Tuesday, December 31, 2013

LAC has a new version of the Naturalization Records (1915-1951)

The LAC has sent the following announcement -

“Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the online database Naturalization Records, 1915-1951. The nominal index has been extended with the addition of more than 93,000 names and now covers the years from 1915 to 1939, inclusively. Work is ongoing to extend the nominal index to 1951, and volunteers are welcome to help.

This database is one of the few Canadian genealogical resources specifically designed to benefit researchers having roots other than British. The reference numbers indicated in the database can be used to request copies of the original naturalization records, which are held by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Library and Archives Canada would like to thank the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal and its volunteers, without whom this project would not have happened”.

The database is at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/citizenship-naturalization-records/naturalized-records-1915-1951/Pages/introduction.aspx

You can write to Cdn-Nat-Coord@jgs-montreal.org

Monday, December 30, 2013

Archive CD Books - Midwinter SALE

We have just received this notice from Malcolm and Chris at the Archive CD Books site -

“Once again we are running our limited time midwinter sale:

We have marked almost ALL OF OUR CANADIAN PRODUCTS down an amazing 50% for the duration of the sale.

We are also clearing our Inventory of British (UK) products (i.e., already made and packaged) at up to 40% off.  There is only one of two of each of these and once they are sold - THAT’S IT!  (After all the idea is to CLEAR the stock - not to remake it.)

All the sale prices are marked in our online catalogue AND for your quick reference there is a temporary, new CATALOGUE CATEGORY, “Sale Up To 50% Off” so come to our web site and view the regular catalogue,


follow the link below to go straight to the complete listing:

This sale won’t last for ever but the more popular you show us it is the longer it will last!  (British CDs excepted - when they’re gone - they’re GONE!)”

Postscript: I have bought books from Archive CD Books before, and I have always been impressed with the quality and top-notch care that is taken by Malcolm and Chris in putting the books on CD. They do an excellent job of putting historical books onto CD.

Friday, December 27, 2013


Ancestry.ca is giving you FREE ACCESS to more than 100 million records from Canada and around the world. Limited time only - ends December 29th.

The Canadian records are -

1921 Census of Canada

Canada, British Army and Canadian Militia Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1795-1850

Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900

Canada, City and Area Directories, 1819-1906

Canada, Registers of Prisoners of War, 1803-1815

Saskatchewan, Canada, Residents Index (SRI), 1800-2012

Go to http://search.ancestry.ca/search/group/favourite2013

Buildings may soon be named after prominent Canadian women

Credit: This image of Laura Secord is from Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto by J. Ross Robertson.

Postmedis News reports that the government has floated the idea that buildings in Canada may soon be named after prominent Canadian women in history.

The example that the government gives is that a building in St. Catharines, Ontario could be named after Laura Secord, the War of 1812 heroine.

But no decision has yet been made.

If you want to read more about the plan, the story Prominent Canadian women may soon have names etched into history is at http://www.canada.com/Prominent+Canadian+women+soon+have+names+etched+into+history/9323249/story.html                                                                                                                                                

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Boxing Day

Borrowed from Britain, and adopted in Canada as a Christmas holiday, Boxing Day is the day after Christmas Day.

 In Britain, it was customary for employers to give their employees "Christmas boxes" of money or presents as thanks for good service throughout the year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Aboriginal Heritage Portal

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce updates to the Aboriginal Heritage Portal at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/aboriginal-heritage/Pages/introduction.aspx

And there you will find a variety of sources for the researcher including the archived version of the School Files Series - 1879-1953, Research Guides and Finding Aids, Researching Your Aboriginal Ancestry at Library and Archives Canada, and a special Genealogy and Family History site at http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-607.002.01.01-e.html.

There is enough material here to keep you busy for days.

Monday, December 23, 2013

NOTICE: Canadian Week in Review

The next Canadian Week in Review will not be published for the next two weeks because of the Holiday Season. 

The Canadian Week in Review has the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in country.

The next post will be on Monday 6 January 2014.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

TONI Update

24,541 records have been added to The Ontario Name Index (TONI) bringing the total number of entries to 2,514,931.

The index now includes records from the following Ontario Heritage Organizations:

- Millbrook Cavan Historical Society

-Bruce Township Historical Society

-Westminster Historical Society

-Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogy Group

-Northumberland County Archives

You can search these records at https://www.ogs.on.ca/integrated/toni_database1.php

Postscript: December is membership month at the OGS. For the yearly rate of $61.20, you can join the provincial society. Go to http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogsblog/

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tallest Lighthouse in Atlantic Canada Protected

Point Amour Lighthouse (Newfoundland and Labrador) has been designated as a heritage lighthouse under the Canadian Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, has designated an iconic landmark of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Point Amour lighthouse, as a heritage lighthouse under the Canadian Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act (HLPA).

The HLPA, which was adopted in 2008, allows for the protection of federally-owned lighthouses on Canada's coastal and inland waters that have significant heritage value. Administered by Parks Canada, the HLPA helps ensure Canada's maritime history is protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Canadians have nominated hundreds of lighthouses to be considered for designation under the Act

Quick Facts

Point Amour Lighthouse is the tallest in Atlantic Canada, and the second tallest in the country.

Located at L'Anse Amour, on the Strait of Belle Isle, this lighthouse was built in 1857 to increase the safety of transatlantic shipping.

The lighthouse is associated with the most famous marine disaster in the history of the Strait of Belle Isle, the wreck of HMS Raleigh, a British warship, in 1922.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has agreed to acquire this lighthouse and protect its heritage character.

There are two sitye you may like to check, and they are

HeritageLighthouses of Canada

Designated Lighthouses http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/progs/lhn-nhs/pp-hl/page01.aspx

Friday, December 20, 2013

Meagham's Atlas (1880) of PEI


The P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation has commissioned a reprint of Meagham's Atlas (1880), the most comprehensive property atlas ever published on Prince Edward Island. It goes on sale today at various museums, and bookstores around the island.

Meanwhile, you can search the atlas by surname and town/lot number online at the following websites -

Names Appearing in Meagham's Atlas (1880) http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mvreid/pei/35atl80.html

Searchable database of the Patron's List/Directory of the 1880 "Meacham's Illustrated Historical Atlas of Prince Edward Island". Searchable by town/lot and surname http://www.islandregister.com/meachams/patronindex.html

Thursday, December 19, 2013

International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Conference 2014

The IAJGS conference will be held in Salt Lake City next year from July 27-Aug 1.

The press release says that “This conference brings together people from all over the world who are interested in Jewish genealogy. Last year’s conference in Boston had over 800 people representing 20 different countries, including researchers, archivists, writers and bloggers.

In addition to presentations on Jewish genealogy, this year’s conference will have strong representation on events leading to the beginning of World War I, which approaches the 100th anniversary of its beginning.

An important notice to all registrants – you will be encouraged to share family stories and pictures from the World War One era. These stories and pictures will be compiled into an online volume which will provide a unique resource for genealogists and historians. Please gather your stories and pictures to be ready to upload them once Registration opens in late December”.

To go to Website http://conference.iajgs.org/2014/

To go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IAJGSConference

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Caledonian Club of PEI~ annual Burns Concert

Next year marks the 255th anniversary of the birth of Robbie Burns, and celebrations will be taking place all over Canada. One of the celebrations will be at the Caledonian Club of P.E.I. where they will present the 125th annual Robbie Burns concert -

"The Caledonian Club of PEI will present the 125th annual Robbie Burns Scottish Concert, on Friday, January 24, (storm date Jan. 25th), at 7 pm at the Carrefour Theatre, 5 Acadienne Drive in Charlottetown.

The 150th anniversary of the Caledonian Club of Prince Edward Island will be held throughout 2014, with special events to mark its sesquicentennial of Scottish culture and Island traditions to complement the history of the Club.

This year also marks the 255th anniversary of the birth of Burns (Jan. 25, 1759), known as Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet and the Bard of Ayrshire, where many referred to him as The Bard.

The club is overjoyed to welcome back Tom MacDonald who makes his home in Arisaig, N. S., with his wife, Maria, and family. MacDonald and his guitarist, Rob Wolfe, have built up a considerable following on the Island, and are always delighted to performing on this side of the water.

In his day job, MacDonald is a lobster fisherman on the Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. But his real love is the wonderful music of his Scottish ancestors and the great songs of the sea.

In addition to MacDonald, Burns’ songs, music, poetry, and Highland dancing will be performed at the concert on Jan 24th".

Tickets will be available at the door.Adults $10 and children under 12 admitted free. Tickets are also available by calling the following club members: Cecil MacPhail, 892-2181; John Bryanton, 566-2082; Bill Acorn, 892-1666; Douglas MacKenzie, 394-0669; or Eleanor Boswell, 368-7378.

The grand finale will include club members and performers on stage for the singing of Auld Lang Syne.

Tom’s website is https://sites.google.com/site/tommacdonaldceltictenor/home

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Burleigh Papers Online

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario and its archives has just announced the public launch of their latest digital initiative - the digitization of the Dr. Herbert Clarence Burleigh fonds.

I took time and checked certain family names, and found quite a bit of information - especially Loyalists families of the area. For example, it just doesn’t pertain to people in Kingston, there was information on the townships of the Bay of Quinte area too.

They say that “Through the Burleigh Family, and in particular, Peter and Evelyn Burleigh, whose generous donation has made this exciting initiative a reality, and in collaboration with the Internet Archives of Toronto the research amassed by Dr. Burleigh on approximately 1,000 families, who have roots in the Kingston region, is now available on-line”.

You can go to the website at http://archives.queensu.ca/databases/genealogy/burleigh.html

Monday, December 16, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 16 December 2013

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


No new websites this week.

Social Media
Writing Up the Ancestors http://writinguptheancestors.blogspot.ca/ Janice Hamilton writes about her family (James Hamilton) who emigrated from Scotland to Upper Canada and the United States.

News Articles
Sikh Heritage Month http://www.sikh24.com/2013/12/april-is-sikh-heritage-month-in-ontario-as-ndp-mpp-jagmeet-singhs-bill-passes-final-reading/#.UqhdldJDvKo April has been designated as Sikh Heritage Month in Ontario, the bill passed final reading in the legislation this month.

Oversized map brings history to life http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/4264251-oversized-map-brings-history-to-life/ The newspaper reports that “Students at Huron Park Public School follow in the footsteps of Laura Secord, Sir Isaac Brock and other historical figures on an 88-square-metre map produced by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, with the support of Canadian Heritage”. What a cool idea!

Dave Obee: At 155 years, we offer a fresh look at the past http://www.timescolonist.com/news/world/dave-obee-at-155-years-we-offer-a-fresh-look-at-the-past-1.754516#sthash.p1gk7W1G.dpuf Dave Obee tells us that they now have expanded the digitization project to include all of the Colonist issues from 1910 to 1920, which means that the newspaper now covers the First World War.

Conservatives ask public how we should celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/12/11/conservatives-ask-public-how-we-should-celebrate-canadas-150th-anniversary-in-2017/ The Heritage Department is asking us how we want to brand the 150th Anniversary of Canada?

Story of the Week
Canada Post

M. François-Xavier Giroux dressed in his fall clothing. 
Credit: William James Topley/Library and Archives Canada/PA-012269

I suppose everyone has heard of the changes coming to Canada Post – eg the elimination of door-to-door delivery, but how many of us know the history of the post office in Canada.

It all started in 1755, the first post office in Canada opened in Halifax. It was started so that military communication could be improved between Britain and North America, so the British started a monthly packet run to New York. From there, any available vessel carried mail to Halifax, until 1788, when regular packets called in the port.

And did you that one of the first databases to be put on the Library and Archives Canada website was the http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/post-offices/index-e.html.

The database documents changes of postmasters at individual post offices located across Canada. The data relate to open and closed post offices located in the ten provinces and territories.

For additional information, you can go to http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/archivianet/0201/020129_e.html which is also at the Library and Archives Canada website and they have Canada Post Publications, biographical notes about the people who have created stamps used by Canada Post, and the government files about the post office.

Reminder: The next Canadian Week in Review will be Monday January 6, 2014 because of the Holiday Season. Check the Canadian Week in Review for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in country. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Are you curious about your Finnish origins?

The Library and Archives Canada has a blog about tracing your Finnish Ancestors.

Do you want to know who your first Finnish ancestor was and when he or she left Finland and arrived in Canada? Are you curious about your Finnish origins?

That say that “If so, our website is a great place to begin your research. Here you will find a page dedicated to genealogical research at http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-905.009-e.html This page provides you with historical information, archival documents and published material from the Library and Archives Canada collection, as well as links to other websites and institutions”.

If your ancestor came to Canada between 1865 and 1935, you might find his or her name on http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-908.003-e.html

You can also check these websites -

Finnish Canadian http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_Canadian

The Genealogical Society of Finland http://www.genealogia.fi/sss/indexe.htm

Finland's Family History Association http://www.sukuhistoria.fi/sshy/index_eng.htm

Saturday, December 14, 2013

British Women’s Emigration Association Database

The British Islands Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) has just written to me about a new database which they have just put on their site - British Women’s Emigration Association Database.

They say that “The Hon. Mrs. Ellen Joyce was the head of the British Women’s Emigration Association (BWEA) from 1901 until 1919. Mrs. Joyce was married to a Church of England clergyman and they resided at St. John’s Croft, Winchester, Hampshire, England. Most of her work appears to have been carried out from this house as the address shows frequently in her correspondence.

The aim of the Association was to encourage middle class women to emigrate to the colonies because of a perceived surplus of women in England and Wales while there was a dearth of British women in the colonies, particularly in Canada and Australia. The 1901 Census revealed that there were a million more women than men in England and Wales.

The young women ranged in age from 14 to mid 40s and the majority went to Ontario or Western Canada, most were single but a few of the older women were widows. All were said to be `of good character’.

Any records in England that contained information on individual women were destroyed in 1964, therefore the records held by Library and Archives Canada have added significance for any persons researching women’s immigration to Canada”.

To view the database, go to http://www.bifhsgo.ca/cstm_mrsJoyce.php

Friday, December 13, 2013

CrowdSourcing: OGS and The Ontario Heritage Fairs Association

The OGS and the Ontario Heritage Fairs Association (OHFA) are teaming up to CrowdSource to see if they can continue to offer provincial heritage fairs for students in Grades 4 to 10.

“The OGS supports this initiative by providing a prize for the best genealogical project at each regional fair, with the aim of encouraging our future genealogists and historians.

This year’s Provincial Fair is in need of funding and to this end, the OHFS is running a CrowdSourcing campaign". 

If you wish to support the work of the Association and to fund another Provincial Heritage Fair in the spring of 2014, please visit them at https://chimp.net/groups/ontario-provincial-heritage-fair

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Acadian Family Recipes Newsletter

Yvon Cyr has written to tell us that they will be “creating a newsletter to share Acadian Family Recipes. Get together with family members over the holidays and pick your favorite, and send it to us.

We are looking to have this newsletter out by February 2014.

Have a great Holiday!”

The website is www.acadian.org
Gwyneth Pearce, Secretary of the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, has sent the winter meeting schedule, and it is -

Tracing Your African Heritage in the British West Indies
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 1 – 5 p.m.
This half-day course will cover the basic principles of research, how to read and interpret slave registers, what to look for in vital records, church records, parish registers and much more.
Instructor: Pooran Bridgelal
Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

The Social History of Medicine in 19th Century CanadaTuesdays, February 4 & 11, 2014, 2 – 4 pm
This two-part lecture series will examine life and death and the role of medicine in Canada in the nineteenth century, as well as the revolution in Canadian medical education from 1875 to 1920 that extended life span and professionalized medicine and medical training.
Instructor: Dr. Marianne Fedunkiw
Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

Making the Internet Work for GenealogyWednesdays, February 12, 19 & 26 & March 5, 2014, 6:15 – 8:15 pm
This four-week course is aimed at those who have considerable experience already with using the Internet for genealogy, but who are interested in learning how to fine tune their search abilities and how to take advantage of the social networking opportunities the Internet provides.
Instructor: Marian Press
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto

Tracing Your East Indian Heritage in the British West IndiesSaturday, February 15, 2014, 1 – 5 pm
This half-day course will cover the basic principles of research, how to understand indenture contracts, what to look for in vital records, church records, parish registers and much more.
Instructor: Pooran Bridgelal
Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

The Social History of Dress in 19th Century CanadaTuesdays, February 18 & 25, 2014, 2 – 4 pm
This two-part lecture series is intended as a primer to the social history of dress seen in 19th century photographs, with a special emphasis on Canadian history. The course will cover the period from 1840 to 1910.
Instructor: Ingrid Mida
Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

Introduction to Genealogy and Family History
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10 am – 3 pm
A fast-paced one-day course that introduces some of the type of records and techniques needed for researching your family tree. It highlights vital records (civil and church), census records and probates (wills), showing how to extract and evaluate data.
Instructor: Linda Reid
Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
They are parented by the OGS and the North York Central Library.
To learn more, you can go to http://torontofamilyhistory.org/

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Annual general meeting at the Niagara Peninsula Branch

The area that is covered by the Niagara Peninsula Branch of the OGS

Tyler Stevens, the Membership Coordinator at Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society write to tells us of a meeting that they will hold this Thursday at 7 pm.

They will feature a Genealogy Showcase, Branch Voting & the Holiday Gathering. Looking forward to seeing what folks have put together for their Showcase's.

So if you have a something to show or tell, email niagara@ogs.on.ca to book your time.

The website of the Niagara Peninsula Branch is http://www.ogs.on.ca/niagara/

Global Genealogy makes an announcement

Global Genealogy has just made the announcement that they have almost completed work on a book and CD called Genealogical Extracts from the Perth Courier Newspaper 1834-1929.

Global Genealogy says that "It will be an 8 volume set of genealogical extracts from the Perth Courier newspaper that were published between 1834 and 1929 (known as the Bathurst Courier in its early years).

They say that the series will be available in a coil-bound printed edition, and as books on CD (searchable pdf). Buy individual volumes (sorted by year of publication) or save by purchasing a complete set.

The series includes 3618 pages of extracts of births, marriages, deaths, silver and golden anniversaries and other information of genealogical interest - about 40,000 extracts in all. All are extensively indexed including cross referencing and females listed by both maiden and married names when known.

They say that they will announce the release date in an early January newsletter. A complete online index will be provided at that time . This collection will be a valuable addition to every genealogical reference library that has a Canadian section".

Global Genealogy website is http://globalgenealogy.com/

Monday, December 9, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 09 December 2013

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


No new websites this week.

Social Media

South Peace Regional Archives http://southpeacearchives.org/ It was founded in 2000 and is the first regional archives in Alberta. It covers the district of Alberta - the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie, the Municipal District of Greenview, and the Municipal District of Spirit River.

Who’s Your Grandaddy http://whosyourgrandaddy.ca/A genealogical research service specializing in the acquisition of documents relating to Canadian research for the following provinces - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
News Articles

Poster contest draws on military history http://lethbridgeherald.com/news/local-news/2013/12/poster-contest-draws-on-military-history/ Read about how the entrants are down this year in the student poster contest for Remembrance Day at the Lethbridge Legion, Alberta.

St. Louis: Ship of Fate exhibit at Museum of Industry http://www.ngnews.ca/News/Local/2013-12-06/article-3532713/St.-Louis%3A-Ship-of-Fate-exhibit-at-Museum-of-Industry/1This exhibit tells of the St. Louis, a ship of Jewish refugees from the Second World War who were not allowed to enter into Canada.

Local’s search for family history leads to university degree at age 76 http://www.lucknowsentinel.com/2013/12/04/locals-search-for-family-history-leads-to-university-degree-at-age-76 This article is about Carolyn Helfenstein, the editor of The Teeswater News from Bruce County, Ontario who went to university to earn her diploma at age 76. Her thesis was called “In Search of an Identity,” which she intends to turn into a book called “Rock Solid: The people of Newfoundland.”

Rose Murray updates classic Christmas cookbook with more history, new recipes http://www.brandonsun.com/lifestyles/breaking-news/rose-murray-updates-classic-christmas-cookbook-with-more-history-new-recipes-234464131.html?thx=y With so many cookbooks out at Christmas, it’s often hard to choose which one to buy, but here is one that combines Canadian history and cooking.

Harrietsfield man helps re-create history http://globalnews.ca/news/1005211/harrietsfield-man-helps-re-create-history/ Global News reports that Blair Higgins is the president of Loyalist Arms and Repair, a company in Harrietsfield (outside of Halifax) that specializes in recreating historical props inspired by the 17th or 18th century.

More bones found during Queen Street road work. Workers stumbles on old Methodist cemetery, an early 19th century burial ground http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/more-bones-found-during-queen-street-road-work-1.2455001This is the third finding on human bones under Queen Street since September. People think they are connected to the 19th century Methodist Cemetery that once was on the site.

Story of the Week

Christmas Lights Across Canada

For the past 29 years, Ottawa has led to country in the Christmas Lights Across Canada.

As in past years the official illumination ceremony took place on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6 p.m. on Parliament Hill and was hosted by Benoit Huot, Paralympic gold medalist, and Jean-Luc Brassard, Olympic gold medalist and Assistant Chef de Mission of the Canadian Olympic Team for Sochi 2014

They were joined The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and a representative of Manulife Financial.

Adding to the festive mood of the evening, the celebration included performances by the Dunlop Public School Choir and Big Soul Project, a community gospel and groove choir.

The ceremony was broadcasted live on Rogers TV, Cable 22, in Ottawa, and an edited version will be re-broadcast throughout the holiday season on community cable stations across Canada.

Those in attendance were invited to indulge in some favourite winter treats: BeaverTails® pastries, hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows (free while supplies last).

For more information on the Christmas Lights Across Canada program, members of the public can contact 613-239-5000, 1-800-465-1867 or visit www.canadascapital.gc.ca. TTY (text telephone for the hearing impaired) is available at: 613-239-5090 or toll-free 1-866-661-3530.

You can also go to http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1379447340362

Reminder: Check the Canadian Week in Review next Monday for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in country! The next post will be on 16 December 2013.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Connections Journal Autumn 2013 Issue

The fall issue of the Connections journal has been sent out by the Quebec Family History Society located in Montreal.

There are many short articles in this issue, and they are –

The Farnsworth/Phaneuf Connections by Rene E. Peron in which the author writes about the connections between the two families going back 300 years.

Captives Carried to Canada During the French and Indian Wars by Dawn Miller Quellette in which she talks about the Farnsworth family as it is related in the book New England Captives Carried to Canada – 1677 – 1760 by author Emma Lewis Coleman.

Pilgrimage for Bert: Remembering the 1st Anti-Tank Regiment, 1st Canadian Divison by Shelia Snow Wilkins in which Wilkins writes about the trip she and her husband took to Sicily this past summer to visit the places where her father fought in the Second World War.

Filles du Roi: Brides of New France by Dawn Miller Ouellette writes about the young women who came to New France looking for a husband. One thing new I learned that if they did not find a suitable suitor in Quebec City, they would travel on to Three Rivers, and then to Montreal, if they did not find a man to marry.

Ouellette also has written an article on The Battle of Chateauguay (the cover has the photo of the painting of the battle) as it has been 200 years since the Canadians fought the Americans on the shores of the Chateauguay River in October 1813.

 If you want to see what else the QFHS offers, you can go to http://www.qfhs.ca/ http://www.qfhs.ca/          

Saturday, December 7, 2013

IMPORTANT: Ontario Genealogy Society Open Forum

This notice has just come into the office

The Ontario Genealogical Society invites members and non-members to join in an online discussion with President, Shirley Sturdevant. Ask questions and make comments about the changing face of OGS and volunteer opportunities with the Society.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m.

More information will follow.

This forum is open to anyone who is interested but you may express your interest and receive a reminder and your own copy of the login information by contacting the OGS provincial office at provoffice@ogs.on.ca.

Please use the subject line “GS Open Forum.”

I will be there. Will you?

The Nova Scotia Genealogist

The Spring 2013 edition of The Nova Scotia Genealogist with the lovely photo of the painting of the West Hants Historical Society Museum in Windsor, Nova Scotia is on the cover.

An article entitled Visit to West Hants Historical Society by J. Fralic-Brown on page 19 of the edition tells you all that you want to know what the museum holds on its shelves and in filing cabinets.

The main article is The Putman Family of Massachusetts and Nova Scotia by D. Armauda. 

The author says that the complete Putman family history has never been written to his knowledge, and we just get a glimpse of his work in this article.

He has everything sourced, and a very good genealogy explained in very easy to understand terms as he traces them from England, to Massachusetts to Nova Scotia.

They have included the latest books in the Reference Department of the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library, at the GANS Office Library, and the Scotiabank Family History, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax.

To see more about GANS, visit http://www.novascotiaancestors.ca/ and their Facebook page at

Friday, December 6, 2013

Halifax Regional Municipality Archives

One of our readers recently sent me information about the Conversion List from the old street numbering system to the new street numbering system on the Halifax Regional Archives.  

Already the reader says that he has found it very useful and have already looked at several ancestors' houses on Google Street View using the modern address.

He continues on to say that “A lot of my family research focuses on Halifax. Whether using City directories, deed indexes, or death certificates, the civic address of my research subject is often listed and can be used for many helpful purposes. Between 1958-1965 however, the City of Halifax renumbered all civic addresses from a 2-digit to a 4-digit number, so if you're interested in locating the current site of a pre-1958 ancestor's residence you were out of luck”. 

So take a look at the site and the list.  

I had fun this afternoon looking at their Virtual Exhibit which featured photographs, maps, and anniversary events that have taken place in Halifax-Dartmouth over the years.

Thanks to Neal for sending me information on this site.

The website is at 

Global Genealogy Bookstore has put out their Holiday newsletter full of new products for you to check out.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kingston Penitentiary: Home to Canada’s most notorious criminals

The four men are Albert McKeowan, James McDonald, Philip Benoit, and George Marles. These photos were taken in 1915.  Credit: Library and Archives Canada, RG73-C-6 

The Library and Archives Canada has just released the ledgers from the Kingston Penitentiary for you to research if your ancestor spent time there when it opened in 1835.   

Located in Portsmouth, now part of Kingston, this institution was designated for the incarceration of prisoners from both Upper Canada and Lower Canada.

Kingston Pen, as it is commonly known, closed its doors on September 30, 2013.

These ledgers, which have been digitized and can be viewed on the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) website at http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/pam_archives/index.php?fuseaction=genitem.displayItem&lang=eng&rec_nbr=4292048

You will have to know the name of the person you are looking for in this instant.    

The ledgers provide photographs (mug shots) of inmates and information such as name; alias; age; place of birth; physical description; occupation; crime committed; and date, place and length of sentence.

Special Holiday Season Membership Gift

The Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa are offering a special Holiday Season Membership Gift to you.

If you sign up for a standard membership, you will receive an extended Membership Level Membership, and your membership will be extended by one extra month. If you purchase a Plus Level Membership, your membership will be extended by two extra months.

Put in the promotional code AC138 in the printed copy of the sign-up form, and bring it to the box office, or you can call the box office at 819.776.7100.

To see the levels of membership, you can go to http://www.civilization.ca/about-us/get-involved/membership-program

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Get savings from Ancestry.ca

Have you ever subscribed to Ancestry.ca monthly newsletter? If you haven’t subscribed yet, maybe you should consider doing so now, because they are offering savings on products for the month of December.

If you subscribe to the December Holiday Issue: 'Tis the season! you can get exclusive savings on Family Tree Maker 2014, Blurb and more!

OGS Conference - Hank Jones Jr interview

Steve Fulton, the Chair of the 2014 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference that will be held. May 1 to May 4, 2014 at Brock University in the Niagara region of Ontario, has posted an interview he had had with the keynote speaker – Hank Jones Jr.

His speech which is entitled How "Psychic Roots" became an "Unsolved Mystery" will be presented on Saturday evening at conference banquet.

The interview is about 8 minutes long, and is interesting to listen to at http://www.ogs.on.ca/conference2014/hank_jones_interview.mp3

Two things which struck me was that he said “Genealogists are story tellers”, and “Document everything”. Family history is a series of family stories and we must document everything we write - that should be our mantra as genealogists.

Postscript: Conferences are held every year in Ontario, and as a member of the OGS you are entitled to special discounts for the conference. December is membership month at the OGS. For the yearly rate of $61.20, you can join the provincial society.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 02 December 2013

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


Souvenir of Toronto: Announcing the Robert MacIntosh Collection on the History of Toronto http://library.ryerson.ca/asc/2013/11/souvenir-of-toronto-announcing-the-robert-macintosh-historical-toronto-collection/ Ryerson Polytechnic University Archives has just acquired the personal collection of 141 books of long time Toronto resident, Robert M. MacIntosh.

They rang from the date 1807 to 1988 and the topics include  “historical accounts, biographies of notable Torontonians (including John Toronto himself, Bishop Strachan), tourist keepsakes through the years, maps, centennial publications, and TTC brochures”.

FamilySearch Wiki - Category:Charts and Forms FamilySearch has forms of the following -

1861 Canada Census

1871 Canada Census

1881 Canada Census

1891 Canada Census

Social Media

Membership Renewal

http://saskgenealogy.blogspot.com/2013/11/membership-renewal_23.html Membership fees will be increasing for all membership renewals in 2014

News Articles

Oil-industry money won’t influence exhibits, museum of civilization  CEO vows http://www.ottawacitizen.com/travel/Canadian+Museum+Civilization+gets+sponsorship+deal+from+Canadian+Association+Petroleum/9210141/story.html Because of this investment, the Museum of History will be able to mount a special exhibit called 1867 which will show how  the new country called the Dominion of Canada evolved from the colonies of British North America. The exhibit will be on from November 2014 to September 2015, and then it will tour the country.

Record $15-million donation to Calgary Stampede Foundation http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Stampede+Foundation+create+heritage+centre+with+record+donation/9214611/story.html A new western heritage centre will be built with the donation by Don Taylor and it will be the future home of the Stampede Archives.

Discover the Humanity in History with New Novel http://www.choosecornwall.ca/eng/news/743/57/Discover-the-Humanity-in-History-with-New-Novel/The novel Shadows in the Tree,  tells the story of Maria Catrina Eamer who came with her children over the Adirondack Mountains as they fled to Canada to escape the American Revolution.

737 takes off from City Centre Airport, lands safely at new home http://globalnews.ca/news/999859/737-takes-off-from-city-centre-airport-lands-safely-at-new-home/The Alberta Aviation Museum will be the new home for the Boeing 737. It was with the Pacific Western Airlines, and was retired from Air Canada’s service in 2005.

Story of the Week

There are many website staring to appear celebrating Canada 150th anniversary in 2017.

If you want background information on Canada’s 150 Birthday, you can read about it at the PARLIAMENT of CANADA site at  http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=5614610&File=84

2017 starts now The CBC has started the celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday already on their website http://www.2017startsnow.ca/

Local app celebrates Canadian heritage

http://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/103621/Local-app-celebrates-Canadian-heritage Well a Kelowna company has developed a new app that is all about having fun and learning about our amazing country at the same time.

Reminder: Check the Canadian Week in Review next Monday for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in country! The next post will be on 09 December 2013.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

November 2013 Families Part II

The Ontario Genealogy Society journal Families has issued its November issue, and here are the papers included in Part II.

The first paper More Than Dates: Lives Revealed Through Ecclesiastical Records by Ellen Paul, the 2nd place Keffer Writing Contest winner.

In addition to the story she tells of Jean Baptiste Cotton, she demonstrates how to use the Drouin Collection when proving genealogy.

The surname keywords are Archambault, Beaudry, Cotton, DeGuay, Débussat, Dussault, Gauthier, Gauthier dit Landreville

“Up to Rawdon” Explained is a paper by Daniel B. Parkinson in which he explains how he came to write his 2-volume set of genealogies about the people from Rawdon, Quebec and their migration to such Ontario counties as Wellington, Huron, Grey, Bruce and Simcoe Counties.

The surname keywords are Burton, Bourne, Copping, Corcoran, Dugas, Eveleigh, Gray, Hamilton, Holiday, Holtby, Jefferies, Johnston, Keo, Mason, Norrish, Parkinson, Pearson, Scroggie, Rourke, Sadler, Smiley, Tiffin, Turner, Wade

“Feathers in the Family”: The Story of Magdeleine Pewadjiwonokwe by Lynne Duigou is the story of a ‘county marriage’ between Charles Denys de Laronde Thibaudiere and Magdeleine.   

The surname keywords are  Croteau, Pewadjiwonokwe, Laronde, Gaucher, piot, Langevin, Missosikwe, Tessepatikokwe, Gradmotagne, Okajagaw, MacFie, Douglas, Robinson

I Am a GOON: The Willox Search by Cathie Blackburn is the influence that the Guild of One-Name Studies has had on her study of her family name – the Willox.  

The surname keywords are Willox, Cole, Harper, Legge

Postscrpt:  December is the yearly membership drive by the OGS. This year the basic membership is $61.20 which is a deal for all the benefits that you can receive from the Members Only pages at http://www.ogs.on.ca/index.php