- October 2009 -
Halloween is just around the corner and there’s never been a better time to go searching for the skeletons in your family’s closet. From long lost relatives to secret marriages, Ancestry.ca members have found no end of intrigue while researching their family stories. This month, we’re helping you dig up the past with London Church Records, New South Wales Passenger Lists and a whole lot more. Don’t be afraid – at Ancestry.ca we’re committed to making the search for your story easy, entertaining and fun for the whole family.
FEATURE STORY: London Church Records
Take your search across the pond with more than 400 years of London Church Records.

Did you know that until 1763, you only had to be 12 (girls) or 14 (boys) to marry in London? That 20% of London’s population was killed by a second Black Plague in the 1600s? That during the first year of WWI, marriages in London increased by 32%?

Take a walk through the pages of London’s history in more than 400 years of parish registers, extending all the way back to the 1500s. Or, use these church records to take the next step back in your discovery—since churches were keeping records long before governments were.

Find where your ancestors were born, their parents’ names, and the dates of important life events.


Military Collections – a source of pride for every Ancestry.ca member

Canadians have a long history of fighting for their country and the ideals they hold dear. To ensure these brave soldiers – and those from the UK, US and around the world – aren’t soon forgotten, we offer our members the world’s largest collection of online military records. With databases containing more than 16 million names and thousands of government records, it’s the perfect place to help you find your family’s military heroes and, more importantly, keep their memory alive.

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Immigration & Emigration
How far did your ancestors travel? Where did they come from and what obstacles did they face? It took a lot of courage to leave their homeland for a distant country and a brand new life. Canada is a country with a rich immigrant tradition that helped create the mosaic we enjoy today. Fortunately, we can glimpse the journey they endured through detailed records like passenger lists as well as immigration and emigration records. Explore our many rich collections and discover how you came to call Canada home.

Here are just a few of our Immigration & Emigration collections at Ancetry.ca:

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Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953
During the first half of the 20th century, millions of people traveled to Hawaii. The Honolulu passenger lists document people who were immigrating to the island paradise to stay, as well as others who were just visiting or passing through on their way to the mainland.

You’ll find U.S. citizens as well as travelers from the Pacific Rim—Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Canada. The largest percentage of people in the collection comes from the Philippines—many of whom came over to work in Hawaii’s sugar plantations.


New South Wales Departing Crew and Passenger Lists, 1816–1825

This collection of records lists both passengers and crew members leaving New South Wales—one of the first and largest penal colonies in Australia. For the crew, details of their position on the ship are given; and for the passengers, details of their convict status (e.g., “ticket of leave,” “free by pardon,” or “free by birth”) are also listed.


Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1963–1974
If you can’t find your ancestor’s death record, perhaps he or she died abroad. This collection contains the names of thousands who died overseas between 1963 and 1974, including Ezra Pound, Sylvia Plath, Mama Cass (of the Mamas & the Papas), and Judy Garland.

We even found an “out slip” in the collection for Jimi Hendrix’s death in London in 1970. Someone checked out the record but never checked it back in again. Does it give credence to the rumors that the guitar playing legend never really died? You decide.


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When I began researching my family tree, I knew absolutely nothing about my Bonnycastle family, but I was able to discover that my 5th great grandfather was instrumental in protecting Canada from an impending American invasion at Kingston, and that he was knighted for those efforts. Richard Henry Bonnycastle - my 5th great grandfather - was an officer in the Royal Engineers. He came to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 1813-15, served in Upper Canada for a short while, then retired to Kingston.

Ancestry.ca’s Census Collection has been invaluable for my research on my 5th great grandfather. The amazing part was seeing my family in the 1851 Census Collection in both Canada and England. The information on the Census record helped verify that I was following the correct person because I could see the names and ages of everyone in their household. It was also interesting being able to read through these Census details for the entire village, it gave me a sense of where my family lived, what type of setting it was, and I even found some pleasant surprises. Ancestry.ca's England Parish and Probate record collections enabled me to extend the Bonnycastle family tree several generations further, a stellar find.

Using Ancestry.ca I discovered movements of my family over many years. I discovered that some of my family headed westward as the prairies opened up, some travelled to the United States, while others went to England, both for pleasure and schooling. Ancestry's new project with the London Metropolitan Archives is adding some exciting new twigs to the Bonnycastle tree. I'm looking forward to what I'll find next!



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