Thursday, February 2, 2017

Research Resources

Image: Oshawa Town Hall and Williams Piano Works, ca 1900. Source: Ontario.ca
Oshawa Town Hall and Williams Piano Works, ca 1900.
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Other than paying for some photocopying at the Land Registry office, I have done all my research for free. I thought I would collect my sources in one spot - to make it easier for both you and me to find the links when we need them.

To help you get started and avoid costly mistakes, be sure to read Genealogy for Dummies, or The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy. The titles might sound condescending, but they really are excellent guides for people just getting started in genealogy, family trees, and house histories - who want to get started quickly and easily.


SEARCH: Birth Records | Marriage Records | Obituary Records | Death Records | Cemetery Records


Top 100 Genealogy Sites
-- Top 100 genealogy websites from around the world. This list has become the gold standard for the genealogy industry. It profiles and ranks the best ancestral websites based on their internet traffic.

Resources for Military Families
-- This comprehensive collection of armed forces and conflict records provide a great resource to assist you in searching for your military ancestors. Discover more about your family's military past and learn more about your brave ancestors' achievements and efforts during wars around the world.

Genealogy and the Law
-- Because much of the genealogy hunt involves sifting through court and county records, marriage licenses, certificates of birth and death and other official documentation, it’s important you're familiar with some of the terms you will encounter.

A Beginner's Guide to Building a Family Tree Online
-- For beginners just getting started with conducting genealogy online, building their online family tree and doing it accurately are usually the main goals. With these things, you will find Ancestry.com truly excels more than any other site on the internet.

Military Indexes
-- This website is a directory of links to online military indexes and records for USA genealogy research. Included are rosters, databases of soldiers, draft card databases for World War I and II, and listings of military and war casualties.

1954 Southern Ontario Air Photos
-- Click on the index layer to download geo-referenced air photos of that location.

Maps, Gazetteers and Directories Resources
(free resource)
-- York Research Resources is a compilation of online references, books, articles, and useful addresses to assist with research in York Region. Books can be located using your favourite online library catalogue search, borrowed through interlibrary loan, or purchased directly from the publishers.

Genealogy Today
(Both free and paid resources)
-- Discover your Ancestors in this unique collection of Family History records and photos.
Over 6,350 transcriptions -- including Masonic lodge rosters, funeral notices, school catalogues, telephone directories, insurance claims, directories, church member lists, prison records, etc. -- from original documents. 4.35 million names + 28,490 images

Billion Graves
(free resource)
-- Our goal is to preserve precious records found in cemeteries throughout the world. We use modern technology to capture images of headstones with their GPS locations so users worldwide can access those records anywhere. BillionGraves strives to do just that: preserve at least one billion graves.

Find A Grave
(free resource)
-- Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc. 101 million grave records

Canadian Headstones
(free resource)
-- Browse over 656,000 gravestone photo records from across Canada!

1866 Directory of Ontario County

(free resource)
-- Durham Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

1869 Directory of Ontario
(free resource)
-- Durham Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

Stephen Wood: Scotland Resources - containing many Web links.
(free resource)

Ontario Genealogical Society - Local Repositories
(free resource)
• Durham Region Branch, O.G.S.
• Ontario Genealogical Society
• Durham Region Repositories
• Family History Centre [LDS]

OGSPI - 1891 Census Project
(free resource)
-- a web based library established in 1997 as a volunteer project to index an unlimited range of Genealogical information on Ontario families.

Obituary Network
(free resource)
-- designed to easily and quickly archive obituaries from any country in the world. The obits are recorded by country, province/state, surname and given names which are fully searchable - 16539 Obituaries

Gendex Network
(free resource)
-- 6,000 datasets containing 31,000,000 names linked to family history websites across the Internet. Simply follow the links in your search results for more detailed genealogical information about them.

Branch Web Links Collection
(free resource)
-- focuses on resources located in the Durham Region, as well as genealogical portals and short cuts to government sites.

OurOntario.ca
(free resource)
-- Search across hundreds of sites – digital collections of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, community groups, government agencies, and content organizations – in seconds.
Oshawa Archives image database
Whitby Archives image database
Ajax Archives image database

The Archives Damage Atlas
(free resource)
-- This slim volume is intended as an aid for identifying and classifying damage to archive documents. It facilitates the recognition of different types of damage and the identification of the causes of damage and can also serve as a basis for drawing up a conservation plan.

Directories:

Lovell’s Province of Ontario Directory for 1871
(free resource)
-- containing names of professional and business men, and other inhabitants, of the cities, towns and villages, throughout the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island,...corrected to January, 1871 (1871)

Free resources:
Canada Directory 1851
Conner and Coltson's Directory of the Country of Ontario for 1869-70
The County of Ontario Directory 1869
Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory 1869
Lovell’s Province of Ontario Directory for 1871
Ontario Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1884-85
Ontario Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1886-87
Directory of the Counties of Grey, Ontario and Simcoe 1887
Ontario Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1888-89
Ontario Gazetteer and Directory for 1892-93
Ontario Gazetteer and Directory for 1895
Business and Professional Directory of All Cities in Ontario, 1899-1900

National Archives UK
(free resource)
 -- These are naturalization petitions completed by individuals applying to become British citizens between 1801 and 1871.

Census:
(free resource)
Canada, Upper Canada Census, 1842
1851 Canada Census
1851 Whitby Twp, Ontario
1861 Whitby East Twp, Ontario
1871 Canada Census
1881 Canada Census
1891 Canada Census
1901 Canada Census of Canada Indexing Project
1911 Census of Canada Indexing Project

Obituary Depot
(free resource)
 -- Invites genealogists and family researchers around the world to take a few minutes every day to transcribe the obituaries from their local paper. The result is a database that receives several hundred new submissions a day. At last count, there were over 590,000 listings.

Download a Free Blank Family Tree Template
(free resource)
 -- great 6-Generation family tree that you can download and print out

Facebook Favourites:
Ancestry.com
Durham Region Area Archives Group
Oshawa Community Museum and Archives
Olive Tree Genealogy


SEARCH: Birth Records | Marriage Records | Obituary Records | Death Records | Cemetery Records

Paid Resources:

Archives.com
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-- Find your ancestors' historical records quickly and simply. Search their extensive database of images, newspapers, vital records, and more!

Ancestry.com
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-- We've spent more than a decade building the world's largest online family history resource - including historical records, photos, stories, family trees and a collaborative community of millions. Start a tree with just a few details about your family and they will help you discover more. Search 11 billion historical records, photos, and family trees with a free 14-day trial. Discover a lifetime told in records.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

My House History Search Continues...

Image: Oldest house on Centre Street, Oshawa, Ontario
Looking at the Conner and Coltson's Directory for the County of Oshawa for 1869-1870 (Population about 3000), the following people are listed as living on Centre Street South:

John Anderson, finisher
James Gull, mason
George Harper, carriage maker
Michael W. Dow (of Michael and Morgan)
R. McGee (of Farewell and McGee)
Agustus Veal, blacksmith

Is one of these men the person who built my house on Centre Street in 1850? Probably not, as most of them would have been very young, and none of them are listed in the 1857 Lovell Directory. But it is possible that one of them lived in my house at that point in time  - 1869 - 1870.

My house is the only one remaining from that era, the rest of the Centre Street houses are now gone. The only remaining houses were built in 1875, 1885, and two in 1890, according to the Heritage Oshawa Inventory.


John Anderson
On the 1851 Census there are two John Anderson:
John Anderson - Occupation: Labourer, Born: Scotland, Religion: Free Church, Age: 21, Marital Status: Single
John Anderson - Occupation: Labourer, Born: England, Religion: C. E., Age: 25, Marital Status: single

On the 1861 Census, there is a John Anderson in Oshawa, his wife was Ann (27 years old), his 2 year old daughter Febe.
Occupation: Cabinet Finisher, Age: 25, Marital Status: Married, Place of Birth: Scotland, Religion: Wesleyan Methodist, D.O.B. about 1836.

The Oshawa Vindicator reports the birth of a son to John Anderson on January 6, 1863, and a second son on March 30, 1866.  

The 1866 Directory of Ontario Country lists John Anderson as a finisher.

On the 1871 Census there is a John Anderson in Oshawa
Occupation: Cabinet Maker, Age: 33, Place of Birth: Scotland, Religion: Presbyterian

The 1871 Ontario Directory has John Anderson still living on Centre Street and working as a finisher.


James Gull
In the 1857 John Lovell - Canada Directory, there is listed a Gullock and Edwards, mason and builders.

On the 1861 Census, there is a James Gull in Oshawa.
Occupation: Mason, Age: 19, Marital Status: Single, Place of Birth: Scotland, Religion: C Of S, D.O.B. about 1842.

In the 1869 Directory, there is a John Gullock, mason.

In the 1871 Ontario Directory, there is a James Gall listed as working as a mason and living on Centre Street.

There are no Gulls or Galls listed as living in Oshawa in the 1871 census.

However there are two John Gullock:
JOHN T Gullock - Occupation: PAINTER, Age: 23, Place of Birth: ONTARIO, Religion: Bible Christian, Ethnic Origin: ENGLISH, D.O.B. about 1848.

JOHN J Gullock - Occupation: MASON, Age: 54, Place of Birth: ENGLAND, Religion: Bible Christian, Ethnic Origin: ENGLISH, D.O.B. about 1817.

There were no reports in the local newspaper for either surname.


George Harper
The 1851 Census show two George Harper living in Oshawa:
George Thomas Harper - Age: 5, Birth Year (Estimated): 1846
George Harper - Age: 11, Birth Year (Estimated): 1840, Occupation: Labourer

There are no Harpers listed as living in Oshawa in the 1861 census.

The Oshawa Vindicator newspaper reports on the marriage of George to Carrie E. Mark on June 25, 1868. They report the birth of a son on March 8, 1869.

On the 1871 Census there is a George Harper in Oshawa
Occupation: Lawyer, Age: 27, Place of Birth: Ontario, Religion: Church of England, Anglican, Ethnic Origin: ENGLISH, D.O.B. about 1844.

In the 1871 Ontario Directory, there is a George Harper listed as working as a sawyer and living on Centre Street.

Michael W. Dow
I found a Michael William Dow on Ancestry.com, but nowhere else. He is not listed in the 1861 or 1871 Census as living in Oshawa. I could not find any information in the local newspaper or on FamilySearch.org.

In the 1869 Directory, there is listed Michael W. Dow living on Centre Street,
part owner of Michael and Morgan, general merchants, located at the corner of King and Simcoe.
 

In the 1871 Ontario Directory, Michael William Dow is listed as a produce dealer and living on Simcoe Street.



Robert McGee
There are no McGees listed as living in Oshawa in the 1861 census.

The 1866 Directory of Ontario Country lists Robert McGee as an attorney and solicitor, Simcoe Street, near the Post Office.

The Oshawa Vindicator newspaper reports the birth of a daughter to Robert McGee on November 11, 1866. They report a second daughter on July 26, 1868 and a son on September 30, 1869.

The 1869 Directory shows an R. McGee, working for Farewell and McGee.

On the 1871 Census there is a Robert McGee in Oshawa:
Occupation: Barrister, Age: 35, Place of Birth: Ontario, Religion: Church of England, Anglican, Ethnic Origin: IRISH, D.O.B. about 1836.

The 1871 Ontario Directory lists Robert McGee working at Farewell and McGee, at the corner of Athol and Centre Street.

In the 1879 Oshawa City Directory there is a Robert McGee living on Lot 5 at Athol and Centre. That would be about where the City Hall is now. If he has lived there since before 1850, then we can eliminate him as the owner of my house.


Augustus Veal
There are no Veals or Veales listed as living in Oshawa in the 1861 census.

The 1866 Directory of Ontario Country lists Augustus Veal working as a blacksmith.

I found an Augustin Veale in the 1871 Census.
Occupation: Blacksmith, Age: 37, Place of Birth: England, Religion: Bible Christian, Ethnic Origin: English, D.O.B. about 1834

The Oshawa Vindicator newspaper reports a son born to Augustus Veal on February 17, 1868.

The 1871 Ontario Directory lists Augustus Veale working as a blacksmith and living on Centre Street.

In the 1879 Oshawa City Directory, there is an Augustus Veale listed as living on Lot 22 on Centre Street West - which I think would be the house on the south west corner of McGrigor and Centre. If he has lived there since before 1850, then we can eliminate him as the owner of my house.

FamilySearch.org has a Augustus Veal marrying an Ann Weeks on December 31, 1866. They baptized a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Veale, born September 4, 1874.

They also have an Augustus Veale married to Josephine Sowerby (a second wife?), and baptizing a son, Clinton A. Veale, born November 23, 1886. There was another son baptized, Loran Roy Veale, born on December 26, 1888.

The 1891 Census shows a Augustine Veale
Age: 68, Birth Year (Estimated): 1823, Birthplace: England, Marital Status: Married, Religion: Methodist

So only two eliminations - who does that leave?
John Anderson
Michael William Dow
James Gull
George Harper

Any information to share? Have I made any mistakes? Tell me - I love new information!!


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Thursday, August 8, 2013

1921 Canada Census will be released today

Image: Civil servant at trailer park, census 1925. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Civil servant at trailer park, census 1925.
Source: Wikimedia Commons {{PD-US}}
Public Domain: Copyright expired
Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release  of the 1921 Canada Census to Ancestry.ca today (August 8, 2013) at around 2:00 PM ET.

For now, it will only be available with the geographic index, free of charge, on Ancestry.

The Canadian censuses are a key starting point for Canadians interested in discovering their family story. They provide vital details such as names of spouses, immigration years, occupations and so much more.

Other Canadian Censuses available:
• 1851 Census
• 1861 Census
• 1871 Census
• 1881 Census
• 1891 Census
• 1901 Census
• 1906 Census
• 1911 Census
• 1916 Census


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Today's Free Book: Canada for Gentlemen

Image: Canada for Gentlemen, by James Seaton Cockburn
Canada for Gentlemen
by James Seaton Cockburn

-- a series of letters by the author, James Seaton Cockburn, to his family as he sets out in 1884 from Dawlish, England to Canada to seek his fortune. He struggles immensely to gain any employment. Although he's trained as an engineer, for a long time he cannot find even a simple post as a farm hand. Through perseverance he lands a job at a lawyer's firm in Ottawa as a draughtsman.

It painted a struggle of an immigrant in the 1880s probably better than any history book has done so far. The author is at times trying to spare the feelings of his mother and speaks of generalities so she won't worry, but in his letters to his brothers he's very jovial but also very honest about the cold hard truth... there's no jobs and there won't be, and yet he must persist to survive.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Canada Census - 1851 database available

Image: Civil servant at trailer park, census 1925. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Civil servant at trailer park, census 1925.
Source: Wikimedia Commons {{PD-US}}
Public Domain: Copyright expired
Library and Archives Canada announced the release of a new version of the Census of 1851 database.

The 1851 Census marked the second collection of statistics for the Province of Canada (consisting of Canada West and Canada East). Information was also collected for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

In addition to searching by geographical information such as province, district, and sub-district, users can now also search by nominal information such as name, given name(s) and age of an individual.



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Thursday, July 25, 2013

House Histories: Athol and Albert Street West

Image: 28A Albert Street, Athol and Albert Street West, Oshawa, Ontario. Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
28A Albert Street, Athol and Albert Street West
Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
On the 1850's map of Oshawa, Athol Street begins at Union Street and ends at Mary Street - which was the edge of Oshawa village at that time.

According to the 1877 Historic Map, this part of Oshawa Village originally belonged to a Mrs. Whitelaw.

Checked the 1866, 1869 and 1871 City Directory of East Whitby, but there are no Whitelaws listed.

But in the 1851 Whitby Twp, Ontario Census there was a William Whitelaw, 35 years old, single, labourer - born in Scotland, Presbyterian. It is possible William moved to Guelph, the 1871 Census has a William Whitelaw of the correct age - 56 years old, born in Scotland, Presbyterian.

QUESTIONS: Why is the land only in Mrs. Whitelaw's name?
Where did Mrs. Whitelaw live?


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Image: Oshawa Village Town Plan. Drawing credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Oshawa Village Town Plan
Drawing credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt

Lot 10, Athol and Albert West:
According to the Oshawa Village Town Plan, there was a Lot 10 on the North West corner of Athol and Albert Street. Today an apartment building - Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation - sits on that lot, located at 28A Albert Street.

According to the Oshawa Census of 1879, the Morrison family lived on Lot 10, Athol and Albert West:
Thomas Morrison, Jane, Mary, John, Janet, James and a second James.

Canada Census - 1871:
Thomas got married and started a family!

Thomas Morrison - 28 years old, Birth Year (Estimated): 1843, Boiler Maker
-- Place of Birth: SCOTLAND, Religion: Presbyterian, Ethnic Origin: SCOTCH
Wife: Jane Morrison - 23 years old, Birth Year (Estimated): 1848
-- Place of Birth: SCOTLAND, Religion: Presbyterian, Ethnic Origin: SCOTCH
Son: Donald Morrison - 1 year old, Birth Year (Estimated): 1870

Canada Census - 1881:
The Morrison family grew!

Thomas Morrison - 39 years old (b.1842 - possibly d. 16 Nov 1917), Boiler Maker
-- Place of Birth: Scotland, Religion: C. Pres, Nationality: Scotch
Wife: Jane - 33 years old (b.1848, possibly Jana Brown)
-- Place of Birth: Scotland, Religion: C. Pres, Nationality: Scotch
Children: Thomas - 11 years old (b.1870, Ontario)
Jennie [Janet?] - 7 years old (b.1874, Ontario)
Henry - 5 years old (b.1876, Ontario)
Annie - 2 years old (b.1879, Ontario)
May - 1 month old (b.1881, Ontario)

QUESTIONS: I wonder why some of the children were not listed on the 1879 Oshawa Census? Thomas Jr. would have been 9 years old, Henry would have been 3 years old. And where is Donald, who was listed on the Canada Census of 1871?
Where are Mary, John and James, listed in the Oshawa Census of 1879?

Canada Census 1891:
According to the 1891 Census, the Morrison family lived in a brick one and 1/2 story house with eight rooms - was this the house on Lot 10?

Not all the birth years match up, but I think this is due to errors, because otherwise it seems like the same family, with a few new children.

Thomas Morrison - 47 years old (b.1844, Scotland), Boiler Maker
Wife: Jane - 42 years old (b.1849, Scotland)
Children: Thomas F. - 20 years old (b.1871, Ontario)
Jane [Janet?] - 17 years old (b. est. 1874, Ontario, possibly Jane Craig born 26 Nov 1873),
Harry [Henry?] - 15 years old (b.1876, Ontario)
Annie - 13 years old (b. est. 1878, Ontario, possibly born 18 Oct 1878)
Mary [May?] - 10 years old (b.1881, Ontario)
Isabella - 8 years old (b.1883, Ontario)
Fred - 4 years old (b. est. 1887, Ontario, possibly Frederick John b. 24 May 1886)
Marion - 1 years old (b.est. 1890, Ontario, possibly born 20 Jun 1889)

Canada Census 1901:
There is only two Morrisons listed as living in Oshawa Village. This Jane Morrison doesn't appear to be from the same family - her days and birth place do not match up. They appear to be lodging with the Sayyal family.

Jane Morrison - 28 years old, married (b.1872-11-09)
Place of Birth: England, Religion: English, Relationship: Lodger, Immigrated: 1876
and her daughter Gertrude - 1 year old (b. 1900-01-21)
Place of Birth: Ontario, Religion: English, Relationship: Daughter

Canada Census 1911:
There appears to be no Morrisons living in Oshawa.

Image: Front cover of 1921 Oshawa Phone Directory
1921 Vernon's Oshawa Directory
Public Domain: Copyright Expired
In the 1921 Vernon's City of Oshawa Directory, there is no listing for 28 Albert Street, but between King Street and Athol Street on Albert there is:
20 Albert Street - David Moffatt
32 Albert Street - Sadie Brooks (widow of Arthur Brooks)

In the 1923 Vernon's City of Oshawa Directory, there is more details about their lives:
20 Albert Street:
- David Moffatt, homeowner, works at McLaughlin Motor Co.
- Leat Moffatt, teacher at King Street School
- Meredith Moffatt, student

32 Albert Street:
- Sadie Brooks (widow of Arthur Brooks), homeowner, works at O'Keefe's Brewery
- David Miller, boarder, proprietor of Regent Box Lunch

In the 1924 Vernon's City of Oshawa Directory:
20 Albert Street:
- David Moffatt, works at General Motors, homeowner
- Meredith Moffatt, clerk for Pedlar People
- Orme Moffatt, salesman for J McGill

32 Albert Street:
- Sadie Brooks (widow Arthur), homeowner

In the 1926 Vernon's City of Oshawa Directory:
20 Albert Street:
- David Moffat, works General Motors, homeowner
- Meredith Moffatt, clerk at General Motors
- Orme Moffatt, clerk at J C McGill

32 Albert Street:
- Sadie Brooks (widow Arthur), homeowner

Image: front cover of 1928 Vernon's City of Oshawa Directory
1928 Vernon's Oshawa Directory
Public Domain: Copyright Expired
In the 1928 Vernon's City of Oshawa Directory, there is a new street number:
20 Albert Street:
- David Moffat, elevator man General Motors, homeowner
- Bessie Moffat (wife)
- MeredithMoffat, clerk General Motors
- Orme Moffat, clerk J C McGill

22 Albert Street:
- ALGER PRESS LIMITED
Phone 1400. Specializing in Commercial Printing, Including Office and Factory Forms, Folders, Booklets, Catalogues, Direct Mail Advertising.

32 Albert Street:
- Sadie Brooks, (widow Arthur), homeowner
- Norval Mitchell, printer
- T. Hudson, works as a moulder at Fittings Ltd

In the 1929 Vernon's City of Oshawa Directory, looks like David Moffat has sold his home:
20 Albert Street:
- Walter H Holley, district agent Loyal Protective Ins Co, homeowner
- Mary Holley (wife)
- Peter Holkema, mechanic General Motors
- Oscar Phillips, works General Motors
- William Phillips, works General Motors,

22 Albert Street:
- ALGER PRESS LIMITED,
O M Alger president, H P Phin secretary-treasurer, Job Printers and Publishers

32 Albert Street:
- Sadie Brooks, (widow Arthur), homeowner
- Charles Daley, works General Motors
- John Sonley, labourer

I will continue to update this page as new information comes in. Do you know anything about the history of Lot 10, Athol and Albert West? Please share!



Well, I hope you enjoyed this little history of Lot 10, Athol and Albert West. I look forward to researching another house or lot in the Village of Oshawa soon.

PLEASE NOTE: My house histories are for entertainment only. Although I do my best to be accurate to the best of my abilities - I make no guarantees. If it is important to you that the information is 100% accurate, I have included my resources so you can research further on your own.
However, if you do find any inaccuracies in my post, please let me know! I always appreciate being given the opportunity to correct any errors!


SEARCH: Birth Records | Marriage Records | Obituary Records | Death Records | Cemetery Records

TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: House Histories for Beginners, by C. Style, O. StyleHouse Histories for Beginners (US)
by C. Style, O. Style
-- It is a good time for a beginner to find out more about his or her house. Popular television programmes are highlighting the satisfaction that can be gained from investigating the history of houses, and interest in the subject is growing. Archives, too, are becoming ever more accessible under the impetus of the internet.

As the subject of this book covers a broad field, the authors have set out to include advice on those aspects that usually apply to a project and others that will be of particular use for beginners. The reader is guided through every stage of research, from the first exploration of archives to the completion of the project. Suggestions are also included on how to present the findings -- a house history makes a very attractive gift.

The authors describe how to deduce the age of a property - it is very seldom directly recorded when a house was built, and characteristics of research on particular types of property -- such as cottages, manor houses, inns, mills, former church properties, and farms - are discussed. In one example, research demonstrated that a farm was likely to have been a Domesday manor - a discovery achieved using records accessible to any beginner.

A wealth of other interesting and instructive examples are provided, showing the reader how the history of a house can also reveal much of our towns' and countryside's history. Written in an entertaining and informative style, and filled with fine illustrations, this book will act as an excellent reference for those seeking to take up this rewarding hobby.
Find it on: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk



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Thursday, July 18, 2013

1842 Canada Census

Image: Civil servant at trailer park, census 1925. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Civil servant at trailer park, census 1925.
Source: Wikimedia Commons {{PD-US}}
Public Domain: Copyright expired
Library and Archives Canada announced the Census of Canada West, 1842 as well as the Census of Canada East, 1842 is now available online.

In the first half of the 1900's, censuses were done roughly every 10 years. The Act of Union created the Province of Canada, consisting of Canada West (present-day Ontario) and Canada East (present-day Quebec).

This census began in September 1841, to be completed by February 1, 1842.

Unfortunately, not all of the census returns have survived. Eight districts and 51 sub-district censuses have been preserved and are now accessible through this research tool.

This census contains only the names of the heads of families or households. Other household members were counted, but unnamed. The enumeration data included a total of 89 questions.

On my way there now!!

UPDATE: Sadly, Oshawa is not on the list...


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

John McGrigor's granddaughter visits Oshawa

Simcoe Street United Church, , Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Copyright Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Simcoe Street United Church
Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
John McGrigor [McGregor] was one of the original settlers in Oshawa in 1817. Sue is Peter McGrigor's great great granddaughter, the younger brother of John McGrigor. Sue and I got chatting about the McGregors on RootsChat.com.

She connected me with Dorothy, who is John McGrigor's great great granddaughter.

Yesterday Sue emailed me to say that Dorothy and her daughter were on a road trip from Colorado to Oshawa!
Did I want to make contact?

Yes, I would love to meet with her! Sadly, Sue couldn't make to Oshawa on such short notice. But she made a great facilitator. It was wonderful to get to meet Dorothy and her daughter. Thanks so much Sue!

My husband Rob and I chatted with Dorothy in Tim Horton's, up the street. Dorothy had never been to Oshawa before, so I showed her the old maps I had and the McGregor's town plans I got from the land registry office.

Sue and Dorothy said there was talk of a McGregor window in one of the local churches on Simcoe Street, possibly paid for by Eunice. So we headed up to the Simcoe United Church to see if we could find Eunice McGregor's window. No luck from the outside, all the windows looked the same. We decided if there was a plaque it would probably be inside, and the church was closed and locked up on Saturday.

I promised I would go back when the church was open and take pictures if I can find it, and send them to Dorothy, who was heading back to the US that same night.

Plaque on the cornerstone of the Simcoe United church. Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Plaque on the cornerstone of the church
Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
The plaque on the cornerstone of the church reads:
This corner stone was laid by the Hon. T.N. Gibbs. M.P. June 17, 1867. Assisted by Mrs. James Luke, W.H. Gibbs Esq, Chairman of Building Committee Dedicatory Services May 1868 by Rev. Morley Punshon L.L.O.O.O

The Simcoe Street United Church website has links to their historical property information and heritage designation.

They also have a booklet about their church: "Our Story: Simcoe Street United Church 1817-1988" - so I requested a copy.

Plaque at Union Cemetery, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Plaque at Union Cemetery
Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Next we went to the Oshawa Union Cemetery - where her McGregor ancestors were buried.

Gravestones can be an excellent source to help you find dates, birth places, maiden names, spouses' names and parents' names. Sometimes you may also find evidence of military service, membership in fraternal organizations and even religious affiliations.

Dorothy had a long list of McGregor graves she hoped to find. Having four of us to comb through the cemetery certainly helped to speed up the hunt. After much searching, we were able to find many of the graves on Dorothy's list.

But we were unable to find Martha Etta, Wilfred, Gordon, Martha, Nellie C., R.G. [Royale Grigor], S.J. [Sarah Jane], Eunice, Janet, Jne or William. I promised I would go back when the staff was there to get some help in finding these - and send her pictures.

Royale Grigor McGregor [wife Sarah Jane, daughter Nellie C] is the family member I am thinking possibly built my house - so I really hoped we would find his grave.

I did find an online list today, which shows:
MCGREGOR, Arvilla M. Lee - B-49 [found]
MCGREGOR. Elizabeth Ferguson - B-49 [found]
MCGREGOR, Janet F. - B-49 [found]
MCGREGOR, John A. - B-49 [found]
MCGREGOR, Peter - B-49 [found]
MCGREGOR, Nellie C. (SULLEY) - D-227
MCGRIGOR, Eunice - D-14 [found]
MCGRIGOR, Janet (DICKIE) - D-14
MCGRIGOR, Jne - D-14
McGregor, Martha (GIMBLETT) - C-122 

[ UPDATED ] Found another list at Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid, which shows:
McGREGOR, Arvilla H. (Lee)    Oshawa Union, South Presbyterian, Section B    Durham    Whitby East    WO- [found]
McGREGOR, Christina    Bowmanville (Section C)    Durham    Darlington    WO-132-9 
McGREGOR, Cleora Janet    Bowmanville (Section S)    Durham    Darlington    WO-162-6 
McGREGOR, David    Groveside, Brooklin, Section G    Durham    Whitby    WO-167-1
 McGREGOR, David, Sgt.    Groveside, Brooklin, Section I    Durham    Whitby    WO-169-8
 McGREGOR, Elizabeth    Groveside, Brooklin, Section G    Durham    Whitby    WO-167-1
 McGREGOR, Elizabeth (Ferguson)    Oshawa Union, South Presbyterian, Section B    Durham    Whitby East    WO- [found]
McGREGOR, Gordon    Oshawa Union, Section L, Infant's Plot    Durham    Whitby East    WO-
 McGREGOR, Janet F.    Oshawa Union, South Presbyterian, Section B    Durham    Whitby East    WO- [found]
McGREGOR, Jean (Carruthers)    Bowmanville (Section U)    Durham    Darlington    WO-166-4
 McGREGOR, Jessie M.    Pine Grove, Prince Albert, Section B    Durham    Reach    WO-103-5
 McGREGOR, John    Pine Grove, Prince Albert, Section Ha    Durham    Reach    WO-117-5
 McGREGOR, John A.    Oshawa Union, South Presbyterian, Section B    Durham    Whitby East    WO- [found]
McGREGOR, John Alexander    Groveside, Brooklin, Section G    Durham    Whitby    WO-167-1
 McGREGOR, Martha    Oshawa Union, North Presbyterian, Section C    Durham    Whitby East    WO-
 McGREGOR, Mona H. (Rodman)    Pine Grove, Prince Albert, Section Fb    Durham    Reach    WO-113-2 
McGREGOR, Nellie C.    Oshawa Union, South Presbyterian, Section D    Durham    Whitby East    WO- 
McGREGOR, Peter    Oshawa Union, South Presbyterian, Section B    Durham    Whitby East    WO- [found]
McGREGOR, William E.    Pine Grove, Prince Albert, Section Fb    Durham    Reach    WO-113-2
McGRIGOR, Eunice    Oshawa Union, South Presbyterian, Section D    Durham    Whitby East    WO- [found]
McGRIGOR, Janet    Oshawa Union, South Presbyterian, Section D    Durham    Whitby East    WO-
 McGRIGOR, Jne.    Oshawa Union, South Presbyterian, Section D    Durham    Whitby East    WO-

Here are the gravestone pictures we took so far:

Eunice McGregor [1804-1890] Photo credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Eunice McGregor [1804-1890]
© Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
John McGrigor [1784-1846] Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
John McGrigor [1784-1846]
© Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Eunice (⇐ left)
wife of John McGregor
Died June 25, 1890 [Born 1804]
Aged 86 years, 3 months, 5 days

John McGrigor (right ⇒)

Died Sept 17, 1846 [Born 1784]
Aged 62 years
4 months, 20 (?) days





Peter McGregor [1800-1886] Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Peter McGregor [1800-1886]
© Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
McGregor - In Memory Of
Peter McGregor
Born 1800 - Died 1886 [86 years old]
------------------
His wife - Elizabeth Ferguson
Born 1819 - 1871 [52 years old]
------------------
Janet F. McGregor
Born 1856 - Died 1931 [75 years old]



Rebecca McGregor [1826-1910]
© Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Clark - James Clark
Died November 5, 1877 [Born 1808]
Aged 69 years
-----------
Rebecca McGregor
His wife, died August 4, 1910 [Born 1826]
Aged 84 years
-----------
Sarah H. Clark, Wife of Samuel Gliddon
Died June 21, 1893 [Born 1844] Aged 49 years




Asenath McGregor [1831-1912] Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Asenath McGregor [1831-1912]
© Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
In Memory of John Sykes 
Born 1819 - Died 1904 [85 years]
---------
Asenath McGregor, his wife
Born 1831 - Died 1912 [81 years]
---------
Fredrick J. Sykes
Born 1861 - Died 1928 [67 years]
--------
Alice R. Sykes
Born 1859 - Died 1928 [69 years]


John A. McGregor [1853-1939] Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
John A. McGregor [1853-1939]
© Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
McGregor
In Memory Of
John A. McGregor
Born 1853 - Died 1939
------------------
Arvilla M. Lee - His Wife
Born 1856 - Died - 1945





Donald McGregor [1833-1858] Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Donald McGregor [1833-1858]
© Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
In Memory Of
Donald McGregor
Who died
October 26, 1858
Aged 25 years [Born 1833]

We weren't sure of the connection.
Dorothy was looking for:
Donald McGrigor - John's older brother (b.1781 - about 1875)
Donald McGregor - John's son [b. Sep 1843, d. unknown]






Helena Jane [1869-1875] Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Helena Jane [1869-1875]
© Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
John Albert [1874-1874] Photo Credit: © Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
John Albert [1874-1874]
© Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
In Memory of (⇐ left)
Helena Jane
Only Daughter of R. G. and S. J. McGrigor
Who died January 20, 1875 [Born 1869]
5 years, 10 months, and 20 days

John Albert (right ⇒)
Infant son of R. G. and S. J. McGrigor
Died Sept 24, 1874 [Born January 1874]
Aged 8 months


It was a little awe-inspiring to see all these gravestones - all these people I have been reading about, researching about, feeling like their stories were alive in my head. But they became even more real as I stood by their grave, and read their names and dates carved into the ancient stone.

When I go back to the cemetery, I need to make sure to write down some of the inscriptions I cannot make out from the pictures I took, and make a voice recording with my phone as well, of my thoughts and findings!

P.S. Click on the pictures if you wish to see larger versions for clarity.


SEARCH: Birth Records | Marriage Records | Obituary Records | Death Records | Cemetery Records

TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
How to Use FindAGrave.com for Genealogy Research, by Karen Barnes
How to Use FindAGrave.com for Genealogy Research
[Kindle Edition] (US)
by Karen Barnes
-- Using grave websites, such as Findagrave.com, can help you further your genealogy research.

You will find information that you may not have seen before, having a hard time finding, and find more ancestors.
Find it on: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk


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