Monday, May 27, 2013

Historical Maps of Toronto

Nathan Ng would like to share with us his newest site. His blog is called Historical Maps of Toronto.

The site is an easy site to use, online collection of notable pre-1900 maps of Toronto. Specific maps that researchers may find of utility include the 1858 Boulton Atlas of the City of Toronto and Vicinity, and the 1860 Tremaine Map of the County of York, Canada West.

He says that “I hope the site will facilitate discovery and exploration, as well as serve as a convenient resource for casual research [It's also enormously fun to randomly browse through]. The site is intended to serve as a companion resource for my previous mapping project, Goad's Atlas of Toronto -- Online!

I would be delighted if you could please share this with anyone who would enjoy it or find it useful as a resource...

I will be using the site when I am called to do research in Toronto. 

The site is at If you go to the website and like what you see, drop him a line at

Canadian Week in Review

May 27 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


The Ottawa Journal 1941-1960 Ottawa, Ontario  $ This is a subscription service, but it has the latest in updates. They have a Clip Service, and a sample page that you can view.

The Winnipeg Tribune 1901-1949 Winnipeg, Manitoba $  This is a subscription service, but it has the latest in updates. They have a Clip Service, and a sample page that you can view.


Chroniques ancestrales  This blogger write about his  Bélanger, Caron, Dagenais, Dusablon et Therrien lines.

Facebook- YouTube – Video

BC Students Celebrate Centennial of Canadian Expedition with Historical Videos


Petition looks to rename Victoria Day ‘Victoria and First Peoples Day' would share holiday with Aboriginal Peoples

Concerns About Serious Mismanagement of the Library and Archives of Canada Read what Dick Eastman has to sat about the  trouble at library and Archives Canada.

Island students receive awards at annual Heritage Fair The winners are listed for Grades 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Huge cache of Canadian history hits U.K. auction block, tests Library and Archives Read about the huge cache of Canadian history left by Sir John Coape Sherbrooke, the Nova Scotia governor who conquered Maine during the War of 1812 and later served as Canada’s governor general.

Government of Canada designates first two heritage lighthouses in British Columbia Two lighthouses in British Columbia have been chosen by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. They are the East Point Lighthouse on Saturna Island and the Fisgard Lighthouse in Colwood.  

Story of the Week

National Aboriginal History Month

In June, Canadians celebrate Aboriginal History Month,which is an opportunity to honour the heritage, and cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

June was declared National Aboriginal History month in 2010, after Nanaimo-Cowichan Member of Parliament, Jean Crowder, introduced a motion to make June a month of recognition for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. 

June has long been a month of celebration and remembrance in Canada, with National Aboriginal Day on the 21st, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on the 24th, and Multiculturalism Day on the 27th.

Families, an Ontario Genealogical Society journal, recently published two papers on Canadian Aboriginal people.

The first one was about Squire Davis, who came to Canada after the Revolutionary War in the United States, and lived outside of the city of Brantford, Ontario. This article appeared in the February 2013 issue.

The second paper was about Marguerite Brien 1793- 1865 "Fille Naturelle", a Mohawk woman from Oka, Quebec, who, with her family, travelled all over Eastern Ontario in the 1800s. It was published in May 2013.   

For events that will take place during the month, go to

The next Canadian Week in Review will be issued Monday June 3, 2013