With the assortment of genealogy societies, historical associations and technology, researching your family history has never been easier. In this issue, we present some of the big ones to get you started.
Whether you are a beginner genealogist or advanced researcher, this list should help you.
Good luck. And remember...never give up!
Family History Centres (FHCs): Located in local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FHCs provide free information worldwide. They have indexes to all genealogical items in their library, including the most celebrated collection in Salt Lake City, Utah. A must for all! In Victoria, the phone number is 479-3631.
Victoria Genealogical Society: PO Box 45031, Mayfair Postal Outlet, Victoria, BC. V8Z 7G9. Like most municipal genealogy societies, they offer monthly meetings, a library with a regional focus and a network of others pursuing the same hobby. The members provide unlimited ideas to keep you up-to-date and on-track in your genealogical pursuits.
The Genealogical Research Library Inc: 1-800-667-0300, in Toronto (416) 360-3929, 100 Adelaide Street West, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ont. M5H 1S2. Fax: (416) 360-4348. They will mail you a free research guide that includes a blank 11x17 ancestral tree and a multitude of tips and resources. They offer a variety of fee-for-service, mainly research cases.
Government of Canada: 1-800-665-9100 or any federal department; Distribution Centre, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Ottawa, Ont. Canada. K1A 0R5.Under the Freedom of Information Act, you can now access government documents. The frustrating part is that not all the records are in one location. Write or call for the Info Source Brochure and an application. Follow the directions precisely and be prepared to pay $5 per request.
This article appeared in the May 1995 issue of Hot Chocolate.