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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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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Aug 30, 2013

Bad Apples, Nobility, and Famous People
in the Family Tree

In tracing your family tree, sooner or later, you will find a few "bad apples" - perhaps even a convict; a link to some members of the nobility or royalty, or perhaps a famous person.

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in the Family Tree"

Aug 30, 2013

Nova Scotia Land Grants

Find documentation of your ancestors in Nova Scotia land grants! Did they come from Scotland, from France, or from the US after the Revolutionary War?

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Aug 20, 2013

Canadian Military Records: An Introduction

Canadian military records date back to the 1600s, but were created and maintained first by France and then by Britain. Although Canada had its own military forces from 1871, it was World War I before

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