A Genealogical Guide to the Canadian Census, by Dave Obee. This 224-page book is the most comprehensive guide available for researchers using the Canadian census. It covers the history of the census, offers advice for effective research and notes the potential pitfalls. This could be the most important book on Canadian genealogy this year. It includes ten maps, 100 illustrations, plenty of Internet links and a comprehensive bibliography. AVAILABLE NOW! C$30.00
The Library Book
A History of Service to British Columbia. This is the definitive history of libraries in British Columbia, and is published to mark the 100th anniversary of the B.C. Library Association. The 264-page book includes the highs and lows of library service, from the fur trade and Andrew Carnegie to Vancouver's remarkable central library and ebooks. It is richly illustrated with 300 photographs. Available from the BCLA. C$50.00
A Genealogical Guide to Immigration Records, by Dave Obee. This 160-page book is the most comprehensive guide ever written about resources for Canadian immigration research. It covers passenger lists and many other sources, including naturalization records and newspapers. It includes six maps, 60 illustrations, more than 100 Internet links, and a comprehensive bibliography.
Finding Your Canadian Ancestors
In Finding Your Canadian Ancestors, authors Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee guide you through Canadian genealogical records, first by record type and then according to province. The authors detail both government and ecclesiastical records, as well as records related to special groups such as Aboriginals, Acadians, and Loyalists. They give special attention to online resources, including the extensive holdings of Library and Archives of Canada. C$22.00
Making the News
A Times Colonist look at 150 Years of History. This comprehensive history of Victoria and Vancouver Island is based on material published in the Times Colonist and its predecessor newspapers since 1858. It is lavishly illustrated with photos from the newspaper files and local archives. Sold out!
Dave Obee addresses the fall 2012 convocation at the University of Victoria, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws for his work as a historian, journalist and genealogist. Read Dave's bio.|
Photo by Neil Firkins
With links to web sites
(Just a sample of his talks)
Also: Times Colonist 150th anniversary website
Including: Database search strategies
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Dave's guides to directories on the Internet:
Alberta | British Columbia
Manitoba | Saskatchewan
Free downloads in PDF format:
Federal Voters Lists in Western Canada 1935-1979
Federal Voters Lists in Ontario 1935-1979
Newspapers on microfilm at the University of Victoria
Toronto ward boundaries 1834-1908
Index to the 1891 census of Lethbridge, Alberta
Passenger list of the Montcalm, July 16, 1936
Two books based on life in Alberta's Swan Hills
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Dave Obee presents Shirley Douglas with a published copy of her family history at the official launch of Ancestry.ca, in Toronto in May 2006.
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Dave Obee's columns appear in every issue of Internet Genealogy and Family Chronicle.
Dave Obee's columns have appeared in Canada's History Magazine, formerly known as The Beaver.
Homestead records -- December 2008/January 2009.
Immigration to the prairies -- June/July 2009.
Promotional literature -- October/November 2009.
Peel's Prairie Provinces -- April/May 2010
Royal Oak Burial Park
A History and Guide. This is the first comprehensive look at the largest municipal cemetery in British Columbia. It includes a history of the cemetery as well as section-by-section biographies of some of the people buried there. All burial locations included in the bio section are identified with GPS co-ordinates. C$15.00
A couple of other quirky interests