Monday, April 29, 2013

Canadian Week in Review

29 April 2013

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


No websites this past week.


CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt' Read Diane’s comments on the release of the 1921 Canada Census by Library and Archives Canada.

Using Maps in Genealogy Christine Woodcock tells us about a meeting she went to recently, where the topic of the talk was Using Maps in Genealogy. It was given by Denise Kirk of the Genealogy Club at the Brantford Public Library.

Facebook - Video – You Tube

Selkirk Settlers: A Rich Collection of Records Anna Shumilak of The Hudson's Bay Company Archives, writes about the records available to the public at the Archives of Manitoba, and they are explained in an accommodating video.

Newspaper Articles

Learning about Canada’s Irish settlers Grosse Ile, located in the middle of St. Lawrence River, Quebec, is known as Canada’s Quarantine Station, but according to Ellie MacNeil, it is not known well enough by the public.

Read what she had to say about Grosse Ile, and Irish immigration to Canada, at the Friends of the Haliburton County Public Library’s Lunch and Learn event on April 17th, 2013.

You can go to htto:// to see the databases, which are online at Library and Archives Canada.

Historic P.E.I. resort lost to fire When Stanhope Beach Resort burned to the ground on Tuesday, Prince Edward Island lost an historical landmark. It opened as a hotel in 1855, making it the oldest on the Island.

New Brunswick students participating in regional heritage fairs Eleven regional heritage fairs are taking place throughout New Brunswick in April and May.

Genealogical conference coming in May The Oshawa Express covers the OGS Conference which will be held in the city at the end of May.

Pictures and Story of the Week

Doors Open

Doors Open started in Glasgow, Scotland, and has been in Canada since 2000. It is a national program by Heritage Canada Foundation, based on the Doors Open Days concept. It welcomes everyone to come out to visit those hidden historical, architectural and cultural gems in their area. These buildings are normally closed to the public, or which charge an entrance fee, welcome visitors to look around for free.

The event which started it all off was Doors Open Ontario, which has run continuously since 2000. Other provinces having since been joined them, including Newfoundland and Labrador (2003), and Yukon and Saskatchewan (2005), for instance.

“Communities across the province open the doors to hundreds of historic buildings, places of worship, museums, private homes, industrial areas, green buildings, heritage gardens and other interesting venues,” said Liane Nowosielski of the sponsoring Ontario Heritage Trust.

This year, the theme is Cultural Expressions, recognizing the “relationship between heritage and the arts.”

Venues for the arts, including theatres, opera houses, art galleries, artist studios, recital halls and recording studios, are open for tours.

Trails and natural heritage sites are also included with walking, hiking and cycling trails, many of which feature special tours and activities.

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The next Canadian Week in Review will be issued Monday May 6, 2013