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More Useful Websites for Genealogy and History Researchers
Posted 27 February 2009
Compiled By: Fawne Stratford-Devai   Biography & Archived Articles


  • Alaska, Western Canada and United States Collection
    The University of Washington Libraries digital collections include a special Alaska Western Canada and United States collection. This digital collection of historic photographs documents the geographic area of Alaska, Western United States and the Canadian provinces of Yukon Territory and British Columbia. The collection features images of the Oregon, Idaho, and areas of interest in Alaska and the Yukon Territory relating to the Gold Rush of 1898-1900. Included also are images of mining activities, street scenes, Eskimo and Native Americans of the region, hunting and fishing, transportation, and World War II installations.


  • Montreal in 1816
    In 1881, Jedediah Hubbell Dorwin published his reminiscences of what Montreal was like when he arrived in 1816. He had seen many changes in more than 60 years and one might suspect that his memory may have played tricks on him were it not for the fact that he had kept his journal faithfully, entering his observations on a daily basis. The full article is provided on this website.


  • Canada - The Canadian Encyclopedia
    The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources present the most comprehensive and authoritative general Canadian reference work available for students and teachers simply looking for verification of facts, or seeking broader descriptions, interpretations and ideas of all things Canadian. As a first source for information on all Canadian topics The Canadian Encyclopedia has continued to grow through several iterations in print and on CD-ROM, culminating in this online version published by the Historica Foundation. Millions of facts can be searched through the powerful search engine or browsed through the Subject Indexes.


  • Canada - Canadian War Museum Online Exhibitions
    The Canadian War Museum has been adding to its online exhibitions which now include Canada and the First World War; Afghanistan a glimpse of War; the Seven Years War; The American Revolution; Canadian War Time Propaganda; the Battle of Vimy Ridge and much more. Each exhibit provides a detailed background on each topic with maps, images, key battles, Canadian personalities; weapons and more.


  • Canada - The Early Chinese Canadians 1858-1947
    Check out the social and political history of Canada's early Chinese communities from Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Read the history of Canada's early Chinese immigrants. Find out why they came to Canada and how they contributed to Canada's developing economy, the community ties they formed, and how immigration policies and attitudes restricted their lives in Canada. Examine unique historical photographs, government documents and letters about early Chinese immigrants in Canada. Learn about the head tax records, which are officially called the General Registers of Chinese Immigration. These records were gathered by the Canadian government from 1885 to 1949 in order to track head tax payments of Chinese immigrants. You can search the General Registers online, or read a personal essay and brief family histories from present-day Canadians whose relatives paid this tax.


  • Canada - Images Canada
    Images Canada provides central search access to the thousands of images held on the websites of participating Canadian cultural institutions. Through Images Canada, you can find images of the Canadian events, people, places and things that make up our collective heritage. You can search across all collections from virtually every page on the site by typing in a keyword in the search box at the top right hand corner of each page. If you would like to refine your search, try the Advanced Search feature. If you are looking for search ideas, try one of the Image Trails or browse through the Photo Essays.


  • Canada - USA - Directory of Corporate Archives in the United States and Canada
    The Directory of Corporate Archives in the United States and Canada has three components: 1. Complete entries arranged alphabetically by name of corporation. Because of the size of Directory, it has been broken into eleven alphabetical files. 2. An index sorted by name of archivist and, 3. A geographical index (a very helpful listing by state/province).


  • Canada's Digital Collections archived at Library and Archives Canada
    This page lists the projects included in Canada's Digital Collections (CDC). CDC was operated by Industry Canada between 1996 and 2004 to provide young Canadians with skills and experience in preparing digital Canadian content of local, regional and international interest. The various collections that were produced during this time period have now been archived by Library and Archives Canada. The alphabetical listing provides a detailed listing by title of each collection that has been archived.


  • Canada's Historic Places
    Canada's historic places capture the spirit of the nation, providing the connecting fabric that links us together as Canadians. Historic places offer social, economic and environmental benefits that add to the quality of life in our communities. However, our historic places are at risk --- over 20% of the nation's historic buildings have been destroyed in one generation. Take a few minutes and view the more than 8,900 listings and learn more about what is being done to protect Canada's Historic Places.


  • Canadian Letters and Images Project
    The Canadian Letters and Images Project is an online archive of the Canadian war experience, from any war, as told through the letters and images of Canadians themselves. The objective of the Canadian Letters and Images Project is to let Canadians tell their own story in their own words and images by creating a permanent online archive which preserves Canada's wartime correspondence, photographs, and other personal materials, from the battlefront and from the homefront. Too often the story told of Canada at war has been one of great battles and great individuals, an approach that unfortunately misses the 'ordinary' Canadian and the richness of their wartime experience. The project is ongoing, and is continually seeking and adding new materials to the project site.


  • Canadian Pamphlets and Broadsides
    This site provides access to the pre-1930 Canadian pamphlet and broadside holdings of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library by supplying both page images in full colour, and full searchability of the contents of each item. To date the site consists of 597 broadsides (single sheets, printed on one or both sides) and 2062 pamphlet titles which amount to 71508 page images. Additional titles are added on a regular basis.


  • USA: Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion, 1830-1890
    This online collection presents pictorial and textual materials that illustrate major themes in the history of maritime westward expansion. These themes include, but are not limited to, the California Gold Rush, the roles of women, the immigrant experience, whaling life, life at sea, shipping and native populations. The materials are drawn from the Mystic Seaport Museum and the G.W. Blunt White Library and cover a wide geographical area including California, Texas, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest. The collection focuses mainly on primary sources such as ships' logbooks and secondary sources, including nineteenth-century published narratives of voyages and travels. For most items, both page images and transcriptions are available. A number of photographs, paintings, maps, and nautical charts have been selected to illustrate more vividly the story of Americans' western seaborne travel. Most of the items date from the mid-to-late nineteenth century. Drawn from many individual named collections, the materials comprise a rich look at the events, culture, beliefs, and personal experiences associated with westward expansion from the maritime perspective
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Note: For more links to useful genealogy and history websites, visit Fawne Stratford-Devai's biography page where you will find links to many more articles from this series.

About Fawne Stratford-Devai
Fawne Stratford-Devai's work on Land Records and early Ontario records is well known in the genealogy community. A published author of several Canadian and UK research books, she has also contributed articles to the Ontario Genealogical Society's newsletter "Families" as well as writing for the online family history newsletter the "Global Gazette". Biography


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