Monday, May 30, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 30 May 2016

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 1948, Canadian war ace Buzz Beurling was killed when his plane crashed during a flight to Rome. Beurling was recognized as "Canada's most famous hero of Second World War", as "The Falcon of Malta" and the "Knight of Malta", having been credited with shooting down 27 Axis aircraft in just 14 days over the besieged Mediterranean island. Before the war ended, his official total was 31. 

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Social Media 

(Tweet) Tweeting the Great War: Free Press retraces steps of Winnipeg soldier 

While fighting in the First World War, Cpl. Stanley Evan Bowen also fought to keep the flame alive between him and his sweetheart in Winnipeg by writing more than 150 letters. 

(Video) Celebration plans for Canada’s 150th anniversary announced in Saskatoon 

A national physical activity advocate will receive $5.4 million from the Canadian government to help mark the country’s 150th anniversary next year, according to an announcement made in Saskatoon Wednesday morning. 

(Video) Peace by Piece project threads WW I history together in quilts 

Peace by Piece, an exhibit showcasing a collection of quilts commemorating the First World War held its grand opening Saturday, honouring the men and women involved in the Great War. 

(Video) Ghost Town Mysteries: can Sandon, B.C. be saved forever? 

Across British Columbia, there is a common thread to how our historical towns are maintained – or rather, for the most part, aren’t. 

There is Barkerville and Fort Steele, heritage towns that have survived and become tourist attractions. 

But much more common are the dozens of ex-towns spread throughout every region where virtually nothing remains. 

(BLOG) Salt Lake City in September 

Jane MacNamara and a group of fellow researchers are heading to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City this September. 

The particulars of the trip are at 

Newspaper Articles 

Newfoundland and Labrador 

Harbour Grace courthouse placed on national list of endangered sites 

The National Trust for Canada has identified the Harbour Grace courthouse as one the top 10 endangered historic places in Canada. 

Great walks on the Rock: top 5 hikes in Newfoundland 

Hikers in the province will find history mingles with stunning scenery along its varied trails. 

Nova Scotia 

Halifax’s wartime history evoked in Battle of the Atlantic ceremony 

As the Battle of the Atlantic ceremony proceeded at the Sailors Memorial in Point Pleasant Park on Sunday, May 1, HMCS Montréal stood just offshore to carry out the committal of ashes ceremony while the Charlottetown sailed past on her way out to sea, and a container ship sailed up the harbour towards the container terminal. 

New Brunswick 

Dorchester students successful at regional heritage fair 

Five students from Dorchester attended the regional fair, and each student came back home with an award. Madison Holmes, Kassandra Goodland, Phaedra Williams, Dominick Fournier, and Cadence Nelson were all successful. 


CFB Borden making Canadian history with sacred soil collected at Vimy Ridge

For the first time in Canadian history, sacred soil recovered from a World War 1 battlefield in France will be repatriated in a ceremony to be held in Barrie next month.​  

Canadian Canal Society supports Welland Canal Memorial 

The Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force has received support from the Canadian Canal Society. 

Canada’s threatened heritage 

Canada’s iconic wooden grain elevators, a wooden Ukrainian church, the prairie grasslands, a particular lighthouse- these are all parts of Canadian heritage that have been listed as ‘threatened’ this year. 

Why Ottawa needs a national museum of Indigenous Peoples 

Walking down the tree-lined Mall in Washington, D.C., an Ottawa visitor might notice a familiar-looking building: the National Museum of the American Indian. 


Riding Mountain National Park to offer expanded Indigenous culture programming 

Parks Canada will offer more programming for visitors to learn about Indigenous culture and heritage in Riding Mountain National Park this summer. 

Make your list of Mustseeums 

Whether you’re inspired by nature or fascinated by history, Manitoba has you covered when it comes to museums. With over 270 across the province, there are more than a few that are likely on your must see list. We call those ‘mustseeums’! 

Manitoba celebrates provincial flag’s golden anniversary 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Manitoba flag, and the provincial government will commemorate the milestone with a special exhibit. 

Manitoba Museum sees record attendance Saturday 

The Manitoba Museum broke a record over the weekend, hosting 9,934 people in one day. 

The Museum offered free admission on Manitoba Day this past Saturday, marking our province’s 146th birthday. 

The crowd beat out the previous record by 53 per cent — 6,500 visits on a day in 2014 


Railway Museum picking up steam 

The Alberta Railway Museum held its season opening on the Victoria Day long weekend and is now welcoming locomotive enthusiasts from Fort Saskatchewan and the area to experience a ride on their 1913 steam-powered train. 

British Columbia 

42 sites to explore during Doors Open Richmond weekend 

Fancy trying dragon boating or taking a behind-the-scenes tour of a museum as an exhibition is installed? How about adding your own creative touch to a piece of community artwork? These are just some of the options offered at 42 arts, culture and heritage sites during the ninth annual Doors Open Richmond on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. 

Barkerville history celebrated in documentary series 

There may seem like no shortage of stories from the gold rush town of Barkerville, but a pair of researchers have gone rather far afield to find stories of Barkerville's citizens. 

Indonesian Canadian society to launch project to record community history 

While the historical stories of Chinese and Japanese Canadians have been recorded and told, another group of Asian Canadians is hoping to do the same for their community. 

Canadian Stories this Week is 15 years old! 

FamilySearch started with two key databases, which included Ancestral File and the International Genealogical File (IGI), along with a few minor genealogical databases 15 years ago. I remember it well! The site originally provided access to 400 million names. Today, FamilySearch contains more than 3.2 billion records. Isn't that amazing! 

The press release says that “Over the past 15 years, FamilySearch has gone through a number of changes and revisions. Users can now access billions of digitized images of original records. It now offers a single unified pedigree called Family Tree, which allows users to work with each other to coordinate their work, thus dramatically reducing needless duplication of effort.File and the International Genealogical File (IGI), along with a few minor genealogical databases. The site originally provided access to 400 million names. Today, FamilySearch contains more than 3.2 billion records.” 

And this week, in her weekly Wacky Wednesday hangout, Dear Myrt, went over the FamilySearch Pilot Indexing Tool, which is a Cloud Based Extension which will allow you to index the books the the Family history Library have at Salt Lake City which has your family name in them. 

Well, this is finally getting down to the nitty-gritty of the library. By indexing these books that have the names we are researching, we done't have tp wait for them to be completed be someone else. 

They won't be checked by someone else to the correctness, as it is done in the indexing programme, but they will be indexed. 

So take a look. What do you think? Is this a step forward? 

You can go to to view the video. You must register first at 

Canada Day celebrations 

The Department of Canadian Heritage is calling for volunteers to help with this year’s Canada Day celebrations. 

Volunteers will be assigned to Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History, where a total of about 350,000 visitors normally gather to partake in the festivities. 

Responsibilities of the 500 or so volunteers will include handing out flags, controlling crowds and helping people with special needs, among other tasks.

Manulife Financial Corp. will be this year’s sponsor for the volunteer program. 

You can email the Canadian Heritage Volunteer Centre at to obtain a copy of the application form or download the PDF version (1.3 MB), or call the Canadian Heritage Volunteer Centre at 819-956-2626. 

If you need more information, you can contact the following - 

The position that are required, are listed at

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 23 May 2016

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. 

Social Media 

(Video) Cité Mémoire: History comes alive in Old Montreal 

For the next four years, the trees, buildings and cobblestone streets of Old Montreal will be lit with a series of projections inspired by the history of the city. 

Newspaper Article

Prince Edward Island 

Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst, P.E.I. gets $500K in upgrades 

Visitors to Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National historic site in Rocky Point, P.E.I., will notice some improvements this season, as the park is undergoing $500,000 in upgrades. 

Tiny east-coast island losing land to the sea 

Lennox Island - off the northwest coast of Prince Edward Island - is in a battle with the sea, and the sea is winning. 

New Brunswick 

Little Free Library makes Saint John debut 

A bright red box in the shape of an over sized birdhouse sits attached to a tree in Bob Arseneault and Cindy Moyer's front lawn. The tiny library fits no more than 100 books, and the catalogue is constantly changing as people pick up a new favourite and leave behind something they've loved and want to pass on. 


Nellie McClung top choice for first Canadian woman on banknote: Poll 

Famous Five activist Nellie McClung is the No. 1 choice to become the first Canadian woman on the face of one of the country's banknotes, according to a recent online survey.

A look inside Kitchener's old Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 50 

The old Kitchener Legion building at 48 Ontario Street North could be the city's next arts hub according to a report that will be presented to the Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee on May 30 

Damage to Woodside National Historic Site pegged at $10,000, Parks Canada says 

Parks Canada says it will cost about $10,000 to repair damage caused by vandals at the Woodside National Historic Site in Kitchener overnight Sunday.  

In total, 66 panes of glass were broken in ground floor windows. 


Town of Kindersley, Sask., seeking city status 

The town of Kindersley is ready for an upgrade. 

Kindersley Town Council has voted in favour of submitting a request to the provincial government to give the community city status.  

British Columbia 

B.C. man trying to reunite lost wedding photo with its owners 

A Cloverdale man is trying to reunite a lost wedding photo with its rightful owners. 

George Bencze, a former photo technician at a Langley Shoppers Drug Mart, discovered the image sitting in the store's unclaimed pile more than three and half years ago and he's been hoping someone would return for it. 

Komagata Maru apology: Ship's story represents 'dark chapter' of Canada's past 

It's an apology more than a century in the making. 

Nearly 102 years after the Komagata Maru sailed into Vancouver, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will tomorrow (Wed) offer a full apology in the House of Commons for the government of the day's decision to turn away the ship, which was carrying hundreds of South Asian immigrants, most of whom were Sikhs. 

Canadian Stories this Week  

This weekend has been our first weekend of the summer, and since the weather was so nice, we were out enjoying it like the rest of our neighbors. So the CWR is very short this week. 

Hope you enjoyed your weekend, and we shall see you next Monday. 

And that was the week in Canadian news!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 16 May 2016

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

King's William War 

In 1690, the first major engagement of King William's War, British troops from Massachusetts seize Port Royal in Acadia (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) from the French.

Social Media 

(Photos) 'Transported to another time and place': Saskatoon historian talks history of radio 

These days it's easy to come by various radio programs, whether it's through a car stereo or streaming on a computer. But 100 years ago, tuning in wasn't a reality for people who lived in Saskatchewan. 

ARCHIVES: Inside the Kingston Penitentiary in 1981 

As the notorious former Kingston Penitentiary is set to open up for public tours in June, we take a look at archival footage from inside the prison more than 30 years ago. 

Newspaper Articles 

Nova Scotia 

Acadian Recorder heritage building in Halifax could go to developers 

A heritage building that was home to one of the longest-running newspapers in Nova Scotia needs hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs as it is offered up by the province to developers. 

The provincial government wants to find out who is interested in the Acadian Recorder building and the adjacent Dennis Building, both located on Granville Street near Province House in Halifax. 

Annapolis Royal Canada Needs A New Website 

The Town of Annapolis Royal is rich in history, arts, culture and beauty which makes Annapolis Royal the place where history meets opportunity – and they seek to build a new website. Home to Canada’s oldest National Historic Site, Fort Anne, where you can see the Royal Charter from which Nova Scotia gets its name and flag. 

Proposals are due by  May 27, 2016 to: Attention: Gregory Barr, CAO, PO Box 310, 
Annapolis Royal, NS, B0S 1A0 

Subdivision streets to be named after N.S. women who propelled province forward 

The new subdivision going up in Rockingham South is more than just a development. 

It recognizes women of great importance to Nova Scotia’s history. Five street names in the area near Clayton Park pay homage to the great Nova Scotia women who propelled the province forward. 

EDITORIAL: CHNS has woven Halifax’s story on air 

Its list of on-air personalities reads like a broadcast who’s who. 

Think Don Tremaine, Ian Hanomansing, Stan Carew and Frank Cameron. Radio greats all. 

Hank Snow began his professional career there in 1933. 

CHNS, Nova Scotia’s oldest radio station, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this month and is sharing a storied past with listeners. That past has been woven into the tapestry of everyday life in Halifax for almost a century. 

Tall Ships to return to Nova Scotia for Canada’s 150th anniversary 

What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than with a fleet of Tall Ships? 

Returning to Halifax just in time for the province’s anniversary celebration, a fleet of 40 vessels will sail into the harbour next July. 

Halifax's Mi'kmaq poet laureate calls council's decision on Cornwallis 'disrespectful' 

Halifax's first Mi'kmaq poet laureate says she is disappointed — but not surprised — city council rejected a debate over reviewing public sites named for Edward Cornwallis, the city's controversial founder. 

Rebecca Thomas criticized the all-white group who appointe\d her to the role in March, noting the "sweet irony" of some concerns that history would be erased in favour of an indigenous narrative. 


Tilbury and District Historical Society recognized by University of Windsor 

There's a lot of interesting family history in this West Kent community that a fairly new organization has received recognition for preserving and making available to the community. 

The Tilbury and District Historical Society (TADHS) is the latest recipient of the Community Heritage Medal from the University of Windsor's history department. 

Painful' Ottawa street name changes done by 2017, councillors told

Sunnyside Drive in Stittsville became a continuation of Brightside Avenue in March, to avoid confusion with Sunnyside Avenue in Old Ottawa South. But Stittsville's Bell Street, Meadowland Drive and Elm Crescent are still waiting for their new names. 

Once Upon a City: Will Ontario’s gem glisten again? 

Ontario Place, a cutting-edge showpiece in 1971, lost its lustre. It’s set to reopen next year. 


Bylaw changes recommended to protect Winnipeg heritage buildings 

A city committee has endorsed recommendations from Winnipeg's planning department to put more pressure on heritage building owners to maintain their properties

Holding on to history: Northeast Winnipeg Historical Society preserving the past 

A small group of volunteers is working tirelessly to preserve Northeast Winnipeg’s history, and there’s plenty of it to preserve, Jim Smith said. 

Happy birthday, Manitoba! Province turns 146 today

Take a deep breath, Manitoba, that's a lot of candles to blow out

It's Manitoba's 146th birthday and throughout the province, museums and other facilities are hosting events or offering free admission to mark this special occasion. 

CP derails plans for train museum in Minnedosa, heritage group says 

A Manitoba heritage group's plan to open a rail museum is in limbo because Canadian Pacific Railway told them the company wants the old train station back — after the group spent more than $50,000 renovating the building. 

British Columbia 

Vancouver heritage house could be saved from demolition after city intervenes 

A heritage house in Vancouver could be saved from demolition after the City of Vancouver ordered a heritage inspection of the property under the terms of a new bylaw passed by council in September last year. 

The property — at 1550 West 29th Ave. — a Tudor-style home built in 1922, was once used to demonstrate how electricity could be used in the home. It is not currently listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register. 

Opinion: 'This used to be Chinatown …' 

I travel to cities around the world that have Chinatowns — San Francisco, Honolulu, Brisbane, Yokohama, even Amsterdam. I visit because of my research as a historian, but I also have a personal interest. 


Pierre Berton sculpture unveiled in Whitehorse

Pierre Berton, who always had an eye for a good story, now has a central viewpoint in his storied birthplace — Whitehorse. 

A bronze bust of the late historian, writer and broadcaster was unveiled Tuesday on Main Street in the city's downtown. It was commissioned by local entrepreneur Rolf Hougen and his family. 

Canadian Stories this Week 

Tulip Festival 

Tulip Festival is back for another year, in fact this will be the 71st year that it will be held. 

This has been the first weekend, and it will be held until the 23 May 2016 in Ottawa. 

This year it is being held at Lansdowne Park at the historic Aberdeen Pavilion, and it should be just beautiful. 

Be sure to go out and see the tulips. They are beautiful!

The website is at

The OGS Blog 
Building a Yearly Genealogical Research, Writing and Learning Plan 

Have you read the OGS blog lately? 

Alan Campbell, the author of the blog, comes up with some great subjects, and the subject this month is building your yearly research plan. 

He gives credit to George G. Morgan, an American professional genealogist, and one of the Genealogy Guys, for being his 'unofficial mentor in building yearly research plans'. 

He gives credit to George credit for his article “Genealogical Resolutions for 2003,” which describes how you can plan to do your research, and how you can use spreadsheets and research tools to do your research. 

Read the rest of the post at 

First World War Service Files 

The Library and Archives Canada, as of today, has put 2786,285 of 640,000 files are available online via our Soldiers of the First World War 1914-1918 database.

Latest box digitized: Box 4810 and Jellyman.

Please check the database regularly for new additions and if you still have questions after checking the database, you may contact them directly at 1-866-578-7777 for more assistance.

In closing today, I see where Findmypast didn't put any Canadian records on the site last week, as they were going to. Maybe they will this week. I am so interested to see what they put on the Internet. 

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 09 May 2016

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 

Saint John, New Brunswick 

In 1789, the Loyalist United Empire settlements of Parrtown and Carleton became Saint John, New Brunswick. It was Canada's first incorporated city. 

Today, it is known as the Fundy City, and be sure to read about the city's firsts. It is quite astounding for a city, today's population of about 70,000. 

If you would like to learn more, go to,_New_Brunswick 

Montreal's First School  

In 1658, Montreal's first school, the Ville-Marie School, was opened in a stable. 

Governor Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve ceded to Marguerite Bourgeoys, and commissioned an abandoned stable to build the first school in Ville-Marie for the dozen or so school-aged children in the colony. 

To read about the school, go to

Social Media 

Audio: Ottawa colouring book 'total love letter' to capital 

Sharpen your pencil crayons — an Ottawa-themed colouring book featuring drawings from local artists is coming in the capital. 

Jason Cobill and Maxime Gauthier-Kwan were awarded a $1,000 Awesome Ottawa grant for their Ottawa in Colour project that reflects life in the capital. 

Newspaper Articles 

Nova Scotia 

In-class Gaelic program to be offered 

Baile nan Gàidheal/Highland Village will offer an in-class Gaelic program for students from May 16-19, to celebrate Gaelic Awareness Month. 

Halifax to consider scrubbing city of Edward Cornwallis 

Cornwallis founded Halifax in 1749. Later that year, he issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi'kmaq men, women and children. 

Demolition of Young Avenue mansion halted over safety concerns 

Demolition of a large home called the Cleveland Estate — also known as the wedding cake house — on Young Avenue in Halifax is temporarily on hold after an occupational health and safety officer discovered safety issues at the site. 


JOY OF GENEALOGY: The family Bible is a great place to research your family tree 

Old bibles may contain the trilogy of family records: births, marriages and deaths. Perhaps even more. Maybe an elusive maiden name is listed in the marriage records or a baptism is recorded for a child you didn’t know existed. 

Tecumseh statue to mark important War of 1812 battle 

Mark Williams can finally sit back and take in the life-size statue of Chief Tecumseh in his garage art studio. 

Standing almost three metres high, there is plenty of detail to look at with the statue carved out of clay and Styrofoam over the past six months. Williams now has the delicate task of cutting the statue into pieces so it can be sent off to be bronzed. 

Hundreds Gather at First Canadian Black History Summit 

Nearly 500 people recently gathered for the inaugural Canadian Black History Summit held in a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The free conference, held April 16, 2016, was co-hosted by the nonprofit FamilySearch International (the genealogical arm of the Church) and the Ontario Black History Society. 

Families of the Kawarthas: The Batten Family 

Richard Batten came to Canada and died 1833 Mar 30, intestate (no will). His younger brother, William of Dummer, requested admon as the only relative in Upper Canada (admon is the legal permission to administer an intestate estate). 


Winnipeg walkabout

I would have been more engaged in history class if my teachers included more about how our city evolved, but for whatever reason there was little discussion about local past events.

Winnipeg’s roots are quite entertaining — just ask Matt Carreau, who has been organizer of Jane’s Walk the past six years.

Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame and Museum moving archives online

The Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame and Museum (MCHFM) announced during its annual hall of fame induction ceremony on May 1 that it has begun developing an online display of its vast collection of curling artefacts.

The decision to migrate the archives into a digital space follows the museum’s display spaces at The Forks and later the Bay downtown being lost.


U of L’s Centre for Oral History and Tradition to offer public workshops

Oral history projects help bring the past to life through the voices of people who lived at the time. Members of the University of Lethbridge’s Centre for Oral History and Tradition (COHT), in partnership with the Galt Museum and Archives, are offering their expertise as oral historians to help southern Albertans make their projects a reality

British Columbia 

Further recollections of the historical society 

In last week’s Living History article, we had a look back at some of the chronicles of the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society. This year, 2016, marks the half-century celebrations of this agency which operates the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village so it seems fitting to take a look back at some of its own history.

Canadian Stories this Week 

Have you completed your census yet? 

That has been the question on Canadian minds this week as our census has been distributed across Canada. The people have responded with unbounded joy when they filled it out, especially when they received the long-form census this week.

In fact, the StatsCan website confirms to CBC News that service to census was interrupted for 45 minutes this week. That is unheard of – especially for the county's census.

Genealogists has ticked off the box which say that they want their census information to be made public in 92 years, so we have made our wished made.

You have until May 10th to send it in.

You can read the website

Canadian blogger attends NGS 2016

As we approach the Ontario Genealogical Society's conference next month, the US NGS 2016 had their conference at Fort Lauderdale this week, and Christine Woodcock, the well-known Canadian blogger, posted Poor Turn Out at NGS 2016 was quite surprised that a low number had attended.

She asks why attendance was so light. But I think all attendance at conference is low since the early 2000's. It has been in the OGS, as well as attendance in the membership, year by year.

The reason for that? There are many reasons – the rise of Webinars, Goggle+ Hangouts, Live Streaming of certain lectures, the rise of look-ups on the Internet by hobby genealogists, the rise of DNA which lead the hobby genealogists to think that they have their solve genealogy; whereas, they may have not and they give up, the causes are many – often too numerous to delineate. But it all goes back to the rise of the Internet, and people have to put parts of their genealogy on the Net for free, and people can't see the advantage of going to conferences.  

Read the post at

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 02 May 2016

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 

Women in Nova Scotia were granted the right to vote 

In 1918, women in Nova Scotia were granted the right to vote. 

Nova Scotia was the 6th province in which women were granted the right to vote and hold office on 26 April 1918 after the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario. 

Roman Catholic Jesuits arrived in Canada at Quebec from France

In 1625, the first Roman Catholic Jesuits arrived in Canada at Quebec from France 

The Jesuits first came to New France as missionaries in 1611. Pierre Biard and Enemond Massé arrived at Port-Royal on 22 May 1611. Massé was driven out of Acadia by the English but was among the first group of Jesuits who arrived at Québec in June 1625. 

Social Media 

(Photos) HANTS HISTORY: April 28, 2016 edition 

 Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal

But once I started to follow the Lighthouse Route, along the southwest coast between Yarmouth and Halifax, I was also made aware of the fascinating history of this part of our province, especially with regard to the United Empire Loyalists. 

My hometown! And it is the town that my paternal grandfather helped to found in 1783! Everything he says about it is true, it's a living museum. 

Newspaper Articles 


More than half of N.L. libraries closing in wake of budget cuts 

The library board in Newfoundland and Labrador announced sweeping changes to its services Wednesday, adopting a regional library model which will see 54 branches close in the next two years. 

Nova Scotia

Huge granite harvest table assembled in Grand Pré 

The long-anticipated installation of the 16-seat table took place April 18.

Halifax group wants heritage designation for Young Avenue building 

The committee voted to move the Yonge Avenue site ahead of three other potential heritage sites in order to have Regional Council look at granting the property heritage status. 

Shand House to remain ‘mostly closed’ by province 

The historic Shand House was donated to the Province of Nova Scotia in Gwendolyn Shand’s will in the 1980s under the condition that it be operated as a museum. 

But it has been closed for most of the time by the province. 

Prince Edward Island

Lights, camera, action: seniors share stories on video 

The tradition of telling family stories is taking at 21st century turn in a new program from the P.E.I. Seniors Citizen' Federation called "I Have a Story." 

It's a three-part workshop where seniors learn how to talk on camera and then record a ten minute video, sharing part of their life story. 


Historic guided bus tour through Perth, Tay Valley Township June 4 

If time travel is possible then become one of the visitors from the future on June 4. Tickets are going fast for this guided bus tour through historic Perth and Tay Valley Township, in celebrating their 200th anniversary. 

Tickets for the full event, which includes the catered lunch, are $30 per person. Also available a limited number of tickets for the luncheon and afternoon speaker portion for only $15 per person. 

Cheques can be made payable to Lanark County Genealogical Society and mailed to Lanark County Genealogical Society, Glen Tay Bus Tour Group, P.O. Box 512 Perth, ON. K7H 3K4.  

PayPal option is available. Information is available at:

The Lanark County Genealogical Society is

Canada 150: NCC approves $630K transformation of vacant Victoria Island warehouse 

The National Capital Commission board has approved a $630,000 plan to restore a stone warehouse on Victoria Island as part of a plan to create "Confederation pavilions" for Canada's 150th birthday. 

NCC board approves victims of communism memorial in Garden of the Provinces and Territories 

A memorial for victims of communism can be built in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories after the National Capital Commission board approved a federal land use request at its meeting Thursday morning. 

To be completed 2019. 

Memorial for More Than 1,000 Fallen Italian-Canadian Workers Unveiled in Toronto 

A memorial honouring more than 1,000 Italian workers who died in workplace accidents in Ontario was unveiled at Villa Charities' Toronto campus today. 

The unveiling ceremony coincides with the International Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or disabled on the job. 

Bank of Canada announces short list of women being considered for bank note 

The short list in alphabetical order: 

Pitseolak Ashoona (c. 1904-1983) 

Emily Carr (1871-1945) 

Thérèse Casgrain (1896-1981) 

Viola Desmond (1914-1965) 

Lotta Hitschmanova (1909-1990) 

E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) 

Elizabeth (Elsie) MacGill (1905-1980) 

Nellie McClung (1873-1951) 

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) 

Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld (1905-1969) 

Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983) 

Idola Saint-Jean (1880-1945) 

REMEMBERING OUR YESTERDAYS: Genealogist Bill Gladstone suggests publishing a book is next step after filling in gaps in a family tree 

In genealogy, you either publish your research or it perishes: what other fate awaits your unkempt assortment of files and papers that no one else can sort out or understand? 


Celebrating Ukrainian migration to Canada

Did you know 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of Ukrainians in Canada?

The first wave of Ukrainian immigration to Canada began in 1891. 


Southminster church gets Historic Designation 

The church, located at 1011 4 Ave. S., has a long history in Lethbridge, and is associated with boom-period religious development in the city. 

Originally known as the third Wesley Methodist Church, it was built between 1913 and 1914 to house the growing Methodist population. Several additions were since made to the building including Wesley Hall in 1914, Southminster Hall in 1950 and Buchanan Chapel in 1961. 

British Columbia 

Maple Ridge cemetery helps local history live on 

About two years ago, Maple Ridge Historical Society president Erica Williams and society chair Brenda Smith decided it was time to share the rich history found inside the Maple Ridge Cemetery with community members 

Antique tractor rebuilt by Canadian history lover 

George Hoffman brought a 1911 Rumely back to life 

A history buff from Surrey, British Columbia needed help from other parts of Western Canada and the United States to bring an antique tractor back to life. 

It took George Hoffman 22 years, but he finally rebuilt a 24-foot, 1911 Rumely steam tractor from scratch 

The North

Franklin Expedition: Exploration of HMS Erebus wreck may reveal more than artifacts 

The eerie video hints at some of the secrets that may lie hidden in the wreck of HMS Erebus. 

In the images shown recently by Parks Canada, there's a seaman's chest and a galley stove lying amid the timbers of the reinforced British wooden warship that was one-half of Sir John Franklin's doomed quest to find the Northwest Passage. 

Canadian Stories this Week 

FamilySearch Wiki 

Have you noticed that the FamilySearch Wiki has been changing? And that it includes the Canada 's Wiki.  

They have modified the following -

the navigation has changed from the right side of the screen to the left

country and state pages are being redesigned for easier use. This redesign will take place as close to the time of the new release as possible, but may not be completed when the upgrade takes place

The URL for the Wiki has been changed for better usability to

The upgraded version of the Wiki will be editable in all browsers, including Chrome, and all article will be retained in the new upgraded version of the Wiki

I am at the Wiki nearly everyday, and find it very clean and crisp now. The places are very easy to find, and easy to use. Now, if only we would completely fill in the missing pages in the Canadian pages so that everyone could use them. 

But I would like to say "thank you" to the people at FamilySearch for making the Wiki so popular, and they await to hear about your input on the new look and feel of the new Wiki.

Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair

This year the library will have Jen Baldwin of FindMyPast and Twitter’s #genchat at the Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair in Ontario.

If you are planning to go to the library on Saturday November 5, 2016 as an exhibitor, speaker or vendor, please have your completed application form to them by Monday May 16, 2016

You can email your completed form to genealogyfair@kpl.or or fax it to us at 519-743-1261 or send it by post to Sheila’s attention at the address shown on the application form. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact them!

The website is 

I also got a reminder from FindMyPast headquarters in Britain this week saying that there are new Canadian records coming next week – I wonder what they be!

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