Monday, August 15, 2011

Tall Ship “Pride of Baltimore II” in Amherstburg, Ontario

The "Pride of Baltimore" will make its grand arrival at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2011, and will stay overnight until Sunday, August 27, 2011 in Amherstburg.

The 157-ft "Pride of Baltimore II" is a reproduction of an 1812-era Baltimore-built topsail schooner privateer. The original "Pride", Chasseur, defended America's freedom during the War of 1812 by serving as an offensive weapon of war and blockade-runner, capturing or sinking 35 British vessels. The British attacked Baltimore in 1814 in an attempt to destroy the Fells Point shipyards where privateer ships were built. During the September 13, 1814 Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key wrote the words that became the United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner”.

Amherstburg welcomes the "Pride II" as part of the celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Complimentary tour times are as follows at Duffy’s dockside -

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dockside Deck Tours: 2 p.m. to 7:00 pm

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dockside Deck Tours 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

You can go to the website

Stories of a Canadian Family

A new blog appeared yesterday, and it is named “Stories of a Canadian Family”.

It is by Lianne Lavoie, and it explores her “French, English, Scottish, and Swedish ancestry”. Genealogy is right up there with the things she likes to do (right after computer science, languages, and philosophy), and she says that most of her “research so far has been on my dad’s side of the family, simply because it is the French Canadian side, and there are ample resources available. However, I do plan to discover as much as I can about my mom’s side, which is English, Scottish, and Swedish, as well. There are many gaps still in my family tree, and I intend to fill them in”.

She has the surnames of her paternal side, which are -


And the surnames of her maternal side, which are -


So if you have any of these names in your family, be sure to drop Lianne a note, and help her along the way.

The website is

Friday, August 12, 2011

Late Summer Reading

The August issue of Families has just out, and in it, five books were reviewed. They are -

Education and Ontario Family History: A Guide to Resources for Genealogists and Historians by Marian Press.

This book is for the person who had ancestors in the educational system in Ontario, from the earliest days to the 1960s.

The six chapters range from Chapter One: "Where the Resources Reside" to Chapter Six, which covers the topic of post-secondary education.

The website is at

Tracing Your English & Scottish Ancestry Moorshead Magazines Ltd.

This is a collection of nineteen articles previously published by the company in their magazines, and include "British WWII Merchant Vessel Cards", "35 Top Sites for Scottish Research", and "Cornish Online Parish Clerks".

Each of the nineteenth subjects are written by such writers as Davis A. Norris, George G. Morgan (one of the Genealogy Guys), and Alan Stewart.

The website is

Some Early Scots in Maritime Canada, Volume 1 by Terrence M. Punch.

Here, he follows the history of the emigration of Scots from the mid-1700s to the 1800s.

He even partly reconstitutes passenger lists for the ships William Tell and Harmony.

The website is <>.

An Index to the Articles Referred to in Genealogy in Canada 4th Edition by Brenda Dougall Merriman.

This book lists 167 articles about genealogy in Ontario. Among the headings are "Afro-Canadian Ancestry", "Loyalists", and "Vital Statistics".

The website is at

Perseverance, Pranks & Pride by Joy V.C. Forbes.

There are over 1,700 personal names listed in this book about one-room schoolhouses in the Ottawa Valley.

Over 120 schools are listed, and photos are available.

You can go to her website to see more about one-room schoolhouses at

Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

Have you been to the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador site lately?

They have recently put new slides and audio recordings on the site from their April and May lectures, and Members can access these on their "Meetings & Lectures" page.

All 25+ years worth of back issues of The Newfoundland Ancestor have been digitised and put on their website for their members. For non-members they have made available a free sample issue that you can download and read.

And their website now has an interactive forum where they invite you to post genealogical queries, etc.

To go to the website, click om

Camrose Founders Days Festival

Celebrations at Camrose Founders Days Festival, Camrose, Alberta, August 12th to the 14th. It will mark 100 year milestones for many Camrose organizations. Daily activities take place Downtown on Main Street, Camrose Centennial Museum and the Camrose Railway Station Museum & Park.

On Friday, August 12 at 12:30, a "promenade" down Camrose's Main Street will take place before arriving at Founders Square for the honouring ceremony of the three founders - Rev. Thomas Torger Carlson, Mr. M.A. Maxwell and Mrs. Carla Didrickson-Hoyme.

After the ceremony, the public is invited to the Bailey Theatre to take in a reception, "meet" the founders, tour the 100-year-old theatre and visit the City of Camrose historical inventory.

On Saturday evening there be a graveyard expedition through Poplar Grove cemetery. Following that, you can meet Glenys Smith at the Railway Station for a ghost tour through the city.

On Sunday, a display at the Camrose centennial museum will highlight another groundbreaking member of the Hoyme family, this time featuring the millinery of Miss Hoyme, a relative of Carla Didrickson-Hoyme. A Mad Hatters fashion show at 1 p.m. will be held to recognize her accomplishments.

If you wish to go to the website, the address is

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