Monday, September 12, 2011

New/Improved Canadian Websites and Blogs Week 2

Here are some of the websites and blogs that I have come across for the week ending September 11th, 2011 -

British Home Child SIG The Ontario Genealogical Society, at this year's Conference in Hamilton, recently started a new SIG. The group has just published their first newsletter, and I covered it at

Newfie Roots A blog about William & Eliza (nee Battery) Scott (including the Kettle, Lomond, and Nebucett families) from Newfoundland.

Lieutenant Charles William Pearson (1912-2000): The Lincoln and Welland Regiment's WWII Campaign A new blog that recounts his life in the Second World War – where he served, and what he did.

The REVIEW - VanKleek Hill Newspaper They have put online their newspaper from 1893 to 1904. The years 1904 to 1920 are coming soon. $

Genealogy Twitter Reader I was kept busy reading the recent Tweets from the FGS Conference held last week in Springfield, Illinois.

The Family History Hound Ellen Thompson is from Alberta, and she does family history research as a business. $

That's Relative! Finding Yourself in Your Family Tree A blog by Krista Moore about the MOORE family of Lanark County, Ontario, and Down, Ireland.

Looking 4 Kin Genealogy & Family History Network Chat:
Helping hands helping one another with our family history & genealogy research
. This is a relatively new website created by a blogger and genealogist who goes by the non-de-plume of "Just M" from Saskatchewan, with 60 Canadian members from all the provinces and territories.

Townshippers' Day This website takes in all the Townships in Eastern Quebec. Townshippers' Day will take place in Stanstead, Quebec, on Saturday, September 17th.

Grand Réveil Acadien/Great Acadian Awakening A new site which promoted Louisiana for the World Acadian Congress 2009, it is now the place to go to see what is on for this year's event, to be held from October 7th to the 16th.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11, 2001

There were at least 24 Canadians who died (or who are still missing, and presumed dead) on 9/11, and A. Knight has small biographies of them on his site at

There is a YouTube video which shows the 9/11 memorial at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa this year at

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Haldimand's Volunteers

A very good write-up appears in THE CHRONICLE, a newspaper that serves the
Haldimand area of Ontario. It is entitled “Haldimand OGS thanks volunteers”

Their website is

Congratulations to all of our volunteers!

The Haldimand County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society website is

Ship’s Lists from England to Canada

Glenn Wright from Ottawa will be the special speaker at the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society on the topic “Ship’s Lists from England to Canada”.

The meeting will be held September 12th at the Brockville Tabernacle (the former Shrine Hall) on the Second Concession at 7:30 pm. Their website is at

Glenn says that ''Our ancestors packed a lot into a single suitcase - the future of an entire family. They left behind everything they knew and traveled thousands of miles across the ocean to a land they had never seen. Two men came for every woman, and more than 4,000 ships brought them here. They came for all reasons – to own their first piece of land, to find gold, to escape poverty and to discover a new life”.

If you can make the meeting, please do so - it would be very educational, and informative.

Glen will also be at Vankleek Hill at their Family History Fair Day on October the 1st and I hear that he will be one of the speakers at the OGS 2012 Conference in June 2012! The Conference website is

Friday, September 9, 2011

Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC)

As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War in 2013, there are a number of events coming up in the future that you may want to attend, or read about on the Internet.

One of them is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC).

Mr. Douglas Townend, an avid collector of memorabilia related to the Corps, will be displaying his extensive collection at the LeBreton Gallery, Canadian War Museum on Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Their Canadian War Museum is at

This event will be the same day as the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Conference which is being held just up the hill from the War Museum at the Library and Archives Canada, so I will be unable to attend.

For a history of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, these places have their history online -

The Canadian Encyclopedia

The Juno Beach Centre

Canadian Women's Army Corps's_Army_Corps

Life of an Island House

A press release came out this morning -

On Tuesday September 13 at 7.30 pm in the Carriage House at Beaconsfield, Prince Edward Island, Doug Sobey, a research associate of the Institute of Island Studies of UPEI, will give an illustrated talk telling the story of a 200-year old frame house which still stands on the cliffs near Sea Cow Head overlooking Bedeque Bay.

The title of the talk will be "Two Hundred Years in the Life of an Island House: The Story of 'Melrose Farm' and 'Windswept'".

The talk will also cover the legacy of one of the Bedeque Bay* area's Loyalist settlers, Alexander Anderson, a disbanded Revolutionary War soldier, who built the house (naming it 'Melrose Farm') shortly after arriving in the area in 1797 (after a sojourn at Rustico), and who died in the house in 1852, at the age of 106!

From him descend a number of Island families, including the MacFarlanes of Fernwood, the Godfreys of North Wiltshire and the Cairns of Freetown. In 1948 the house was saved from destruction by Eleanor Wheler, who had come from Ontario to work as a public health nurse, and who converted it to a summer
home, naming it 'Windswept'.

Its most recent occupant was the well-known Island artist and poet Elaine Harrison.

Because of a rich archive of photographic and other material preserved by descendants of Anderson, as well as by other owners of the house, the talk will be well illustrated throughout.

There will be a $5 admission charge.

The lecture will be held under the auspices of the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation.

*My husband's family lived in Bedeque when they lived “on the island”. Although the Lapointe family was originally from Quebec City, they spent many a weekend driving around PEI taking in the history of the place, and at every turn in the road they saw a fantastic view of the beauty of the land and the sea.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

International Jewish Genealogy Month

The International Jewish Genealogy (IJG) month is celebrated on the Hebrew month of Cheshvan - Oct 29 to Nov 26, 2011.

The press release says that the “International Jewish Genealogy Month honors our Jewish ancestors through the pursuit of Jewish family history research".

To read more about the IJG go to

To mark the International Jewish Genealogy Month, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada at is also celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the organization.

They have published a book called Tracing Our Roots - Telling Our Story. As the website says “It is an anthology of over over 45 compelling and entertaining contributions, written by members of our society”.

Also, on Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Stanley Diamond from Montreal will be in the Toronto area to give a workshop on what is new at the Jewish Records Indexing – Poland.

The website is

Four other societies in Canada are -

Jewish Genealogical Society – Hamilton & Area

Genealogical Institute of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada Inc

Jewish Genealogical Institute of British Columbia

Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal