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. 

To my UK readers, please take note: Unlike the UK, (whose country wide civil registration began in 1837) dates of Canadian vital statistics registration vary from province to province. Search provincial government websites to order a certificate or use the search function on their databases. The records are not held in a central repository with the Government of Canada. 

The Archives of Alberta spells this out very clearly: 1) you will need to search an (provincial) index  2) you will need to fill out a request form and pay a fee for a certificate (this fee varies from province to province). 3) Please be aware that there will be some restrictions on the access to the certificates.

As well, this is not a recommended starting point to find elusive ancestors in Canada, it is advisable to find the province they settled in or the province they arrived in. Please see the index (link at the bottom of this article) which will help you understand the resources available in each province. 

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

!!NEW!! - An article by John D. Althouse, Clandigger Editor Very Good! A detailed explanation of the Vital Statistics at the Provincial Archives of Alberta

Provincial Archives of Alberta - How to find BMDs

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

Manitoba - - Scroll down the page for the search box.

New Brunswick -New Brunswick Archives Federated Search  
!!NEW!! - New Brunswick Index to Births search -
Newfoundland -

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia -
Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics BMDs

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

Ontario -

Prince Edward Island -

Quebec -

Saskatchewan -

Yukon -

UK to Canada Genealogy Index Page
all links checked 16 Nov.2017

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