Sunday, September 25, 2011

1916 Census of Canada's Prairie Provinces - Coming soon

I remember when this was briefly available on a few years ago. I searched it diligently, day after day. Then suddenly it disappeared. In its place was a notice saying that due to contractual obligations this census was not currently available.

Guess what! This past week I saw a FamilySearch knowledge document saying that after 19 December 2011 this census would be available on So on December 19th or sometime soon after, we will have access to this census again.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Free Getting Started Videos

While looking at videos on the FamilySearch YouTube channel, I found four short Getting Started videos, sort of like the 5-Minute Genealogy series but slightly more basic. I think I will use them to introduce some of my up-coming lessons at the FHC.


Free Family History Classes!
At the Riverbend Stake Family History Centre
Tuesdays 7-9 p.m. repeated Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.

Sept 20/22 Starting your family history, with paper or computer, for beginners!

Sept 27/29 5-minute genealogy! How to find your ancestors online for free with

                             New.FamilySearch - How to prepare names

                                      Oct 4/6 part 1: Adding missing people
Oct 11/13 part 2: Combining duplicate records to clean up your family tree

                                      Oct 18/20 part 3: Reserving ordinances and printing Requests.

Oct 25/27 Accessing USA records online for free at the Family History Center

Nov 1/3 Accessing British records online for free at the Family History Center

Nov 8/10 Accessing Canadian records online for free at the Family History Center

Nov 15/17 New LDS sites – Wiki, FamilySearch Forums, Labs, Indexing

                             Nov 22/24 When and how to use the classic (old)

Nov 29/Dec 1 Connecting software to new FamilySearch – PAF and certified affiliates, GEDCOM

Dec 6/8 Especially for Mac users - FamilySearch affiliated software, other software and website usage.

Learn how to use the Internet to find your ancestors for FREE!

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

(Take the 53 Ave exit off the Whitemud Freeway.)

Phone: 780-436-0136 (FHC) or 780-435-8141 (director)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

1871 Census of Canada is now Free

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter had big news today (link to article

1871 Canadian Census now Available Online
 Library and Archives Canada has placed the 1871 census online. 1871 marked the first regularly scheduled collection of national statistics. The information covers the four provinces that were part of the Dominion of Canada in 1871: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.
The online database provides digitized images of original census returns featuring the name, age, country or province of birth, nationality, religion, and occupation of Canada's residents at the time. The database is searchable by nominal information such as Name, Given Name (s) and Age, and/or geographical information such as Province, District Name, District Number, and Sub-district Number.

The 1871 Canadian Census is available free of charge at:
You can learn more about the 1871 census at

[Until now this census was only fully available through by subscription and at Family History Centers and some public libraries. EOGN article is quoted by permission.]