Monday, September 16, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 16 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

No new websites this week.

It has been since 1775 that the ship, the Hector arrived at Brown's Point, near Pictou, N.S. carrying 178 Scottish immigrants to Canada.

The first large wave of immigration that made Scots the predominant ethnic group in Nova Scotia. A replica ship was later built to commemorate the voyage and is on display in Pictou harbour.

You can read about the trip that Phil Neville took to The Hector Exhibit Centre & Archives in Pictou at

Facebook, Videos, You Tube
Terry Copp Presents “Italy: Normandy’s Long Left Flank” A Video Lecture If you are interested in Canadian military history, this video will interest you.

Newspapers Articles of the Week
Historical Names The Star Phoenix of Saskatoon has a Op-Ed piece in which are discussed the new names that the city council has for streets in the city. The writer wonders if they are dismissing the city’s past?

Banff pavilion highlights WWI internment camps Did you know the Canada had internment camps during the First World War? Parks Canada unveiled a new pavilion Friday in Banff that hopes to shed light on internment camps built across Canada during the First World War.

New Initiative to Document History of Canada’s Greek Immigrants The Greek Reporter has an article in which they report that the Canadian Greek community will be setting up the Greek Canadian History Project (GCHP). It will be “an initiative designed and committed to identifying, acquiring, digitizing, preserving, and providing access to primary source materials which reflect the experiences of Canada’s Greek immigrants and their descendants. The collected sources, currently in the hands of private individuals and organizations in the Greek-Canadian community, will be placed in the care of the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections of York University Libraries in Toronto.”

Sarnia man searches for roots – in his genes Thanks to Gail Dever in bringing this newspaper article to my attention. It is the story about Alan Campbell, of the Lambton County Branch of the OGS, and the many hours he has spent in tracing his own family.

Canadian Army Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the Battle of Medak Pocket has been 20 years since Canada sent peacekeepers over the Bosnia. The Battle of Medak Pocket, which occurred in September 1993, which Canadian and French peacekeepers defended their position against Croatian forces, making it possible to stop the escalation of violence in the region.

Story of the Week
More Powerful Free Genealogy Search
Word has been received from GenealogyInTime Magazine, an Ottawa business, that they have enhanced their search engine.

The press release reads that “the world’s most popular online genealogy magazine, and one of the world’s largest free genealogy websites, is announcing a very significant upgrade to our free Genealogy Search Engine. It continues to become even more powerful:

• An additional 532 million free genealogy records from around the world are now searchable. In total, the Genealogy Search Engine indexes 2.7 billion records from over 1,000 websites.

• In a first for a genealogy website, the entire Google Newspaper Archive can now be searched by the Genealogy Search Engine. This extremely valuable archive covers over 2,000 historic newspapers going back as far as the 1700s.

• The massive Australian Trove archive can now be completely searched with the Genealogy Search Engine.
To learn more about the latest upgrades to the free Genealogy Search Engine, read
I use their news service at the end of every day, just to see what has happened during the day. It is at
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 23 September, 2013