Here’s a great website for finding the land where your ancestors lived in Upper Canada (Ontario). The list will tell you the land your family owned by lot and concession number in a specific year. It’s organized by township and surnames are alphabetical so if you know where your family lived it will be easy to find. Otherwise you’ll have the fun of going through each township in the county or possibly the entire list to find your family.
I recommend you look at land records, you never know what you’ll find. This database can be a beginning to find those records.
Upper Canada Land Registry Index
A friend of mine told me,
I have a Great aunt who was on the 1880 Mortality Schedule that I knew about and I just found two children from the Michigan 1870 schedule, that had not been recorded any where else, both were infants whose births were not registered.
Mortality schedules list people who died during the previous 12 months. Mortality schedules were taken along with population schedules during the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 censuses, and in six states (Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota) in 1885. These schedules include persons who died between June 1st through May 31st in the year prior to the federal census. A typical mortality schedule will list the dead person’s name, age, sex, color (white, black, or mulatto), married or widowed, birthplace, month of death, occupation, and cause of death. Though part of the federal censuses, mortality schedules are separate from the population schedules.
The 1850 – 1885 schedules can be found at ancestry.com (indexed with original image ).
The 1850 schedules can be found at familysearch.org (free indexed with original image). And there is a transcription of the most counties mortality schedules at http://www.mortalityschedules.com/
The Southern California Genealogy Society produces webinars that you can see for free. There is variety of topics, any one that may be interesting to you. All you have to do is register and be available when it airs.
The Drouin Institute has updated it’s collection. The update includes records from 1800-1824. You can now view the parish register for these records. PRDH is a paid subscription site but for anyone with ancestors from Quebec it is well worth the money since it is sometimes difficult to find the records you want on Ancestry.
Click here to view the updates.
More information on PRDH and to subcribe.
The Bower-McBurney Genealogy website has an index with attached images of the Ontario Wesleyan Methodist Baptisms registers. The baptisms were mainly done in the mid 1800’s but births can be as early as 1820. If you find the name of your ancestor the image is right there for you to view. No more searching in microfilms for the names you want.
Did you know that Alberta Homestead Records can be viewed online? If you have an ancestors that settled in Alberta you may find incredible information in these records. The easiest way to see if there are homestead records for your ancestor is to use the index on the Alberta Genealogy Society’s website. If you find your ancestor in this index take down the film number.
The next step is to go to archives.org and look for the film number. The films aren’t arranged in any order and I’m not sure if they are all there but if you find the film number then you can find the file number with your ancestors application. You never know what you’ll find in the file perhaps a date of application for the land. One file I found had a widow’s application for the deed which included her application for a pension and her deceased husband’s name. They are well worth the effort! Happy searching.
March 15, 2017 is the early bird deadline for The Alberta Genealogy Society family history conference April 21-23. Lots of speakers, and a focus on DNA – it should be good.
Maybe I’ll see you there.
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