- April 2009 -

We’re not foolin’ – we’ve got a great newsletter for you this month. In here you’ll find a reason to love taxes, a list of names that seem more like an April Fool’s prank and, of course, the usual collection of news, tips and sneak peeks. So curl up with your computer and a cup of coffee and enjoy.

Why You Should Love (Okay, Like) Taxes.

This time of year, people generally don’t have a lot of love for Revenue Canada. Spring is here, the weather’s getting nice and you’re stuck digging up receipts and filling out countless forms. But paying taxes isn’t all bad. Family historians will be quite surprised to learn that tax records can actually hold valuable information on their ancestors.

From the U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862 – 1918 to Latvia: Riga Tax Administration List, 1858 – 1917, Ancestry.ca has a rich collection of tax records from around the world that can not only help you locate your ancestors, but also help you to get a better idea of their wealth and lifestyle. Try searching our tax records today, what you get in return may surprise you.

For some Canadians, every day must
have felt like April Fool’s.

With names like these, it’s not surprising Canada has produced some of the world’s top comedians.

From Rich Little to Jim Carey and Seth Rogan, Canada has a long comedy tradition. And, with some of the names we’ve discovered over the years at Ancestry.ca, we can certainly see why Canadians have developed such a legendary sense of humour. There’s Jester McNut from Colchester, Nova Scotia who can be found in the 1891 Canadian Census. In the 1916 Canadian Census, we discovered a Finnish immigrant with the unfortunate name of John Joke. And we have the Drouin Collection to thank for introducing us to Lidwine Prank, who must have been thrilled to take a new last name after her marriage in 1906 to Rene Charbonneau.

Other humourous names found in our Canadian records collection include:
Burn Clown – a teenaged farm labourer in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, found in the 1916 Canadian Census
George H. Trick – a father of three found in the 1906 Canadian Census living with his wife and family in Lisgar, Manitoba.
A. Ruse – a lodger from England who, according to the 1911 Census, was living in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Ruby F. Hoax – found in the 1911 Census in Colchester, Nova Scotia.

And our April Fool’s list wouldn’t be complete without…
Francis Fool – an 1893 resident in Notre Dame, Quebec found in the Drouin Collection.

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German Phone
Directories, 1881 – 1981
1930 Mexican Census
Alabama State Census,
1820, 1850, 1855, 1866

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