Monday, September 5, 2016

Genealogy Week in Review 05 September 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 

Soldier Settlement Act

1917 – Robert Borden’s Union Government passes the Soldier Settlement Act, which allowed veterans of the First World War to purchase land with the help of government loans, with additional funds for livestock and equipment.

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Illegal to Drive a Car

1919 – Prince Edward Island Assembly removes its ban on automobile traffic after eleven years of no cars; the act was passed on March 26, 1908; for 11 years, PEI was the only place in North America where it was illegal to drive a car.

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Social Media 

(Video) Honouring Terry Fox at Outer Cove Beach with memorial 

It was a mystery solved a few years ago, and now Terry Fox's seawater gathering at Outer Cove Beach is being recognized in a new memorial. 

The Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, in partnership with Parks Canada, unveiled a commemorative storyboard, tree and bronze plaque Thursday to honour the important part of Fox's journey. 

(Video) Alberta Indigenous voices captured for Folkways legacy 

In a sacred space for sound, Edmonton archivists are digitizing and preserving Alberta Indigenous history.  

FolkwaysAlive is tucked away on the third floor of the olds arts building on the campus of the University of Alberta. 

(PHOTOS) Piece of Tamil-Canadian history unveiled at annual Tamilfest in Scarborough 

Just over 30 years ago, 23-year-old Shannuga Baul and 154 other Tamil refugees stepped into a pair of German lifeboats and an uncertain future.  

Newspaper Articles  


Restoration revving up on Labrador's 1st snowmobile 

A rare piece of Labrador history is slowly taking shape in a barn on the Northern Peninsula.  

Machinist Frank Noseworthy is painstakingly reconstructing a 1927 Ford Model T snowmobile that was discovered in Nain two years ago. 

The Bishop's Falls Heritage Centre's story isn't over quite yet 

The Bishop's Falls Heritage Society is starting a new chapter in its history after a recent overhaul.  

The group helps look after the local heritage centre, located in the former railway station and featuring local history, such as exhibits on logging and the town's 1983 flood.  

Nova Scotia 

History Corner: The Uist Emigrants 

A large emigration took place in the 1770’s, with people from North Uist emigrating to Cape Breton and people from South Uist to Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island.

Stitched Stories: Former Halifax poet laureate shares family history via new exhibit 

Scorch marks, pieces of coats, dresses and old sweaters are the fabric of an old family quilt that’s part of Shauntay Grant’s rich family history. 

Her great-grandmother Annie (Cain) Simmonds’ winter quilt is just one of several on display at the Dalhousie Art Gallery as part of an exhibit that opened on Thursday. 

Prince Edward Island  

P.E.I. lighthouses you need to visit 

Few things conjure up more nostalgia on P.E.I. than lighthouses. 

There are a total of 63 of them on the Island. About 35 are still active aids to marine navigation, more than 20 have been decommissioned, and seven are privately owned. 

New Brunswick 

Miramichi's Rankin House to be torn down by government

After years of efforts to save it by both government and cultural groups in Miramichi, historic Rankin House is going to be demolished.

The 1830s home of the founder of Douglastown, Alexander Rankin, has been closed since 2010 after a flood left mould damage throughout the building. 


Quebec’s Secret Meat Pie 

Here, in Bryson, Que., a village of 647 people, west of the Gatineau Hills along the Ottawa River, the long weekend in August is reserved for the picnic. It is a festival with one purpose: to honour an extraordinary, endangered meat pie. 


Museum marks base’s 65th anniversary 

Several months worth of work is coming to its completion at the Canadian Forces of Museum of Aerospace Defence at 22 Wing-CFB North Bay. 

The exhibit launching today marks the 65th anniversary of the base. 

2016 marks most successful census in Canadian history 

Canadians hit an overall response rate of 98.4 per cent on the 2016 Census, eclipsing the historic response rate of 97.8 per cent. 

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, issued a statement on Aug. 29. 


Heritage group creates online cemetery guide

People once knew how to “read” those chrysanthemums, empty chairs, logs and other symbols on headstones when they visited cemeteries. It’s a visual language mostly forgotten now. 


Saskatoon's Ukrainian community celebrates heritage, milestones Saturday 

More than a century of Ukrainian culture and tradition was celebrated Saturday at Saskatoon's Kiwanis Park - and a super celebration was in the cards to mark a number of milestones during the 14th annual Ukrainian Day in the Park. 

Meet Athabasca’s new keeper of the past

Athabasca has found themselves a new overseer of the archives with the hiring of former Landing Trail Intermediate School teacher Gina Payzant on Aug. 3. 

British Columbia 

Large genealogy conference slated for Kelowna in September 

Researching family history is a pastime that is snowballing in popularity. Who hasn’t seen the ancestry ads or the many genealogy-themed TV series, family history magazines on the newsstands or advertisements for DNA testing? 

Canadian Stories this Week 

Have a nice and safe Labour Day and we will see you next Monday!

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

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