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Monday, December 19, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 19 December 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

First Newspaper in New Brunswick


On 17 December 1783, the first issue of the newspaper, The Royal Saint John Gazette and Nova Scotia Intelligencer, was printed for the first time.

You can access this newspaper on the New Brunswick Archives site at http://archives.gnb.ca/ResearchTools/NewspaperDirectory/Default.aspx?culture=en-CA&Tab=5 

Thomas Chandler Haliburton

On 17 December 1796, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, a Nova Scotian author, judge, and politician, was born. 

He wrote the adventures of Sam Slick in the Clockmaker series that had first appeared in the Nova Scotia newspaper, the Novascotian

He later settled in England, and died there in 1865. 

For more information, you can go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Chandler_Haliburton


 Second World War


On 14 December 1944, during the Second World War, Canada called for conscription in fighting the war.

Prime Minister Mackenzie King called for the conscription of 16,000 more men, and this stirred up resentment and opposition in Quebec.

You can read about conscription in the newspapers of the day at http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/newspapers/canadawar/conscription_e.shtml




Social Media 

(Video) What are you at? Darryl Chislett's vintage model ships

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/what-are-you-at-model-ships-1.3890872

Darryl Chislett of the Kilbride area of St. John's says building model ships requires a keen interest in history.

"A good model ship builder knows his time period, knows his history, knows how history affected [the ship]," said Chislett.

(Photos) Simcoe County history

http://www.bradfordtimes.ca/2016/12/09/simcoe-county-history#

One of the most famous explorers in Canadian history based one of his first major expeditions out of Huronia.

Samuel de Champlain was known for his map-making skills, his toughness, and his organizational skills, as well as his ability to remain optimistic during even the most trying times. In addition, unlike most Europeans, he was relatively progressive in his ideas about natives – as long as he saw them as allies.

Newspaper Articles

Nova Scotia

Desmond announcement uplifting for African Nova Scotians

http://www.guysboroughjournal.com/article1.php?ID=181

Last week Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz announced that the first Canadian woman to be featured on the $10 bill would be Viola Desmond, a civil rights activist from Nova Scotia.

Exploring the Black experience in Nova Scotia

https://www.dal.ca/news/2016/12/16/exploring-the-black-experience-in-nova-scotia.html

A new Dalhousie University course launching this winter will take students on a voyage through more than 400 years of African Nova Scotian history.

Dalhousie professor Isaac Saney says the course will help fill a gap for students interested in studying the African experience in Nova Scotia — a topic that also holds broader national significance.

Ontario

From Chinese to Canadian: Archive Project documents the integration of Chinese immigrants into Canada's mainstream

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/12/10/from-chinese-to-canadian

From the beginning, Chinese immigrants to Canada had an arduous odyssey of grudging tolerance and outright racism as cheap (usually the cheapest) labour in the 1800s.

Rare views of Japanese-Canadian internment: 19 images remembering one of Canada’s darkest hours

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/rare-views-of-japanese-canadian-internment-19-images-remembering-one-of-canadas-darkest-hours

Last week was the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Amid commemorations of the Americans killed in the attack, as well as the brutal war that followed, also came a solemn remembrance of how the United States interned coastal Japanese-American populations that it wrongly believed were a dangerous fifth column.

New register will help with Brooklin family history research

http://www.durhamregion.com/opinion-story/7008774-new-register-will-help-with-brooklin-family-history-research/

Genealogy is one of the biggest reasons people visit archives. This is true for archives as big as the Archives of Ontario and as small as the Archives at the Whitby Public Library. 

How a Canadian Invented Basketball

http://www.history.com/news/how-a-canadian-invented-basketball

Unlike sports such as baseball, football and hockey that evolved slowly into the games fans know today—basketball sprung forth from a singular inventor’s imagination. Find out how a Canadian with just a pair of peach baskets, an old soccer ball and 13 typewritten rules invented one of America’s favorite pastimes, and find out how different the original sport was to the one played today.

Abhayjeet Singh Sachal wins prestigious Vimy Pilgrimage Award

http://www.voiceonline.com/abhayjeet-singh-sachal-wins-prestigious-vimy-pilgrimage-award/

ABHAYJEET Singh Sachal from Delta’s Seaquam Secondary School is among the 17 high school students and the only Indo-Canadian to have won the prestigious Vimy Pilgrimage Award. He will travel to Europe in April to learn about Canada’s First World War legacy and participate in the commemorations for the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Manitoba

From the Archives: Manitoba farmers vote to strike

http://www.producer.com/2016/12/from-the-archives-manitoba-farmers-vote-to-strike/

The Western Producer takes a weekly look at some of the stories that made headlines in issues of the paper from 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago. 

Saskatchewan

Clark wants committee to have final say on civic names

http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/mayor-clark-wants-committee-to-have-final-say-on-civic-names

What’s in a name?

Saskatoon’s new mayor wants to change who has the final say on the city’s civic naming process to allow for better community representation in the names of city streets and facilities.

British Columbia

Finally, some respect for women in Canadian history

http://www.cfjctoday.com/column/551698/finally-some-respect-women-canadian-history

We have long failed to recognize the contributions of Canada’s women to our rich history, just as we have failed to recognize the contributions of many of our First Nations leaders.

Unique collection of rare artifacts reveals Vancouver's history

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/unique-collection-of-rare-artifacts-reveals-vancouver-s-history-1.3888352

Pieces of people's lives, memories and experiences currently on display at the Museum of Vancouver are offering a rare century-old glimpse into the city's past.

The objects are part of the Major James Matthews collection, and they present a snapshot of what Vancouver was like before it was even incorporated.

Column: New banknote helps illuminate our history

http://www.theprogress.com/opinion/406575476.html

I’m not sure what’s more disturbing: the fact I didn’t know who Viola Desmond was until last week, or that I was unaware that Canada had racially segregated movie theatres as recently as 1946. 

Canadian Stories this Week 

This Week in New Brunswick History 

Do you know that New Brunswick (Canada) has website devoted to putting the province's history online in a time line? 

For instance, this week there is 1873 right up to 1911. An example, it says that on the 23rd of December 1915, the “Collège de Caraquet” in Caraquet is destroyed by fire. 

And that's not all, you can search 2,271 historical images of New Brunswick by simply putting in a search word, say, the capital city of Fredericton. 

So to read more of what this site has to offer, go to http://www1.gnb.ca/0131/en/heritage/thisweek-e.asp 

Have you ever gone to the site OurDigitalWorld?

There are many older newspapers online that you should be aware of, and they are searchable. On their website, they say that they have the “Largest collection of Ontario Community Newspapers online, from 1810 to present day”.  

This month they have put on a complete set of newspapers from Clarington, Ontartio which now joins 150,000 pages from Orono, Bowmanvile!

And coming soon there will be more Kawartha Lakes 150,000 pages from Lindsay to Bobcaygeon and Omemee!

This is a fantastic place to go to when you need to read about your ancestor's lifes in the villages and towns in Ontario.

Their website is https://ourdigitalworld.net/ and to go directly to the newspapers, go to https://ourdigitalworld.net/what-we-do/digital-newspapers/  

And that was the week in Canadian news!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 04 April 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 

Treaty of Utrecht

In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht, the treaty between France and England which settled the War of the Spanish Succession, saw the return of Nova Scotia to Britain. France retained Cape Breton and the Island of St. John, now Prince Edward Island. 


Canada's 10th province

In 1949, Newfoundland (now Newfoundland and Labrador), the oldest dominion in the British Commonwealth, became Canada's 10th province. 

Two referendums were held after the Second World War; the first was inconclusive, and the second approved Confederation by only 52 per cent. 

Thew capital city id St. Johns, and the island is the world's 16th largest, and Canada's forth largest island. 

For further information, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newfoundland_(island)  

Social Media 

(Video) Potential Viking site found in Newfoundland 


A second Viking site may have been found in southern Newfoundland by a team of international archaeologists working in the province. 

(Photo) Hants History: March 31, 2016 edition 


News of 25 years ago (April 3, 1991 edition) is temporarily unavailable and will be coming back in the early spring, but the 50 years edition (March 30, 1966 edition) is here. 

(Photos) Dartmouth Heritage Museum supporters pushing for new municipal museum 

Officials with the Dartmouth Heritage Museum are pleased with a recent decision by the municipality to take responsibility for its collection of 45,000 historical artifacts. 


Newfoundland and Labrador  

Nunatsiavut government honoured for heritage work 


The government was awarded last week with a 2016 Manning Awards for Excellence in the Public Presentation of Historic Places, International category, for its work on the Hebron Mission restoration. 

The Hebron Mission is a project to restore the nearly 200-year old former Moravian church, as part of the Nunatsiavut government restoration program. It is taking part in the abandoned northern Labrador community of Hebron. 


Nova Scotia  

Not taking no for an answer: Municipal leaders from western Nova Scotia consider group trip to Ottawa  


The Canada Legacy Society, a group that has been formed by compiling the 12 municipal units from West Hants to Yarmouth in Nova Scotia, has applied for over two million dollars in funding from the federal Canada 150 fund – Canada's birthday next year.  

Prince Edward Island  

Stompin' Tom Connors project's fate rests with ACOA 


Back in July when plans were uncovered for $1.9 million Stompin' Tom Connors Centre, has hit a snag. The part of the funding that was to come from Heritage Canada has been denied because the centre is not considered an arts or heritage organizations by the Canadian Cultural Spaces Funding. 

Alberta 

Exhibit brings war close to home 


Okotoks Museum and Archives is going to be the host for the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s traveling exhibit called Alberta and the Great War to its facility next month. 

The exhibit shows how the First World War affected and changed the province. It will be available for viewing April 1 and will remain on site until June 30. 

If you want to go to the Town of Okotoks Museum & Archives, you can go to http://www.archivesalberta.org/walls/okotoks.htm  

North-West Territories 

History matters: Westerners had to fight for vote 


When the government came to the North-West Territories in the northern regions of Canada in the 1870s, they wanted to have a “free-hand” in deciding what kind of government would be in place, so the people had to fight for the right to vote.  

Canadian Stories this Week  

Archives Awareness Week 2016 

There is still a couple of days left as Archives Awareness Week is on till April 9th. 

This year’s focus is Customer Appreciation Week, where you will learn about the amazing collections and services, and meet the people they’ve inspired. 

You can visit the Archives Ontario site at http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/about/archives_week.aspx to see what is going on the archives this week. 

I can personally give the Archives of Ontario (AO) the seal of approval. Last time I was there was two years ago, which I spent three days there, and the staff were nothing but friendly and helpful, and I found great help, especially going through the municipal files, and land grant. I had a great time! 

the federal government are starting to hear announcements of funding 


The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, this week, announced an investment of more than $170-million to protect and preserve Parks Canada's five historic canals in Quebec. 

The five canals are -  

Lachine Canal - reconstruction work on the walls will be done 

Carillon Canal - the impressive lock of the Carillon Canal will be reconstructed 

Chambly Canal – work will be completed on the locks and bridges 

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal - service areas and footpaths will be built 

and 

Saint Ours Canal - build the Vianney-Legendre Fish Ladder 

On the press release, The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada said that "Through this significant investment, our government is protecting and preserving these treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of these heritage sites. I encourage Canadians to visit and experience Parks Canada's special places and to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about our rich history and heritage."

Home Children 

And finally, this week, there is an e-petition online at http://canadianbritishhomechildren.weebly.com/apology-petition.html which concerns an apology to the Home Children – the children who were sent here from the United Kingdom in 1869 to the 1940s to work on farm and as domestics. 

Apparently, according to the people who have organized this petition, they now have enough signatures to go ahead with an initial presentation, but they will continue to collect signature for future presentations. They say that they will repeat this process as often as we feel necessary. 

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

This e-newspaper has been published since April 2012! 

Be sure to tell your friends about us. 

If you would like to subscribe, please send your email to genealogycanada@aol.com 

Publishers Elizabeth and Mario Lapointe  

Sponsored by Elizabeth Lapointe Research Services. To learn more about the research services offered by ELRS, go to www.elrs.biz 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Canadian Ancestry.ca


Last night, I received notification from the Canadian arm of Ancestry that they would be changing the landing page and adding some features to Ancestry.ca. 

They said that Ancestry.ca "would appear with new storytelling features and a streamlined design, the new Ancestry site will help Canadians move beyond names and dates, enhancing the stories of their ancestors’ lives. 

A few new features include: 

LifeStory, which uses events, sources and relationships you’ve collected in your family tree to create a holistic, time-based narrative of these moments;

Historical Insights will now appear within your ancestor’s life story, giving you context about the events that impacted their lives; 

Facts and Galleries will transform how you view, arrange and share the details of your ancestors’ lives.

As you begin to explore the updated site, please let us know if you have any questions, or need any help navigating the new features". 

Ancestry.com put on this new landing site and the other features about a month ago. It is clear that they are aiming towards the “new customer” (someone who has never used Ancestry before), and are not placating the “seasoned” researcher to find and improve on their research - those that have already found ancestors.

It would be my fervent wish that Ancestry would improve their search algorithms so that it doesn't give me WHITE instead of WAITE, and Halifax, Nova Scotia instead of Halifax, England, or Halifax, Virginia. I have to use the browse feature instead of the search feature.

Pat Richley-Erickson of Mondays with Myrt, a Google+ Hangout on Air, suggested yesterday that
a clearing house of complaints should be set-up so that we can put our frustrations online, instead of not having them answered by the Ancestry people. 

If you are not a member of her genealogy community on Goggle+, you can go to YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ap4JKxu58 and view it there. 

I will keep you posted on this development.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BillionGraves Index updated


FamilySearch has updated the BillionGraves Index online at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973 

This collection can include:

Name of deceased 

Date of birth 

Date of death

Name of cemetery 

Date of burial 

This is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world's cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. They have Canadian cemeteries, so it deserves a look to see if your deceased ancestor is there. 

You can also go to website at http://billiongraves.com/

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Friday, September 4, 2015

FREE! Ancestry is providing free access to its entire collection of Canadian immigration records


Part of their press release says -

The majority of Canadians view Labour Day as the unofficial end to summer, but how often do we stop and think of the historic origins of this national holiday?  How many of us know it marks a massive public protest in the streets of Toronto in 1872 for worker’s rights and benefits?

If you’re a third-generation Canadian, there’s a good chance your great-grandparents would have been working-age during the first Labour Day over 140 years ago, or may have even taken part in the protest themselves. But do you know what they actually did? 

According to a recent Ancestry survey, only one-third of Canadians know the occupation of at least one great-grandparent. 

And for those Canadians that don’t know when their ancestors arrived or where they arrived from, AncestryDNA gives you the ability to learn your ethnic ancestry and connect with others who may hold the key to the stories of your family’s past. More information about AncestryDNA can be found at: http://dna.ancestry.ca 

To access the immigration records Sept 3-7, please go to http://www.ancestry.ca/cs/labourday2015?o_iid=67317&o_lid=67317&o_sch=Web+Property

Happy Researching!

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Check the Canadian Week in Review (CWR) every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.

If you missed last week’s edition, it is at
http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/08/canadian-news-in-review-cwr-31-august.html

It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News (CGW) 25 August 2015


Here are some news items which have come across my desk this morning - 

Genealogical and Family Institute of Scottish Studies

Announcement has come from James Fraser, Scottish Studies Chair, at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario through his Twitter feed and on the Facebook page that there will be a new Genealogical and Family Institute of Scottish Studies.

To assist with the development of the new Institute, the University will begin a crowdfunding campaign in December of this year (2015).

Read about further developments here, when they become available.  


The Twitter account is at https://twitter.com/ScottishStudies


Board for Certification of Genealogists

The Board for Certification of Genealogists, an American based organization, has announced that Canadian genealogist, Alison Hare, CG, from Ottawa, Ontario has been re-elected for another three-year term as trustee. 

She has been certified since 1999, and is a fellow member of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists at http://ocapg.org/.

Congratulations, Alison! 

Meanwhile, happy researching!

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Check the Canadian Week in Review (CWR) every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.

If you missed last week’s edition, it is at
http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/08/canadian-week-in-review-cwr-23-august.html

It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Extra news items 21 July 2015



Here are some news items which have come across my desk this morning -

Malcolm Moody of the Archives CD Books Canada tells us that they are having their Mid-Summer SALE!! It is already under way and almost all of their Canadian made digital products have been reduced by 50%!! And you can’t afford to let a sale like this run for too long, so jump on the “bandwagon” while you can. 

To see what is on sale go to their “home” page at www.ArchiveCDBooks.ca/ and select the “CANADA” choice from the left hand column. (Or go to your favorite Province if you prefer.) 


Take a minute to look at these photos of Images of National Parks in Canada on Flickr. They are beautiful! 

The national parks are protected areas established under federal legislation to preserve Canada's natural heritage for public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment. The parks are maintained for future generations and have existed in Canada for well over a century. 


Gwyneth Pearce, Secretary of the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that the fifth annual Toronto History Lecture will take place on Wednesday 5 August 2015 at the City of Toronto Archives.

As they mark the four-year centenary of the First World War, it is fitting that the topic of the 2015 Lecture is Returned Men: Toronto’s Veterans in the Great War’s Aftermath. Historian Jonathan Scotland will examine the consequences, aftermath, and impact of the War and how Toronto’s “returned men” tried to reintegrate into civilian life. 

This event is free to attend but advance reservation is required and space is limited. For details, visit http://torontofamilyhistory.org/learn/toronto-history-lecture/.

Until next time, this is what crossed my desk this morning.

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Check the Canadian Week in Review every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.

If you missed last week’s edition, it is at http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/07/canadian-week-in-review-20-july-2015_20.html

It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ancestry launches family history DNA testing service in Canada TODAY!


This press release was just received -

TORONTO (June 9, 2015) – Ancestry, the world’s largest family history resource, today launched AncestryDNA in Canada. AncestryDNA allows individuals to learn about their genetic heritage and discover new family connections in Canada and around the world.

When coupled with Ancestry’s database of more than 16 billion historical records, AncestryDNA will enable family history enthusiasts and novices alike to discover even more about their own past, including the ability to find entire new cousin matches around the world.

“Historical records on Ancestry.ca provide an insight into one’s recent past, but usually go around 200-300 years, so it’s incredibly exciting to be able to offer DNA testing that takes your family history experience back many hundreds and even thousands of years,” said Christopher Labrecque, Country Manager for Ancestry Canada. “AncestryDNA enables users to learn more than ever about where they came from and discover new family lines and relatives. It really is the ultimate family history experience.”

AncestryDNA details the breakdown of one’s ethnic origins, predicting the likely locations of a person’s ancestors across 26 worldwide populations, providing a glimpse into one’s ancestral past that goes back to a time before historical records began to be kept.

The service also introduces users to new family members through DNA member matches which identifies unknown relatives pulled from more than 850,000 people who have previously taken the test. Many users can expect to be connected with 3rd and 4th cousins, allowing them to further grow their family trees and discover family members they may not have known existed.

In a recent survey, more than three-quarters of Canadians stated they would consider having their DNA tested to discover more about where their ancestors came from. Many said they know very little about their own family history, with 42 per cent indicating that they do not know where their grandparents were born, and 30 per cent stating they do not know where their ancestors lived before coming to Canada.

How AncestryDNA Works

The test uses microarray-based autosomal DNA testing to look at more than 700,000 locations across an individual’s entire genome through a simple saliva sample. The AncestryDNA approach provides a much more detailed look at one’s family history than other existing Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA tests that only look at specific branches of a person’s family tree.

AncestryDNA kits are now available for purchase for $149 plus shipping at http://dna.ancestry.ca/


















 

 
 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ancestry.com redesigns its site



Although they say in their opening letter, which explains the changes that they have made to their site, it is supposed to be only open to American subscribers, but I found it was open to me – a Canadian.
 
So I went to take a look.
 
And I really like it.
 
They have adjusted the color on the search page, made it more appealing, and it seems to be cleaner than the previous search landing page.
 
I would give them a passing grade on this.

Go to www.ancestry.com 

Apparently they will redesign the Canadian site at www.ancestry.ca in the near future. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Canada's Genealogy Road Show


 
Has your society ever thought about holding a meeting like Halton-Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be holding this month – the Genealogy Road Show

The Halton-Peel Branch will have their meeting on May 24th at the Four Corners Branch of the Brampton Public Library at 65 Queen Street East (near the Peel Archives) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m, and you can receive the following - 

Help for beginners as well as those trying to break down brick walls.


• 15 minute consultations with experts on research in Ontario, England, Scotland, DNA, using Ancestry.com and Legacy Family Tree.


• Tours of the Halton-Peel Branch library collection
 
Doesn’t this sound great?
 
The website of the Halton-Peel Branch is at http://www.haltonpeel.ogs.on.ca/meetings.htm
 
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As a nod of the hat to the Ontario Genealogical Conference being held in Barrie, Ontario from May 29 to May 31, may we take this opportunity to offer a month-long discount on our research and consultation services of 15% (ends 11 June at midnight).

Just go to Elizabeth Lapointe Research Services at www.elrs.biz, or send an email with the subject "special" to genealogyresearch@aol.com to see how I can help you find that elusive Canadian ancestor!
 
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Check the Canadian Week in Review every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.

If you missed this week’s edition, it is at http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/05/canadian-week-in-review-11-may-2015.html
 
It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada!

It has been a regular post every Monday morning since April 23, 2012

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cape Beaton Institute Digital Archives

This website provides access to the digital collections of the Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia.

The Digital Archives is an online database that contains archival descriptions from the holdings of the Beaton Institute.

Notice that there are places in Cape Breton here at http://beatoninstitute.com/places that you can search, as well, as people and organizations at http://beatoninstitute.com/actor/browse, and there is  full archival descriptions at http://beatoninstitute.com/informationobject/browse

The website is at http://www.cbu.ca/beaton/archway#.VTEq3HnD-aU

Happy Researching!



Check the Canadian Week in Review every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.

If you missed this week’s edition, it is at http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/04/canadian-week-in-review-13-april-2015_13.html

It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada!

It has been a regular post every Monday morning since April 23, 2012.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BRAVO! The LAC has listened …

Attestation Paper for Thomas Cussons, regimental no. 675270, Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel files, RG 150, accession number Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2057 – 51; (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/image.aspx?Image=073302a&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fdata2.archives.ca%2fcef%2fgat1%2f073302a.gif&Ecopy=073302a); accessed 15 April 2015); Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada.

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) today released the latest news on digitizing the First World War Service files. Not only did they say that 143,613 of 640,000 files are available online via their Soldiers of the First World War: 1914-1918 website, but for the first time, they have released the surnames of the soldiers that they have digitized. 

Thank heavens! It was a never-ending guessing game whether I should go ahead and request a file, and go to the LAC and take photos of the record, or view it online. I never knew which I should do.

But I had written to them a month ago and asked them if they would tell us where they are on the digitizing scheme of things, and now they have. So bravo to the LAC!

The latest digitized box is #2057, which corresponds to the surname Thomas Cussons. I looked up the name, and it is there – the full service record!

So, hopefully, this little addition to the LAC blog will make a difference to researchers out there. Now I must write a letter of “Thanks” to the people who are working on the boxes.

The website for the First World War Service files is http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/canadian-expeditionary-force.aspx



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Durham Region Branch is expanding the scope of their meetings



The Durham Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is adding more to their meeting, and they are expanding in a good way.

According to their website, they are going to have, in addition to their standard meetings, the following new items are being added before the meetings -

TONI Tidbits from this huge database of over 3 million genealogical entries

Brick Wall Bomb - a 15 minute brainstorming session on a problem from the audience, and a 10-minute Mini-Talk on a variety of subjects.

This sounds exciting!

Their website is at http://durham.ogs.on.ca/

They have a blog at http://durham-branch.blogspot.com/

You can join their Facebook page by going to https://www.facebook.com/groups/durhamogs/



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There is so much genealogy here



The Oshawa Public Library in Oshawa, Ontario just have oodles of information which have been digitized and are online at http://localhistory.oshawalibrary.ca/ 
 
They have been categorized into the following subject areas -
 
Clubs and Associations
 
Education in Oshawa
 
**Directories**
 
Entertainment in Oshawa
 
**General Local History**
 
Military
 
**Oshawa Families**
 
**Religious Life in Oshawa**
 
This is a prized collection (especially the Directories) that the library has put together.
 
Their website is at http://www.oshawalibrary.on.ca/
 
 


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy



35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held in Jerusalem this year from July 6 to the 10th.

The conference will be a truly international "Promised Event". Speakers and registrants hail from around the globe representing 20 nations to date including New Zealand, American Samoa, the Americas, Africa and all of Europe.

Their Preliminary Program is now listed in the website Program & Schedule in the "Program" tab of www.iajgs2015.org . You will see why they are boasting that this will be "A Conference Like No Other". The schedule will become interactive ...shortly.

As announced, the *keynote speaker will be Rabbi Israel Meir Lau,* one of the most prominent figures in Israeli society today. Rabbi Lau, a child survivor of the Holocaust, is an outstanding activist and orator. He will bring a message to genealogists reinforcing the value of their work researching individuals and families.

And Dick Eastman will be there!

They have announced that the *master genealogist Dick Eastman* will be speaking at the closing Banquet. In the mid-1980s, at the dawn of the World Wide Web, Eastman pioneered one of the first online Genealogy Forums. By 1996, he created a weekly online newsletter called "Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter" which has grown from a circulation of 100 to more than 60,000 genealogists.

Registration is now available on the Registration Form for the Shabbaton, Exploration Sunday, Breakfast with the Experts, SIG Luncheons and Banquet, and when you join them for the conference, don't miss the **pre-conference festivities:**

Their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/IAJGSConference



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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dear Myrt’s Beginning Genealogy - Sessions 11


As I promised my blog on 06 January 2014 at http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/beginning-genealogy-study-group.html, I watched Dear Myrt’s Beginning Genealogy Session 11 on Wednesday. I will continue to watch the rest of the study group as it proceeds.

The major topic which was discussed in Sessions 11 was a subject which was a good teaching lesson – How do you introduce family history to a new person who has never done research before?

Dear Myrt told us how she did it yesterday with a new person, and the first document that she introduce her to was census returns at FamilySearch. The second thing she did was to introduce her to the FAN principle – family, acquaintances, and neighbours.

The census and the FAN principal go hand-in-hand.

You can look at a census and you can see who are their neighbours, other family members who may live nearby, and acquaintances who may have worked or gone to church with them, or maybe have married into their family.

So the census is the first place to look.

The website for Session 10 is at https://plus.google.com/communities/104382659430904043232

Session 1 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session-1.html

Session 2 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session-2.html

Session 3 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session-3.html

Session 4 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session-4.html

Session 5 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/02/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session-5.htm 

Session 6 & 7 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-sessions_5.html

Sessioin 8 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-sessions_13.html

Session 9 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-sessions_20.html

Session 10 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session.html

Remember to make yourself a member of Dear Myrt’s Genealogy Community before watching the YouTube Google+ Hangout on Air at https://plus.google.com/communities/104382659430904043232



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