Everyone of European descent can claim Charlemagne as an ancestor.

Everyone of European descent can claim Charlemagne as an ancestor: Charlemagne genealogy chart.

Sometimes I get asked if I’m related to the great physicist Ernest Rutherford. His discoveries about the atomic nucleus gave birth to physics in the 20th century. He is the father of nuclear physics, with labs and atoms named after him. I’m not related to him. I can reveal however that I am a direct …

Did my children’s ancestors fight on both sides of the War of 1812?

Declaration of the War of 1812 in Upper Canada.

Of all the wars our ancestors have fought, the War of 1812 is the one that most interests me because I’m Canadian, and the result of this war is recognized as the birth of our nation. After researching ancestors on both sides, I’ve discovered several on Mark’s side who fought in the War of 1812, …

Getting the most from Library and Archives Canada databases.

Library and Archives in Ottawa, Canada

The wealth of information on the Library and Archives Canada website has become more easily searchable over the years as more and more indexing has occurred.   As one who is very familiar with and has used this site for years, I have found it to be so extensive that I make sure to bookmark …

ProQuest: Digitization of 19th century House of Lords parliamentary papers.

19th century House of Lords parliamentary papers.

A new project by ProQuest and the National Library of Scotland to digitize the 19th century House of Lords parliamentary papers may turn out to be a gold mine for genealogy researchers.   ProQuest and the National Library of Scotland are working in cooperation to digitize the parliamentary papers and the project is expected to launch …

Immigrants from China database updated at Library and Archives Canada

Chinese Immigration Act Certificate.

In Canada, May is Asian Heritage Month, and Library and Archives Canada has announced it has updates to the Immigrants from China database.   Although I have no Chinese ancestry (at least to my knowledge), I’ve always been fascinated with the history of Chinese immigrants working in the coal mines. This is the result of …

Canadiana.org’s valuable collection of historical documents is now online.

Canadiana.org's valuable collection of historical documents.

With the assistance and cooperation of archives, libraries and research organizations, Canadiana.org’s valuable collection of historical documents is now online.   It includes millions of pages of primary source documents in 21 languages, most notably including the languages of our First Nations. This collection chronicles the people and institutions of Canada’s history between the 1600s …

Transcription: Isaac Shelby’s Order for Recruitment of Troops for the War of 1812.

Militia Order of Isaac Shelby of July 31, 1813

The following is my transcription of Isaac Shelby’s “Order for recruitment of troops for the War of 1812″  for the Kentucky Militia, to fight against Upper Canada in the War of 1812.   FRANKFORT, July 31st, 1813. DEAR SIR, THE following address to the militia of Kentucky will inform you of the call that has …