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The Stratford Perth Archives, serving Perth County (Ontario), re-opened in early June in its new home beside the Stratford-Perth Museum, just west of the city of Stratford.
On a recent visit, staff told me that 4 former storage locations have been consolidated and that thorough cataloging of more than 12,000 boxes is ongoing.
The public reading room is spacious, with microfilm readers (for vitals and newspapers), computers, and indexes to BMD records and newspaper notices. With everything (see Resources page) on site, bringing items out of archived boxes by staff will be much faster. There is also a display room, currently showing ""Victory Comes Home," an exhibition of materials relating to the returning troops at the end of WWII, and a meeting room.

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Just downloaded an image from FamilySearch - the default filename is record-image_TH-1-18869-45822-71 which appends part of the image url to the previously inadequate 'record-image'. Very helpful and new (programming change must have occurred within the last 2 days).

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Do you have a family connection to southwestern Ontario?

The Arts & Cookery Bank, a culinary and heritage centre located in West Lorne, Ontario, has published a large-format family history book celebrating families that have long-time roots in this part of Ontario. The book's focus is on families in western Elgin County, but extending into central Elgin, and Kent, Middlesex and Lambton Counties.

Each family's entry consists of 2 pages, starting with the name of the immigrant family member, origin, and date of arrival. There are pictures, and stories passed down in the family, collating interviews with present-day descendants and some research in archival records. It is not meant to be a complete genealogy of the families, but rather a look at life in Ontario from pioneer times to the recent past.

One Hundred Years, One Hundred Families - Celebrating our Ancestral Roots, Publisher: The Arts & Cookery Bank, 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne ON, (c)2014

Surnames included:
Aldred, Ashton, Axford, Baker, Bandeen,
Barber, Binks, Bobier, Braddon, Byler,
Campbell (4), Carroll (2), Clark, Davy, Degraw,
Downie, Elliott, Ford (2), French, Galbraith,
Garlick, Gilchrist, Gillies, Havens, Howard,
Humphries (3), Ill, Jamieson (2), Kelly, Lashbrook,
Lay, Leitch, Leslie, Lilley, Linderman,
Littlejohn, Livingstone, Lunn, McAllister, McCaffery,
McCallum (2), McColl, McDougall, McEachran, McGill,
McGregor, McIntyre, McKillop, McKinlay, McLarty,
McLean, McMurchy, McNeil, McNichol, McPhail,
McPherson, McTavish, McWilliam, Miller, Morrison (3),
Neil, Page (2), Patterson, Pearce, Pfeifer,
Quigley, Ross, Schnekenburger (2), Shaw, Shipley,
Simpson (2), Somerville, Stinson, Sutton, Tait,
Thomson, Timson, Tunks, Van Loon, Walker,
Watson, Welch (2), Wilson, Wilton, Woolner

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When searching Ancestry's "Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1908" (added to its databases last week), keep in mind that the informant was usually the attending midwife or physician. There are a lot of spelling and factual errors on these birth certificates, and many have preceeding or following affidavits (many indexed) detailing requested corrections. If not blank, the reverse sides are available; the control boxes show when copies were issued.
The database year range is small, but reflects most of the 1906-1909 year range released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as of this year. Luckily, delayed birth certificates were filed by actual birth year, so are included.

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Interesting that a Canadian territory that has 11 official languages can't support all the characters on official documents.  The report says that only "roman" characters are currently accomodated. I suppose that Inuit syllabics have to be translitered, too.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health website has been re-designed. The birth and death pdf indexes are now accessible from the Pennsylvania Public Records portal at
The previous url [] is now re-directed to, which does not directly link to the indexes.
I've been checking for updates adding 1909 births and 1964 deaths, so the website changes happened in the past few days.

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B.G. Wiehle commented on a post on Blogger.
Hi Russ, Good video showing how to use filtering technigues.

I have 2 twists and a question:
A complication that perhaps you haven't had to deal with is immigration. When I set up a query like this, I first had to filter in everyone born in the USA and those foreign-born who arrived before the census date. Then I could start filtering out by birth and death dates. I used the final report to set up placeholder census events, with expected location and household relationship details, which helped my subsequent searches.

Unless you never have a residence event with another source that happens to be dated in or ranged with a census year, you are going lose some by filtering on the residence date. Since I use the census event, I can easily filter on the description, the format of which shows whether I've found an enumeration or if it's still tbd or if it can't be found for a specific reason.

Question: Could you filter on some text in the (residence or census) source citation instead of the date? If you have "1900 Census" or "1900 Population Schedule" somewhere in each of those citations, that would be the easiest way to ensure that only those whose enumerations had been found were filtered out. Filtering on source text was possible with FTM16.

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B.G. Wiehle commented on a post on Blogger.
I used a similar report to generate a list of names to use for searching the new Pennsylvania deaths database. However, there are 2 categories of names that weren't on the list:
1. people who might have died in that timeframe and state (but whose death location may be blank or USA only). Although more difficult to identify (primarily through the residence fact), they could be searched, even if only to rule out a Pennsylvania death.
2. children not in the database. While looking for their parents or siblings, a number of persons who died young (between censuses) have turned up in my searches that I never knew about (thank-you ancestry, for indexing the parent fields).

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B.G. Wiehle commented on a post on Blogger.
In Hungary, there appears to have been a government mandate to get the population immunized, starting about 1809, but I have not seen this requirement specifically referenced. I have indexed several Lutheran church registers from Transylvania (Hungary/Romania), dating to the mid-1700s, which include smallpox immunization records, for the children of the village. The earlier immunizations seem to have been done by a doctor, in an annual visit, over the course of a couple of days (depending on numbers to be inocculated). The pastor or his assistent recorded names and ages and signed off as witness. Later immunizations were recorded in the baptism register.

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Recently, I was out at Ford Cemetery, near my parents' home, and saw one of the barn quilts that my brother had told me about. I knew that there was a local (Elgin County, Ontario) project for a barn quilt trail (inspired by the Temiskaming and Wardsville trails) and now they have a website showcasing all the locations and quilt designs [] . According to Wikipedia "Quilt Trail", the idea started in Ohio in 2001.
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