Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

New/Updated Websites, Blogs, and Newspaper Articles – 31 December 2012

I have come across the following websites, blogs, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too –

Main Index: Native American Names of Quebec and Ontario (Marriage Documents) Anyone who has tried to research Native American ancestry in their genealogy knows how difficult it can be to trace. Here is a site that may help you.

Canadian Christmas Books (and a few more ...);id=17;url=http%3A%2F%2Fcanadagenealogy%2Eblogspot%2Eca%2F2012%2F12%2Fcanadian%2Dchristmas%2Dbooks%2Dand%2Dfew%2Dmore%2Ehtml Diane Rogers of the British Columbia Genealogical Society has posted a Christmas book list, that you may find helpful.

English Research From Canada Elizabeth Kipp has the latest news about the Blake ancestry in preparation for the publication of the Blake Newsletter due 1 Jan 2013.

Ireland XO uses ‘reverse genealogy’ to link descendants to the Emerald Isle Read about how Ottawa’s Phil Donnelly is helping to connect 70-million of people all over the world to the home county of Ireland in an article in the Ottawa Citizen. Goal is to connect over a million people by the end of 2013, and to create a database of 10 million members of the Irish Diaspora by 2016.

They have a website at, and they have a newsletter onsite, a parish handbook to help you find the parish you are looking for, and a glossary which explains the terms used in Irish research eg townland, province, and so forth.

Our Town Waterford Pedestrian crossing light closer to completion What started out as a newspaper column by Carol Steedmen in which she talks about a pedestrian crossing light nearing completion in the town, turns into a column about a letter she received from a reader.
In the letter from Marilyn Nurse, Carol finds out that Marilyn is from the McMichael family from Waterford, and her father, Leamon Becker McMichael, was a first cousin to Dr. Hooker from Waterford, and recounts the genealogy.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Archive CD Books (Canada) SALE!

I have just received a notice from Archive CD Books (Canada) that they are offering almost ALL of our CANADIAN topic books on CD at a discount for a limited time. And the sale prices are shown on each product - just above the "Regular Price" - so you can see your savings.

They give examples -

Gazetteer and Business Directory, Canada 1930, Cat.No. CA0035

ON SALE FOR: $18.75, Regular Price: $37.50

Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, Ontario - 1907 Cat.No. CA0254

ON SALE FOR: $13.13, Regular Price: $26.25

British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Historical & Biographical. 4 Vol. set. Cat.No. CA0361-S

ON SALE FOR: $24.50, Regular Price: $49.00

You are reminded that this sale won't last forever, so act now and you won't be disappointed.

Don't forget that they already give you free shipping if you live in Canada (flat rate elsewhere)

Sale prices are shown in the regular locations in the catalogue on each product on sale. To help you see ALL of the products on offer we have added a special "SALE" category in our online catalogue, and you can go straight there using this link

You are reminded that because of the complexity, and illogicality, of Canada Post's overseas shipping rates we check and, if possible, reduce our overseas rates for multiple purchases - we try to give you our best prices. Any shipping overcharge will be rebated on your credit card.

And while you are there on the website, you can subscribe to their very informative newsletter by subscribing to

FREE Access Ends Tonight!

The other day I posted about the free access at Well, that free access ends tonight at midnight – December 29!

By taking advantage of this free access, you can explore their newest, as well as their most popular collections from Canada, the U.S., UK and around the world!

To go to the site for more information, go to

Saltwater Heritage: The History and Conservation of Our Coastal Architecture:

The Institute for Architectural Studies and Conservation, in association with Beaconsfield Historic House, in Charlottetown, PEI, invites you to join them for the annual January lecture series. The theme for 2013 is Saltwater Heritage: The History and Conservation of Our Coastal Architecture.

The Institute has assembled a group of specialists to explore stories of the connections with Prince Edward Island shores.

January 7, 2013 – “Weeping Saltwater Tears: Charlottetown’s Disappearing Maritime Heritage” by Harry Holman. He is a sailor and former Provincial Archivist, and the Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries, and he will draw on is extensive knowledge of the local waters and present an illustrated lecture using historical and contemporary images to reveal the changes to waterfront and maritime architecture and institutions.

January 14, 2013 - Carol Livingstone, President, PEI Lighthouse Society and Josh Silver, Red Seal Carpenter and Learning Manager, Heritage Retrofit Carpentry program at Holland College, will present “Lighting the Way: History, Form and Function in Lighthouse Conservation of PEI”. Together, they will explore these iconic forms of coastal architecture and the close relationships between their architectural features and their varied designs.

January 21, 2013 - Historian, Dr. Monica MacDonald, will be there to give a talk on one of the most stately seaside summer residences of PEI, and national historic site, in her illustrated presentation, “Dalvay-by-the-Sea: A Historical Overview”. She will look into the many lives of this former retreat of American industrialist, Alexander McDonald.

January 28, 2013 - Boyde Beck, popular historian, author, and Curator of History, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation will speak on the fascinating story of Green Park and Beaconsfield, the former houses of shipbuilders, James Yeo (Jr.), and James Peake (Jr.), and the industry that made them in his talk, “Green Park and Beaconsfield — Two Shipbuilding Stories".

The talks start at 7 pm, at the Beaconsfield’s Carriage House in Charlottetown. Admission is open to the public by donation. Storm dates to be announced via local media.

For more information, please go to their website at

Friday, December 28, 2012

Press Release: GenealogyCanada Will Celebrate 5th Blogiversary

Hello, Everyone,

As the press release says, GenealogyCanada will be celebrating its fifth blogiversary January the 2nd.

Feel free to pass the press release along to your genealogical friends.

If you have any questions about genealogycanada, please email me at


(Ottawa Dec 27, 2012) On January 2, 2013, Elizabeth Lapointe will be celebrating the 5th Blogiversary of, her daily genealogy, heritage, and history blog.

Lapointe says, “I have had five great years telling people about Canada’s latest genealogy, heritage, and history news and stories. Because of the blog, I have made friends from all over, and look forward to reaching new audiences in the next five years.” is expected to reach its 1,000th blog in the next few weeks. Come join the others who drop by for their genealogy fix – simply visit the blog, subscribe to the “Blog Update” email notification service, or follow along on Twitter.

Among the blog posts of which Lapointe is extremely proud are the posts that make up the yearly Veterans’ Week series in November, and the posts that greet her readers every Monday morning of new and improved Canadian websites, blogs, and news articles on Canadian genealogy, heritage, and history.

“Both of these posts are very important to me because they bring to my readers news of what is happening in Canada—or somehow related to Canada or Canadians worldwide—whether it’s in remembrance of her veterans each November, or on a weekly basis.”

To mark the 5th Blogiversary on January 2nd, there will be a special contest give-away of 5 copies of her cross-border resource booklet—Migration: Canada and the United States—to those readers who correctly answer a question about the blog. So please take a moment to visit us that day, and be sure to also tell your friends and fellow genealogists.

A random draw of all the correct entries will take place the next day, on January 3rd.

To find out what’s been posted or to see what you’ve missed, scroll down to the “Blog Archive” list and pick a date, or simply use the dedicated Google search box near the top to find your favourite subject.

If you have any questions about the blog, please direct them to Elizabeth Lapointe at

About GenealogyCanada is a Canadian blog covering Canadian genealogy, heritage, and history news and events. There have been over 900 posts since January 2008.

The website contains over 30 newsletters dating from 2004 to 2007, again covering the same news as the blog. Also included is the Website of the Month, showcasing the best in Canadian genealogy.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Genealogy Retailer Has Year-End Sale

My friend, Leland Meitzler of Family Roots Publishing, has just sent out the following notice - a year-end sale offering an additional 20% off all items.
“Family Roots Publishing has more inventory still in stock than ever before at the end of a current year! So – to reduce inventory and keep the company from having to pay taxes on all these books, they are offering an additional 20% off on all purchases between now and 7 pm MST December 31, 2012.
To take advantage of this offer, just put the year – 2012 – in the Offer Code box at checkout.”
And, to encourage sales, FRPC is offering free U.S. shipping on all sales over $75.00.

And this includes my two research booklets - War of 1812: Canada and the Unites States and Migration: Canada and the United States. Both of these booklets are divided into Canadian and American sections, each offering country-specific resource materials, URLs, and explanations on the War and on cross-border migration between these two great countries.
If you have any questions about the booklets, just ask me at