Looking for a Catholic parish in the province of Québec? Check out the Drouin Institute's very handy Carte des paroisses catholiques du Québec jusqu'en 1912 (Map of the Catholic parishes of Québec up to 1912). You can zoom in on a region to get a better look at its parishes. Click on a blue pin to get the name … Continue reading Map of Québec Catholic parishes
Adapted from Rev. William Bell, Hints to Emigrants; in a Series of Letters from Upper Canada (Edinburgh: Waugh and Innes, 1824). Archive.org. Web. 19 June 2014.
Ottawa Passé & Présent/Ottawa Past & Present is a remarkable website: an interactive blog which juxtaposes photographs from Ottawa's past with photographs from the Ottawa of today. Here, for example, is 96 to 102 Wellington Street, in 1938 and in 2014. Use your mouse to move the slider to the right to reveal the photograph … Continue reading Ottawa Passé & Présent/Ottawa Past & Present
Via Deborah Large Fox, I've just discovered The Down Survey of Ireland 1656-58, a searchable, online mapping database with digitized images of all surviving Down survey maps from 1656 to 1658. From the project's website (at Trinity College Dublin): Taken in the years 1656-1658, the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey … Continue reading Down Survey of Ireland 1656-58
My paternal grandmother Mary Catherine Lahey was probably born at 308 Gloucester Street in Ottawa. Or, if she was not actually born at 308 Gloucester, certainly she lived at this address from her infancy into the second decade of her life. And as Goad's Insurance Plan of the City of Ottawa makes clear (click thumbnail preview, … Continue reading Red are brick, blue are stone: Goad’s Insurance Plan of Ottawa
Library and Archives Canada has a digitized copy of Goad's Insurance plan of the city of Ottawa, Canada, and adjoining suburbs and lumber districts, January 1888, revised January 1901.
BAnQ (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec) has an excellent online collection of maps of Québec, with some other regions covered as well. Here, for example, is James Wyld's A Map of the Province of Upper Canada (London: 1838). I especially like the detail which indicates the various points of portage, which warns that "This River … Continue reading Immense Forests (Upper Canada, 1838)