Monday, June 16, 2014

Canadian Week in Review 16 June 2014

I have come across the following Canadian websites, social media websites, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.


Niagara Historical Society
Founded in 1895, this society is located at Niagara-on-the-Lake, which was the former capital of Upper Canada (Ontario), and the place where some of the battles of the War of 1812-1814 took place.

They sponsor Historical Walking Tours of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and there will be a A Garden Party on the Eve of the Great War: Commemorating the Declaration of the First World War, on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

This Week in History

In 1811, Thomas Douglas, the 5th Earl of Selkirk was granted 300,000 square kilometres of territory in an area now occupied by Manitoba, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Selkirk paid 10 shillings a year rent on the land.
To read more about the Earl of Selkirk, go to,_5th_Earl_of_Selkirk

In 1925, the United Church of Canada held its inaugural service in Toronto. The united Church was formed by the merger of the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregationalist Churches.
To read more about the union, go to 

In 1841, the first Canadian parliament opened in Kingston, Ontario. It was held there from 1841 to 1844.
To read the history of Canada, go to Parliament of Canada at

In 1886, fire razed the city of Vancouver. It started when flames from a brush-clearing fire blew into tinder-dry brush in the west of the city. It destroyed more than 1,000 wooden buildings, and it killed at least eight people, but as many as 28 may have died. 

To read more about the fire, go to Great Vancouver Fire at 

In 2008, the Ontario home where Lucy Maud Montgomery penned many of the books in her Anne of Green Gables series was named a national historic site.

To read more about the author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, visit

Social Media

No new blogs this week.

Newspaper Articles 

Privateer Days 2014 to Set Sail in Liverpool
Liverpool, Nova Scotia, located on Nova Scotia’s southwestern shore, will host the 29th edition of Privateer Days from June 20 to 24 this year.

Liverpool was one of British North America's leading privateer ports, and activities for the 2014 edition of Privateer Days include a live encampment, battle re-enactments by the King's Orange Rangers, tours of the Old Burial Ground, and an artisan workshop.

Two curators losing jobs at Canadian Museum of History due to reorganization
One of the curators has 38 years of experience, and was involved with such exhibits as Heart and Soul (on Quebec folk art), and a virtual exhibition called Nettie Covey Sharpe House.

Fireworks festival will proceed even if trees remain at Museum of History site
It looks like the National Capital Commission is not going to cut down trees by the Museum of History so that the firework festival can take place this year.

Princes bringing Canadian history to Mississippi River cruise
Shannon and Bryan Prince from North Buxton, near Windsor, Ontario, will be featured on an "Authors and History'' Mississippi River cruise in the spring of 2015. The paddlewheeler will travel from Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nova Centre could get design OK

But on the other hand ...

Halifax heritage group goes to court to challenge Nova Centre design

Australian War Memorial signs deal with Canada to commemorate Allied history of World War I
The Australian prime minister made an announcement during his recent visit to Ottawa that a major touring exhibition is planning to come to Ottawa from Australia for the 2017-18 season. 

Human remains found under Ottawa's Queen Street headed to museum 
The City of Ottawa are in talks with people of the Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian faiths to figure out what to do with the remains that workers uncovered while they were doing construction work at the Queen Street site earlier this year. 

Story of the Week

Source: Table of Description of Records, Heir and Devisee Commission, RG 1 L 5, p. 4 Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa  H-1133 reel 1( accessed 15 June 2014)

Errors found in the Ontario Heir & Devisee Commission 1777-1854

Lorine McGinnis Schulze, the author of the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog at, asks if anyone has come across the errors that have been found in the Ontario Heir & Devisee Commission 1777-1854 papers.

This digitized (but not indexed) collection of 21 microfilm reels, ranging from Volume 1 to Volume 104, at the website, on the Heritage webpage, has noticeable errors.

What she has discovered is that has put the incorrect volume numbers to the wrong explanation of what is inside the volumes.

So, she has been writing about this since last year, and has started to placing the correct volume number in a number of blog posts, and they are - 

Heir & Devisee Commission 1797-1854 on - Listing Errors and a Workaround (August 30, 2013)

Home District Land Certificates 1787 to 1795 (May 17, 2014)

An index to Niagara area Loyalists and their Land Certificates (May 16, 2014)

Home District Land Claims 1803 & 1804 - Corrections to Faulty Content List (May 21, 2014)

Home District Land Claims 1803 & 1804 - Corrections to Faulty Content List Part 2 (June 14, 2014)

If you are working in these files, it is advisable that you keep aware of the corrected list, and read her blogs, because it will save you time and confusion as you work through them.

As a researcher, I and others, say “Thank you” to Lorine and her series of posts on this error that she has found with regard to these papers.

Reminder: Check the Canadian Week in Review next 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 June 23, 2014.

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