- March 2001
by Judith Rempel
What is the Canadian Genealogical Projects Registry?
The Registry is a free electronic resource for the genealogical community.
It will answer questions like: Has anyone transcribed the headstones
from the Central Cemetery?, Is there an index for the 1901 census
for Alberta? Where can I "advertise" the extraction/transcription
project that I'm working on? It contains links to over 9,500 Canadian
data sources - the majority online.
hope to help eliminate duplication of work by providing a central
place where Canadian genealogy projects can be listed. You can find
out which extraction/transcription projects are planned, underway,
or have been completed.
What is this going to cost me?
There are no charges to those who visit and use our Projects Registry,
or who ask us to list their Projects. This Registry, itself, is
a project of the AFHS and its volunteers. However, using some of
the listed projects may involve a fee if the project is a commercial/professional
one (that's clearly noted).
Isn't this already done by someone else?
No. There are lots of sites that offer links to other websites
that have links to advice sites, link sites, and/or data sites.
But, there is no central Canadian web resource to show data resources
that are not on the internet, or that are in the planning stages.
We feel that by developing this registry, genealogical researchers
and volunteers in Canada will be able to find data resources better,
avoid duplication of extraction/data entry efforts, and we will
facilitate the access of non-web based resources.
Do we have to have a website to submit a project?
No. We do require that you provide either a mailing address or
a phone number, so that the site visitor can be in touch with the
project manager or steward.
Can only societies submit projects?
No. Anyone can submit a project: a person, a group of people, a
society, a business, or a government department/agency.
Do I/we have to give up copyright to be part of the Projects Registry?
No. You still are owner/steward/developer of the data resource.
We simply are creating an online inventory/finding aid of genealogical
projects underway or completed.
Is there a registry for non-Canadian Genealogical Projects and
how can I contact them?
- Visit the other data and resource links compiled by the AFHS
- Check out the website developed between Kindred Konnections
and the National Genealogical Society: www.kindredkonnections.com/ngsproj/
- Try the International Internet Genealogical Projects Registry
- Check out websites for family history societies that focus on
the same region, cultural group, religion, or surname as you
- Check out the GenWeb website for the country/province/state/county
How do I submit a project?
Just send us an e-mail that answers the questions on the Registry
What types of materials are being indexed?
of the following types for any locality in Canada
- Birth Records: Church, Civil, Newspaper Announcements, other
- Marriage Records - Church, Civil, Newspaper Announcements, other
- Census Records - all years
- Death Records - Cemetery, Civil, Newspaper Announcements, Wills/Probate,
- Other Records - Baptismal, Bibliographies, Biographies, Book
Indexes, Church Records,
- Directories, Immigration, Land, Lineages, Military, Passenger
Lists, Ship Lists, other
This project is the brainchild of the past AFHS Projects Chair,
Janet Morgan, who has developed many indexes that are helpful to
genealogists researching in Southern Alberta. Alberta Genealogical
Society made a very substantial contribution to the Registry by
compiling and supplying AFHS with a database listing of a great
many of the recording and transcription projects for the Province.
Judith Rempel developed, expands and maintains the Registry.
Have you won any awards?
from the New England Historic Genealogical Society we received their
first annual Genealogy Technology Achievement Award for the Canadian
Genealogical Projects Registry. Janet Morgan and Judith Rempel attended
the GenTech conference in San Diego to receive the award on behalf
of the AFHS. Dick Eastman also mentioned us in his newsletter in