Some useful sites that have worked for us...


Canada:

* Canadiana.org has a vast, searchable collection of digital printed sources. Type in a name, and it goes to work...

* For Barnardo Home children, try the British Home Children in Canada website. You can also submit data you might have. Another Home Children resource: Library and Archives Canada.


Ontario:


* Upper Canada Land Petitions:

On 23 September 2010, Library and Archives Canada announced the launch of a new online database, "Upper Canada Land Petitions (1763-1865)".

Through this online database, researchers can access more than 77,000 references to petitions for grants or leases of land created by individuals who lived in present-day Ontario between 1763 and 1865.

Before the arrival of the Loyalists and British military settlers, the present-day Province of Ontario was an extension of the Province of Quebec. Following the Constitutional Act of 1791, the colony of Quebec was divided to create Upper Canada (today Ontario) and Lower Canada (today Quebec). Many early settlers, both military and civilian, submitted petitions to the Governor to obtain Crown land. Sons and daughters of Loyalists were also entitled to free lands.

Upper Canada Land Petitions (1763-1865) for grants or leases of land and other administrative records often contain an applicant's story detailing services, losses and sufferings during the American Revolutionary War or the War of 1812. They may also contain discharge certificates, letters of introduction from prominent individuals in Britain, reports by the Surveyor General or the Attorney General on technical and legal matters, and some lists of settlers by region.

The database is available at the Library & Archives Canada website.

The actual records have been digitized. Once you have located the file information from the above, you can see the actual form by following the instructions here. Unfortunately, they are not indexed, so you will have to do browsing to locate the petition you are seeking.


* McGill University has put information from the County Atlases online. Professional genealogists have recognized the importance of these atlases (1874-1881) for many years. Although some of these atlases were reprinted during the 1970s, the fact is that many of these reprints are becoming as rare as the originals. McGill's Rare Books and Special Collections Division is fortunate in owning copies of many of the original atlases. Begun in July 1998, the County Atlas pilot project initially encompassed ten atlases.
Two subsequent phases allowed the completion of the Ontario map, ultimately totalling forty-three atlases. The County Atlas Digital Project is a searchable database of the property owners' names which appear on the township maps in the county atlases.
Township maps, portraits and properties have been scanned, with links from the property owners' names in the database.

* The Wesleyan Methodist baptismal records (1820+) from the United Church Archives in Toronto are now online and searchable.

* The Archives of Ontario website.

* Links to those interested in adoption records.

* The Ontario (Upper Canada) Genealogy site, with lots of local material and maintained by Michael Stephenson, is well worth a visit.

* The Municipality of Port Hope Tax Assessment Rolls (c2008), useful for those researching town/township properties.


General:

* Cyndi's List, naturally!

* I found two Skitch ancestors in New York's Ellis Island records!

* Rootsweb Surname List

* IGI, the genealogy site of the Latter Day Saints database...

* A useful calendar site that allows you to calculate the day of the week if you know the date...

Barbara & Peter Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
www.alivingpast.ca