Shout Out to Random Acts of Photo Restoration Facebook Group

Random Acts of Photo Restoration Facebook Group is one of my favorite genealogy Facebook groups. The people there volunteer there time to fix pictures that are torn, faded, blurry and otherwise damaged. The kind people there do the best they can to touch them up for you, for free!

The group has over 14,000 members and somehow everyone gets taken care of. There are other rules that you should read through before you make your first post, general etiquette, and rules of the group. You are asked to scan your picture at 300-600 dpi and then upload it to the file section of their page. That way the photo doesn’t lose resolution and makes it much easier to work with.

An example below of the magic that can be produced. This photo I uploaded and requested colour to be added. I posted the picture and the specific colours of the soldiers’ uniform and a day later a kind soul had created this for me. Notice he even removed the crease in the picture!

Other family members were super excited to see the photograph in colour. It added ‘life’ to the picture! 54570F5F-E584-45F4-A278-8404F74AC96CIf you are like me and do not have the tools to create this I do recommend this group, and a big shout out to all the people who work on the pictures, from a very happy member!

 

 

St. Andrew’s Church, Quebec City

Attending a service at St. Andrews Church, Quebec City last month when visiting Quebec City was an important moment in my genealogy journey.

Back in 1818, February the 4th, my 3x great grandmother Elizabeth Tipper was wed to Robert Jeffery/Jeffrey. The minister Alex Sparks wrote as Tupper for the bride’s surname and it took about 15 years to figure out her surname was actually Tipper.

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The first event at the St. Andrew’s Church for my family was the marriage of Elizabeth Tipper to Robert Jeffery in 1818.

A side note is that Chev. Robert d’Estimauville was a witness to both Elizabeth Tipper and her sister Anne’s marriages, and I have yet to find the connection.

I have been to Quebec City on a few occasions but St. Andrew’s, which is the oldest church of Scottish origin in Canada, is only open on Sundays for service. I have only been inside once before and that was many years ago.

On a Sunday I made my way to the church early and enjoyed sitting on the stairs outside the church, reveling in the knowledge that this is a very special place for my family.

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The welcoming lady seated on the pew beside me directed where to get the Hymnal book and I waited for service to start. People continued to trickle in and I was happy to see some families with young children in attendance. And then the organ played. What a fantastic sound that echoed through the room. A few tears gathered at the corner of my eye as I allowed myself to bask be in the moment.

After service, I took a few minutes to photograph the interior as I do not know when I will be back. I was welcomed to have fellowship after in the Manse but my travel companions were waiting, maybe next time.

Pictures of the interior of the church

 

You Can Help Index the 1926 Canadian Census

I have been a little focused (alright obsessed) with the potential release of the 1926 Canadian prairie census. After writing some posts about it I have realized that I (and you) can index the census!

It is available as an indexing project at Family Search, I just was on their site and checked.

How do you find it? Log into your Family Search account and select the ‘Indexing‘ tab at the top of the page.Screen Shot 2018-09-08 at 10.21.21 AM.png

Under Project Name select Canada and BINGO you are there!

I know what I will be spending my nights doing. The sooner it is indexed it is likely the sooner we will have access!

I do wonder why this has not been announced by Library and Archives Canada to encourage people to get involved?

Interior of St. Matthew’s Church, Quebec City

A recent trip to Quebec City and I was once again walking paths, cemeteries and the roads of my ancestors.

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St. Matthew’s Church, 2018

I was able to find out the hours of St. Matthew’s Church which has been converted into a library and made a point of visiting. I had read that the original baptismal font was there and I wanted to see it. Many of my family members had been baptized at the church including my grandmother Beatrice Jordan in 1901 and two of her siblings.

The interior of the church was breathtaking, the walls honouring those that have passed away.

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Memorial to the 3 sons of Edwin & Mary Pope

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Memorial to the WWI war dead

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Memorial to JH Ogilvy & Jesse wife of Charles Percy Dean

And the baptismal font!

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the baptismal font in St. Matthew’s Church

Other photos of the interior

I also learned that St. Matthew’s Cemetery has a walking tour Podcast which can listen to at home or when touring the cemetery in person. Along with the podcast, the history of the church can be found on the Ville de Quebec website.

Hold On To Your Hats, The Census is Coming

I have written two previous blog posts about the release of the 1926 Canadian census that covers the western prairie Provinces.

1926 Census to be Released this Year & 1926 Census When – No One Knows

The information on Library and Archives Canada website about the ’26 census has not changed but we are not completely in the dark as to what is going on.

I am happy to report that someone does know. A comment on my blog indicates that the census has been passed to Family Search and their transcribers are working their magic to get the census in our hands.

Nancy states they are indexing

“Name, land description, relationship to head, sex, marital condition, age, place of birth (province if Canada, or Country) ethnicity and year of immigration. Not being indexed is Father’s place of birth and Mother’s place of birth, year of naturalization, mother tongue, and education.”

This is amazing news and thankfully Nancy took the time to give us an update. Hopefully, we will have access to this soon!

A big Canadian thank you to Nancy and all the indexers at Family Search!

 

St. Andrew’s Society, Quebec City

On my recent trip to Quebec City I was reminded that the section of the cemetery my 2x great grandparents are buried in is a section that has a marker labeled St. Andrew’s Society.

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An initial search on Google brought up a list of St. Andrew’s Societies, but little on the Quebec City branch. Internet Archive offered a bit more as I was able to find the Constitution of the Society scanned on their site. The constitution consists of 22 pages and explains the requirements to be a member, you need to be a Scotsman or their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren as well the date of formation of the Society on Nov. 13, 1835, and various goals of the Society. There is also a list of the officers at that time.

The Pistard search feature on the Quebec Archives website located a St. Andrew’s Society fonds. The description of the records state the collection has correspondence, minutes, and financial records of the Society. The Society disbanded in 1977.

I believe it likely that membership to the Society was through my great grandmother Caroline’s grandfather, Robert Jeffrey who was born (somewhere) in Scotland in 1796.

I did not get to the Quebec Archives on my trip but reviewing what is held in this collection will be on my list for my next visit. Maybe, just maybe I will find information about my family in the records.

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St. Andrew’s Church, Quebec City