Monday, July 8, 2013

Canadian Week in Review - 08 July 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.


Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979
This is a web site that is added to every so often. Baptisms, marriages and burials of the Catholic Paris Registers. It also includes some confirmations and some index entries for Montréal and Trois-Rivières

The family register also extends to Ontario. The web site says that “The surname spellings were anglicized over time with the predominant ones being SHIRK, SHERK, and SHERRICK. The purpose of our web site is to help Schürchs learn their ancestry and to facilitate networking with each other”.

Waterloo Region Generations
Have you seen this site before? It contains about 250,000 people with over 1,000,000 source citations. They say that the people are in context of how “they relate to community members, businesses, buildings, organizations and places”


A new blog about Oshawa, Ontario. The site says it “contain timelines, news clippings, birth/marriage/death/grave records, photos and stories of the people I am researching, as well as the history of streets and houses in the village of Oshawa”.

Facebook, Videos, You Tube

No sites for this week.

Newspapers Articles of  the Week

Latest Update: It appears that the library and archives building in Lac Megantic, in the Eastern Townships in Quebec, has been destroyed by fire in the run away train accident that occurred early Saturday morning.

Up-to-date news is available at

Which province has the largest land size? and other questions about Canada In case you missed this last week when Canada celebrated its 146th birthday on July 1st, here are some questions about the country. How many did you get correct?

Halifax artist, soldier chronicles her time at war
A new exhibit at Halifax's historic Citadel Hill is teaching people about the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of a young soldier and artist who there - Bombardier Jessica Wiebe.

The Friends of the Terry Fox Collection and the future Canadian Museum of History have reached an agreement where an exhibit will open at the museum in 2015, in memory of the 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope.

The Jet Aircraft Museum at London, Ontario is excited that it is going to transport and restore a CF-101 Voodoo from the air base at Greenwood, Nova Scotia. This is one of the Royal Canadian Air Force's most important  Cold War fighters – the Voodoo 006.

Story of the Week

Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede can trace its beginning back to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its first fair. In 1912, American promoter Guy Weadick organized his first rodeo and festival, known as the Stampede.

He returned to Calgary in 1919 to organize the Victory Stampede in honour of soldiers returning from World War I. It became an annual event in 1923 when it merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition, and the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede was created.

This year’s stampede is still going on despite the flood which has occurred there the past couple of weeks.

Did you know that they have an archive? They do, and it is called The Calgary Stampede and Libraries and Cultural Resources, and it is housed at the University of Calgary.  

 The archives include - photographic images, board and committee minutes, annual reports, daily programs, and souvenir programs. It also includes people associated with the Stampede - all rodeo and chuck wagon contestants, the winners of those events dating back to 1912, and the sponsors and prizes.

In addition, the archives contain Stampede collectibles such as posters, Stampede Post Office cachets, letterhead stationery, invitations, souvenirs, prize trophies and many other historical items.

You can also visit their online archives where you will find digitized images of Stampede posters, thousands of photographs, databases of rodeo and chuck wagon contestants and collections of corporate publications such as annual reports and souvenir programs.

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 15 July, 2013