Monday's Must-Reads & Update: August 8, 2016

A quick update: This week’s short and sweet “Monday’s Must-Reads” will be the last in this format. In September, I will be transitioning to a “Monthly Must-Reads” so I can focus on writing other types of blog posts in addition to sharing interesting articles and useful resources. Please let me know if you have any feedback!

Archives

  • This summer, the Archives Association of BC reviewed and updated their “AABC Archivist’s Toolkit,” a collection of online resources and publications on archival principles and their practical applications. The Toolkit includes resources for establishing and managing an archives, archival funding and outreach, and managing, preserving, and ensuring access to archival materials (including electronic and born-digital records). [via Arcan-l]

  • Announcement: Archives of Ontario releases Vital Statistics records through Ancestry.ca. In June, the Archives of Ontario announced “a partnership with Ancestry.ca provide online access to Ontario's Vital Statistics records.” As vital records are transferred yearly to the Archives, they will be digitized and indexed by Ancestry.ca. Marriages from 1933 and 1934, and deaths from 1943 are already online. Although free access will be provided for in the Archives’ Reading Room and in Ontario public libraries, digitized records will only be accessible through subscription to Ancestry.ca/com for those of us located outside of Ontario. Previously microfilmed records are available through Inter Library Loan. The announcement also noted that 1869-1911 births, 1869-1927 marriages and 1869-1937 deaths are still available on FamilySearch.org. If you are interested in researching your Ontario family history, check out the Archives of Ontario’s page on “Tracing Your Family History.” 

Genealogy

  • Genealogy Research Process Map by Mark Tucker on ThinkGenealogy, 10 July 2008. This past week, Brenda Dougall Merriman’s Genealogical Standards of Evidence led me to this awesome genealogy resource. Mark Tucker’s diagram of the genealogical research process compiles and visualizes concepts from Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Evidence Explained and the BCG’s Genealogical Proof Standard. Click here for the pdf. 

Stay tuned for more blog posts with original content. If you have any suggestions for future blog posts, I'd be happy to hear them!