Friday, July 19, 2013
In this notice received yesterday, here are the 1842 Canadian Census for Canada West and Canada West -
“Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce that Canadians can now access the Census of Canada West, 1842 as well as the Census of Canada East, 1842 online. In 1841, Upper Canada was renamed Canada West, whereas Lower Canada became Canada East. These two jurisdictions are now known as the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
Each census is partly nominal and contains the names of heads of family, their occupation and the number of residents for each family.
For the Canada West (Ontario) Census, go to
For the Canada East (Quebec) census, go to www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1842-Canada-East/Pages/about-census.aspx
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Ontario Genealogical Society has, at present, four Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
A SIG is a permanent group of OGS Members with an interest in some other topic, such as a geographic location outside Ontario (e.g. immigrants from a particular country), an ethnic or cultural group (e.g. natives or a particular fraternal organization), or an event (e.g. a particular emigration scheme).
Currently, the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are
Irish Palatines - http://www.ogs.on.ca/ip-sig
Ireland - www.ireland.ogs.on.ca
Scottish - Currently, there isn’t a website for the Scottish SIG, but you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
British Home Child - www.ogs.on.ca/SIG-BHC/index.htm
If you are interested in joining this SIG or taking on a role of responsibility, please contact OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant email@example.com.
There is an interest in establishing a Huguenot SIG and a Métis SIG; both are currently seeking the necessary 25 Members.
E-mail the Provincial Office http://firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to see one of these formed.
The website is www.ogs.on.ca/branches/sig.php
The obituaries from the Toronto Star have recently been updated on Ancestry.ca.
Over 17,000 images have been added to the database, and the database contains more than 98,500 names
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The now-former Heritage Minister, James Moore, was replaced with Shelly Glover as the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages during yesterday’s federal government cabinet shuffle.
Minister Glover, a Métis, is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Saint-Boniface in
Her profile says that “Prior to entering federal politics, Mrs. Glover served as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for almost 19 years. She had a diverse career in a variety of positions including undercover work, child abuse investigations, youth crime and gang investigations, and general patrol. Mrs. Glover has a high level of proficiency in the French language and was the first female and bilingual spokesperson appointed by her department”.
While we welcome Minister Glover to her new post, you will notice that there is nothing in her profile which would lead anyone to believe that she will be sympathetic to the genealogy community, the Library and Archives Canada, or the 1921 Canadian Census (and its release), as was the impression given by her predecessor Minister Moore, who is now the new Minister of Industry.
But time will tell ...
Sunday, July 14, 2013
The OGS Conference 2014 will be held at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario (near Niagara Falls) May 1st to May 4th. It will be sponsored by the Niagara Peninsula Branch OGS.
And already there is a video on the site www.ogs.on.ca/conference2014/index.php, and you can see what is available in the immediate area.
Watch for more news on the conference. It sounds as if it is going to be exciting!
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Reminder: Check out Canadian Week in Review every Monday for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. The next post will be Monday 15 July, 2013
On July 13, 1940, the Canadian government announced the first conscription of the Second World War for 40 days' compulsory military training on or before September 15 by the first draft under the National Mobilization Bill.
The National Mobilization Bill arose because of the stunning German victories in Belgium and France, and we felt, that as a nation, we should get ready to repel the German Forces, if they ever decided to invade out shores. The act enabled the government to requisition the property and services of Canadians for home defence.
Single men between 21 and 34 would be called up first for training. This would affect approximately 800,000 Canadians.
It was modified in August 1942 to permit the government to send conscripts overseas via an order in council after a plebiscite in April 1942. In 1944, the government passed such an order.
To read about the National Mobilization Bill in the newspapers of the day, go to www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/newspapers/canadawar/conscription_e.shtml
The individual forms are available but they cannot be released until the person has been dead for 20 years. It will cost $40.00 to get access to the record. You also need a death certificate, or an obituary notice can be accepted.
You can send inquiries to Census Pension Searches Unit, Census Operation Division, Statistics Canada, B1E-34 Jean Talon Bldg, Tunney’s Pasture, Ottawa, ON K1A 0T6
Thursday, July 11, 2013
An additional 25,120 historical vital statistics have been added to the Nova Scotia Vital Statistics website.
These records were released on 31 December 2012 and since then have been digitized, fully indexed and checked for quality control.
This year's accruals include 14,378 births (1912), 4,359 marriages (1937) and 6,383 deaths (1962).
As usual, the birth records include some 'delayed' entries for individuals born in 1912 (or earlier) but not registered until a later date.
To search the records, go to https://novascotiagenealogy.com/Start.aspx
Samuel Wood, Montreal native who has returned to the city after being away for 18 years of studying and teaching in Britain, has a new blog called A History of Canada by Montreal Metro.
It’s a history based on the names of Montreal’s 68 metro stations.
He says he is “inspired by my fascination with the stories that shape the world in which I live”.
The stations tell the history of both France and Britain.
“Only in Montreal could you find Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, a French Jesuit explorer and teacher of Voltaire, on the same line as Robert Peel, prime minister of Great Britain and the founder of the London police force”, says Wood.
To read his blog, go to http://historyofcanadabymetro.com
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The use of this new postal code will ensure that all correspondence and packages will be sent directly to CCI's Innes Road location in Ottawa where they can be received and handled by our trained personnel.
Please update your mailing information immediately.
Canadian Conservation Institute
1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1B 4S7
My friends in the world of genealogy, Malcolm and Chris Moody, for a short period of time, are marking down the prices on most of their CANADIAN CD products by as much as 50%!
Still no shipping and handling charges within Canada.
Malcolm and Chris say that “We predict we won’t be able to keep this going for too long in this heat - so DON’T DELAY”.
The website is www.archivecdbooks.ca/acdbcanada.html
Personal Recommendation: I have known Malcolm and Chris over the past years in the Ottawa area, and have used their products. I can say that to have these books on a CD means that they are convenient, and easy to use ... and they don’t take up any room! All pluses in my world of books, books, and more books, and less and less room.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
I wrote in the Canadian News in Review on Monday that the library and archives at Lac-Mégantic had been destroyed in the fires resultant from the train disaster. Now word comes from the chair of the board of Lac-Mégantic’s library and archives, that they were planning to move from the two-floor location downtown to a bigger facility this fall. Now everything is gone.
To read the complete article, please go to www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/07/08/lacmgantic_casualties_include_quebec_towns_history.html
Reminder: Check out Canadian Week in Review every Monday for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. The next Canadian News in Review will be Monday July 15 2013
The following cemeteries have been revised on the GenWeb Canada website -
- Greenview / Rosalind United Church / Methodist Church Cemetery
- Westlawn Memorial Gardens & Edmonton Crematorium
- New Bergthal Mennonite Cemetery
- Red Willow Cemetery
Central Kootenay Regional District:
- Edgewood Cemetery
Cowichan Valley Regional District:
- Ladysmith Indian Cemetery
Peace River :
- North Rolla Lutheran Church Cemetery
- Sorenson / Carpio Cemetery
- Sylvan Public / Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
- Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery
- Ridgeville / South Ridge Cemetery
- Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic (New) Cemetery
- St Joseph's Catholic / St Norbert Koscio sw Jozefa Cemetery
- St Norbert Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
- Polsen St Mary's Roman Catholic / Chapel of the Assumption Roman Catholic Cemetery
- St George's Cemetery
- St Michael's Cemetery
- Windsor Cemetery
St Andrews RM:
- Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
West St Paul RM:
- Riverside Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
- St James Anglican Cemetery
Excelsior RM # 166:
- Rush Lake Cemetery
Remembers to say your “Thanks” to Marilyn Whiting, Cheyenne Kepke, Patricia Green and Julia Adamson for help indexing, and to Carol Wilkinson, Cheyenne Kepke, Chris Pfeifle, Dennis Schultz, Grace Peters, Henry Martin Hamm, Ian Coupland, John Berger, Marilyn Whiting, Myron Masnyk, Patricia Green, Susan Severdija, and Walter Smelski for photos & transcripts.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
This is a really neat idea!
On Saturday, August 31, 2013, there will be a golf fundraiser held at a local club called Fescue’s Edge, 18 Hagan Rd., Brant at 11:00 am Shotgun Start.
The cost will be $80 and it includes cart, lunch and donation to Brant OGS (Receipt for donation will be provided), and the deadline to register will be August 20, 2013.
You can contact email@example.com, or go to the web site at www.ogs.on.ca/brant
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
A press release has been released by the Historica-Dominion Institute of Toronto, in part it says -
TORONTO, July 2, 2013 - Stephen Smith, Chairman of the Board of The Historica-Dominion Institute, announced today that effective September 3, 2013 , the organization will change its name to Historica Canada.
'The new bilingual name will clearly and concisely reflect our focus on building awareness of our history and the values of Canadian citizenship, " said Mr. Smith. "These continuing priorities have formed our mandate since our two founding organizations, The Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion Institute, merged in 2009, and will continue to do so."
Based in Toronto with activities across the country, the organization's programs include the making of the popular Heritage Minutes - 60-second vignettes on Canadian History; The Memory Project, which provides audio, video and live platforms for the country's war veterans to relate their experiences; Passages to Canada, which gives newcomers to Canada a similar platform; the annual Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge; and Encounters with Canada, which brings more than 1,000 high school students from across Canada into Ottawa each year for a week of learning about their country. The organization is also presently building new interactive enhancements to its widely-used Canadian Encyclopedia, with those features slated to be unveiled this fall.
The new name will not take formal effect until the fall in order to allow for legal and logistical steps to be completed. In the run-up to the change and beyond, the present phone numbers, e-mail addresses, website and overall contact points for the organization will remain the same.
The webpage is www.historica-dominion.ca
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The annual BCGS Library Week will be held this year from July 15th to 21st, 2012. The Library Open House from 2-4 pm is on Sunday, July 15th.
Library Week is a FREE event, and refreshments will be served.
From July 16 to 21st, the Library will be open each day from 10 am to 3 pm. Volunteers will be available to assist you in searching the Library collections and there are talks scheduled each day on various topics – Scottish, Irish, English. Canadian, US and Australian research, and on using Ancestry Library Edition and our BCGS website and more.
The schedule will be -
Friday: United States
There will also be sessions available on using Ancestry Library, the Genealogical Research Library and the American Ancestors on-line databases, and Geni.com – and this BCGS website
For more information, go to www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=1563
The following record groups have been updated –
Ontario, Canada, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869 This database is an index to approximately 3.2 million marriages recorded in Ontario, Canada between 1801 and 1928
Toronto Star Obituaries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1999 - April 2000, February 2001This database is an index to over 2 million deaths that were registered in Ontario, Canada, between 1869 and 1938
Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s-1900s The majority of these records are from city directories, marriage records, land records, and census records.
You should check Ancestry at least every three months to see if the records have been updated.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Once again the Malpeque Historical Society is pleased to offer a roster of speakers for the 13th season of summer talks at Keir Museum.
The presenters will cover a variety of topics which are generally about the history of Malpeque and the surrounding area.
The talks will be held each Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on the dates listed below.
There is no admission but donations are gratefully accepted. Come join them and bring a friend!
The events will be as follows -
July 10 - Streetscapes of Princetown/Malpeque by Sally Hooff
July 17 - Growing up in Princetown by Olive Bryanton
July 24 - Tales from the Dead by Linda Jean Nicholson
July 31 - Horse Magic by Marian Bruce
Aug.7 - Stories of the Past by Friends of Keir Museum
Aug.14 - The Sad Tale of Maggie MacGee by Dutch Thompson
Contact Ruby Cousins for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org
The website is www.malpequebay.ca/keirmuseum.htm
Thursday, June 27, 2013
There is word out that Dick Eastman is coming to Halifax, Nova Scotia to give a full day of talks at the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
Enjoy a day with Dick Eastman, as he present four lectures -
The Organized Genealogist
A look at various methods of organizing record keeping by use of digital techniques. The talk focuses on converting paper based record keeping to all digital records.
Cloudy, with a Chance of Genealogy
A simple and down to earth explanation of what the cloud is and how genealogists can use cloud computing to simplify their own computer usage.
Putting the Genes in Genealogy
A look at the possibility that today’s genealogists may become the lifesavers of family and loved ones in the near future.
Conservation: Keeping up with Technology
How to make sure that your genealogy data is still readable by future generations.
Cost for the Eastman Lectures:
$45.00 for members includes lunch
$75.00 for nonmembers includes lunch
Email email@example.com to sign up and arrange payment.
The website of GANS is www.novascotiaancestors.ca
The website of Dick Eastman is http://blog.eogn.com