Genealogical Education: Returning to the British Institute in 2014

October 13, 2014
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2006 Temple Square SLC

Last year in October 2013, I took the Sources for Tracing Pre-mid-Nineteeth Cemetery Ancestors course offered by the British Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. http://www.isbgfh.org/

The course was excellent and one of my teachers appeared on an episode this last year of “Who Do You Think You Are?”  I was very excited when I saw Paul Blake on the show.  http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are

I spent some of the time searching for my Spracklin ancestors in the Somerset and Dorset area of England.  It was very interesting.  My father’s grandmother was Amarilla Spracklin Barclay.  I was also trying to get more evidence for John Keller’s origins, he is a 3rd great grandfather.  I am also making slow progress on the McDonald side in the research and will be posting about those findings in the future.

Family History Library 2006

Family History Library 2006

This year in 2014, I will be attending the Institute again in Salt Lake City and taking Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond, by Paul Milner.  It is time for me to get serious about Scottish research.  So I am currently in the process of preparing to attend this course and getting ready for the trip to Salt Lake City.  I also plan to take advantage of the opportunity to do more of the family research at the Family History Library.  It will be a very intense week of classes and researching.  So I will be getting back to posting on this blog some time in November 2014 about my findings in Ontario and more.

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

This will be my sixth trip to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library.  https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library  This library and their online website for their records has contributed greatly to my research successes.  https://familysearch.org/search  I do know of people who go there even more than six times.

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

At the National Genealogical Society Conference held in Salt Lake City in 2010 Family Search announced that they would digitize their whole collection and it would take 100 years but they had created ways to improve digital transfer so they could do it in 10 years.  I was amazed.  Every time I go to their website it changes and gets better and better and sometimes more complicated.

2013 British Institute

2013 British Institute getting ready…

2013 British Institute Class

2013 British Institute Class

Well it is time to get back to planning for this trip.  One of the requirements is to read a book on Scottish History, so I best go and get my two chapters in.

The History of Scotland,” by Peter & Fiona Somerset Fry, reprinted several times 1997.


Records of the St. Alphonsus Church

March 23, 2010

Most of my research on Archie and Mary McDonald has centered on the records of the church in Chapeau.  The St. Alphonsus Catholic Church is located in Chapeau on the Isle Aux Allumette on the Upper Ottawa River.  It is in the Province of Quebec.   To find Chapeau you can locate Pembroke on a map in Ontario and run your finger to the right across and find the island and Chapeau is on the north side.

Many of the records have been microfilmed.  Those records are on file with the Family History Library  (FHL) in Salt Lake City.   They have them on their record search program which I don’t understand at the moment.  If that proves to confusing you can order them on microfilm from the Family History Library using these film numbers:

  1. #1029797 1846-1858, index of baptisms, marriages, burials
  2. #1029798 1859-1876,  baptisms, marriages, burials
  3. #1304675 1876-1899, baptisms, marriages, burials
  4. #2030662 1899-1914. baptisms, marriages, burials

I have found that I get a better feel for the records when I look at the films.  My local Family History Center has these films on permanent loan.  Otherwise you can order them and work with them.   I was studying Archie and Mary’s extended family looking for brothers and sisters in hopes of finding parents.  I was successful with Mary’s side but I am struggling with Archie’s.

Ancestry.com has Quebec church records on their website. It is under the Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1621 to 1967.  The location to choose is Chapeau and the parish is the St. Alphonse.

The other option is a book compiled by Elaine Brown in March of 2000 that includes the cemetery inscriptions and burial records of the St. Alphonsus of Ligouri Church in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac Co., Quebec. She used the 4 FHL microfilms listed above as her sources and added the cemetery records.  She recorded only the deaths and the burials for her book but it has been an excellent source and help in addition to the films for my research. I have a copy of her book in my possession.  Here is a link to her website and this book.

http://www.personainternet.com/etbrown/alphonse.htm

Elaine writes in an email to the UOVGEN mailing list 1/2/2003:

“In my book, I show the 1,961 burials from 1846 to 1920 which are contained on the films (see above)…Since the present cemetery beside the church/school was likely not in use until 1857/1858, it could be that some of the burials by Fr. Lynch refer to the Church Point cemetery (earlier cemetery in the area).  The oldest death date on a tombstone that I recorded was in memory of Alexi Kennedy who died 1856 and his wife Marcella who died in 1851.  I suspect it was erected many years later.  It’s unfortunate but due to the ravages of time there were only 771 tombstones left for me to record.

Book Title:  Cemetery Inscriptions and Burial Records, St. Alphonsus of Liguori, Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac Co., Quebec, compiled and published by Elaine Brown.

Actual pictures of tombstones in this cemetery were taken by Scott Naylor back in 2003 and are at Rootsweb.

UPDATE:  Scott Naylor pass last year at the end of 2011.  So this link I included here is now no longer being used. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~snaylor/Allumett/AlphonOL/AlphonOL1.HTM

However, there is good news.  Mr. Naylor’s wonderful collection is now at the Quebec Gravemarker site:

http://gravemarkers.ca/quebec/index.htm

Try this link as of 4/13/2013:

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cangmg/

Just click on the county you are interested in and enjoy.

Things have really improved in Canadian genealogy.  I started back in 1998 and it was tough going.  I am very grateful for all the hard work done by many researchers in Canada and thank them for their time and efforts.


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