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The Family History Centre is one of over 4600 branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City which is the world's largest Genealogy library. We have lending privileges from that library's vast resources and a direct connection to their online resources including fee based web sites.

Friday, September 6, 2013

September 2013 Family History Schedule


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9-12 Ann
1-4 By Appointment
7-9:30 Al
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9-12 Ann & Eric
1-4 Gord
7-9:30 Catherine
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9-12 Janey & Ann
1-4  By Appointment
7-9:30 By Appointment
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9-12 Ann
1-4 By Appointment
7-9:30 Rick, Gord & Des
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9-12 Ann & Eric
1-4  Gord
7-9:30  Ann & Eric
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9-12 Ann
1-4 By Appointment
7-9:30 By Appointment
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9-12 Ann
1-4 By Appointment
7-9:30 Al
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9-12 Ann  & Eric
1-4 Gord
7-9:30 Catherine
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9-12  Janey & Ann
1-4  By Appointent
7-9:30 By Appointment
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9-12 Ann
1-4 By Appointment
7-9:30 Larry & Brenda
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9-12 Ann & Eric
1-4  Gord
7-9:30 Stew & Linda B.
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9-12 Ann
1-4 By Appointment
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FAMILYSEARCH AND ANCESTRY.AGREE TO MAKE A BILLION GLOBAL RECORDS AVAILABLE ONLINE. 
PROVO, Utah, September 5, 2013 – Ancestry.com and FamilySearch International (online atFamilySearch.org), the two largest providers of family history resources, announced today an agreement that is expected to make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online and more easily accessible to the public for the first time. With this long-term strategic agreement, the two services will work together with the archive community over the next five years to digitize, index and publish these records from the FamilySearch vault.

The access to the global collection of records marks a major investment in international content as Ancestry.com continues to invest in expanding family history interest in its current markets and worldwide. Ancestry.com expects to invest more than $60 million over the next five years in the project alongside thousands of hours of volunteer efforts facilitated by FamilySearch.

This agreement sets a path for the future for Ancestry.com and FamilySearch to increasingly share international sets of records more collaboratively,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com. “A significant part of our vision for family history is helping provide a rich, engaging experience on a global scale. We are excited about the opportunities it will bring to help benefit the family history community and look forward to collaborating with FamilySearch to identify other opportunities to help people discover and share their family history.”

The organizations will also be looking at other ways to share content across the two organizations. Both organizations expect to add to the already digitized records shared across the two websites in addition to new record projects to be completed over the next five years.

“We are excited to work with Ancestry.com on a vision we both share,” said Dennis Brimhall, President of FamilySearch. “Expanding online access to historical records through this type of collaboration can help millions more people discover and share their family’s history.”

This marks a groundbreaking agreement between the two services. But the two organizations aren’t strangers to working with each other; hundreds of millions of records have already been shared and are available on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. The companies also announced in early 2013 an additional project where they plan to publish 140 million U.S. Wills & Probate images and indexes over the next three years—creating a national database of wills and other probate documents spanning 1800-1930 online for the very first time.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Census of Canada, 1921 - Available to Researchers in the Next Few Weeks

Library and Archives Canada took custody of the Census of the Canadian population, 1921 from Statistics Canada and is beginning work to make it discoverable for Canadians. Closed for 92 years under the Statistics Act to protect individuals’ private information, the census data is being indexed so it can be mined for historical and genealogical research as soon as possible.
 
Taken on June 1, 1921, the census contains a wealth of information available on more than 197,500 images. The almost 11,700 commissioners and enumerators recorded by hand nearly 8.8 million individuals in thousands of communities across the country. Census returns were geographically enumerated, that is to say according to a person’s residence and not by individuals’ names, in the order in which households were visited.
 
Information for the census was collected on the following five subjects: population; agriculture; animals, animal products, fruits not on farms; manufacturing and trading establishments; and supplemental questionnaire for persons who were blind and deaf. This represents a total of 565 questions. The population questionnaire contained only 35 questions.
 
Library and Archives Canada is committed to making the 1921 Census’ rich and complex information accessible and available to all Canadians, no matter where they live, in the next few weeks. Further details on the 1921 Census’ availability will be shared once they are available.
 
Canadians can continue to access censuses taken before 1921 through Library and Archives Canada’s Census Indexes webpage to learn more about their families and study Canada's past. Census records are among the most often consulted resources on Library and Archives Canada’s website.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Family Tree is Available to All Users

After months of hard work, the enhanced FamilySearch.org experience has been launched to the world. At the core of the new experience is Family Tree, the future replacement for new.familysearch.org. Family Tree is a single, universal pedigree that offers new ways to discover, preserve, and share your family story:
  • Collaborate on common family lines
  • Make corrections and add sources
  • Add ancestor photos and stories
  • View your ancestors in an interactive fan chart
All of these Family Tree features are live today and are available to all users of the site. Note that photos and stories tools will be made available to a certain number of new users per day to ensure that the system continues to runs smoothly.
As you begin, or continue, to use the features of Family Tree, don’t hesitate to let us know what you think of this new tool through comments here on the blog or through our feedback page.
Family Tree Frequently Asked Questions—Regarding new FamilySearch (nFS) and the public tree:
When will Family Tree be available?
  • Family Tree is available today.
Is FamilySearch going to allow public users to have access to nFS?
  • It is already available to all registered users of familysearch.org.
Is the tree on www.familysearch.org?
  • Yes.
What is new and different about Family Tree?
  • Users will be able to correct bad data in the tree.
  • Many of the requests that people have made for changes to nFS are being addressed in Family Tree.
  • In Family Tree, the focus will be moving towards an accurate genealogical pedigree based on sources.
  • The Family Tree will be a place to hold the best genealogy, available to all and preserved for future generations.
How can one contribute to the genealogy in Family Tree?
There are two ways that you can contribute:
  • Donate your GEDCOM to contributed pedigrees on www.familysearch.org, and then transfer the information to Family Tree.
  • Participate in Family Tree.
What is the difference between contributed pedigrees and the Family Tree?
  • Both will be preserved for future generations.
  • Contributed pedigrees will be searchable and available to others but cannot be modified. You can upload updates to your contributed pedigree.
  • Family Tree will also be available and searchable but can be modified by any registered user working together with others to document the best genealogy.
When will contributed pedigrees be available?
  • Contributed pedigrees are available today. Go to www.familysearch.org, and click on Trees on the search page. Below the search entry criteria, click the Submit Tree button to donate your GEDCOM. Once donated and processed, your tree information will be returned along with other matching information.

Monday, April 1, 2013

ACCESSING THE VAST RESOURCES OF THE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY

Many people who are researching their family history may be so enthused about what they are doing that they are missing some of the vast resources that are available for research from the Family History Library that are available through our Family History Center. In their haste they are looking at and relying upon the research of others; vast indexes being prepared by familysearch, ancestry.com and other websites of note on the Internet.

Many are missing the importance of researching in primary original documents of births, marriages and deaths. These are documents that are recorded at the time of the event by those who participated at that time. They are considered to be the essential documents of research. Many secondary documents are available such as census records passenger lists and the above-mentioned indexes. These documents are recorded long after the actual birth, marriage or death records and many times do not have the precise information that is required for solid identification of individuals and relationships.

Over more than a century the Family History Library in Salt Lake City has gone throughout the world in an effort to microfilm and now digitally record the original documents in archives and churches around the globe. These original documents are now available either online through familysearch or can still be borrowed and viewed at the Family History Center from the library in Salt Lake City.

Although there is a vast effort to index these records the indexes should not replace the original documents. The indexes should be treated as tools to view those documents where the full detail of the event is recorded. It will still take considerable time for all of these 2.5 million rolls of microfilm containing over 15 billion records to come online through familysearch.  They have recently announced that they have passed the 1 billion mark.

Therefore, do not neglect these vast resources that are available through interlibrary loan and can be read in your local family history center.

When viewing the website familysearch note above the search line the tag labeled catalog and click that option to view the resources available for the community you are searching. If you need assistance in this regard ask the consultants at the Fmily History Center for assistance.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


NEW RESOURCES ADDED TO FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

Outlined below are several new records added to familysearch.  The total list of all records is constantly changing and should be checked often to see if additonal information is available to your area of research

Collection 
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments

BillionGraves Index 

189,206
189,206
Added index records and images to an existing collection.
0
6,272
Added images to an existing collection.
0
2,218
Added images to an existing collection.
0
6,567
New browsable image collection.
0
22,448
Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846-1957

0
286,132
New browsable image collection.
0
783,176
Added images to an existing collection.
0
222,010
Added images to an existing collection.
0
23,375
Added images to an existing collection.
0
116,239
Added images to an existing collection.
0
82,847
Added images to an existing collection.
0
144,111
Added images to an existing collection.

England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000

31,521
0
Added index records to and existing collection.

England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records, 1570-2005

0
525
Added images to an existing collection.

Estonia, Population Registers, 1918-1944

0
142,722
Added images to an existing collection.

Germany, Hesse, Civil Registration, 1874-1927

0
75,875
New browsable image collection.

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945

0
457,603
Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941

0
292,511
New browsable image collection.

Italy, L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1824-1910

0
483,804
New browsable image collection.

Italy, Matera, Matera, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929

0
237,814
New browsable image collection.
0
421,992
New browsable image collection.
0
1,034,803
Added images to an existing collection.
0
13,622
New browsable image collection.
0
110,620
Added images to an existing collection.
0
230,734
New browsable image collection.

South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1796-1992

0
99,777
Added images to an existing collection.
0
10,749
Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records, 1319-1940

0
40,869
Added images to an existing collection.
0
14,934
Added images to an existing collection.
0
1,283
New browsable image collection.
0
223,919
Added images to an existing collection.
32,901
0
Added index records to an existing collection.
0
144,006
Added images to an existing collection.
0
2,631
New browsable image collection.

U.S., New York, Buffalo, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records, 1812-1970

0
3,240
Added images to an existing collection.
0
20,040
Added images to an existing collection.
0
15,731
Added images to an existing collection.
0
21,799
Added images to an existing collection.
51,991
0
New indexed record collection.

United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906

0
51,124
Addedimages to an existing collection.
113,216
0
Addedindex records to an existing collection.