- August 2009 -
We hope you’re having a wonderful summer! Warm nights on the deck, weekends at the cottage and, of course, lots of time to enjoy some good reading. In this month’s newsletter, you can learn all about Member Connect – the perfect way to connect and share with others who are researching their family history. You’ll also get the latest on our new collections and what’s coming soon. Even though August may be coming to an end, you’ve got plenty of time to catch up with Ancestry.ca.
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FEATURE STORY: New Site Features
Member Connect: Your Best Resource May Be Another Ancestry Member
We hear from members all the time that some of the most meaningful family history experiences have come from other members. Jim Lane, for example, was able to introduce his father to the mother he’d never known because of a series of photographs supplied by another member. Peggy McDowell, a caterer researching her grandfather the chef, found a culinary-inclined cousin and they’re now opening a restaurant together in Chicago’s Hyde Park.

Whether you find a research partner or a new best friend, we want to vastly improve your ability to collaborate with your fellow family historians on Ancestry.ca. So, we’re proud to announce we’re launching one of the most important feature improvements in years.

Member Connect is designed to keep you up to date, every day, on the research other members are doing on your shared ancestors. Before, you could connect to other members’ trees. Now you can:
  • See what other members are researching 
    your ancestors.
  • Be notified when they attach a record, photo
    or story to your shared ancestor.
  • Easily save content you discover from other
    members to your tree.
  • Contact members researching your ancestors
    and discover more together.
We’re excited about the opportunities for new connections and meaningful discoveries that Member Connect will offer you. Click here to see how Member Connect will work and give us your feedback.

Note: You can choose which of your reserach activities other members can see.
In This Issue

Improved Images for the 1830 U.S. Census
New York Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880
Completion of the British Army Roll of Honour, WWII
British Army POW Records, WWII
Lubeck, Germany, Census 1845

Did someone in your family contribute to Canada’s Military history? Canada has a storied military history and we want to know what role your ancestors played, and how we – at Ancestry.ca – helped you find your story.

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NEW COLLECTIONS: Available for Canadian Deluxe Members
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
Over 500 years of Passenger and Immigration Lists – all in one place!

Discover this incredible database that indexes passengers who arrived in the US and Canadian ports from the 1500s through the 1900s. Gathered from thousands of different records covering everything from original passenger lists to personal diaries, you’ll find more than 4,712,000 individuals and valuable information about them. This database is updated regularly, so keep checking back.

NEW COLLECTIONS: Available for Canadian Deluxe and World Deluxe Members
England & Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, 1837-2005

We're working to make it easier to find your ancestors in our Birth, Marriage & Death Index record collection. If you're searching for births or marriages, there's no more having to trawl through individual index pages yourself - when you carry out a search, you'll get individual results based on your ancestor's name. We're still working on our Death Indexes, but we'll let you know when we're finished.

The new birth index is searchable by: first and/or last name, month and/or year of registration, district and/or county, and also by mother's maiden name. The latter is really useful because if you try searching using a known maiden name, but leaving the given names and date blank, it's entirely possible that you might find children born to a mother who had re-married after the death of her first husband and had registered further children in her new married name.

Click here for more information on BMD indexes and how to search them.

French Deaths By Guillotine, 1792-1796

To commemorate Bastille Day (14 July), we released a new collection, French Deaths by Guillotine 1792-1796, which lists the names and details of more than 13,000 individuals who were executed during the French Revolution.

The collection - indexes created by journalist and newspaper publisher Louis-Marie Prudhomme - had been seized by authorities but has over time resurfaced and now serves as a grim reminder of the infamous period of French social and political upheaval.

Individual records include information such as date of death, occupation, and other interesting facts, including:
  • The oldest people recorded are two 92-year-old women, Anne M Louise Parisot and Mary Anne Josephine Douay
  • The youngest victim, A F Saint Marie, was just 14
  • There is just one person recorded as being sentenced or executed on the anniversary of Bastille Day. Henriette Faurie, a nun, met her fate in Serignan on July 14, 1794

Jacobin politician Georges Danton (pictured) is listed in the collection as are well-known names such as King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the 'Terror' himself, Maximilien Robespierre.

US Military Manuals, 1863–1973

These military field manuals, from the Civil War, both World Wars, Vietnam, and a number of other conflicts, provide an interesting peek into the practical, day-to-day lives of our armed services. Manuals cover everything from how to properly wash your dishes and where to build a latrine, to how to shoe a horse and tell the difference between friendly and enemy fire. If you’re a military history buff, you’ll appreciate these books for their historic detail; if your ancestor was a veteran, these books will give you a glimpse of what it was like for him or her in the field.

“The most exciting part was discovering why my grandmother came to Canada”

My family knows a great deal about my paternal side but virtually nothing about my maternal side. For Christmas, I decided to surprise my mother with what I could find on Ancestry.ca.

With the information we had, it was easier to trace my grandfather's side first. I was thrilled to learn that I could order a copy of his WWI military record. I also discovered he shipped out to England late in the war - and that he was A.W.O.L. more than once!

My grandmother, however, was more of a challenge. All we knew was that she came over to Canada from England as a young girl. I began to research on Ancestry.ca and much to my surprise and delight I soon found her passage record on the ship she sailed over on in September 1913! There was her name in black and white. I learned the name of the ship, the Virginian, that it arrived in Quebec and I even saw a picture of it.

The most exciting part of the research was discovering why my grandmother came to Canada. I found out that she was actually a Home Child, sent over from a disenfranchised family to serve as a domestic in Canada. I was then able to confirm that my grandmother's mother was actually a mother of three! My own mother might have aunts and uncles in England. We had no idea. Now that we know there may be living cousins, a trip to London is planned for next year.

Thank you Ancestry.ca!

Mary Price, BC


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