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Ancestry.ca - The Ancestry Newsletter for Canadians
  January 2009 Edition
Thanks so much for the feedback on our last edition of the Ancestry.ca Newsletter. We know you’ll find interesting information to help you discover your story and we’re always up for new ideas. Don’t be shy – if there’s something you want to see here please let us know.
While we’re all bogged down in the snow (and economy talk) it’s a great time to sit by the fire, grab a Timmies and find out about your family. We are adding new records, family histories and trees daily, so there are always new records to discover.
In this edition, we discuss new site features, new record collections launched and coming soon and some things you may not know existed on Ancestry.ca. Plus, you can check out a great Customer Brag, and more!

Feature Story

Canadian Civil
Servants Lists of
Canada 1872-1900

Canadian Civil Servants Lists of Canada 1872-1900
Did someone in your family work for the Canadian Government? Do you work for the government? Find out what your counterpart earned for the same position.
The Canadian Civil Servants lists of Canada, 1972 – 1900 go beyond the dates and places and they are intriguing even if you don’t have a relative in the collection.
The 78,000 records are available fully indexed and fully searchable online for the first time and help paint a more vivid picture of the working life of Canadians just before the turn of the 20th Century.
This collection will give you a unique opportunity to find out how an ancestor’s career might have progressed and how much they earned, as well as offer personal individual information such as birth date, age, date of first appointment, years at post, promotion to present rank, creed or religion and nationality of origin.
For example, a Deputy Minister in the federal government in 1872 was earning a salary of $2,600. That same position today pays an average of 75 times that amount at $197,500. The Minister of Public Works. Today’s salary of $230,000 is 230 times the $1,000 salary back when Sir John A. Macdonald was still Prime Minister.
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Ancestry.ca Top 5 Things...
You May Not Know About Records
  1. There are 2 pages to an Attestation paper. To find an Attestation Paper please search military records: While page one of the attestation document looks like it is complete. It’s not. These documents for volunteers for the Canadian Expeditionary Force in WW1 were signed to show they were willing to serve overseas. The first page includes the name, address, next-of kin, occupation, vaccination, previous military experience, where born and birth date, plus it includes the Battalion number and the registration number assigned to the soldier.
    The second page includes height, complexion, distinguishing marks (like tattoos, moles), girth, complexion, eye colour, hair colour, plus the recruit’s religion and if they are medically fit to serve. There is even a place for Doctors to write if they were unfit to serve.
  2. If you’re lost for where to begin, you can enter your last name into the "Family Facts" search box on Ancestry.ca and find out where your last name comes from and where some of your ancestors could have come from. Plus, if you scroll to the bottom of the page you can find other people researching your ancestral name and quite possibly connect with a relative.
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Ancestry.ca New Features on Ancestry.ca
You asked for it & we built it!
View Record IconWhen you see a small checkmark next to a search result it means you’ve already saved that record to a person in your family tree. No more going back and forth or printing records to double check. Our database will keep track for you.
A "Person Compare Card"
Person Compare Card
With information about the person you are searching for will now pop up above your search results to help you decide if the new record is a match. Tip: You must use the type–ahead tool for this feature to work.
Have some records or features you’d like to see on Ancestry.ca? We’d like to hear about it. Plus, we’re revamping the Learning Centre on Ancestry.ca and we’d love to know how to make it better. Please send us an email with your thoughts and comments, and tidbits you’ve learned along the way, to feedback@ancestry.ca so we can make Ancestry.ca all you need to be able to Discover Your Story.
Ancestry.ca New Records – Search Now!
Canadian Civil Servants Lists of Canada
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Ancestry.ca Discover Your Story...
Walter Thomas Baker Walter Thomas Baker
How records can help you discover your story
While Looking for Walter T Baker we came across a member who had him in their family tree, we found Attestation documents, marriage certificates, census information and more in our databases for Walter, his wife and his ancestors – stretching from Hamilton, Ontario to the UK.
After we had vitals, information on his regiment number and Battalion we looked elsewhere on the internet and found…a War Diary of his Battalion and his Regiment Book.
In the War Diary we found an account of the weather, the artillery and some amazing information – including records about the day before he was killed in action. Thanks to members of The Canadian Expeditionary Forces Study Group – who are transcribing these records from Library and Archives Canada.
Baker’s regiment book was luckily scanned on Archive.org, which included a picture of him in his enlistment Battalion.
Now…Walter Thomas Baker’s medal and a hard copy of the regiment book (we located from an antiquarian book dealer) are being returned to his family after over 92 years. -- Read the follow-up story from the Hamilton Spectator.
Schindler’s List & Holocaust Database Schindler’s List & Holocaust Database
Amongst 300+ Historical Jewish Collections Launching Free Online - 10 Million Names
  • 300 + unique historical record collections from 14 different countries
  • Yizkor Books, birth, marriage and death records and more
  • Ancestors of famous Canadians – Bora Laskin, Stephen Lewis, Izzy Asper, Moses Znaimer, William Shatner...
We’ve partnered with JewishGen® and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to create the world’s largest online collection of Jewish historical records.
“Ancestry is committed to preserving and providing better access to important historical records and we are thrilled to be collaborating with JewishGen to make these collections even more accessible to Canadians with Jewish ancestry.” Karen Peterson, Marketing Director, Ancestry.ca
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What's New
Ancestry.ca Top 5 Things...
Ancestry.ca New Features on Ancestry.ca
Ancestry.ca Niche Records (You Didn’t
Know Existed)
Ancestry.ca New Content, Records
& Databases
Ancestry.ca Canadian Civil Servants List
Ancestry.ca Jewish Family History
Ancestry.ca How Records Help Discover Your Story
Ancestry.ca Customer Brag of the Month
Ancestry.ca Upcoming Collections
Ancestry.ca Customer Comments
Ancestry.ca 401/427 Toronto Cemetery
Ancestry.ca Brag of the Month
Customer Brag of the Month
"Lying About Age Doesn’t Change Over the Years!"
by Ancestry Customer, Jonathan McColl
My grandfather was Ernest McColl, son of one of the original McColl Brothers whose name joined with Frontenac to give a well-known Canadian oil company—but I’m afraid the money was on a different side of the family, so I’m not rich. He joined the Governor-General’s Bodyguard (the GGBG) as a junior officer in 1906 and made his way up to Major.
Ernest McColl in his GGBG uniformMany years ago the government gave me a one-page military career for him, and Ancestry.ca files more recently gave me his attestation papers. He went to Europe in 1915 commanding a battery of artillery in the CEF and they fought on the Western Front right up to the invasion of Germany. I have his mentioned-in-dispatches for an engagement near Cambrai, and a photograph of the battery taken on New Year’s Day 1919.
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Send Us Your Brag
Send us your story and it could be featured in next month’s edition.
Send it to feedback@ancestry.ca.
Ancestry.ca Coming Soon
  • 1916 Census of Canada, the most recent census collection available in Canada
  • The complete 19th century Census of Canada Collection (including 1861, 1871, and 1881)
  • Canadian Ocean Arrivals, 1919 to 1924
  • Canadian Border Entries, 1908 to 1935
  • Ontario Marriages, including District Registers, 1801-1858, and Roman Catholic Registers, 1828-1870
  • Chinese Immigration Records, 1882–1941
  • Italian Vital Records, 1800 - 1900
  • Mexican Census
  • Scandinavia Vitals, 1600 - 2006
  • Wallonia, BMD, 1580 – 1796
  • Denmark Marriages, 1631–1902
  • Deaths Abroad, 1910 – 1974
  • Deaf Marriages, 1889 – 1894
  • Native American Records, Southeastern States, 1850 – 1930
  • Slave Manifests filed at New Orleans, 1807 - 1860
Ancestry.ca Niche Records
You didn’t know existed
Montreal Snowshoe Club, 1886 - photo: The McCord Museum
There are more types of records than you think – and they are being added daily! To keep up to date with what’s being posted or updated ensure you bookmark this page (to bookmark in internet explorer click the link and right click on the page and you’ll see an option for “favorites”)
Ancestry.ca has niche record collections like:
  • The Loyalists in Ontario: in the years following the close of the American Revolutionary War, there was a special provision that made the children of the Loyalists who settled in Ontario eligible for land grants free of fees as they came of age or married.
  • War of 1812 - Miscellaneous Records: a collection of databases providing information on many Canadians and British in the War of 1812, with some American names. It includes a list of prisoners (not soldiers) taken at Newark (Niagara, Ontario); a register of individuals and their property losses and more.
  • The Montreal Snow Shoe Club: its history and record, with a synopsis of the racing events of other clubs throughout the Dominion, from 1840 to 1882.
  • Freemasons - Barton Lodge No. 6: a searchable book about the Hamilton, Ontario Masonic Lodge. See if any of your family members know the secret handshake.
  • Canadian Parliamentary Marriages & Divorces: references civil divorces granted by the Parliament of Canada between 1867 and 1919 in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
  • The Card Catalog: check the card catalog for other niche records to search.
Ancestry.ca Customer Comments
"Thank you so much for supplying information on my Grandfather Charles Norman Hampson, Sgt. C.O.C. Canadian Expeditionary Force W.W. 1. It is something our family will treasure. It has led to a commemorative plaque in his honour within the new Veteran's Memorial Garden. I have been a proud member of the Legion for over 30 years. I am still searching for further information and thanks again."
Ron B.

"Re: your story in the December Newsletter “Charles Dickens & the Ontario Jail Mystery Woman” There is a story in my Moore family that Richard Pentland (who married Emily Moore in 1882 in Manitoba) was a member of the North West Mounted Police and served under Inspector Francis Dickens in Fort MacLeod, Alberta. This Francis Dickens supposedly is a son of Charles Dickens. If this story is true, maybe the details that Charles wrote about had been relayed to him by is son?"
David C.
Cemetery in the Middle of the 401 & 427, Toronto
Cemetery in the Middle of the 401 & 427, Toronto
I’ve been driving by it almost every day for about five years and never noticed it. It wasn’t until a local Toronto Genealogist pointed it out (and at the same time she tried to crash the vehicle). So be warned, be careful while you look for yourself.
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