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Canadian: Local History & Special Collections
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This course is designed to go beyond the basic genealogical sources of censuses, vital statistic records and church records by introducing the professional to other collections that could enhance the search. Emphasis will be on the variety of sources held at Library and Archives Canada, company and professional archives, and local archives. Among other sources to investigate will be professional and fraternal associations, Dunn and Bradstreet, law reviews, photographic collections, maps, etc. Consideration will also be given to the burgeoning resources now available on the Internet, such as digital libraries.

This course will inspire you to think about spreading your wings and venturing "outside the box" when you hit your brick wall.


Course Content

Module 1
Local Histories & Special Collections
 
Canadiana
History of Canadiana
• Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions
• Canadian Initiative on Digital Libraries
• AlouetteCanada
• Merger of CIHM & AlouetteCanada
• Canadian Research Knowledge Network
• CRKN & Canadiana.org
 
Canadiana Collections
• Canadiana Online
• Hιritage
 
Local & Family Histories
• Canadiana
• University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections
 
Provincial Union Lists of Archival Holdings
 

Module 2
Small Archives & Associations
Corporate & Local Archives
 
Fraternal Associations
• Headstone Abbreviations
• Masons
 
Non-Masonic Fraternal Organizations 
• Acacia
• B’nai B’rith
• Eagles
• Elks
• Jaycees
• Kiwanis
• Knights of Columbus
• Lions
• Moose
• Optimists International
• Club Richelieu
• Rotary International
• Royal Canadian Legion
• WoodmenLife
 

Module 3
Professional & Family Associations
 
Professional Associations
• Physicians
• Nurses
• Pharmacists
• Teachers
• Clergy
 
Family Associations
 

Module 4
Historical Sites, Medical & Educational Records
Historic Sites
 
Medical Records
• Manitoba
• Northwest Territories
• Ontario
• Prince Edward Island
• Saskatchewan
• Yukon
 
School Records
 

Module 5
Newspapers, Obituaries, Funeral Homes & Cemetery Records
 
Newspapers
• Obituaries
 
Important Books to Check Out
• Canadian Parliamentary Companion
• City Directories & Phone Books
• Post Office Householder Directories
• Post Office & Postmasters Database
• Dun And Bradstreet
 
Maps Atlases & Gazetteers
• Atlases
• Maps & Gazetteers
 

Module 6
Computer Sources of Genealogy Information
 
Websites with Sources
• The Bank of Canada
• Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database
• Personnel Records of the First World War Database
• Library and Archives Canada
 
Internet Sources that should always be consulted
• FamilySearch
• Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
• RootsWeb & Ancestry
 
Other Records
• Divorce
• Legal Records
• Photographs & Photographers
 
Digitized Books
• Google Books
• Internet Archive
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix
• Medical Organizations Archives
• Religious Archives
 
 
 

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