Friday, September 19, 2008

Canadian Passanger List Part 2

Hello All -

Just to add to my previous post regarding the Canadian Passanger Lists - Ancestry.ca offers the list as well. The good thing about the Ancestry version is that you can search by name, which you can't do on the Canadian Archives site. If you are a member of Ancestry.ca or have a worldwide membership you can search this resource.

Not to give Ancestry a plug, but they do offer a free 14 day trial period, but it is usually in my view a good idea to pay for a membership as it is worth it. They are always putting up new databases to search.

Just a quick note on how a great thing it is to have the Canadian Passagner List online now - we were finally able to find my husband's great grandparents who immigrated there from Scotland. His family were always wanting to know about when they went and all the information about their trip. Because of this passanger list being online to search and to see the digital images, we now know the answers. Computers are such a wonderful tool for genealogy.

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Canadian Passanger Lists Now Online

Hello All -

Just saw in the paper "Scottish Daily Mail" that the Canadian passanger list for 1865-1935 are now online (only the years 1865-1922 are up). I had a quick peek at the site and it looks great - the lists are digitally viewable. The only thing about it is that it will take time to look through if you are not sure of the specifics of your ancestors immigration to Canada. There is no seaching by a person's name unfortunately. However, if you do happen to know when and where your ancestor landed you can go right to the image. The database if available through the Library and Archives Canada website. The website is for a direct link to the database : http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/passenger/index-e.html?PHPSESSID=lrued5p1q7qbiq6k5f6bv8jn65

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Genealogical Proof Standard

Hello All -

I thought I would briefly introduce the concept of the genealogical proof standard. It is also called the "5 step process." This is a very important process in all forms of doing research on one's family history. In researching family history it is more then just finding the names, dates, and places of ancestors - it is vital that time is taken to make sure that the information that is found is valid/correct.

Genealogical Proof Standard
The Genealogical Proof Standard is a credibility standard by which any researcher should be able to develop a conclusion based on their research.

The steps are as follows:
1. Conduct a thorough search for all records and information that pertain to the question. 2. Always collect and include a complete citation for each of the sources used in the research. 3. Analyze the data that has been collected, being sure to evaluate the quality of the evidence. 4. When conflicting data is found, resolve them through evaluation of the resources and the validity of those sources until there is no question. 5. Arrive at the conclusion that is best supported by the evidence.

Standards are a must in genealogy. The computer in performing genealogical research is a wonderful tool, but it can also allow erroneous information to spread like wild fire. If every genealogist would apply the Genealogical Proof Standard to their research process, there would be a lot less misinformation available. It will make for a much better and credible family history.

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS