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Register (613-257-2702), or drop by the library on

Wednesdays, from September 10th to October 29th, 6-7 p.m., for your FREE one hour introduction to Ancestry Library Edition.

Please note that spaces are  limited, and that some computer skills are required

The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project:

DNA Testing

This site has all you ever wanted to know about DNA Testing, but were afraid to ask!

Wheaton Surname Resources:  Beginners Guide to Genetic Genealogy

1921 Census of Canada Released


The 1921 census of Canada has finally been released from Library and Archives Canada.  It is available, free of charge at Ancestry:

At the moment, you are only able to browse a geographic index with links to the census images, and you need to be registered with Ancestry to do this.  You will need to know the province, district, and sub-district where your ancestor lived, and then be ready to scroll your time away.

Ancestry intends to have a name index available for its customers by autumn, available free of charge at LAC after three years.

The Royal Baby

Learn more about the newest member of the British royal family at American Ancestors where you can  explore the royal child’s Presidential and celebrity connections, test your knowledge of British royalty with trivia, and match photos of the baby’s living relatives to his family tree.

The official website of the British monarchy is replete with photos, including one of HRH Prince George on the facebook page.

Check out the Royal Visits category on this blog for newspaper accounts of the various royal visits and celebrations in Carleton Place.

Are you related to Oliver Cromwell? 

Find out at the genealogy site for Oliver Cromwell, which contains 1407 individuals, 414 families, and 315 surnames:

New Links

Check out the new links in the Blogroll at the top of this page!  Especially useful for Carleton Place researchers looking for vintage photos,

stories about the people and events that helped to shape Carleton Place, and cemetery databases.

Samuel de Champlain

Find out more about the activities of the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s passage in the Ottawa-Gatineau region:

Censuses of Canada West and Canada East, 1842

Library and Archives Canada announces that Canadians can now access the Census of Canada West, 1842, as well as the Census of Canada East, 1842 online.  Users can search these new databases by the names of heads of family, as well as by geographical information such as district and sub-district names:

Google Alerts

Trying to keep up with new genealogical information online can be trying, to say the least.

Why not use Google Alerts, a free service at     to receive email updates of the latest relevant Google results based on your search query?

So easy to do, saves time, and lets the information come to you!  It doesn’t get any better than this.

Do You Know Where The Devil Is????

Here are six tactics of the successful researcher:

Adoption and DNA Testing

Helping adoptees and others affected by adoption rediscover their heritage through DNA testing.

Will Future Genealogists Be Able To Read Hand-written Records?

Ever wonder if writing in longhand is obsolete?  Many of today’s children and young adults cannot read handwriting.  Many schools in the area have eliminated cursive outright, as students use laptops and tablets to record class notes.

An interesting article on handwriting appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, 25 June, 2013.  It is written by Andrew Coyne and is titled, “Putting words down on paper: How we write affects what we write.”

In this article he explores the difference between typing and writing in long hand: “You’re using different parts of the brain.  Typing is file retrieval, remembering where a letter is.  With handwriting, you create the letters anew each time, using much more complex motor skills… seems to engage the more intuitive, right-brain aspects of cognition.  Tapping into your intuition is a critical part of writing, or indeed of thinking.”

So, have a read,

and then get out your pen and paper and start writing.

Irish Lives Remembered

 Check out this free online magazine, recommended for anyone with Irish ancestry:

Heritage Carleton Place Website

Visit Heritage Carleton Place website for vintage photos , stories about the people and events that helped to shape Carleton Place, and more:


1911 Canadian Census Nominal Index

 Library and Archives Canada has just released a nominally indexed census on their website for 1911.
There is a good discussion of the census and its contents at

Jump  to  to try it out.

1921 Census Release Date

Census returns are in the custody of Statistics Canada and the records are closed until 92 years after the taking of a census, when those records may be opened for public use and transferred to Library and Archives Canada.

On 01 June, 2013, the 1921 Canadian census will be transferred to Library and Archives Canada.  LAC informs us that “only microfilm copies of this census exist and they will digitize the microfilms and make them available online as JPEG and PDF images shortly after their release date.”

More information is available at the Library and Archives blog:

I would not expect this census to be available for public viewing for a few months after the June 1st  date.


Traditionally, this is the time of year that people seem to come to the library to research their family trees.  One resource we have that Ancestry does not, are the Carleton Place newspapers on microfilm.  These newspapers are name indexed for births, marriages & deaths from 1850 to 1929.  We will do quick look-ups in these indexes for you, as long as you have an exact birth, marriage, or death date.  If we find the person you are looking for, we can email a copy of the newspaper announcement to you.  Contact us at: if you would like a look-up, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Improved version of online 1906 census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta released (LAC) – January 2013


Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has announced the release of a new version of the 1906 census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta known contemporarily as the Northwest Provinces. They have added the ability to search by surname and given name and to restrict your search by age.


The first stop when you are looking for Canadian records is Library and Archives Canada, which contains :  births, marriages & deaths, census, immigration and citizenship, military, land & employment records, plus information on how to conduct genealogical research, newspapers on microfilm, and much more.


All of the census microfilm reels are only searchable by province and geographic location, except for the 1871 census of Ontario, which can be searched by surname and district.


In order to find the correct microfilm number for your library to order in for you, follow the steps below:


·         Canadian Genealogy Centre

·         What You Can Do – Search for Ancestors (Databases)

·         Databases

·         Census & Enumerations

·         Choose the census year you are looking for (eg. 1666 to 1901)

·         Search the database

·         Choose the province (eg. Ontario) & type in a geographic location (eg. Lanark County)

·         Submit Query

·         All the towns, townships, villages etc. pop up with their corresponding microfilm reel numbers

·         Record the number(s) beside the date(s) you need and ask your local library to request the film via interlibrary loan





Although this site is not completely finished yet, they offer a free national or provincial surname search, with the added benefit of a soundex code for those hard to spell names.  This is just a wonderful site.  Once you find your ancestor, you can order in the microfilm number attached to their record for further verification, by going to the page number listed by their name and scrolling to the top of the page.  It’s always interesting to see who their neighbours were too, as sometimes they married each other.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet :

Cyndi’s list is a directory of thousands of links on the internet, including important Ontario resources:

  • A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.
  • A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
  • A free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research.
  • A “card catalog” to the genealogical collection in the immense library that is the Internet.
  • Your genealogical research portal onto the Internet.

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid :

The Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid is a pointer database consisting of the surnames, cemetery name and location of over 2 Million interments from several thousand cemeteries, cairns, memorials, and cenotaphs in Ontario Canada. has the largest collection of free family history and genealogical records in the world. It is the online catalogue for the Family History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City. The main searches are for place, surname, keyword, title, author or subject. One of the great features of this site is that the 1881 Canadian census, the 1880 US census, and the 1881 British Isles census are fully indexed here and are completely free. You will also find Scandinavia and Mexico vital records indexes ; the US Social Security Death Index ; the International Genealogical Index ; and user-submitted pedigrees. Millions more digitized documents are still to come under recent partnerships with a variety of repositories. You can preview the next generation of the site using FamilySearch Labs Record Search – There are also extensive research guides and help files for the beginner, including a how-to wiki – – drawing on the experience of researchers all over the world, and online Family History Library catalogue of microfilmed records you can rent through Family History Centres worldwide. contains thousands of transcriptions of cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions, from cemeteries in the USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. Access is free – no subscription fees, no money.

Ontario Genealogical Society:

The Ontario Genealogical Society offers help for beginners on how to research your family history ; information on Ontario records & resources (eg. census records, land records) ; Ontario cemetery & ancestor indexes, with the ability to purchase complete inscriptions ; an estore

Archives of Ontario:

The Archives of Ontario contains an online list of microfilm reels which can be borrowed for free from the archives through your local library.  There are reels onvital statistics (births, marriages, and deaths), cemetery and church records, court records (wills), land and municipal records and multicultural newspapers, family genealogies, etc.

Our library owns the death indexes on microfilm for Ontario, up to 1937.

Here’s how the death index works:

  • First you need to locate your ancestor by last name from the death indexes.
  • Once you have located the name, look for the appropriate number at the end of the line on which the name appears, including the bracketed ( ) number, which is the year the death was submitted, not necessarily the year of death.
  • At this point go to the Archives of Ontario website (above) to find the registration number and reel to order in through the library

In order to find the registration information, go to:

  • Microfilm Interloan Catalogue
  • Vital statistics (Birth, Marriage & Death Records)
  • Vital statistics table of contents
  • Death registration index
  • Choose the microfilm reference number & reel that matches your death index number by following the directions on the screen.
  • Order the death registration through your local library.

The process is similar for ordering birth & marriage indexs & subsequent registration microfilm reels. :
This is a commercial site containing extensive collections in various categories including: census, military, immigration, newspapers, and directories. They offer a free two week trial, but in order to access the whole record, or the family trees, you will need a subscription.  Please remember, that if you don’t have access to at home, the library provides free computer access for one hour a day, or you can book the genealogy room for an afternoon or evening.

Surname Suggestion List:

This surname suggestion list, developed by Matt Combs, is a great way to search the web for information on your surnames. The idea here is that surnames end up being spelled in various ways, so his site gives you a better possibility of finding information on your ancestor. You can download this free program by searching for Surname Suggestion List on Google.

The Lanark County Genealogical Society:
This is the repository for much of the genealogy and local history of Lanark County. Their holdings are at two locations, and include a treasure trove of information – some of it for sale :

The Lanark County Land Registry Abstract Books and Land Deeds dating from 1868 to 1955;
– Listings for local cemeteries, census records, early church records of baptisms and marriages;
– Scrap-books of births, deaths and marriages gleaned from local newspapers. Compiled alphabetically, they complement the published indexes of the Almonte Gazette, Lanark Era and Perth Courier which cover the earlier years up to the 1930s;
– Original copies of The Almonte Gazette – 1920 – 1980 (also available on micro film);
– Tweedsmuir History Books
– Family histories 



The inGeneas Database offers you an extensive array of the following : Canadian passenger, Canadian immigration, Canadian census, Canadian vital statistics, Canadian land, Canadian military and Canadian miscellaneous records from the mid-1700’s to the early 1900’s.  Once you locate the record you want, it must be purchased to see the full record.  In addition, you can check the free National Archives of Canada Miscellaneous Immigration Index Database.


The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical & historical records & resources for world wide access.

From this main site you can choose the region of the world that interests you and from there work down to a particular country, province, & county level. Some examples of regional/country sites are : CanadaGenWeb, OntarioGenWeb, Lanark CountyGenWeb ; USGenWeb, AustraliaGenWeb, EastEuropeGenWeb, MediterraneanGenWeb, etc.


A Canadian search engine specializing in historical information sponsored by the Toronto Public Library. It also contains an extensive genealogy section of internet sites : Day of the Week Calculator, Diseases & Medical terms, Family Tree DNA, Historical Occupations & Trades, etc.


Try the International Genealogy Sleuth on this site, which contains a huge list of sites for conducting international genealogy research, as well as Canadian research. These are all searchable online databases, with the subscription sites marked with a dollar sign.

GENUKI : UK & Ireland Genealogy

This is the principle site for access to genealogical information on England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. The links are to primary historical material rather than to surname sites.


From the Canadian Genealogy Centre’s website:

From 1840 to 1968, divorces in Canada were granted by private acts of the Parliament of Canada.Before 1867, only five divorce acts were passed and published either in the Statutes of the Province of Canada or in the Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada. The first divorce that occurred in Canada was between John Stuart and Elizabeth Van Reneselaer Powell in 1841.From 1867 to 1968, a person wishing to obtain a divorce was first required to place a notice of intent to petition the government for an Act of Divorce in the Canada Gazette and in two newspapers in the district or county where the petitioner resided. It was to appear for a six-month period.

CGC offers their database, Divorce in Canada, which covers those divorces in parliamentary publications from 1841-1968.


Passenger lists with over 24 million records from ships sailing to destinations worldwide., in association with The National Archives, is proud to present ancestorsonboard, a new database featuring BT27 Outward Passenger Lists for long-distance voyages leaving the British Isles from 1960 right back to 1890.

With ancestorsonboard, you can search for passenger list records of individuals or groups of people leaving for destinations including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and USA featuring ports such as Boston, Philadelphia and New York. Passengers include not only immigrants and emigrants, but also businessmen, diplomats and tourists. Images (not free) of the passenger lists are available to download, view, save and print.


The primary purpose and function of is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research. Most resources on are designed to facilitate such connections.

Post a message to a message board.  A message board is a computerized version of the old-fashioned bulletin board. There are more than 132,000 message boards on related to surnames, localities, and other topics. By posting a message to the appropriate message board, you create a record through which other researchers can find you. If you do not find a message board covering your topic of interest, start one.

 Join a mailing list.  A mailing list is simply an e-mail party line: every message that a list subscriber sends to the list is distributed to all other list subscribers. There are more than 31,554 genealogy-related mailing lists on RootsWeb covering surnames, U.S. counties and states, other countries and regions, ethnic groups, and other topics. Subscribing to a mailing list is one of the best ways of connecting to people who share your interests. If you do not find a mailing list covering your topic of interest, start one.

Post your family surnames on the RootsWeb Surname List (RSL). The RSL is a registry of more than 1,208,521 surname entries that have been submitted by more than 302,451 online genealogists. Associated with each surname are dates, locations, and information about how to contact the person who submitted the surname. The RSL is one of the primary tools on that online genealogists use to contact each other and share information.   Note particularly  that if you want to limit your surname by a location that there is a link to the abbreviations recognized by the search engine.  For example, “County Cork Ireland” will not get results.  “COR,IRL” is what needs to be entered.  It is advisable to read the help screens before you begin to use RSL.


Sponsored by Rootsweb, FreeUKGEN is an initiative to provide free primary UK records online, and includes:

FreeBMD : Free BMD is a volunteer effort to provide free access to the civil registration index for England and Wales, which has been in place since 1837.

FreeREG : The objective here is to provide free internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been transcribed from parish and non- conformist church registers in the UK. This is constantly being updated.

FreeCEN : These GEDCOM files are searchable by surname and given name. If you find an individual of interest to you, you will be able to manipulate the data in various ways. These include the ability to see descendancy charts, pedigree charts, download the entire file and attach “postems” with additions or corrections. You retain the copyright to your own information and WorldConnect does not sell your information to others. These are two important points to note if you are submitting to this site.


What exactly is a GEDCOM, and why would you need one?

Well – to begin with – GEnealogy Data COMmunication was created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to allow genealogy data to be exchanged between different types of software. So it doesn’t matter what genealogy program anyone is using as long as both programs support the import and export of data in GEDCOM format.

To generate a GEDCOM file, open the file which you wish to share, and use the ‘Save As’ command in order to export the data in GEDCOM format. The newly created GEDCOM file can then be saved to a disk or attached to an e-mail. Once the other person has received the GEDCOM, it can be imported into their genealogy program, where it can be incorporated into their own files, printed out, added to or subtracted from, without having to type the data in by hand. The new data will only need to be validated by the other person before it is accepted.


If you do give your family information (GEDCOM) to other people without written restrictions about it’s use, or to an online database, you may discover your hard work published on the internet, with someone else taking the credit. You may find it there anyway, because all information provided about names and the dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths is public domain information in Canada and the United States, as well as real estate transactions and taxpayers’ records. The fact is that except for adoption cases and court cases involving minors, we have little privacy. Anyone is free to publish public domain information, no matter where it originated. You may be able to claim a compilation copyright or copyright on interpretation & analysis of the history surrounding your relative’s lives, but the bottom line is that if you don’t want anyone to publish your hard work, don’t give it away!


If you’re starting from a pile of old photos or looking for lost family pics, this photo reunion site is the place to click. DeadFred’s collection encompasses some 14,762 surnames and 78,590 records, and it’s reunited 1,278 old photos with families.”

Canadian Military Heritage Project

This site provides information on Canadian conflicts, timelines, statistics, battles, uniforms & equipment, muster rolls etc., as well as how-to information on finding your military ancestor.

Hosts Irish Origins, Scots Origins, English Origins, and Origin Search. You may do a simple surname search for free, but must pay for the detailed results.


Includes digitized local histories from across Canada, which can be browsed by author, title or subject. Once you find the volume you are intersted in, you can search for ancestor’s names or other terms. Topics include everything from the Red River Rebellion to Dairying in Saskatchewan. In terms of Lanark County history, there is one book you can check out – “Pioneer Sketches in the District of Bathurst” by Andrew Haydon –


Live Roots is a specialized search engine that assists you with locating genealogical resources, regardless of where it may be stored. Genealogists use Live Roots to find vital records and original publications, share opinions about online repositories and learn more about tools available to simplify their research projects.

The concept behind Live Roots was to build a single resource that bridges the gaps between independent genealogy web sites, large commercial ancestry repositories and many other printed family history materials yet to be digitized and published on the World Wide Web.

Live Roots extends beyond the typical bounds of a traditional search engine or link directory by facilitating access to offline records and publications through partnerships with amateur and professional researchers who either own copies or are geographically closer to the libraries and archives that do.


Chronology of Ontario for Family Historians:



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