Category: Genealogy in the News/Genealogy Updates
Stayed Tuned for Updates to HeritageQuest Online
Over the next coming months, HeritageQuest Onine (HQO) will look much different to users as the site will be launched on the Ancestry platform enabling users to take advantage of newer enhancements and content.
Some key components to look forward to:
* Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
* Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
* Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting
* Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
* Freedman’s Bank Records with full-page register view
* Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
* U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions
* All-new research aids
* Interactive census maps
So stay tuned....
Update Re: the 1921 Canadian Federal Census
For those wondering when LAC will be releasing the 1921 Canadian federal Census records, apparently these records have all been digitized and ready to launch. Unfortunately, it appears that there has been a delay in making these records available. To read the latest announcement, check out Elizabeth Lapointe's post on her Genealogy Canada blog to see how you can help make these digital files available.
Did your relative work in the Royal Household?
FindMyPast has added the Royal Household records to their searchable databases.
Here's the link: www.findmypast.co.uk/content/news/royal-archives
FindMyPast is a popular UK subscription-based research site. It appears you can do the search and see the search results for free, but to view transcriptions and the original images, you must subscribe or use their PayAsYouGo system.
Dr. Brian Brodie (1943-2010)
The Prairie History Room and the Interlibrary Loan department staff were very sad to hear the news about the recent passing of Dr. Brian Brodie. A well-known genealogist and lecturer, Dr. Brodie was often seen in the Prairie History Room doing research on various projects or ordering microfilm reels. Always gracious and pleasant, he will be sorely missed by staff as well as the larger genealogical community.
For more information about his life, his death notice is available on the Saskobits.com website. Information about his funeral service or about leaving a note of condolence, can be found on the Speers' Funeral Home webspace.
Latest Links Re: the Census Long-Form
Here are a couple more links to keep you updated on the debate that is currently raging on with regards to Canada's long-form census:
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' recommended links on the issue
- "Economists Decry Census Move" - Globe and Mail
For those who are new and confused about the issue, here is a link to our previous blog post.
Brief History About The Federal Census
There is a nice brief article on CBC's website that examines the history of the federal census. A good introductory background for those beginning their genealogy and are starting to use census records for the first time.
What's All the Fuss About Canada's 2011 Long Form Census?
Ever since the Conservative government announced late last month that they were scrapping the mandatory long census form for next year's census and replacing it with a voluntary national household survey, more and more ordinary Canadians representing various heritage, cultural and business groups have been expressing their concerns regarding the government's decision.
Here are some of the basic facts about the proposed changes to the 2011 Canadian Census:
- all Canadians will still receive a mandatory short census
While the proposed change theoretically means the long-form will reach more households, the fact remains that there is no guarantee that the response rate will be any better if the form is voluntary. There is fear among many organizations that the proposed change would mean less respondents answering the survey and providing less than accurate information.
To help readers sort through the issues and to follow the latest developments, here are some recommended links on the topic:
- Official Federal Government's Statement on the 2011 Census dated July 13, 2010
- Fraser's Institute Support for the Conservatives Plan
- Wikipedia entry "Canada 2011 Census"
- Gordon Watts' article "Federal Government Destroys Value of Future Census"
- Facebook group "Restore Canada's 2011 Long-Form Census"
This list is not comprehensive and does not indicate the Regina Public Library's official stance on the 2011 Canada Census. Merely this brief list is to help inform and educate our readers about the issue.
Latest Word on Sask Vital Health Indexes
As many researchers are well aware, Saskatchewan's online death index, which is suppose to cover deaths more than 70 years old, has been stalled on deaths prior to 1917 for more than a year now. Unfortunately, researchers will have to wait until the new year for any further updates to the index.
Here is the message sent to us from the department:
My apologies for the delay in responding to your inquiry.
Important Update Regarding Sask. Dept. of Vital Statistics
Genealogy instructor Pat Ryan has asked us to pass this information on to all of those who are holding off getting a birth, marriage or death certificate from the Saskatchewan Department of Vital Statistics.
I’ve just heard that the SK Dept. of Vital Statistics will be moving to ISC in October. General consensus is that the prices are expected to rise considerably! Just a heads-up for anyone who has been thinking about ordering a certificate. Happy Searching!! --Pat
At present, the fee for obtaining a death, marriage or birth record ranges from $25-$50. In addition, the death index database is still only listing all the deaths that occurred prior to 1917. No word yet on when the rest of the information will be uploaded to the database.
60 Minutes' Segment on Using DNA in Genealogy Research
For those who missed the 15 minute segment on genetic genealogy that was featured on 60 Minutes this past Sunday, here is the link to the show's website that features a transcript and a video clip.
The use of DNA evidence in genealogy research is certainly one of the hottest topics in the field right now. A quick glance at the viewer comments indicates that public opinion on the topic is divided.
Any thoughts on the topic? Have you used or considered using genetic genealogy in your research?
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