Free Access to Canadiana.org of Value to Genealogists

Genealogists and family historians now have free access to Canadiana.org. There are three collections housed on the site:
– Monographs
-Serials: Periodicals, Annuals, and Newspapers
-Government Publications
All three collections can be searched at the same time. The search function is relatively easy to use though I recommend that you click on the help link beside the search box and read the explanation of how to search the databases effectively.

I searched for items about my 2X great grandfather James Atkey. The hits that came back were for the following:
-An obituary for James written by Rev. L. Kribs
The Canadian Independent, Vol. 14, No. 9 (Toronto: A. Christie, 1869), p. 384.

-A reference to James’ death as published in The Canadian Independent in March of 1868
“Colpoys Bay has also lost an efficient helper, by the death of the Rev. James Atkey, formerly the pastor of the native Indian church at that place; and latterly a member of the church under the care of the Rev. L. Kribs”
The Canadian Independent, Vol. 15, No. 1 [July 1868] (Toronto: The Canadian Independent Publishing Co., 1868), p. 23.

– Reference to the death of James Atkey in Case and his contemporaries
John Carroll, Case and his contemporaries, or, The Canadian itinerants’ memorial : constituting a biographical history of Methodism in Canada, from its introduction into the Province, till the death of the Rev. Wm. Case in 1855 (Toronto : Methodist Conference Office, 1877), p. 195.

-A session document from the 3rd Session of the 18th Parliament of the Province of Canada which contained information that James had been postmaster at Oxenden, Keppel Township, Grey County as of the 1st of May 1864

-An entry in A Gazetteer and directory of the county of Grey for 1865-6 which noted that James was postmaster at Oxenden and noted the frequency of mail delivery
A Gazeteer and directory of the county of Grey for 1865-6 (Toronto: Globe, 1865)

-A reference to James in the “Memorial Notice for Rev. Ludwig Kribs”
The Canadian Independent, Vol. 7, No. 3 (March 1888) (Toronto: Printed for the Congregational Pub. Co. by Dudley & Burns, 1888), p. 68.

-A reference to James’ positive interaction with Indians in an article “Life on an Indian Reserve”
The New Dominion Monthly, Vol. 20, No. 6 (June 1877) (Montreal: J. Dougall, 1877), p. 514.

Keep in mind that I used the surname Atkey which will not generate as many hits as would a Smith surname for example. This is a site for a researcher who already has some idea about a family’s tree, its time period and the geographical area it encompassed. This comment is not meant to put off the new researcher but rather to suggest that having some family context will enable her/him to pick and choose effectively among the records as to their value in building the story of a family.

Out of curiosity I entered the surname Atkey in the search box. I received lots of hits and did find interesting sources. Don’t try this unless you have lots of time that is unscheduled as checking the hits is addictive!

Alan Campbell
Ambassador
Ontario Genealogical Society
Alan.campbell@ogs.on.ca
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