Monday, February 10, 2014

Canadian Week in Review 10 February 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.


Dwayne Meisner Website Dwayne says that the 1921 census transcriptions for all of Halifax County, Nova Scotia are now complete. If you are interested in viewing the records, visit and click on "Halifax". Then in the dialog window, click "Halifax County - 1921". (Please note that if you are not already a member of his site, you will have to complete a FREE registration form and become a member before accessing the links.)

He also says to let him know if you spot any corrections that need to made. He is also looking for more volunteers to help with the transcriptions of the other counties. Many of the counties are already started, including Annapolis, Lunenburg, Queens, Cape Breton, Cumberland, Colchester, and others.

If you are interested in volunteering, even if it is for only one sub-district, please visit for more information.

Can you help Dwayne?

Social Media

RootsTech 2014 Videos There are at least a dozen videos here. Everything from Judy Russell talking about her Scots-Irish genealogy, to Dr. Spencer Wells talking about how genealogy is taking over from gardening as the Number 1 hobby in North America. So there is something for everyone. 

News Articles

Work to begin Black History Loyalists Centre A new Black Loyalist Heritage Center will be built in Birchtown, outside of Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Building is scheduled to begin next month. 

Canadian military imposter turns in uniform after years of pretending to be officer I brought you story last week, and now it seems that the imposter has turned himself in to authorities.

The Big Move: Historical barn hits the road to be relocated This barn was moved last week to Heritage Acres Farm Museum near Pincher Creek, Alberta. There is video at the site.

Canada's Online Archives Expand with Digitization Project, NFB Content Deal Library and Archives Canada is expanding its digitization project with additional National Film Board collections.

Gift for all Manitobans - Books preserve First Nations teachings based on interviews with elders A new series of books released in Manitoba will bridge the gap between what has been taught in schools and the reality of aboriginal culture with the Oral History Project.

Prince Edward Island Genealogy See how PEI genealogists are uncovering records of those families most closely related to the Fathers of Confederation. 

How Jewish ‘enemy aliens’ overcame a ‘traumatic’ stint in Canadian prison camps during the Second World War Read how Canada housed 2,300 men of German and Austrian origin during the Second World War who had been shipped over here from Britain as “enemy aliens”. 

Music to be central theme of first National Capitol History Day The first National Capital History Day will be held in Ottawa on April 4th. It is based on th National History Day in the US.

New Story of the Week

As you know, FamilySearcvh held its third RootsTech this week at Salt Lake City to astounding crowds, both those onsite, and those of us who watched it offsite, through live-streaming.

I mentioned that there were also interviews, and other bloggers who were there.

The interviews are covered in the Social Media Section on this post, but the bloggers have been summarized by Randy Seaver in his blog post, RootsTech 2014 Genealogy Blog Compendium, dated Sunday February 9 2014. 

Even M. Dane Rogers and myself are in the compendium, so be sure to take a look.

Next year, from February 12-14, 2015, Salt Lake City will host the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) together with RootsTech. 

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 the country! The next post will be published on 17 February 2014.