Once you're on site, my best tip for getting the most out of an archives visit is asking for a quick tour. Most times the archivist will ask you what area, subject, or time frame you're researching. They will also show you how to fill out a record retrieval slip and while I am an experienced researcher, I always appreciate the reminders. Every archive follows archival best practises, which means...
After census records and vital statistics (birth, marriage, and death records), church records are some of the most important fonds in a genealogist's toolkit. For the Chinese, however, it was a circuitous path to worship and so it appears relatively few Catholic or Protestant records exist. I am working on understanding better how the Methodist Church ministered to the Chinese populations in Canada. My research shows they established missions for non-white congregants and it was the Vancouver and Victoria mission fonds I wanted to explore.
It may come as a surprise to learn that not all historic records are accurate. Here's my unofficial ranking of genealogy records, with an example.
What's available for Chinese genealogy on Ancestry? I look at the records and show you how to navigate them.
In this post, I show you how to use the card catalog to find the case files for Japanese Canadian genealogy.
I thought you might enjoy the fantastic tips and advice on prairie local history I have received since posting Genealogy gold part 1. On prairie local histories From Beverley: ...they are a great resource and those of us who live on the Prairies have long used them. One caution, if your relatives did not submit… Continue reading Genealogy gold part 3: More tips on prairie local histories
This is #3 in my Archives series. If you'd like to start at the beginning, see British Columbia here and Alberta here. Update - 28 Mar 2019 The Saskatchewan government moved to consolidate its 4 locations into one location in Regina. The Saskatoon archives are now closed. In addition, the online database is also offline. I will… Continue reading A trip to the archives #3 – the SK edition
Need to knows when visiting the archives of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta
If you are planning a trip to the BC Archives, here are my top need-to-knows.
SK has tight privacy laws re Vital Stats. Where else can you go after Ancestry?