FamilyRoots 2017 Conference


AFHS FamilyRoots 2017; Our Canada Our Stories

The Alberta Family Histories Society is hosting a FamilyRoots Conference featuring Dave Obee, Lesley Anderson from Ancestry, and local speakers. There are sessions for beginners and advanced family historians.

Date:  Saturday, September 23
Place: SAIT, Calgary Alberta
Time 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.

For information and to register go to FamilyRoots; Our Canada Our Stories


Free Ancestry Acess this Weekend

Ancestry is offering free access to it’s Commonwealth record Easter Weekend

Celebrating its 150th birthday this year, Canada is a country built by immigrants. Amongst the first wave of new Canadians, from the 1800s well into the 20th century, were people from the British Commonwealth, including England, Ireland, and Scotland. And although we are proudly independent today, it still has a special place in the hearts of Canadians.

This Easter weekend, explore your family’s history with our Commonwealth Records Collection. From the 1500s to the 1900s, the collection includes 16th‑century Caribbean burial records to accounts of French high seas voyages to records from British boarding schools.

Ancestry Commonwealth Records


Ontario Marriage Records

Uncle Jabez and Aunt LizzieThe Ontario County Marriage Registers (1857 – 1869) are indexed with an original image on Finding these records will now be less complicated than having to search through the microfilms. Researching your family is getting much easier.

These records usually have the name, age, and residence of the bride and groom, witnesses names, and often include the names of the parents.

The Ontario District Marriage Records (1801 – 1858) are also indexed on and have an original image attached. The records usually have the name of the groom and bride, date of marriage, place and witnesses names.


Upper Canada Settlers Index

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