Reprint of book about Taillon and Lalonde families of Quebec, Ontario, and New York now available

A reprint of The Taillon (Tyo) Families and the Descendants of Philippe Lalonde has been made available by GlobalGenealogy.

Compiled by Duncan MacDonald and Pauline Deshaies, the 219-page book is a detailed genealogy of the Taillon (Tyo) family who were early settlers in Stormont County, Ontario, Canada.

The genealogy records of the family as recorded in this book, begins in France five generations earlier than Joseph Taillon’s arrival in Stormont County. He was born in Quebec and died in 1838 in Cornwall, Ontario (Upper Canada).
The family originally emigrated to Quebec from France, then migrated from Quebec to Stormont County. Some of the family later migrated to Upper New York State from which there has been a significant descendancy. The Lalonde family married into the Taillon family hence the inclusion of the descendancy of the Lalondes in this book.

The book was originally published in 1994.

How GlobalGenealogy received the rights to print this book is an interesting story. acquired MacDonald Research Centre after the passing of its founder and primary transcriber/compiler, Duncan MacDonald. The book has been reprinted as it was prepared by Mr. MacDonald, without corrections or additions. Much of MacDonald’s original work was created on a typewriter. His well-worn masters were made on a photocopier.

In the description of the book, GlobalGenealogy explained there are some imperfections. “This book’s original master has some page edges cut off in the newspaper clippings section, The print masters were provided by Mr MacDonald’s estate, so we suspect that all previous editions of this book had the same problem. We thought it best to include those pages because the content of those clippings are still useful insofar as it is usually only one letter missing along the page edge, leaving the affected clippings largely intact.”

More information about the book and its contents is available on

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Cimetières du Québec adds new cemetery records and photos

Cimetieres du Quebec_home pageThis is a list of the cemeteries recently updated or added to the Cimetières du Québec website.

Cimetière de Saint-Eusèbe, Saint-Eusèbe, Témiscouata County. Catholic. Francophone.

Arundel Methodist Cemetery, Arundel, Argenteuil County. Methodist. Anglophone. The Arundel United Church, next to the cemtery, was built in 1889.

Knox Presbyterian Cemetery, Crystal Falls (Arundel), Argenteuil County. Presbyterian. Anglophone. Interactive cemetery map. Crystal Falls was a small community that no longer exists. All that remains of the original settlement is the church, which is now maintained by the Knox Church Crystal Falls Memorial Fund, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation of the church and cemetery.

Cimetière de Saint-Canut, Mirabel, Deux-Montagnes County. Catholic. Francophone. The Saint-Canut Church was built in 1886.

Cimetière St-Antoine, Longueuil, Chambly County. Catholic. Francophone. About 100 names were added to the database.

Cimetière Saints-Anges, Lachine, Montreal County. Catholic. Francophone. About 100 new photos and almost 600 names were recently added to the database.

Cimetière de Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel, Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel, Richelieu County. Catholic. Francophone.

St. Philip’s Anglican Cemetery, L’Anse-aux-Gascons, Gaspé County. Anglican. Anglophone. 19 entries.

Cimetière Mont-Carmel, Port-Daniel, Gaspé County. Catholic. Francophone.

New Carlisle East Cemetery, New Carlisle East, Bonaventure County. Religion not indicated. Anglophone.

Cimetière St-Antoine-de-Padoue, Pointe-à-la-Garde, Bonaventure County. Catholic. Francophone.

Cimetière St-André (New), Sutton, Brome County. Catholic. Francophone.

Cimetière de St-Jean-des-Piles (Old), Saint-Jean-des-Piles, Champlain County. Catholic. Francophone.

Cimetière des Quatorze, Saint-André-Avellin, Papineau County. Catholic. Francophone.

Cimetière de Ste-Scholastique, Mirabel, Deux-Montagnes County. Catholic. Francophone.

Cimetière de St-Irénée, Saint-Irénée, Charlevoix County. Catholic. Francophone.

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Montreal’s annual “Walk to the Stone” rescheduled

Montreal’s Walk to the Stone, which has taken place on the last Sunday in May for almost 150 years, must be delayed two weeks this year until Sunday, June 14. Walk organizers recently learned the Tour de l’Île de Montréal cycling event on May 31 takes precedence. The following Sunday was also ruled out because of the Grand Prix.

Walk to stone posterThe walk to the Irish Commemorative Stone — the Black Rock, organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, is held annually to honour and remember the thousands of Irish immigrants who died and were buried in the area where the Black Rock stands today at the foot of Montreal’s Victoria Bridge.

During the mid-19th century, workers constructing the Victoria Bridge across the St. Lawrence River discovered a mass grave in Windmill Point where victims of the typhus epidemic of 1847 had been quarantined in fever sheds. The workers, many of whom were of Irish descent, were unsettled by the discovery and wanted to create a memorial to ensure the grave, which held the coffins of 6,000 Irish immigrants, would not be forgotten. They set up a large black rock.

The organizers of the walk hope that people will still come for the walk this year. If interested in participating, send a note to, indicating the number of people who will join you. You may also indicate your participation on the Support Park Project & Walk to the Stone Facebook page.

Thanks to Fergus V. Keyes of the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation for the heads up.

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How to search the free-access Toronto Star Archives until May 31

After reading my blog post, Free access to Toronto Star Archives until May 31, a few people have experienced difficulty taking advantage of the Toronto Star Archives’ free access until May 31. Some said they thought they had to buy credits. Others said they thought they had to log in. Meanwhile, many others were apparently happy as clams, searching the archives with no problem.

So, with the help of some followers and Facebook friends, Jan in particular, we may have resolved the problem.

The problem was likely that some people were trying to log in at the bottom of the Search page. There is no need to do so. Simply go to the Toronto Star Archives website. Enter your keyword, choose a date range if desired, and then click on Search.

Enter your keyword and click on Search. No need to log in to take advantage of the free access to the Toronto Star archives.

Enter your keyword and click on Search. No need to log in to take advantage of the free access to the Toronto Star archives.

Sometimes, things are simpler than we expect… Happy hunting.

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The most Irish street in Quebec City

Champlain Street was once the most Irish street in Quebec City, and it was the topic of a presentation last week at the city’s Irish Heritage Society. Now, the society has shared the PowerPoint images on its website.

The presentation, Champlain Street: Irish in Quebec, was delivered by Ann Power Paré who spent her childhood on the street. She talked about her recollections, family anecdotes, and she provided her personal history and a general history of the street.

The PowerPoint presentation shows photos of people, sports teams, and street scenes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This image of an 1894-95 lacrosse team in Quebec City is one of 45 images in Ann Power Paré's presentation about Champlain Street.

This image of an 1894-95 lacrosse team in Quebec City is one of 45 images in Ann Power Paré’s presentation about Champlain Street.

From this page on the Irish Heritage Society website, click on the first image to enlarge it and then click on the arrow under the image or the arrow key on your computer to advance to the next image.

Thanks to Joe Lonergan, president of the society, who posted the link on Facebook.

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Webinar about using DNA to find your ancestry

If you’re like I am, you are curious about DNA, but don’t have a clear understanding of how it will further your research.

That is why I have registered to watch Georgia Genealogical Society’s free webinar, Make Your Ancestry Come Alive Using Your DNA, presented by Peter J. Roberts, on Wednesday, May 20, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Mr. Roberts is a life-long family historian and archivist/associate professor at Georgia State University.

This webinar will provide an easy to understand introduction on how to use your DNA to help find your ancestry and verify that it is correct. It will present the basics of how genetic genealogy testing works and give real-life examples of its benefits. It will explain how Y-DNA, mtDNA, atDNA and X-chromosome results for you and your relatives can be used to support traditional family history and break through brick walls.

Learn more about this webinar and register for it here.

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Free access to Toronto Star Archives until May 31

Access to the Toronto Star Archives is available for free until May 31. The last time a similar offer was made, it was for two days — and I was bleary-eyed at the end of it.

The usual cost to access the archives is $9.95 per week, $19.95 per month, or $149.95 per year. Yes, I know $9.95 is not expensive, but I’m a genealogist and, unlike he who golfs, I look for ways to save money.

Toronto Star offer 2015Even if your ancestors did not live in Toronto, it is worth taking a look at this archival collection. I’ll explain why.

Out of curiosity, I looked in the Toronto Star Archives for any mention of my ancestor Robert Young who was fatally injured on the job.

His death record indicated he had been scalded in a railway accident on November 5, 1908 and died a week later on November 12 in Belleville, Ontario where he lived. I assumed the accident took place in a rail yard and wasn’t newsworthy. Still, I figured it would do no harm to browse the pages of the Toronto Star from November 5 to 14 to see if there was any mention of the incident. (Searching for Young would have produced too many results.)

I was stunned to see this headline on the front page of the Star on November 6:

Two Men Were Killed in Wreck on G.T.R. 〈Grand Trunk Railway〉 . . .
The Injured. Robert Young. Inspector of pumps, Belleville

The accident had taken place in Bowmanville, east of Toronto, and the magnitude of it made front-page news.

On November 12, the Star ran another story about the accident:

Third Victim Dies as Result of G.T.R. Wreck near Bowmanville.

This follow-up article reported on how the accident occurred, his injuries, and his work history with the Grand Trunk.

For me, the best way to save articles is to clip each one, using the Snipping Tool on my computer, which I downloaded for free. The resolution of the clipped article is not perfect, but the text is legible.

So, yes, I will be taking advantage of this free-access offer once again. There will be no drinking chilled Chardonnay on a Montreal terrasse for me this week.

Start your search here.

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Two free webinars Tuesday — photo restoration and integrating proof arguments into genealogical narrative

Decisions, decisions. You will have to pick between two free webinars on Tuesday, May 19, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time: one about photo restoration; the other about integrating genealogical proofs into the genealogical narrative.

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will host the webinar, Complete Photo Restoration in 4 Easy Steps. This beginner-level webinar will be presented by Eric Basir.

Scan, restore and print a photo like the pros from beginning to end. This is a fast and fun session. Eric will walk everyone step by step, addressing problems in many family photos relevant to genealogists and sharing technique. He will also take questions. Participants are encouraged to send Eric specific problem files. He intends to use some of the participants’ photos in the presentation.

Visit GeneaWebinars here for registration details.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists will host the webinar, The Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments into the Genealogical Narrative, by Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG.

When we tell a story, sometimes we need to stop and explain. Just how did we figure out who the main character’s mother was – without any census, vital records, or probate records? This problem confronts every genealogist who prepares a portfolio for certification as well.

Ms. Bloom will use the language of weaving and the work of distinguished philosopher Stephen Toulmin to deal with this perennial issue in writing up genealogical research.

Visit the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ website for more information and registration details.

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FamilySearch Scottish beginner webinars now available and new intermediate series to begin Monday

FamilySearch logoThe FamilySearch webinars about Scotland research for beginners that were presented live a couple of weeks ago were recorded and are now available to watch online for free. Scroll down this page to find the handouts, which are excellent, and Past Webinars.

New Scottish series to begin Monday
Note on the above linked FamilySearch page that the live presentation of five webinars in the new Scotland Intermediate Research Series begins this Monday, May 18.

Each webinar begins at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, and a handout will be available.

Monday, May 18 — Scotland Emigration
Tuesday, May 19 — Scotland Probate Records
Wednesday, May 20 — Scotland Poor Law Records
Thursday, May 21 — Scotland Land Records
Friday, May 22 — Scotland Naming Patterns and Clans

There is no registration. Just follow the instructions, Join a webinar live, a few minutes before the webinar begins to make sure your computer is set up properly.

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Ancestry corrects misleading title

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post about a new Ancestry database, Canada, Passenger and Crew Manifests, 1912-1939 and 1953-1962, and my confusion about its contents.

Despite my best efforts, I could not find my ancestors in the database, even though some of them arrived in Canada during those periods. I was also surprised to read that the source of this seemingly Canadian database was American, the National Archives in Washington, DC.

In the end, I asked if someone could perhaps explain why I could not find any of my ancestors.

Within a couple of hours of publishing the blog post, I received a message from Sara Chatfield, Genealogy, at Library and Archives Canada, explaining the record set.

“These are American government records that recorded the names of passengers bound for the United States, but landing at Canadian ports. They are not Canadian government records.” She recommended I read the National Archives article, The U.S. Immigration Service stationed immigrant inspectors at Canadian seaports of entry to collect the manifests and inspect U.S.-bound immigrants.

Soon after, Lesley Anderson at wrote a comment on the post. She had also found the title confusing and advised that Ancestry was changing the title within the hour.

Now, the title of the database is U.S., Passenger and Crew Lists for U.S.-Bound Vessels Arriving in Canada.

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