Monday, January 14, 2013

30th Anniversary Celebration

Simcoe County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will celebrate its 30th Anniversary Celebration with an Open House on February 2, 2013 from 11 am – 4 pm, and lectures.

The morning program will feature from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

• Room A Kenneth Reese An Introduction to Genealogy

• Room B Nancy Leveque Researching Your Ancestors in Simcoe County

• Room C John Wright Beyond the Inscriptions - A Look at Cemeteries

• FHC Bonnie Henderson Brick Walls

The afternoon program will be a repeat of the morning program, and it will be from 1:45 pm until 2:45 pm. So if you can't get there in the morning, you can always go in the afternoon.

So you can learn how to start your family tree, break down the “Brick Walls”, and there will be resources there for you to search while you are there. It sounds like a good time!

Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society is located 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For more information, you can contact them at

New/Updated Websites, Blogs, and Newspaper Articles - 14 January 2013

I have come across the following websites, blogs, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too –

Columbia Cemetery - Rossland, British Columbia - British Columbia Heritage Markers on This is the first time I have come across the waymarking site. It give a good, snappy history of Columbia Cemetery of British Columbia.

Qartz glass can preserve data for millions of years, Hitachi says: Material is water and weatherproof The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) is carrying a story which says that there is a quartz glass wafer that could preserve information forever –

St. Boniface Cathedral given heritage status The iconic St. Boniface Cathedral in Manitoba is given heritage status.

Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America Learn about the cross-migration between the U.S. and Canada, during the 1800s up until 1947, of the Chinese.

Debate on Morse's Tea building paint job boils over: Lettering on Morse's Tea building was painted over in October CBC Halifax reports that the owner of Morse’s Tea building in Halifax recently had the lettering painted over causing heritage people to complain that he never thought of the history of the place before it was painted.

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