library and archives canada

Library and Archives in Ottawa, Canada

Getting the most from Library and Archives Canada databases.

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           The wealth of information on the Library and Archives Canada website has become more easily searchable over the years as more and more indexing has occurred.   As one who is very familiar with and has used this site for years, I have found it to be so extensive that I make sure to bookmark …

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Isaac Shelby

False portraits: In genealogy, don’t take portraits at face value.

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2          2Shares I happened upon this article on the Library and Archives Canada Blog a while back and was surprised to learn just how prevalent false portraits really are.   Although I have been aware that some portraits were false or mythical, I did believe that the majority of them were identified as such. I was …

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Free access to the Canadian immigration records on Ancestry.ca

Immigrants from China database updated at Library and Archives Canada

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           In Canada, May is Asian Heritage Month, and Library and Archives Canada has announced it has updates to the Immigrants from China database.   Although I have no Chinese ancestry (at least to my knowledge), I’ve always been fascinated with the history of Chinese immigrants working in the coal mines. This is the result of …

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Genealogy News Bites to 12 Jun 2014

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           Following are the current genealogy news bites and headlines up to June 12, 2014. Ancestry.com Blog Comments on Y-DNA and mtDNA Tests As many of you know, we announced last week that we’re retiring our Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Unfortunately, we didn’t explain clearly our rationale for our decision, which has led to confusion. We’d …

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LAC announces acquisition of Emily Carr’s journal.

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            Having lived on the west coast of Canada for most of my life, and having visited several British Columbia museums, art galleries, etc. over the years, I can say that one artist’s work was sure to appear or even be featured. Emily Carr is an icon of western Canadian art and is known most …

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Genealogy News Bites – April 28, 2014

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           In an effort to help ease the load of searching for genealogy news and genealogy events, I prepare a ‘Genealogy News Bites’ post to gather together what I feel are the most important or informative genealogy news headlines from the previous week (or thereabouts). Following are the most recent and relevant genealogy news headlines from …

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Genealogy News Bites – April 19, 2014

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            In an effort to help ease the ‘news’ and ‘research’ load, I prepare a ‘Genealogy News Bites’ post to gather together what I feel are the most important or informative headlines from the previous week (or thereabouts). Following are the recent stories and headlines of interest to the genealogy community since April 10, 2014. …

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Genealogy News Bites – April 10, 2014

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           Following are the genealogy news bites and headlines up to April 10, 2014. The Week Adolf Hitler’s wife Eva Braun ‘had Jewish ancestry’ Scientists who extracted genetic material from Eva Braun’s hair found she had Jewish ancestry… Gloucester Citizen Old fashioned baby names dying out: The full list from Ancestry.co.uk Research carried out by Ancestry.co.uk …

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Genealogy News Bites to March 28, 2014

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            National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Amara is an online resource that gives individuals, communities, and larger organizations the power to overcome accessibility and language barriers for online videos.  This unique tool is simple to use, collaborative, and fun… National Archives (Great Britain) Last autumn we put out a call to the higher education sector …

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I wait with bated breath for the completion of two amazing new digitization projects by Library and Archives Canada.

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            WWI Expeditionary Force personnel and service records. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has announced they will be digitizing 640,000 service and personnel records of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF).After being housed at LAC, these files are the most heavily consulted collection and the amount of research being conducted through the use of the paper documents and …

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