Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Costumes and Halloween

The Library and Archives Canada has just put a virtual exhabit of Costumes and Halloween fancy dress balls that were hosted by Lady Aberdeen at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in the 1890s.

The exhabit is on Flickr at

Value of Hotel Registers

Have you ever thought of using hotel registers as a genealogical resource? I haven't, but they would be a good resource to search for information about your ancestor in local libraris, and archives.

There will be a meeting of the Wellington County Branch on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Zehrs Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, 1045 Paisley Road, Guelph, at which Dr. Kevin James, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph, will talk about The Hotel Visitor’s Book: Secrets, Lies and Everyday Jottings.

In this talk, Kevin explores the value of the hotel register as a historical source, drawing on surviving books from Victorian Ireland to show how they illuminate infidelity, modes of travel and the social regimes of the hotel.

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