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Why join a genealogy society or club?

This is a short video covering 8 Reasons why a person should join a Genealogy Soc. Worth a look as a reminder of why people do so, what they expect, and how we could advertise ourselves.


Fraser Valley Regional Library:

National Library Canada:

University British Columbia:

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Victoria Germans from Russia Historical Society

We are a local chapter of the above society. We have created a website:

which describes our society, activities, library, newsletters, etc.

We will be including a section on links to other websites (including yours) and are hoping that you would include a link to our website from your website to make others aware of our chapter in Victoria, BC.


Isidore Volk

Vice President of the Victoria chapter of the Germans from Russia Historical Society.

Ireland Reaching Out - to genealogists around the world

When I came to Canada, about 20 years ago, I was surprised at the great number of people in this country who had Irish ancestors in their family trees.

As many have no doubt have discovered, finding their Irish ancestors can be challenging. Despite the censuses of 1901 and 1911 being freely available, many have difficulty in tracing their forebears due to the destruction of the Irish records office in 1921 during the war for independence. Many church records are available and free, but very many more are not. And paying for searches that turn up the “wrong ancestors” is frustrating and discouraging.

A new resource is now available, free of charge, to help people in their quest for knowledge of their ancestors. It is an organisation called Ireland Reaching Out (, which describes its service as “reverse genealogy”. Users find with the parish of their ancestors (or as close as they can get to it), and register the surname(s) they are interested in researching. Local volunteers help to guide their search, or answer questions.

If unsure of where their ancestors come from, researchers can submit a DNA sample to match against a growing national DNA database.

When they have found their ancestors or the locality from which they came, researchers travelling to Ireland will be met, again by a local volunteer, and shown the area where their families once lived. They may meet distant relations, or locals who knew the family, and discover more about their own history.

Major Update to the 1861 Census of Canada Database

Major Update to the 1861 Census of Canada Database

Posted on August 12, 2014

Following the release of the 1861 Census of Canada database in 2013, a number of missing records and misplaced images were reported by Library and Archives Canada clients and staff. We corrected over 133,000 entries! Following is a list of improvements to the database.

Canada West and Canada East Issues

In Canada West, the records for the cities of Hamilton, Kingston, London, Ottawa and Toronto were previously reported missing but the records did exist. The five cities, although enumerated separately in 1861, were tucked away amongst their neighbouring rural districts. For example, the city of Ottawa was listed under the district of Carleton and the city of Kingston was listed under Frontenac. The five cities are now correctly identified as districts and their respective wards are identified as sub-districts.

Additionally in Canada West, the rural districts of Renfrew and Russell were also reported as missing. The records for those two districts and their sub-districts can now be searched. In the rural district of Kent, the sub-districts of Camden and Gore, the town of Chatham, and the district of Chatham have been correctly identified. The images in the districts of Brant and Dundas are now correctly linked.

In Canada East, several image linking errors were corrected, particularly in the districts of Argenteuil, Montcalm and St-Jean.

Census Databases Online

Library and Archives Canada’s website currently contains 15 census databases. While conducting your family research, perhaps you have found an entry for an ancestor whose name was transcribed incorrectly or his/her age was misread by the transcriber. We can fix that!

To request a correction, click on the link, “Suggest a Correction” on the item page and provide your email address and an explanation. Once we have confirmed that the suggestion reflects the content of the original census record, the revised transcription will appear on our website.

Remember that spelling variations are common and that a surname may have changed over time. Therefore, playing around with different spellings of a surname increases your chances of finding your ancestor. Using Soundex — a way to find phonetic variations of your name — can also be helpful.

Enjoy your time travels in the last census before Canada’s Confederation!