The Irish in New France

Guest blogger and Ancestry Canada Advisory Board Member: Sharon Callaghan Quebec has seen the arrival of many Irish migrants over the centuries. The most well-known of these events are those of the 1840s famines, however it was long before that when the Irish first set foot in Canada, making their way to the shores of Read More

Finding Your WWII Soldier’s Story on Newspapers.com

Guest blogger: Jenny Ashcraft This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. This Remembrance Day, we want to help you discover and honor the stories of the WWII soldiers in your family tree, and historical newspapers are a great way to research your WWII veterans. Here are some tips and tricks for Read More

Untold Moments of WWII – Battle of St. Lawrence

Guest blogger and ProGenealogist: Simon Pearce As Remembrance Day nears we reflect on the sacrifices made by Canadians during and since both World Wars and focus on some of the lesser-known events of World War II (WWII). Canadian men and women made a huge contribution to the war effort at sea between 1939 and 1945, Read More

My Family’s Connection to WWI: the Canadian Forestry Corps

Guest blogger and Ancestry Canada Advisory Board Member: Brian Glenn In his book, ‘Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919: Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War’, Colonel G.W.L. Nicholson said, “Canadian forestry units are said to have ‘helped to defeat the submarine… more surely than a fleet of ships.” That’s how critical the Read More

An Ancestor By Any Other Name

Guest blogger and Ancestry Canada Advisory Board Member: Janice Nickerson I often urge family historians to go beyond names and dates, to learn about your ancestors’ lives in all their fascinating detail. But sometimes we have to get back to basics. What could be more basic than a name? Sadly, even our ancestors’ names can Read More

Don’t Put All of Your Genealogical Eggs in One Basket

Guest blogger and Ancestry Canada Advisory Board Member: Gary Schroder Ancestry and other genealogical organizations, archives, societies, and libraries have a wide variety of databases with digitized images on their websites.  Sometimes variations of these databases can be found in more than one place with varying information. The point of this article is to show Read More

The Western Migration – Sons of the Pontiac Go West

Guest blogger and Ancestry Canada Advisory Board Member: Brian Glenn   “On March 17th a very enjoyable time was spent when Mr. and Mrs. W.A.Glenn, Delburne, and Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Glenn and family motored to the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Glenn, Lousana, Alta., to celebrate with them their crystal wedding anniversary.” This Read More

A Recipe for Canadian Family History

Guest blogger and Ancestry Canada Advisory Board Member: Janice Nickerson Good cooks know that if you choose wisely, recipes based on only a few basic ingredients can yield richly satisfying dishes. In genealogy also, only a few basic “ingredients” can combine to produce an interesting and informative family history. In Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, Read More

Proving a Family Legend

Guest blogger and Ancestry Canada Advisory Board Member: Dave Obee My grandfather didn’t know his father. If he even knew his name, he was never willing to share it. He was baseborn. A love child. Illegitimate. His name was William Elmer Obee and he was born in Holland Landing, north of Toronto at the far Read More