More BCGS Seminar Notes – Glenn Wright & Lesley Anderson – April 27, 2013

These notes are about a few of the tips mentioned by Lesley Anderson. Posts will follow with notes on the passenger list and military sections.

Lesley Anderson mentioned a money saving tip that will be of interest to many. has an affiliate agreement with the Royal Canadian Legion which could give new or renewing members significant savings. If you are already a Legion member, you can call, check out the offer and give your #. If you aren’t a Legion member, you can search for contact details for the nearest Legion Branch on the Royal Canadian Legion website to enquire about this and other benefits of Legion membership, then call Ancestry to check out the Ancestry offer. is digitizing some of the pre-1871 British military records that apply to Canada which includes material from the War Office, Admiralty and Colonial Office (including records from WO97 / WO 120 / CO 385/385). Some of the microfilms were of poor quality and not all records will be indexed right away. Ancestry does already have several useful military databases and indexes.

Another useful tip if you are researching Nova Scotia, Canada is that due to licensing agreements, official records of Nova Scotia birth, marriages and deaths on Ancestry do not appear in the global search results. Choose the database you need from the Ancestry Card Catalogue (under the top menu Search button) and search this directly. Note the “Terms and Conditions of Access to and Use of the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics Online Service” which you must agree to.

And Lesley Anderson also said that Ancestry is negotiating with Library and Archives Canada re the 1921 Canadian census. See Library and Archives Canada’s blog for more on the 1921 Canadian census – 1921 Census Countdown – Library and Archives Canada.