Illinois Ancestors: Canadian info in 1842 census now on website

Illinois Ancestors: Canadian info in 1842 census now on website

The Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec had previously been called Upper Canada (renamed Canada West) and Lower Canada (which became Canada East).

The Library and Archives of Canada enables researchers to search the 1842 Canada West census at and the 1842 Canada East census at

The Canada East website "contains 46,467 records that are searchable by name. The database entries are in the original language used in the documents. This information was not translated."

According to Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter (July 18), "Each census contains the names of heads of family, their occupation and the number of residents for each family. Users can search these new databases by the names of heads of family, as well as by geographical information such as district and subdistrict names."

FGS webinar available

The Federation of Genealogical Societies has recorded the webinar presented by J. Mark Lowe, "Discovering Local & State Militia Records," and made it available at

The presentation is very detailed, and Lowe has also provided a helpful handout, which can be found at

FGS is still seeking additional funds for its War of 1812 Project, designed to digitize the pension files of veterans of that war and make them accessible online free for researchers. So far, more than 730,000 images (about 10 percent) have been digitized and are available for searching on Fold3 at Visit the FGS website at for details on this project.

FGS help for societies

FGS has created several booklets for its Society Strategy Series, aimed at helping genealogical societies to grow and succeed. At the website mentioned above, click on "Free Downloads" (on the toolbar on the left) and then click on "Society Strategy Series."

From that page, one can click on links to any of the free materials such as "Legalities of Establishing a Society," "Projects for Fundraising," "Long-Range Planning," "Hints for Publicity Chairs," "Finding and Keeping Volunteers" and "How Small Societies Get Noticed."

Illinois cemeteries

It is always a happy surprise when Illinois records are found in unexpected places. For example, the St. Augustine (Fla.) Genealogical Society has information on several Illinois cemeteries on its website at

Links to burials (and photos) in seven cemeteries in Clay and Jasper counties are provided: Holy Cross, Smith, St. Stephen and St. John in Clay County; Hankins, Honey, and South Muddy cemeteries in Jasper County.

The website also has links to burial information and photos for cemeteries in Carter, Lewis, and Fleming counties in Kentucky, as well as Ohio cemeteries in Gallia and Jackson counties.

SAGS' homepage has a humorous anonymous quote worth noting: "Some family trees have beautiful leaves and some have just a bunch of nuts. Remember, it is the nuts that make a tree worth shaking."

It should be noted that a Google search for a specific cemetery can often be productive. Do a search for "name of cemetery" (in quotation marks) + "county (by name) Illinois" (also in quotation marks.)

Some experimentation may be necessary, such as not using quotation marks or perhaps simply searching "Illinois cemeteries." It should be noted, however, that Google searches did NOT identify the Florida website having these Illinois cemetery records.

Illinois newsletter

The July/August 2013 online edition of the Illinois State Genealogical Society newsletter is now available. Visit, click on "ISGS Newsletter" (on the left) and then click the current issue.

It is reported in this issue that ISGS will soon release an updated version of "The Soldiers of the American Revolution in Illinois." Originally written in 1976, the new version will be about 700 pages and contain information on about 1,250 soldiers.

Information on each soldier will include (when available) name, date of birth, date of death, burial location, spouse, children, residences, service, marker description, pension and sources. In addition: "Plans call for the book to be available in electronic format as well to allow for electronic searching of information."

Queries, genealogical questions from researchers and genealogical materials readers would like to share will be printed in this column free. Joan Griffis may be reached via email at or by sending a letter to Illinois Ancestors, c/o The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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