Showing posts with label heritage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label heritage. Show all posts

Monday, July 27, 2015

Canadian Week in Review (CWR) 27 July 2015

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 

The Overlanders of 1862: Journeying West for Gold

Their journey had begun in southern Ontario (Niagara) and would end in the gold fields of the Cariboo Mountains, within what later became the province of British Columbia.

In 1915, Canada's foremost railway surveyor and construction engineer, Sir Sandford Fleming, died in Halifax at age 86. He helped devise a route for the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Rockies. Fleming also helped develop a way to divide the world into time zones and also designed Canada's first postage stamp.

For more information, go to

Social Media

(Blog) Ezard – The Name and its History
The EZARD One-Name Study is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies by blogger Jill Ezard. There are some names in Canada.

(Photos) Special find
Alex Yeadon knows of the importance a military medal holds, so when his mother came across one
by chance, he took it upon himself to try and find the family. 

Newspaper Articles

Prince Edward Island 

More churches are popping up on P.E.I.'s real estate market but the buildings are proving a tough sell.
Realtor Jeff Newson has never sold a church before, but now he's trying to sell two — the United Churches in Kingston and in New Dominion. 

Nova Scotia

Amherst heritage building likely faces the wrecking ball
A provincially registered heritage property that's been a landmark in downtown Amherst for more than a century could soon be history.

Amherst town councillors have voted to demolish the red sandstone former Bank of Montreal building at the corner of Victoria and LaPlanche streets.


Artist Jimi McKee wants facelift for totem pole
As Jimi McKee works to restore a piece of Canadian history sitting on a trailer in his yard, his thoughts also turn to a fixture in Couchiching Beach Park.

Plaque honouring William F. Sharpe unveiled in Prescott 
The Grenville County Historical Society held a special unveiling and dedication on Saturday for a historical plaque commemorating Lt. William F. Sharpe.

One of Canada's first military airmen during the Great War (1914-1918) 

British Columbia

McVittie House, Land Surveying Office open at Fort Steele
Dignitaries and guests gathered on Saturday July 11 at Fort Steele Heritage Town to celebrate the grand opening of McVittie House and Land Surveying Office.

The Stories This Week

Summer in Canada is our time to hold special conference, and to those who like picnic, there is that too!

On Tuesday 28 July 2015 at 6 p.m., there will be a Picnic Potluck and Cemetery Walk - Bruce and Grey Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Owen Sound, ON at the Place: Family History Centre, 490 2nd Ave S.E. Owen Sound. 

The Picnic Potluck will start at 6 p.m. and then a Cemetery walk with Terri Jackson at Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound Please bring along a favorite potluck dish to share and a plate & cutlery for your dinner. After dinner join us for a cemetery walk through Greenwood Cemetery, located at 290 1st Street S.W. Owen Sound, with our own Terri Jackson as our tour guide. We invite you to join us! All are welcome!

Call 519-534-1875 for further information

Thursday 06 August to Sunday 09 August 2015, there will be the Convention: The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe (SGGEE), Gatineau, Quebec and the theme will be Researching Our German Roots in Poland and the Russian Empire.

It will be located in Gatineau, Quebec just across the river from Ottawa, Ontario, and my husband and myself will be going to this convention in hopes of learning lots of information about German Roots in Poland and Russia.

To find out further information, go to

Friday 21 August and Saturday 22 August 2015, there will be One World, One Family Conference in Brampton Ontario. The organizers and host Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center, 10062 Bramalea Rd., Brampton, Ontario. 

Lesley Anderson - Connecting with our Ancestors is an Incredible Journey will be the keynote speaker.

To see the rest of the speakers, go to

The Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead is delighted to invite guests to join in its inaugural 'Eilean an Àigh: Celebration of Island Gaelic Language and Culture' Festival, taking place on site in Orwell, Prince Edward Island at 271 Macphail Park Road, the evening of Friday, 31 July, and throughout the day Prince Edward Island on Saturday, 1 August 2015. 

This year they are delighted to host Dr. John Shaw of the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh and James Watson of the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum, who worked together recording surviving Island Scottish Gaelic traditions in 1987 under the auspices of the Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island. 

James Watson will be leading a workshop focusing on the regional repertoire of Scottish Gaelic songs as well as a hands-on 'thickening frolic' (luathadh) that will allow participants to join in around the table with choruses they learned in the workshop. The festival will conclude with Taigh Cèilidh 'ic Phàil (Macphail Cèilidh House) grand finale concert with special guests, including many of our talented Island musicians and singers for an evening of song, story, and foot-tapping tunes.

Spaces are limited and pre-booking is highly recommended. Full two-day festival passes, including special lunch, evening lecture and finale cèilidh concert, are available at a discounted $50. There will also be limited passes available for these events individually. 

Thigibh air chèilidh! Bidh fàilte chridheil romhaibh! (Come for a visit! A hearty welcome awaits you!)

For more information, go to

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

Monday, July 20, 2015

Canadian Week in Review 20 July 2015

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 

Carmen Lombardo 1903-1971, was born in London, Ontario on July 16th. Lombardo was of course a member of brother Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians. It was a dance band which was popular from the 1940s to the 1970s. 

In 1792, at Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario, John Graves Simcoe 1752-1806 issued a royal proclamation dividing Upper Canada into districts and counties, and setting the allotment of representatives. 

To read about the division, go to the Archives of Ontario site at 

Social Media

Family Tree Knots

New Brunswick Research Sites

A very good survey of New Brunswick research to add to your toolkit

Newspaper Articles

Prince Edward Island

Bedeque museum displays senior's history collection in new exhibits

One man's donation of 3,000 items has filled the once empty second floor of the Bedeque Area Historical Museum.

Part of the collection donated by Howard Clark is now displayed in a number of new exhibits at the museum

New Brunswick 

Albert County group aims to grow living apple tree museum

Some Albert County residents want to preserve unique New Brunswick apple varieties and they are looking for help in locating apple trees 


The man behind the scenes

The awards range from the Gemini he netted for the time-lapse video of the building of the (then-named) SkyDome in Toronto to the 12 international awards his recent War of 1812 reenactment video picked up and plenty in between.

Canadians give thumbs-down to grandiose memorials planned for Ottawa and Nova Scotia:poll

Fifty-eight per cent of respondents to the survey by Postmedia and research firm Mainstreet Technologies said they disapproved of plans to erect a memorial to victims of communism in Ottawa, while 50 per cent objected to a huge statue planned for Nova Scotia.

British Columbia 

Green Island Lighthouse granted heritage status by Parks Canada

The Pacific northwest just got a little more historically symbolic.

The Green Island Lighthouse, located just south of the Alaskan border, gained heritage status by Parks Canada on July 2, along with 20 other B.C. lighthouses.

The Stories This Week

Travel Canada this summer!

Every province, city, town and village has a list of things to so in the summer in Canada.

Always looking for new places to go, I have been reading them, and here are some that you might find interesting - 

50 things to do in Canada this summer

Top Things To Do & See In Canada: Tourist Attractions 

20 Things You Must Do This Summer In Canada 

100 Places to Visit in Canada This Summer 

And here is 50 free things you can do this summer - 

50 free things to do this summer

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

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Extra news items 18 July 2015

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

 Word has been received that Stuart Ash, the Canadian designer of the last Centennial logo in 1967, is less than impressed with the newly chosen logo for the official celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. He says the choice of the logo was 'too complicated and confusing'.

It looks like the KICKSTARTER project that was underway for the Oak Island Project has been cancelled if you can believe the latest news on the website at

The message says “ Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator about 21 hours ago”, and although no reason was given, it looks like it is no-go for the expedition to Oak Island. 

And finally, the Ontario Heritage Trust is seeking nominations to the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards and Young Heritage Leaders – its annual recognition programs celebrating contributions to heritage conservation. The nomination deadline is September 30, 2015, 

22 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards – representing 335 individuals, one community and three projects – were presented for outstanding achievements to conserving Ontario's heritage in 2014, and 195 youth were recognized through Young Heritage Leaders for their volunteer contributions in 2014.

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


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If you missed last week’s edition, it is at

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Extra news items 14 July 2015

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

Just a reminder that the exhibit named Ordinary Lives Extraordinary Times at the Guelph Museum will be closing August 9th.

Columbus Centre explores the experiences of Italian Canadians following Italy’s entry into the Second World War. Through video, audio and text, the exhibition puts a human face to this little-known period in Canadian history.

To set the times that the museum is open, go to

They have discovered an error in the written tribute to Tom Longboat, the Aborginal runner from the Six Nations and 1907 Boston Marathon Winner. The misspelled word - Persistence is spelled as Persistance.

The statue of the Onondaga long-distance runner is in Ontario’s Celebration Zone near Harbourfront Centre

To read more the story, go to

A blog posting called the Railway Sleeping Car Porters has been put on by Library and Archives Canada, which is good news for those who have Canadian ancestors.

It gives their stories, plus photos, and the Stanley G. Grizzle fonds at, and the Railway Employees (Employees Provident Fund) at

Prince Edward Island Railway, 1899, cover and map

And finally, Dick Eastman has put on the Index to French Canadian Revolutionary War Patriots

I must admit, I haven't hears of this before, and I see where there are two people by the same surname as my husband's ancestors  – Audet dit Lapointe. I will have to take a look.

Debbie Duay of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has compiled an index to French Canadian Revolutionary War patriots from Quebec that appear in the Baby, Taschereau, and Williams journal and/or Virginia Easley DeMarce’s Canadian Participants in the American Revolution – An Index.

Her index appears at

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


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

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Extra news items 11 July 2015

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

Isn't this a neat idea from Canada's heritage!

Cheryl Horgan, a local St. John's artist, is making jewellery from a church's copper roofing. And she is using the copper roofing as it is stripped off the 160-year-old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, so that the copper roofing can be replaced.

Cheryl is donating two third of the sales to the restoration effort of the roof of the church.

To read the rest of the story, go to

And her come another neat idea.

To the Revitalizing Indigenous Agriculture Project, methods of indigenous culture will be used to plant the seeds and help the garden grow at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon.

And they are using Mohawk traditions using the idea of growing for sustenance.

To see the pictures of the garden, go to

And finally, there is the project called A Flanders Field in London, Ontario, a remembrance project that about a dozen local volunteers has been busy planing a garden of poppies.

The garden will be on the city-owned park on the southwest corner of Veterans Memorial Parkway and River Road. Over the past two years, they’ve been developing a large poppy garden to honour veterans, remember soldiers who have fallen and provide information about Canada’s military history.

Here is the story in the paper

Here is their website at

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


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

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

Monday, July 6, 2015

Canadian Week in Review 06 July 2015

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

In 1784, Britain split the colony of Nova Scotia into three separate colonies: New Brunswick, Cape Breton Island, and present-day peninsular Nova Scotia. The capital city was Sydney.

In 1820, the colony of Cape Breton Island was once again merged with Nova Scotia.
To read more information, go to

In 1833, Capt. John Ross and 19 of his crew were rescued from Baffin Island. After their ship became ice-bound, they survived by living with Inuit for three years.

He led three Arctic expeditions, the last one in 1850, when he set out to find Sir John Franklin. Upon returning, he settled in Scotland, and died in London in 1856.
For further information, go to

Social Media

(Photos) History of Digby’s old public clock – new town clock to be dedicated this Saturday
Digby’s new town clock will be the first one on Water Street since 1963, when the old post office was torn down.


Nova Scotia

Why no Loyalist Day for Nova Scotia?
The Loyalists' arrival in Nova Scotia after the American Revolution doubled the province’s population, and today 20 percent or more of Nova Scotians could have an ancestor who was a United Empire Loyalist.

Local lighthouse competing for top prize
The Port Bickerton Lighthouse is battling it out with other lighthouses in Nova Scotia in Heritage Canada’s “This Lighthouse Matters” crowd-funding competition, which began June 17.
Parks Canada has just named 74 lighthouses at

Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf remembered over Bedford Days
Thousands of people will celebrate Bedford Days over the weekend, and many will do so in DeWolf Park, the waterfront hub for the Halifax community.
   Few may know the man who gave the park its name: Bedford resident and naval hero, Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf.

Prince Edward Island

Battle of Waterloo P.E.I. veteran celebrated
A ceremony Thursday commemorated a veteran of the Battle of Waterloo, whose grave was recently discovered in a small community in eastern P.E.I.

Feasts, workshops from Macphail's new kitchen
A newly-renovated kitchen at P.E.I.'s Sir Andrew MacPhail Homestead is allowing the historic property to expand its programming.

New Brunswick

Birch bark canoe from 1800s fails to excite museum community
The canoe is around 195 years old, and it has been stored upside down in Richard Paul's garage. It is wrapped carefully in plastic to keep its fragile web of ribs and birch bark intact.


Don Murray Museum collection goes to auction
In a two-day auction to be held July 4 and 5, Don Murray will disburse his extensive collection of antiques, collectibles, and artifacts from his private on-site museum.


Historic church gateway to Alberta’s past
A solitary church stands near a natural ford by the Bow River along Highway 1A between Cochrane and Morley.
   In its 140th year, the George McDougall Memorial United Church is a monument to what once was, and a reflection to what has developed since.

Grain elevators as art in Spruce Grove
Last weekend was a busy one for the Spruce Grove Agricultural Society as they played host to the Alberta Grain Elevator Society (AGES) and its membership from across the province

The Stories This Week

Read the whole census, please!
One thing that beginning genealogists don’t do is read enough. And they would say, “I read everything. I have never had so much to read in all my life – history, immigration, profile ...”.

But I ask, “When you try to find your ancestor in the 1851/52 census, for example, do you read every page of the census? There may be facts lying there in the weeds, so to speak, which you may not discover on the first reading of the census report of that particular area that the ancestor is from.”

For example, the census of this particular effort was taken by an English-speaking enumerator. When it came to surnames, he wrote down what he heard. And since many of the people were French – the surnames are somewhat “tortured”, so to speak.

Second, there are a number of pages to this particular census.

If you can’t find your ancestor, maybe they were in jail, for instance. On this particular census, two people were in jail, and the enumerator wrote them on the last pages of the census – albeit removed a number of pages from where I was looking at my ancestor.

Also, on the first pages of the census, the enumerator wrote a small description of the village in which he gave a picture of the place as it was in 1851/1852.

So the moral of the story is to watch what you read. Make sure you read all of the census, and don't disregard the "small stuff:".

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

 Canada Day Contest

This year, for the annual Canada Day Contest sponsored by the Canadian Week in Review, the skill-testing question is -

This year, Canadians celebrate the birthday of Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The question is - When was his birthday, and where was he born? Hint: Like a true immigrant, he wasn't born in Canada!

One winner will be drawn from the correct entries.

The lucky contestant will get a free consultation with me in which they will be told of some of the places they can look to hopefully discover the year in which their Canadian ancestor immigrated to Canada, or some other detail.

The contest will close at the end of Canada History Week at midnight on Wednesday, 07 July 2015.

Place "Canada Day Contest" in the subject of the email to

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Canadian Week in Review (CWR) - 29 June 2015

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

In 1774, the "Quebec Act" was passed by the British Parliament, establishing French civil law and the British system of criminal law in Quebec. As well, Roman Catholics were to have religious freedom. It also enlarged the province's borders to include Newfoundland and territory south of the Great Lakes.

For more information, go to

In 1955, the laying of a transatlantic telephone cable began at Clarenville, Newfoundland.

For more information, go to

In 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier discovered Prince Edward Island

For information, go to

Social Media

(Video) Timber! Crowd gathers to watch old mill implode in Saskatoon
   It woke up the neighbourhood, if you were not already up to watch.
   This morning, at least 100 people gathered on Saskatoon's west side to watch the 105-year-old Parrish & Heimbecker mill's demolition.



Website reveals Newfoundland's best-kept secrets
   Local adventurers have a new source of inspiration for their expeditions. A new website called Hidden Newfoundland is dedicated to revealing unknown and forgotten locations across the island for people to explore.
   The website called Hidden Newfoundland is at


NCC to preserve iconic Gatineau Strutt House as public pavilion
   Gatineau’s iconic Strutt House, lauded by National Capital Commission CEO Mark Kristmanson as “a unique 20th century architectural treasure in the national capital,” will be preserved, rehabilitated, and opened as a public pavilion in time for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration in 2017.


Champlain's legacy endures: Sudbury historian

   This series has examined the life of Samuel de Champlain, his accomplishments and the mysteries surrounding him. This final part looks at how we relate to him and what we can learn from his life.

Is it too late to save Canada’s national horse?
   There’s a common saying in the horse world: “A dog may be man’s best friend, but the horse wrote history.”
   In the case of Canada’s national horse, this saying couldn’t be more true.
   Yet as “le Cheval Canadien” celebrates its 350th anniversary this year, it’s pacing on the verge of extinction.


Gridiron Greats Exhibit Opens At Manitoba Sports Hall Of Fame
   Tuesday marked the start of a brand new display at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, as “Gridiron Greats” opened through until November 22nd on the main floor of the Canada Games Sport For Life Centre at 145 Pacific Avenue.


Possible changes to iconic traffic bridge concerns heritage advocate
   The distinctive look and design of the Traffic Bridge replacement would represent a “tremendous loss” for Saskatoon, a heritage advocate says.


Heritage quilts documented at guild anniversary
This initiative focuses on quilts made before 1970 to preserve a little bit of history of the trade and Canadians. The documentation ran alongside the Millet Arts and Crafts Guild’s 35th Anniversary, whose members also participated in the documentation process

British Columbia

Footprints found on a remote B.C. island could be 13,000 years old — the oldest in North America
   Evidence of what could be the oldest footprints in North America has been discovered below the shoreline of a remote British Columbia island.

The Stories This Week

Are people using the DNA correctly? 

I hear that it has become quite a concern to some genealogists that people are expecting their DNA test to tell them exactly where their ancestors are from, without verifying it with their paper records – a family tree. In fact, some people who have DNA done, don't even have a family tree. This is amazing, since the information sent with the DNA kit, tells you to consult and make a family tree!

They don’t ask - are my ancestors really from “x” place in England, for example. And in fact, some of these people don’t and will never make their paper records which would show them where their peoplr are from. They don’t see a need for it, now that DNA can answer all questions exactly who their ancestors were.

And then, to make it worse for themselves, they tell other people whose tree they may have seen on FamilySearch or at Ancestry, that they are their 5th cousin – only to find that they are in effect barking up the wrong tree.

It harkens back to the day, when people hooked themselves on to other people's tree if they thought they had the correct tree without doing the research.

So it all goes back to the old axiom, you must do your paper or computer family tree first, so that you can be sure that your ancestors are correct. Then, you can have your DNA done, and then proceed from there.

Cyndi's List is 20 years old this year! Congratulations, Cyndi Ingles!

What would we do without Cyndi's List? How many time have I use it – too many times to count. If you are looking for places to research, it should be your first place to stop on the Internet.

For the Canadians site, go to

For a while , I was using the Canadian version of Cyndi\s List, the Canadian Genealogy & History Links at It's has been almost 8 years since anything has been done to the list, but I still check it, especially the personal websites that are there.

And this week, we will celebrate the 148th birthday of Canada on July 1 and the National History Week from July 1st to July 7th. 

Canada’s historical organizations, including museums, historical societies, and festivals, will be hosting activities during this week to get their communities involved in learning about our past.

The page is at


I am taking the week off to go to Cornwall and Hawkesbury in eastern Ontario to do client research. All of my research notes are in order, the appointments have been made, the vet has been called, and the dog will be at “camp” that week while we are away. My husband and I will be in 'genealogist heaven' for the time that we are there!

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.

If you missed last week’s edition, it is at

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Canadian Week in Review (CWR) - 25 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 1765, the first agricultural exhibition in Canada was established at Windsor, Nova Scotia.

For more information, go to

In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She landed in Northern Ireland about 15 hours after leaving Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.

For more information, go to

In 1939, King George VI unveiled the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

For more information, go to

Social Media

(Audio) Police discover Ontario man used identity of B.C. boy who died in 1970s.
Police say a Caledonia, Ontario man who disappeared in 1992, took the name of a dead boy and lived under the assumed name until his death 10 years later.



End of a legacy
Many locals have expressed displeasure bordering on disgust over the recent decision to close the Logger’s Life Museum in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Nova Scotia

From our archives: Terry Fox welcomed to Halifax 35 years ago
Thirty-five years ago, on May 20, 1980, Terry Fox was welcomed at Province House in Halifax during the Nova Scotia portion of his now-iconic Marathon of Hope.

New Brunswick

St. Andrews creates heritage bylaws
The Town of St. Andrews is steeped in history, but there aren't a lot of rules in place to protect the town's heritage.


Harper Government Officially Launches the Reconstruction of the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury
The federal government has awarded a contract evaluated at $72.7 million to Pomerleau Inc. for the reconstruction and expansion of the Armoury. The building will be reconstructed according to the design unveiled by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2012. It is anticipated that the reconstruction will be completed by summer 2017.


Towering Arnprior white pine is Ontario's tallest tree
The Arnprior forest is home to Ontario's tallest tree.

Goodyear Launches the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Southern Ontario
FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear announced on Friday the launch of the new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario.

Toronto's Maple Leaf Forever tree on tour with Blue Rodeo, Tragically Hip
Part of the tree that is said to have inspired the song The Maple Leaf Forever, unofficially considered Canada's first national anthem, is now on a pair of rock and roll tours.

TORONTO ROOTS: Tracing Casa Loma’s builder using the census, from ‘toddler to castle dweller’
Census records are snapshots of entire households and communities on a particular day in history, and are key resources for family historians.


Explore the University of Manitoba Archives
Thirty thousand rare books. The 1930s to 1980 "morgue files" of The Winnipeg Tribune. Back issues of The Brown and Gold, the university’s yearbook, and The Manitoban, its official student newspaper. The Hamilton Family fonds. Digital archives.
   These are some of the offerings in the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections on the third floor of the Dafoe Library at the Fort Garry Campus.


Ground breaks for Saskatchewan aviation museum
Construction is planned for this summer, with the museum expected to be open next spring.


Calgary businesswoman Lois Mitchell named lieutenant-governor of Alberta
Alberta’s next lieutenant-governor is a well-known figure in the Calgary business community and local philanthropic circles.

British Columbia

Asay making history at Pan Am Games
Women's baseball will be part of the Pan Am Games in Toronto for the first time, and Prince George will have another reason to cheer on Team Canada.

Stories of the Week

This week, there are a number of stories trending across the county -

There was a recent presentation series on the Sanctuary Project (whose full name is Sanctuary: The Spiritual Heritage Documentation Project). The main focus has been documenting sacral culture on the Canadian prairies for the past six years. This project is part of the series, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS).

The team travels the Canadian Prairies visiting parishioners and collecting interviews, recording information about ritual practice such as the celebration of weddings and baptisms, and important holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and feast days of a church’s patron saint.

So if you want to get in touch with them, their email is

Their website is at

The year 2015 is marking the 200th anniversary of the arrival of black refugees to the city of St John, New Brunswick.

They lived there, and when they died, they were placed in the Black Settlement Burial Ground, which was located in the area where there was also a school and a church for the black community.

To look at the video, go to

To read more about the New Brunswick Black History Society

Lastly, this week news come to us that Picton, Ontario is undertaking The MACDONALD PROJECT in which a bronze statute of Sir John Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada , will be unveiled on Canada Day July 1st, 2015.

He was a young lawyer in Picton (1833-1835) before he went back to Kingston, and later as the prime minster in Ottawa.

To see what the town of Picton has planned for the July 1st weekend, go to

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


Need help in finding your elusive Canadian ancestors?

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, or send an email with the subject "special" to to see how I can help you find that elusive Canadian ancestor!

Research Tip! If you have ancestors from many places across Canada, a good place to start researching is Dave Obee's site at called  CanGenealogy.

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

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 The next issue will be 01 June 2015.