June Update: Marriage Bonds, Naturalizations, Site Maps & Blogs
- Hi Everyone
I hope you are all enjoying great weather! It's unseasonably warm
where I live and it's a treat. May was super busy and hectic and my
volunteers are working hard at several new databases.
In this issue:
* Marriage Bonds Ontario & Quebec 1779-1865
* New Jersey Naturalization Records
* Site Maps, learning how to get around my websites
* Blogs and Newsfeeds
Marriage Bonds Ontario & Quebec 1779-1865
Today I want to tell you about a new (free) database at Library &
Archives canada. Those seeking Canadian ancestors in Quebec or
Ontario will want to visit.
It is difficult to trace a marriage that took place in a Protestant
church in Quebec(Lower Canada) and Ontario (Upper Canada) before
Marriage bonds were prepared for Protestant marriages by licence.
After obtaining the bond, a licence was issued and the marriage took
place a few days later.
Library and Archives Canada holds:
2960 marriage bonds for Lower Canada (Quebec) issued between 1779
7899 marriage bonds for Upper Canada (Ontario) issued between 1803
A typical search reveals:
~ Name of the future husband
~ Name of the future wife
~ Their place of residence
~ Names of the sureties (people who knew the groom and would
guarantee that no legal reasons existed why the couple could not
~ Date and place where the bond was issued
These bonds are now searchable online at Library & Archives Canada at
New Jersey Naturalization Records
There are new free records online for New Jersey Supreme Court &
Burlington County Court, Clerks Office for Naturalization records
1818-1898 (P Surnames)
These are found at NaturalizationRecords.com website at
Most of my websites have their own Site Maps to help visitors find
what they're looking for. Some of you may not know this little
trick, so here's the URLs to my Site Maps. These are no-frills,
lists of general areas of each website. For my smaller website, I
also have links to the databases. For Olive Tree Genealogy website
this isn't possible to do as there are too many (over 1,400!), but
the links to categories may be of help.
Blogs and Newsfeeds
I really want to encourage you to start using Newsfeeds. I like
Bloglines, which is a web-based reader found at
Using a NewsReader like Bloglines allows you to subscribe (for free)
to as many Genealogy or other interest Blogs as you want. Then, each
day you would go to Bloglines, check your Feeds, and read the
headlines and/or stories written for each Blog. It's like getting
dozens of newspapers at your door each morning -- but only having to
quickly read the headlines or first paragraph -- then deciding
whether or not to read more.
I subscribe to several Genealogy Blogs. Some of them are general,
others are daily Genealogy news accounts, which keeps me informed
and up to date on what's happening in the Genealogy Community. Of
course I subscribe to my own Genealogy Blogs too!
Olive Tree has its own Blog, with headlines of what's happening in
the Genealogy Community as well as tidbits about my websites. My
Blog isn't the same as this newsletter, so you might be interested
in subscribing or at least taking a look. Some events that I talk
about here in the newsletter are also mentioned in my Blog, many are
To check it out and take a look:
I also subscribed to a few humor Blogs, one Antique one.. you get
the idea I'm sure. You can customize your Newsfeeds to suit your
When you get to http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com/ look at the
left hand side bar, about half-way down. You will see icons allowing
you to easily add my blog to "MyYahoo" or "MyMSN" which means you
wouldn't use Bloglines to read it, you'd use Yahoo or MSN. There are
other readers too, take a look and see what suits you best.
Other Blogs you might want to add to your newsfeed:
Each of those has icons making it easy for you to add to any
Newsfeed Reader you end up using.