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EPL's Heritage Collection is circulating!
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EPL's Heritage Collection is circulating!
Public Library kept their best genealogy books in what was called the Heritage Room of the downtown Stanley Milner library. These books did not circulate, and were not to be removed from the room. It was frustrating to visit the Milner library, pay for parking, and to try to read an important boo...
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Lecture tonight on Irish Palatines
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Lecture tonight on Irish Palatines
Photo we took of Adare Manor during a visit a few years ago. Tonight, I am giving a talk at the Alberta Genealogical Society, at the meeting of the Irish Special Interest Group. My topic is the Irish Palatines. The Irish Palatines were a group of refugees from the Palatinate in Germany, who fled ...
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Granny Hogan and family lore
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Granny Hogan and family lore
Moonshine Still, public domain, courtesy of Flikr Creative Commons, posted by UNC Library Commons.I'm sharing this story so that it is preserved for relatives to see, but it may also be an interesting example to others, showing how old family stories can often hold a kernel of truth.In about 1988...
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Privacy Policy
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What information we collect:We collect information that you provide to us when contacting us via email or filling out our online contact form. Information collected may be name, email address, and details relating to your research request or research project, or any other details you choose to pr...
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Free access to The Catholic Register
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I will admit that I had no knowledge of The Catholic Register newspaper prior to learning that they were offering free access to their publication to mark their 125th birthday. As it turns out, this is an excellent resource for Catholic-Canadian Genealogy.I was uncertain as to whether The Catholi...
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Personal Genome Sequencing
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I just listened to a fascinating discussion on CBC Radio: The Current on personal genome sequencing. Although we have become used to sending our DNA samples south of the border, it was good to hear that there is DNA research happening in Canada as well. The organizers of the Personal Genome Proje...
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Gift ideas for the genealogist
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Gift ideas for the genealogist
The holidays are coming, and this genealogist has been working on her Christmas list.The battle of the DNA testing companies has led to great discounts. Although many DNA kit sales centered around Black Friday, there are still great deals to be had. AncestryDNA kits are currently $99 Canadian, an...
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Genealogy on CBC
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Genealogy on CBC
This morning I happened to hear an interview on CBC radio on the program "The Current". Author A.J. Jacobs was being interviewed regarding his new book It's all Relative: Adventures up and down the world's family tree. He was discussing genealogy, and the attempts by groups such as FamilySearch t...
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Society Blue Books
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Society Blue Books
Recently, a friend introduced me to the Blue Book, a society Who’s Who guide. Several editions from the early 1900’s for the Toronto area have been digitized and can be consulted by anyone via the Toronto Public Library Digital Archive.The Toronto area books were first published by Wm. Tyrell & C...
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FamilySearch Indexing Event
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to 22 is FamilySearch’s Worldwide Indexing Event. This is one weekend a year, where FamilySearch, the digitizer and provider of free genealogy records, encourages everyone to do some indexing for them. If you use FamilySearch’s digitized microfilms, as great as they are, I’m sure you agree that t...
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Upcoming Genealogy class Nov. 4th
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The Edmonton branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society is hosting a workshop on November 4th entitled Introduction to Research. Students who are new to genealogy or who would like to improve the quality of their work, will learn about researching in libraries, archives and online. Students will ...
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A busy week!
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A busy week!
Due to my post on August 3rd, I had a very busy week with the media! My top 100 genealogy blog listing led to CBC RadioActive wanting to interview me last Monday. And if that wasn't great enough, they followed that up with a web article on Wednesday.  The radio interview wasn't put up online, but...
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Advances in Royal Irish Constabulary Research
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Advances in Royal Irish Constabulary Research
This week I have been preparing for a talk that I am giving on the Royal Irish Constabulary (the RIC). The talk will be on September 12 at 7:30 pm for the Irish Special Interest Group of the Edmonton branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society. Special Interest group meetings are generally for bra...
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Starting off right
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Many of us do genealogy for the thrill of the hunt. Sometimes that means we aren't as careful in documentation and organization as we should be, especially when we are just starting out as genealogists. Sometimes it is years before we realize that we have been doing a poor job organizing our work...
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Blog award!
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Blog award!
I received some great news this week! This blog has received an award from Feedspot for being one of the top 100 genealogy blogs. You can check out some of the other chosen blogs here: Top 100 Genealogy BlogsThanks Feedspot! I will continue to try to produce a high quality blog!
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