September 24, 2010

Library and Archives - Canada

* Births, Marriages, Deaths
* Census
* Immigration and Citizenship
* Military
* Land
* Employment

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Canadian Genealogy Centre

I found Haynen ancestors in the 1891 Census of Canada and Soldiers of the First World War.

HP Creative Studio - Free Genealogy Scrapbook Kit

Family Roots, Genealogy, Family History, Generations Album by Martha Stewart, Family Tree Fan Chart by Martha Stewart, Timeless Scrapbook by Smilebox. Download and print.

HP Creative Studio - Free Genealogy Scrapbook Kit

September 14, 2010


I've been back and forth thinking about joining facebook. What all is involved? Do I have time to post messages? Well, a week ago, a cousin (third cousin twice removed) sent an invite. That finalized my decision. I joined facebook and now I think it's really cool. I added other friends (family, friends, old co-workers) and I've been adding other pages that I like such as and On my facebook page, I have a news feed page that displays posting for these facebook pages, including my other friends. With my busy schedule, I can take a quick look to see what everybody's been posting and chatting about. Then when I have time, I can post a note. There is much more I'm learning about and deciding what I want to try next, like a Family Tree Application. A friend said facebook has been very helpful in his genealogy research and I'm hoping I will have some luck, too.

The journey & classes

Since I was laid off in April 2009, I have been taking classes every quarter to pursue an Information Systems Associate of Arts Degree. A lot of the classes are related to the work I did as a data analyst and web developer for 14 years. Summer quarter, one class was American Culture. I really enjoyed this class because it related to genealogy research and how it helps to understand our ancestors' countries when we are doing research. I did my research report on genealogy research, too. It seems like most of us are in a rush to jump across the pond to find the original country are ancestors came from, including me. I realized my ancestors have been in the United States and Canada at least 100+ years. There is so much history on this continent that I would like to learn to help me understand why my ancestors chose to live where they did and what they did.

I am definitely going to do some more researching and reading about these various areas where my ancestors lived.

Fall quarter starts in a week. I hope to post some new information before then.

February 10, 2010

New Year's Resolutions for the Genealogist at Heart

Getting a head start on Spring cleaning, I came across this. Not sure where I came about it. I have it hanging my wall now. Enjoy!

Resolution #1: Organize what you have.
Resolution #2: Interview your older relatives.
Resolution #3: Computerize.
Resolution #4: Visit a Family History Center or genealogy library.
Resolution #5: Write out the "stories."
Resolution #6: Add your sources.
Resolution #7: Review your research.
Resolution #8: Clean up your database.
Resolution #9: Print our your data.
Resolution #10: Take the time to order documents.
Resolution #11: Concentrate on one area.
Resolution #12: Don't try to do everything.