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July 30, 2005

Updates of new FREE genealogy records

I have a neat little spot on Olive Tree Genealogy that provides daily updates of new genealogy data put online. I just figured out how to do this automatically a few weeks ago and am so excited about it I want to share it with everyone. The records are FREE and they are updated every day. I think you'll find it helpful in your search for miscellaneous records like family bibles, old letters, funeral cards, and much much more.

You can see the list, and click to view the full document, on any of my Genealogy Section pages such as Ships Passenger Lists

Scroll down a bit to "What's New in FREE Genealogy Records" The left side of the yellow box has free trials on Ancestry and The right side has the free Olive Tree Genealogy and partner sites documents.

Bookmark the page and you can come back and check every few days to see what new records I've added to the collection.

July 28, 2005

Castle Garden Website Launching Aug 1, 2005!

The Battery Conservancy is preparing to launch on August 1, 2005 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the immigrant depot at Castle Garden on August 1, 1855.

The electronic database project is led by Dr. Ira Glazier, former Director of The Center for Migration Research at The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies and Immigration. will be a vital resource for the general public and for scholars interested in the history of immigration through the Port of New York.

Also see Castle Garden Ships Passenger Lists 1855-1890 online. Names of passengers on Ships to New York for other years can be viewed at Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger Lists to New York.

July 26, 2005

1800s Photos: Barnum, Raymond, Pickard Families New York

Don't miss Lost Faces photo albums online! They are from the 1800s and today I'm spotlighting the Barnum-Raymond-Pickard Family New York [35 photos & documents]

Surnames include Barnum, Raymond, Marcellus, Pickard, Gould, Woodworth, Humphrey, Cox, Babcock, Candee, Caudee

Locations in New York include Syracuse, Red Creek, Lowville, Binghampton, Gouverneur, Carthage, Copenhagen, Pulaski; Sharpsburg Pennsylvania; Rochelle, Illinois

This album needs to go to a good home and be with descendants of the families.

July 25, 2005

Photo Album: Lee, Willson, Badenoch, Pepper, Shaver,Muma, Edwards, Blundy, Weaver, Clark, Lever, Green, Drake, Mannen, Bell, Jacobs, Heron, Kitchen

I have a little corner of my website called Lost Faces. LOST FACES is my collection of Family Photo Albums. One of my little hobbies is going to flea markets and garage sales. Whenever I spot one of those old Photo Albums from the 1800s with family pictures, I have to buy it!

I recently found this Civil War era brass bound photo album in an antique store in Shakespeare Ontario. It is in beautiful condition and every photo except one is labelled! It is Canadian, and the families lived in Ontario. Some had roots in Germany, some in New Jersey

Almost every photo has names in spidery handrwriting. Surnames include Lee, Willson, Badenoch, Pepper, Shaver,Muma, Edwards, Blundy, Weaver, Clark, Lever, Green, Drake, Mannen, Bell, Jacobs, Heron, Kitchen. Locations include Brantford, London, Ingersoll, Little Falls New York

Most seem to be circa 1860s, 1870s, a few very early possibly late 1850s.

I did manage to find information on the folks in this album (burial records, census records, etc), and it is listed on my webpage along with the list of photos and

click on the album called LEE, WILLSON, BADENOCH Family Album of Brant County, Ontario

July 24, 2005

1911 census index for Waverley, Hillsdale and Craighurst, Medonte Township, Simcoe County

Good news!

An every surname index has been created for the Medonte Township portion of the villages of Waverley, Hillsdale and Craighurst in Simcoe County for the new 1911 census.

July 23, 2005

St Marys Perth Co. Ontario 1911 census index online

Good news! A partial index of St Mary's census for 1911 is now online at

A word of explanation -- St Marys Perth County 1911 census consists of 4 subdistricts:

Subdistrict 34 - 18 pages
Subdistrict 35 - 18 pages
Subdistrict 36 - 16 pages
Subdistrict 37 - 18 pages

Subdistrict 34 has a head of house index for pages 1-12. 13-18 are not yet complete

Subdistrict 35 is not transcribed yet

Subdistricts 36 and 37 are completed and have an every surname index.

Head of Household Index for St Marys, Perth Co. Ontario 1911 Census for Subdistrict 34, pages 1-12

Every Surname Index for St Marys, Perth Co. Ontario 1911 Census for Subdistrict 36 & 37 all pages

Good luck, hope you find an ancestor or two!

Feel free to forward this email to interested mailing lists .

July 22, 2005

1911 Canadian Census Images online

The 1911 census (images only) is now online at Library & Archives Canada.

This database of 1911 census data allows researchers to search by geographic location only. As this is not a nominally indexed database, it is not searchable by family name.

More Census records for USA, Canada and England are available at

July 21, 2005

Montville New Jersey Church Records online

The Montville Reformed Church started in old Boonton about 1756. About 1818, the church moved to Montville/Persepeny to be more centrally located, and it incorporated Dec. 18, 1818 as the First Reformed Dutch Church of Montville. Thanks to Kevin Riley for generously transcribing and donating the Reformed Dutch Church of Montville Marriage Records from 1826 to 1873.

Reformed Dutch Church of Montville Marriage Records 1826 to 1873 are now available online at The Olive Tree Genealogy Reformed Dutch Church of Montville pages

Don't miss Olive Tree Genealogy's other Montville Twp. Morris County New Jersey records:

Baptisms Montville Dutch Reformed Church 1786-1828

Burials at Montville Reformed Church Cemetery

July 19, 2005

Upper Canada Land Books Help you find Ontario ancestors

Land Books go hand in hand with Upper Canada Land Petitions (UCLP). In effect, the results of the petition were recorded in the Land Books. Thus, if you have the petition(s), from UCLP, then there will be next to nothing in the Land Books for that petition. Sometimes there is, but that is rare.

You don't usually find a Land Book reference except in the index to Petitons (UCLP index)

The only time I've found the land books to be quite worthwhile is when a petition has not survived. Then you can at least find out if your ancestor was awarded land by referring to the Land Books.

Read more about land in Upper Canada (Ontario) and granting or selling of it

July 18, 2005

1901 Census on CBC Radio

Greetings All

This morning I attended the CBC Radio studio to record an
interview about Census with Kelly Ryan (standing in for
Shelagh Rogers) on the Sounds like Canada radio program.

For those interested in hearing it, my conversation with
Kelly will air Monday, July 18 at 11:30 a.m. local time (in
each locality) across Canada, on CBC Radio One (in Vancouver
690 a.m.).

It streams live on (Go to Radio; click on Listen
to radio; select a location... so for example, if you wanted
to listen the the Maritime feed, you could select Halifax at
7:30 a.m. Vancouver time; or Toronto at 8:30 a.m. vancouver
time... or listen live online or on radio at 11:30 a.m. in
Vancouver... Hope that's not too confusing.)

Enjoy the Census!

Gordon A. Watts
Co-chair Canada Census Committee
Port Coquitlam, BC
en francais

Permission to forward without notice is granted

July 17, 2005

Mennonite Genealogy in Berne Indiana

David Habegger of Newton, Kansas, a genealogist and historian who with Karen Adams co-authored "The Swiss of Adams and Wells Counties," will be speaking in the Heritage Room of the Berne Public Library at 1:30 P.M. on August 8.

He will tell about his current research on the Kleintal Gemeinde (congregation) that consisted of Anabaptist/Mennonite residents who mostly lived on the Munsterberg/Montagne de Moutier, the Greitery, the Chaluet Valley, and the community around Moron. Most of the Mennonites who came to Berne, Indiana in the 1800s were members of this congregation. In 1832 there were 143 Anabaptist families living in the area, all of whom were from the Emmental of Canton Bern.

Habegger will tell of the beginning of this congregation, name some of the prominent families who were members of this congregation, and the ministers who served. The sources for his research will be mentioned for any who wish to do research.

It is the hope of Habegger to have the results of his research published so that descendants will be more aware of their history.

While pre-registration will not be necessary, the Heritage Room would appreciate an approximate count of those intending to come to this meeting. Contact the Heritage Room at 589-2575, or

.. more about Mennonite families and their genealogy

July 10, 2005 & Steve Morse's One-Step Search Engines

Message from Steve Morse of One-Step Search Engines: is offline for good. Their server used to crash at times, but you could always get to their search form although you couldn't do a search. Now you can't even get to their search form -- you get a page-not-found error instead. And when you go to their partner site,, you get a message saying that their domain registration has expired.

That means that my one-step form which obtains its data from no longer works. But the good news is that I've found another source for the birthday data and created a one-step form for it. You can find that one-step form in the Births and Deaths section of my homepage.

There are two links for birthday forms there -- one to the now-defunct and the other that uses this new source.

The bad news is that this new source requires the full first and last name. Partial names are not permitted and the first name is no longer optional. So it's no longer
possible to find potential relatives by searching for everyone having your surname.

July 6, 2005

Canadian Passenger Lists Index 1908-1910 online

The Nanaimo Family History Society has been indexing passengers lists to Canada and have included the indexes on their web site. The index now covers Quebec Ports for the periods 2 Jul 1908 to 2 Oct 1908, 25 Jul 1909 to 26 Apr 1910 and 17 Sep 1910 to 13 Oct 1910.

Search the Index to Ships Passenger Lists. The indexes are in Portable Document Format (pdf) and require Acrobat Reader to view them.

Search other years for Ships Passenger Lists to Canada.

July 5, 2005

Finding Naturalization & Citizenship Records USA

Naturalization is the granting of citizenship to non-American born residents. Immigrants may or may not have applied for citizenship. How do you find these records?

Before 1906 these records rarely provide an origin or parents' names. After 1906 the records are more detailed.

Sometimes applications were not completed, but the papers might have been filed. You can also look in census records, court records, passports, voting registers, homestead records and military records for proof of citizenship.

Most of the colonial oaths of allegiance have been published in Filby's Passenger & Immigration Lists Index. See more resources for immigration & Ships Passenger Lists

Searchable Naturalization Records are now on website
© Lorine McGinnis Schulze

July 3, 2005

Ontario Land Records - Using the CLRI

The CLRI (Ontario Land Records Index) cateogorizes entries as:
Name of Locatee
Lot/ Conc/Date I.D.
Issue Date
Transaction Type
Type FG (Free Grant)
Type of Lease/Sale
Archival Reference (RG, Series,Volume, Page #)

This is very helpful as the Date ID can lead you to other sources - for eg. a Date ID of 8 means that an OC (Order in Council) was given and this means a petition or petitions are on file for the individual. These petitions are often a wealth of information!

The Archival Reference leads you to the original entry from which the CLRI was made - sometimes this has a great deal more information, often it does not.

Type of FG (Free Grant) can be helpful - was it M (Military), or UE (Loyalist) or SE (Scotch Emigrant) or ..... There are many types of Free Grants, each has its own avenue of research.

Read more about land and about the CLRI

To give an example, let's look at Reuben Bisbee in London.

Here is the actual CLRI entry (under the categories I listed above):

Reuben Bisbee; London; London; N 1/2 1; 14/ 8; 1848/02/09;FG; FF; 01 C13 0350 92

I'll translate :-)

Reuben Bisbee of London, received a Free Grant (paying Full fees) for north half of Lot 1, Conc. 14 in London Twp on 1848/02/09. An OC was issued (this means there's a petition on file in the Upper Canada Land Petitions) Archival Ref is 01 C13 volume 350 p. 92

I have conversion tables online to convert the Archival Reference to a Microfilm Reel. To see the petitions you will have to get the UCLP indexes (Upper Canada Land Petition indexes) first then convert to the microfilm reel for the details and the petition itself.

Full fees means Reuben qualified for a free grant of land under some condition (probably listed on his petition envelope) but had to pay administration fees.

Armed with the lot and conc # you can now check the Abstract Indexes to Deeds for that piece of property and find out who owned the land AFTER Reuben! The CLRI only
shows the first land owner who got the land from the Crown - - so any succeeding landowners are not given.

You can also check Township Papers. Please see Olive Tree Genealogy Ontario Land Records for details!
© Lorine McGinnis Schulze

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July 2, 2005

Ancestors At Rest new death records

Ancestors At Rest new death record uploads include the following:

Waverley Cenotaph names of WW1 soldiers from Medonte, Tay, Tiny, and Flos Townships in Simcoe County Ontario.

Temple Church Cemetery Burials Database in London England. This is an ongoing project and this upload completes the years 1628- 1723.

Saugeen Cemetery Bruce County Ontario Photos of gravestones, partial transcript. Many native graves are found in this cemetery

July 1, 2005

1911 Canadian Census should be online by early August

Bill S-18 has now received Royal Assent. Under this amended legislation, personal census records for censuses taken between 1911 and 2001 will be made available through Library and Archives Canada 92 years after each census took place.

Library and Archives Canada has received the official transfer of the 1911 census records from Statistics Canada. The 1911 Canadian Census should be online and searchable by genealogists in by early August.

Other census years are available at