Hot answers tagged

9

To answer this question, it helps to understand some Canadian history, especially basic facts about Canada's creation. A good overview can be found in Yvonne Sorensen's webinar Using Canadian Census Records, which was presented by FamilySearch's US/Canada team on 28 May 2015. A timeline: 1763 -- the area known as New France was turned over to Great ...


7

I suggest you obtain a copy of Winifred's birth certificate. It can be ordered from the GRO website. In the New GRO index, here is her entry: As you can see, the Mother's maiden surname is given as a dash, indicating she was very likely illegitimate. The most likely explanation is that Winifred's mother was unmarried when Winifred was born. Whether Edward ...


5

Searching for and investigating any Canadian hints in the Hindley family's known FAN club might be my next step as it could add more people and points for research. The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has information and guides to types of records, including the 1842 census records for Toronto, and various links on its website which may ...


5

Toronto Public Library has some scanned publications available about the history of Toronto. Local History & Genealogy Toronto had 5 ‘wards’ in 1843 according to Wikipedia and the outlying areas (if they lived in the 'country') which could be anywhere from Richmond Hill to Holland Landing (Simcoe County) north of the city and also communities to the ...


5

The name of the town did not change. Nor did the correct spelling change. But the language the officials spoke did. Sânmihaui is not a German word and, while Romania (like the rest of the Austro-Hungarian empire) had a fair number of German speakers), its official language (and/or the language when the town was named) was different. Depending on the ...


5

Library and Archives Canada hold Canadian military service records for World War 2; there will certainly be a record of your grandfather's enlistment and discharge -- armed forces the world over are extraordinarily keen on keeping records of their soldiers. As he survived the war, his records are subject to access restrictions and not available online. The ...


4

This blog post at Olive Tree Genealogy might be of interest: It's Not Just Loyalists! (A Misleading Title on Ancestry) Lorine reports that while the title and description of Ancestry's database UK, American Loyalist Claims 1776-1835 gives the impression that all the records in the database are about Loyalist claims, it isn't so. But a very quick look ...


4

City Directories The Toronto Public Library has a wide range of City Directories, some of which are available online. For the period I am looking at, they have: The Toronto directory and street guide, for 1843-4 by H. & W. Rowsell (Firm) (eBook, 1843) Brown's Toronto city and Home District directory 1846-7 by by George Brown (Firm) (eBook, 1846) ...


4

The FamilySearch Research Wiki's French Wordlist has this entry: baptisé sous condition = conditionally baptized Could this be the phrase you are seeing? Conditional baptisms are performed where there is some question about whether the previous baptism was done in a proper fashion. Wikipedia has a brief article on conditional baptism, which says (...


4

In answer to your initial question edit the image in a good image editing programme, I use Photoshop. You need to adjust the contrast, make the blacks blacker, whites whiter and also play around with the exposure usually dropping it down slightly. The final trick is to then invert the image colours. This is the result that I have come up with, could be even ...


4

Since the original image is at the US National Archives, your best course of action might be to ask if the original cards survive, and if so, if NARA can send you a fresh copy of the original card. Failing that, they might be able to make you a better copy of the card from their master copy microfilm. You could email them at inquire@nara.gov During a ...


4

When a record search comes up empty or an image is poor-quality, it can be helpful to check other database providers to see if they have the same collection. Different indexing and different search fields and algorithms may help locate a difficult record. And images quality can vary -- different filming, from originals, just with new technology or ...


4

A voter's list is an unlikely place to start. Remember that presence on a (national) voter's list implies being qualified to vote - meeting citizenship, residence and age requirements. By 1957, British subjects had to apply to get Canadian citizenship. Unlikely for a new arrival to be eligible for several years. City directories and telephone books are ...


4

In 1917 if a Belgian living in the US wanted to fight for his country of birth then I suspect his thought process might be: How viable was it to sail to Europe and enlist for Belgium - I suspect it would cost a lot and, as @bgwiehle has commented, "civilian traffic across the Atlantic was severely curtailed by 1917, due to risk of attack (Lusitania, 1915) ...


4

The relationship "partner" in the Canada census of 1901 likely indicates "business partner", rather than the modern "in a relationship" usage. An example of this is on this transcript of people from Newfoundland, where on page 37 Hugh McKenzie, 53, married with daughter, Hotel Keeper, has Alfred Ly??ley staying, described as "partner", age 27, occupation ...


4

There is (or was) a village named Pong Woo in the old Upper Poon Yue (Panyu) County. In those days it was about 15 miles northwards from the city of Canton. It's population was about 20,000 in 1909 and about the same in the 1990s. Many young men from Pong Woo went overseas in the 19th Century. Some from Young and Soo clans were in Otago. One-third of the ...


4

The Charley-man by E.R. Marcil is definitive. The tonnage of 2003 is under the old rules. In 1855 Moorsom's Rules were applied and became the international standard within a few years. Under the new rules the tonnage was 1705 registered, 1774 gross. Ultimately this ship was in Norwegian hands being in service until 1896, an exceptionally long life for a ship ...


4

Might there be something in the Customs House records? The National Archives has this record group: http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/036.html#36.3 36.3 Records of Customhouses 1745, 1762-1982 36.3.1 Records of customhouses and collection districts 36.3.2 Records relating to passenger arrivals Also, my experience is that ...


4

I see that when Thomas and Elizabeth married in Ontario in 1860, Thomas was residing in Oshawa and Elizabeth in Whitby. Therefore, this looks to be a likely bet for them on the 1861 census of Canada (image available on Ancestry.ca). East Whitby, Ontario, Canada West (roll C-1058-1059, p 4): Charles Kirby, Labourer, b. England, W[esleyan] M[ethodist], ...


4

I think it says Hettie. In my experience it is usually a nickname for Esther or Henrietta, but it could equally well be a nickname of Ethel. Nicknames are tricky as they do not always follow the expected pattern, but I have an Etty in my tree whose proper name was Ethel. Certain Midlanders seem to have a particular affinity for haitches such that they ...


4

It seems to me your question is telling us what you don't know and in doing so, answering your own question as to what you need to find out: Your grandfather was born in Montreal in 1914. His birth record should be available. Track that down and see what it says. His family emigrated to Canada and returned to Romania a few years later. There should then be ...


4

An online article from The Star (Toronto ON) confirmed my hazy memory of the release of the 1921 Canada census -- it was available very quickly because of partnership with ancestry.com: 1921 Canadian census data released online, to genealogists’ delight (Fri., Aug. 9, 2013) The 1921 census was released by Library and Archives Canada on the Ancestry.ca ...


4

I was looking on the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/projects/country/ca) and saw that they are in the process of indexing and reviewing the 1926 Canadian Census records. As of today, they are 40% indexed with 31% reviewed. I am not sure if they are providing the indexing for LAC but I guess time will ...


4

Ancestry has a Collection of UK Outward Passenger Lists 1890-1960 which include "Transmigrants" departures from Liverpool in 1921, including the SS Canada. You can search by departure year and place and ship name. Findmypast has the same dataset. If you don't have a subscription to Ancestry it's worth looking out for 'free weekends'. It's very likely that ...


3

The term domestic in a census record is very likely to refer to occupations that are associated with working in a household. For an example, see this passage from Melanie Buddle's book The Business of Women: Marriage, Family, and Entrepreneurship in British Columbia, 1901-51, page 29: ...British Columbia had a large Asian population: at the end of the ...


3

The instructions for enumerators (page 6) under item 48 says: In column 6 the head of each family or household will be entered as such, and all others according to the relationship -- as wife, son, daughter, servant, boarder, lodger, partner, etc. The persons in an institution may be described as officer, inmate, patient, prisoner, pupil, etc. ...


3

My basic checklist: Who required the records to be created? How long does that agency hold them? Which records survive? When records are past their keep date, are they turned over to an archive? If so, which one? What collections are available online? What information can you expect to find in the collection? For background information on the history of ...


3

The timeline appended to the question currently ends with John Howard Coulter residing in Washington DC in 1942. Update: Ancestry's "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007" database has an entry for John H Coulter, Birth Date: 22 Feb 1896, Birth Place: Bellaire Bel, Ohio. "Claim Date: 10 Aug 1966" & "Type of Claim: Death Claim "...


3

Gail Dever posted instructions on her blog, Genealogy à la carte, on September 1, 2017: "How to order a notary record from the Quebec Archives after finding it in an index on Ancestry" She explains how to take the information from the répertoire on Ancestry and search for the corresponding acte from Ancestry's partner, the Bibliothèque et Archives ...


3

The 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces returns were transferred to Library and Archives Canada from Statistics Canada on 46 microfilm reels (48,529 images) We have digitized the images into PDF and JPG formats FamilySearch has indexed the images so that they will be searchable on our website and they are now conducting quality control We plan to have the ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible