Posts Tagged ‘research’

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.

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.

Canadian Genealogy Survey Now Widely Available

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Check out this survey and contribute to research into how genealogists work and what they need:

 (East Margaree, N.S.) – Carleton University researchers are seeking family historians to complete an online survey detailing how they conduct their genealogy research. Originally pilot-tested in Nova Scotia, the Canadian Genealogy Survey is now looking to attract a wider audience. Canadians researching their family’s history in Canada or abroad are invited the complete the survey, available at The researchers are also inviting family historians who are researching their Canadian ancestry from outside the country to take part. 

Associate Professor of Marketing, Leighann Neilson revealed that over 400 people completed the survey during the first 10 days after it became available. “We’ve had a wonderful response from the genealogy community in Nova Scotia,” Neilson said, “Now we are trying to get the message out across the country.” While the majority of people completing the survey have been from Canada, responses have also come in from across the United States, the UK and as far away as South Africa.

 Del Muise, Emeritus Professor of History at Carleton, is collaborating with Neilson on the survey. “In addition to completing the survey, we’ve had a number of people send us their comments and suggestions via email or leave comments on our blog. It’s the chance to have this kind of interaction with people taking the survey that makes it really interesting for us.”

 As the survey moves across the country, the public can follow its progress at Family historians, librarians, archivists and others interested in genealogy are able to comment and offer their opinions. “As results become available, we’ll be posting them on the site and inviting the community to react,” Muise said.

 For more information:

Del Muise                                                                     Leighann Neilson
Emeritus Professor of History                            Associate Professor, Marketing
Carleton University                                                Carleton University