Centennial Anniversary of WWI Battle of Vimy Ridge

Posted by Glenn Wright on April 6, 2017 in Canada

As the largest dominion in the British Empire, Canada entered the war when Britain declared war on Germany and her allies on August 4, 1914. Over the course of the next four years, Canada raised more than 600,000 men and women for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). The CEF was a citizen army. Read More

Jersey, Channel Islands: A brief history of immigration

Posted by Kristen Hyde on January 20, 2017 in Australia, Canada, Collections, United Kingdom

This blogpost about Jersey’s Worldwide Links and the Island’s Parish Church Records was written by Linda Romeril. Linda is Archives and Collections Director at Jersey Heritage and is responsible for the care and promotion of access to the Island’s archive and museum collections. Archive collections include records from the Government of Jersey, Public Institutions, the Read More

Finding Canadian Lovebirds in Ontario Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 9, 2016 in Canada, Collections

Analysis of historic visitor records from Niagara Falls has revealed how one of Canada’s top tourist destinations earned its reputation as the honeymoon capital of the world. Recent research shows that August is Canada’s most popular month to wed – and to celebrate the 500-year-old tradition of taking a vacation after the big day, Ancestry Read More

Breathtaking Historic Photographs Digitized to Bring Canada’s Past To Life

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 28, 2016 in Canada, Collections

A collection of more than 3,000 historic photographs of Canada, spanning 25 years from post-Confederation to the First World War, have been published online for the first time. The photographs are part of two new historic Canadian collections made available on Ancestry, to celebrate Canada Day. The first collection, Canada, Photographic Albums of Settlement (1892-1917), include thousands Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Media Enhancements

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 21, 2016 in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, Site Features, Sweden, United Kingdom, Website

Last week we introduced adding facts and images to events directly from LifeStory, this week, we are introducing better Media experience. Media Upload We have overhauled the media upload experience to make it easier than ever to add photos and stories to your tree. With this update you can choose files from your local drive, Read More

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

Largest Collection of Irish Catholic Parish Records Launched Online

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 1, 2016 in Australia, Canada, Collections, Ireland, United Kingdom

We are pleased to announce 10 million historic Catholic Parish records from Ireland have been indexed and are now available online. This is the largest collection of its kind available digitally, and means that Ancestry now offers access to more than 55 million Irish records – making it a significant resource for people around the world 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