Family History Alive! Blog
The Family History Alive! Blog is my mini-journal about family history. It will:
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Can DNA matches really cause genealogical brick walls really to come crashing down? Read the Nov 2011 update in finding my grandfather's family.
Manitoba vital records from 1882 and on are in the Vital Statistics Office. Before 1882, vital records can be found in churches or elsewhere.
parish church records, English parish records, Wales vital records, free genealogy websites
Find out where you can get information on your ancestor's British Columbia land grants. Homesteading records are available from 1849 to 1970.
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,
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.
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?
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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