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Thank you to the descendants of War of 1812 Veterans
By Rick Roberts
The Canadian Press posted an appeal in The Global Gazette on Nov 4, 2011 for descendants of veterans from the War of 1812 to contact them with their stories. The following is a thank you to the many.... Read on >>

FamilySearch Announces New CEO
By Press Release, FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch International announced today a change in its chief executive officer. Effective January 2, 2012, Dennis C. Brimhall will succeed.... Read on >>



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Online Resources for Canadian Military Records & History
By Rick Roberts
As we approach Remembrance Day, it is a time for us to recognize, appreciate and honour the sacrifices that others made so that we might enjoy the freedoms that we have today. We, as genealogy researchers, can honour our military ancestors this week by focusing our research efforts on them. I hope that the following set of links will help you.... Read on >>

A Stroll Down Memory Lane with South Dublin, Ireland Images
By Ruth Blair PLCGS
There is a website created by South Dublin Libraries as part of their Local Studies Collection. The collection includes: photographs, postcards, slides, prints,.... Read on >>

Royal Canadian Navy Ledger Sheets (1910-1941)
By Rick Roberts
If you are looking for information about individuals who served in the Royal Canadian Navy or the Naval Reserve between the beginnning of the Canadian Navy in 1910 up to 1918, or those who enlisted between 1919 and 1940, you need to check the online Royal Canadian Navy Ledger Sheets.... Read on >>

Looking for Descendants of War of 1812 Veterans
By Rick Roberts
The Canadian Press is looking for descendants of veterans from the War of 1812, and thought that some our readers would be interested in participating.... Read on >>

Save Library & Archives Canada Movement Gaining Traction
By Rick Roberts
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Ottawa has been quietly removing services, reducing staff and taking a "aggressive" approach with those attempting.... Read on >>

The National Library of Scotland’s Emigration Stories Resource
By Ruth Blair PLCGS
The National Library of Scotland has a website called “Scots Abroad: Stories of Scottish Emigration” that includes first-hand accounts of Scottish emigration from the 1770's to the 1930s, plus.... Read on >>

Irish Family History Foundation's Online Records Promotion
By Rick Roberts
Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) has announced a special promotion on access to their 18 million online Irish records until November 30th, 2011. Indexes are free, records are.... Read on >>

Installing Family Tree Maker to your Netbook
By Rick Roberts
Family Tree Maker software is distributed on an installation disc rather than as a download from the company web site which presented a problem for.... Read on >>

GlobalGenealogy.com is now on Facebook
By Rick Roberts
In the short time that our Facebook page has been up, we have posted notices about new online resources, genealogy events, and links to useful articles for history and genealogy enthusiasts. We would appreciate your opinion about... Read on >>

Family Tree Maker 2012 - Product Review
By Rick Roberts
The new 2012 version of the ever popular Family Tree Maker (FTM) software program arrived here recently. Pre-release advertising materials promised some powerful new tools and I was anxious to try them out. Here's what I found... Read on >>

Canadian Historical Anecdotes - General James Wolfe (1727/28-1759)
Transcribed by Sandra Roberts
Wolfe was mortally wounded at the Plains of Abraham, as was his adversary Montcalm, but he lived long enough to comprehend his victory and then departed in... Read on >>

20,000 Names added to the online database Home Children (1869-1930)
Announcement: Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the online database Home Children (1869-1930). More than 20,000 names of children, who came to Canada between 1925 and 1932, were added to.... Read on >>

The Settlement of the Severn and Muskoka Road, Canada West [Ontario] 1859
By Rick Roberts
When settlement of the southern-most townships of present day Ontario was nearing completion, roads were built to encourage settlement and development of the "back" townships. The settlement roads were built under the guidance of, and administered by the Superintendent of Colonization Roads. "Road" is a generous description of what were often muddy, stoney, rutted.... Read on >>

Celebrate British Home Child Day on September 28th
By Rick Roberts
Jim Brownell, Member of Provincial Parliament, for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry led a successful effort to declare an official British Home Child Day in Ontario through the passing of his Private member's Bill. The British Home Child Day Act 2011, received Royal Assent by the Chief Justice of the Province of Ontario, the Honourable Mr. Justice Warren K. Winkler, on June 1, 2011. September 28 of each year will now be.... Read on >>

Are You Searching For Michigan Ancestors?
By: Shirley Gage Hodges
If you have Michigan ancestors there are many sources that will help you find information about them. One of my favorites is.... Read on >>

Canadian Historical Anecdotes - Grey Owl (1888-1938)
Transcribed by Sandra Roberts
Following his death [in 1938], it became clear that the renowned Indian author and naturalist was, in fact, an Englishman named Archibald Stansfeld Belaney who had no native blood whatever... Read on >>

"Preservation of The Public Morals" Perth County, Canada West [Ontario] 1859
By Rick Roberts
Last month's article about a poster that laid out the rules for the Norfolk County Poor House was a hit with our readers. This month I've included something for those with Perth County, Ontario roots...Read on >>

Library and Archives Canada digitizes past issues of the Canada Gazette (1841-1997)
Press Release: Library and Archives Canada
Today, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) commemorates the 170th anniversary of the Canada Gazette by making accessible the digitized back issues, from 1841 to 1997, on its website dedicated to this... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds 16 Million New Records - Brazil, Canada, Cote d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Ecuador, and U.S.
By Paul Nauta
Among the 16 million records added to FamilySearch.org this week, over six million are from the United States, including new collections from California, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New York, Oregon, and Vermont. Additionally, five million new Civil Registration and Catholic Church records from Mexico are now available for free viewing at... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds Millions of Records for Five Countries
By Paul Nauta
FamilySearch.org added millions of new records this week of both Confederate and Union soldiers who served in the American Civil War. Also now available for viewing are newly added notarial records from Canada, church records and civil registrations from Mexico, and miscellaneous records from England. Begin... Read on >>

Aye, Aye Captain - British Merchant Navy Archives Reveal Photos of UK's Forgotten 'Fourth Service'
By Press Release - findmypast.co.uk
One million 20th century Merchant Navy Seamen records are going online for the first time ever, as Britain approaches Merchant Navy Day on Saturday 3rd September. But when asked what the Merchant Navy was, 54% of the British population couldn't answer correctly, even though.... Read on >>

Ancestry Provides Free Access to 200 Million Canadian Historic Immigration Records Until Sept 5th
By Press Release - Ancestry.ca
Today, Ancestry.ca announced that it will be providing free access to the world's largest collection of digitized online immigration records, from August 29 through.... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds 6 Million Records for Ten Countries
By Paul Nauta
FamilySearch.org added over six million records this week to its free online database. The new collections include seigniorial records from Austria, civil registrations from Chihuahua, Mexico, and probate records from Kentucky, U.S. Also added this week are records from Brazil, Guatemala, Hungary, Peru, Poland, South Africa, and Spain... Read on >>

Rules & Regulations for the Norfolk County, Ontario Poor House 1871
By Rick Roberts
While digitizing boxes of my personal family history documents I came across a poster that I thought our readers would be interested in it, even those without Norfolk County roots...Read on >>

CALL FOR SPEAKERS - Finding Your Great War Ancestors
By Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library will be co-hosting a one-day workshop on Finding Your Great War Ancestors on March 31, 2012. You are invited to submit proposals for... Read on >>

Smugglers' Glen Uncovered West of Dingwall, Scotland
By Royal Commission on Ancient Historical Monuments Scotland
A local Highland history group have uncovered a hotbed of illicit distilling and smuggling in a remote glen west of Dingwall. While surveying Strathconon glen, volunteers discovered more than 50 bothies where whisky was distilled and stored, alongside evidence of.... Read on >>

British TV Series Wants You for New Show: Guess the Relative
By Rick Roberts
We received an appeal from Dragonfly TV this week. They are asking interested people from all over the world, who have UK ancestry, to contact them and possibly be featured in their first season. This is second appeal, so it may be worthwhile to contact them with your story..... Read on >>

Ancestry Expands its U.S. School Yearbook Collection - More than 150 Million New Records
By Press Release - Ancestry.ca
Ancestry today announced a massive expansion of the world's most extensive searchable collection of school yearbooks available online. The company has added nearly 25,000 new yearbooks to the collection, which now totals over 35,000 and carries 155 million records encompassing the years 1884 to 2009. The U.S. Yearbook Collection includes.... Read on >>

British & New Zealand Military Records Added to GenesReunited.co.uk
By Press Release - GenesReunited.co.uk
To coincide with the 97th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, UK family history site Genes Reunited have released a variety of military records. From today people interested in tracking down their ancestors from WW1 and the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899 - 1902 can.... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds New Records From Belgium, England, Nicaragua, Peru, Russia and USA
By Paul Nauta
Along with six million images added to Mexico collections at FamilySearch.org this week, additions were made to collections from six other countries. Browse through newly–added parish register records from Belgium and England, or the new collection of church book records from Russia. Additionally, new records from eight U.S. states: Maryland, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia, are now available at.... Read on >>

Scottish Post Office Directories – Have you used them yet?
By Ruth Blair PLCGS
The National Library of Scotland has put their Post Office Directories online. The time period covered is 1773-1911 and 28 towns and counties in Scotland are represented. There are 694 directories in the.... Read on >>

148,000 New Surrey & Kent (UK) Burial Records to Search on findmypast.co.uk
By Press Release - findmypast.co.uk
"Great news for anyone with East Surrey or East Kent ancestors: we’ve just published 148,316 new burial records for.... Read on >>

OneWorldOneFamily Conference - New Speaker on Polish Jewish Records Added
By Rick Roberts
Organizers report that OneWorldOneFamily Conference has an additional speaker who will be speaking on Polish Jewish Records. The conference is scheduled for Saturday September 17th, 2011 from 9am to 5pm in Toronto. More than 30 workshops plus a .... Read on >>

Dating Edinburgh Photographs Taken by Professional Photographers 1839 - 1939
By Rick Roberts
The early years of professional photography represented a time in which photographers were the happy beneficiaries of a booming new business. Most were inundated with customers when they first set up shop in a new location. Eventually demand would level off, causing many photographers to seek greener pastures at a new location. Their frequent moves makes it easier to identify .... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds More New Collections And Images
By Paul Nauta
Among the thousands of records added to FamilySearch.org this week are new images of testaments (wills) from Cádiz ,...,,Spain. Also, be sure to check out new United States military records for Louisiana and Washington as well as a new collection of North Carolina estate files. Estate files can offer an insightful look at an ancestor's living conditions. Additionally, Canada, Italy, and Poland collections were.... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds 4.3 Million Images This Week
By Paul Nauta
Of the 4.3 million images added to FamilySearch.org this week, nearly half belong to the Hungary Civil Registration, 1895–1980, collection, which features images of births to 1920, marriages to 1950, and deaths to 1980. New image collections have been added for Austria, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and the U.S. The new Canadian collection provides a look at 700,000 images of county deed registries from New Brunswick. Begin.... Read on >>

Guild of One-Name Studies' Membership Offer at upcoming NZ Family History Fair (or online)
By Press Release - The Guild of One-Name Studies
Following successful offers made earlier in the year at Family History Fairs in London and York, England, and Colorado, USA, the international Guild of One Name Studies will be making a similar offer at the New Zealand Society of Genealogists' New Zealand Family History fair and online at.... Read on >>

UK's National Archives Releases British Railway Employment Records, 1833 - 1963 on Ancestry
By Press Release - Ancestry.ca
Railway Employment Records are one of the largest and earliest archives of civilian trades in the UK. The records reveal fascinating stories about life on the railways from their early, dangerous beginnings to their heyday as a key component of Britain's Victorian infrastructure, and reflect the significance of the railway companies as huge employers in both towns and country. Many families will find railway ancestors here, and the level of detail in these records makes them a valuable online resource for historians and.... Read on >>

FamilySearch Added 1.8 Million New Records and Images Last Week
By Paul Nauta
Historic records from eight countries have been digitized and added to FamilySearch.org. In addition to 1.8 million new U.S. records, collections from seven other countries were added: Canada, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, and Poland. There are many gems for curious minds, such as.... Read on >>

How to save on a Ancestry.co.uk and FindMyPast.com subscriptions
By Rick Roberts
The August 1st long-weekend was a hot one in Southern Ontario. While cooling off in the house and browsing online genealogy sites on Monday afternoon, I stumbed onto a method to save on Ancestry.co.uk and FindMyPast.com memberships.... Read on >>

List of Ontario Land Registry Offices Updated
By Rick Roberts
Ruth Burkholder of RMB Genealogical Services has updated the list of Ontario Land Registry Offices and their contact information that was published in a previous Global Gazette article. There are.... Read on >>

Saskatchewan Birth, Marriage and Death Records Article Updated
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
Address updates have been added to an earlier article regarding locating vital records for residents of Saskatchewan. The article provides links to similar articles for all Canadian provinces.... Read on >>



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