Monday, March 14, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 14 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

March 2, 1927 – The British dominion of Newfoundland wins a 25-year boundary dispute with Canada. Labrador, which had been claimed by Quebec, is awarded to Newfoundland.

The territorial limit between Québec and Newfoundland in the LABRADOR peninsula, at over 3500 km long, is the longest inter-provincial boundary. It has not yet been surveyed and marked on the ground. 

To read more information, please visit  

Social Media

(Video) Grosse Île musical commemorates Quebec’s Irish heritage 

A typhoid epidemic in Ireland claimed thousands of lives and left hundreds of children orphaned as families fled to Grosse-Île. As Global's Raquel Fletcher reports, a new play aims to illustrate how the tragic event brought people together.  

(Video) Effective Searching for Canadian Records by Lesley Anderson 

This course is a basic overview of how to use Ancestry’s Canadian website,, but there are many useful hints for anyone starting out on Ancestry no matter in which country you're researching.  

Upcoming Canadian Events

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

Since 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, 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, 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 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 

Nova Scotia

Halifax archbishop dismayed by Saint Patrick's Church heritage designation 

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Halifax and Yarmouth is disappointed with Halifax regional council's decision to designate Saint Patrick's Church on Brunswick Street a heritage property. 

Perkins House in Liverpool to be renovated by province 

Nova Scotia's oldest museum will not remain closed after all. 

The province says it will repair and reopen Perkins House, a 250-year-old house in Liverpool, N.S., that was built for Simeon Perkins in 1766 and has operated as a museum since 1957. 

Prince Edward Island 

Charlottetown home reveals pre-Confederation past during renovations 

As Ray Campbell began renovating his little Charlottetown house this week, he uncovered something unusual under the plaster— a log house that likely dates back to the 1840s.
Stratford, P.E.I. brick heritage home demolished 

A 188-year-old house in Stratford, P.E.I. known as The Brick House was torn down last week to the dismay of some residents, including at least one town councillor.

Sir John A. Macdonald's funeral described in letter found at Holman homestead 

While tearing down some of the interior walls of the historic Holman homestead in Summerside, P.E.I., new owners Jenny and Ken Meister made a fascinating discovery — a personal letter about an important time in Canadian history. 


Smiths Falls students take in French roots in Quebec

Sledding, ice hotel, maple taffy, most of all education, not to mention, the full on Quebec Ramparts at the new Videotron center. 

A shortlist of Canadian women who deserve to be on a bank note 

The country's bank notes currently feature prominent prime ministers, all of them male.  

A brief history of Americans moving to Canada

If Google searches and late-night talk show hosts are to be believed, the Peace Bridge may soon be overrun with Americans fleeing Donald Trump’s relentless march towards the presidency.

New plans for historic Royal Alberta Museum site 

The Royal Alberta Museum is leaving a mammoth-sized vacancy at its old Glenora lot. 

Alberta Infrastructure is now asking for ideas on how to turn the site into a public green space once the museum finishes its move to the new Edmonton site in 2019. 

Continuing to link the past with the present 

With a mission to preserve the past for coming generations, the Blackfalds and Area Historical Society is a vital resource within not only the town, but also the region. 

Preserving history of the area is a passion of President Judy Carleton. It is with this dedication and tenacity she formed the Society in 2005 

A local history of the Hebrideans - part two 

On Tuesday, May 8th, 1923, more than 200 immigrants from the West Hebrides of Scotland arrived at the C.P.R. and C.N.R. railway stations in Red Deer. 

An estimated 2,000 local residents turned out to greet them, almost the entire population of the City at the time. 

The Hebrideans were part of large resettlement program, sponsored by the Scottish Immigrant Aid Society. 

Canada Post building redevelopment plans unveiled in Vancouver 

Developers offered a sneak peek of proposed plans for the former Canada Post office in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday night. 

It's been three years since Canada Post vacated its former office on West Georgia Street. Developers Bentall Kennedy hope to turn the property into a mixed-use tower with residential units and retail space. 

Canadian Stories this Week 


How are you adjusting to the time change for the spring that took place this weekend? It was all helped by sunny skies and good spring temperatures in Ottawa, but tomorrow we are back in the spring showers. 

And the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) moved to its new spot this past week. They kept us posted by pictures (and video) on Facebook at, and it looks like it went without a hitch. 

Just a reminder, you can contact them at 2100 Steeles Avenue, Unit 202, in Concord, ON. Our telephone number will remain: 416-489-0734 or toll-free at 1-855-MYROOTS (855-697-6687). 

What does Canada look like to you?   

The Canadian Museum of History is currently building its most ambitious exhibition to date - the Canadian History Hall. One of the features of the new Hall will be the a dynamic entranceway filled with illustrations representing Canada. As they are choosing the images, they want to hear from you. What does Canada look like to you? 

Give them your suggestions through their suggestion form at 

And Happy St Patrick's Day to all!

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

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