In late August, our community once again begins to buzz with activity as people return to their daily lives. The program year begins in September for many genealogy societies.
This week has produced event announcements ranging from society meetings, anniversary programs, the start of classes, new tools and databases and more.
Read on for some of the announcements - we couldn't fit everything into this column!
How you can learn more:
-- Google for genealogy and family history events in your own town or city.
-- Join your local family history society.
-- Sign up for a family history class.
One major announcement was the addition of 3.8 million Massachusetts birth records (1841-1915) by FamilySearch.org.
A large branch of my TALALAY family - who adopted the name TOLLIN on arrival from Belarus to the US - settled in the city of Springfield from 1898. A very quick search showed that many children born to this branch were listed in this database. I was able to download the register images.
If you have family that settled in Massachusetts, do investigate these records.
-- 1871 census online
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has made the 1871 original census returns available as online digitized images. That was the first regularly scheduled collection of national statistics. Data includes the name, age, country or province of birth, nationality, religion and occupations of those residents. Search by surname, given name, age, or geographically. Click here to see the database.
-- Oxford County Library in Ontario
Libraries can be the family history researcher's very good friend. Readers in Oxford County have many family history resources in their library, including local newspaper indexes, county genealogical records (1793-1858), local cemetery and land records (18th-19th centuries), local history books and indexes, as well as directories, gazetteers and voter lists. Local history buffs will have more than enough to keep them busy throughout the year with town and family books. Click here to learn more about library family history resources.
-- Sikhs in Canada
Some 5,000 mostly single young Sikhs arrived in Canada from East India during 1901-1911. Settling generally in British Columbia, they worked in logging, farming and on the railroad. They built the Abbotsford Sikh Temple in 1911, designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002. For more information on the site and this East Indian community, click Parks Canada or CollectionsCanada.
An excellent source for Canadian genealogy and events is the Genealogy Canada blog.
CLASSES - US and Canada
September is back-to-school time - even for genealogists! Many societies offer classes for beginners as well as the more advanced researcher. In addition to real-time classes, there are many podcasts and webinars offered by various websites and organizations. Here are just some of the classes starting later this month:
-- San Antonio, Texas: A six-week genealogy course ($) will be offered by the Genealogical & Historical Society of Kendall County, from September 22, but participants must first take the free beginning genealogy course on September 17. Click here for information on both.
-- Toronto, Canada: Experienced researchers can sign up for a four-week "Biographical Research for Ontario Genealogists" course ($) taught by the well-known Janice Nickerson. The class begins September 13 at the Toronto Reference Library. Click here for cost and more information.
-- Salt Lake City, Utah: The Family History Library will offer free Scandinavian research classes covering Danish and Swedish records on September 10, 20 and 21. Included will be databases, church records, historical maps, online resources and more. Click here for information.
Tune in for our next edition!