Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Colchester Historical Museum Honours Local People

During their annua Heritage Night Celebration on Thursday, February 23rd, the museum honoured the following people or groups -
  • Truro's Carol Campbell and James Smith received an award in the written history category for their writings about the Planters.
  • Lisa Davies of Onslow will take home an award in the genealogy category for three extensive family genealogy projects.
  • Tatamagouche's Dale Swan is being honoured with the Iindividual Heitage Award for volunteering with the Anna Swan Museum, North Shore Archives, and Creamery Square.
  • The Planter 250 Committee will be given the Promotion of Heritage Award for its organization and implementation of events celebrating planters.
  • The Town of Truro Award will go to the owners of 23 Inglis Place (Temptations) for its façade upgrades. The owners are Vineberg and Fulton.
The museum itself has—in its archives—vital statistics, newspaper articles, census reports, school registers, photos, and family genealogies. The museums has exhibits on lighthouses, "Colchester Today", "Unearthing Colchester", and past exhibits include "New Beginners: Planters in Cobequid 1761-1780"; “A Favourable Opportunity: The Planters Choose Cobequid"; and "Victoria Park: A Cultural Landscape"
The museum/s website is They have a newsletter, and are on Facebook and Twitter.

Congratulations to all - well done!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1918 Flu Epidemic

As I suffered through a bad cold this month in Ottawa, I started to wander how people dealt with the flu epidemic or the Spanish Flu that stuck people in 1918. I have found out that they now estimated that maybe between 40 to 50 million people worldwide may have died in the fall of 1918. Approximately, 50,000 would have been in Canada.

So I found some websites that talk about the epidemic as it struck Canada less than a year after the completion of the First World War, and the sites are -

1918 Flu Epidemic It gives a history of the flu as it hit in the fall of 1918.

1918 Flu Pandemic A short, but comprehensive history of the flu of 1918.

The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918 in Ottawa,Ontario, Canada A very interesting paper on the flu written by Marc St. Pierre.

Spanish Influenza Epidemic- Fall 1918: Tragedy on the home front This website gives a concise history of the flu (the site says that 50,000 people died of the flu), plus a few extra websites to visit online.

Thematic Guides - Unpublished Guides:Spanish Flu Epidemic A list of guides at the Library and Archives Canada to the flu of 1918.

Note: A couple of weeks ago, as part of my blog concerning disasters, I received a note from fellow Ottawa blogger, John D. Reid (famous for his always informative and entertaining Anglo-Celtic Connections blog -, drawing my attention to the following -

“Hello Elizabeth:

I see from your blog you've developed an interest in disasters. Maybe you'd also like to mention this article that attempts to capture all types of Canadian disaster that took 20 or more lives at




I have just published two booklets - The War of 1812: Canada and the United States, and Migration: Canada and the United States.

They are available for purchase through Global Genealogy at, the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at, and now, in the U.S., from the Family Roots Publishing Company at

For more on the booklets, go to and

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Library Lover's Month

I did not know it, but February was Library Lover’s Month! And the Yorkton Public Library in Yorkton, Saskatcewan,, recently had a flood at their location. They renovated their location, and rededicated their library.

One area where there is particular pride is a new multi-use room, currently unnamed, which has a fireplace and is designed to encourage people to "sit down and read." The room, established in honor of Bob Ribchester, a former board member, also houses materials from the Yorkton Chapter of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society The space represents the library’s ideal of becoming a "third space", a place other than home and work where people come to spend time and are comfortable.

This sounds like a great idea to have a room like this in a library.

Congratulations, Yorkton Public Library, and Happy Library Lover's Month to all!

Talk about books, have you had a chance to read about my booklets on the War of 1812 and on migration?


I have just published two booklets - The War of 1812: Canada and the United States, and Migration: Canada and the United States.

They are available for purchase through Global Genealogy at, the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at, and now, in the U.S., from the Family Roots Publishing Company at

For more on the booklets, go to and

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ontario Jewish Heritage Month

On February 23, 2012, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 17, making the month of May Jewish Heritage Month in the province. The Bill, presented yesterday at Queen’s Park by Eglinton-Lawrence MPP Mike Colle, was co-sponsored by Thornhill MPP Peter Shurman and Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo.

The President & CEO of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Ted Sokolsky, and UJA Federation’s Board Chair, Elizabeth Wolfe, issued the following joint statement:

"On behalf of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, we are proud and grateful to the Members of the Ontario Legislature for passing Bill 17, making May Jewish Heritage Month a reality in Ontario. Building - and contributing - to community and to society has always been a top priority for Jews since their arrival in Canada, and this honour recognizes those contributions as we continue to add to the diverse multicultural mosaic that has made Ontario a place envied by many around the world. This announcement will call for an extra celebration at this year’s UJA Walk with Israel, which for 45 years has taken place in May."

It was supported by many leading Jewish organizations in Toronto, along with the National Congress of Italian Canadians–Toronto District, the London Jewish Federation, Ontario Jewish Archives, and the Toronto and Hamilton chapters of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Community Archives May be Closing

Word has it that the Mitchell Archives located in Logan Township in Perth County, Ontario may be closing. There has been a petition in the community, and so far, 276 people have signed it to keep the archives open.

Michell is a small community located just outside of Stratford, and it was settled in 1837 by William Hicks, and his son John, near the Thames River.

To read more of the history of Mitchell, go to

The Mitchell Archives is a small branch of the The Stratford-Perth County Archives which has recently been upgraded, and the branch could be folded into the main archives. A date for the possible closing has yet to be announced.

The Stratfor-Perth Archives is at

Thursday, February 23, 2012

QFHS - Seminars and Public Lecture Series

News has been received from the Quebec Family History Society (QFHS) in Montreal that they will host two events in March, and they are -

The War of 1812 (Free Lecture)

It will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, QC, H9W 3Z3.

The talk, given by Luc Lépine, will be a lecture about the War of 1812 and will focus on events that took place in Lower Canada (now Quebec) and the Battle of Châteauguay. Luc Lépine is one of the leading experts on the War of 1812 and author of the book, Lower Canada's Militia Officers, 1812 - 1815.

A Genealogical Day in England and Wales (Seminar)

It will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Quebec Family History Society Library, 173 Cartier Ave., Pointe-Claire, QC H9S 4H9, and will be presented by Gary Schroder.

The purpose of this seminar will be to a) examine the basic structures of family history research in England, Civil Registration of BMDs, 1837-2005; Censuses, 1841-1911; Wills 1858-2011, etc.; and b) examine how to find your ancestors for the period prior to 1837 and how to make the best use of the English databases to be found on Ancestry and other commercial websites.

Reservations are necessary. Please call 514.695.1502

For details, visit them online at

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

LDS and Nova Scotia Church Records

The LDS Church is making available church records for the Anglican, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, and United Church of England denominations.

As their website says, "The Public Archives of Nova Scotia has many original church registers as well as microfilm copies. The Protestant registers generally cover 1780–1914. There are Catholic records 1679–1914. A list of these holdings can be found in Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia, by Terrence M. Punch.

Parish registers of baptisms, marriages, deaths and other records for some Catholic and Church of England in Canada parishes from Nova Scotia. These records cover 1720-2001, and dates vary for each parish. Some parish registers are written in French or Latin".

They have put on a Wiki to explain the church records, and Citation for This Collection.

The website is