New Source for Digitized Canadian Newspapers

It recently came to my attention that Bowling Green State University has free links to Digitized Canadian newspapers on the internet.

To check it out, check out the following link:

If it doesn’t work (I’ve been having trouble with it), go to:

then type in “Canadian newspapers” in the search area.


StonePics – Cemeteries of Newfoundland

Newfoundland is the first state/province in North America to have a comprehensive database for finding cemeteries and headstones.

There is a lot of information giving instructions and details about the StonePics  Project. Personally, I found it difficult to get into their database from their web site. However, the information that includes photos, can be found easily on the Newfoundland Grand Banks genealogy site.

The Newfoundland Ancestor Journal by FHSNL

The Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador was established in 1984 to help researchers locate and access genealogical information. They publish a quarterly journal called The Newfoundland Ancestor. The journal includes a variety of articles as well as a section that members can publish their own research questions.

In the very first journal I received, was a notice from a woman who lives across the country (U.S.) asking about my father’s family. Because of the names she mentioned, I knew it was the same Taylor family. Sure enough her grandfather and my grandfather were siblings. I contacted her by email and we exchanged a lot of information. You never know where you will find your next lead.

To check out the FHSNL, please visit their web site:

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Another great resource is the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Centre for Newfoundland Studies. It has the largest collection of published material on Newfoundland and Labrador. To search the MUN Collections, visit their web site at:

At the MUN web site above, you can choose the tab Other NL Material to search their databases of journals, articles, archival materials, and maps.


Mildred Howard’s Compiled Vital Statistics and other Items

Mildred Howard compiled vital statistics and other items from several Newfoundland newspapers including: the Royal Gazette, Harbour Grace Standard and Conception Bay Advisor, Weekly Herald and Conception Bay Advisor, Harbour Grace Weekly and Conception Bay Advisor [and] Newfoundlander. In my research, I found birth, death, and marriage records on family members that I was not able to find online.

The easiest place to find these books is The New England Historical and Genealogy Society at 99 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advisor: Vital Statistics and Items

5th floor stacks: CS88.N6.H69

Vol. 1: 1810–1845; Vol. 2: 1846–1862; Vol. 3: 1863–1873; Vol. 4 Index

Vital Statistics and Items from Newspapers of Newfoundland, 1831–1872

5th floor stacks: CS88.N6.H68

Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Rooms at the Provincial Archives provides assistant to those researching their family genealogy. They have an extensive vital statistics collection. When I was visiting The Rooms in person in 2010, I found vital statistic records that I was unable to find online.

They have Voter’s Lists, Registry of Land Grands, Probated Wills of the Supreme Court, The Plantation Books, and Court Records. There is also a reference library.

For more information, see their web site below:

If you cannot go to The Rooms in person, you can request information on your family members for a fee.

If you are stuck on a particular family member, this can be a perfect solution. Years ago during my search on the Taylor family, I could not find the birth parents names of a relative to get me to the prior generation.  I requested the information from The Rooms and was successful when they provided the much needed information.

The Rooms are a great resource for your genealogy research needs.


The New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston

For those of you more advanced in your research, but hit a wall, there is help at The New England Historic Genealogical Society [NEHGS] in Boston. If you just have one question you need help with, you can submit your question to their professional Genealogist for free at the web site below:

If the wall you hit is more complex than a simple question, you can request an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with Judy Lucy (fee), their expert on Canadian genealogy. I have sat down with her twice now and received several helpful suggestions on other resources I could try to break through a wall I hit.

To learn more about NEHGS and the services they provide, visit their web site at: