- June 2009 -

Canada Day is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re celebrating by making it even easier for you to find details about your family’s history in our great nation with the launch of the Historical Canadian Census Collection – an Ancestry.ca exclusive! You can read all about it in this month’s issue or, better yet, check it out for yourself online. We also have some great new collections coming soon, so grab a cold drink, kick up your feet and enjoy this month’s newsletter.

Find your place in Canadian history - the Historical Canadian Census Collection is now complete!

Census records are the backbone of family research - they hold vital information like names of spouses, occupations, immigration years and so much more. With the launch of the 1861, 1871 and 1881 censuses, our Historical Canadian Census Collection is now fully imaged, indexed, and available exclusively to Ancestry.ca members. This fabulous collection covers all available censuses - 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1906, 1911, 1916 - and is an invaluable resource for anyone who’s interested in finding their Canadian roots.

To celebrate this truly one-of-a-kind collection, we hosted a one-of-a-kind event on June 10th at The Ontario Heritage Centre in Toronto. We welcomed many guests, and they joined us in the launch of the Historical Canadian Census Collection. Guests were treated to speeches from Toronto Mayor David Miller, Josh Hanna, Senior VP at Ancestry and Canadian historian and author Christopher Moore. Not too shabby.

The collection was a big hit and so was the new landing page. This page is almost as exciting as the collection itself! Not only is it the perfect place to start your census search – it’s loaded with valuable information to help you get the most out of these records. There are printable forms, multiple famous Canadians listed along with their census forms, as well as tips and tools to make your census search easier. You’ll also find some interesting statistics on how Canadians feel about their Canadian heritage – for instance, did you know that 25% of Canadians cannot trace their family history back more than 50 years? Well, this collection can now help millions of Canadians find their Canadian lineage - check it out today!

The OGS Conference was a big hit!
On the last weekend in May, Ancestry.ca took part in the Ontario Genealogical Society conference at Seneca College. What a great time! Our table was busy and we got to meet lots of our passionate customers and hear their wonderful family stories. We also had a draw to give away 2 Ancestry.ca World Deluxe Memberships – congratulations to Marie H and Brittni L!
In This Issue

Canada Ocean Arrivals,
Oise, France, Vital Records,


Just Launched on Ancestry.ca
NEW COLLECTIONS: Available for Canadian Deluxe Members

Explore Canada’s Rich History
Ancestry.ca has partnered with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) to bring you the 1861, 1871, and 1881 Canadian Censuses - indexed, imaged and online for the first time ever.  For full details please read the article above.

NEW COLLECTIONS: Available for Canadian Deluxe and World Deluxe Members

Brittany, France, Marriage Records, 1536–1892
This collection of marriage records was gathered by hundreds of volunteers from a prominent French historical society going into archives and transcribing data from original parish and civil records. The 528,749 marriage records come from 350 towns in Ille-Et-Vilaine, a department (or “state”) of the Brittany region.

Many U.S. citizens with French heritage will find this collection useful as most of the French who came to Canada and the United States originated from the Brittany region. Most immigrated to Louisiana, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Alabama, Texas, and New Amsterdam (modern-day New York). Some also came to California for the Gold Rush.

Birth and death records for Ille-Et-Villaine are currently being indexed as well.

World War II Draft Cards for Illinois
After the U.S. entered WWII, every man between the ages of 18 and 65 was required to register for the draft. The “Fourth Registration,” a draft conducted on April 27, 1942 for all men between the ages of 45 and 64, are the only draft cards that have been made available to the public. They include one-third of the total registrations—about 3 million. We’ve recently added cards for the state of Illinois, meaning we now have cards for 17 states, plus Puerto Rico. See the collection for a complete list of states.


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