Showing posts with label Canada. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canada. Show all posts

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Battle of the Atlantic 70th Anniversary


Every year, on the first Sunday in May, Canada and the Canadian Maritime community commemorate the longest single campaign of the Second World War – the Battle of the Atlantic.

During the 2,075 days that the battle raged, members of the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, Royal Canadian Air Force, Merchant Navy and Royal Canadian Artillery Gunners assigned to the protection of merchant ships took the fight to the enemy whenever and wherever possible.

The price of victory, when paid in full, would cost the Navy 33 warships and over 2,000 dead, the Air Force 350 aircraft and over 900 dead, the Merchant Navy of Canada 73 ships and over 1,700 dead. Let us remember them for their selfless contribution to international peace and security.

Services commemorating this year’s 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic will be held at naval facilities across Canada on Sunday, May 3, 2015, and everyone is encouraged to participate.

For those of us in the National Capital Region, the National Battle of the Atlantic commemoration will commence at 10:30 at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

If you want to read more about the Battle of the Atlantic, you can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Atlantic



Check the Canadian Week in Review every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.
 
 
It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada!
 
It has been a regular post every Monday morning since April 23, 2012

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

75th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote in Québec


It was on April 25, 1940 that it was sanctioned by law that women were able to vote and to run for elected office in Quebec.

Women had been able to vote in federal elections since 1919, but Quebec was the last Canadian province to pass the right to vote for women.

To read more about the right to vote in Canada for women, read http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/womens-suffrage/

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Canada's 150 Logo has been chosen


 
The government has made its decision about Canada’s 150th birthday logo. 
 
A University of Waterloo student, Ariana Cuvin, was the winner of the Canada 150 Logo Design Contest. It was chosen from a field of over 300 eligible entries.
 
If you want to read more about Canada 150th celebrations, go to http://www.canada150.gc.ca/eng/1342792785740/1342793251811

Francophones in Alberta: Courage and Determination



The Musée Héritage Museum of St Albert, Alberta have a bilingual exhibition called Francophones in Alberta: Courage and Determination, which tells the story of the French in Alberta. It is based on the Francophone Archives Project, a collective venture between the Provincial Archives of Alberta and the Francophone Secretariat of Alberta.

They say that the exhibit includes ‘artifacts from our own collection to reflect the Francophone history of the St Albert area, highlighting objects from local families to help illustrate the greater experience of Francophone immigrants across the province. Interpretive panels will trace the history of French Albertans through their associations, both economic and cultural, its religious and early pioneering work’.

The exhibit will run through until June 21, 2015.

The website is at http://museeheritage.ca/

The Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ArtsAndHeritageStAlbert

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

British Columbia city directories

 


Vancouver Public Library's collection of digitized British Columbia city directories dates from 1860 - 1955.

This is an amazing collection!

The directories contain detailed historical information about British Columbia communities, for instance -
  • street and name listings of individuals and businesses in Vancouver and Victoria 
  • population figures
  • government listings
  • operating newspapers
  • and schools and libraries from communities across the province. 
If you have ancestors from British Columbia and would like to find out more information about them, try the city directories.

The website is http://www.vpl.ca/bccd/index.php

Happy Researching! 

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Brunswick Archives adds more birth records

On April the 16th, the Province of New Brunswick Archives has added 2,284 birth records to the years 1870 -1877 at http://archives.gnb.ca/Search/VISSE/?culture=en-CA

There is an excellent finding aid at http://archives.gnb.ca/Documents/FindingAids/GovernmentRecords/RS141-EN.pdf, and this finding aid cover births, marriages and deaths and there is an Introduction and a Help page.

You can search 3,179,613 names from 34 databases in one place online!

The website for the Province of New Brunswick Archives is http://archives.gnb.ca/Archives/?culture=en-CA

Happy researching!



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Friday, April 17, 2015

Ontario's Movie Theatres


From May 2nd to the 29th, the travelling exhibit "Ontario's Movie Theatres" from the Archives of Ontario will be in the Part Hope Archives at http://www.porthopearchives.com/whats-new.html

They will also show the exhibit "A 'Capitol' Idea: Port Hope's Capitol Theatre" which has been curated by the Port Hope Archives in partnership with the Capitol Theatre.

While there, they have photographs; artworks; business records (i.e. ledgers, minute books, etc.); genealogical resources (i.e. family histories, bibles); Municipal records; personal papers collections; maps & blueprints; local history publications; and research databases for you to research.

Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/PHArchives?_rdr



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

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

 

An incredible number of letters!!!



Ancestry.com has put on a great First World War record set – Canadians who fought under the Imperial Army, Navy, or Air, and who were entitled to payment under the Imperial War Service Gratuities, 1919-1921.

You may ask - Why would a Canadian enlist in England? Why wouldn’t he enlist in Canada?

Yes, normally he would enlist in Canada. But what if he was in England at the time that the First World War broke out? What would happen then?

He would enlist in the British troops, and this is exactly where Edward Barcley, from Debert, Nova Scotia, found himself. He was in England visiting his parents at the time.

The record set contains letters. Many letters!

And if you are a descendent of Edward Barcley of Debert, Nova Scotia, you will know, as it is written in one of the many letters you can search at Ancestry.com, that he was sent as an ‘immigrant boy’ - from a Middlemore Home to Canada in 1906! He came with his brother and sister (although he doesn't name them).

This is incredible information – right from the immigrant’s mouth, so to speak.

It just goes to show you, that when you start to search records - you will never know what you will find!!!!!!!!!!

So if you can't find them in the Canadian records, but you know he or she was in the First World War, then check these records. They might be here.

The website is at http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9149



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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Digitized Directory of Schools


This afternoon I was doing some research in Nova Scotia, and I came across the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: Digitized Directory of Schools (1950s-present) at  bit.ly/1Cn6wXE

They name the school, where it is located, and how many teachers were employed at the school, and starting in 1958, they give the principles names, and extra information about the schools. There are even notes in some of the books that may prove helpful.

They are organized by the counties, and then by school districts within the individual county. 

Happy researching!



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

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Friday, April 10, 2015

They have put on another Talbot Times!



The Elgin County Genealogical Society has put another article from the Talbot Times, the society newsletter, on it’s blog at http://elgincountyogs.blogspot.com/

The first article is Scots Coming to Canada, and it can be found at http://www.elginogs.ca/Home/talbot-times-newsletters/talbot-times-1987-september

The second article is Travels of Moses Bevans in the Talbot Times 1988 March and can be found at
http://www.elginogs.ca/Home/talbot-times-newsletters/talbot-times-1988-march

The third article is from the 1988 June of the Talbot Times, and it is entitled A Tragic Accident: The Blacks of Sparta – Buried Alive and tells us about the Black family and a well in a nearby quick sand pit that was on the property, three miles east of Port Stanley.

There are also two articles entitled St. Thomas - The Railway City, and Hodgkinson's Corners to Troy to Aylmer in the newsletter.

As I have written before, this is an excellent idea to get people interested in your society.Treat it as a “lost leader’, like milk in a grocery store. Think of your webpage as a store, and put these articles your front page, so that people can see what you can offer them.

And don’t leave the same articles there, change them around to make it interesting to people.

The website for the June 1988 article is http://www.elginogs.ca/Home/talbot-times-newsletters/talbot-times-1988-june


Thursday, April 9, 2015

April 9 - Vimy Ridge Day in Canada


Vimy Ridge was a battle in which Canadians fought in the First World War. It was part of a larger battle of Arras in northern France. It began on Easter Monday, and about 30,000 Canadians fought at Vimy Ridge and claimed victory. 3,600 Canadians were killed, with many wounded.

There is a special exhibit in London right now until September 2015, and then will travel across the country, and it is called the Souterraine Impression.

This exhibition illuminates the lives of Canadian veterans through the deeply personal carvings and drawings made by soldiers concealed in the allied caves and trenches near Vimy Ridge, France.

Organized by Zenon Andrusyszyn, Souterraine Impressions “will bring reproductions of site-specific artifacts to Canada through contemporary 3-dimensional printing, allowing audiences a rare glimpse at these personal documents created while Canadian soldiers awaited orders to join the now legendary Battle for Vimy Ridge. While not a great military success, the battle has subsequently become for Canada a symbol of national unity, achievement and tremendous sacrifice”.

Visitors will see “a series of "tableaus” containing one of the reproduced carvings, a photograph of the soldier who created it and a short biography. While many of the carvings feature regimental or battalion badges, there are also carvings of hearts, animals and names’.

You can go to the museum in London at http://www.museumlondon.ca/exhibitions:115 to get particulars on the exhibit.

Meanwhile, there are news articles today in the papers, and some of them are -

Honouring the memory of Vimy Ridge
http://www.melfortjournal.com/2015/04/07/honouring-the-memory-of-vimy-ridge

New Vimy Foundation poll reveals majority of Canadians believe 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge in 2017 should be focus of Canada's Sesquicentennial
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1514029/new-vimy-foundation-poll-reveals-majority-of-canadians-believe-100th-anniversary-of-vimy-ridge-in-2017-should-be-focus-of-canada-s-sesquicentennial

Three Quarters of Canadians (74%) Believe 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge in 2017 Should Be One of Canada’s Most Important Celebrations During Sesquicentennial 
http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&type=user&func=display&sid=33787

Ninety-eight years later, historian finds ‘missing’ soldiers from the Battle of Vimy Ridge 
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/ninety-eight-years-later-historian-finds-missing-soldiers-from-the-battle-of-vimy-ridge

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Immigrants from Ireland to Canada - FREE lists


Here are some more Irish sources that are online, and are FREE

Canadian Deaths 1878-1886 
These records are abstracted from The Dominion Annual Register and Review

Irish Diaspora - North America
There are many e-books here that describes the immigrants from Ireland to Canada.

Peter Robinson Settlers from Cork to Canada 1823 & 1825 http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/regulus1825.shtml 
The passengers are listed by name, with the ships, when they sailed from and when they landed at Quebec.

Immigrants to Canada
It has quite a few Irish immigrants to Canada listed in the various sources, including accounts of the voyage, and immigration handbooks.
 


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ancestry.ca update: Canada Quaker Yearly Meeting Minutes, 1836-1988




This message has come in from Ancestry -

'Today, Ancestry has launched a fascinating new collection of Canadian Quaker records, the Canada Quaker Yearly Meeting Minutes, 1836-1988, VI collection, a database containing records form Quaker meetings in Canada.

The Quakers, a longstanding religious society of friends that believed in a strong, personal experience with God, would hold yearly meetings with the top members of the society. This database is made up of more than 184,000 records from several Quaker meetings that took place in Canada. The records come from the Canadian Yearly Meeting Archives in Newmarket, Ontario.

The collection contains a large assortment of records including membership registers, marriage records, meeting minutes, removal certificates, death records and disciplinary records. Details within the records include name, date of birth, date of death, names of parents and spouses, event dates, witnesses and more. A large majority of these records come from Ontario, however there are records from other provinces and even a few from areas in the United States as some of these areas fell under Canada’s jurisdiction at the time.

I spent sometime today going through the records, and I agree, they do appear to be very inclusive and detailed. Even if you don’t know if your ancestor was a Quaker, you should check the records to see if he/she is there – because he/she might be, or he/she may have had ties to the Quaker community'.

 The website is at http://search.ancestry.ca/search/db.aspx?dbid=60521&geo_a=r&geo_s=us&geo_t=ca&o_iid=41015&o_lid=41015&o_sch=Web+Property


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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Do you want to name a geographical feature in Alberta?


Alberta is looking for people who have a name for a geographical feature to get in contact with the people at the Alberta Geographical Names Program at http://culture.alberta.ca/heritage-and-museums/programs-and-services/historic-places-research-and-designation/geographical-names-program.

The Geographic Board of Canada was established in December 1897 as an assertion of Canada's sovereignty over its own geographical territory. By the 1970s, the responsibility for most geographical features had been transferred to the provinces.

The naming of features on land in Alberta administered by the federal government is a joint responsibility.

Final naming decisions are made by the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and the Minister of Culture.

To find Canadian Geographical Names, you can go to http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/earth-sciences/geography/place-names/search/9170.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Irish Genealogy Workshop at Heritage Mississauga

Heritage Mississauga—in conjunction with the Halton-Peel Branch of the OGS—will present an all-day Irish Genealogy Workshop with Ruth Blair on Saturday, February 21st, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Robinson Adamson House, 1921 Dundas Street West in Mississauga.

Topics will be -

Taking Your Irish Ancestors Back over the Pond

and

Researching your Irish Family History From Afar

The cost is $25, and registration must be paid in advance by calling Heritage Mississauga at 905-828-8411, ext. 0 or by email info@heritagemississauga.org.

Heritage Mississauga was stated in 1960 by a small group of volunteers. Known then as the Toronto Township Historical Foundation, the charitable organization supported the move of the Bradley House to its present location, and worked to open the as the area’s first museum.

From its offices known at "The Grange"—the historic Robinson-Adamson House (1921 Dundas Street West, Mississauga)—the Heritage Mississauga provides the community with a comprehensive Heritage Resource Centre.

A little-known online resource is Heritage Profiles, where you will find over 50 local residents who have written profiles at http://www.heritagemississauga.com/section/?section=17.

They also have a cemetery map at http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/cemeteries, and another online resource, Mississauga; A City of Many Villages at http://www.heritagemississauga.com/section/?section=7, where one can download a map of the villages.

Their website is at http://www.heritagemississauga.com

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ancestry.ca updates Canadian Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

Ancestry has upgraded the Find A Grave Index on its website, and now there are over 3-million records on Ancestry.com.

Find A Grave provides users with a virtual cemetery experience, with images of grave markers from around the world, as well as photos, biographies, and other details uploaded by volunteers. You may find obituaries and links to other family members included, as well.

But I must sound a note of caution. This is an INDEX, and it is not a SOURCE. These are simply pictures of gravestones, and there can be errors in the data that is put on the stone - even the date of death can be wrong. You will need the death certificate to go along with the burial record in your genealogy.

And another important thing – the gravestone may or may not be a true record of whom is buried under it. The husband or wife may have been remarried after the death of a spouse, and is actually buried with the subsequent spouse, not with the original spouse.

So these indexes must be treated with a dose of caution, and care.

Otherwise, have fun researching, as more and more graves come online.

The website is at http://search.ancestry.ca/search/db.aspx?dbid=60527

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The conference lowers its price – sort of ...

The inaugural National Genealogy Conference—to be held in Halifax this summer from the 17th to the 19th of July—has lowered its price from $895.00 to $210.00 for the conference.

But I think if you look at the programme, they have removed the included tours, accommodations, and some extras like the Ceilidh-style reception (with entertainment) to be held Friday evening. However, these things will still be available at an extra cost.

However, it should be quite a conference. Halifax is especially lovely that time of the year.

The website is at https://www.visiontravel.ca/heidiwilker/en/national-genealogy-conference

If you want to check out my original blog post dated 09 January 2015, go to http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/national-genealogy-conference-in-canada.html

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Half-year memberships is becoming popular in Canada

There are a number of societies in Canada now that offer half-year memberships. I believe that the thinking behind this is that people will want to try a half-year membership, and if they find it useful, then maybe they will try a full-year membership next time. Remember, this special deal is usually open to new members only.

So now, the Quebec Family History Society (QFHS) has offered a half-year membership for the period from January 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015 for only $40.00.*

This membership will provide you with a copy of the Summer 2015 issue of their newsletter, Connections, and full member's access to their website. Also, they invite members and non-members alike (free for members) to go to their research library in Montreal to access their many books, and use special genealogy searching programs.

To join, click on the membership form below. After printing and completing the form, you can mail it to them, along with your cheque or money order for $40.00.

The membership form is at http://www.qfhs.ca/upload/files/Special_Membership_Form_2015(1).pdf

The website is at http://www.qfhs.ca

*Their membership year runs from August 1 to July 31. Payment received after May 31 will apply to the next membership year, beginning August 1st. For an individual, the membership costs $75.00 per year for one person, or for two people living at the same address.

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Eaton’s Goes To War

Jay Young, Outreach Officer at the Archives of Ontario (AO), says that the archives has a new online exhibit entitled Eaton’s Goes To War, which shows the contributions made by the T. Eaton Company and its employees to the war effort during the First World War.

Soon after war broke out in 1914, Eaton’s contributed an unprecedented amount to Canada’s war effort. The company announced that all military contracts it received would be delivered at cost, and it even paid the salaries of enlisted employees for the duration of their service, in addition to their military wages.

In total, 3,327 Eaton’s employees across Canada enlisted, with 2,200 from the Toronto store alone.

The press release says that ‘Each time an enlistee employed at Eaton’s Toronto location was shipped overseas, a portrait was taken of him to be displayed prominently in the store. More than 2,000 of these portraits—part of the T. Eaton Company records at the Archives of Ontario—are featured in the exhibit. The faces of these men show an intimate side of the war.

These photographs are an excellent resource for genealogists who are researching their family history in Toronto. In particular, the exhibit allows users to view a list of names of Eaton’s enlistees and their portrait. You might discover that someone in your family was an “Eatonian” – an enlistee employed at Eaton’s.

Eaton’s Goes To War also asks users to contribute their own stories of ancestors who worked for Eaton’s during the 1910s. These stories will help to show how Eaton’s had a personal impact on Ontarians during the Great War.

To view the exhibit, go to http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/explore/online/soldiers/remembrance_day.aspx

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Top 100 Websites of 2015


The list of ‘The Best of …’ or the ‘Top 100 Websites of ….’ are starting to appear for 2015.

The first one this year is the Top 100 Websites of 2015 by GenealogyInTime magazine at http://www.genealogyintime.com/articles/top-100-genealogy-websites-of-2015-page02.html. There are only four Canadian sites mentioned in this list.

My first reaction is that Canadian websites have a lot of catching up to do!

The four are -
  • Ancestry.ca - #13
  • GenealogyInTime Magazine - #26
  • Anglo Celtic Roots - #97
  • Global Genealogy - #100
So, on to better results in 2016 for the Canadian websites and blogs.

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