Thursday, August 11, 2011

GANS Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia

On Tuesday the 27 of September, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) will hold a talk which will be given by Conrad Byers of Parrsboro. The topic of his talk will be "Sea Captains: The Men Who Took Their Wives and Families to Sea With Them".

The meeting will be held at the Akins Room, Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Their website address is

Another View of Genealogy Survey

There is another view of the Canadian Genealogy Survey given by British Columbia blogger M. Diane Rogers on her site "CanadianGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt'" on August 9th at

Do you agree or disagree with her views?

She says in part that "I've already submitted my answers, and yes, I knew right away I couldn't agree with some of the broad assumptions apparently being made. Has there been a recent "surge of interest" in genealogy/family history as the Cape Breton Post put it? If so, when, where and what forms has it taken? Or are some paying more attention to television ads than perhaps is wise. Remember how long the widely heralded show 'Who Do You Think You Are' lasted in Canada?"

What are your views? Is she right, or is she too critical of the survey?

If you haven't taken the survey yet, it is on

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

Just got this message from John D. Reid about an event to take place at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum on Thursday August 25th at 7 pm.

You are invited to "Remembering the British Home Children in Canada "where you will view "the Memorial Quilt prepared to commemorate the British Home Children in Canada and hear a personal account from Mary Thurston of Perth, Ontario, an accomplished author who wrote “Into the Hills.” Mary is the daughter of Isabella Hilson, a home child who is featured on the Memorial Quilt. Bob Stacey of Carleton Place, Ontario will talk about memories of his father, who also was a home child.

Please join us for this occasion. Refreshments will be served.

There is no admission charge but a goodwill donation would be appreciated.

The Memorial Quilt will be on display in the museum’s Norah Rosamond
Hughes Gallery until 31 August 2011".

Michael Rikley-Lancaster
Executive Director / Curator
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

Death Notice in the "Island Register"

Dave Hunter keeps a website at about Prince Edward Island genealogy. As part of the website, he also issues a weekly free e-newsletter called the Island Register for over ten years. To subscribe, go to

Since 2005, Eldon Sentner has put weekly obits on the newsletter, and you can read them at His email is

There is also "Centenarians in the Death Notices Listings" at

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Peacekeeper's Day

Three years ago, National Peacekeepers' Day become an official day in Canada. Every year on August 9, past and present Canadian peacekeepers have been honoured through events, and activities across Canada.

Veterans Affairs Canada National Peacekeepers’ Day Also gives their history, and a list of events that are taking place across the country.

Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping

Gives the history of the RCMP as peacekeepers

Museum Explores Mining Heritage

The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre is putting on "Mining Rocks of the North" exhibit from August 3 to September 5, 2011

They will have special events that will include "Gold Panning on Vermillion River" on August 20, 2011, as well as the exhibit.

If you have questions about the history of Capreol and Area including the towns of Sellwood and Milnet, the museum has books, and photos.

The museum is located at 26 Bloor St. Capreol, Ontario.

The website is

Fergus Scottish Fesival & Highland Games

From August 12th to the 14th, Fergus, Ontario will be the place to be if you have an interest in things Scottish.

There will a full genealogy program at the The Record & Guelph Mercury's Genealogy and Education Venue, which is situated beside the Heavy Events field within the picturesque Avenue of the Clans.

The site says it "Lectures from our featured author, book signing, Scottish musicians, The Chieftain, dance, Scottish and Celtic related lectures given by top Canadian academics, featured athletes, tartan and kilt making, weaponry, battles, geography, sculptor, croft display, the distillation of Scotch, the many uses of Highland heather and much more".

There is a Historical Research Centre, Genealogy Research Centre and Tartan Research Centre within the venue. The Scottish Athletic Hall of Fame is the only comprehensive exhibit in the world illustrating the recorded history of indigeneous Scottish sport.

The exhibit is interpreted by historian-author Lynn Boland Richardson and renowned sports author and Commonwealth official Mr. David P Webster O.B.E. Photo opportunities and athlete autographs are available.

To go to their website
or contact them at