Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News (CGN) 01 September 2015


Here are some news items which have come across my desk this morning - 


1921 census for Pictou County, Nova Scotia has been posted 

The 1921 census for Pictou County, Nova Scotia is now fully transcribed and available to view at the link below. 

As usual, if you are not already a member of his site, you will have to complete a free registration form. 

Canada and U.S., Dutch Emigrants, 1946-1963

Very seldom does Ancestry put on new Canadian records, but this week there is a new one - Canada and U.S., Dutch Emigrants, 1946-1963.

You may find the following on the databse -

name

birth date

place of origin

arrival year

destination

sponsor year

religion

relation to head

family size

This database was Dutch Emigrant Families Assisted by the Immigration Committee of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, 1946–1963. Archives at Calvin College in Heritage Hall, Christian Reformed Church of North America, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 


On Saturday Aug 29, members of the DeForest family and others gathered at the DeForest Pioneer Cemetery in Milton, Ontario to witness the unveiling of a United Empire Loyalist Burial Site plaque to recognize Abraham DeForest.

See the photos on the Halton-Peel Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/774317655963454/permalink/920942034634348/

Abraham DeForest is listed at the United Empire Loyalist Directory at http://www.uelac.org/Loyalist-Info/loyalist_list.php?letter=d

Happy researching!

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If you missed last week’s edition, it is at
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Canadian News in Review (CWR) 31 August 2015



I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.

This Week in Canadian History

In August, Fleury Mesplet, first published the bilingual Montreal Gazette, in Montreal, Quebec. It is the oldest operating newspaper in Canada today. 

To read more about Mesplet, read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleury_Mesplet






Fort Brisebois, Alberta, which had been established by the North-West Mounted Police, was renamed Fort Calgary in August, 1875. 

To see Fort Calgary, go to http://www.fortcalgary.com/

Their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/fortcalgary

Social Media 

(Photos) Historic photos project tells Bonavista's history for Ross Abbott 


Ross Abbott, who is from Bonavista, Newfoundland, is using Facebook to document some of the town's history, through old photographs - 31,000 photos, to be exact.

(Video) St. Patrick's High School demolition begins in Halifax


The demolition of St. Patrick's High School in Halifax started Monday with heavy equipment rolling onto the property and backhoes punching holes in the walls.

Newspaper Articles

Newfoundland 

We don’t call it Fogtown for nothing


No one can deny that the weather in Newfoundland has been worst kind so far this summer.

Tara Feener's 100 Days of Newfoundland on display at Gallery 24


An artist's digital take on Newfoundland and Labrador is on display at a gallery in St. John's.

Tara Feener's 100 Days of Newfoundland is an exhibition of 100 unique drawings of people, places and popular landmarks, and it opened Thursday night at Gallery 24.

Nova Scotia

Grand Pré company’s maps travel the world


Three of Lost Art Cartography's maps have been chosen by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) to be featured in its annual map book. The map book recognizes important and innovative accomplishments of geographic information system (GIS) users around the world.

New Brunswick

Minto murals show off town history


Some new artwork is being unveiled along the streets of Minto thanks to some residents in the town who commissioned murals to be painted by Fredericton artist Ron Sajack.

Ontario 

Champlain Week to celebrate 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain first portage in the Peterborough area


Next week marks the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's first portage through the Peterborough region.

To honour the occasion, Mayor Daryl Bennett proclaimed next week, from Sunday to Sept. 5, to be Champlain Week.

Birthplace of Alexander Mackenzie for sale in Scotland

For less than the price of a fixer-upper in Toronto, you can own a stately piece of Canadian history in Scotland for 287,000 pounds — or about 594,900 loonies. 


It’s the birthplace of Canada’s second prime minister, Alexander Mackenzie, who was born in 1822 and went on to be Liberal PM from 1873 to 1878. 

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan skateboard company teaches riders about colonial history 


A Saskatchewan man is using his passion for skateboarding to teach others about Canada’s history of colonialism and its effect on Aboriginal Peoples, 

Alberta

“The Morrow County History Center” is name of Historical Society Museum


Morrow County Chamber of Commerce members at the August meeting were the first to hear the name chosen for the History Museum on the Mount Gilead public square. 

The Stories This Week

Now that summer vacation is over, one can tell by the weather today, that Fall is on it's way in the Norther Hemisphere. That can only mean one thing – genealogy! 

I had the occasion to write an article this week for the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), and I wrote that “The schedules for the fall genealogy meetings have started to appear in Canada. Libraries have released their course schedules for the fall, and the archives have put their exhibit schedules on their websites - so all is set. Canada will be an exciting place to explore your Canadian ancestors this fall”.

Isn't that true!

So here are some activities that you may like to attend - 

Be sure to attend the British Columbia Genealogical Society’s second annual Harvest Supper, Wednesday, 9 September, 2015 from 6-7 pm, before the General Meeting, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The dinner was well attended last year and a great time was had by all, so reserve your places early. [ If you need to e-mail about the supper, send a note to bcgs@bcgs.ca

The general meeting will begin at 7:30 pm.

Group sessions after the meeting will include the English Interest Group and the USA Interest Group. 

The dinner cost is $10. RSVP to Darlene at 604-591-2841, or to Lynne at 604-942-3663 before September the 4th.

The Edmonton Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society is happy to host an array of genealogical topics under their fall session Tracing Your Family Tree over three Saturdays. 

The date of the course will be 

Saturday, 24 October 2015, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, 31 October 2015, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, 7 November 2015, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost for the entire course, including handouts: $80 for AGS members; $100 for non-members. 

You need to register, and this can be done at http://www.agsedm.edmonton.ab.ca/pdf/BrochureTYFT2014.pdf 

There is going to be an Open House at the Manitoba Genealogical Society (MGS) Open House held in conjunction with MB Culture Days on Saturday, September 26 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Join MGS in exploring “genealogy” and family history. For beginners, our interactive Open House will introduce you to genealogy and will provide: assistance to begin your family search, a tour of our Library/Resource Center, and activities for children. For current genealogists we will have an introduction to our new online database MANI with 1.5 million records of Manitoba names. We will also have a “problem corner” to help solve roadblocks in your family search. Join us for a look back into your own family history.

This sounds great!

The website of the MGS is http://www.mbgenealogy.com/

And the Canadian Museum of History is offering a 15-minute curatorial mini-tour with historian Erin Gurski, research associate for the Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada exhibit. 

See the most significant objects and learn more about iconic artifacts related to the Marathon of Hope. 

The mini-tour will be held 

Sunday, September 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, September 7 at 1:30 p.m.

Meet in the Museum’s Main Lobby

Free with Museum admission


This is just of the few activities that are going to take place in Canada during the fall months. 

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News (CGN) 28 August 2015


Here are some news items which have come across my desk this morning - 

Genealogical library will close on Labour Day weekend (Sept 7) 

The office and library of the Quebec Family History Society (QFHS) will be closed from Thursday August 27th until Monday September 7th. 

The office and library will re-open on Tuesday September 8th and will resume our regular opening hours: 

Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Wednesday Evening 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sunday Afternoon 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 

They have their new membership now in effect. It runs from August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016.

If you want to renewed or are new and want to join the society, you can do so by going to the website at http://www.qfhs.ca/upload/files/2014/New_Membership_Year.pdf

The website is at http://www.qfhs.ca/


Greek Canadian Heritage Project 

This weekend will be the last chance to see the Greek Canadian Heritage Project (GCHP) in Toronto. 

The GCHP was invited by Mike Cullen, owner of the community café, and Laura Heaney, curator, participated in the month long collaboration. The café’s walls are consistently decorated by the work of local artists and engage patrons while they enjoy Broadview Espresso’s coffee and snacks.

The segment of its Toronto Telegram exhibit from August 1 – 31 at Broadview Espresso – 817 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON (Broadview Avenue just north of Danforth). 



Happy researching! 

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News (CGW) 27 August 2015



Here are some news items which have come across my desk this morning - 

August is Archaeology Month at the Canadian Museum of History 

The museum is going to have a special event on Saturday, August 29 at 2 p.m. on the Riverview Salon and Museum grounds. 

The event is called Cultural Landscape: The Stories Beneath Our Feet in which archaeologist Jean-Luc Pilon will help you explore the cultural landscape of the north bank of the Ottawa River, from the Chaudière Falls to the mouth of the Gatineau River. 

For thousands of years, this was an important place for First Peoples, and their stories continue to reverberate beneath our feet.

Admittance is Free with museum admission. 



OGS 2016 eNewsletter #1 is here!

The Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) Conference newsletter was in my mailbox this morning, and it's a “must have” if you are planning to attend the conference.

The Conference 2016 Genealogy on the Cutting Edge will take place in Toronto from June 3-5, 2016. 

There will be internationally acclaimed experts , such as "The Legal Genealogist" Judy G. Russell and CeCe Moore, "Your Genetic Genealogist". 

Also presenting sessions are Dr. Maurice Gleeson, a UK-based genetic genealogist and popular presenter at the 2015 Conference, and Lisa Louise Cooke, the tech-savvy dynamo behind "Genealogy Gems". More wonderful speakers will be announced soon. 

You can follow them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OntarioGenealogicalSocietyConference?_rdr=p

You can subscribed to the newsletter at https://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=OgsConference2016

You can follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ogsconference

Meanwhile, happy researching!

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If you missed last week’s edition, it is at
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It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News (CGW) 26 August 2015


Here are some news items which have come across my desk this morning - 

Trace Your Roots at the Jewish Genealogical Institute of British Columbia

The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia (JMABC) is partnering with the Jewish Genealogical Institute of British Columbia (JGIBC) to offer free genealogical mentoring sessions each month. 

In these sessions, you will have the opportunity to work with a volunteer from the Institute who will guide you through online resources that will help you trace your family history.

It is held the last Sunday of every month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the JMABC offices 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver.

Mentorship sessions are free and by appointment only. 

Contact them today to make an appointment: info@jewishmuseum.ca

The archives has over 300 linear metres of textual records, 300,000 photographs, and 725 oral history interviews. 


Caribbean Genealogy Symposium to take place in Scarborough

The Relief Education Medical Assistance Organization will host the Caribbean Genealogy Symposium and Reception at Ellesmere Community Centre in Scarborough on 29 August 2015. 

Pooran Bridgelal, genealogist and lecturer, and the Ontario Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch) will be there to help to guide the people interested in researching their family histories from Jamaica, Dominica, Barbados and more. 

The Caribbean Genealogy Symposium and Reception will take place at 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at 20 Canadian Road, Scarborough, Ontario. 

For more information on purchasing tickets, please contact  Elma Gabriel at 416-282-4557.

Meanwhile, happy researching!

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Check the Canadian Week in Review (CWR) every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.

If you missed last week’s edition, it is at
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It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News (CGW) 25 August 2015


Here are some news items which have come across my desk this morning - 

Genealogical and Family Institute of Scottish Studies

Announcement has come from James Fraser, Scottish Studies Chair, at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario through his Twitter feed and on the Facebook page that there will be a new Genealogical and Family Institute of Scottish Studies.

To assist with the development of the new Institute, the University will begin a crowdfunding campaign in December of this year (2015).

Read about further developments here, when they become available.  


The Twitter account is at https://twitter.com/ScottishStudies


Board for Certification of Genealogists

The Board for Certification of Genealogists, an American based organization, has announced that Canadian genealogist, Alison Hare, CG, from Ottawa, Ontario has been re-elected for another three-year term as trustee. 

She has been certified since 1999, and is a fellow member of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists at http://ocapg.org/.

Congratulations, Alison! 

Meanwhile, happy researching!

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Check the Canadian Week in Review (CWR) every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.

If you missed last week’s edition, it is at
http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/08/canadian-week-in-review-cwr-23-august.html

It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Canadian Week in Review (CWR) 23 August 2015





I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.

This Week in Canadian History

In 1860, Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) arrived in Montreal during a tour of British North American colonies.

It took him 2 months to tour the provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Upper Canada (Ontario), and Lower Canada (Quebec).

To read about King Edward VII, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_VII


Social Media

(Video) Heavy horse centre opening next week at Assiniboine Park Zoo

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/heavy-horse-centre-opening-next-week-at-assiniboine-park-zoo-1.3196262

Visitors to Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo can soon learn about heavy horses, the "gentle giants" that had a prominent role in Manitoba's early history, at a new exhibit opening next week.

Newspaper Articles

Nova Scotia

HISTORY: Black River - history of a community

http://www.novanewsnow.com/Opinion/Columnists/2015-08-18/article-4246586/HISTORY%3A-Black-River---history-of-a-community/1

The occasion was the official opening of the new community hall in Black River, a hall that sprang from the ashes when the former school that had been standing for well over a century burned to the ground.

ED COLEMAN HISTORY: Etna, Vesuvius – two county ghost communities

http://www.kingscountynews.ca/Opinion/Columnists/2015-08-19/article-4249726/ED-COLEMAN-HISTORY%3A-Etna,-Vesuvius-%26ndash%3B-two-county-ghost-communities/1

To my surprise, Black River isn’t profiled in the book, at least not under that name. Yet a couple of Kings County communities are profiled that either don’t exist or were never officially recognized as communities. Etna and Vesuvius are two such communities that come to mind.

New Brunswick

Fort Beauséjour - Fort Cumberland to host presentation on First World War NB pilots

http://www.cumberlandnewsnow.com/News/Local/2015-08-19/article-4251024/Fort-Beausejour---Fort-Cumberland-to-host-presentation-on-First-World-War-NB-pilots/1

Fort Beauséjour - Fort Cumberland National Historic Site will host a special presentation on First World War New Brunswick pilots, including Albert Desbrisay Carter, one of Canada's top ace pilots of the time who was from Point de Bute.

Ontario

Cardinal Collins marks 400 years since first Mass in Ontario

http://www.catholicregister.org/item/20737-cardinal-collins-marks-400-years-since-first-mass-in-ontario

Four centuries ago, the first Mass west of Quebec was celebrated in the Huron-Wendat village of Carhagouha. On Aug. 15, Toronto's Cardinal Thomas Collins returned to that spot to mark the 400th anniversary of the event.

Exploring Champlain's city portage routes

http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2015/08/17/exploring-champlains-city-portage-routes

A new book recounting Samuel de Champlain's portage routes through Peterborough is about to be published, 400 years after the French explorer's travels here.

Finding Champlain's Dream was co-written by Elwood Jones, the archivist with Trent Valley Archives, along with Alan Brunger and Peter Adams.

John By's answer to the homeless problem

http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/08/22/john-bys-answer-to-the-homeless-problemjohn-bys-answer-to-the-homeless-problemoneplan

This is an article about the squatters' villages which sprag up during the building of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.

Saskatchewan

Naming bridges not complicated 

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Naming+bridges+complicated/11303755/story.html

It's nearly incomprehensible that 25 months after the opening of the bridge on Circle Drive South, with another two bridges expected to be built within three years, city council is still struggling to come up with an easy way to name Saskatoon's iconic structures that goes beyond a prosaic geographical description.

British Columbia

Lost piece of family history returned after 4 decades

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/lost-piece-of-family-history-returned-after-4-decades-1.3195375

Isn't this great news! One mystery auction and more than 15,000 km later, this 140-year-old family Bible goes home.

The Stories This Week 

New direction of the Ontario Genealogical Society blog

There has been quite a few changes at the Ontario Genealogical Society over the past couple years, and now there is a change of what you see at their blog.

In years past, it use to be the place where the news was posted, now, since March of this year, it is the place where you go to learn how to do Ontario genealogy. The news have been moved to the Facebook page.

So far the following articles have been posted -

Using the “Between” Records – County and City Directories 

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6136

Finding/Researching Your Canadian World War I Soldier Ancestor

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6143

Finding/Researching Your Canadian World War 1 Soldier Ancestor- Part 2

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6149

Making a Connection between Official Records

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6156

Men of the “Cloth”-Tracking Records for Preachers, Pastors and Priests

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6172

Family Stories – Truth or Fiction?

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6179

Who is She Actually? How Names Can Change in a Person’s Lifetime

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6184

So You Think That You Have a Brickwall- Part 1

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6191

So You Think That You Have a Brickwall-Part 2

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6197

So You Think You Have a Brickwall- Part 3

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6201

The Personals- More Than You Wanted to Know

http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6208

What do you of a society using their blog to post research articles? Have you found these articles helpful?

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It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada!