Thursday, June 30, 2005

Gravediggers throw party at cemetery

It seems that some gravediggers have been holding an annual barbeque in a local cemetery in Belgium.

Gravedigger Willy Wouters was reportedly surprised when this year's festivities were discovered, and reported to local police. He told the papers that previously the cemetery closed at 5 pm and they didn't start the barbeque til later. Now with the cemetery open til sunset, relatives of the deceased were startled and upset to find music playing and children running over the graves.

Read more about the Graveyard Party

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Bill S-18 providing access to the 1911 Canadian Census passed the House of Commons

At 8:00 AM PDT Tuesday June 28th MP Dominic LeBlanc, Deputy Government Whip, rose and stated words to the effect that "If the Speaker would seek it, I believe he would have the unanimous consent of the House to deem Bill S-18 -- An Act to amend the Statistics Act, to have passed Third Reading". That consent was given.

Bill S-18 has now passed all necessary stages in both the Senate and the House of Commons and all that remains to be done to make it law is for it to receive Royal Assent. It is expected that assent will be received shortly.

It is believed that the Library and Archives of Canada has already scanned images
of the 1911 National Census of Canada and they should be available online almost immediately.

Excerpt of email from Gordon A. Watts
Co-chair Canada Census Committee

For links to Canadian Census Records see

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

New Data This Week on Ancestors At Rest

Hi all

Updates to Ancestors At Rest this week.

Waverley Simcoe County, Ontario, For the townships of Medonte, Tay, Tiny and Floss.

Saugeen Cemetery. Bruce County, Ontario

More Temple Church Cemetery Burials London England at

Monday, June 20, 2005

Ships Passenger Lists for 1821 online

Olive Tree Genealogy today uploaded 20 more free ships passenger lists for ships arriving in New Orleans Louisiana, New York, Philadephia Pennsylvania and Charleston South Carolina 1821 to 1859.

New York Ship arrivals with passenger names July 30 - Dec 31 1821

List of Passengers on Ship Amity to New York

List of Passengers on Ship Stephanian to New York

List of Passengers on Ship Juffraw Johanna to New York

List of Passengers on Ship Ambuscade to New York

List of Passengers on Brig Spring to New York

List of Passengers on Brig Superb to New York

List of Passengers on Brig Mentor to New York

List of Passengers on Brig Catharine to New York

List of Passengers on Brig Kate to New York

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Ship arrivals with passenger names July 30 - Dec 31 1821

List of Passengers on Brig Rising Sun to Pennsylvania

List of Passengers on Brig Jane to Pennsylvania

List of Passengers on Brig Hibernia to Pennsylvania

List of Passengers on Brig Betsey to Pennsylvania

Charleston South Carolina Ship arrivals with passenger names

List of Passengers on Brig Catharine to Charleston South Carolina 1821 - 1830

List of Passengers on Brig Phoebe to Charleston South Carolina 1853 - 1859

New Orleans Louisiana Ship arrivals with passenger names July 30 - Dec 31 1821

List of Passengers on Brig Baltic to New Orleans

List of Passengers on Brig Neptune to New Orleans

List of Passengers on Brig Leopard to New Orleans

List of Passengers on Brig Bel dame to New Orleans

Louisiana New Orleans Ship arrivals with passenger names 1831-1836

List of Passengers on Brig Parker & Sons to New Orleans

Monday, June 13, 2005

San Francisco 1867 Great Register has a new TAG production, the San Francisco 1867 Great Register.

The Register is a voter registration index that contains information on approximately 16,365 individual males,including naturalization details for many of them.

Naturalization details include date, place and court of naturalization

Sunday, June 12, 2005

More Temple Church Records London England for your Genealogy.

Hi all

New stuff on Ancestors At Rest today to help with your genealogy.
A few hundred more new Registers of Burials in the Temple
Church, London England. Temple Church is one of the oldest
churches in London. The records start in 1628 and I am now
up to 1714. If you have London England ancestors you will
want to take a look. To view this database go to

I hope you find your ancestors.


Saturday, June 11, 2005

Sunnidale Corners Cemetery in Ontario Now Online

I have just put photos of the gravestones in Sunnidale Corners Cemetery online on Ancestors at Rest. Sunnidale Corners is East of Stayner on Hwy 26, in Sunnidale Twp, Simcoe County, Ontario. This cemetery was started back in about 1834 and was in use until 1901. A lot of the stones are in bad shape and all the stones have been moved as you will see from the first photo.

If you want to take a look go to

Did you know Genealogy is the fastest growing hobby in North America.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Better Ancestry Search Engine from Steve Morse

GOOD NEWS!!! -- You can now search on without having to put in three characters for the name. Up until now, if you entered a partial first name or a partial last name, you had to enter at least three characters plus a wildcard character.

Steve Morse has written some new code that gets around this limitation by searching on all combinations of the letters that you left out.

For example, suppose you want to search for all people with first initial J and last name Smith. Steve's software will automatically search for all Smiths with first names starting with Jaa, then Jab, then Jac, etc. up to Jzz.

It might take as much as 5 minutes to get all the results, but it's automatic -- you submit one search and Steve does 676 searches for you. If you search for all Smiths with first name starting with Ja, Steve can do that faster (less than ten seconds) because he only has to do 26 searches in that case.

To use this feature, go to Steve's website at http://stevemorse.organd select any of his search forms that search on (e.g., any of his passenger search forms other than Ellis Island, and his census search-by-name form for any census year).

Then enter less than three characters for either the first or last name, and Steve's new software will kick in, doing repeated searches on your behalf.

Have fun!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Undiscovered Websites 2005

I'm very excited to announce that Family Tree Magazine chose the website Ancestors at Rest at as one of 101 Best Undiscovered Web Sites of 2005.

Go to and to see the sites chosen this year. is in the category DOCUMENT DISCOVERIES

Monday, June 06, 2005

Terrace Lawn Cemetery Improvement Project - North Bay, ON, Canada

From Murray Pletsch, Chairman
Friends Of Terrace Lawn Cemetery Committee
North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Dear Fellow Researchers:

1. Terrace Lawn Cemetery is a large 91 years old cemetery near the centre of North Bay, Ontario.

2. The cemetery is slowly but surely deteriorating, mainly because the plots have been all sold and the maintenance of the cemetery is relying mainly on the interest from the Perpetual Care Trust Fund. Most of you likely know with the reduced interest rates over the past 10 years or so....the interest on these funds is also reduced and one does not need to be a banker to paint a clearer picture.

3. All the grave markers in the cemetery have been photographed and are accessable at the Link below.

4. This message is general in nature, but more specifically addressed to descendants of ancestors buried in Terrace Lawn Cemetery in North Bay and who are dispersed all over the world. Should you know a friend or family member who are
descendants, please pass the message to them.

5. The message? Please check for details about the project and how your help can really make a difference.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

St Mary's Church in Lenham Kent England records of Births, Marriages, Deaths

I've just uploaded 381 births, marriages and deaths taken from the register of St Mary's Church in Lenham Kent.

St Marys Church Records will get you started.

These records of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials at St. Mary's Church in Lenham, Kent, England were made by my mother in 2000. While on a visit to Lenham Kent England, she visited St. Mary's where she abstracted 381 surname records with a connection to our family genealogy.

These are not complete records from St. Mary's, they are only a partial transcript of vital records taken from register books still held in the church. The 381 records
abstracted by my mother start in 1592 and end in 1891. I hope they help someone find an ancestor.

The index to English records is at

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Casey Cemetery Taney Co. Missouri online

Casey Cemetery is now online. Casey cemetery is Located 1 mile North and 1 1/2 miles of Forsyth, Mo, Sec. 27, P. Row, T 23N

If you want to take a look go to

Casey Cemetery Missouri