Monday, September 9, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 09 September 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


Biggar Branch, Saskatoon Genealogical Society The website says that the “Society members have recorded and indexed cemeteries in the R.M.'s of Biggar and Glenside, and the cemeteries at Landis, Cando and Lett (Rosemount). The Biggar Branch has published a list of births, deaths and marriages from The Independent Biggar, SK for the period 1913 to 1950 and they are available for purchase. Other indexing projects have included: obituaries from The Independent -1984 to 2006, undertaker records, census records, Canadian National Railway seniority lists and early school registers”. Note: These indexes are not online.

Barnardo’s Homes The website saysBarnardo’s ran hundreds of children’s homes across the UK from Thomas Barnardo’s day until the 1970’s. We don’t run orphanages and children’s homes anymore. However, this is a complete directory of all the homes and what has happened to them”. Note: I have used this list while doing research, and have found it to be a good list to locate Barnardo’s homes in the UK.


Genealogy Home Children in Canada This is a new site, provides an excellent list of Home Children websites in Canada.

Gone Researching: Genealogy experiences, thoughts, ... and we'll see where we go with this This new blogger is following family line in Ontario, among others.

Facebook, Videos, You Tube

Photos: New Brunswick’s Internment Camp B70 is a photo archives of Internment Camp B70, located in  Ripples, N.B. It housed more than 700 Jews in the early months of the Second World War.

Newspapers Articles of the Week

Ottawa is a work in progress Ottawa’s Carleton University professor Andrew Cohen write about the choice of Ottawa as the capital of Canada, and how so many people disagreed with Queen Victoria’s choice in 1857. The Maine Sunday Telegram suggests a trip to Quebec should be on every Mainer's must-do list.

Blackberry tea honours group's wartime heritage Read about how the British Columbia Women's Institute helped the Second World War effort by canning fruit and vegetables and sending them to Britain.

British Home Children enhanced Canada’s mosaic about how a British Home Child stayed in the grandparents home of writer Bill Hamilton, and how he was able to trace her voyage back to Liverpool, England.

Doors Open in Ontario this fall See the lineup of  the Doors Open in Ontario this fall.
Story of the Week

Some land records have been digitized

(Based on a bi-weekly column I write for the Vankleek Hill’s The Review. Parts of the column appeared on August 28, 2013) is a Canadian company in Ottawa which is preserving Canada's published history and some of these non-indexed records will be – free! Over the next ten years, it will work with 40 institutions, such as libraries, the Library and Archives Canada, and archives, to “identify, catalogue, digitize and store documentary heritage—books, newspapers, periodicals, images and nationally-significant archival materials—in specialized research databases”.
The part of which interests me is the Heritage Project at
The Heritage Project is going to take some of Canada’s most popular archival collections, such as 60-million pages of FREE primary-source microfilm images from the 1600s to the mid-1900s.
I have read the list and I am impressed! What would have taken me years to find these documents in the different institution across the country, will be appearing online right in my own computer.One of the first projects that they have done is the Heir and Devisee Commission of the Upper Canada (Ontario) Land Records. 
Records can include (although not always) affidavits, bonds, location certificates, powers of attorney, orders-in-council, copies of wills, mortgages, deeds of sale, and testimonial letters.

The digitized copies of the microfilm reels onsite appear in the same order as on the microfilm reels themselves. Remember, unfortunately, there is NO index by name.
Alternatively, the records are arranged by district, then by type of document, then in chronological, alphabetical, or numerical order.
The list of microfilm rolls are on, just click on the reel you want to view, and it is there for you to research.

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 on 16 September, 2013