Friday, August 12, 2011

Late Summer Reading

The August issue of Families has just out, and in it, five books were reviewed. They are -

Education and Ontario Family History: A Guide to Resources for Genealogists and Historians by Marian Press.

This book is for the person who had ancestors in the educational system in Ontario, from the earliest days to the 1960s.

The six chapters range from Chapter One: "Where the Resources Reside" to Chapter Six, which covers the topic of post-secondary education.

The website is at

Tracing Your English & Scottish Ancestry Moorshead Magazines Ltd.

This is a collection of nineteen articles previously published by the company in their magazines, and include "British WWII Merchant Vessel Cards", "35 Top Sites for Scottish Research", and "Cornish Online Parish Clerks".

Each of the nineteenth subjects are written by such writers as Davis A. Norris, George G. Morgan (one of the Genealogy Guys), and Alan Stewart.

The website is

Some Early Scots in Maritime Canada, Volume 1 by Terrence M. Punch.

Here, he follows the history of the emigration of Scots from the mid-1700s to the 1800s.

He even partly reconstitutes passenger lists for the ships William Tell and Harmony.

The website is <>.

An Index to the Articles Referred to in Genealogy in Canada 4th Edition by Brenda Dougall Merriman.

This book lists 167 articles about genealogy in Ontario. Among the headings are "Afro-Canadian Ancestry", "Loyalists", and "Vital Statistics".

The website is at

Perseverance, Pranks & Pride by Joy V.C. Forbes.

There are over 1,700 personal names listed in this book about one-room schoolhouses in the Ottawa Valley.

Over 120 schools are listed, and photos are available.

You can go to her website to see more about one-room schoolhouses at

Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

Have you been to the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador site lately?

They have recently put new slides and audio recordings on the site from their April and May lectures, and Members can access these on their "Meetings & Lectures" page.

All 25+ years worth of back issues of The Newfoundland Ancestor have been digitised and put on their website for their members. For non-members they have made available a free sample issue that you can download and read.

And their website now has an interactive forum where they invite you to post genealogical queries, etc.

To go to the website, click om

Camrose Founders Days Festival

Celebrations at Camrose Founders Days Festival, Camrose, Alberta, August 12th to the 14th. It will mark 100 year milestones for many Camrose organizations. Daily activities take place Downtown on Main Street, Camrose Centennial Museum and the Camrose Railway Station Museum & Park.

On Friday, August 12 at 12:30, a "promenade" down Camrose's Main Street will take place before arriving at Founders Square for the honouring ceremony of the three founders - Rev. Thomas Torger Carlson, Mr. M.A. Maxwell and Mrs. Carla Didrickson-Hoyme.

After the ceremony, the public is invited to the Bailey Theatre to take in a reception, "meet" the founders, tour the 100-year-old theatre and visit the City of Camrose historical inventory.

On Saturday evening there be a graveyard expedition through Poplar Grove cemetery. Following that, you can meet Glenys Smith at the Railway Station for a ghost tour through the city.

On Sunday, a display at the Camrose centennial museum will highlight another groundbreaking member of the Hoyme family, this time featuring the millinery of Miss Hoyme, a relative of Carla Didrickson-Hoyme. A Mad Hatters fashion show at 1 p.m. will be held to recognize her accomplishments.

If you wish to go to the website, the address is