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All-Canadian Blogs of 2008

Since starting this column in 2002, I have endeavoured each year at this time to giving a roundup of the latest in Canadian genealogy news. This year, it is blogs, and they are sprouting up all over the place: Canada is no exception.


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Since starting this column in 2002, I have endeavoured each year at this time to giving a roundup of the latest in Canadian genealogy news. This year, it is blogs, and they are sprouting up all over the place: Canada is no exception.

Some of the blogmasters listed post daily, and some less frequently, but they are worth following because Canadian genealogy has changed so much in 2008, with news breaking and new informatin being added nearly every day - so it worth paying close attention to them.

So here are the blogs for 2008 (in no particular order) -

Canada Genealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt' - This blog is published by M. Diane Rogers, whom I happened to meet this summer at a conference in Ottawa.

She started the blog in 2005, and the site is a delight to read, as well as being informative. There is lots of news about British Columbia, as there is on Canadian genealogy. Besides being a genealogy writer and member of ISFHWE, she is also an avid researcher, and, by the sound of things, a dedicated "graveyard rabbit".

Anglo-Celtic Connections - This is John Reid's blog from Ottawa, and he sees things from the "British-Canadian perspective."

He started the blog in 2006, and posts every day - so check his site if you have any Anglo-Celtic connections. John is a past-president of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO), a great group of informed researchers who can help one find just about anything on families in the United Kingdom, or their connections to Canada.

Elgin County Ontario Genealogy - This is the blog of the Elgin County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS). They have recently informed us that they have listed indexes of various Elgin County Funeral Homes online.

Bruce Johnson keeps track of the blog, and they have had it on the website since 2007.

Durham Region Branch OGS - This blog, by the Durham Region of the OGS, has been around since 2007, and is looked after by Guy Lafontaine, Durham's new Chair for 2009.

Current posted items, such as "New ONTARIO Births, Marriages, & Deaths INDEX Microfilms added to Whitby Public Library Collection", are a good resource to keep track of for any researcher.

Librarians Helping Canadian Genealogists Climb Family Trees - An interesting and varied blog started by Elise C. Cole, a librarian in Ontario.

As mentioned on the blog, "This blog is a collaborative space for Librarians who assist family historians with their Canadian genealogical research".

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog - Lorine McGinnis Schulze has had this blog for a while on her site, Olive Tree Genealogy.

It has a mix of Canadian and American genealogy, and the blog, along with her website, is a complete package on Canadian genealogy. - Gordon Watts publishes this "blog" every so often on the Global Genealogy website.

This blog is more like a newsletter, with posts every month on Canadian genealogy. The latest one on December 16th covers topics such as the collaboration between the LAC and

Brenda Dougall Merriman - Noted genealogy author and fellow ISFHWE member, Brenda Dougall Merriman, has this blog mainly for her family's ancestors and descendants, but sometimes comments on Ontario and Canadian genealogy.

It has detailed personal commentary, and the addition of photos and images makes for a most interesting read.

Genealogy Canada Blog - I have had my blog since the beginning of this year, and it has been a rewarding endeavour. As a supplement to my Canadian genealogy website, Genealogy Canada, it is a convenient way to bring readers the latest in genealogy news.

I write about Canadian genealogy exclusively, and there has been lots to write about this year - the biggest news in Canada is that the Library and Archives Canada has formed a partnership with The Generation Network ( and they have started to publish passenger lists on the LAC website, free of charge.

At the end of December, the LAC and added the Quebec City Passenger Lists Index (1865-1900), which I have written about for the January 2009 edition of "Canadian Connections". on the website.

Source Information: Canadian Connections, New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2008.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Genealogy Today LLC.

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