Lesley Anderson

Lesley Anderson has been involved in the personal research of her family tree for more than 35 years (yes she was a teenager!) and her passion for genealogy has branched out to teaching classes, speaking at seminars and conferences, consulting and doing research for others. She is well known for her genealogy classes and her “field trips” to various archives and libraries. You can find Lesley on the 2nd or 3rd floors of the Library and Archives Canada, researching for clients and working for Ancestry.ca.

United Empire Loyalist Research

Posted by Lesley Anderson on April 15, 2016 in Canada

Sometimes when we are researching our ancestors we find ourselves in a time and/or place that isn’t familiar. Recently I found myself having to learn about a very fascinating period of Canadian history – the American Revolution and the Loyalists in around the Kingston/Napanee area of Ontario. When American independence was officially recognized in April 1783, Read More

New Collection: Alberta, Canada, Homestead Records (1870-1930)

Posted by Lesley Anderson on February 8, 2016 in Canada, Research

This valuable land record collection includes the names of approximately 200,000 people who applied for homesteads in Alberta under the Dominion Lands Act – an 1872 law aimed to encourage the settlement of the Canadian Prairies. Compiled during a time where the population was expanding to Western Canada, this collection is an incredible resource for those Read More