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Lower Canada Land Petitions Database Now Online.
The following announcement was written by Library and Archives Canada. Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new database for lower Canada Land Petitions. When New Frances became a British colony in 1763, the land system changed. New lands were now granted as part of townships instead of seigneuries. Many early settlers, both military and civilian, submitted petitions to the Governor to obtain Crown land. The Lower Canada Land Petitions database contains petitions for grants or leases of land and other administrative records. This research tool provides access to more than 95,000 references to individuals who lived in present-day Quebec between 1764 and 1841. Some references include digitized images of the records.

Some new updates have been made at Ontario Genealogy website.
It is a good place to start looking for some of your ancestors and information on the areas they lived in.  It is also a interesting site just to look through and just enjoy learning with out leaving your home on rainy days or cool evenings. http://www.ontariogenealogy.com/Durham/books.html

From the Toronto Tree, Ontario Genealogical Society newsletter.
The Mayflower Descendents have a museum and library near Plymouth Rock. See some interesting information. https://www.themayflowersociety.com/ You will enjoy the heritage display.

From the Oxford Tracer, Ontario Genealogical Society, August 2009.
Check out what is new on the Latter-day Saints site. From their home page put your coursor on the “Searach Records” tab and click “Record Search Pilot”. There are a great many records now digitalized. http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp

The Canadian 1861 and 1871 Census…
… are now available on www.ancestry.ca. Take them up on there 14 day trial to get a peak at these collections.The staff of the United Church Archives in Toronto are very pleased to announce that their Archives database and Graphics database are now available online! Everyone everywhere now has access to all fonds-level descriptions of records from the 5 Ontario Conferences and General Council, and item-level descriptions of our graphic images collection. Please check the following links to g directly to the database.

Or go through the usual web pages to the “Archives Collections” page and look under the topic “Searaching Our Collections” to find the links. Please note that the databases are in their beta form, with some design work left to do. There may be some kinks in them, but these will be ironed out in the near future.

North Carolina Family Records On-Line. A project of the State Library and the State Archives of North Carolina. http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/dimp/digital/ncfamilyrecords/

The Rand-McNally “ Ontario Provincial Road Atlas” shows all concessions and lots (including concession and lot numbers) province-wide (except for immediate municipal areas) and is an invaluable tool in locating properties. Not only that but it’s useful when traveling within the province or in the various cities and towns. It is a coil bound book about 8” by 10”, about 230 pages and includes about 100 municipal maps and about 40 city centre maps plus an alphabetical listing of communities in the province and a Southern Ontario street/road index (again very valuable). All this for $24.95. It is now in its 7th edition and is available at Shoppers Drug Mart – Chapter/Indigo do not seem to carry it – they have the Mapart atlas which does not have the concessions and lots.

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