Showing posts with label Bytown Days. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bytown Days. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News 29 July 2015

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

The Family History Guide

If you have been putting off researching your Canadian ancestors because you don't know where to start, how about giving this new website a try? 

A guide has been prepared to help you through the different stages of doing family history, and they do have a Canada course.

Getting Started in Genealogy Workshop

There was one thing amiss in the Bytown Days that was posted Sunday 26 July 2015. 

And that was that the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will also be giving a Getting Started in Genealogy Workshop on Sunday at 1 pm in the Bytown Days Tent. 

This is something that you should not miss. They will tell you about how to do your genealogy, and where you can find records! 

For more information, go to

The website of the OGS is at

Until tomorrow, have a nice day researching!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News (CGN) 26 July 2015

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

There's always something new to see at Brantford's Canadian Military Heritage Museum.

There is going to be a rare German minenwerfer, or "mine launcher" that will be the centre of the open house that will be held Sunday, 02 August 2015 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The mine launcher was one of two captured by allied forces at Vimy Ridge in the First World War.

As well as free admission to the museum, the open house will include a performance by Brantford Pipes and Drums, historical re-enactors, 1812 cannon displays and machine gun firing. 

To see what is available go to

On Monday August 3, 2015 at the Ottawa Locks, Rideau Canal, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa, come and enjoy the events that will take place by the Ottawa River. The Ottawa Genealogical Society will be there.

In honour of 400 years of Francophone presence in Ontario, the celebrations will feature Voyages 400! programming highlighting the shared traditions of Francophone and Aboriginal cultures in the region.

Bytown Days wraps up August 3rd, with the 20th Annual Colonel By Day, featuring costumed characters and free interactive activities: processions, demonstrators, exhibitors & entertainment. Bytown Days is your PASTport to Ottawa’s By-gone days!

For further information, go to

Ever wondered how basketball got it's start in Almont, Canada? 

It was a Canadian Dr. James Naismith who invented basketball. Born in the Ottawa valley town of Almonte, province of Canada on November 6, 1861, James Naismith was orphaned at a very young age and was raised along with his older sister Annie and younger brother Robbie by his uncle and aunt.

He eventfully moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, but you can read about his early life in Canada at the Library and Archives Canada at their blog at

The title of the blog is James Naismith: his early formative years in Canada leading to the invention of basketball.