Burano is an island in the Venetian lagoon known for its lacemaking tradition and brightly coloured houses.

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  1. Do you want to strengthen your connection to family history?
  2. Would you welcome interacting with others engaged in genealogical research?
  3. Would you let others help solve your family mysteries?
  4. Does having access to billons of digitized records interest you?
  5. Which of the following might advance your genealogical research?a). census and voter lists
    b). birth, marriage and death registrations
    c). military records
    d). immigration and travel records
    e). schools, directories and church histories
    f). almanacs
  6. Have you ever wanted to build a family tree?
  7. Would you like an online place to store records, upload documents and create a timeline for family members you are researching?

Ancestry.com has the largest collection of online genealogical data in the world. The above points indicate some of the resources it provides and, if you answered “YES” to any of the questions, ancestry.com may help solve your family mysteries.

Ancestry.ca is ancestry.com with a “Canadian twist.” Comments are relevant to both.

Getting Started

  1. Go to www.ancestry.ca. Review the homepage. Learn how this site works. The instructions are clear but there is much material and this will maximize its value to you.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the different historical records. For example, what is a census record and how can it help solve family mysteries?
  3. Click on the headings at the top of the homepage. Learn how you can find information and use it to build your family tree.
  4. Explore the options under “Learning Centre.” Scan the list of printable forms. There are family tree charts, research calendars, correspondence records as well as USA, UK and Canadian census forms.
  5. Once you feel comfortable, begin a search by entering the required information in the bottom section.
  6. Please note that access to ancestry.ca requires the purchase of a membership. There is, however, a free trial period.

The Thrill Of A Shaking Green Leaf

If a shaking green leaf appears attached to someone in your family tree, it means that ancestry.ca has found information that might be relevant. Simply click on the leaf and see what’s in the hint!

3 Great Ways To Use Ancestry.ca

This is what I am doing and it could work for you, too.

  1. Building my Nana Caterina’s family tree including her parents, spouse and nine children.
  2. Recording her timeline beginning with her birth and ending with her death.
  3. Finding and saving documents related to important events in her life.

Why A Shaking Green Leaf Thrilled Me.

When I clicked on the shaking green leaf attached to Nana Caterina in her family tree, I was redirected to a source from “Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928.” The document I subsequently retrieved was a copy of Nana Caterina’s marriage certificate. She wed my Nonno Pietro Perri on September 21, 1915 in Sault Ste. Marie (Algoma District), Ontario, Canada and I printed the document directly from ancestry.ca.  I also saved this document and stored it as part of Nana Caterina’s on-line family tree.

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Has a shaking green leaf thrilled you yet? I’d welcome your comments.

Lace fan on Burano

The lacemaking tradition in Burano has roots back to the 16th century and maybe a shaking green leaf will reveal that one of your ancestors made this beautiful antique fan.

Traditional dancers from Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Have you always loved music and dancing? Why not see if a green leaf can discover if you and this traditional dancer from Puerto Chacabuco, Chile have anything in common?

Nana Caterina and Nonno Pietro

This is Nana Caterina and Nonno Pietro on July 23, 1947; the day my parents were married. I found their marriage certificate on ancestry.ca and thought it appropriate to post their photograph.