Monday, November 9, 2015

Canadian Week in Review 09 November 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

In 1873, during the "Pacific Scandal," Sir John A. Macdonald defended himself against corruption charges in a five-hour speech to Parliament. He resigned as prime minister two days later.

To read about the "Pacific Scandal," go to

Social Media

Video: From the CBC archives: Nellie McClung celebrated in Manitoba

With Manitoba set to mark a century since it became the first province to allow some women to vote, we look back at efforts to honour Nellie McClung, who was instrumental in the fight for women's votes in Canada.

(Video) Arizona woman searches for Quebec birth parents on Facebook
Julie Levanhagen was adopted when she was just 9 days old.

She spent the first seven years of her life growing up in Fabreville, before moving to Wisconsin and then settling in Arizona.

(Video) A living history of Canada's Great War effort a century later

A hundred years ago, a young Canada was engaged in one of the deadliest global conflicts the world has ever witnessed.

The Great War, as it was known then, lasted more than four years (1914-18) and eventually claimed the lives of nine million combatants, including more than 60,000 Canadians.

Upcoming Events

Gwyneth Pearce, the Publicity Chair of the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society sent me the winter 2016 lineup of educational events.

Registration is now open for -

A Series on Social History: A four-session course on Tuesday afternoons in February to develop your understanding of your ancestors’ everyday life and challenges – with a focus on medicine, food, clothing and footwear in 19th century Canada. Speakers: Ingrid Mida, Sarah B. Hood, Sheila Knox and Marianne Fedunkiw.

· Introduction to Genealogy and Family History: A fast-paced one-day course on Saturday 20 February to introduce you to records and techniques that will help you research your family tree. Instructor: Linda Reid.

· Ulster Historical Foundation – North American Tour 2016: A full day of lectures on Saturday 5 March by two research specialists from the Ulster Historical Foundation – for those with Irish or Scots-Irish ancestors. Speakers: Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt.

· Hands-On Library Edition: A three-session course on Wednesday afternoons in February and March on how to use one of the largest databases of Canadian and international genealogical records. Instructor: Carol Nichols.

· Drop-In Library Edition: A series of three relaxed drop-in sessions on Wednesday afternoons in March, April and May for family history researchers to meet each other and practice skills with the help of Toronto Branch volunteers.

Further information is available on the Toronto Branch website at

Newspaper Articles


The View From Fogo Island

Next year, 2016, St. Andrew’s congregation, Fogo, will be celebrating the centennial of their present church building, having been opened and dedicated for divine worship on Aug. 13, 1916.

New Brunswick

Cenotaph plaques will be replaced by Remembrance Day

Plaques to replace those stolen from the New Brunswick cenotaph in downtown Fredericton will be ready for Remembrance Day says Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Bill Fraser.


A living history of Canada's Great War effort a century later

Stolen Chute-a-Blondeau, Ont., church safe found in Quebec ditch

As I reported last month on a number of churches had been broken into, they have found the safe in a ditch of the l'Église de Saint-Joachim, in the small town of Chute-à-Blondeau, a the safe was unopened.


THE JOY OF GENEALOGY: 5 websites to search for an elusive Canadian veteran

Nov. 11 is Remembrance Day, a national day that marks the anniversary of the end of the hostilities of the First World War (Nov. 11, 1918).

Province launches 'virtual museum' highlighting Franco-Ontarian heritage

History buffs, teachers, parents and students are among the targeted audiences for a new Virtual Museum of Franco-Ontarian Heritage. The website was unveiled Thursday to more than 300 delegates at the opening of the 44th annual Ontario Museum Association conference in Windsor.


Manitoba government celebrating Women's History Month\

The Manitoba government is celebrating Women's History Month today, as it looks ahead to the centennial of the province granting some women the right to vote.


Day in History, Nov. 7, 1910: 75 per cent of men applying to Canadian navy suffer from 'motion picture eye'

A story out of Ottawa reported 75 per cent of men applying to the Canadian Navy being rejected because of motion picture eye and cigarette heart

Day in History, Nov. 6, 1910: New post office opens without ceremony

Although the city’s first post office building, it was actually Edmonton’s eighth main post office in 30 years.

Staff moved into the city’s largest building at the time, “under cover of darkness,” the story said.

Canadian news stories this week

I am going to join them …

Just like James Tanner* and Randy Seaver** said in their blogs this week, fewer people, in fact, less than 10% are blogging every day, and I have decided to pull the plug on my daily news blog. BUT, I am not totally going away. I will still be doing the Canadian Week in Review (CWR), and it will be published every Monday, as usual.

Given my commitments of finishing a certificate course through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, the editorship of the OGS Families, and an increase in my research services, I had to cut back somewhere – and the daily blog is the thing which was let go.

 Meanwhile, I have added Upcoming Events to the news, and I will highlight a genealogical events or events that is taking place somewhere is Canada.

At this time, I would like the thank everybody who supported me since I started my newsletter which later turned into a blog, and I hope to see you every Monday morning reading the Canadian Week in Review (CWR). 

*What is the future of genealogical blogs? James Tanner

* *Three Days of Genealogy Blogging Statistics by Randy Seaver

 And that was the week in Canadian news!

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