Ancestry.ca | Monthly Update May 2011
In this month’s newsletter:
•  Find the Moms in Your Family Tree
•  Merging New Hints into Your Tree
•  Ontario Genealogical Society Conference
•  The World Memory Project
•  A Customer Story
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Find the Moms in Your Family Tree
Did you send flowers or did you make her breakfast in bed? Whatever you did to celebrate Mother's Day, it was the perfect time to honour those caring and nurturing women who mean so much to us. This month, Ancestry.ca is helping you recognize the long line of mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who have helped shaped your family history. The tricky thing, however, is that they have a habit of changing names when they get married.

Finding women in your family tree can be challenging if you know only the married surname and not the maiden name. The surname, or family name, is what we commonly think of as a "last name." In Western culture, surnames are traditionally derived from occupations (e.g. "Smith"), locations, parents' names (e.g. "Johnson"), and nicknames. Learn about the meaning behind your surname.

So, how do you find the maiden names of those mysterious mothers? Start close to home, in the attic or basement, looking through family documents and belongings. Don't forget the obvious — talking to other family members may yield the unexpected tidbit of vital information. Digging deeper, engagement and birth announcements, property records, and even obituaries can all provide valuable clues. Marriage records make the best starting point and usually include first and last names of both the groom and the bride.


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ANZAC Day: New Zealand Army Rolls
ANZAC Day is when we remember and commemorate the brave Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought (and often died) at the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War. The holiday is of special importance to Canadians whose lineage includes Australians or New Zealanders. In recognition of ANZAC Day, Ancestry.ca has launched a new collection of New Zealand Army records, spanning the years 1860 to 1948. Find out if your ancestors are among the heroes who served in this battle.
•   New Zealand Army WWII Nominal Rolls, 1939-1948
•   New Zealand Army WWI Nominal Rolls, 1914-1918
•   New Zealand Army WWI Reserve Rolls, 1916-1917
•   New Zealand Army WWI Casualty Lists, 1914-1919
•   New Zealand Army WWI Roll of Honour, 1914-1919
•   New Zealand WWI Military Defaulters, 1919-1921
•   New Zealand Army Medal Rolls, 1860-1919
•   Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F., 1916-1919
•   The Defenders of New Zealand
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London, England, Crisp's Marriage Licence Index, 1713-1892
UK Passenger Lists In 18th and 19th century England, marriage licenses were often a luxury of the wealthy and well-known, a means to expedite marriages while avoiding potential objections. Commoners had to be content with a simple public announcement of the engagement. Nevertheless, churches kept precise records. Many of those parish logs remain today, having survived both Civil War and the usual dangers of loss, damage, or neglect. Were your English ancestors married in the 1700s or 1800s? Our new collection of London marriage licenses includes name and residence for both spouses as well as the license day. Start your search today.

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Liverpool Catholic Parish Registers
Liverpool was a thriving industrial town in the 1800s and grew to become a major port of the British Empire, boasting a population of over 700,000 at the start of the 20th Century. Parish records are among the best sources of vital information from this period in England's history. Our new collection of Liverpool Catholic Parish Registers includes baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial records, with details including parents and godparents. This new collection, spanning the early 1800s to the late 1900s, is a great resource for Canadians investigating their English heritage.

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Ontario Genealogical Society Conference — May 13th-15th
Celebrate fifty years of history with Canada's largest genealogical society. The Ontario Genealogical Society is hosting their 50th annual conference later this week in Hamilton, Ontario. Enjoy a gala anniversary banquet, peer into the past with archival displays, and browse the vast marketplace. Participate in an extensive program of workshops, lectures and informative sessions, including a Military History Tour.

Whether you are just learning the basics or consider yourself a seasoned genealogist, the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference is a great place to learn, share, and connect. The Society includes over 4,500 members in 32 branches across Ontario and welcomes all members of the public to the Conference. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity. If you would like to find out more information about the Conference and how to register, click here.

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The World Memory Project
Be a part of history and help preserve the memory of the millions of Holocaust victims. Ancestry.ca and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have teamed up to create the World Memory Project, building the world's largest online resource for information on victims of Nazi persecution. This comprehensive, one-of-a-kind database will be freely available to the public, but we need your help to make it happen. Exercise your skills as a family historian while contributing to a lasting legacy of memories for the generations to come. Learn more about the project and how you can get involved at worldmemoryproject.org.
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Featured Customer Story
You Don't Have to Know What You're Looking For
I've always been interested in finding my roots but never pursued researching my family history until I watched the TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" and visited Ancestry.ca. I never imagined I would find such an interesting story, and I am still uncovering additional details every day.
I started with information a cousin gave me. From there I started searching for records using the search features on Ancestry.ca. I was immediately able to find other members' family trees with matching information, and from there I was able to trace my roots back many generations. I found out that I am related to many notable families in history including the Seymours, Wydevilles, Carews, Fiennes, and even royalty. My 15th great grandfather Richard Edwards was the bastard son of King Henry VIII (my 16th great grandfather). I am also related to King Henry VIII through his third wife Jane Seymour whose brother Edward Seymour is also my 14th great grandfather.

I am now planning a trip to Ireland, Wales, and the UK to visit the historical sites where my relatives lived and where they are buried, including Berry Pomeroy Castle where the Seymours once resided.

I am so glad I watched "Who Do You Think You Are?" because it made me realize that everyone has a story. I just never thought mine would be so fascinating.

Christine Lewis – British Columbia

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Merging New Hints into Your Tree
Trees to Go iOS App Got a hint in your family tree that's being suggested as a new person, but it really belongs to someone who's already in your tree? Prevent a duplicate entry by selecting "Not a New Person" then choose from the list to attach the details to their rightful owner. You can also use this brand-new feature to connect a hint that's suggested for the wrong relative. Select "Incorrect Match" then choose the person it really should be connected to.



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