Saturday, March 5, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 07 March 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 

Oil discovered in Ontario

In 1860, an oil gusher was discovered in Enniskillen, Ontario, a town later re-named Petrolia. 

The place, originally called Black Creek, became the site of North America's first commercial oil well when asphalt producer James Miller Williams set out to dig a water well in September of 1858 and found free oil instead. 

Upcoming Canadian Events

NEW! Kelowna and District Genealogical Society's (KDGS) Conference 2016 

Sine 1996, every second year, the Kelowna and Distinct Society of Kelowna, British Columbia, has a large conference entitled Harvest Your Family Tree

This conference is a three-day event which will be held this year from Sept. 26 to 28 in Kelowna, and the speakers will be from eight keynote speakers are coming from as far as Australia, Rhode Island, Salt Lake City, Regina, and Victoria, including Dave Obee from British Columbia, Maureen Taylor from the United States, and Helen V. Smith from Brisbane, Australia. 

Registration forms will be available from the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society website at, printed forms at the KDGS Genealogical Reference Library, located on the second floor of the downtown branch of the Kelowna Library on Ellis Street, and you can contact them by email at, or call 250-763-7159. 

Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 

Word has reached us that the OGS has accepted a bid to host the 2018 OGS Conference in Guelph, Ontario put forward by the Scottish Special Interest Group [SIG]. Christine Woodcock will be conference chair. 

So stay tuned for further developments. 

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 Road & Woodroffe Avenue. 

If you need further information, go to 


International Genealogy ConferInternational 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 For more information about OGS or Ottawa Branch respectively, please visit: or

Great Canadian Genealogy Summit

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

Registration has opened at  

2018 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference  

Word has reached us that the OGS has accepted a bid to host the 2018 OGS Conference in Guelph, Ontario put forward by the Scottish Special Interest Group [SIG]. Christine Woodcock will be conference chair. 

So stay tuned for further developments. 

Newspaper Articles 


Carolyn Parsons Chaffey adopts Newfoundland Pony with rich history 

Bonnie the Newfoundland Pony is spending her days quietly living on a farm just outside of Lewisporte.

Carolyn Parsons Chaffey and her family adopted the pony just after Christmas.

Nova Scotia 

An exploration of black communities around Nova Scotia  

CBC Radio's Information Morning explored the history and makeup of African Nova Scotian communities outside Halifax. These communities include - Pine Woods and Gibson Woods, Jordantown, Conway and Acaciaville, Digby County, Louisbourg, slavery on Cape Breton, Meadowbrook Hill, Monastery, Upper Big Tracadie, Lincolnville and Sunnyville, Guysborough County.

New Brunswick 

Saint John County Jail building stones deserve better, historian says

Earlier this month the City of Saint John turned down an invitation to buy the nearly 200-year-old county courthouse building overlooking King's Square and some now fear it may mean a chunk of the city's history may be lost.  

New Brunswick Museum newly-restored works on display 

The New Brunswick Museum is showcasing 20 newly-restored works on the eve of the retirement of its art conservator. 

Adam Karpowicz has restored close to 200 paintings over the decades, but some of his handiwork has never been displayed.  


The Canadian Museum of History’s movie theatre is going digital 

The movie theatre at the Canadian Museum of History looks forward to wowing audiences with its new 4K laser projector, the latest in projection technology. This makes the Museum the first facility in the Ottawa-Gatineau region — and one of only four cinemas in Canada — with this type of projector. 

When Mississauga Was “Toronto” 

Were it not for the population growth in what's now Mississauga, this website might have been named something else. Why? From 1806 to 1968, the majority of Mississauga was known as "Toronto Township". 

Canadian Museum of History to launch 4K technology 

The Canadian Museum of History is adapting to new technology with the launch of a 4K digital laser projector in its theatre before the end of March.  

After being associated with IMAX for more than 25 years, the Gatineau museum said it acquired the new technology from Barco — a Belgium based technology company. 

Reliving local's military history 

The daughter of an Arborfield World War II veteran has retraced some of her father’s footsteps through Europe, ending with the liberation of Holland towards the end of the war.  


2015-2016 Heritage Award Re1cipients Announced 

The City of Saskatoon’s Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee (MHAC) today announced the recipients of the 2015-2016 Heritage Awards. The Committee presents Heritage Awards every second year to recognize contributions to heritage preservation within the City of Saskatoon in the areas of archaeology, history, museums, historic buildings and sites, genealogy, natural history, and folklore. 

Celebrating more than a century of black history in Saskatchewan 

It’s a frequent occurrence for nurse Crystal Mayes: patients look at her dark skin and ask how she’s coping with Canada’s harsh winters. 

She has to laugh. Mayes’ great grandparents were among the province’s first black settlers. Her family has been in Saskatchewan for more than a century. 

Local history of the Hebrideans - part one 

There has been a lot of discussion in the media in the past year about immigration. 

Therefore, this may be a time to reflect back on one of the more significant organized immigration efforts in Central Alberta – the relocation of hundreds of men, women and children from the West Hebrides of Scotland to this region in the mid-1920s. 


Snapshots of time preserve southern Alberta's history 

Coyote Flats Pioneer Village, just south of Picture Butte, Alta. exists to preserve the history of the southern Alberta town and surrounding area — and now it's getting some help from a younger generation, as well as the federal government to fulfill that mandate. 

North West Territories

Fort Smith man wants Michif made an official language of N.W.T. 

A Fort Smith man wants to make Michif, a Métis language, one of the official languages of the Northwest Territories. 

Lance Sanderson is the manager of the N.W.T. Cree Language program and also advocates on behalf of Michif speakers. He said it's hard to estimate how many Michif speakers there are in the territory.

Canadian Stories this Week 

20 Years of Cyndi's List 

Cyndi's List ( was launched 20 years ago on March 4, 1996. What started out as a side-page in a personal genealogy web site has become one of the top genealogy resources online. The original site started on one web page with 1,025 links. By the end of that first year the site was sorted onto individual pages with more than 9,600 links in more than 50 categories. Just after its one-year anniversary the site had grown to 17,300 links in more than 60 categories on 195+ separate web pages. The site has continued to grow exponentially with the popularity of genealogy and the Internet. Today there are more than 330,000 links in 207 categories that point to an endless supply of related genealogy links online. 

So, congratulate Cyndi. May you have many more years of success! 

Do you want to write a family history book? 

Well, look no farther, Lynn Palermo can help you! At The Family History Writing Studio, she has course where you can learn how to gather material for the book, and put a book together. If you wish to write a blog, she can tell you how to do that too! 

To check out the course which Lynn offers, go to 

Job Opportunity 

Dwayne Meisner is looking for volunteers to help proofread the 1921 census of Nova Scotia. The 1921 census pages on my site have been set up to make it easy to do this. You have to be a member of the site to help. It also helps, but is not necessary to have access to the census images at Ancestry. You can use other resources such as NSHVS, Family Search, Automated Genealogy etc, to
help figure out the names and other information. 

To get started, go to the NS Census map at the link below and choose any one of the eighteen counties you want to work on. Then, check the "Who's Helping" button to see what is being and been done. 

Once he receives your first correction, your name will be added to that part of the list for that particular area within the county. 

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

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