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Are you researching ancestors from Continental Europe?

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Our periodicals collection at the North York Central Library contains journals and newsletters from several continental locales.  Here is a small sampling:

Austria

• Adler

o Heraldisch-Genealogische Gesellschaft “Adler”, Austria

Belgium

• Bulletin

o La Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d’Héraldique

• L’ intermediaire des genealogists

o Service de centralisation des etudes genealogiques

Eastern Europe

• Feefhs Journal and Quarterly

o Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies

France

• Arverni bituriges cubi

o Cercle d’etudes genealogique, des families Auvergno-Berrichonnes

• Cercle genealogique d’Alsace

o Cercle genealogique d’Alsace

Germany

• Familienkundliche nachrichten

• Pfaelzisch-rheinische familienkunde

Netherlands

• Genealogie

o Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie

• Gens Nostra

o Nederlands Genealogische Vereniging, Netherlands

Poland

• Gens

o Towarzystwo Genealogiczno-Heraldyczne, Poznan

Spain

• Revista Iberoamericana de heraldica

o Colegio Heraldico de Espana y de las Indias

Switzerland

• Familienforschung Schweiz

o Schweizerische Gesellschaft fur Familienforschung SGFF

FYI: Did you know………

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

….. that our collection at the North York Public Library also includes an extensive selection of periodicals? If you are tracing your Ontario roots, we not only have all of the periodicals from the various OGS branches, but others from Ontario as well, such as;

  • The Loyalist Gazette, published by the United Empire Loyalists Association, Toronto
  • Ontario History, published by the Ontario Historical Society.

Check our catalogue on the OGS website for a full listing of our Ontario periodicals.

Looking a bit further a field?  Each Canadian province is also represented in our periodicals collection.  Tracing some Maritime roots?  We have Newfoundland, as well as Labrador covered with 2 publications:

  • The Newfoundland Ancestor
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogical Society Newsletter

Prince Edward Island:

  • P.E.I. Genealogical Society, Inc. newsletter

 Nova Scotia:

  • The Nova Scotia Genealogist
  • South Shore Genealogical Society News
  • Genealogical Newsletter from the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society
  • Nova Scotia Historical Review
  • The Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly

New Brunswick:

  • Generations from the New Brunswick Genealogical Society

 Quebec is well represented with the following titles:

  • L’Ancetre from the Societe de Genealogie de Quebec
  • Connections from the Quebec Family History Society
  • L’Estuaire Genealogique
  • Memoires from the Societé Génealogique Canadienne-Francaise,Montreal
  • Entre nous, les martin from the Societe Genealogique des Martin (La), Pierrefonds, QC
  • Entraide genealogique from the Societe de genealogie des Cantons de l’Est

Heading out west, we have the Prairie Provinces covered as well:

  • Generations from the Manitoba Genealogical Society
  • The New Leaf from the Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc., Brandon, MB
  • Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Bulletin
  • The Root Cellar from the Kindersly Branch of the SGS
  • Heir Lines from the Prince Albert Branch of the SGS
  • Grassroots from the Grasslands Branch, SGS, Mankota
  • Chinook : the Journal of the Alberta family histories society
  • Relatively Speaking from the Alberta Genealogical Society
  • The Tree Climber from the Red Deer and District Branch of the AGS
  • The Clandigger from the Edmonton Branch of the AGS
  • Lines of Decent from the Fort McMurray Branch of the AGS
  • Yesterday’s Footprints from the Lethbridge and District Branch of the AGS
  • Saamis Seeker from the Medicine Hat and District Branch of the AGS

British Columbia:

  • British Columbia Genealogical Society
    • Vancouver Branch
    • Prince George Branch
    • Quesnel Branch
    • Richmond Branch
  • Family Footsteps from the Kamloops Family History Society
  • Ancestree from the Nanaimo Family History Society
  • Abbotsford Genealogical Group Newsletter
  • Link up from the Chilliwack Branch of the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada
  • Splitting Heirs from the Vernon and District Family History Society

This list is by no means exhaustive; there are many more Canada specific titles in our collection.

Good luck with your research!

Periodicals: Europe

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Are you researching ancestors from Continental Europe? Our periodicals collection contains journals and newsletters from several continental locales.  Here is a small sampling:

Austria

• Adler

o Heraldisch-Genealogische Gesellschaft “Adler”, Austria

Belgium

• Bulletin

o La Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d’Héraldique

• L’ intermediaire des genealogists

o Service de centralisation des etudes genealogiques

Eastern Europe

• Feefhs Journal and Quarterly

o Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies

France

• Arverni bituriges cubi

o Cercle d’etudes genealogique, des families Auvergno-Berrichonnes

• Cercle genealogique d’Alsace

o Cercle genealogique d’Alsace

Germany

• Familienkundliche nachrichten

• Pfaelzisch-rheinische familienkunde

Netherlands

• Genealogie

o Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie

• Gens Nostra

o Nederlands Genealogische Vereniging, Netherlands

Poland

• Gens

o Towarzystwo Genealogiczno-Heraldyczne, Poznan

Spain

• Revista Iberoamericana de heraldica

o Colegio Heraldico de Espana y de las Indias

Switzerland

• Familienforschung Schweiz

o Schweizerische Gesellschaft fur Familienforschung SGFF

Nailing Jello to the Wall: Seeking your Irish Ancestors

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Tracing your Irish roots can be akin to spending every Saturday night in a bingo hall and rarely having the opportunity to fling up your arms and yell BINGO! The cataclysmic impact and mass emigration precipitated by Ireland’s Potato Famine has certainly made it difficult to track elusive Irish ancestors. Compounding the problem is a gaping hole in the usual resource pool that all genealogists rely on; the census returns.

While the census returns for 1901 and 1911 are now available online through the National Archives of Ireland, none of Ireland’s earlier censuses have survived. So, if you want to find records for your Irish ancestors that pre-date 1901, you are going to have to be somewhat more creative in your research methodology. Here are a few resources to get you started, or maybe keep you going!

At the library:

Books

• A Guide to tracing your Donegal ancestors

o Godfrey Duffy, Helen Meehan

o Call # 929.3 41693 Duffy

• A new genealogical atlas of Ireland

o Brian S. Mitchell

o Call # 929.3 415 Mitch 2002

• Basic guide to Irish records for family history

o Brian Mitchell

o Call # 929.3 415 Mitch 2008

• Ireland’s Memorial Records: World War 1, 1914-1918

o The Committee of the National Irish War Memorial

o Call # 137 Com

• Probate Jurisdictions: Where to look for Wills

o Jeremy Sumner Wycherley Gibson, Else Churchill

o Call # 929.3 41 025 Gibso 2002

• Tracing your Irish family history

o Anthony Adolph

o Call # 929.1 094 15 Ado 2009

Periodicals

• Cumann geinealais dhun laoghaire

o From the Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society

• Divelina

o From the Dublin Genealogy and History, Ireland

• Familia

o From the Ulster Genealogical Review, Belfast

• Genealogy Society of Ireland Journal

o From the Cumann Geinealais na hEireann

• North Irish Roots

o From the North Of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast

On-Line

Belfast Burial Records

Council of Irish Genealogical Organizations

From Ireland

Irish Clans Network

Military Archives

National Archives of Ireland

Roots Ireland (pay per view)

The Gathering, Ireland 2013

Periodicals: The United Kingdom: England

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Did your ancestors come to Canada from across the pond? Whether they came from Devon, London or Manchester, our collection contains journals and newsletters from most regions in England. Here are just a few:

South West

  • Devon Family Historian
  • Notes and Queries from Somerset and Dorset
  • The Gloucestershire Family History Journal
  • Wiltshire Family History Society Journal

London & the South East

  • Cockney Ancestor

 From the East of London Family History Society

  • Metropolitan

 From the London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society

  • Essex Family Historian
  • Journal of the Cambridgeshire Family History Society
  • Hertfordshire People
  • Kent Family History Society Journal
  • The Norfolk Ancestor
  • Sussex Family Historian

Midlands

  • Leicestershire Family History Society Newsletter
  • Nottinghamshire Family History Society Bulletin
  • The Oxfordshire Family Historian

North

  • Cumbria Family History Society
  • Huddersfield & District Family History Society Journal
  • Liverpool Family History Society Journal
  • The Manchester GenealogistNorthumberland & Durham Genealogical Society Journal
  • Yorkshire Family Historian

Next week: Scotland

Atlases: Do you know your boundaries?

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Colton Map of Upper Canada 1855

How do you know if you are looking in the right place when searching for your Ontario ancestors? Did you know for instance, that there were actually two Ontario’s? When the Province of Ontario was created in 1867, a county of that name had been in existence, in one form or another, since 1792. When it was dissolved in 1974, southern portions of Ontario County would go into forming The Regional Municipality of Durham, while the northern portions would be subsumed by Simcoe County. Another example of shifting boundaries is Durham County. It too was dissolved 1974, portions of which now form the aforementioned Regional Municipality of Durham. Confusing is it not? No worries, we are here to help. What you need is a good atlas, and that is exactly what you will find in our library collection. Here is a wee sampling of the resources we offer:

1. County Atlases of Canada: A Descriptive Catalogue

a. National Archives of Canada National Map Collection

b. Call # 929.3 71 016 Natio 1970

2. Guide to southern Ontario place names for family researchers

a. Mary Kearns Trace

b. Call # 929.3 713 Trace 1986

3. Illustrated historical atlas of the County of Ontario, Ont., 1877

a. H. Beers and Co.; Cumming, Ross

b. O/S 911. 713 83 Atlas 1877

4. Historical atlas of Lanark and Renfrew Counties, Ontario, illustrated : H. Belden & Co., 1880-1881. Illustrated atlas of Lanark County, 1880 ; Illustrated atlas of Renfrew County, 1881 [both published by] H. Belden & Co., Toronto ; [with a] Map of the counties of Lanark and Renfrew from actual surveys under the direction of H.F. Walling, published by D.P. Putnam, Prescott, C.W., 1863

a. H. Belden and Co. [publisher] (Toronto, Ont.); D.P. Putnam [publisher] (Prescott, Ont.); H.F. Walling [engraver] (Prescott, Ont.); Cumming, Ross

b. Call # O/S 911. 713 82 Atlas 1880

5. Illustrated historical atlas of the county of Middlesex, Ont. Dedicated by special permission to His Excellency the Earl of Dufferin, K.P., K.C.B., Governor General.

a. H.R. Page and Co. [publisher] (Toronto, Ont.); Mika, Nick, 1912-; Mika, Helma, 1924-

b. Call # O/S 911. 713 25 Atlas 1878

6. Index for the Essex and Kent Counties historical atlas: [reprint edition] H. Belden & Co. Illustrated historical atlas of the counties of Essex & Kent, 1881

a. Dora Pineau

b. Call # 929.3 713 3 Pinea 1986

You will find a complete listing of all the atlases, and similar resources in our collection, by visiting our Catalogue. If you are looking for something online, here are two excellent resources.

1. The Canadian County Digital Atlas Project. This is an initiative undertaken by McGill University Libraries and something you should definitely check out if you are researching early Ontario ancestors.

2. The Changing Shape of Ontario: Guide to Boundaries, Names and Regional Government in Ontario, may be accessed through the Archives of Ontario’s website.

Once again, happy hunting!

Periodicals: The United States

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

If you have branches on your family tree that stretch into the United States, our collection hosts several excellent publications dealing specifically with American genealogy and family history research, such as:

1. Daughters of the American Revolution

• From the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

2. Family Tree Magazine (US)

For those of you researching ancestors in Michigan, New York and New England, we have a number of publications from these regions. Here are just a few:

1. Michigana

o From the Western Michigan Genealogical Society

2. The New York Researcher

o From the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

3. Western New York Genealogical Society Journal

o From the Western New York Genealogical Society

4. American Ancestors

o From the New England Historic Genealogical Society

5. American – Canadian Genealogist

o From the American – Canadian Genealogical Society of New Hampshire

Our collection also contains publications from California, Illinois, Minnesota, and even New Mexico. For more information on these and other United States specific resources in our collection, please check out our catalogue.

Next week: The United Kingdom and Ireland.

Professions and Trades: Apprenticeships

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Although apprenticeships are still very much in existence today, their structure and administration bears little resemblance to what our ancestors would have experienced. 

Medieval baker

With roots stretching back to the middle ages, the administration of apprenticeships fell under the strict control of the powerful Guilds. As legal entities themselves, holding charters or letters patent from the highest local authority, guild activities were strictly governed and recorded with due diligence, none more so than apprenticeships. Apprentices were bonded, usually for a period of seven years, to a master crafts or tradesman.  This was in essence a binding contract between the two parties, and would have been duly documented in the respective Guild’s record books.  Information recorded in these books would have included:

  •  The name, address and specific trade of the master, as well as the respective Guild that the master would have been obliged to be a member of.
  • The name of the apprentice, but more importantly, the dates of the indenture

As you can see, records such as these are a treasure trove of information for genealogists. The challenge of course lay in finding them.  Although they have evolved over time, many of these medieval guilds still exist, such as the Livery Companies of the City of London. Information on how to access British apprenticeship records can be obtained through the National Archives website.  If you are researching Canadian apprenticeship records, here are some resources you can check out:

 Our own library collection at the North York Central Library also contains a few resources on this subject, including:

  •  Labouring Children: British Immigrant Apprentices to Canada, 1869-1924
    • By Joy Parr
    • Call # 331.31 0971 Parr 1994
  •  Nineteenth Century Apprentices in New York City
    • By Kenneth Scott
    • Call # 929.3 747 1 Scott 198
  • Child Apprentices in America from Christ Church Hospital, London, 1617-1778.
    • Peter Wilson Coldham
    • 929.3 73 Coldh 199
  • Freemen and Apprentices of York.
    • By John Malden
    • 929.3 41 English 1986
  • A Calendar of Southampton apprenticeship records, 1609-1740
    • By Arthur Willis and A.L Merson
    • Call # 929.3 422 76 Willi 1968

 Happy hunting!

Profession or Trade: Researching your ancestors’ working past

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Over the next few weeks, we are going to take a look at the various resources in our collection that will assist you in determining just exactly what your ancestors did for a living. For many of us, this will be a fairly straight forward exercise, particularly if farmers, blacksmiths and shop keepers populate your family tree. But what if you come across some one that was listed as an Ale-Conner in the 1861 or 1871 Canadian census? According to this handy online resource, Ancestral Occupations, an Ale-Conner is basically an “official who tests the quality and measure of ale served in public houses.”  This was probably not your first guess, right?

If you really want to delve into your family’s working past, our library collection contains a wealth of information that will assist you in researching this topic. Here are just a few to get you started

  • Researching Local Craftsmen and Industries
    • Elizabeth Quance
    • Call # 929.3 713 016 Quan 1984
  • Occupational Resources for Genealogists
    • Stuart Raymond
    • Call # 929.3 41 016 Raymo 1992
  • Trades and Occupations shown on rubbings of English Monumental Brasses from the 14th to 18th Century
    •  Jane Plante
    • Call # 929.3 42 Plant 1976
  • An Introduction to……:Occupations, a preliminary list
    • Joyce Culling
    • Call # 929.3 42 03 Culli 1999
  • Yorkshire Occupations: A genealogical guide
    • Stuart Raymond
    • Call # 929.3 428 016 Raymon 2000

For a full listing of all titles in this category please check our catalogue.  Next week’s Professions topic: Apprenticeships.

Taking a stroll down memory lane this summer?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Most of us have them, those boxes of old family photographs gathering dust in our basements, attics or where ever we tend to put things that we will “deal with later!”  The problem is of course, the longer you wait to sort them, the older they get.  It may not seem that long ago, but even those Polaroids from the ‘60’s are probably looking a bit the worse for wear by now.  At least there is a pretty good chance that you may actually know who the people in those photos are, but what about those really old family pictures that go way back, some as far as c.1900?  Chances are you’re a bit fuzzy on just exactly where the people in these photographs hang in your family tree. Knowing the date the picture was taken might help solve the mystery, but if you aren’t even sure of that, where do you go from there.  There is also the question of conservation, especially for those really old photographs.  How do you ensure that they are preserved for future generations? 

Our library collection, located at North York Central Library, contains several great resources to help you manage your family photographs.  Here are just a few to get you started: 

1. Dating old photographs, 1840-1929

Morris, Andrew J.: Moorshead, Halvor;

Call # 929.3 Dating 2004

2. Dating twentieth century photographs. 

Pols, Robert

Call # 929.3 Pols 2005

3. Preserving your family photographs. 

Taylor, Maureen A

 Call # 770.285 Tayl

4. Understanding old photographs. 

Pols, Robert

Call # 929.3 Pols 1995

5. Photography for the genealogist. 

Jonasson, Eric

Call # 770.28 Jonas

6. Photography for family historians. 

Pols, Robert

Call # 929.3 Pols 1998

7. The Ontario photographers list: vol.1, 1851-1900:vol. 2, 1901-1925. 

Phillips, Glen C.

Call #929.3 713 Phill

8. The early commercial photographers of Lanark & Renfrew Counties, Ontario 1850-1925. 

Wohler, J. Patrick; Wohler, Judy,

Call # 929.3 713 81

9. The Hugill Chronicles – a mosaic: father and son photographers, 1860-1900. Muskoka/Ingersoll, Ontario. 

Gibson, David L.

Call # 929.2 Hugill –G