Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Received this news release from fellow Canadian blogger Lynn Palermo yesterday -
“Family reunions are a great summer time activity that enables family historians the opportunity to gather family together to capture stories, travel to ancestral hometowns and reconnect with family. Share your family history summer adventure in the form of a photo of a recent or past family reunion. Tell us briefly about your photo. Open for entries from Monday July 22nd 8 am EST, closed at 12 pm Sunday July 28th EST. On Monday morning July 29th Week 2, photo theme will be announced for another chance to win.
Head over to our Contest Page on Facebook and submit your family reunion photo now! One entry, per person, per week. One winner will be randomly drawn each week and will receive a 1-year subscription to FindMyPast.com. On Monday July 29th we will announce another photo theme for week 2 and you'll have another chance to win!
Week 1- July 22nd 8 am - July 28th midnight EST - Family Reunion Summer Adventure
Week 2- July 29th 8 am- Aug 4th midnight EST.
Week 3 - Aug 5th 8 am- Aug 11th midnight EST.
Open to U.S. and Canadian residents. One entry per person per week. Check the Contest Rules for all the details".
You can also post your photo using Twitter or Instagram use hashtag #outofmyarmchair
Sunday, July 21, 2013
On Friday, I posted that the LAC had released the 1842 Census of Canada East (Quebec) and Canada West (Ontario), but I did not say that only certain areas (districts and sub-districts) were enumerated.
The following districts are available in Canada West -
1842 Census for Canada West: Districts and Sub-districts is at www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1842-canada-west/Pages/census-districts-sub-districts.aspx
The following areas are complete in Canada East -
1842 Census for Canada East Districts and Sub-districts is at www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1842-canada-east/Pages/census-districts-sub-districts.aspx
On Thursday August the 15, 2013, there will be a meeting held by the Muskoka Parry Sound Genealogy Group from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Huntsville Public Library, Huntsville, Ontario.
The topic will be British Home Children, and the speakers will be Bernardo Homes by Carol Black and Quarrier Homes by Dona Crawford.
The Muskoka Parry Sound Genealogy Group was formed in 1985, and it covers both the Muskoka and Parry Sound Districts of Ontario, Canada .
On their site they have maps of Muskoka Townships, and Parry Sound Townships,
Cemetery Databases online.
Their website is www.mpsgg.com
Friday, July 19, 2013
In this notice received yesterday, here are the 1842 Canadian Census for Canada West and Canada West -
“Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce that Canadians can now access the Census of Canada West, 1842 as well as the Census of Canada East, 1842 online. In 1841, Upper Canada was renamed Canada West, whereas Lower Canada became Canada East. These two jurisdictions are now known as the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
Each census is partly nominal and contains the names of heads of family, their occupation and the number of residents for each family.
For the Canada West (Ontario) Census, go to
For the Canada East (Quebec) census, go to www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1842-Canada-East/Pages/about-census.aspx
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Ontario Genealogical Society has, at present, four Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
A SIG is a permanent group of OGS Members with an interest in some other topic, such as a geographic location outside Ontario (e.g. immigrants from a particular country), an ethnic or cultural group (e.g. natives or a particular fraternal organization), or an event (e.g. a particular emigration scheme).
Currently, the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are
Irish Palatines - http://www.ogs.on.ca/ip-sig
Ireland - www.ireland.ogs.on.ca
Scottish - Currently, there isn’t a website for the Scottish SIG, but you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
British Home Child - www.ogs.on.ca/SIG-BHC/index.htm
If you are interested in joining this SIG or taking on a role of responsibility, please contact OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant email@example.com.
There is an interest in establishing a Huguenot SIG and a Métis SIG; both are currently seeking the necessary 25 Members.
E-mail the Provincial Office http://firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to see one of these formed.
The website is www.ogs.on.ca/branches/sig.php
The obituaries from the Toronto Star have recently been updated on Ancestry.ca.
Over 17,000 images have been added to the database, and the database contains more than 98,500 names
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The now-former Heritage Minister, James Moore, was replaced with Shelly Glover as the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages during yesterday’s federal government cabinet shuffle.
Minister Glover, a Métis, is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Saint-Boniface in
Her profile says that “Prior to entering federal politics, Mrs. Glover served as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for almost 19 years. She had a diverse career in a variety of positions including undercover work, child abuse investigations, youth crime and gang investigations, and general patrol. Mrs. Glover has a high level of proficiency in the French language and was the first female and bilingual spokesperson appointed by her department”.
While we welcome Minister Glover to her new post, you will notice that there is nothing in her profile which would lead anyone to believe that she will be sympathetic to the genealogy community, the Library and Archives Canada, or the 1921 Canadian Census (and its release), as was the impression given by her predecessor Minister Moore, who is now the new Minister of Industry.
But time will tell ...
The 2013 Toronto History Lecture, titled Mary Mink: The Making of a Myth, will explore the sometimes blurred line between historical fact and historical fiction. James Mink was a successful Black businessman in Toronto in the 1840s and 1850s. His story is one of the best known tales of Black Torontonians in the 19th century, told and retold many times in newspapers and books.
In the 1990s, his story was made into a TV movie, Captive Heart: the James Mink Story, which was broadcast in Canada and the United States. In the screen version of events, Mink arranges for a white man to marry his daughter Mary and then stages a daring rescue when her husband whisks her off to the American South and sells her into slavery. The movie is said to be “based on historical records”, but as Guylaine Pétrin found out through her research, records can lie.
Admission is free, but reservation is required.
Please join us again this year in spreading the word about the Toronto History Lecture. It will be held on August 7th at 7:30 pm at the City of Toronto Archives and is presented jointly by the Archives and the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
For further details, including a map and driving directions to the Archives at 255 Spadina Road, visit http://conta.cc/187ZUcY. Questions may be directed to email@example.com or Paul Sharkey (City of Toronto Archives) at 416-392-5561.
We look forward to unravelling the true story of Mary Mink with you on August 7th.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
The OGS Conference 2014 will be held at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario (near Niagara Falls) May 1st to May 4th. It will be sponsored by the Niagara Peninsula Branch OGS.
And already there is a video on the site www.ogs.on.ca/conference2014/index.php, and you can see what is available in the immediate area.
Watch for more news on the conference. It sounds as if it is going to be exciting!
Saturday, July 13, 2013
On July 13, 1940, the Canadian government announced the first conscription of the Second World War for 40 days' compulsory military training on or before September 15 by the first draft under the National Mobilization Bill.
The National Mobilization Bill arose because of the stunning German victories in Belgium and France, and we felt, that as a nation, we should get ready to repel the German Forces, if they ever decided to invade out shores. The act enabled the government to requisition the property and services of Canadians for home defence.
Single men between 21 and 34 would be called up first for training. This would affect approximately 800,000 Canadians.
It was modified in August 1942 to permit the government to send conscripts overseas via an order in council after a plebiscite in April 1942. In 1944, the government passed such an order.
To read about the National Mobilization Bill in the newspapers of the day, go to www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/newspapers/canadawar/conscription_e.shtml
The individual forms are available but they cannot be released until the person has been dead for 20 years. It will cost $40.00 to get access to the record. You also need a death certificate, or an obituary notice can be accepted.
You can send inquiries to Census Pension Searches Unit, Census Operation Division, Statistics Canada, B1E-34 Jean Talon Bldg, Tunney’s Pasture, Ottawa, ON K1A 0T6
Thursday, July 11, 2013
An additional 25,120 historical vital statistics have been added to the Nova Scotia Vital Statistics website.
These records were released on 31 December 2012 and since then have been digitized, fully indexed and checked for quality control.
This year's accruals include 14,378 births (1912), 4,359 marriages (1937) and 6,383 deaths (1962).
As usual, the birth records include some 'delayed' entries for individuals born in 1912 (or earlier) but not registered until a later date.
To search the records, go to https://novascotiagenealogy.com/Start.aspx
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The use of this new postal code will ensure that all correspondence and packages will be sent directly to CCI's Innes Road location in Ottawa where they can be received and handled by our trained personnel.
Please update your mailing information immediately.
Canadian Conservation Institute
1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1B 4S7
My friends in the world of genealogy, Malcolm and Chris Moody, for a short period of time, are marking down the prices on most of their CANADIAN CD products by as much as 50%!
Still no shipping and handling charges within Canada.
Malcolm and Chris say that “We predict we won’t be able to keep this going for too long in this heat - so DON’T DELAY”.
The website is www.archivecdbooks.ca/acdbcanada.html
Personal Recommendation: I have known Malcolm and Chris over the past years in the Ottawa area, and have used their products. I can say that to have these books on a CD means that they are convenient, and easy to use ... and they don’t take up any room! All pluses in my world of books, books, and more books, and less and less room.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
The following cemeteries have been revised on the GenWeb Canada website -
- Greenview / Rosalind United Church / Methodist Church Cemetery
- Westlawn Memorial Gardens & Edmonton Crematorium
- New Bergthal Mennonite Cemetery
- Red Willow Cemetery
Central Kootenay Regional District:
- Edgewood Cemetery
Cowichan Valley Regional District:
- Ladysmith Indian Cemetery
Peace River :
- North Rolla Lutheran Church Cemetery
- Sorenson / Carpio Cemetery
- Sylvan Public / Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
- Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery
- Ridgeville / South Ridge Cemetery
- Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic (New) Cemetery
- St Joseph's Catholic / St Norbert Koscio sw Jozefa Cemetery
- St Norbert Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
- Polsen St Mary's Roman Catholic / Chapel of the Assumption Roman Catholic Cemetery
- St George's Cemetery
- St Michael's Cemetery
- Windsor Cemetery
St Andrews RM:
- Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
West St Paul RM:
- Riverside Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
- St James Anglican Cemetery
Excelsior RM # 166:
- Rush Lake Cemetery
Remembers to say your “Thanks” to Marilyn Whiting, Cheyenne Kepke, Patricia Green and Julia Adamson for help indexing, and to Carol Wilkinson, Cheyenne Kepke, Chris Pfeifle, Dennis Schultz, Grace Peters, Henry Martin Hamm, Ian Coupland, John Berger, Marilyn Whiting, Myron Masnyk, Patricia Green, Susan Severdija, and Walter Smelski for photos & transcripts.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
This is a really neat idea!
On Saturday, August 31, 2013, there will be a golf fundraiser held at a local club called Fescue’s Edge, 18 Hagan Rd., Brant at 11:00 am Shotgun Start.
The cost will be $80 and it includes cart, lunch and donation to Brant OGS (Receipt for donation will be provided), and the deadline to register will be August 20, 2013.
You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the web site at www.ogs.on.ca/brant
Thursday, June 27, 2013
There is word out that Dick Eastman is coming to Halifax, Nova Scotia to give a full day of talks at the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
Enjoy a day with Dick Eastman, as he present four lectures -
The Organized Genealogist
A look at various methods of organizing record keeping by use of digital techniques. The talk focuses on converting paper based record keeping to all digital records.
Cloudy, with a Chance of Genealogy
A simple and down to earth explanation of what the cloud is and how genealogists can use cloud computing to simplify their own computer usage.
Putting the Genes in Genealogy
A look at the possibility that today’s genealogists may become the lifesavers of family and loved ones in the near future.
Conservation: Keeping up with Technology
How to make sure that your genealogy data is still readable by future generations.
Cost for the Eastman Lectures:
$45.00 for members includes lunch
$75.00 for nonmembers includes lunch
Email email@example.com to sign up and arrange payment.
The website of GANS is www.novascotiaancestors.ca
The website of Dick Eastman is http://blog.eogn.com