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Archive for May, 2010

Census Idea – Helpful Tips #3

This advice came from one of the Rootsweb Lists I read.  Upon filling out your census form, make copies of it to keep in your records. This will ensure that the next generations in your family won’t have to wait the required number of years for the census records to become public!

We will be doing this and a poster also suggested perhaps scanning and saving it to CD.  What an excellent idea!

New Horizons Genealogy – “Specializing in New England and New York Colonial American Ancestry”

From their Website:

New Horizons Genealogy specializes in New England and New York Colonial American Genealogy, Ancestry and Family History. Our record collections include, Vital records, Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Colonial and State Census records, Federal and State Census Mortality Schedules, Cemetery records, 1840 Census of Pensioners and Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in New York State. We also include links to other quality genealogy records to help make these collections as complete as possible.

An amazing collection of transcribed New England records from 1830 – onwards.  Their goal is to transcribe all US State Census recordsand all Federal and State Mortality Schedules transcribed and indexed in one place and to provide free access to everyone read more …

Definitely worth looking through.  Please contact the webmaster if you would like to volunteer in the transcription project.
New Horizons Genealogy
PO Box 242
Fonda, NY 12068

email: nhgenealogy@yahoo.com

MyHeritage Top 100 Genealogy Sites

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The sites below have been selected by MyHeritage as the top 100 Genealogy Sites for 2010. Many of these blogs belong to active members of the GeneaBloggers Community.  If you have a genealogy related blog you would like to share, then you definitely should consider submitting it to GeneaBloggers.  You may also want to participate in Facebook‘s 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy challenges.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

Above the Trees


Ancestors Live Here

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Apple’s Tree

Arlene Eakle’s Genealogy Blog

Bayside Blog

Before my Time

Betty’s Boneyard Genealogy Blog

Brenda Dougall Merriman


Creative Gene

Crowe’s Nest

Cruwys News

Destination: Austin Family

Documenting the Details

Donna’s Genealogy Blog

Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories

Elyse’s Genealogy Blog


Family, Friends and Neighbors

Family Oral History Using Digital Tools

Find My Ancestors

Find Your Folks

From Wilno to Worcester


Gena’s Genealogy


Genealogy Blog

Genealogy Canada

Genealogy Lines

Genealogy in New South Wales

Genealogy is Ruthless Without Me

Genealogy Star

Genealogy Tip of the Day




Greta’s Genealogy Blog

Gus’s Genealogy Blog

Henthorn Genealogy News

Jessica’s Genejournal

Kick-Ass Genealogy


Lessons from my Ancestors

Life from the Roots

Little Bytes of Life

Mad About Genealogy

Midwestern Microhistory

Moultrie Creek

New England Genealogy

Nutfield Genealogy

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

Patten Project

Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica

Practical Archivist

Renee’s Genealogy Blog

Roots ‘n’ Leaves


Scottish Genealogy News and Events

Shauna Hicks History Enterprises

Small-Leaved Shamrock

Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Staats Place

Steve’s Genealogy Blog

St. Vincent Memories

Taneya’s Genealogy Blog

The Accidental Genealogist

The Armchair Genealogist

The Association of Graveyard Rabbits

The Chart Chick

The Family Curator

The Genetic Genealogist

The Slovak Yankee


TJLGenes: Preserving Our Family History


Twigs of Yore

Upstate New York Genealogy Blog

Wandering Genealogist

Walking the Berkshires

West in New England

Zalewski Family Genealogy

1901 Irish Census and Church Records

The National Archives of Ireland in partnership with the Library and Archives Canada, will launch the entire 1901 Irish Census collection on their website available for viewing starting Jun 3, 2010 free of charge. Look for more and more resources available from Archives all over the world as several projects are underway.
Also, from my Family History Centre newsletter, written by Helen Billing:

More Irish Church Records

The Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport of the Government of Ireland has put transcriptions of church records online at its website: Irish Genealogy. They currently include 1.3 million church records of baptism, marriage and death records available to view free of charge. Of these, 734,000 Church records are from Dublin City and 600,000 records are from Kerry. More records will be added in June for Carlow, and Cork (City and West Cork).

You can subscribe to this bulletin by contacting:

Toronto Family History Centre

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
24 Ferrand Drive (Don Mills & Eglinton) M3C 3V4
Phone: 416 422 5480 Ext. 111.

Email: Toronto_FHC@bellnet.ca

OGS Conference 2010 – Follow Up

Over 700 people attended and participated in this years Ontario Genealogy Conference held last weekend in Toronto. I spoke with several people who attended the Conference (due to expected events I was not able to attend after all) – all who enjoyed the event immensely and were excited about the sessions they attended. I met with a good friend of mine, Henri Malizia on Sunday night who flew in for the Conference from the US and we discussed the series over dinner. Henri has been extracting the records for Settefrati, Frosinone, Italy and has joined with Family Search to host those records on the website where they will be available to researchers everywhere for free.
John Philip Colletta was a big hit with the crowd – one person’s summary about the way she felt was “John Coletta was amazing to listen and watch.. such an icon to Italian American Genealogy”. I’m also told he had a wonderful sense of humour and really inspired the group to pursue their Italian ancestry.
I hope to be posting some of the highlights of the weekend soon.

Next year’s OGS will be held in Hamilton, Ontario, during May 13th to May 15th.

Photographic Restoration – Heirloom Art Studio

Last fall while attending the First Annual Festa dei Nonni in Windsor Ontario, sponsored by the Italian Genealogy and Heraldry Society of Canada, I was fortunate enough to meet with a very special and amazing artist, Kathryn Rutherford from Heirloom Art Studio. Kathryn has not only received several awards for her outstanding work but has restored many family portraits over the years. She showcased some of her work at the Festa last Fall and I was amazed with her award winning SPIRIT PAINTINGS in which she adds the spirits of her great grandparents into her portraits.
Kathryn’s studio is located at 2616 Wears Valley Rd, Sevierville, TN. You can also view her blog at Fine Artist at Heirloom Art Studio for updates on her latest works.

Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2010

The Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2010 starts today and advance registration is now closed. Several streams are already booked but you can still register at the door for some sessions as space permits.

Saturday, May 16 Italian stream will be hosted by genealogical speakers, John Philip Colletta. The session is in four parts:
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Session I1: How to Prepare for Successful Research in European Records – Colletta
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Session I2: Italian Records, Part 1: The Foundation for Successful Research- Colletta
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Session I3: Italian Records, Part 2: A Detailed Examination, One by One- Colletta
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session I4: Tracing the Origins of the Zorzi Family of Toronto: From Lonca to Passariano (Udine, Italy) and Beyond – Olga Zorzi Pugliese

For more information on this, or any of the sessions presented this weekend visit the OGS Conference 2010 website.

Marriages in Ontario 1800 – 1927

The Ontario Vital Statistics Project is a extracted collection of Ontario Marriages from 1800 through 1927. Part 1 is arranged by county using sources other than post-1869 civil registrations . Part 2 uses Ontario Civil Registration from 1869 to 1927, and is taken from the Ontario Archives, microfilm MS 932.

Many Italian marriages took place during this time and are included in the pages. Once again, the site exists due to the help of the wonderful volunteers and is also free to use.

Indices to Canadian Censuses

I want to share this interesting site today that allows you to search several Canadian Census records from 1851 – 1911. It also has some other great records such as links to the Soldiers of the First World War , births, marriage and deaths. Transcription, proof reading, and linking is done by volunteers and no registration or payment is required to view the index.

As much as I do enjoy using Ancestry, It’s great to always have options. And as most of my favourite sites, it’s free. Have a look and see what you think..


Albo dei Caduti della Grande Guerra

One of my absolute favourite resources that was only recently published online is the Albo dei Caduti della Grande Guerra which is the list of Italian Soldiers killed in Italy during World War 1. The site is completely written in Italian but is still very easy to navigate if you follow the instructions below.

1. Go to the blue link Cerca negli Albi
2. The list is arranged by groups of provinces. For example 9 is for the Provinces of Reggio Calabria (RC), Catanzaro (CZ) and Cosenza(CS)
3. Click on the blue link Caduti Grande Guerra in the second column.
4. Scroll down and you will get a group of buttons A-Z
5. Click on the first letter of the surname of the person who you are researching.
6. Use the list of names like you would the telephone book (remember to check the page before and after as well and alternative spellings of the surname). This is a great way to see if your surname has changed through the years.

Using this site I was able to locate several missing ancestors and the dates and causes of their deaths. For soldiers killed from Ardore, Reggio Calabria see Calabria Exchange: SEARCHING THE ARDORE WW1 DEATHS DATABASE IN ONE STEP

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