Ancestry.ca | Monthly Update April 2011
In this month’s newsletter:
•  The Royal Wedding
•  Just Launched on Ancestry.ca
•  New Customer Support Hours
•  Discover Your Royal Connection
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A Wedding, Spring Blossoms, and Your Family Tree
This April, love is in the air. On April 29th, the world will be watching the royal marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton as they embark on the royal wedding of the century. It’s amazing the impact a wedding can make on the world. But if you think about it, weddings have a profound effect on our family trees as well.

Marriage collections can be one of the richest sources of family history research. These vital records can contain the groom's full name, the bride's given and maiden names, the event place and date, the parents’ names, occupations, residences, religions, and more. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to explore the marriages in your family tree today.

Start by searching our most popular Canadian marriage collections:

•   Ontario, Canada: Birth, Marriage and Death Records
•   Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967
•   Canada Parliamentary Marriage and Divorces, 1867-1919
•   British Columbia Marriage Index: 1872 to 1924

Irish Records
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Canada School Directories, 1830-1901
Featuring thousands of NEW records across 82 volumes, the Canada School Directories, 1830-1901 collection lets you experience the life of students, faculty and alumni during the earliest years of Canada’s academic institutions. With thousands of new family history records and images, the Canada School Directories collection includes schools such as McGill College in Montreal; the University of Ottawa; and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. The collections include addresses, classmates, teachers, courses, or even professions of your ancestors to add to your family tree.

Beechwood Cemetery
UPDATED COLLECTION | Available to World Deluxe Members
Sydney and New South Wales, Sands Street Index, 1861-1930
UK Passenger Lists This important update to the Sydney and New South Wales Sands directories database completes our project to index every 5th year of the directories by adding new indexes for the years 1895, 1905, 1915, and 1925. With over 620,000 records and 2,000 images, this collection of grassland licenses for individual farmers helps find where ancestors worked, especially if they were farmers or ranchers. The land used to graze and the farmer’s residence are both found in these records.

NEW COLLECTION | Available to World Deluxe Members
UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919
With over 43,000 records in the collection, the UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 is an important recollection of history that lists Royal Navy and Royal Marine officers and their ratings who died during the First World War. With many Canadian servicemen serving with the Royal Navy and British descendants immigrating to Canada after the Great War, this collection has a strong Canadian connection. Records show full name, rank, service number, date and place of birth, cause of death, where buried, ship’s name, and usually next of kin. The greatest number of deaths aboard a single vessel listed in the collection would be the 1,227 lost in the sinking of the enormous battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary during the battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916.

Vital Records
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New York City Births, 1891-1902
Genealogical Register In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, immigrants swarmed through the port of New York. Many of these immigrants moved on to other cities and states; however, many others stayed and created a life in New York. This database is an index of births reported in New York City between 1891 and 1902. Updated settings in the field dictionary and new record pages in the New York City Births, 1891-1902 collection make it easier to search and to save a record to your family tree.


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Discover Your Royal Connection
The world will be watching on Friday, April 29 as Prince William marries his long-time love Kate Middleton. Considered by many to be the ‘wedding of the century’, this event will be a true spectacle, and I will be one of the many Canadians setting the alarm at 6 a.m. to watch live.

But for some, the wedding will be more than just a global news story; it will actually be a family event. There are countless Canadians who may be able to trace their family back into the Royal Family tree without even knowing it. Indeed, in a recent Ancestry.ca survey, 17 per cent of Canadians have stated that they would most like to be linked to royalty, while 10 per cent claim to have already found a connection to a Royal Family in their family tree.

So how do you start the search? It’s a bit of a needle in a haystack situation. Many Canadians who have discovered a Royal connection did so accidentally. Others had heard of rumoured connections though family lore and legend and simply needed to prove that connection using historical records.

For everyone else, the first step is to start a family tree and grow it backwards through the generations. As you search back farther and farther, look in the records for titles like Lord, Lady, Baronet, Earl, or Duke next to the names of your ancestors. Check in census records, birth, marriage
and death records, and even old newspaper clippings. If you come across ancestors with a title, your chances of a Royal connection are greatly increased (although discoveries like this are very exciting in their own right), as there are many cases of royalty bestowing such titles on their relatives. After that, you can check the history books. There are many resources tracing the Royal Family tree and your noble ancestors could very likely be listed.

If you are one of the lucky ones to be celebrating the royal wedding as a distant relative, then my hearty congratulations to you on this family occasion! As for me, I’ll be brewing a large pot of tea and enjoying the historical significance and sheer spectacle of the event. Happy hunting!

Lesley Anderson
Genealogist, Ancestry.ca
Lesley Anderson

Upcoming Genealogy Conferences & Seminars for 2011
Join a community of Canadians who love to research and discover their family stories.

Upcoming events:

•  Ontario Genealogical Society Conference (Hamilton, ON) - May 13-15, 2011

•  Roots 2011, Quebec Family History Society (Montreal, QC) - June 3-5, 2011



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