Monday, January 18, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 18 January 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 1876, the Supreme Court of Canada sat for the first time; however, it was not until 1949 that it was considered as the last court of appeal in Canada. Up until that time, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London, England still heard cases.

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In 1974, Pauline Mills McGibbon became lieutenant-governor of Ontario, the first woman ever appointed to a vice-regal post in the Commonwealth.

She held the office until 1980.

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Social Media 

Conference Keeper Blog

 A new blog by the WikiChicks curating genealogy conference dates blog

A new blog which highlights the conferences that Mike Quackenbush attends.

Upcoming Canadian Events 


NEW! 32nd Gene-O-Rama of the Ottawa Genealogical Society

The conference will be held from April 1-2, 2016 at the Confederation Education Centre, 1645 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, which is at the corner of Hunt Club & Woodroffe Streets.

The program is at

Registration is at

If you need further information, go to


International Genealogy Conference UNLOCKING THE PAST 2016 will be held on
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the The Beach Club Resort, Parksville, British Columbia of the Qualicum Beach Family History Society in British Columbia.

The featured speakers will be Colleen Fitzpatrick and Chris Paton, and registration is now open at It includes an early bird price.

The website is located at

Genealogy on the Cutting Edge 2016 

The Ontario Genealogical Society will be holding its annual conference from June 3rd to 5th at the Toronto’s International Plaza Hotel, Toronto.

Speakers and agenda has been announced this past week. Registration will open in January. Registration is now open at, Keep up-to-date with the latest news by following their website at, or their Facebook page at

Our Canada – Your Family: Building a Nation 2017 

The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will host the 2017 annual conference, and they have a call out for presentations.

The conference will be held in Ottawa on June 16-18, 2017 at Algonquin College. The theme of the conference is Our Canada – Your Family: Building a Nation.


To submit proposals or ask questions, please contact the Conference 2017 Program Committee at: For more information about OGS or Ottawa Branch respectively, please visit: or

Great Canadian Summit 

The summit will be held in Brampton, Ontario from October 21 to the 23, 2016 at the
Courtyard Marriott.

On January 30, 2016, the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit will be holding a draw of all registrations and one lucky winner will have their registration fees reimbursed.

In order to qualify you MUST have paid for your registration before January 29th, 2016 - at midnight

Go to

Registration has opened at

Newspaper Articles 


IceCaps pay tribute to Regiment on 100th anniversary of Beaumont-Hamel

The St. John’s IceCaps unveiled their Royal Newfoundland Regiment tribute jersey Thursday at The Rooms to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel.

Crowdfunding campaign to save historic Trinity church

Most Holy Trinity, a mission church in the town of Trinity, was built in 1833 when Roman Catholics were granted the right to practice their religion. It has never had lights or plumbing, but it remains active during summer months — and in dire need of repairs after 182 years of faithful service.

Nova Scotia 

Hants History: Jan. 14, 2015 edition,-2015-edition/1

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


Queen Elizabeth exhibit at Timmins Museum

Royalty has come to visit northern Ontario as the Timmins Museum opened its most recent travelling exhibition, A Queen and her Country, on Saturday.

Blanket exercise teaches history from an indigenous perspective

Known as the "blanket exercise," participants stand on blankets that represent the lands inhabited by indigenous people that eventually became Canada.

History museum staff silenced after raising ethical objections to buying Empress of Ireland

Three months before the Canadian Museum of History acquired a prized collection of artifacts recovered from the wreck of the Empress of Ireland, six of its curators and archeologists told museum management they had serious ethical objections to the purchase.

Heritage chill sweeping through rural Ottawa

Heritage protection is going too far when council is asked to come to the rescue of old barns, council's rural chairman says.

Play and music part of celebration that will recognize Black History Month

February's Black History Month is both a celebration and a time of remembering the historical struggle of many African-Canadians' lives.

In his 18th year hosting concerts and plays, Ebenezer Inkumsah has helped teach thousands of Simcoe County children the historical relevance of events that have shaped the lives of Canada's black communities.

The Amateur Genealogist: Land Records – From Crown to Owner – Part 1

All Ontario land originally belonged to the First Nation peoples. The Crown acquired land from the native peoples by treaty (that step alone is the subject of several books) and only the Crown could so acquire land.

British Columbia 

Exhibit open at Trail library showcases Italian Canadians interned during WWll

It was a quiet Monday afternoon in 1940 when government authorities swept the home of Christine Demarco’s grandfather and hauled him off to an internment camp.

Canadian Stories this Week 

1921 census for Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia

Dwayne Meisner tell us that the 1921 census for Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia is now fully transcribed.

As usual, if you are not already a member of his site, you will have to complete a free registration form.

His site is at

 The census is at

LAC may partner with the Ottawa Public Library

And the last news item this week concern the possible cooperation between the Ottawa Public Library and the Library and Archives Canada in deciding a new location in Ottawa location of the new “super library”.

For years, the Ottawa Public Library has been looking for a partner, and now there is new that there has been a letter of intent from the LAC for this partnership idea. Wow! That's news!

So, how do you feel about this? I don't know. Does it lower the value for the LAC to be aligned with a city library? Or increase it's value?

Read the full story at and

And speaking of the LAC, they just issued the latest update in their scanning of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and they have just finished scanning box 3962 and the surname Halliwell.

If you need to look up someone, go to

And that was the week in Canadian news!