Showing posts with label family history. Show all posts
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Three Canadian indexes updated at Ancestry.ca


The 1871 Canada census, an every name index to individuals enumerated in the 1891 Canada Census, has been updated.

British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec – and the Northwest Territories, which at the time was comprised of the districts of Alberta, Assiniboia East, Assiniboia West, Saskatchewan, and Mackenzie River. Other unorganized territories are also included.

The website for the 1891 census is at http://search.ancestry.ca/search/db.aspx?dbid=1274

This database is an every name index to individuals enumerated in the 1871 Canada Census, the first census of Canada since it became a country in 1867.

It is the census of the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario.

The website for the 1871 census is at bhttp://search.ancestry.ca/search/db.aspx?dbid=1578

They have also updated the Manitoba Birth Index 1866-1912.

You can go to http://search.ancestry.ca/search/db.aspx?dbid=70599

Happy Researching!




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Monday, May 4, 2015

Canadian Week in Review - 04 May 2015


 

I have come across the following Canadian websites, social media websites, 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



In 1831, Emily Howard Stowe, the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada, was born in Norwich, Upper Canada (Ontario). She earned her medical degree in New York, and set up a Toronto practice in 1867.

To read more about her, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Stowe




In 1912, Canada's first $5 note was issued.

To read more about the subject, go to http://canadacurrency.com/dominion-of-canada/five-dollar-bank-notes-dominion-of-canada/value-of-may-1st-1912-5-bill-from-the-dominion-of-canada-2/






In 1916, Actor Glenn Ford was born near Portneuf (Quebec City), Quebec. He died in 2006.

To read more about him, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Ford





Social Media

(Photos) Historic buildings could be saved by new infrastructure program
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/historic-buildings-could-be-saved-by-new-infrastructure-program-1.3055077
A national heritage group is praising a new federal infrastructure program that puts a focus on heritage buildings.

(Photos) Canadian Canoe Museum hoping for anniversary funding to help with move to Lift Lock
http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/5577013-canadian-canoe-museum-hoping-for-anniversary-funding-to-help-with-move-to-lift-lock/
The Canadian Canoe Museum is hoping to snag some of the cash the federal government is putting aside to help ring in the country’s 150th anniversary.

(Photos) Photos trace French Canadian immigration to central Maine
http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/04/24/photos-trace-french-canadian-immigration-to-central-maine/
Miller Library at Colby College (Maine) debuted an exhibition Friday documenting waves of French-speaking Canadians who came to the area in the 19th century.

Articles

Newfoundland & Labrador

Biking the Viking Trail in Newfoundland
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1339636-biking-the-viking-trail-in-newfoundland/
The 600 km trip up Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula is a fantastic bike ride. The route primarily follows the rocky, barren coast through a series of sparsely populated but picturesque fishing villages with names like Sally’s Cove, Cow Head, and Brig Bay.

Nova Scotia

Friends of Sable Island Society conference aims to protect island
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/friends-of-sable-island-society-conference-aims-to-protect-island-1.3056829
The Friends of Sable Island Society ran a 2-day one-of-a-kind conference this past weekend about the science and history of the island at the University of King's College, Halifax.
   The website of the Friends of Sable Island Society is at http://sableislandfriends.ca/
   The Facebookpage is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SableTrust/

Ontario

Students showcase Canadian history
http://www.nugget.ca/2015/05/01/students-showcase-canadian-history
Their display was one of about a 100 showcased by Grades 4 to 10 students at the annual North Bay Regional Heritage Fair, which took place Friday at Nipissing University's athletic centre.

THE JOY OF GENEALOGY: Cemeteries a great place to dig up valuable information
http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/5592155-the-joy-of-genealogy-cemetaries-a-great-place-to-dig-up-valuable-information/
A trip to the cemetery can reveal a wealth of information if you know where to look and what you’re searching for.

Saskatchewan 

Care and keeping of saskatoon berries
http://www.newsoptimist.ca/opinion/columnists/care-and-keeping-of-saskatoon-berries-1.1870946
Since it has a short history of cultivation, we are still learning how to domesticate it.

Stories of the Week

Asian Heritage Month

May is the Asian Heritage Month, a celebration of the contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage to the growth and prosperity of Canada.

In December 2001, the Senate adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada.

This year, Asian Heritage Month honours Asian-Canadian athletes, both past and present, for their contributions to sport on the national and international scenes.

To learn more about the contributions of Asian-Canadians throughout Canada’s history, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/asian/people.asp

This poster is available in PDF format from http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/Vietnamese-Journey-Poster.pdf

This year is also the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and the 40th anniversary of the Journey of Vietnamese Canadians.

On April 30, 1975, the fall of the city of Saigon marked the end of the Vietnam War and the start of a refugee crisis. Millions of Vietnamese fled their homes seeking refuge and freedom, with many trying to escape across the South China Sea in small leaky boats. Canada played an important role in helping these refugees.

Read about Canada’s part in this at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/asian/vietnamese_refugees.asp

Jane's Walk

And with the advent of warm weather again in Canada, Jane's Walk are starting up again, and it was the Global Festival was held on May 1st to the 3ed.

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a Canadian urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building while learning about the history of the area.

 Jane’s Tours bring citizens together, and they learn about their neighbourhoods by listening to lectures given by people from their area.

You can go to http://janeswalk.org/ and read about her and the effect she had had over the world.

The Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/janeswalk?_rdr

And that was the Canadian genealogy, history, and heritage news in Canada this past week!



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

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 Need help in finding your Canadian Ancestors?

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"With her wonderful suggestions, including provincial and local archival holdings, books, and local church records, I was delighted to uncover a marriage certificate naming my paternal great, great grandparents and their original county in Ireland.

Elizabeth also mentored me regarding further educational opportunities. I was delighted with her services."

If you do, go to Elizabeth Lapointe Research Services and see how I can help you find that elusive Canadian ancestor!

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 The next Canadian Week in Review will be posted 11 May 2015.

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



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Friday, May 1, 2015

100th anniversary of the poem In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


In Flanders Fields, John McCrae (1872-1918)

The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the poem In Flanders Fields, which was written by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae amid the horrors of the Second Battle of Ypres in May 1915.

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has honoured McCrae by releasing a blog posting  about the poem – how it was never really proven how it got printed in Punch in December 1915 (did he send it or someone else send it, for example).

The LAC has one of the copies on hand at the archives, and you can see the copy if you go to the blog at http://thediscoverblog.com/2015/04/30/100th-anniversary-of-the-composition-of-the-iconic-poem-in-flanders-fields/

Additionally, the Royal Canadian Mint has minted 1,500 5 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Coin to honour Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae and the poem.

You can visit the McCrae’s home in Guelph at http://guelph.ca/museum/?page_id=186plus, there will be a statue of him unveiled on June 25th in Guelph.



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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Historical Council Minutes Now Online



Over 250 years of municipal council meeting minutes of the City of Halifax (1841-1996), Town/City of Dartmouth (1873-1996), County of Halifax (1878-1996), and Town of Bedford (1979-1996) of Nova Scotia have been digitized, and they are now online and searchable! 
 
 
 Happy researching!
 


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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

Sunday, April 26, 2015

FamilySearch Webinars


FamilySearch has just announced the May schedule of Webinars, and there are two which would be of interest to Canadian researchers, and they are -
 
May 14: Family History Library Catalog Webinar—This webinar begins at 6:00 p.m.
 
May 28: Using Canadian Census Records Webinar—This webinar begins at 7:00 p.m.

If you are just getting into genealogy, or have been at it for a long time, these are classes you should not miss.





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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Diaries are the "meat and potatoes" of genealogy



Diaries are the "meat and potatoes" of genealogy. They bring your ancestors to life with the stories they have to tell.

So from April 20th until June 20th, visitors to the Lambton Heritage Museum, located at 10035 Museum Road, R.R. #2, Grand Bend, Ontario, can view “A Lifetime – Day by Day, Five Women and their Diaries”, on loan from the Archives of Ontario.

The five panel exhibition provides important insight into the everyday lives of early Ontario pioneer women during the last half of the 19th century.

The women featured are -

•Martha Hastie, “Marty”, the daughter of a Presbyterian Minister who started her diary at the age of 13.

•Katherine Beatrice Edgar, whose father was a Member of Parliament, kept a journal of the many social events and activities she enjoyed when her family lived in Ottawa.

•Phoebe Holden Gregg’s journal spans several stages of her life – from her marriage in 1849 to the last entry at age 62 in 1893.

•Bessie Gregg Stewart, Phoebe’s daughter, also began her diary on the day of her marriage. She wrote her diary in Clinton from August to December of 1880.

•Frances Tweedie Milne wrote her diary when she was 18 and living on her mother’s farm in Whitby.

Since this is a travelling exhibit by the Archives of Ontario, contact your local museum to see when it is coming to a facility near you.

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


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Ontario historical vital records


The Archives of Ontario’s newest release of historical vital records is now available on microfilm in our reading room and through microfilm interloan service.

Vital Statistics are some of our most heavily used records, and are a highly valuable tool for genealogical research.

The newest release covers registrations for Ontario births from 1917, marriages from 1932 and deaths from 1942, as well as all indexes.

The website is at http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/

For research help on Ontario Vital Records is at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ontario_Vital_Records




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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dear Myrt’s Beginning Genealogy - Sessions 12




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 12 yesterday. I will continue to watch the rest of the study group as it proceeds.

The major topic discussed yesterday was how reliable is secondary information given by an informant at the time of death, or on a tombstone?

“Not very” was the answer, and I totally agree.

There could be many reasons why the years of age, misspelled names, the date of death etc could be incorrectly recorded on the death certificate and/or the gravestone. It can be the perfect spot for misinformation to be recoded given the circumstances of the time.

Once again, we have to be careful. We have to fully check the facts, and have more than one source to verify the date of death and burial, for instance.

Some information can be had at -

The American Cemetery Records Wiki is found at FamilySearch at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Cemeteries

The American Funeral Homes Wiki is found at FamilySearch at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Funeral_Homes

The Canadian Cemetery Records Wiki is found at FamilySearch at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Canada_Cemeteries

The Canadian Obituries Wiki is found at FamilySearch at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Canada_Obituaries

The website for Session 12 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

Session 11 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/04/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-sessions_9.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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Call for papers

  
 
The second annual Kawartha Conference in Peterborough, Ontario will be held by the Kawartha Genealogical Branch on Saturday, October the 3rd, and they are putting out a call for papers. 

The theme of the conference will be Military Settlers and the organizers are seeking papers on all aspects of the settlement of British discharged military in Ontario.

In particular they are seeking papers on -

  • the situation (economic and political) in the UK that caused military people to emigrate
  • the military situation in Canada that encouraged military settlers the economic situation in Canada how the military emigration took place
  • the results
  • where the documentation is  
 
This will be a one-day conference with five speakers, each of one hour.
   
Please send a brief outline of your paper to kawarthaconference@ogs.on.ca by April the 30th.
 
The site of the is at http://www.ogs.on.ca/kawartha/
 
This is a conference that I am thinking of attending because the subject is so unusual, and the Kawartha Genealogical Society should be congratulated for thinking of having a conference on Military Settlers. 
 
 
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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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Indexes to marriage and will records at Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia

There are indexes to Marriage Registered in Lunenburg County 1864-1908 at http://www.seawhy.com/marry.html and Probated Wills 1770-1999 at http://www.seawhy.com/willndx.html in Nova Scotia.

This site was one of the first website to put indexes of Nova Scotia marriages and wills, and it has grown since then to include 4200 marriages and 15,600 probated wills and guardianship.

Here are some other sites you may wish to check -

The website of the Lunenburg County Genealogy Resources
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canns/lunenburg/resources.html

The website of the South Shore Genealogical Society is at
http://www.ssgs.ca/index.php

Happy researching!



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Are you a Billings descendant???


One of the things that Mike More of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has done over the years is to keep the Descendants of the Immigrant Roger Billings of Milton Mass to Ottawa, Ontario. So far, there has been 5,894 people listed in the genealogy.

The website says that ‘Braddish BILLINGS, a son of Dr Elkanah BILLINGS was one of the first settlers in what is now the capital of Canada – the city of Ottawa. Braddish's house was left to the city by one of his descendants and has become the Billings Estate Museum.

There is considerable interest in the genealogy of the BILLINGS family by visitors to the City Archives, and this is an attempt to compile a reference chart of the family. It initially concentrated on the descendants of Dr. Elkanah, but an article in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, `Roger Billings of Milton, Mass., and some of his descendants, by Harold Ward Dana published 1938-1940, lead to an expansion to include the known descendants of immigrant Roger Billings”.

The website is at http://www.ogsottawa.on.ca/billings/index.htm

The website of the Billings Bridge Museum is http://ottawamuseumnetwork.com/index.php?page=billings-estate

The website of the Ottawa Genealogical Society is http://ogsottawa.on.ca/

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

A “New” old historical society of Toronto




The goal of the New Toronto Historical Society is to preserve and promote the history of the Town of New Toronto.

The village of New Toronto is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, bounded by Mimico on the east and Long Branch on the west It was incorporated as a village in 1913, became part of the City of Etobicoke in 1967, and then part of the city of Toronto.

But it has a history of its own, as is clear when you read what is online.

If you go down the left hand side a click the Discover page and it opens a page of over 40 links to different subjects like from the Cumberland House, to schools in the area to New Toronto Fish & Chips.

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 pm at the LAMP CHC (New Toronto Town Hall0, 185 Fifth Street when the society will welcome Archives Ontario’s Stewart Boden.

He will feature historical film clips from the Archives’ collection, all produced by the Ontario government. The all-Ontario subjects of the films include health promotion, tourism, education and OPS staff training.

The website of the New Toronto Historical Society is http://www.newtorontohistorical.com/

To read more history of New Toronto, you can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Toronto



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