The Canadian Genealogy Centre – Published Sources

We now look at the Published Sources section of the Canadian Genealogy Centre. The first subject is Newspapers. They break them down into daily, ethnic, Native and student newspapers.

The Canadian Genealogy Centre explains what you may find in newspapers and provide several useful links to online sources. They also have a link to what they call Newspapers List. This is a whole section on what newspapers are available at Library and Archives Canada. The introduction gives a brief explanation and then you can use the links on the left side to go to other options such as microform holdings. Here you will get a brief description on how to search the records. You then choose the link Geographical List and this takes you to a list of the provinces and territories. Click on the one of your choice and this provides a list of the newspapers available for your area of interest. The list is alphabetical by geographic location and provides the dates and microform type available. You also get the call number so you can order the newspaper.

The Indexes to Canadian Newspapers provides a series of online and other sources to find indexes to Canadian newspapers. The topics include general, geographical, source title and newspaper title.

You can also check lists for Canadian newspapers currently received, Aboriginal newspapers, Canadian Ethnic newspapers currently received, International newspapers currently received and news online.

City Directories is the next topic. You get a description of what you may find in city directories and why they are useful to the genealogist. The earliest directory in Quebec City is 1791; Montreal is 1819; and Toronto is 1832. They provide research tips and a few digital images to show you what to expect.

Local Histories and Family Histories are the next two topics. They are very similar in what is offered. They both have a short description of what you will find and a link to a Bibliography List. When you use the link it takes you to a long list of bibliography subjects. When you chose Local or Family Histories you get a concise list of books.

Official Publications is the last option in Published Sources. LAC talks about the Canada Gazette, the Statutes of Canada and Sessional Papers and what might be found in them. There is also a link to AMICUS the online catalogue for LAC.

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Order Irish Certificates Online

You can now order birth, marriage and death certificates from Ireland online. These are only the records that can be ordered online not all the available civil registration records. There are a few catches to the process.

Birth Certificates

You can get a certificate for a birth from January 1864 to December 1921 in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and from January 1922 in the Republic of Ireland.

The mandatory information to apply for a birth certificate is: first and last name of the child and mother’s first and maiden name.

Other information that is asked for but not mandatory are: date of birth which you can fill in completely or tick a small box that says it is an approximation; gender and father’s first and last name.

Requiring the maiden name of the mother to get a birth certificate is going to be restrictive for the majority of genealogists.

Marriage Certificates

You can get a marriage certificate that was registered in the Republic of Ireland from 1922 to the present. But you can only get marriages registered in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from January 1920 to December 1921.

The mandatory information to apply for a marriage certificate is: first and last name of both the husband and wife and place of marriage. The place of marriage could be a church, village, town or registration district.

As when applying for a birth certificate you can add a date of marriage but tick the box to say it is an approximation.

Death Certificates

You can get a death certificate registered in the Republic of Ireland from 1924 to the present.

Mandatory information to acquire a death certificate is: first and last name of deceased and place of death.

Other information that is asked for but not required is: former residence of the deceased; age of the deceased and the date of death, where again they allow for an approximation.

You can also apply for Still-birth and Adoption certificates. Acceptance of the Terms & Conditions is a requirement for all orders.

The cost of the certificates is more expensive than requesting them by mail. Each certificate and each additional certificate of the same event costs €8.00. There is a search fee of €2.00 and postage which is €1.00 within Ireland and €2.00 to the rest of the world. So when ordering from Canada this would add up to €12.00 and with the current rate of exchange would equal about $15.75 Canadian.

You can pay for this online with a MasterCard, Visa or Laser credit card through their secure site.

If you have problems then you will have to contact the General Register Office by telephone.

The General Register Office says that the order will be shipped in five working days.

There is a Question and Answer section which can be helpful. Reading the Terms and Conditions also provides some more information.

It is a shame that they decided to severely restrict the years available for marriage and death certificates as well as making the mother’s maiden name mandatory for a birth certificate and both spouses’ names mandatory for marriage certificates. This makes it difficult for the average genealogist as they do not always know the mother’s maiden name for a birth or a spouse’s name for a marriage.

Remember that you can still check the Irish Civil Registration Indexes for births (1864-1958), marriages (non Catholic marriages from 1845, all marriages 1864-1958) and deaths (1864-1958) at Family Search.

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Canadians can now order their Family History Library films online

You can now order your Family History Library films online and have them delivered to your Family History Centre of choice. This will make it much easier for a lot of people. You can also renew your films through this service.

The fee is more expensive than ordering it through my local Family History Centre. I would pay about $6.75 and they are charging $11.57. A consideration is the time and cost of gas for get me to the Centre to order a film. The drive one way is 40 minutes depending on traffic.

You can change the currency value before continuing with your order. It was $12.00 US and $11.57 CAD to order one film. You pay for your films with Mastercard or Visa.

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Canadian Genealogy Centre – Immigration and Citizenship Section

This section covers everything to do with Immigration and Citizenship that is in the public domain.

They start off with a topic of Terminology and Abbreviations. These refer to things you will find in records relating to immigration such as passenger lists.

The next topic is Passenger Lists before 1865.They give you a complete run down of the subject and what is available for the researcher. You will find information on the French and British Regimes as well as the Montreal Emigrant Society Passage Book. They also provide links to provincial and online sources.

The French Regime section provides a list of microfilms for passenger lists prior to 1865. Remember these are not complete and because of the age of these records they can be difficult to read. The French Regime includes lists that have destinations of: Quebec, Acadia, Canada and America, and Newfoundland.

Under the British Regime is a database relating to Immigrants to Canada from about 1803 to 1865. You can search by surname and it provides a reference that may include a microfilm number. These records come from varying sources and are not specifically passenger lists. A few but not all have a digital image attached to the reference.

The Montreal Emigrant Society Passage Book (1832) has a searchable database. You can search by name and the reference provides a microfilm number as well as a digital image to the records.

Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 are the next topic. Here again they provide a breakdown of what you will find in the records and what records are available.

There is a database for Quebec City Passenger Lists Index 1865-1900 that is searchable by name. You get the reference information and then can view a digital image. Some of the names are only surnames. There is also very little extra information provided in the index. You need to go into the image to find more information. Sometimes it is only Mr or Mrs but you may also find more.

There is a list of ports and the years that records are available for those ports. When you click on the port and date in question you will get a list of microfilm numbers so you can order them through inter library loan.

Passenger Lists, 1865-1922 is a searchable database by name of ship, year and port of arrival and port of departure. You can search by a shipping line, specific date of departure or arrival. You are then provided with a list of choices. When you click on one you get a reference page and can click on the digital image relating to the search criteria. You then search the record and move on to the next one. This is the modern way of searching microfilm.

Passenger Lists from 1925-1935 has a database that is searchable by name. Once you click on the name you get a reference summary which provides a microfilm number. You can then use this to order the microfilm from LAC.

They discuss Chinese immigration records and provide links to online sources.

Form 30A, 1919-1924 (Ocean Arrivals) provides a break down of what you will find in the record as well as a list of microfilms. There is also an online database but you need to know the microfilm number and then you can search the microfilm online. It is not a name database.

Border Entry is the next topic. You get a brief description and a warning that not everyone who crossed the border was registered. There is a list of border ports, dates and microfilm numbers for the dates of 1908-1918. From 1919-1924 Form 30 was used and can be found in the same database as Form 30A. Border entries from 1925-1935 is found in the Immigration Records (1925-1935) database. Other online sources and reference information are also provided.

After 1935 you need to make a request to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You need to fill in an Access to Information Request Form and the person must have been dead for 20 years or more. Proof must be provided for the death. If the person is living then they can apply for their information themselves.

I had difficulty with this when I went searching for my grandmother’s entry into Canada in 1957. She died two years ago at 99 ¾ years and I was told that I will have to wait 20 years before I can apply for a copy of her passenger list. You will only be able to get the entry for your ancestor.

The Immigrants from the Russian Empire topic has a list of microfilms and there is a database of indexed and digitized images from the files of the Passport/Identity Papers series. These are indexed by name and the file can hold one or more pages. Some have photographs attached to them.

The Home Children (1869-1930) database can be found under this section. It is searchable under two sections Immigration Records Search and Boards of Guardians Search. They provide a reference and it includes where the record came from and a microfilm number. The Boards of Guardians have digital images. Under Immigration Records Search if there was a group of children travelling together you can click on a link and find out who they were. They also provide other resources to help you with your search.

The Passport topic provides links to the history of passports and well as passports relating to different countries. They also tell you how to search them at LAC. There is a name index for the passports that Library and Archives Canada hold.

The Citizenship topic tells the story of citizenship in Canada and how to research the records that are available. There is a database relating to Upper Canada and Canada West Naturalization Registers (1828-1850). This is searchable by name and once you click on a name the reference page provides a link to a digital image.

There is also a database for Citizenship Registration Records for the Montreal Circuit Court (1851-1945) which is also searchable by name. When you click on the name a reference page comes up and then you can click on a digital image of the record. Sometimes there is more than one page for the record.

You will also find a link to the Canadian Naturalization 1915-1932 database. This is searchable by name and as with previous databases you can download a digital image. This is a PDF file that is a printed source reference.

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