Monday, September 7, 2015

Canadian Week in review (CWR) 07 September 2015

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

This Week in Canadian History

A note to researchers, did you know that before September 1955,the Anglican Church of Canada was known as the Church of England in the Dominion of Canada.

In 1977, the church's General Synod adopted l'Église épiscopale du Canada as its French-language name, and the name was changed again in 1989 to l'Église anglicane du Canada.

To read more about the subject, go to

On 02 September 1912, a wild west show cowboy named Guy Weadick, started a show called the Calgary Stampede, billed as the The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth, and The Last and Best Great West Frontier Days Celebration. 

Over 150 riders from Western Canada and the US arrive to claim the purse, and 25,000 spectators watch the six day pageant of bronc busting, calf roping, trick riding and steer wrestling at an oval arena at the confluence of the Bow River and Elbow River. 

The Stampede reopened again after the First World War, in late August, 1919, when it was billed as the Victory Stampede. It was then renamed the Calgary Stampede, and it has been held annually every summer.  

To read more about the Calgary Stampede, go to

Social Media

I am so glad that Fred Blair has decided to do a blog on War of 1812 Canadian Stories at

Among Canadian genealogists, he is a recognized authority on the Canadian side of the War of 1812, and has spent many hours going over the microfilm at the Library and Archives Canada.

To use his own words, his blog will be “a collection of stories on life in Upper Canada organized in order by the date of the event. You can search for stories related to historical events like the Battle of Queenston Heights on October 13, 1812, by checking that date or the days before or after that date". 

There is also a name index and list of sources. 

Newspaper Articles

Nova Scotia

Amherst to meet with Heritage Trust over BMO building

Amherst is going to meet with representatives of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia to discuss the fate of the former BMO building, but it’s continuing to move forward with the demolition process.

Halifax's first zoo is well-kept secret of Fairmount history

The year 1847 was a long, long time ago — so long, in fact, that the area around what is now Joseph Howe Drive and the Armdale Rotary was a little on the wild side.

One of the area's well-kept secrets is that there was a zoo located in what's now known as Fairmount. 


THE JOY OF GENEALOGY: Beware the seven dastardly deeds of genealogy

The Catholic religion has a list of seven cardinal vices, the Seven Deadly Sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony. 

Heritage on the buses, rails and Internet

There is big-time heritage fun on the buses, on the rails and online in the London region this month.

The bus gets rolling on what is wittily dubbed “the steel wheels tour” on Sept. 19 when the London and Middlesex Historical Society and Architectural Conservancy of Ontario London team up to offer a day trip into London, St. Thomas and Port Stanley railway heritage.


Kennedy House tea room faces 2.5 year closure: province

A popular summer destination north of Winnipeg has spent the summer closed and won't open again anytime soon.

Captain Kennedy House, a privately-run tea room in St. Andrews, was closed by the province in April after engineers found the 150-year-old historic building had structural problems.


Proposed Bill Would Make Province More Accountable for Archives

Bill 141, which is the Archives and Public Records Management Act, which has yet to be proclaimed, will advance government accountability for the management of public records, particularly electronic ones.

The Stories This Week 

Is Canadian Family History Month in our future??

I listened to Jill Ball's six-hour Hangout on Air last week on the subject of Australia National Family History Month, and it lead me, once again, to wonder if Canada should have such a month, so that the county can focus on their family history. 

If you listen to the hangout, Jill was successful in bringing Australian genealogists from all over the county together, and they discussed various topics addressing their societies, groups, bloggers, and conferences. 

I thought it was very good, and along with the help of Dear Myrt and Cousin Russ in the United States who helped Jill with the technology stuff. Jill did a good job.  

So to get back at the question - Do we need a family history month in Canada? Do we want a family history month in Canada? Do we need to define Canadian genealogy? Does our genealogy need a national forum like Canadian Family History Month?

What do you think? Would it be a good or bad thing for us to start working towards the goal of having our own family history month? 

If you need some direction, take a look at 


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