Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ways to mark Canada Day #2: do some research

Over the Canada Day weekend, offers free access to a big chunk of its collections of digitized, searchable records.
Among the records being made available for free from June 27 through July 2 are some of the most popular collections on, including:
·         Canadian Passenger Lists and Ocean Arrivals – These collections consist of all records of immigration to Canada by ship or overland from the United States between 1865 and 1935, a period of 70 years that saw the largest influx of immigration into Canada ever, from all parts of the world.
 ·         The 1871 Census of Canada – the first census Canada conducted as a nation, which gives a snapshot of the lives of the people living at the time, including their ages, their jobs, the birthplaces of their parents, their neighbours and more.
 ·         Soldiers of the First World War – This collection contains the Attestation papers of all 600,000+ men enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and includes information about the soldier’s birthplace, next of kin, regiment number and more. 
The open access site is

Thanks.  But don't these people know that on the Canada Day long weekend we are supposed to be at the cottage, by the water, at least in the backyard with a cold one? -- and not with the damn laptop open all weekend either..

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