Category Archives: Records

The Best Sites for Storing Photos Online

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With today’s technology, we’re taking more photos and videos of moments we want to remember than ever before in history. These memories are ones we want to keep and store safely, so what is the best way to do that? Of course, we have hardware that makes it possible for these images to be backed up safely, but if you’re looking for a backup method that is safe, secure, and in many instances automatic (once set up), then online photo storage sites can be a safe bet.

In addition to storing your photos and videos for secure backup, these sites allow users to upload photos, share images, even share entire image galleries, and for free (users might find that there are certain services that are subscription-based; basic services are free).

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How to Interpret a Marriage Record?

Standard Entry in a Marriage Record 


Latin Terms Appearing in the Form

Numerus Serialis or Nr. posit. (Serial Number or Position Number)
Dies et Mensis Natus et Baptisatus  (Day and Month of Birth and Baptism) Numerus Domus (House Number)
Sponsus (groom)
Sponsa (bride)
Nomen (Name)
Religio (Religion)
Coelebes/Viduus or Vidua/Aetas (Unmarried/Widower or Widow/Age)
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How to Interpret a Death Record?

Standard Entry in a Death Record 

Latin Terms Appearing in the Form

Numerus Serialis or Nr. posit. (Serial Number or Position Number)
Dies et Mensis Natus et Baptisatus  (Day and Month of Birth and Baptism) Numerus Domus (House Number)
Nomen (Name)
Religio (Religion)
Coelebes/Viduus or Vidua/Aetas (Unmarried/Widower or Widow/Age)
filius (son of…) filia (daughter of…)        sometimes abbreviated for both (fil.)         filius leg. (legitimate son)
filia leg. (legitimate daughter)
fil. leg. (abbreviation for both)
de (of)
de domo (of the house of)
ex (from)
nata (born – with the maiden name)
habit. (in + place name residing in…)
de (+ place name from…)
nat. in (+ place name born in…)
p.d. (post delicta)
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How to Interpret a Birth Record?

Standard Entry in a Birth Record

Latin Terms Appearing in the Form

Pag. (page number)              Liber natorum(Book of births)

1906 (the year 1906)

Dies et Mensis (Day and Month)

Natus (Birth) Baptisatus (Baptism)

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Citizenship and Naturalization Records

From 1763 until the Canadian Citizenship Act came into force on January 1, 1947, people born in Canada were all British subjects. Since immigrants born in Great Britain and the Commonwealth were already British subjects, they had no need to become naturalized or to obtain British citizenship in Canada.

A number of earlier laws governed naturalization before 1947. Under these acts, aliens could petition for naturalization. If successful, they would swear allegiance to the British sovereign and would be granted the rights of someone born within the British Empire. These acts include:

  • The Local Act also known as Law of Naturalization and Allegiance implemented on May 22, 1868.
  • The Naturalization and Aliens Act of 1881 by which the Secretary of State was empowered to issue naturalization certificates to government employees. All other requests for naturalization were handled by provincial courts.
  • The Naturalization Act of 1914 which gave full responsibility for the issuance of naturalization certificates to the federal Department of Citizenship and Immigration, implemented in 1916.

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Missing Records During Napoleonic Period

What follows is from the September 2016 Issue of “The Galitzianer,” Journal of Gesher Galicia / 

Research Corner
by Tony Kahane, Chair and Research Coordinator

IN THIS ISSUE, we examine two topics of ge-nealogical interest. In the first part, we return to the subject of missing records from eastern Galicia—in this instance, from the Napoleonic period. In the second part, we consider the poten-tial of old newspapers for family history research and discuss a particular Galician Hebrew-language periodical from the late 19th century.

The Russian Empire and Tarnopol District

An instance where vital records from Galicia are still missing is from the period 1809–1815. Elsewhere in this issue (p. 18), Andrew Zalewski describes the turmoil Continue reading


By Bill Gladstone

Stack of books
Stack of books

The future of an important Toronto-based Jewish library collection is up in the air as the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto (JGST) seeks a new home for its specialized collection of roughly 500 books and 45 periodicals.

The non-circulating collection has been housed since 1989 in the sixth-floor Canadiana room of the North York Central Library on Yonge Street, a branch of the Toronto Public Library system, where it has been accessible to patrons on an Continue reading

Guide to Parish Records in Ukrainian Regional Archives

This document is intended to serve as an ongoing guide to archival indices of parish records that they hold.

More and more Ukrainian archives are posting catalogues of their holdings online.  This guide is by no means complete, but it is presented here to provide a ready English-language reference to online guides of various archives so that you can better find records of interest, particularly parish records.

Western Ukraine / Galicia:

– Check out the published Shematisms of Przemysl, L’viv, and Stanislaviv Eparchies compiled by the late Fr. Dmytro Blazhejowsky.  Portions of the data (but not all of it) for villages in the Lemko region are extracted here:

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If you’re a Canadian genealogist, please complete LAC’s survey

I encourage you to take part in Library and Archives Canada’s online survey to help them develop a strategic plan for the next three years. By participating in the survey, you will help LAC improve its services.

If you’re a genealogist, it is important to tell LAC what services you use, what services are important to you, and what you would like to see in the future.

The survey will take approximately 8 to 10 minutes to complete. Your responses are confidential and protected.

The survey contains questions with multiple-choice answers. The questions range from your familiarity with LAC to how you rank the importance of certain initiatives.

There is only one open-ended question and this is where you can write your own comments — and it is perhaps the best way for you to voice your opinion.

The open-ended question is:

Are there any initiatives you would like Library and Archives Canada to pursue over the next three years?

The English survey is here.
The French survey is here.

House Numbers in Galician Records

When researching birth, marriage, and death records in the former Austrian province of Galicia, now in Poland and Ukraine, one frequently encounters house numbers.  The same house numbers can also be found in Cadastral land records and maps.  These house numbers are significant and can be a useful clue for connecting families.

House numbers in the Austrian Empire pre-date the partitions of Poland. They were established by the Austrian Crown primarily in order to be able to identify men for the Austrian Military but were also used in land, vital, and other records. The house numbers essentially functioned as the address of each particular Continue reading