Thursday, March 29, 2007

Ancestry.ca Partners With Canadiana.org to Bring Online Nearly 300 Years of Early Canadian Historical Documents

Transmitted by CNW Group on : March 29, 2007 08:19

PROVO, Utah, March 29 /CNW/ — Ancestry.ca, the largest Canadian family
history website, and Canadiana.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to
preserving access to early Canadian publications, today announced a
partnership to digitize and bring online nearly 300 years of Canadiana.org’s
early historical records spanning from the 1600s to the 1900s. The new
collection includes more than 6,200 publication titles and 1.6 million pages
of family histories, local histories, biographies, civil service records and
other early historical documents.

As the steward of one of the greatest collections of local Canadian
historical archives, Canadiana.org worked closely with professional historians
and genealogists to extract records of genealogical significance from its
entire archive. Through these efforts, Canadiana.org has created a new
collection, Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900, which Ancestry.ca
is digitizing and making available online along with its existing and highly
complementary collections such as the fully indexed 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911
Censuses of Canada. The Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 is the
largest family and local history collection of its kind in Canada.

"Canadiana.org is a fantastic organization working to preserve and
provide access to invaluable historical data for educational and genealogical
research in Canada," said Tim Sullivan, CEO, The Generations Network, parent
company of Ancestry.ca. "We are pleased to be working with Canadiana.org to
provide Canadians and others around the world with online access to these
precious genealogical documents for the first time."

Highlights of the Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 include
150,000 names and birth dates for all civil service employees in Canada, which
contains records for both houses of Parliament from 1886 to 1900. The
collection also encompasses histories of churches, towns, counties and the
military. A variety of legal documents are also available from court trials
to voter lists.

"This is our first major collaboration with a commercial vendor to
provide online access and make this unique collection of early historical
documents more readily available,” said John Teskey, President, Canadiana.org.
“Ancestry.ca is committed to providing Canadians with enhanced tools and
resources for researching their family history. We believe that a partnership
of this nature w"

In tandem with the collaboration, Ancestry.ca has made a contribution of
C$93,000 to Canadiana.org to provide funding for its multi-year Early Canadian
Periodicals Project which is available through Early Canadiana Online (ECO),
Canadiana.org’s digital library.

The Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 will be available
online through Ancestry.ca within the next year. Canadiana.org will also
offer these images through its digital library, ECO at a later date, once the
Periodicals Project has reached greater critical mass.

Ancestry.ca is the leading online site for Canadian family history
records, with the first and only online collection of vital records for
Ontario and the only fully indexed 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Censuses of
Canada. Ancestry.ca is part of The Generations Network, Inc, a leading
network of family-focused interactive properties, including Ancestry.com,
Ancestry.co.uk, Ancestry.au, Ancestry.de, MyFamily.com, Rootsweb.com,
Genealogy.com, and Family Tree Maker. The Generations Network also publishes
Family Tree Maker(R) (No. 1 selling family tree software), Ancestry Magazine,
over 50 book titles and numerous databases on CD-ROM. For more information on
Ancestry.ca, visit http://www.ancestry.ca

Canadiana.org is a nonprofit organization for preserving and providing
access to early Canadian publications, first on microfiche and now online.
First established as the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions
(CIHM) by Canada’s research community, Canadiana.org has been dedicated to
safeguarding early Canadian printed publications since 1978. The Early
Canadiana Online (ECO) research database is the largest of its kind, with more
than 100,000 volumes. The collection features works published from the time
of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century. The Institute is
an independent, non-profit corporation, governed by a board of directors
composed of distinguished Canadian scholars and directors of major research
libraries. For more information on Canadiana.org, visit http://canadiana.org

For further information:
http://canadiana.org
http://www.ancestry.ca

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