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  • Lorna Laughton
    Aug 8, 2009
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      Hi Everyone:


      I received the following information about the United Church Archives from another e-mail list. See a few of my comments after the message.


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      From: Thibodeau, Clay [mailto:cthibode@...]
      Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2009 10:47 AM
      Subject: United Church Archives databases are online!

      The staff of the United Church Archives in Toronto are very pleased to announce that our Archives database and Graphics database are now available online! Everyone everywhere now has access to all fonds-level descriptions of records from the 5 Ontario Conferences and General Council, and item-level descriptions of our graphic images collection.

      Please click the following links to go directly to the databases:

      Archives database: http://archives.united-church.ca/dbtw-wpd/textbase/ucc%20archives/archives.htm

      Graphics database: http://archives.united-church.ca/dbtw-wpd/textbase/ucc%20archives/graphics.htm

      Or go through our usual webpages to the "Archives Collections" page and look under the topic "Searching Our Collections" to find the links. Please note that the databases are in their beta form, with some design work left to do. There may be some kinks in them, but these will be ironed out in the near future.

      I'd also like to ask everyone to please forward this email to anyone who may be interested in our collections.

      Thank you very much,

      Clay Thibodeau, BA, MA, MAS
      Central Conferences Archivist
      The United Church of Canada/L’Eglise Unie du Canada
      3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
      Toronto, Ontario M8X 2Y4, 416.231.5931 x 1257, Toll Free 1.800.268.3781
      cthibode@..., http://www.united-church.ca

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      I tried a few searches to do with Manitoba and Alberta, and from the results I got, I wasn’t sure that there was as much information on the west as there is on Ontario. But it is always worth a try. I put in place names – even small places – because it isn’t always obvious (or even logical) what they named the “Curcuit”. Also, there is a fair bit of information about the Presbyterian congregations that joined the Methodists to become the United Church.

      When you look at the listing of the records (or “fonds”) for any place or congregation, you will notice that they have tons of material that is not microfilmed! Naturally, our ancestors will have been mentioned in these unfilmed, unscanned materials, and not in the few microfilms or publications that have been produced with United Church Archives material. Road trip, anyone?