Sunday, 8 November 2015

Royal Canadian Mounted Police - RCMP (+ the NWMP)

See the end of this article for a list of names from obituaries submitted to the RCMP Quarterly 1933-1989. Provided for free by the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society.

Originally formed as the North West Mounted Police (NWMP), now the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP, are well known for their red serge uniforms and the Colour Parade. Their headquarters is in Regina, Saskatchewan. A major point of their history : they were instrumental in keeping the peace in the territories at the turn of the century. 2017 will be the 150th anniversary.

For the public: On the website, where it mentions Members this means those who served on the 'force' can apply for their own service records. Members of the public can request information about those who served twenty years and over after their death. (This is in accordance with the Government of Canada Privacy Act rules.)
For those who served:
Prior to 1920 - please contact Library and Archives Canada LAC.
After 1920 - these records are still in the possession of the RCMP and are subject to the Access to Information and Privacy Acts. Send a letter outlining your request, and the details of the ancestor, also indicating your relationship.

Any Member can file a request under the Privacy Act in order to obtain a copy of their own service file. In order to do so, they will need to complete a Privacy Act request, and submit it to the following address:

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
73 Leikin Dr.
Mail Stop 061
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0R2

Also of note:  RCMP Heritage Centre

Free resource!
The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society has provided a pdf list of names from obituaries submitted to the RCMP QUARTERLY ; Vol. 1, No. 1, July 1933 - Vol. 54, No. 4, October 1989.

Friday, 30 October 2015

BC Archives

BC Archives - located in Victoria, British Columbia - Genealogy Reference guides are very good.

City of Vancouver Archives - archival collection pertains to records about the City of Vancouver and area, incorporated 1886

Association of Archives in BC

Gateway to BC's past

Institutions -

Ancestors who emigrated to New England 1620 to 1640

The databases include the thousands of men, women and children who crossed the Atlantic between 1620 and 1640 to settle in New England.

These databases were created from the Great Migration series by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the New England Historic Genealogy (NEHGS) Great Migration Study Project.

On this page is a link to the database.

Citation: Nancy Carson posted a notice on the [AFHS-DISCUSSION] mail list. [date of post: Wed, 1 Jul.2015 12:36:47] [site accessed: 19 Oct.2015]

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Birth Marriage Death Records

In Canada, BMDs are better known as Vital Statistics. Do keep this in mind when searching for these records on the internet. Search provincial government websites to order a certificate or search the databases. Unlike the UK, (a country wide civil registration after 1837) dates of vital statistics registration vary from province to province.

!!  Please note: date ranges are specific to each province. !!
Library and Archives Canada - information about genealogy - 
click on a Province in the left column

Gov't of Alberta Vital Statistics - has links to other provincial websites

Alberta - please click on the comment link to see updated information about Alberta's BMDs provided by Shannon Cherkowski. 

New Brunswick -  
!!NEW!! - New Brunswick Index to Births search -
Newfoundland -

Northwest Territories -

Nova Scotia -

Nunavut -  BMDs before 01/04/1999 will be found under the NWT Vital Statistics.

Ontario -

Prince Edward Island -

Quebec -

Saskatchewan -

Yukon -

Archives in Alberta

Archives are an important place to start research the census, directories, histories of trade organizations, histories of communities in the province. Often staff will answer a research enquiry, if you provide enough specific information.

This page provides a partial list of archives in Alberta

Airdrie, Alberta
Nose Creek Valley Museum -  -

Banff, Alberta
Museum of the Rockies - article about UK War Brides WW2

Calgary, Alberta
The Heritage Triangle - includes the Glenbow Archives, Calgary Public Library, and the City of Calgary Archives. These archives are very close to each other and in a 'triangle' shape.

Lethbridge, Alberta
Galt Museum - see the article on the Galt Museum

Vulcan, Alberta - -  the Vulcan District Historical Society Museum depicts a turn of the century classroom and highlights a former slave, the 'African American Cowboy' John Ware. He was an important figure in the ranching community of southern Alberta at the turn of the century.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Alberta Family History Society

The Alberta Family History Society, AFHS,  is a special place to me. It is one of the very first family history societies that I became associated with and researched at. Their library, although small, is chock full of great resources.  

Check out the Resources tab on their website 

A fabulous page is the Geographical Starting Points. It lists all the countries you could think of and provides links to a number of internet sites for those countries. To be sure to check that each link is still active.



Hello !

Welcome to a blog where you will discover links and suggestions for researching Canadian ancestors. These could be family members who left the UK for what they believed to be a better life in a country with lots of space, big skies and yes, cold winters!

I have over 30 years experience researching Canadian family history in many archives, libraries and family history centres across the country.

The information is organized by province, using Labels to help keep it simple.

Comments are welcome and hopefully you will find some useful information.
Best,  Penny