Archive for August, 2013

Mystery Photo for the Week of August 19, 2013

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Mystery Photo #3:

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Donated by Mary Nix

Reminder for Bruce Grey Branch Meeting

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Frank Street Baptist Church, Wiarton

Topic: British Home Children

Speaker: Gloria Phillips

Brief Overview: If you have a British Home Child in your past, let us know and we will pass the information on to Ms. Phillips. Maybe she can help you out. Afterwards, refreshment and chit chat.

Contact Info: www.brucegrey.ogs.on.ca

FYI: Dates and Availabilty for Ontario Vital Statistics

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Now that the 1921 Census of Canada has finally been released, it might be a good time to revisit what is available in the way of Vital Statistics for Ontario, and where to find them.

Ontario Births:

  • Prior to 1869
    • Civil registration for births in Ontario did not come into effect until 1869, so you will have to rely, where possible, on church records.  The Archives of Ontario (AO) website offers some tips on how to search for church records.
  • 1869-1913
    • Reading Room at the Archives of Ontario
    • Local Library, Archives or Family History Centre
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • Microfilm reels – index and registration –  may be purchased through the Ontario Genealogical Society (Pending approval of the Archives of Ontario)
    • familysearch.org (free genealogy website)
    • Paid subscription to genealogy website (check your local library to see if they subscribe to any of these sites)
  • 1914-1915
    •  Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1916-1917
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1916 births available in microfilm format sometime in late 2013

Ontario Marriages:

  • Prior to 1869
    • As with births, the civil registration of marriages in Ontario began in 1869. The Archives of Ontario has some marriage registrations dating back to 1780, but the collection is not extensive.  As with pre-1869 births, you will have to rely on church records for early Ontario marriages.
  • 1869 -1928
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario
    • Local Library, Archives or Family History Centre
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • Microfilm reels -index and registration –  may be purchased through the Ontario Genealogical Society (pending approval of the Archives of Ontario)
    • familysearch.org
    • Paid subscription to genealogy website
  • 1929-1930
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1931-1932
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1931 marriages available in microfilm format sometime in late 2013

Ontario Deaths:

  • Prior to 1869
    • Deaths were not registered in Ontario before this date. Your best bet is to try to locate Estate Files from the Surrogate and Probate Courts. For more information on how to search for and locate these records, follow this link to the Archives of Ontario’s pathfinder page for Ontario Court of Probate and Surrogate Court Records: Wills and Estate Files.
  • 1869-1938
  • 1939-1940
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service , provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1941-1942
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1941 deaths available in microfilm format sometime in late 2013.

Vital Stats are of course not the only sources genealogists may use when documenting their family histories.  Crown Land and Land Registry records, as well as divorce records and of course newspapers, are but a few of the resources available to genealogists and family historians.

The Archives of Ontario is your best resource for accessing all of these record collections. Click here for the Research Guides and Tools page on the AO website. Don’t forget to check out the Citing Archival Records guide-book as well.

Contact Information for the Archives of Ontario:

Mailing Address:

The Archives of Ontario (map)

34 Ian Macdonald Boulevard

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

M7A 2C5

Email Address:

reference@ontario.ca 

Telephone

1-800-668-9933 Toll-Free Number (Ontario only)

416-327-1600

Website

http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/index.aspx 

FYI: New 3D software for reading illegible headstones

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Always on the lookout for and assessing new technologies for the Museum and Heritage communities, OGS Digitization Manager Ruthann LaBlance recently came across a very interesting article about a 3D software program that can be used for reading illegible headstones.

Called 3D Photogrammetery software, it was used this past spring on a project headed by Anthropology  Professor Grant Aylesworth of  Mount Allison University. The article, which can be found in University Affairs Magazine, talks about how Professor Aylesworth used Photogrammetery on 18th century tombstones in Fort Gaspareaux National Historic Site in New Brunswick.

Click here to read the article.

Notice for Norfolk County Branch Meeting

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: 185 Queen St., Delhi

Topic: “The Cartwright and Morse Families – 1635 to Present and some interesting things we learned along the way”

Speaker: Sue Hines

Contact Info: http://www.ogs.on.ca/norfolk/

Notice for Hamilton Branch Meeting

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Hamilton Room, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Topic: “Women in Local History: The Unsung Parts Played by Women in our Heritage.”

Speaker: Bob Williamson

Contact Info: http://www.ogs.on.ca/hamilton/

FYI:Updated info for submitting corrections and/or feedback for the 1921 Census

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

OGS President Shirley Sturdevant has just received clarification from ancestry.ca on how to submit any corrections and/or feedback regarding the newly released 1921 Census of Canada:

“1. When you’re viewing an image from the Census, click on “Tools” in the upper right corner of the image viewer (see below). Select “Report problems”. Then select the type of issue to report from the drop-down, and fill out the rest of the information. The most frequent issue reported at this time will probably be “Problem with an image (missing, wrong, unreadable)”. The other may be “Inaccurate information”.

2. Or, contact our member services team directly by phone at (800) 958-9073.

Thank you for your interest in providing feedback and helping us improve this collection as best we can.”

 

If you do not have a subscription to ancestry.ca, here is a direct link to the 1921 Census page: http://www.ancestry.ca/census

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Notice for Ottawa Branch Meeting

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa

Topic: “FamilySearch for now and into the future”

Speaker: Shirley-Ann Pyefinch

Brief Overview: In this presentation, Shirley-Ann will detail the features of the FamilySearch website, explain how to use the tools and information resources available in order to create and leave a legacy for future generations. Shirley-Ann Pyefinch has served since 2005 as the Director for the Ottawa Ontario Stake family history centre of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has lectured at various societies and conferences. Shirley-Ann also teaches family history classes, preservation workshops and hosts annual family history conferences at the centre.

Contact Info: http://ogsottawa.on.ca/

Column Headings on the 1921 Canadian Census

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Finding the images on the 1921 Canadian Census difficult to read? In an effort to make the process of deciphering these images a little less painful, here again is a link to the 1921 Enumerator Instruction booklet from the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project:

http://www.canada.uottawa.ca/ccri/CCRI/Images/1921%20Enumerator%20Instructions%20-%20English.pdf

The booklet gives a complete breakdown of the questions each enumerator had to go through during each visit. Explanations for the information contained in the column headings begins at the bottom of page 18.

Want something even simpler? Here is a sample image of a 1921 census sheet with the headings at the top.

http://www.canada.uottawa.ca/ccri/CCRI/Images/1921.Schedule.jpg

LAC Answers Questions about Release of 1921 Census

Monday, August 12th, 2013

On Monday, August 12, 2013 I was pleased to be contacted by M. Fabien Lengellé, Director General, Content Access Branch of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) who was very happy to answer questions about the release of the 1921 Census of Canada raised by members of The Ontario Genealogical Society.  I shall try to summarize his information below:

Why did LAC go to an outside source and eventually select Ancestry to manage this project?

Going to an outside provider:

  • Freed up LAC staff and funds for other important digitization projects such as the upcoming First World War commemoration project and the microfilm reel project with Canadiana, including the Upper Canada Sundries now available at: http://www.canadiana.ca/

Ancestry’s proposal was far better than the others submitted as it:

  • Offered  a fully bi-lingual solution, a robust IT platform and almost no production delays;
  • Was financially neutral to both users and the public purse – free access to the documents online; no staff time, effort or project coordination; no IT staff support; and, no cash investment from LAC;
  • Provides a broad network of free distributors across Canada – municipal libraries — which are covered by Ancestry province-wide licenses.  This provides free access almost everywhere and promotes libraries, which is one of the LAC mandates.

Does Ancestry now have exclusive rights to these images?

  • LAC retains all rights to the 1921 Canada Census and, after three (3) years, will get a copy of the index produced by Ancestry;
  • LAC will then publish the index on their own website through their recently redesigned census platform;
  • Other organizations are welcome to consult the census on the Ancestry site and prepare their own private index should it better meet their needs than the one created by Ancestry.

Why have the microfilms or images not been available at Library and Archives Canada until now?

  • LAC has a microfilm copy for preservation purposes only;
  • The free online images are a much better dissemination vehicle as they require no shipping and are available worldwide instantly.

How do people browse the free images?

  • Go to: http://www.ancestry.ca/cs/ca/census; scroll down to the 1921 Census icon and click “Start browsing”;
  • Take a moment to read about the census, especially the questions asked;
  • Click “Start browsing” again;
  • On the right, choose a Province from the drop-down menu and a District.  Then scroll through the Sub-Districts below to find the description of the one you seek;
  • A screen saying “View Free Records with a Free Account” will appear the first time if you do not already have an Ancestry subscription.  This is not the same as a trial subscription;
  • Enter your name and an email address.  Ancestry requires an email address for this free account to browse free records but not financial information (e.g., credit card information);
  • If you are not comfortable providing your current email address, set up a free one first through Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo or others who provide this service and use that one with Ancestry;
  • Access through a library computer can be done anonymously.

M. Lengellé wishes to acknowledge the daily help LAC receives from members such as ours who report errors in their census collection.  This collaboration benefits everyone.  I wish to thank M. Lengellé for contacting me with answers to our questions and for seeking others during the day when members contacted OGS about errors and image problems.  We plan to have further conversations in the near future to continue the renewed dialogue between Library and Archives Canada and The Ontario Genealogical Society.  I look forward to this opportunity.

Thank you all for your continued vigilance on behalf of our archival documents.

If further questions arise, please contact me at president@ogs.on.ca.

Shirley L. Sturdevant, President

The Ontario Genealogical Society

president@ogs.on.ca