Saturday, November 17, 2012

Carleton Place, Ontario

Carleton Place, incorporated as a town since 1890, has a population of about 9,800 inhabitants, and is located about 30 minutes west of Ottawa. The town contains three museums, and they are -

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum This museum's collection includes archival papers of all kinds - land deeds, directories, maps, newspaper clippings, and genealogical materials. 

Please contact Jennifer at 613.253.7013 to arrange a research visit.

They also have a very active Facebook page at 

Canadian Veteran’s Hall of Valour Check out the portraits and mini-biographies of over 1,140 Canadian veterans.

The Moore House – Roy Brown Museum They have formed the Roy Brown Society and are establishing an avionics museum in Carleton Place. The facility will honour Capt Brown and 14 other Great War airmen from Carleton Place, showcasing the town’s considerable involvement in the history of Canadian flight.

World War I flying ace Roy Brown to be honoured in his hometown of Carleton Place Read about how Roy Brown shot down the infamous “Red Baron” (Manfred von Richthofen), and how a mural has been painted in his honour.

Roy Brown Mural in Carleton Place See the photos of the mural and hear an interview on the CBC website.

For more on Carleton Place, visit Mayor Wendy LeBlanc's website,

Friday, November 16, 2012

PEI Genealogical Society Meeting

The PEI Genealogical Society will hold its next general meeting on Saturday November 17 at 2:00 pm at Beaconsfield's Carriage House, located at the corner of Kent and West Streets in Charlottetown. The general public is invited and admission is free.

Guest speakers Mary Jeanette Gallant and Aggi-Rose Reddin of the PEI Scottish Settlers Historical Society Inc. will present an overview of the importance of the Glenaladale Estate to the history and heritage of PEI. Through the use of visuals and artifacts they will provide insights into the lives and activities of Captain John MacDonald and his family. The presentation will also provide a background to the current campaign to preserve the estate for the people of Prince Edward Island.

For anyone wishing to renew or signup for the first time, memberships for 2013 will be available. There will be a brief business meeting as well as featured guest speakers. Please email PEIGS president at if you have any questions.

PEI Genealogical Society

Scottish Read a short history of the Scottish people in PEI

Island Magazine Digitized

In partnership with the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, the Robertson Library has digitized the complete Island Magazine collection.

The Island Magazine is being made available on-line for the sole purpose of private research and study. Questions regarding rights and permissions for any other re-use or re-production of magazine content should be directed to the editorial offices of The Island Magazine.

For more information, please go to

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Celebrating Our Military Roots Day

Gail from Montreal has just sent me this news about a meeting to be held at the Quebec Family History Society, and the McGill University in Montreal digitization project of the Second World War Records.

Quebec Family History Society

Join us at the QFHS Heritage Centre and Library for “Celebrating Our Military Roots Day”, the first in a series of monthly “Celebrating Our Roots Days”.

On Wednesday, December 5th, drop by between 1:00 and 4:30 pm and/or between 6:30 and 9:30 pm for coffee, tea and informal conversation. Share your research and learn from others how they learned about their ancestors who served in the military. Bring your favourite military books to show others. On display we will feature our members' memorabilia and books from the QFHS military collection.

Joining us in the afternoon will be Earl John Chapman, author of several military history books, including Canada's Black Watch: Legacies of Gallantry and Service.

So, bring along a friend, coffee mug, copies of your military letters, photos, service records, and medals, or just bring yourself.

Open to our members and the public.

For more information, please go to

McGill University War Records Digitized

Family historians can now search the McGill University War Records by name or browse the alphabetical list. The collection contains 6,617 index cards and more than 3,000 files containing newspaper clippings, correspondence and about 700 photos, documenting the involvement of McGill faculty, students, alumni, and staff during WWII.

British Columbia Voter’s List

The voter’s lists of 1875 and 1898 were taken from the Sessional Papers of the British Columbia Government, and they were extracted by Hugh Armstrong.

Voter’s lists are known as “census substitutes”, because they can be used to locate a person in a non-census year.

British Columbia only has census in the years 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911 which is a nominal list, and the 1891 Victoria City Census which is a head of household list, so the voter’s list can help in this instance.

The 1875 list has the person’s name, their residence, and profession or trade.

For example, there is Bagnalle, John from Fort St, a music seller, and his residence was VicC (Victoria City).

And the 1898 voter’s list has the same information as the 1875 voter’s list. An example is Sabald, John, 208 Yates St, Plumber, VicC (Victoris City).

There are also directories, newspapers, strays, government sources (including public schools reports, unclaimed letters), petitions, stories and pictures on this site.

You can see all these records online (FREE) at
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Winners Are Announced

The following are people who won the booklet The War of 1812: Canada and the United States by answering The Questionth of the Day during Veteran’s Week Nov 5th to 11th on my blog -

Nov 5th - Lisa M. Layton, U.S.

Nov 6th – Phyllis M. Vancouver, CAN

Nov 7th and Nov 8th – Brooke S. Waterloo, CAN

Nov 9th – Gail D. Montreal, CDN

Nov 10th – Jackie C. Winnipeg, CDN

Congratulate to everyone who entered, and to each of the winners.

The next contest will he held on Jan 2 2013 when my blog GenealogyCanada will be five years old! On that date, five booklets Migration: Between Canada and the United States will be given away by answering a question about my blog.

Good Luck!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Anishinaabe First Nations in the War of 1812

Alan Ojiig Corbiere, former Executive Director of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M’Chigeng, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, comes to Toronto to detail his research, including interviews with elders, to uncover the names and experiences of Anishinaabe combatants in the War of 1812 – often left nameless in historical records.

The date of the talk will be Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

And the location is Native Canadian Centre, 16 Spadina Road (west side, north of Bloor), Toronto.

To learn more about the Anishinaabe people , you can go to

Anishinaabe The meaning of Anishnaabeg is 'First' or 'Original Peoples' or good people - those people who are on the right road/path given to them by the Creator or Gichi-Manidoo (Great Spirit).

Anishinaabe outfit collected by Andrew Foster There is a photo of the clothing that was worn about 1790 by the Anishinaabe.