a wide range of alternative records. The first is Criminal Records. They provide a long list of records that are available at Library Archives Canada.

You will find records for:

Lower Canada and Canada East: Civil Secretary Gaol calendars and prison returns;
Quebec, Lower Canada and Canada: Provincial Secretary and Registrar;
Quebec, Lower Canada and Canada East: Civil Secretary Court Records;
Lower Canada and Canada East: Police Records;
Upper Canada and Canada West: Civil and Provincial Secretaries;
Registrar General: Warrants and Pardons;
North West Mounted Police records;
Capital Case Files for people convicted of murder;
Inmate Case Files for federal penitentiaries;
Operational Records of the Penitentiary Branch, 1834-1962;
Kingston Penitentiary, Kingston, Ontario which include: Prisoners’ Record Book 1843-1890; Warden’s Letterbook, 1848-1856; Kingston Penitentiary liberation and punishment books 1834-1974;
Stony Mountain Penitentiary, Stony Mountain, Manitoba which includes Stony Mountain, Inmate Admittance Registers, 1871-1921;
and other penitentiary records.

There is a list of provincial archives and court locations for research in each province and territory. You will also find a description of what is available in Quebec for the very early administration justice records.

To get a complete description of what is available visit the Canadian Genealogy Centre.

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Heraldry, Names, Notarial Records and Orphanages are the next subjects under Other Topics.

Heraldry and Names provide descriptions and advice as well as helpful links and bibliographies.

Notarial Records exist only for the province of Quebec. These were private agreements written by notaries for such things as marriage contracts; inventories; leases; engagements; obligations; wills; and sales.

The website gives a good description of what is available and where to go when you are searching different time periods. The information and archival location changes for the different time periods.

Orphanages also has a good description of what you can expect to find. They list what is available at Library Archives Canada. You can find information on:

Protestant Orphans’ Home -Orphans’ Home of Ottawa;
Weredale House – The Boys’ Home of Montreal;
Summerhill Homes – the Montreal Protestant Orphan Asylum;
Industrial Removal Office which was for the Hebrew Orphans Home in Toronto;
and Juvenile Inspection Reports which mostly relate to Home Children.

There are links to online sources as well as other institutions.

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We now look at the Published Sources section of the Canadian Genealogy Centre. The first subject is Newspapers. They break them down into daily, ethnic, Native and student newspapers.

The Canadian Genealogy Centre explains what you may find in newspapers and provide several useful links to online sources. They also have a link to what they call Newspapers List. This is a whole section on what newspapers are available at Library and Archives Canada. The introduction gives a brief explanation and then you can use the links on the left side to go to other options such as microform holdings. Here you will get a brief description on how to search the records. You then choose the link Geographical List and this takes you to a list of the provinces and territories. Click on the one of your choice and this provides a list of the newspapers available for your area of interest. The list is alphabetical by geographic location and provides the dates and microform type available. You also get the call number so you can order the newspaper.

The Indexes to Canadian Newspapers provides a series of online and other sources to find indexes to Canadian newspapers. The topics include general, geographical, source title and newspaper title.

You can also check lists for Canadian newspapers currently received, Aboriginal newspapers, Canadian Ethnic newspapers currently received, International newspapers currently received and news online.

City Directories is the next topic. You get a description of what you may find in city directories and why they are useful to the genealogist. The earliest directory in Quebec City is 1791; Montreal is 1819; and Toronto is 1832. They provide research tips and a few digital images to show you what to expect.

Local Histories and Family Histories are the next two topics. They are very similar in what is offered. They both have a short description of what you will find and a link to a Bibliography List. When you use the link it takes you to a long list of bibliography subjects. When you chose Local or Family Histories you get a concise list of books.

Official Publications is the last option in Published Sources. LAC talks about the Canada Gazette, the Statutes of Canada and Sessional Papers and what might be found in them. There is also a link to AMICUS the online catalogue for LAC.

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You can now order birth, marriage and death certificates from Ireland online. These are only the records that can be ordered online not all the available civil registration records. There are a few catches to the process.

Birth Certificates

You can get a certificate for a birth from January 1864 to December 1921 in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and from January 1922 in the Republic of Ireland.

The mandatory information to apply for a birth certificate is: first and last name of the child and mother’s first and maiden name.

Other information that is asked for but not mandatory are: date of birth which you can fill in completely or tick a small box that says it is an approximation; gender and father’s first and last name.

Requiring the maiden name of the mother to get a birth certificate is going to be restrictive for the majority of genealogists.

Marriage Certificates

You can get a marriage certificate that was registered in the Republic of Ireland from 1922 to the present. But you can only get marriages registered in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from January 1920 to December 1921.

The mandatory information to apply for a marriage certificate is: first and last name of both the husband and wife and place of marriage. The place of marriage could be a church, village, town or registration district.

As when applying for a birth certificate you can add a date of marriage but tick the box to say it is an approximation.

Death Certificates

You can get a death certificate registered in the Republic of Ireland from 1924 to the present.

Mandatory information to acquire a death certificate is: first and last name of deceased and place of death.

Other information that is asked for but not required is: former residence of the deceased; age of the deceased and the date of death, where again they allow for an approximation.

You can also apply for Still-birth and Adoption certificates. Acceptance of the Terms & Conditions is a requirement for all orders.

The cost of the certificates is more expensive than requesting them by mail. Each certificate and each additional certificate of the same event costs €8.00. There is a search fee of €2.00 and postage which is €1.00 within Ireland and €2.00 to the rest of the world. So when ordering from Canada this would add up to €12.00 and with the current rate of exchange would equal about $15.75 Canadian.

You can pay for this online with a MasterCard, Visa or Laser credit card through their secure site.

If you have problems then you will have to contact the General Register Office by telephone.

The General Register Office says that the order will be shipped in five working days.

There is a Question and Answer section which can be helpful. Reading the Terms and Conditions also provides some more information.

It is a shame that they decided to severely restrict the years available for marriage and death certificates as well as making the mother’s maiden name mandatory for a birth certificate and both spouses’ names mandatory for marriage certificates. This makes it difficult for the average genealogist as they do not always know the mother’s maiden name for a birth or a spouse’s name for a marriage.

Remember that you can still check the Irish Civil Registration Indexes for births (1864-1958), marriages (non Catholic marriages from 1845, all marriages 1864-1958) and deaths (1864-1958) at Family Search.

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You can now order your Family History Library films online and have them delivered to your Family History Centre of choice. This will make it much easier for a lot of people. You can also renew your films through this service.

The fee is more expensive than ordering it through my local Family History Centre. I would pay about $6.75 and they are charging $11.57. A consideration is the time and cost of gas for get me to the Centre to order a film. The drive one way is 40 minutes depending on traffic.

You can change the currency value before continuing with your order. It was $12.00 US and $11.57 CAD to order one film. You pay for your films with Mastercard or Visa.

Sign up today for free at:

https://film.familysearch.org/

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