Author Archives: Gail Dever

Documentary about Newfoundlanders at Battle of the Somme on TV tonight

Newfoundland at Armageddon, Brian McKenna’s two-hour documentary reenactment of Newfoundlanders at the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916, will be aired on CBC-TV tonight, Thursday June 30 at 8:00 p.m. Learn more on Christopher Moore’s History News.

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Ancestry.ca offers three days of free access for Canada Day

In celebration of Canada Day, you can search some of Ancestry.ca’s most popular Canadian collections — census, immigration, vital, and military — for free between now and July 2, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. Note that the fine print on the … Continue reading

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Free access to more records on Findmypast thru July 6

Findmypast does it again. In addition to free access to all military records until July 4, the UK-based online genealogy service announced yesterday it is offering eight days of free access to more than one billion UK, UK and Irish … Continue reading

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Legacy webinar subscription becomes more attractive

We genealogists have the reputation of being somewhat frugal. To save money, we take advantage of every free-access weekend, free online database, and free webinar — anything to avoid spending a dime. When we do spend a dollar, we make … Continue reading

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Learn online about the Battle of the Somme

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the worst day in British military history, when the four-month Battle of the Somme began, you may be interested in learning about it. It was on July 1, 1916 — the first day … Continue reading

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‘The Fenians Are Coming’ exhibit marks 150th anniversary of raids in Quebec

If you plan to visit Quebec’s beautiful Eastern Townships this summer, drop by the Missisquoi Museum in Stanbridge East to see The Fenians Are Coming, an exhibit that commemorates the Fenian raids 150 years ago. It runs until October 9. … Continue reading

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New France in the American midwest

Fort de Chartres, built in the heart of what would become the American midwest, embodied French colonial power for half a century. The book, Lives of Fort de Chartres, by David MacDonald, details the French colonial experience in Illinois from … Continue reading

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New Canadian collections on Ancestry

Ancestry recently launched two new Canadian collections: Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada, Homestead Grant Registers, 1872-1930, and Canada, Photographic Albums of Settlement, 1892-1917. Homestead grant registers The Homestead Grant Registers, 1872-1930, collection contains 668,623 records of registers of applications for … Continue reading

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Findmypast grants free access to all military records to mark centenary of Battle of the Somme

Starting Monday, June 27, Findmypast is offering free access to all of its military records for eight days to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme was fought by … Continue reading

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This week’s crème de la crème — June 25, 2016

Some of the bijoux I discovered this week. Blogs From Carlow and Wexford to Canada, 1817 and 1818 by Joe Buggy on Townland of Origin. Immigrants proceeding to Upper Canada via New York 1817-1819 by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on Olive … Continue reading

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