Monday, July 29, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 29 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


Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics

As of July 2013, the following index is available online -

Births 1864 – 1877, 1908 – 1912 (delayed registration 1830 – 1912)

Marriages Bonds 1763 – 1864 Registration 1864 – 1937

Deaths 1877 – 1874, 1`908 – 1962 City of Halifax 1890 - 1908 

If you want copies of the records for historical and genealogical research purposes, you can purchase them, as e-files at $10.84 each, or paper copies at $21.74 each.

To see the web site, go to


Acadian Heritage News There are all sorts of Acadian festivals taking place in Canada this year, and this blog has a list of them.

Facebook, Videos, You Tube

Perth County Branch Facebook  This is a current page, with up-to-date news items. 

Newspapers Articles of the Week

Province commits $1.5M to spruce up N.S. streets The Nova Scotia government is spending $1.5 million a year to help Nova Scotians upgrade streets across the province as part of a new program -  the Communities, Culture and Heritage Department.

Regina teacher travelling to Europe to visit battlefields of First and Second World Wars There will be 28 Canadian educators, who will travel to Europe on a 10-day tour “to receive professional development training on the battlefields”.

Heritage Society telling story of resettlement The Heritage Society of Milltown-Head Bay d’Espoir is telling the story of resettlement from the small isolated south coast communities of Grole, Round Harbour, Pushthrough Muddy Hole.

Historic Calgary Week explores past, from oil to aircraft July 26 to Aug. 5, the Historic Calgary Week, is telling the history of the city’s most venerable buildings and artifacts, such as the Hudson’s Bay Building, Second World War aircraft and pioneer cemeteries.

Remembering Canada’s forgotten war htto:// Joyce, founder of the Pictou County Military Museum in Nova Scotia, is hoping to bring the Korean War to the forefront of people today.

Story of the Week

The Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913–1918

Ottawa-based Arctic scientist and historian David Gray, is leading the retracing of the steps of the 1913-1918 exploration of the Arctic, in which three men -  Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Rudolph Anderson and Diamond Jenness , discovered a whole new Arctic, never before known to the world.

David Gray, Bob Bernard and their crew members are re-visiting campsites used during the 1913-18 expedition. They are collecting artifacts and scientific samples, document their journey on film and searching for clues to the answer about Capt. Bernard’s disappearance

The Museum of Civilization has a virtual exhibition called Northern People, Northern Knowledge, which has stories, photos and films on the Expedition

They take portions of the writings of John Hadley, who was Captain of the ship, the Polar Bear in 1913, and put it against the writings of the people on the Expedition today. A neat idea!

Reminder: Check out Canadian Week in Review every 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 posted 05 August, 2013