- March 2009 -

Spring is just around the corner and our newsletter is blooming with new collections, helpful tips and a sneak peek at some future releases. Plus, you still have a chance to win with Ancestry.ca’s WordStump game! Sit back, relax and enjoy the read – and don’t forget to send us your stories and feedback.

NEW London Historical Records
1500s-1900s Explore the part your family
played in this great city’s history

Now you can explore London’s rich history through the lives of your ancestors with the launch of these fascinating historical records.

The records range from the early 1900s all the way back to the 1500s – nearly 300 years before Civil Registration. They are a great way to go beyond Census, Birth, Marriage and Death records.

There are more than 77 million records in total, which will be released regularly over the next year or so. You’ll be able to see records firsthand - including parish records, non-conformist registers, electoral registers, parish poor records, boards of guardians, wills, transportation sessions and so much more.

World Archives Project:
Your Chance to Help

You can help people discover their families with the Ancestry World Archives Project.

While Ancestry.ca has 7 billion family history records available, there are literally trillions that could be brought online. Most, however, require hand-texting to make them searchable. Even with hundreds of Ancestry.ca staff working full time on these indexes, keying represents the biggest bottleneck to us getting new content to you. That’s why we launched World Archives Project – your chance to help us bring more valuable content online.

Volunteers have already keyed more than 5 million records in the past nine months. You can join them and help publish marriage records, slave manifests, naturalization records, and much more. Based on the experience of our participants, you may find the biggest benefits are some of the historic stories you’ll be the first to discover.

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Gretna Green, Scotland,
Marriage Registers,
1795 – 1895
London, England,
Births and Baptisms,
1834 – 1906

Just Launched on Ancestry.ca
NEW COLLECTIONS: Available for Canadian and World Deluxe Members
Canadian Census 1916 Canadian Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan
and Alberta.

In 1916, a special census of the “Prairie Provinces” was taken in Canada. Since federal census records in Canada aren’t released until 92 years after they’re taken, this census was just made public in 2008. Ancestry.ca has digitized and indexed this census and made it available online for the first time anywhere.

Irish-Canadian Emigration Records, 1823-1849.

Long-time Montreal imigration agent James Allison was wrongfully accused of misusing government funds. To prove his innocence, he produced a long list of emigrants and the funds he used to help them. This list remains one of the few records of emigrants arriving in Quebec before 1865. You’ll find it and other records in this collection, all dealing with emigrants and orphans from different parts of Ireland.

NEW COLLECTIONS: Available to World Deluxe Members
London, England, Marriage Licenses, 1521 – 1869.

Normally, to get married in the Church of England, a marriage ban had to be read in church and posted three weeks in advance. But for those who wanted a quick marriage – as well as the wealthy who believed themselves to be above the use of bans – licenses provided an acceptable alternative without the three-week wait.

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts Applications to Marry,
1826 – 1851

U.S. Obituaries – Twice as Many

Looking for the obituary of a friend or loved one? You’ll find almost twice as many obituaries – about 50,000 – added to Ancestry.ca every week from contemporary newspapers.


“The Bond Was Instant”

My father, who was from England, met my mother while he was in Canada training pilots for WWII. They fell in love and married and moved back to England, where I was born later that year. But four months after my birth my father was killed during a training mission. My mother was so distraught she couldn’t attend the funeral. She moved back to Canada and eventually lost touch with his family. I never met them or knew much about them.
Wendy's Father
I visited my father’s grave in England when I was older and made a few attempts to get in touch with his family, but it wasn’t until my sister and son-in-law joined Ancestry.com this past June that I had any success. Through the public family trees they found my dad’s second cousin, who was able to put me in touch with Margaret, my dad’s sister and only living sibling.

I called her on the phone and, last December, we went to visit Margaret and my first cousins in England. The bond was instant – as though the time-lapse had never happened. Aunt Margaret was able to tell me stories about my father and even share many photographs of him I’d never seen. And there was also a photograph of me as a baby in Margaret’s arms.
Margaret and Me Without the Internet and those who take the time to post their heritage online, my story would never have happened. Thanks.

-Wendy Scott, Kincardine,
Ontario, Canada

New Site Features
To help you connect with members researching the same people as you, we’ve created a personalized email-like inbox where you can send and receive messages from the Ancestry.ca community. Just click the “Messages” link at the top of any page to access your new inbox and start making connections.

Family History for Beginners, Building Your Family Tree
Start Your Familiy Tree
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