Family History Alive! Blog

The Family History Alive! Blog is my mini-journal about family history. It will:

  • let you know whenever any new Web pages appear on Family History Alive!, telling you about new topics related to family history, and inviting your comments and stories;

  • point out some of the prior, past pages that you might otherwise miss; and

  • advise you of any seminars, webinars, genealogy cruises, new releases of software / databases / etc. as I become aware of them.

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Mar 11, 2017

Harold Blair of Brockville, and his children/grandchildren

Hi I am searching for a 1st cousin I didn't know I had until after my mom passed in 2011. Harold Blair was the son of my moms brother. His birth parents

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Feb 19, 2016

Parrott, John ~ Where are you?

John Parrott, birth date unknown, is known to be Canadian but died and was buried in Algonac, Michigan. Although there is a John Parrott who died in 1933

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Jan 22, 2016

Flip-Pal mobile scanner Now Available in Canada

FamilyHistoryAlive is now a reseller in the Canadian marketplace for the Flip-Pal mobile scanner! Avoid cross-border fees and foreign exchange transaction fees! Buy your Flip-Pal from a Canadian!

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Feb 17, 2014

Prairie Land Grants and Homesteading: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, & Alberta

Find your ancestors in the Prairie land grants! Free land on the Prairies attracted many in the early 1900s. Discover where the records are kept.

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Feb 17, 2014

Land Grants and Deeds in Newfoundland and Labrador

Discover how your Newfoundland ancestors acquired their land! Land grants are rare before the mid-1800s. Squatter's rights have played a major role in obtaining land in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Feb 16, 2014

Family History Alive

Bring your family history to life! Break down those brick walls! Free tips, tricks, advice, and anecdotes on tracing your family tree. Special emphasis on free Canadian and UK resources.

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Jan 22, 2014

DNA Testing: Tracing Family Trees

The Family Finder and Relative Finder Tests, available since early 2010, rely on recombined DNA testing. Matches mean a common ancestor. Find genetic cousins; add to your family tree!

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Dec 03, 2013

DNA Matches and Breaking Down Brick Walls: Update No. 1

Can DNA matches really cause genealogical brick walls really to come crashing down? Read the Nov 2011 update in finding my grandfather's family.

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Nov 26, 2013

Manitoba Vital Records: Births, Marriages, and Deaths

Manitoba vital records from 1882 and on are in the Vital Statistics Office. Before 1882, vital records can be found in churches or elsewhere.

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Aug 30, 2013

Parish Church Records in England and Wales

parish church records, English parish records, Wales vital records, free genealogy websites

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Aug 30, 2013

British Columbia Land Grants and Homesteading

Find out where you can get information on your ancestor's British Columbia land grants. Homesteading records are available from 1849 to 1970.

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Aug 30, 2013

Canadian Military Records - British Forces in Canada

Canadian military records from 1763 through World War I were generated by Britain, and many of those records are housed in the UK. From 1871 on, Canada had responsibility for its own military forces,

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