Friday, 10 November 2017

Orpington UK, WW1 Cemetery, Canadian Corner

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission site notes that there
 are 88 First World War Canadian soldiers buried in All Saints Orpington. 
All Saints Orpington, Kent
© Penny Allen
The soldier's names were very easily found on the CWGC website. 458 records exist for Australia, Indian, New Zealand, Non Commonwealth, South African, United Kingdom.

Here are some of the names of the 88 Canadian soldiers buried in All Saints Orpington. Canadian Corner.
         Under each soldier's name I have provided a link to a photo on the Find A Grave website and his service record on the Library and Archive Canada's WW1 database is hyperlinked on his service number.
         A couple of intriguing records - Harold Fergusson GRAY used an alias, Angus HOWARD. Michel NEPIN's attestation page is noted as "Indian Draft" and he states his occupation as "hunting".

Library and Archives Canada: please note: John BEAUCHENE's record on the LAC website is out by one digit. His regimental number is listed on the website as 183901 and on the scan of the document it is noted as 183981.

UPDATE: Thanks to the librarians at Bromley Library & Archives who pointed out that John Pateman has written a fabulous account of Canadian Corner. It is very detailed, gives a history of the Hospital where some of these men died and what they died of, as well as names of nursing sisters. A must for your World War Library! Canadian Corner by John Pateman 9781291024463 Mr. Pateman has written similar books about Orpington and area during the First World War.

At the end of this article is a 'come by chance' reference to a Frances (DOUGHTY) COX / BATEMAN whose first husband Ernest COX emigrated to Canada, but returned in order to marry her. He did not return to Canada.

BEAUCHENE, John  183981  Machine Gun Corps
dob:  8 Nov 1897      d. 20 Nov 1918
Find A Grave:

COTE, N. Private 33342
dob:   10 July 1891  Smith Falls, Quebec   d. 08 June 1916
Find A Grave:

DUFFY, DeWitt Talmage 1030705
dob: 27 Nov 1876   d. 9 Oct 1918
All Saints Orpington, Kent
© Penny Allen
Find A Grave:
Son of Mrs. S. C. Duffy, of Sunny Brae, New Brunswick.

GALLAGHER, John Henry 300319 Gunner
dob: 03 Apr 1892 or 1893   d. 06 Oct 1917
Find A Grave:
Son of Mrs. Patrick Gallagher, Trenton, Ontario

GRAY, Harold Fergusson  773108 
dob: 08 Aug 1888   d. 15 Mar 1919
Find A Grave:
     Notes from the Find A Grave site:
"Canadian Forestry Corps who died age 28 on 15 March 1919
Son of Jean W. Case (formerly GRAY), of 440, Riverside Drive, New York City, and the late John B. Gray. Harold Ferguson Gray, using the alias 'Angus Howard', enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 9 June 1916 in Paris, Ontario, Canada. Residing in Paris, he stated that he was a farm labourer by trade and that he was born on 8 August 1888 in Ingersoll, Ontario."

LeBLANC, W. 121136, 22nd Bn., Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
dob:  03 Aug 1894   d. 10 Sep 1918
Find A Grave:
Son of Arcade LeBlanc, of 964 Dorchester West, Montreal.

MACGILLIVARY, John Angus (a picture of John MacGillivary is provided)  488356, 87th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
dob: 08 Jul 1895     d. age 23,  17 Dec 1918
Son of Ronald and Catherine MacGillivary, of Rear Doctor's Brook, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia.Find A Grave:

NEPIN, Michel  Private 2497982 Canadian Forestry Corps "Indian Draft"
dob: June 1897     d. 25 Dec 1917
Find A Grave:
Son of Sophia Nepin. Attawapiskat, James Bay, Ontario. Occupation : Hunting.

RIVERS, Lawrence Louis (a picture of Lawrence Rivers is provided)  177812, 23rd (Reserve) Bn., Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
dob: 30 Oct 1895   d. age 23, 19 Jun 1918
Son of Hannah Rivers, of Massey, Ontario, and the late James Rivers.
Find A Grave:

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Britain's Unmarked Canadian War Graves

Canadian soldiers who fought in the First and Second World War are buried across England in unknown graves. Many of these men and women were born in Britain and signed up with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, linking them to both the UK and Canada.

Orpington Cemetery UK - 'Canadian Corner'
© Penny Allen
The search for them is being carried out by a number of people and organizations, but here are two to tell you about.

Diana Beaupre and her partner Adrian Watkinson have a few stories of helping families discover where their loved ones are. It began when Diana discovered that her unknown father was a Canadian soldier in the Second World War. Although at first she did not know the details, Diana was able to gather information from pictures her mother had secreted away and through DNA testing confirmed a link to relatives in Quebec. After the hunt for her father's family, the next plan was to try to find where he was buried. This journey took her along a road of remembrance for many other Canadian soldiers buried in the UK.

Since that beginning, Diana and her partner Adrian Watkinson have spent almost 10 years searching for Canadian men and women who served in the First World War and are resting in the UK. Their website reaches out to the public and here they provide the data that they have gathered with anyone who gets in touch. The website also provides an index to names of the soldiers. There are almost 4,000 burials and they hope to complete this project in time for the centenary in 2018.

These articles picked up by the Canadian media provide more information about their efforts.   Global News - July 22, 2016 - British couple takes on personal mission to identify unmarked war graves   and  National Post - Apr. 5, 2017 - The grave hunters

Orpington Cemetery - 'Canadian Corner'
© Penny Allen
Much more information is available on their website, Far From Home. They also have a Facebook page Canadians Far From Home and are on twitter as Canada War Graves.

There are many 'helpers' who, like Diana and Adrian, are looking for these soldiers. They volunteer on a project called 'In From the Cold' founded by Terry Denham and John Hartley. Their statement: 'Ensuring that the sacrifice of British and Commonwealth servicemen in two world wars is not forgotten.'  Much more information is available on their pages as well as links to other websites where similar projects are underway.

Both of these groups partner with the CWGC Commonwealth War Graves Commission and have been able to obtain commemoration for these brave soldiers, whether they died from wounds, disease or loneliness.

Finally, thanks to the efforts of these hearty volunteers, these Canadian soldiers resting places will be identified and recognized by the countries for whom they served.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Find Canadian Genealogy Articles

Although journal articles may be considered as only for use by academics to support their research, they are also a fabulous resource for genealogists.This exercise will look at how genealogy societies provide access to their well researched articles.

Further in this article is a brief look at two commercial providers of journal articles that are reaching out to the genealogical community providing research at a specialist level. These articles will provide context to the community that your family was a part of and give an understanding of the history of the places where they lived.

Of interest to the genealogist are online resources via your local library such as Academic Search Elite, JSTOR, Newspaper Source Plus, and my favourite, PressReader, formerly PressDisplay. More information below.

Family History Society Indexes

Many family history societies in Canada provide an index to their complete journal issues on their website. Although the indexes are available, the digitized copies of their journals are usually provided via membership requiring you to sign in to access the articles. This is a hidden resource of rich genealogical research as many articles are by family historians writing a detailed account of their research into their family! Can you find that on Ancestry?

OGS publication Families

Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia - their journal - The Nova Scotia Genealogist provide access to electronic editions via Find My Past. Members have access to years 1972-1982. They also provide free access to articles of historical interest, including: Vital Statistics (BMDs) from Kings County newspapers 1866-1899 and those killed in the Halifax explosion on Dec.6 1917.

Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador provides access to the Table of Contents of their journal the Newfoundland Ancestor.

The Ontario Genealogical Society's journal - Families Index 1962-2007  - this is a 306 page PDF, which would be best used as a reference tool. Use Ctrl+F (find) to find articles of the subject you are interested in.  Don't forget that the The Ontario Name Index - TONI - provided by the Ontario Genealogical Society - is a fabulous resource.

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) has made available on its website more than 20 years of its journal, Anglo-Celtic Roots. Journal issues published within the last 12 months are accessed only if you have a membership. Some of the articles: 'The Aftermath of the Christmas Blitz (Story of the Morton family) and 'We Shall Remember Them' (Sapper William Victor Demery).'

The Manitoba Genealogical Society provides access to it's journal Generations to members. They are indexed in the 'MANI' database. They also provide a sample copy of a very early copy of Generations on this page. Volume 5, Number 1  An extra resource:  Manitoba Name Index

The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society - Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Index to the Bulletin 1970-2013

The Alberta Genealogical Society's publication, Relatively Speaking,  is also indexed by title on their website.

The BC Genealogical Society's journal - British Columbia Genealogist - indexes are available online.

Of course, there are many, many other journals available via : 

PERSI - Periodical Source Index - If you don't know about PERSI, it is an online index which provides access to thousands of articles in Canadian Family History Journals. It is available now through Find My Past. An article about PERSI via Encyclopedia of Genealogy

This index is manually created by the staff at Allen County Public Library (ACPL) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.The Genealogy department at ACPL is a large, well-respected team of librarians some of whom are also genealogists. In the early days, you definitely needed to know exactly which article you wanted to find, whereas today, there is a straight forward search box on Find My Past.

Chinook journal of the
Alberta Family History Society
An explanation from the Find My Past page: "The Periodical Source Index is compiled quarterly by the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and will be simultaneously updated on Find My Past. Along with these updates, Find My Past is also working to provide access to the same articles indexed in PERSI through our site. Images from PERSI-indexed articles are regularly added every month."

Commercial Offers

JSTOR and Gale Cengage, two of the largest electronic subscription companies provide access to a unique product for genealogy researchers. Their target market are particularly university libraries and specialist archives, such as Library and Archives Canada, and the subscription is comparable to the other costly online reference resources such as the Oxford Reference suite or Academic Search Elite. Of course, this is an economic move for the vendors, but it can be a boon for the genealogist, and they must be accessed onsite at a library in your area. Later in this article is a brief investigation into some of the major public libraries in Canada.

Geneanet for Premium Members only. Geneanet explains it's goals as 'helping family history researchers to share their data'. A Map For The Genealogy Society Indexes - the members of Geneanet share information about 400 million individuals. They also offer access in several different languages. Their 'About Us' page has much more information. Although they state they hold genealogy society indexes, it seems from the TandCs that the headquarters is in Paris, France.

JSTOR- offers the database JSTOR for Genealogists. JSTOR Pass is a pay-as-you-go subscription option. An online magazine, JSTOR Daily, highlights articles in an eight-part series: The Genealogy Factor column written by respected genealogist D. Joshua Taylor.  Introduction to the use of JSTOR by Alicia Williams, one of the staff of the NEHGS on their blog, Vita Brevis.

John Reid, a well known Ottawa genealogist, has provided a number of thought provoking articles about the benefits of JSTOR for genealogy in Canada, including discussion around LAC's offer of electronic resources.

GALE CengageGale Genealogy Connect
Listed below are a few results from my investigations into the online resources offered by larger public libraries across Canada.
It would be interesting to hear from family history societies, libraries or archives if they currently provide either of these databases for their genealogy users.
  • NEHGS - New England Historic Genealogical Society provides a discount to JSTOR to members
  • Ontario Genealogical Society offers JSTOR Pass to it's members.
  • Toronto Public Library provide access to JSTOR and Gale Cengage, but I didn't find Gale Genealogy Connect or JSTOR Pass. TPLs link Articles & Online Research
  • Ottawa Public Library requires a sign in to get access to their A-Z list of online resources. 
  • Vancouver Public Library provides access to 4 Gale products but not JSTOR. 
  • Winnipeg Public Library has EbscoHost but not GaleCengage or JSTOR.
  • Interestingly, Edmonton Public Library has Heritage Quest Online and a few Gale products but not JSTOR.
  • It was not apparent if access to Gale products includes access to Gale Genealogy Connect.
  • If you live in a rural area, you don't need to make an arduous trip into the city, as your local library will have access to various online resources via the larger library 'consortium', ie: Chinook Arch Library System (Alberta) or Regional Library District. Most of these resources you can access from home with your membership details. Ask your librarian for help.

Other Online Resources
Of course, don't overlook the electronic resources that your local library or archive provides, such as: Academic Search Elite, Gale Primary Resources, MasterFILE Premier and Newspaper Source Plus, Southern Alberta Newspaper Collection and Explora Canada (as found on Marigold and Chinook Arch Library Systems in Alberta). 

One of my favourites is Pressreader (access with your library membership) which provides access to the entire issues of current newspapers (including international newspapers) online. Available in select libraries. Great for looking up long lost cousins! 

These electronic resources are normally available with your membership number and can be accessed from home. However, you must access these resources via the library's webpage. Some libraries also provide links to free online resources such as Dictionary of Canadian Biography. As well, specialty local information that has been digitized is provided online by libraries, particularly larger city libraries or university libraries. Ask your librarian for help.

Be Proactive!

If we as genealogists want access to these types of resources we must make sure that we describe our needs to our local librarians and emphasize that this online information is valuable to our research. Their decision to subscribe to these resources is a result of consultations, budget and critical analysis. Often they are not aware that these types of resources are of value to the genealogist, so we must be vocal and present a strong case! Consider it a valuable exercise for the common genealogical good!

Friday, 6 October 2017

Finding Your Ancestors in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Moving west, this article in the series will look at genealogy sources in central Canada, where many farming communities are located. The prairies are often referred to as fields of golden wheat and barley with beards blowing in the wind. They forgot to mention the sod-houses, the prairie fires and the ever disappearing horizon that greeted the settlers when they arrived to start new lives.

The link at the bottom of this article leads to my other 
genealogy articles in the 'Finding Your Ancestors in Canada' series.
credit: British Library / Picturing Canada Collection

Brief History

The Chipewyan, Cree, Saulteaux, Assiniboine, Atsina and Sioux are six First Nations bands who lived in Saskatchewan before the arrival of the Europeans. The early 1700s saw an influx of Europeans who traded with the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company. The province was earlier known as RupertsLand and then the Northwest Territories and finally obtained provincial status in 1905. The name Saskatchewan comes from the Saskatchewan River, named Kisiskatchewani Sipi by the Cree, which means 'the swiftly flowing river'. Regina, the capital city was once called 'Pile O Bones'.

My Saskatchewan born friend refers to her province as 'God's country' and He must have indeed found areas of beautiful oases, but although the province has many hidden treasures, from the TransCanada Highway it looks terribly flat! For those trivia enthusiasts, 10 things you might not know about Saskatchewan

For Genealogists

These free websites should be your first stopping ground for Saskatchewan genealogy.
Cangenealogy Saskatchewan is a website created by Dave Obee with links to explore Canadian genealogy.  Library & Archives Canada - Saskatchewan is the Government of Canada's Genealogy page for Newfoundland and Labrador.  Family Search Saskatchewan is the Family Search wiki.

Aboriginal Ancestry - 36 pages of information and resources provided by Library and Archives Canada

Doukhobor pilgrims entering Yorkton
Eastern European Genealogical Society

Suggested List of Sources for Ukrainian Genealogy by Myron Momryk (applicable in Saskatchewan and Manitoba).

Links to Archives in Saskatchewan

Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan

Métis Nation of Saskatchewan Genealogical and Archive Centre
-this is linked to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan GenWeb page - links to libraries and archives and internet resources. The Canadian GenWeb pages are always worthwhile to look at for unique items. Provided by volunteers.

Saskatchewan Settlement Experience   This website was published in 2005 but has a lot of very interesting and helpful articles for the genealogist about homesteading in the province. Provided by the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon and Area Rootsweb Genealogy Page 

Saskatchewan E-Resources:

Fabulous database available on Saskatoon Public Library webpage. Saskatoon Obituary Index 1946 to present transcribed from the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.  Also available is a Local History Database page.

Humboldt Marriages  Oct.1905 to Dec.1921 This blog author provides a history of the transcription of these marriages.

City of North Battleford has an online gallery of photographs of the city from the 1900s. Any use of these require permission from the archivist.

In the City of Regina Archives, you can research the history of a house that your ancestor lived in using the Building Permit Registers. It's also possible to search all of the collections in the Archives at one time, includes: Architectural Drawings, AudioVisual, Photographs and Textual Files.

28,000+ Online digital collection of photographs are available on the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. These photos of Rosetown, Prince Albert and Melfort amongst others are provided by archives and libraries around the province. Many depict provinces across Canada, for example, Alberta and Nova Scotia, as well as from Worcestershire, England, the Rhine "Sonnige Wochen am schonen Rhein" and other European countries.

Saskatchewan GenWeb

Archives Canada Virtual Exhibits  2004-2008 There is an amazing amount of information on this page, most of the links are still active. Really worthwhile for genealogy and contextual information of areas where our ancestors lived.

Print Resources

The information in these 7 pages of references for Metis Genealogical Research in Saskatchewan outlines Bibliographies, Archives and local histories - keeping in mind these are resources. Some of the items are at the Gabriel Dumont Institute Library or can be cross-referenced to your local library.

The SGS (Saskatchewan Genealogical Society) Publications page lists numerous books for sale. Women Pioneers of Saskatchewan, Book 1 and 2. Edited by Celeste Rider, Published 2009 by Saskatchewan Genealogical Society. To access the list hover your mouse over the Resources, then SGS Marketplace. Book 2 lists names of women who came with their families from the United States, from other areas in Canada and Europe. 1903-1917 One woman was born on board the ship that brought her family to Canada.

Tracing Your Saskatchewan Ancestors: A Guide to the Records and How to Find Them by Laura Hanowski. 2000, 2003, 2006.

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Library in the Regina Armoury is a military specialist library with unique items such as: original Canadian Army General Orders before World War One; personal memoirs and unit histories.

Prairie History Room at the Regina Public Library - contact the librarians for help accessing this collection.

These searches are from the Regina Public Library catalogue - so many interesting accounts of Local History. Worth finding out if your local library has a copy or can request a copy!

Dust and laughter : memories of a prairie family by Margaret Dutli. pub.2003 (love the title!)

Horizon and beyond : genealogy history of the Michael Sr. and Theresia Klemenz family who immigrated to Canada from Austria-Hungary in 1905-6. by MaryAnn Young.

One of the family : Metis culture in nineteenth-century northwestern Saskatchewan by Brenda Macdougall  pub.2010

Our towns : Saskatchewan communities from Abbey to Zenon Park by David McLennan pub.2008.

Raw prairie to grain elevators : the chronicles of a pioneer community, Duff, Saskatchewan by Len Sumner.   pub.1980

Women pioneers of Saskatchewan vol. 1 & 2 by Celeste Rider. pub2009

Saskatchewan  Genealogists' Blogs

Batoche Saskatchewan Metis -

Bibliography for Steamships  -   There are a few broken hyperlinks on this page, providing teasers but if you are a diligent researcher, there is some good material here. Note that some of the resources refer to the Saskatchewan River and can cover areas in Alberta as well.

Pat Ryan's Genealogy   Regina Sask. - although Pat's posts are very brief, there appears to be a tip practically every day of the month!

Researchers Located in Saskatchewan

MNA Research Particularly does heir research, but also provides genealogical research services. is a professional company that hires genealogists around the world. Saskatchewan page - each of these pages requires you to submit your contact details before providing more information.

Tammy Vallee located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - specializes in Fur Trade and First Nations research.

Another recommendation is to ask the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society if they have a research service or know of researchers you can contact. 

Brief History

The people of the Assiniboine, Dakota, Cree, Dene, Anishinaabeg and Oji-Cree are the original citizens of what is now known as Manitoba. Henry Hudson, explorer, 'discovers' Hudson's Bay. Other European explorers: Jens Munck, Radisson, Groseilliers, La Verendrye & Henry Kelsey.
In 1870 Manitoba joined the confederation of Canada, acquiring provincial status. Winnipeg, which is the capital of Manitoba, was incorporated in 1873. An interesting note: the corner where Portage and Main intersect in Winnipeg's downtown, is said to be the most central point of Canada.

My ancestors were Red River colonists who emigrated to Manitoba in 1815 as part of Lord Selkirk's efforts to encourage settlement as well as to provide a new life to those who lost their livelihood in The Clearances of the Scotland Highlands.
More Manitoba History

For Genealogists
credit: British Library, Picturing Canada Collection

These free websites should be your first stopping ground for Manitoba genealogy.
Cangenealogy Manitoba is a website created by Dave Obee with links to explore Canadian genealogy.  Library & Archives Canada - Manitoba is the Government of Canada's Genealogy page for Manitoba.  Family Search Manitoba is the Family Search wiki.

Winnipeg, Manitoba is renowned for the Hudson's Bay Company collection. Incorporated 1670. Did you know their archives were once housed in London, England?

An Inventory of John Newlove's papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Manitoba E-Resources:

Digital Collections - University of Manitoba  A more detailed list of digital archives at the University of Manitoba. Includes numerous family fonds. For example: Dixon, Baker family fonds; Frederick Philip Grove fonds and Irene Knysh fonds.

Digitized Library Collections at the University of Manitoba Library - covers topics such as University History; Women's Studies; Rare Books; Winnipeg Tribune; Arts and Culture; Indigenous People; Human Rights; Northern Studies; Prairie History and World History. In the Prairie History folder is a peek at Red River Cartes de Visite acquired with a unique provenance.

Manitoba Historical Societymany very good transcription projects, as well as podcasts about the history of Manitoba.

If your ancestor achieved a significant accomplishment, he/she may have been included in the Memorable Manitobans list provided by the Manitoba Historical Society. 

Manitobia - in English and French - links includes Newspapers, Maps, Books, Photographs and resources for schools.

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba - includes podcasts |

Archives of the University of Winnipeg/

Western Canada Pictorial Index - keeping in mind that this is an index to over 70,000 photographs, there is a lot of information available on this website. Searchable by subject, you can request copies of these images, however on the About Page in the Moving Forward paragraphs, they do note that other institutions have made many of these images available online. Great food for thought though! The collecting of these photographs began in 1970 by Winnipeg's journalists Eric Wells and Thora Cooke.

Manitoba Archival Information Network Digital Objects Category has 4,687 results of which there are 5,572 photographs, 135 text, 2 audio and 4 other. There are quite a few school registers and records of attendance. Included are lists of records held in family collections.

The Manitoba and North-West Monthly - only 2 issues Feb.1885 and Mar.1885 - it's objective to promote an honest account of the resources of the country.

Société historique de Saint-Boniface - specialists in French-Canadian genealogy from Western Canada and  Québec. Also provide assistance regarding the genealogy of the Métis of Western Canada. Saint-Boniface, Manitoba

Newdale Manitoba - a personal blog written by Diane Rogers of  Canada Genealogy Jane's Your Aunt. Her mother and grandmother were born there and she encourages anyone with connections to get in touch.

Print Resources

[History of Fredensthal and surrounding areas], Manitoba Centennial Committee of Ward I of the Franklin Municipality. 1970

Criddle-de-diddle-ensis : a biographical history of the Criddles of Aweme, Manitoba, pioneers of the 1880's by Alma Criddle. c1973

Historical atlas of the East Reserve : illustrated. Ernest N. Braun, editor. Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society. 2015

Imperial Plots: Women, Land, and the Spadework of British Colonialism on the Canadian Prairies by Sarah Carter published 2016 University of Manitoba Press

Pioneers of Manitoba. Robert Harvey. pub. c1970 Prairie Publications.

Suggested List of Sources for Ukrainian Genealogy by Myron Momryk (applicable in Saskatchewan and Manitoba).

The romantic settlement of Lord Selkirk's colonists : the pioneers of Manitoba. George Bryce.

Three women pioneers in Manitoba : evidence of servant-leadership. Carolyn L. Crippen. 2004.

Ukrainian -  very brief document of resources

Where money grew on trees : a history of the Romanian pioneers of Lennard, Manitoba. John Goodes. c2003.

Manitoba Genealogists' Blogs

Diane Nolin has written an article about her ancestors in Manitoba. Includes links to 'The Story of Manitoba' which provides great material for the brief history section'.

News about Genealogy in Manitoba - not so much a blog but a listing of events 

Manitoba Genealogy Society   MGS Facebook   MGS Twitter

Manitoba Historical Society    MHS Facebook     MHS Twitter 

Researchers Located in Manitoba

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Colonist Car No.1202

Colonist Car 1160 (C.P.R.) at Glacier House BC
Library & Archives Canada MIKAN 3607544
When I saw this tweet by Heritage Park in Calgary, I was intrigued. How did our ancestors travel to their homestead upon arrival into Canada? What was it really like? When you think about planning a life changing trip in the late 1890s what do you take with you? The Saskatchewan Gen Web group wrote a brief article about pioneers travelling to the homestead.

From the late 1880s, the pioneers travelled by train to points in the eastern provinces and also to the farms in western Canada. According to Wikipedia, there are five colonist cars that survive out of over 1,000 in Canada. Two of these workhorses were owned by Canadian Pacific (C.P.R.) and three were owned by Canadian National Railway (C.N.R.). In Alberta, (C.P.R.) No. 1202 is at Heritage Park and (C.P.R.) No. 2514 is in Squamish, B.C. at the West Coast Railway Association Museum.

In September 2016, Heritage Park announced it's plan to restore a 1905 colonist car (Colonist Car No.1202) that it has owned since 1964. Heritage Park's social media team has put together a few reports Blog 1Blog 2, Blog 3 and the most recent, Blog 4 to describe the events concerning the restoration.

It was soon picked up by the local media and each has their own interpretation of the story.
CBC News reported about the carpenter's experience in renovating the car and their enthusiasm certainly shines through. CBC has also provided a video clip.
- The park's project is also highlighted on YouTube - the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet. Date: Jan.16.2017.
- The Calgary Herald's reporter, Kerianne Sproule wrote an article using archival footage from Library and Archives Canada - This piece of Canadian history is coming back to life in a Calgary workshop.
- Valerie Fortney, a reporter for the Calgary Herald offered this review: Colonist Car offers glimpse into early days of Western Canada.

There is also information available on Heritage Parks' Facebook page and they highlight one of their exhibits - 'Journey of a Lifetime'. The exhibit is travelling around the country currently being provided in Halifax and soon going to Vancouver.

The other large railway company operating at the time in Canada, Canadian National Railway has three surviving colonist cars which are located in Eastern Canada, two in Ontario at the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario and Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. The New Brunswick Railway Museum in Hillsborough also provides a number of exhibitions and events to celebrate the colonial railroad. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 have built a replica of a colonist car circa 1920s.

Railway Enthusiasts in North America

The Canadian Railroad Historical Association (CRHA) was founded in 1932. It is currently branded as ExpoRail, the head office is located in Quebec and there are 8 divisions across Canada. Since 1961 they have operated the Canadian Railway Museum, as well, they have published the magazine Canadian Rail since 1937- some links are below.


Canadian Rail Magazine - an index to the periodical - published bi-monthly - 1949-2014

Canadian Rail__Index_no_1-117.pdf This is quite a large file (9 Mb) and takes some time to load.

Canadian Railway and Marine World Periodical available via Archive.Org

Canadian Railway Records – A Guide for Genealogists  – revised and expanded by Althea Douglas and J. Creighton Douglas available for purchase via the Ontario Genealogist Society eStore. Other railway resources are available for purchase on Global Genealogy.

Squamish, B.C. - West Coast Railway Association Museum

Calgary, Alberta - Heritage Park Email:
The Alberta Railway Museum Archives are located at the Provincial Archives of Alberta at 8555 Roper Road, in Edmonton. Access the database:

Wainwright, Alberta -

Saskatchewan Railway Museum
Smith Falls, Ontario - Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

How did our ancestors travel to their new homes from their point of arrival into Canada? Mostly by rail, and when the rail ran out, then by oxen driven cart or horse and buggy.

What was it really like? One way to understand their experiences are to doggedly search newspaper articles, diaries and personal accounts. Genealogists and historians have provided clues and hints in academic papers and accounts gleaned from these resources.

This example comes from an article that I wrote about Pioneer Women's Diaries and highlights a book written by Jessie Browne Raber, 'Pioneering in Alberta' which has a vivid description of the preparations that an English family undertook to emigrate to Canada.
From the article: "She (Jessie Browne Raber) also mentions the Immigration Hall and the crowds of people. After their health inspection, they found a cab to take them to Montreal where they stayed the night, and then boarded their train to Calgary. The book continues with arriving at their new home and adjusting to the weather, the people and their new community." 
When you think about planning a major trip in the late 1890s what do you take with you? From the book mentioned above, 'Pioneering in Alberta' Jessie mentions that her family only packed the necessities and that they were told that the winters in Canada were 'something fierce'. Their family and friends gave them bedding, warm clothing and even a ham! The curator of the exhibition at Pier 21 in Halifax notes that immigrants had to pack their own meals and cook them in a tiny little kitchen which was located on one of the cars. As well that a ticket cost $7.00 per family before World War One.

At the very end of another of my articles - English Families to Steinbach, Manitoba there are links to examples of emigration from England to Canada.

Lastly, let us not forget that these Colonist Cars carried our brave boys to wars across the seas in 1914 and 1939. They also brought my own grandfather and father home.  Thank You to C.P.R. and C.N.R.

Friday, 8 September 2017

English families to Steinbach Manitoba -Local News 1948/49

Looking for your English ancestors in Canadian newspapers? 

Time period of postings in this article: mid-1948 to end-1949.

Here is a short transcription of notices of people who emigrated from England to Steinbach, a small town in southern Manitoba. Included are announcements of who was visiting whom, weddings or births, even accidents and various events.

One person in the community or district gathered the local news and wrote it up for a column in the local newspaper. These accounts are rather 'chatty' reports that people gave to this community reporter. I used 'England' as my search term, but you could as well try a family name. 
The newspaper - Steinbach Carillon - is on Find My Past.

Here is a brief summary. The transcription follows.
  • A notice of a family receiving a 'visitor' from England, which is a bit vague when it was revealed she was soon to be their 'daughter-in-law', is it possible she was a war bride? No name given. 
  • A short notice of the WHITEMANs, an English couple who after 3 years in southern Manitoba decide to move to Australia with their family because of the harsh winters. 
  • Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS who moved from England with their children to the area and subsequently moved to B.C. There is a notice that she stayed with her mother while her husband settles in B.C., but it is not clear if Mrs. Lewis was a local girl and married for a time, perhaps her own family had emigrated to Steinbach earlier? 
  • In the case of Joe GLOSSUP, it appears he may have come to the Giroux district initially as a young man, perhaps working on the farm of the Lunds' and then after a few years decided to make his way to Calgary to work on the Canadian railways. 
  • Still another example of movement between provinces is where Mr. DAVIES moved to the district initially, soon after moved to Saskatchewan and then returned to Manitoba where he bought a farm and spent the remainder of his days.  
  • Finally, a special section in the Christmas edition gives an historical account of the first pioneers.
Kerry S.D. (School Division)
Mrs. F. LEWIS and sons Donald and Peter will be leaving for B.C. any day now to join Mr. Lewis. The Lewis family came from England about three months ago.
27 Feb 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Kerry S.D. (School Division)
Mrs. F. LEWIS and family who came from England last fall and spent the winter with her mother Mrs. E. MATTHEWS, has gone to join her husband in British Columbia.
27 August 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

A.M.L. Fred OPOCENSKY of the Royal Canadian Navy has returned from England to spend a months leave with his parents Mr. and Mrs. F. Opocensky.
09 January 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Giroux News
An article about the passing of Joe GLOSSUP of Calgary who had lived in the Giroux district. I have condensed the content: 'Word has just been received of the death of J.A. 'Joe' Glossop of Calgary who passed away on Feb. 1. He had just retired last month after 44 years' service with the railway (C.P.R. then the C.N.R.). Some of the earlier years of his life were spent in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Lund (in the Giroux district) before going to McLeod [Ft.Macleod]. Gives his address as 2425 St. E. Calgary. He is married and has two daughters. Mrs. John DeWaal and Grace. He was born in Sheffield, England and came to Canada when he was about 20 years old. Mentions his six year old grandson Teddy DeWAAL.
06 February 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Marchand District
Mr. and Mrs. E. NYLUND are expecting a visitor soon. In fact, the visitor is to become their daughter-in-law. She left Liverpool, England today and is expected to arrive within 2 weeks.
19 March 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Piney district
Mr. Fred WHITEMAN made a trip to Winnipeg last week in regards to making reservations for their trip to Australia where he and his family and his parents plan to make their future home. The Whitemans are not pioneers of this district but arrived from England only three years ago. We will be sorry to see you folks go. But I don't blame anyone who is not used to our severe winters to want to get away from the monotony of snow banks and a thermometer that hangs around the 30 mark, or is it cold in Australia too?
14 October 1949 - Steinbach Carillon News

Otterburne District - obituary notice
John DAVIES, Otterburne Farmer Passes. Mr. Davies was born in Shropshire, England in 1876. In 1897 he married Beatrice HARPER and in 1902 they moved to Canada. From 1902 until 1904 he worked in the Otterburne District and in the next six years he worked in the Griswold district and homesteaded at Peebles, Saskatchewan. In 1910 he returned to Otterburne and purchased the farm west of town which he still owned at the time of his death on the 1st December.
Steinbach Carillon News 16 December 1949

A large special section in the Christmas edition starting on pg 12 of the 23 December 1949 issue of the Steinbach Carillon News -  Pioneers of Clearsprings, Giroux and Wampum by Wm. Cohoe. John MACK is noted as possibly being the first pioneer in the district.
Some of the family names mentioned and a few have great biographical detail:
   Alex ADAMS, Mrs. ANDERSON, W. BORLAND, John CARLTON, Mr. and Mrs. J.J. COHOE; Andrew DYKES, Dave FERGUSON, James GLOVER, John GORRIE, Mrs. GORAY; Arthur HARVEY, J. JEMISON, Mr. Pete KEATING-came by Red River boat; Mr. W. LAING, Jr., T. LAING, John LANGILL, John LUND, Robert MATHEWS, Mrs. Alex. McCASKILL, Peter and John McINTYRE, T. MOONEY, John PETERSON, T. RANKIN, James STEEL; W. STANGER-at Norway House Hudson Bay post; Mr. and Mrs. W. THOMPSON,  Henry WEST.
23 December 1949

The newspaper - Steinbach Carillon - is on Find My Past.
Perhaps there are some residents of Steinbach who remember these residents?

Other resources:

Between Earth and Sky: Steinbach, The First 50 Years

Reflections on our Heritage  A history of Steinbach and the R.M. of Hanover from 1874.This history particularly focusses on the history of the Mennonite community in Steinbach.

More articles about emigrants from England.
Diaries of Canadian Colonial Women ;  Pioneers of Isabella and Blaris Manitoba ;  Cambridgeshire UK Family HistoryA London Cemetery: Blumberg, OBrien ;  British World War Two Brides;   Poole Dorset to Newfoundland

Friday, 1 September 2017

Finding Your Ancestors in Canada - the Maritimes

Photo credit: David Paul Ohmer     Via
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If you are planning a visit to the Maritimes, the vistas in the Fall / Autumn are absolutely stunning, so many colours and beautiful trees! Perhaps you'll discover the beauty for yourself on that long awaited Eastern Canadian genealogy trip.

Brief History
The first people in New Brunswick,  the Mi'kmaq, were there when the European explorers 'discovered' the wilds of the province. The French expanded their homesteads into the areas surrounding the Saint John River and what became known as the Bay of Fundy. New Brunswick is also known as the Acadian province and became a separate province from Nova Scotia in 1784. Along with Ontario and Quebec and the other Maritime provinces, New Brunswick was incorporated into the Commonwealth of Canada in 1867.

Fredericton- the capital of New Brunswick, was named (posthumously) after King George III's son, Prince Frederick Lewis, of the house of Brunswick. It was originally known as "Frederick's Town" and was shortened in 1785. Officers' Square was very much the military centre of the city in 1785. Government House (1828) was the governor's residence and home to General Sir Howard Douglas.

Saint John - Incorporated in 1785, the city is referred to as 'Canada's Most Irish City' and the 'Loyalist City', also heavily involved in the shipbuilding trade in the nineteenth century. The Old Burial Ground across from King's Square dates from 1784 and most of the area's Loyalist settlers are buried there.
(Sources: Wikipedia, Government of New Brunswick History webpage,  The Canadian Encyclopedia webpage.) 

For Genealogists
These free websites should be your first stopping ground for New Brunswick genealogy.
Cangenealogy New Brunswick created by Dave Obee has links to explore Canadian genealogy.  Library & Archives Canada - New Brunswick is the Government of Canada's Genealogy page for New Brunswick.  Family Search New Brunswick is the Family Search wiki.

Cemetery listings of Saint John and county - from Rootsweb, page last updated in 2007!  Thankfully, 10 years later most of the links still work and provides names of burials.

A very good and concise guide to the Irish in New Brunswick is offered by the National Institute of Genealogical Studies on the Family Search wiki. The print resources which are provided include lists of Irish emigrants. Search for these on the Library and Archives Canada catalogue to see where they are available in your neck of the woods.

Look into a valiant and ongoing effort by Saint John historian Harold Wright
 to raise awareness about the Partridge Island Quarantine Station 
and to make it accessible to the public.
Note: Unfortunately due to the volatile nature of a high concentration of 
arsenic it is currently illegal to visit the island. 
It is purported to be Canada's first quarantine station used from 1785 and there are approximately 2500 burials. The immigrants landed on the mainland where the immigration stations was located. Harold notes that the Island was initially used for seamen who became ill and had to be quarantined away from the mainland. He says: "There are Saint John and Canadian residents buried on the island, sailors, as well as immigrants." More information via interviews with CTV news - a visit to Partridge Island as well as Global News in regards to the petition.

- - - This resource provides information about those buried on the island: A Chronicle of Irish Emigration to Saint John, New Brunswick 1847, compiled by J. Elizabeth Cushing, Teresa Casey and Monica Robertson (Saint John: New Brunswick Museum, 1979)   Join the Partridge Island Facebook page  and add your support to lobby the Government. Currently 2,186 followers.

New Brunswick E-Resources
Digging through the University of New Brunswick Special Collections pages, I came across an article referring to a digitized collection of a lawsuit in 1800 to free a slave woman from her owner. Although unsuccessful, this became an important legal battle that was to provide the underpinning of the present structure of New Brunswick law. Clicking on the links leads to numerous pages about Black History in Nova Scotia.

The Gilmour and Rankin collection (1812-1864) at the University of New Brunswick, most of which is digitized, highlights the successful shipbuilding and timber business one of which was originally connected to Pollock and Gilmour (ca.1804) of Glasgow. See more on the Digital Collections page.

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick  -   As of July 2017 they have added the Indexes to Marriages and Deaths 1966 and Birth Records 1921 to their website. List of databases in the PANB search tool - think card catalogue - provides date ranges and specific datasets, ie: BMDs, Cemeteries, Immigration, Land Records. The Archives also has an interesting digital collection of newspaper advertisements of arriving ships and the news of the passengers, Notices of Irish Immigrants in Newspapers.

New Brunswick Newspapers Dave Obee's site for newspapers. Also check Gail Dever's newspaper pages on her Genealogy Research Toolbox - Genealogy à la Carte.

Print Resources
The St. John Free Public Library has an interesting print collection (sounds much like a card catalogue) - The Miscellaneous Index - indexes covering family histories, articles of local history, events and something I'd like to know more about - Scrapbooks! Another interesting sounding collection: Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home.     A Guide to Genealogy at the St. John Free Public Library  - A guided tour to the collection in the library - this is a very detailed step by step guide to researching genealogy.

French-Canadian Sources: A Guide for Genealogists  by Patricia Keeney Geyh, Joyce Soltis Banachowski, Linda Boyea. Although published in 2002, this book is was a team effort by the French Canadian/Acadian Genealogical Society.

In New Brunswick We'll Find It by L.J. Thomas and R.W. Barton

Saint John's North End: 1864-1975 by Harold E. Wright and Paul James

New Brunswick Genealogists' Blog
Fredericton Museum - @FredMuseum new exhibition "A Ship Full of Troubles" / "Un bateau plein d'ennui" - interprets the role New Brunswick played in the confederation of Canada.

Candice's look at the PANB - The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

Researchers Located in New Brunswick
Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes - see this site for genealogy researchers

Chaisson, Alfred email: alfredc@ (note the space between the @ and the n)

Mulherin, Francine - Mulherin Genealogy Services  DSL Drummond, New Brunswick

Ruby Cusack's Genealogy Webpages - Ms. Cusack will undertake research on your behalf


Brief History
The Canadian Encyclopedia suggests that Port Royal was the 'first agricultural settlement' in Canada and the 'beginnings of the French colony of Acadia'. Port Royal was later renamed Annapolis Royal and the province was named Nova Scotia, Latin for New Scotland.  A sad piece of Nova Scotia history is the expulsion of Acadians in 1755 by the British, which was a political maneuver to ensure that Nova Scotia would not fall to France's rule. Notwithstanding the fact that this seriously impacted many families' lives, the French fort Louisbourg soon fell to the British.
Nova Scotia
© credit: DHurt

Nova Scotia harbours have been used by many navies, including the British Navy, whose Royal Navy dockyard at Halifax was built from the 1740s. Today the city still supports an active shipbuilding and naval base.  Jumping ahead to 1867, Nova Scotia joined the other maritime provinces to form a new Dominion of Canada. 

A bit of trivia:
No point in Nova Scotia is more than 60 km from the sea - this compares to Great Britain where any one point is 70 km from the sea. According to Frommer's Travel Guide p.72,  2010 edition, 150 buildings and homes in Nova Scotia are officially designated heritage sites. Provincial license plates bear the moniker : Canada's Ocean Playground. Someone who lives in Halifax is known as a Haligonian. A resident of Nova Scotia is known as a 'Bluenoser' - after an Irish potatoe. The famous ship - the one represented on the Canadian dime - was named after the potatoe, not the other way 'round.

For Genealogists

These free websites should be your first stopping ground for Nova Scotia genealogy.
Cangenealogy Nova Scotia a website created by Dave Obee with links to explore Canadian genealogy.  Library & Archives Canada - Nova Scotia  -the Government of Canada's Genealogy page for Nova Scotia.  Family Search Nova Scotia is the Family Search wiki.

Libraries and  Archives
Genealogy guide - provides tips and tricks for genealogy research in Nova Scotia - provided by the Nova Scotia Archives.

This website allows you to search the Nova Scotia Archives Library - the main component of the collection is the Akins Nova Scotiana Collection. A collection named after Thomas Beamish Akins, the first Commissioner of Public Records in Nova Scotia. Note: these are print resources. There is also a database to search their Map Collection. Some of the collections provide images such as Community Albums or textual information about the collection allowing you to make a visit.

Memory Nova Scotia - MemoryNS is a one stop search of all the archives across the province. There is also a catalogue of Digital Items.  The Nova Scotia page on Rootsweb is a GenWeb resource, offering lots of links to genealogy in Nova Scotia. There is a list of digital resources, including passenger lists and lists of army and military regiments from the 18th century - you won't find on Ancestry - and even better, they were submitted by volunteers.  Also try the links via Cyndi's List resources for Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia E-Resources

1988 map of Nova Scotia from the University of Texas Library!

Death Notices of Some Early Pictou County Settlers - Information extracted from The Pictou Book, Stories of Our Past, written by George McLaren, published in 1954.

Tancook & Starr Island  - lots of interesting material here if your family is from Tancook, Little Tancook or Starr Island. Please be aware that as the page is a little dated, you will need to copy and paste some of the links to see if they still exist. 

Print Resources

Biographical directory of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Free Baptist ministers and preachers by Frederick C. Burnett. Published by Lancelot Press for Acadia Divinity College and the Baptist Historical Committee of the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces, 1996.

Ethnicity and the German descendants of Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia by Laurie Lacey. Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)

Genealogical newsletter of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society published by the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society.

Le Réveil acadien : Acadian awakening by the Acadian Cultural Society.

Yeadon of Nova Scotia compiled by Iris V. Shea for the Mainland South Heritage Society.

Nova Scotia Genealogists' Blogs

The Community Albums Project - Michell Boychuk travelled around the province collecting items of interest from local archives that highlights stories of people in those communities since 1867. This effort was a project initiated by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. The result has been made available in a virtual exhibit - please visit

Candice wrote a great article on Acadian Ancestors resources

Researchers Located in Nova Scotia
Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes - see this site for genealogy researchers in Nova Scotia

Also contact the Nova Scotia Genealogy Society -

@atlancestors - Peggy Homans Chapman
@DouglasCochran2 is certified and listed with the Nova Scotia Archives, and the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes.


Brief History
Prince Edward Island was previously known as St. John's Island. There are three counties in Prince Edward Island, Queen's County, Kings County and Prince County. Each county was named by Capt. Samuel Holland. Queen's County was named in 1765 for queen consort Charlotte of Meklenburg-Strelitz. Charlottetown is the county capital.  King's County has a rural concentric population and it's main economies are forestry and fishing. It was named in 1765 for King George III and it's capital is Georgetown. Prince's County was named in 1765 for George, Prince of Wales and it's capital was to be Princetown but Summerside was chosen instead. Prince Edward Island is known of course for Anne of Green Gables, a very popular fictional character. Charlottetown was the site of discussions of a union of the three maritime provinces which evolved into the agreement of the Confederation of Canada. PEI joined Canada in 1873. Confederation Bridge connects PEI with New Brunswick and the rest of Canada and was opened for traffic in 1997.   

© Penny Allen's postcard collection
For Genealogists

These free websites should be your first stopping ground for Prince Edward Island genealogy.
Cangenealogy Prince Edward Island is created by Dave Obee. Library & Archives Canada - Prince Edward Island  is the Government of Canada's page for Prince Edward Island genealogy.  Family Search Prince Edward Island is the Family Search wiki.

Government of Prince Edward Island Database - search across Vital Statistics, Census and Archival Content - some of which is digitized.  Also check Genealogy at the PEI Provincial Archives.

Prince Edward Island E-Resources

Island Register Databases 

Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society
Master Index  - a list of Surnames which then tells you which book to find the family name in.

Surname List   1,538 PEI surnames to date

Ship RecordsDatabase The Maritime Provinces are historically renowned for the ship industry. This resource includes records as early as 1787 through to 1936. Records such as voyages, crew lists, vessel registry file (including vessels registered in Bermuda!), masters and owners of said vessels, as well as a ports file of over 33,000 ports visited by Canadian registered vessels.

McAlpine’s Maritime Provinces Directory 1870-71

The Robertson Library at the University of PEI has published a video on YouTube describing their project, Postcards from the Past, digitizing and transcribing postcards from Prince Edward Island.

This is a free pdf of links for PEI Genealogy Research  Use with caution

Print Resources

An Index of Irish Immigrants based on obituaries and death notices in Prince Edward Island newspapers, 1835-1910. Gallant, Peter. Charlottetown: Prince Edward Genealogical Society, 1990.

The Early History of the Catholic Church in Prince Edward Island. MacMillan, John C. Campbellville: Global Heritage Press, 2007

The Arrival of the First Scottish Catholic Emigrants in Prince Edward Island and after (1722-1922). Campbellville: Global Heritage Press, 2005.

Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (PEI Section)

Confederation Connections: Finding the Fathers’ Families published by the PEI Genealogical Society

Libraries and Archives
Found on the University of PEI Library page:
- Exploring Island history : a guide to the historical resources of Prince Edward Island edited by Harry Baglole.
- Launched, volume II : genealogy of the families of Port Hill, Prince Edward Island Lot 13 by the Port Hill History Committee.
- Prince County, Prince Edward Island, index of monumental inscriptions Prince Edward Island Genealogy [i.e. Genealogical] Society.
- Readings in Prince Edward Island History compiled by Harry Baglole.
- The way things were : growing up on a Prince Edward Island farm during the depression and World War II / by Lloyd Beck MacLeod.

Prince Edward Island Genealogists' Blogs

Doug's Genealogy - a collection of articles about Doug's families, BALLEM/BALLUM, HENCKELL, JENKINS and MacDONALD.

My PEI genealogy adventure

The Rootsweb message board for PEI is quite active, the last post was on 20 August 2017. Great place to post a question!

PEI History Guy - not terribly regular blog posts, but still interesting reading

Researchers Located in Prince Edward Island
Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes - see this site for genealogy researchers

Georges Arseneault - PEI genealogy and local history - highlighted as one of Great Canadian Genealogy Summit's speakers