Monday, January 21, 2013 Update: Canada and United States Border Crossings has updated its border crossing records from Canada to U.S., and the records are from 1895 to 1954.

There are records from Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Vermont, and Washington

Some of the records contain the information on the name, age, birth date, birthplace, gender, ethnicity/nationality, names of individuals accompanied by, name of nearest relative or friend in former country, and name of nearest relative or friend at destination.

So far, there are 4,859, 493 border crossing records etween Canada and the United States so far on

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Waterloo Region Branch Will Hold Annual Meeting

The Region III Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Waterloo Region Branch on April 20, 2013, at the Preston Legion, 334 Westminster Drive North, Cambridge, Ontario.

Registration will start at 8:45 on Saturday, and at 9:30, there will be a talk by Darryl Bonk, founder “Waterloo Region Generations,” former Director London and Kitchener Family History Centres, member of Waterloo Region al Heritage Foundation, and Waterloo Region Branch Executive member, and his topic will be “What IS on the Internet”

Before the afternoon session starts at 2:00 pm, there will be vendors onsite to visit, the Waterloo Region Branch will have its AGM, and you will be able to find out what is going on at the OGS head office in Toronto.

The afternoon talk starts at 2:00 pm will feature Ruth Blair of Blair Archival Research, and she will talk on ”What is NOT on the Internet”.

To download a Registration form visit

For further information contact the Branch at

New/Updated Websites, Blogs, and Newspaper Articles - 21 January 2013

I have come across the following websites, blogs, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too –

Alberta Family History Blog Here is another blog that mentions the passing of Canadian genealogist in a blog called Missing Joan Miller.

Saskatchewan Gen Web Project - Homestead Records
How to read homestead records. Included are How to find Saskatchewan Townships & Ranges in a tutorial quiz.

Manitoba, native groups prepare bid to have forest called world heritage site The area, called Pimachiowin Aki, covers 43,000-square kilometres and is the largest tract of boreal forest in North America.

Save Canada's Ski History Finds a New Home: Board Votes for Mont Tremblant A press release says that “The Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum has found a new home after a winning bid of the St Jovite Mont Tremblant Region, Quebec. The decision will see more than 15,000 artifacts from Canada's ski history once again on display for all Canadians to share”.

Genetic privacy can be compromised online The risk that sensitive information about individual DNA information for scientific genomes could be publicly exposed has made millions afraid to release their own DNA.

Rich history part of heritage DNA information for scientific studies. Alida Visbach has more than her share of memories. It’s partly because of her personal history — Canadian of Dutch heritage who speaks Dutch, English and French, she is a born, raised and schooled New Brunswicker.

Canada's fur trading history explored with new exhibit A new exhibit at the Esplanade will gives Hatters a closer glimpse at an important section of Canadian history.

In an exhibit called "Profit and Ambition: The Canadian Fur Trade," the exhibit which opens today, showcases hundreds of items, paintings and artifacts from North West Company, a fur trading company which competed with the Hudson’s Bay Company.

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