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Posts Tagged ‘Archives’

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

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.

Who Do You Think You Are

WDYTYAWith the final two episodes of WDYTYA under way, I thought I should at least mention it once. I haven’t before because it seems like every time I turn around someone has either written, blogged or mentioned it. Talk about over kill. The series is interesting – it gives me an excuse to watch TV on Friday nights which is a nice break from housework, the computer and watching silly reruns of movies I have already seen at least a hundred times but it’s still not what I expected.
I feel the series, while good, is not geared to the average person. There is too much use of professional genealogists and jet setting all over the world. It also is misleading because so far, EVERYONE has had some famous or glorified ancestor in their family- which is not going to be the case for most people. Using actors as the main subjects is entertaining but allowing them into archives to handle old documents without the use of gloves or a pencil makes me cringe! Tell me you or I could go into that same archive and get away with something like that!
And because the shows are only an hour in length I find they jump over some important steps to how they arrive at discovering that all too important piece of family history. Instead of doing such a long introduction or a boring and pointless recap after each commercial, why not talk more about the sources used or the time frame involved in arriving to the outcome? The only time I have seen mention of any online source used is when someone logs onto Ancestry to look up a ship manifest. That’s great if you have the luxury of a laptop and subscription to ancestry from home, but if not, it is available at most libraries or Family History Centers for free. Or another alternative is the Ellis Island site if your ancestors arrived through New York and prior to 1924.

In spite of this, I do enjoy the show and I am happy that it has been picked up for another season. I only hope that they will eventually realize that there is so much more that they can do with the show to improve it.

Future Episodes:
Friday, April 26 – Susan Sarandon traces her ancestry to Tuscany, Italy
Friday, April 30 – Spike Lee traces his African- American roots.

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