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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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Canada 1921 Census Finally On-Line–Sort Of?

Canada – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has finally announced the release of the Canada 1921 census. It turns out, however, by their own admission that LAC lacks the capability and resources to host the census images on their own website. Instead, LAC signed a contract with Ancestry that allows exclusive right to host the images. The images will be available for free, but only to Canadian residents and only on the website.

Ancestry is currently indexing the images and a name index is expected to be available within 2 to 3 months. Anyone wanting to search the Canada 1921 census by name will require an Ancestry subscription. Continue reading

Library and Archives Canada to Start Charging Fees?

LACAn internal document from Library and Archives Canada suggests the department is considering a paywall to help pay for digitizing its content, but that plan has been delayed until at least the fall. Part of a plan posted on an archivist’s Tumblr blog involves a 10-year agreement with non-profit group
“The agreement … provides for 10 years of exclusive rights for Canadiana to monetize the collections in exchange for making them accessible online,” the document said.
Details may be found in an article on the CBC News web site at Do you have comments, questions, or corrections to this article? If so, please post your words at

Library and Archives Canada’s Secret Book Deal Generates Angry Responses
LACControversy continues to swirl around Library and Archives Canada. The latest scandal is a secret deal negotiated with, a private high-tech consortium, to give away millions of publicly-owned books and documents to Continue reading

More on 1921 Census Delay

The release of the 1921 Canada census has been delayed.  Taken on 1 June 1921, the census technically should have been released on 1 June 2013 to all Canadians (92 years later according to Canadian law).  Instead, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has announced the census will be released “in the next few weeks”.  No other details have been provided by LAC.

    The 1921 Canada census consists of 197,500 images of approximately 8.8 million people (8,788,483 individuals to be exact).

The Canada 1921 census asks many detailed questions that will be of interest to genealogists. Continue reading

Sources and Resources

On Tuesday June 11 Dr. Romana Bahry will speak at our final meeting before the summer break. She will speak on Sources for the Genealogy of Dr. Kindraczuk, Galician Scientist and Pharmacist.” Dr. Bahry will cover the locations of Horodenka, Lviv, Vienna and Lancut, where her research took her.

Time: From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: St. Vladimir Institute
620 Spadina Ave.
Toronto Contact: (905) 841-6707

Meetings are usually held every second Tuesday of the month (excepting July and August) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.  However there may variations on this day due to the availability of a speaker or facility. There is parking at the rear of the building accessible via a laneway running south off Harbord Street. There is also metered parking on Spadina Avenue

1921 Census countdown!

Canadian laws dictate that the country’s census records must be kept private for 92 years. After that time, the records are transferred to Library and Archives Canada and will be opened for public use. That means that the census taken on June 1st, 1921, should be made transferred on June 1st, 2013. However,the census records will NOT be available to the public on that day.

The law stipulates that the records are to be transferred to Library and Archives Canada on that date and the records are to be made available. However, government personnel will require some time to receive the records, catalog, Continue reading

Save Library & Archives Canada

Save Library & Archives Canada: How Ordinary Citizens can Make an Impact
Library-and-Archives-Canada-logoThis is a follow-up to my earlier article at Kimberly Silk has posted a blog article describing how Canadians can take action now to save and greatly improve Library & Archives Canada. You can read Kimberly’s excellent article at Do you have comments, Continue reading