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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 09 May 2016

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 

Saint John, New Brunswick 

In 1789, the Loyalist United Empire settlements of Parrtown and Carleton became Saint John, New Brunswick. It was Canada's first incorporated city. 

Today, it is known as the Fundy City, and be sure to read about the city's firsts. It is quite astounding for a city, today's population of about 70,000. 

If you would like to learn more, go to,_New_Brunswick 

Montreal's First School  

In 1658, Montreal's first school, the Ville-Marie School, was opened in a stable. 

Governor Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve ceded to Marguerite Bourgeoys, and commissioned an abandoned stable to build the first school in Ville-Marie for the dozen or so school-aged children in the colony. 

To read about the school, go to

Social Media 

Audio: Ottawa colouring book 'total love letter' to capital 

Sharpen your pencil crayons — an Ottawa-themed colouring book featuring drawings from local artists is coming in the capital. 

Jason Cobill and Maxime Gauthier-Kwan were awarded a $1,000 Awesome Ottawa grant for their Ottawa in Colour project that reflects life in the capital. 

Newspaper Articles 

Nova Scotia 

In-class Gaelic program to be offered 

Baile nan Gàidheal/Highland Village will offer an in-class Gaelic program for students from May 16-19, to celebrate Gaelic Awareness Month. 

Halifax to consider scrubbing city of Edward Cornwallis 

Cornwallis founded Halifax in 1749. Later that year, he issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi'kmaq men, women and children. 

Demolition of Young Avenue mansion halted over safety concerns 

Demolition of a large home called the Cleveland Estate — also known as the wedding cake house — on Young Avenue in Halifax is temporarily on hold after an occupational health and safety officer discovered safety issues at the site. 


JOY OF GENEALOGY: The family Bible is a great place to research your family tree 

Old bibles may contain the trilogy of family records: births, marriages and deaths. Perhaps even more. Maybe an elusive maiden name is listed in the marriage records or a baptism is recorded for a child you didn’t know existed. 

Tecumseh statue to mark important War of 1812 battle 

Mark Williams can finally sit back and take in the life-size statue of Chief Tecumseh in his garage art studio. 

Standing almost three metres high, there is plenty of detail to look at with the statue carved out of clay and Styrofoam over the past six months. Williams now has the delicate task of cutting the statue into pieces so it can be sent off to be bronzed. 

Hundreds Gather at First Canadian Black History Summit 

Nearly 500 people recently gathered for the inaugural Canadian Black History Summit held in a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The free conference, held April 16, 2016, was co-hosted by the nonprofit FamilySearch International (the genealogical arm of the Church) and the Ontario Black History Society. 

Families of the Kawarthas: The Batten Family 

Richard Batten came to Canada and died 1833 Mar 30, intestate (no will). His younger brother, William of Dummer, requested admon as the only relative in Upper Canada (admon is the legal permission to administer an intestate estate). 


Winnipeg walkabout

I would have been more engaged in history class if my teachers included more about how our city evolved, but for whatever reason there was little discussion about local past events.

Winnipeg’s roots are quite entertaining — just ask Matt Carreau, who has been organizer of Jane’s Walk the past six years.

Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame and Museum moving archives online

The Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame and Museum (MCHFM) announced during its annual hall of fame induction ceremony on May 1 that it has begun developing an online display of its vast collection of curling artefacts.

The decision to migrate the archives into a digital space follows the museum’s display spaces at The Forks and later the Bay downtown being lost.


U of L’s Centre for Oral History and Tradition to offer public workshops

Oral history projects help bring the past to life through the voices of people who lived at the time. Members of the University of Lethbridge’s Centre for Oral History and Tradition (COHT), in partnership with the Galt Museum and Archives, are offering their expertise as oral historians to help southern Albertans make their projects a reality

British Columbia 

Further recollections of the historical society 

In last week’s Living History article, we had a look back at some of the chronicles of the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society. This year, 2016, marks the half-century celebrations of this agency which operates the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village so it seems fitting to take a look back at some of its own history.

Canadian Stories this Week 

Have you completed your census yet? 

That has been the question on Canadian minds this week as our census has been distributed across Canada. The people have responded with unbounded joy when they filled it out, especially when they received the long-form census this week.

In fact, the StatsCan website confirms to CBC News that service to census was interrupted for 45 minutes this week. That is unheard of – especially for the county's census.

Genealogists has ticked off the box which say that they want their census information to be made public in 92 years, so we have made our wished made.

You have until May 10th to send it in.

You can read the website

Canadian blogger attends NGS 2016

As we approach the Ontario Genealogical Society's conference next month, the US NGS 2016 had their conference at Fort Lauderdale this week, and Christine Woodcock, the well-known Canadian blogger, posted Poor Turn Out at NGS 2016 was quite surprised that a low number had attended.

She asks why attendance was so light. But I think all attendance at conference is low since the early 2000's. It has been in the OGS, as well as attendance in the membership, year by year.

The reason for that? There are many reasons – the rise of Webinars, Goggle+ Hangouts, Live Streaming of certain lectures, the rise of look-ups on the Internet by hobby genealogists, the rise of DNA which lead the hobby genealogists to think that they have their solve genealogy; whereas, they may have not and they give up, the causes are many – often too numerous to delineate. But it all goes back to the rise of the Internet, and people have to put parts of their genealogy on the Net for free, and people can't see the advantage of going to conferences.  

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 02 May 2016

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 

Women in Nova Scotia were granted the right to vote 

In 1918, women in Nova Scotia were granted the right to vote. 

Nova Scotia was the 6th province in which women were granted the right to vote and hold office on 26 April 1918 after the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario. 

Roman Catholic Jesuits arrived in Canada at Quebec from France

In 1625, the first Roman Catholic Jesuits arrived in Canada at Quebec from France 

The Jesuits first came to New France as missionaries in 1611. Pierre Biard and Enemond Massé arrived at Port-Royal on 22 May 1611. Massé was driven out of Acadia by the English but was among the first group of Jesuits who arrived at Québec in June 1625. 

Social Media 

(Photos) HANTS HISTORY: April 28, 2016 edition 

 Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal

But once I started to follow the Lighthouse Route, along the southwest coast between Yarmouth and Halifax, I was also made aware of the fascinating history of this part of our province, especially with regard to the United Empire Loyalists. 

My hometown! And it is the town that my paternal grandfather helped to found in 1783! Everything he says about it is true, it's a living museum. 

Newspaper Articles 


More than half of N.L. libraries closing in wake of budget cuts 

The library board in Newfoundland and Labrador announced sweeping changes to its services Wednesday, adopting a regional library model which will see 54 branches close in the next two years. 

Nova Scotia

Huge granite harvest table assembled in Grand Pré 

The long-anticipated installation of the 16-seat table took place April 18.

Halifax group wants heritage designation for Young Avenue building 

The committee voted to move the Yonge Avenue site ahead of three other potential heritage sites in order to have Regional Council look at granting the property heritage status. 

Shand House to remain ‘mostly closed’ by province 

The historic Shand House was donated to the Province of Nova Scotia in Gwendolyn Shand’s will in the 1980s under the condition that it be operated as a museum. 

But it has been closed for most of the time by the province. 

Prince Edward Island

Lights, camera, action: seniors share stories on video 

The tradition of telling family stories is taking at 21st century turn in a new program from the P.E.I. Seniors Citizen' Federation called "I Have a Story." 

It's a three-part workshop where seniors learn how to talk on camera and then record a ten minute video, sharing part of their life story. 


Historic guided bus tour through Perth, Tay Valley Township June 4 

If time travel is possible then become one of the visitors from the future on June 4. Tickets are going fast for this guided bus tour through historic Perth and Tay Valley Township, in celebrating their 200th anniversary. 

Tickets for the full event, which includes the catered lunch, are $30 per person. Also available a limited number of tickets for the luncheon and afternoon speaker portion for only $15 per person. 

Cheques can be made payable to Lanark County Genealogical Society and mailed to Lanark County Genealogical Society, Glen Tay Bus Tour Group, P.O. Box 512 Perth, ON. K7H 3K4.  

PayPal option is available. Information is available at:

The Lanark County Genealogical Society is

Canada 150: NCC approves $630K transformation of vacant Victoria Island warehouse 

The National Capital Commission board has approved a $630,000 plan to restore a stone warehouse on Victoria Island as part of a plan to create "Confederation pavilions" for Canada's 150th birthday. 

NCC board approves victims of communism memorial in Garden of the Provinces and Territories 

A memorial for victims of communism can be built in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories after the National Capital Commission board approved a federal land use request at its meeting Thursday morning. 

To be completed 2019. 

Memorial for More Than 1,000 Fallen Italian-Canadian Workers Unveiled in Toronto 

A memorial honouring more than 1,000 Italian workers who died in workplace accidents in Ontario was unveiled at Villa Charities' Toronto campus today. 

The unveiling ceremony coincides with the International Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or disabled on the job. 

Bank of Canada announces short list of women being considered for bank note 

The short list in alphabetical order: 

Pitseolak Ashoona (c. 1904-1983) 

Emily Carr (1871-1945) 

Thérèse Casgrain (1896-1981) 

Viola Desmond (1914-1965) 

Lotta Hitschmanova (1909-1990) 

E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) 

Elizabeth (Elsie) MacGill (1905-1980) 

Nellie McClung (1873-1951) 

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) 

Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld (1905-1969) 

Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983) 

Idola Saint-Jean (1880-1945) 

REMEMBERING OUR YESTERDAYS: Genealogist Bill Gladstone suggests publishing a book is next step after filling in gaps in a family tree 

In genealogy, you either publish your research or it perishes: what other fate awaits your unkempt assortment of files and papers that no one else can sort out or understand? 


Celebrating Ukrainian migration to Canada

Did you know 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of Ukrainians in Canada?

The first wave of Ukrainian immigration to Canada began in 1891. 


Southminster church gets Historic Designation 

The church, located at 1011 4 Ave. S., has a long history in Lethbridge, and is associated with boom-period religious development in the city. 

Originally known as the third Wesley Methodist Church, it was built between 1913 and 1914 to house the growing Methodist population. Several additions were since made to the building including Wesley Hall in 1914, Southminster Hall in 1950 and Buchanan Chapel in 1961. 

British Columbia 

Maple Ridge cemetery helps local history live on 

About two years ago, Maple Ridge Historical Society president Erica Williams and society chair Brenda Smith decided it was time to share the rich history found inside the Maple Ridge Cemetery with community members 

Antique tractor rebuilt by Canadian history lover 

George Hoffman brought a 1911 Rumely back to life 

A history buff from Surrey, British Columbia needed help from other parts of Western Canada and the United States to bring an antique tractor back to life. 

It took George Hoffman 22 years, but he finally rebuilt a 24-foot, 1911 Rumely steam tractor from scratch 

The North

Franklin Expedition: Exploration of HMS Erebus wreck may reveal more than artifacts 

The eerie video hints at some of the secrets that may lie hidden in the wreck of HMS Erebus. 

In the images shown recently by Parks Canada, there's a seaman's chest and a galley stove lying amid the timbers of the reinforced British wooden warship that was one-half of Sir John Franklin's doomed quest to find the Northwest Passage. 

Canadian Stories this Week 

FamilySearch Wiki 

Have you noticed that the FamilySearch Wiki has been changing? And that it includes the Canada 's Wiki.  

They have modified the following -

the navigation has changed from the right side of the screen to the left

country and state pages are being redesigned for easier use. This redesign will take place as close to the time of the new release as possible, but may not be completed when the upgrade takes place

The URL for the Wiki has been changed for better usability to

The upgraded version of the Wiki will be editable in all browsers, including Chrome, and all article will be retained in the new upgraded version of the Wiki

I am at the Wiki nearly everyday, and find it very clean and crisp now. The places are very easy to find, and easy to use. Now, if only we would completely fill in the missing pages in the Canadian pages so that everyone could use them. 

But I would like to say "thank you" to the people at FamilySearch for making the Wiki so popular, and they await to hear about your input on the new look and feel of the new Wiki.

Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair

This year the library will have Jen Baldwin of FindMyPast and Twitter’s #genchat at the Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair in Ontario.

If you are planning to go to the library on Saturday November 5, 2016 as an exhibitor, speaker or vendor, please have your completed application form to them by Monday May 16, 2016

You can email your completed form to genealogyfair@kpl.or or fax it to us at 519-743-1261 or send it by post to Sheila’s attention at the address shown on the application form. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact them!

The website is 

I also got a reminder from FindMyPast headquarters in Britain this week saying that there are new Canadian records coming next week – I wonder what they be!

Ad that was the week in Canadian news!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 18 April 2016

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 

April 13, 1938 Death of Grey Owl 

On this date, Grey Owl--the Englishman who thought of himself as an aboriginal, and became a best-selling author, lecturer, and a pioneer in the world’s conservation movement--died. 

As a child, he had been fascinated by tales of the Canadian wilderness that he had read about as a child, which was in sharp contrast to his own life growing up in England. He decided to leave home, and come to Canada.

He was a popular columnist and author, and it was only after his death that people came to realize that he was really Archibald Stansfeld Belaney from Hastings, England, born September 18, 1888. 

For further information, go to 

April 15, 1945- British-Canadian Liberation of Bergen-Belson death camp 

In April 1`945, toward the end of the Second World War, the allies of Britain and Canada entered the Bergen-Belson concentration camp, to free the Jews sent to the camp by the Germans. 

After negotiations, the camp was declared a neutral zone, and the Allies forces entered on April 15. The combined British forces, augmented by Canadians, entered the camp, only to be horrified at what they found. 

Social Media 

(Audio) Fredericton rejects heritage-area subdivision restrictions 

Fredericton council has voted against more stringent rules for subdividing properties in the Saint Anne's Point heritage preservation area.

Council unanimously rejected the bylaw changes, which would have prohibited the creation of lots with less than 35 metres of frontage in the area of Saint Anne's Point. 

(Audio) Brent's Grist Mill to become future site of 'pasture for bees' 

Brent's Grist Mill, a run-down heritage site in Kelowna, British Columbia, dates back to 1871. 

The property, though, is about to get some fresh seed and become a sanctuary for wild pollinators like bees and butterflies, thanks to a partnership between the City of Kelowna and UBC-Okanagan. 

Newspaper Articles 

Nova Scotia 

Documenting clan history  

Curt Speight, an Amherst man, was recently made an honorary friend of the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust for the work that his company, Amherst-based IR Mapping, did mapping the family’s Scottish history.

Engage Nova Scotia survey on provincial identity get mixed reaction 

Nova Scotians were surveyed, and 71 per cent of those surveyed said they generally identify with their region of the province first, then the province overall.

Prince Edward Island 

P.E.I.'s Rachelle Gauthier finalist in national storytelling contest 

That's how Rachelle Gauthier describes her Acadian heritage in a moving video she recorded as part of a national contest sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). 

If you want further information on how to show how research funded by the council is "making a difference in the lives of Canadians" in a three minutes on video or in 300 words, then you can go to the SSHRC website at


JOY OF GENEALOGY: Family history can save lives 

April is Health Awareness Month, the perfect time to branch out and create a family medical tree from your family genealogy research. 

The Amateur Genealogist: Municipal Records – Part 1 

Municipalities provided an astonishing variety of records, all of them local (by definition!) and many just loaded with names of people living in that locality. 

Fraser Dunford, who is the Amateur Genealogist, has a new book called Ontario Land Records: a Beginner's Guide, which is available at the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) at their e-store at There will be a review of the book in the May issue of the OGS Families

ANAF: Importance of recognizing Vimy Ridge’s history 

As the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge passed on April 9, The Vimy Foundation has several events planned to commemorate this historic event in Canadian and world history. 

You can go to the ANAF website for more information at their website at,_Navy_and_Air_Force_Veterans_in_Canada 

Why Canada Is Going to Apologize to India’s Sikhs 

Did you know that the government of Canada will formally apologize next month for turning away hundreds of Indian immigrants from its shores more than hundred years ago?

The event in 1914 is known as the “Komagata Maru incident,” after 376 people, mostly Sikhs from Punjab in British India, were denied entry into Canada. 

The chartered ship they were traveling on was forced return to Kolkata and when it arrived in India, British soldiers killed more than a dozen passengers. 

Exhibition traces the cave carvings made by Canadian soldiers waiting to serve at Vimy Ridge 

Canadian soldiers that were holed up in caves up to 30 metres underground, in a chalk mine, in northern France as they prepared to join the attack on Vimy Ridge in April 1917, they left carvings on the wall which were discovered a number of years ago. 

Now a laser exhibit of the carvings are on their way across Canada, and I have heard that it is in Montreal now, and it will be making it way across Canada this summer. 


Old fire hall among Regina buildings to get heritage protection 

Members of Regina's Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee will meet when they will consider recommendations to add four buildings to the city's list of properties that merit special protection from alterations. 

The four buildings are - 

Old No. 1 Fire Hall which was built in 1920 – 1921. It is located at 1654 11th Avenue (Osler and 11th). 

Frontenac Apts. which was built in 1929 and is located at Location: 2022 Lorne Street. 

Weston Bakery which was built in 1919, and is located at 1377 Hamilton Street (Hamilton and 8th Avenue). 

Somerset Block which was built in 1919, and is located at 1806 Smith Street. 

Canadian Stories this Week  

Library and Archives Canada 

Library and Archives Canada is systematically digitizing the service files of CEF soldiers from World War One, from box 1 to box 10686, which roughly corresponds to alphabetical order. Right now, they have digitized Box 4617 and the surname Hunt. 

Please check the database regularly for new additions, and if you still have questions after checking the database, you may contact them directly at 1-866-578-7777 for more assistance.

Today, 275,299 of 640,000 files are available online via their Soldiers of the First Would War: 1914 – 1918 database at 

On a personal note, my husband, Mario, currently a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, has had the unique opportunity and distinct honour and pleasure to work with these old and fragile (yet, very informative) personnel files at the LAC's Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec. He says that the experience of handling a member's records, and, at times, x-rays and personal mementos within these files, is one he won't soon forget.

Glace Bay Heritage Museum launches new website 

Glace Bay, in the Cape Breton Island, has launched a new website, and the public was invited to the Glace Bay Heritage Museum in the Old Town Hall this past week to celebrate the launch of the museum's new website. 

The two-floored museum holds such things as the Marconi Room, where first Trans Atlantic Wireless Service was established between Table Head in Glace Bay and Ireland in 1907, and The Council Chamber, just to name a few of the exhibits. 

The new website is at 

A church could become a genealogy centre in Quebec City 

This sounds like a fantastic plan! 

Église St-Jean Baptiste, located on St-Jean Street in the heart of the city, could house a genealogy centre for francophones across North America.

There are approximately 14-million people who are of French-Canadian descent in the northeast United States, besides people from France and all over the world who would be interested in this genealogy oasis in the centre of the city. 

Built in 1881, the church held the last mass last May 2015 because it couldn't afford the $10 million in necessary renovations. Not only do Espace solidaire hopes to open a digital genealogy centre, but also to re-open the closed community spaces and develop a welcome centre. 

The City of Quebec has given the Espace solidaire funds to conduct a feasibility report, and once that is finished (and hopefully the city votes for the development in a positive way), work can begin on the project. 

I will keep you posted! 

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

This e-newspaper has been published since April 2012! 

Be sure to tell your friends about us. 

If you would like to subscribe, please send your email to 

Publishers Elizabeth and Mario Lapointe 

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(c)2016 All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 04 April 2016

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 

Treaty of Utrecht

In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht, the treaty between France and England which settled the War of the Spanish Succession, saw the return of Nova Scotia to Britain. France retained Cape Breton and the Island of St. John, now Prince Edward Island. 

Canada's 10th province

In 1949, Newfoundland (now Newfoundland and Labrador), the oldest dominion in the British Commonwealth, became Canada's 10th province. 

Two referendums were held after the Second World War; the first was inconclusive, and the second approved Confederation by only 52 per cent. 

Thew capital city id St. Johns, and the island is the world's 16th largest, and Canada's forth largest island. 

For further information, go to  

Social Media 

(Video) Potential Viking site found in Newfoundland 

A second Viking site may have been found in southern Newfoundland by a team of international archaeologists working in the province. 

(Photo) Hants History: March 31, 2016 edition 

News of 25 years ago (April 3, 1991 edition) is temporarily unavailable and will be coming back in the early spring, but the 50 years edition (March 30, 1966 edition) is here. 

(Photos) Dartmouth Heritage Museum supporters pushing for new municipal museum 

Officials with the Dartmouth Heritage Museum are pleased with a recent decision by the municipality to take responsibility for its collection of 45,000 historical artifacts. 

Newfoundland and Labrador  

Nunatsiavut government honoured for heritage work 

The government was awarded last week with a 2016 Manning Awards for Excellence in the Public Presentation of Historic Places, International category, for its work on the Hebron Mission restoration. 

The Hebron Mission is a project to restore the nearly 200-year old former Moravian church, as part of the Nunatsiavut government restoration program. It is taking part in the abandoned northern Labrador community of Hebron. 

Nova Scotia  

Not taking no for an answer: Municipal leaders from western Nova Scotia consider group trip to Ottawa  

The Canada Legacy Society, a group that has been formed by compiling the 12 municipal units from West Hants to Yarmouth in Nova Scotia, has applied for over two million dollars in funding from the federal Canada 150 fund – Canada's birthday next year.  

Prince Edward Island  

Stompin' Tom Connors project's fate rests with ACOA 

Back in July when plans were uncovered for $1.9 million Stompin' Tom Connors Centre, has hit a snag. The part of the funding that was to come from Heritage Canada has been denied because the centre is not considered an arts or heritage organizations by the Canadian Cultural Spaces Funding. 


Exhibit brings war close to home 

Okotoks Museum and Archives is going to be the host for the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s traveling exhibit called Alberta and the Great War to its facility next month. 

The exhibit shows how the First World War affected and changed the province. It will be available for viewing April 1 and will remain on site until June 30. 

If you want to go to the Town of Okotoks Museum & Archives, you can go to  

North-West Territories 

History matters: Westerners had to fight for vote 

When the government came to the North-West Territories in the northern regions of Canada in the 1870s, they wanted to have a “free-hand” in deciding what kind of government would be in place, so the people had to fight for the right to vote.  

Canadian Stories this Week  

Archives Awareness Week 2016 

There is still a couple of days left as Archives Awareness Week is on till April 9th. 

This year’s focus is Customer Appreciation Week, where you will learn about the amazing collections and services, and meet the people they’ve inspired. 

You can visit the Archives Ontario site at to see what is going on the archives this week. 

I can personally give the Archives of Ontario (AO) the seal of approval. Last time I was there was two years ago, which I spent three days there, and the staff were nothing but friendly and helpful, and I found great help, especially going through the municipal files, and land grant. I had a great time! 

the federal government are starting to hear announcements of funding 

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, this week, announced an investment of more than $170-million to protect and preserve Parks Canada's five historic canals in Quebec. 

The five canals are -  

Lachine Canal - reconstruction work on the walls will be done 

Carillon Canal - the impressive lock of the Carillon Canal will be reconstructed 

Chambly Canal – work will be completed on the locks and bridges 

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal - service areas and footpaths will be built 


Saint Ours Canal - build the Vianney-Legendre Fish Ladder 

On the press release, The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada said that "Through this significant investment, our government is protecting and preserving these treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of these heritage sites. I encourage Canadians to visit and experience Parks Canada's special places and to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about our rich history and heritage."

Home Children 

And finally, this week, there is an e-petition online at which concerns an apology to the Home Children – the children who were sent here from the United Kingdom in 1869 to the 1940s to work on farm and as domestics. 

Apparently, according to the people who have organized this petition, they now have enough signatures to go ahead with an initial presentation, but they will continue to collect signature for future presentations. They say that they will repeat this process as often as we feel necessary. 

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

This e-newspaper has been published since April 2012! 

Be sure to tell your friends about us. 

If you would like to subscribe, please send your email to 

Publishers Elizabeth and Mario Lapointe  

Sponsored by Elizabeth Lapointe Research Services. To learn more about the research services offered by ELRS, go to 

(c)2016 All rights reserved. 


Monday, March 28, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 28 March 2016

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

On March 14, 1916, women in Saskatchewan won the right to vote after years of government stalling. In 2016, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this event, and the advancement of women's rightful participation in the democratic process. 

To read more about this, go to 

Social Media  

Hants History: March 24, 2016 edition
   Here's a look at what was making the news 50 years ago in the Hants Journal, Nova Scotia. 

Georges Island 3D model part work, part passion for Halifax man
   An owner of an engineering survey company in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has created an impressive three-dimensional interactive model of Georges Island in the Halifax Harbour, and has given us a bird's eye view of its fortifications, some that date back to 1798.

(Photos) Hants History: March 17, 2016 edition
  Here's a look at what was making the news 50 years ago in the Hants Journal, Windsor, Nova Scotia. 

The Past Whispers 
   This is from the a new blog this weekend which says “who was born in Montreal to French - Irish parents and moved to America at age 4, I wasn't able to connect with my roots. The past whispered again and I began my search. The search for my elusive great-grandparents took me to County Cavan, Ireland and northern France and Belgium”. 

Upcoming Canadian Events 

The conferences will be migrated to the website in the next few weeks.  

Newspaper Articles  


Countdown begins to 100th anniversary of Beaumont Hamel 
   In a hundred days, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will mark the 100th anniversary of the deadly battle of Beaumont-Hamel in which 324 men of the Newfoundland Regiment were killed within minutes engaging the enemy near the Somme River in France. 

Nova Scotia  

Cuba and Nova Scotia's connection runs deep 
   When Cuba's first president, was elected in 1903, one of the first things he did was open a consulate office on Main Street in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on the province'' southwestern shore.        Why? Because Yarmouth was the center of North America's salt cod industry at the time. 

Canadian geophysical technology aids archeology in Fort Edward  
   Geophysical technology has changed the was that the we can see into the soil as they have 'soil mapped' the area around the hill that Fort Edward sits on at Windsor, Nova Scotia.
   To read about Fort Edward, go to 

Louisbourg boatbuilder reconstructs vintage Nova Scotia sloop
   A young cabinet maker from Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Darcy Hart reconstructing and restoring a Nova Scotia sloop of the 1940s 

Inverness County committee aims to create municipal archives  
   There is an archives committee in Inverness County, want to save precious historical documents and is looking to move those historical document into a environmentally controlled facility. They hope to raise money from all three levels of government. 

New Brunswick  

Elephant Rock at Hopewell Rocks near Bay of Fundy collapses 
   Elephant Rock, one of the most photographed of the Hopewell Rocks near the Bay of Fundy, broke almost in half. Park officials said roughly 100 to 200 tonnes of rock fell to the ground. 

Wayne Long wants ferry service to Partridge Island 
   Saint John MP Wayne Long wants regular boat access to Partridge Island, and he wants it to happen soon.  
   It is estimated that a safe pedestrian causeway to the island would cost between $27 million and $40 million.
   Partridge Island is comparable to Grosse-Île in Quebec. Both of these islands were used as quarantine stations in the 1800s, and if you want to learn more, go to   


Snapshot of Talbot Settlement life now online 
   The newly released online database of Col. Thomas Talbot will help genealogists learn who owned what land in Southern Ontario. 
   It is being put on the Internet by the Elgin County Archives. Each of his 45 documents, registered between 1802 and 1849, are available to the public for the first time at the archive's website.  


Q&A: An uncomfortable history of the Irish in Alberta 
   A hundred years ago a small contingent group of Irish immigrants who emigrated to Alberta’s prairies looking for opportunity to settle. 
   By 1916, Alberta had about 6,500 Irish immigrants and another 51,000 who could draw their lineage back to Ireland according to federal census documents from the time.

Canadian Stories this Week

The “Ottawa Cold" 

As you may have noticed, there wasn't an issue last Monday. That is because we were both afflicted with the “Ottawa Cold”, and were down for the count with a very bad head cold. 

However, we are back this week, with two weeks' worth of much sought-after Canadian news!

Canada's plan for the country's 150th anniversary next year
The federal government has unveiled $17.5 million in funding for local projects and a national “soundtrack” to help ring in Canada's 150th birthday next year. 

Next year, the government plans to commemorate several other events such as the centennial of the battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the centennial of the National Hockey League, the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, and the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games.

If you are interested, you can go to 

New books at the Library and Archives Canada 

Every so often, the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) tells us that they have received a new shipment of books, and here are some - 

Fegan’s homes newsletters. Volume 10: the Red Lamp 1913-1920 compiled by Douglas V. Fry & Fawne Stratford-Devai 

Arnprior area death notices, 2000-2007: compiled from Arnprior newspapers and funeral home notices [electronic resource] by Andriend Schlievert 

The Linossier and Montagnon family pioneers in the Interlake region: homesteading – R.M. of Eriksdale, Manitoba, Canada by John Paul Linossier 

And that was the week in Canadian news!

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 07 March 2016

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 

Oil discovered in Ontario

In 1860, an oil gusher was discovered in Enniskillen, Ontario, a town later re-named Petrolia. 

The place, originally called Black Creek, became the site of North America's first commercial oil well when asphalt producer James Miller Williams set out to dig a water well in September of 1858 and found free oil instead. 

Upcoming Canadian Events

NEW! Kelowna and District Genealogical Society's (KDGS) Conference 2016 

Sine 1996, every second year, the Kelowna and Distinct Society of Kelowna, British Columbia, has a large conference entitled Harvest Your Family Tree

This conference is a three-day event which will be held this year from Sept. 26 to 28 in Kelowna, and the speakers will be from eight keynote speakers are coming from as far as Australia, Rhode Island, Salt Lake City, Regina, and Victoria, including Dave Obee from British Columbia, Maureen Taylor from the United States, and Helen V. Smith from Brisbane, Australia. 

Registration forms will be available from the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society website at, printed forms at the KDGS Genealogical Reference Library, located on the second floor of the downtown branch of the Kelowna Library on Ellis Street, and you can contact them by email at, or call 250-763-7159. 

Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 

Word has reached us that the OGS has accepted a bid to host the 2018 OGS Conference in Guelph, Ontario put forward by the Scottish Special Interest Group [SIG]. Christine Woodcock will be conference chair. 

So stay tuned for further developments. 

32nd Gene-O-Rama of the Ottawa Genealogical Society 

The conference will be held from April 1–2, 2016 at the Confederation Education Centre, 1645 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario which is at the corner of Hunt Club Road & Woodroffe Avenue. 

If you need further information, go to 


International Genealogy ConferInternational Genealogy Conference UNLOCKING THE PAST 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the The Beach Club Resort, Parksville, British Columbia of the Qualicum Beach Family History Society in British Columbia. 

The featured speakers will be Colleen Fitzpatrick and Chris Paton, and registration is now open at It includes an early bird price. 

The website is located at 

Genealogy on the Cutting Edge 2016

The Ontario Genealogical Society will be holding its annual conference from June 3rd to 5th at the Toronto’s International Plaza Hotel, Toronto. 

Speakers and agenda has been announced this past week. Registration will open in January. Registration is now open at, Keep up-to-date with the latest news by following their website at, or their Facebook page at  

Our Canada – Your Family: Building a Nation 2017 

The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will host the 2017 annual conference, and they have a call out for presentations. 

The conference will be held in Ottawa on June 16-18, 2017 at Algonquin College. The theme of the conference is Our Canada – Your Family: Building a Nation. 


To submit proposals or ask questions, please contact the Conference 2017 Program Committee For more information about OGS or Ottawa Branch respectively, please visit: or

Great Canadian Genealogy Summit

The summit will be held in Brampton, Ontario from October 21 to the 23, 2016 at the Courtyard Marriott. 

Registration has opened at  

2018 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference  

Word has reached us that the OGS has accepted a bid to host the 2018 OGS Conference in Guelph, Ontario put forward by the Scottish Special Interest Group [SIG]. Christine Woodcock will be conference chair. 

So stay tuned for further developments. 

Newspaper Articles 


Carolyn Parsons Chaffey adopts Newfoundland Pony with rich history 

Bonnie the Newfoundland Pony is spending her days quietly living on a farm just outside of Lewisporte.

Carolyn Parsons Chaffey and her family adopted the pony just after Christmas.

Nova Scotia 

An exploration of black communities around Nova Scotia  

CBC Radio's Information Morning explored the history and makeup of African Nova Scotian communities outside Halifax. These communities include - Pine Woods and Gibson Woods, Jordantown, Conway and Acaciaville, Digby County, Louisbourg, slavery on Cape Breton, Meadowbrook Hill, Monastery, Upper Big Tracadie, Lincolnville and Sunnyville, Guysborough County.

New Brunswick 

Saint John County Jail building stones deserve better, historian says

Earlier this month the City of Saint John turned down an invitation to buy the nearly 200-year-old county courthouse building overlooking King's Square and some now fear it may mean a chunk of the city's history may be lost.  

New Brunswick Museum newly-restored works on display 

The New Brunswick Museum is showcasing 20 newly-restored works on the eve of the retirement of its art conservator. 

Adam Karpowicz has restored close to 200 paintings over the decades, but some of his handiwork has never been displayed.  


The Canadian Museum of History’s movie theatre is going digital 

The movie theatre at the Canadian Museum of History looks forward to wowing audiences with its new 4K laser projector, the latest in projection technology. This makes the Museum the first facility in the Ottawa-Gatineau region — and one of only four cinemas in Canada — with this type of projector. 

When Mississauga Was “Toronto” 

Were it not for the population growth in what's now Mississauga, this website might have been named something else. Why? From 1806 to 1968, the majority of Mississauga was known as "Toronto Township". 

Canadian Museum of History to launch 4K technology 

The Canadian Museum of History is adapting to new technology with the launch of a 4K digital laser projector in its theatre before the end of March.  

After being associated with IMAX for more than 25 years, the Gatineau museum said it acquired the new technology from Barco — a Belgium based technology company. 

Reliving local's military history 

The daughter of an Arborfield World War II veteran has retraced some of her father’s footsteps through Europe, ending with the liberation of Holland towards the end of the war.  


2015-2016 Heritage Award Re1cipients Announced 

The City of Saskatoon’s Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee (MHAC) today announced the recipients of the 2015-2016 Heritage Awards. The Committee presents Heritage Awards every second year to recognize contributions to heritage preservation within the City of Saskatoon in the areas of archaeology, history, museums, historic buildings and sites, genealogy, natural history, and folklore. 

Celebrating more than a century of black history in Saskatchewan 

It’s a frequent occurrence for nurse Crystal Mayes: patients look at her dark skin and ask how she’s coping with Canada’s harsh winters. 

She has to laugh. Mayes’ great grandparents were among the province’s first black settlers. Her family has been in Saskatchewan for more than a century. 

Local history of the Hebrideans - part one 

There has been a lot of discussion in the media in the past year about immigration. 

Therefore, this may be a time to reflect back on one of the more significant organized immigration efforts in Central Alberta – the relocation of hundreds of men, women and children from the West Hebrides of Scotland to this region in the mid-1920s. 


Snapshots of time preserve southern Alberta's history 

Coyote Flats Pioneer Village, just south of Picture Butte, Alta. exists to preserve the history of the southern Alberta town and surrounding area — and now it's getting some help from a younger generation, as well as the federal government to fulfill that mandate. 

North West Territories

Fort Smith man wants Michif made an official language of N.W.T. 

A Fort Smith man wants to make Michif, a Métis language, one of the official languages of the Northwest Territories. 

Lance Sanderson is the manager of the N.W.T. Cree Language program and also advocates on behalf of Michif speakers. He said it's hard to estimate how many Michif speakers there are in the territory.

Canadian Stories this Week 

20 Years of Cyndi's List 

Cyndi's List ( was launched 20 years ago on March 4, 1996. What started out as a side-page in a personal genealogy web site has become one of the top genealogy resources online. The original site started on one web page with 1,025 links. By the end of that first year the site was sorted onto individual pages with more than 9,600 links in more than 50 categories. Just after its one-year anniversary the site had grown to 17,300 links in more than 60 categories on 195+ separate web pages. The site has continued to grow exponentially with the popularity of genealogy and the Internet. Today there are more than 330,000 links in 207 categories that point to an endless supply of related genealogy links online. 

So, congratulate Cyndi. May you have many more years of success! 

Do you want to write a family history book? 

Well, look no farther, Lynn Palermo can help you! At The Family History Writing Studio, she has course where you can learn how to gather material for the book, and put a book together. If you wish to write a blog, she can tell you how to do that too! 

To check out the course which Lynn offers, go to 

Job Opportunity 

Dwayne Meisner is looking for volunteers to help proofread the 1921 census of Nova Scotia. The 1921 census pages on my site have been set up to make it easy to do this. You have to be a member of the site to help. It also helps, but is not necessary to have access to the census images at Ancestry. You can use other resources such as NSHVS, Family Search, Automated Genealogy etc, to
help figure out the names and other information. 

To get started, go to the NS Census map at the link below and choose any one of the eighteen counties you want to work on. Then, check the "Who's Helping" button to see what is being and been done. 

Once he receives your first correction, your name will be added to that part of the list for that particular area within the county. 

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

This e-newspaper has been published since April 2012! 

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