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Ancestry.ca | Monthly Update July 2011  
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In this month’s newsletter:
 
•  Discover your British family history
•  New release – the UK 1911 Census
•  New site features
•  Discovering your roots
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Remembering our UK History
Our annual Canada Day commemorates the day in 1867 when the three British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada were joined into a single country. First colonized by UK settlers in the 1600s, Canada remained under varying levels of British control until 1982. Today, Canada Day is a time to celebrate the birth of our nation and our national independence. This year Canada received a special birthday gift with the royal visit of newlyweds Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton. In fact, it wasn’t the first time the Middleton family was in Canada - Ancestry.ca discovered a Passenger List record containing Kate’s grandfather, Peter Middleton, in Calgary as a flight instructor at the #37 Service Flying Training School. Click here to view the record.
The visit was a reminder of the historical ties and continued relationship we maintain with our family and friends from across the pond.
 
It is estimated that nearly one-third of all Canadians can trace their family history to the UK. If you are among the millions of Canadians with UK ancestry, celebrate your
past by browsing our extensive collection of UK historical records – including church registers, census and military records, immigration documents and much more.
 
> UK, Census Collection
> UK, Parish Baptism, Marriage and Burial Records
> UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949
> British Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1918
> UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
> UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972
> UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
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UK 1911 Census
Our newly launched collection of census records for the year 1911 come from England, Wales, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. Discover a wealth of data about marriages, children and employment. This collection also reflects some of the political drama of the time, when women in England were fighting for the right to vote. Many suffragettes refused to participate in this census, and some even left notes of protest on the census forms. Currently available as an image-only collection, the 1911 UK Census records include scans of individual householder forms for browsing and viewing in the original handwriting of your ancestors.

> 1911 England Census
> 1911 Wales Census
> 1911 Isle of Man Census
> 1911 Channel Islands Census
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UK Passenger Lists
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Dorset, England, Wills and Probate, 1565-1858
Vital Records In historical England, men could make a will as early as age 14, and women at age 12 - a tradition inherited from the laws of ancient Rome. Britons of all ages - some merely children - left behind wills which give today’s genealogists fascinating glimpses into the past. Now you can find out what was most important to your English ancestors. Our collection of parish registers from Dorset, England has been updated to include Wills and Probates from the years 1565-1858. This collection adds more than three centuries worth of records to our Dorset, England data, which also includes Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths and Burials from the 19th to the 21st century.

> Dorset, England, Wills and Probate 1565-1858
> Dorset, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906
> Dorset, England, Confirmations 1850-1921
> Dorset, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921
> Dorset, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-2001
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West Yorkshire, England Records
Did you know that both the Brontë sisters and fish and chips mogul Harry Ramsden were born in West Yorkshire? Find out what notable personalities in your family’s past hailed from this region. If your English ancestors came from the areas of Old Ainsty, Pontefract or Doncaster, you will want to begin your search right here. Our Church of England parish registers go back nearly 500 years and have been updated to include new historical records from West Yorkshire. Explore your English history in our archive of West Yorkshire Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Banns, Deaths and Burials, and Confirmations, covering years from 1512 to 1997.

UK Passenger Lists
> West Yorkshire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813 - 1906
> West Yorkshire, England, Confirmations, 1859-1915
> West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921
> West Yorkshire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985
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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar
(Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861 - 1941
Vital Records Wills and probate records offer a glimpse into the lives of your ancestors and can give you the details you need to uncover your British roots. Estate values, the deceased's name, the date and place of death, the name of the executor and, in some cases, bequest recipients can all be found in this historical collection. Search and you could discover your ancestor's tastes and interests, their occupation, even the history of a family heirloom. What's more, details of beneficiaries and executors may reveal new relatives for you to explore. This collection has been improved to include complete books from the initial launch as well as the correction of county name Yorkshire, England.

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New Site Features
Search Far and Wide with Ancestry.ca
Our Ancestry search engine is more powerful than ever. Now, your Ancestry.ca search can also help you find related records available for free on other web sites. Your search query now delivers additional documents from libraries, government offices, genealogical societies and sites such as Rootsweb, in addition to our massive database at Ancestry.ca. Simply click on search results labelled “Web” to visit outside sites hosting other documents.
The world’s largest online genealogical database now makes it easy to access an even wider range of historical data. You can do it all from your favourite one-stop family history web site.

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Discovering your roots
Put the “family” back in your family vacation
As schools let out this month, families across Canada will hit the road for their annual summer vacations. But just because it is vacation time doesn’t mean the learning has to end. For parents and children alike, a rewarding part of a family vacation can be to learn about the history of the place you are visiting. Trips to historical sites, museums, churches and monuments can add a valuable dimension to your trip. What’s more, your travels can also serve as an opportunity to learn about your own history – your family history.
While researching my husband’s family a few years ago, I discovered that his grandmother had not moved to Canada in 1859 with the rest of the family, but to New York State instead. I found her name indexed in a town cemetery in upper New York State, so we visited the cemetery and found her beautiful tombstone, completely intact on a quiet grassy hillside. Touching it, I felt that we had instantly connected her with her living family in Ontario. It was the highlight of our family vacation.
Doing a bit of pre-holiday research is the first step to putting the “family” back into your family vacation. Start by writing down what you know and what you don’t about your ancestors. Build your family tree online and invite your family members to view it so they can add what they know. Next, check out records like city directories. You can make some incredible discoveries in these records, including the exact addresses of your ancestors’ homes and workplaces.

A family history fact-finding mission can make for a unique and entertaining trip – one that your family will remember for years. As I found out, the entire family may be surprised by the things – and places – you discover.

Lesley Anderson, Ancestry.ca.


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