Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Irish Ancestry

A meeting of the Genealogical Association of Novs Scotia will be held on Saturday March 23rd, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Akins A/V Room, Nova Scotia Archives, University Ave, Halifax, NS

The presented entitled “Irish Ancestry” will be given by by Dr. Terrence M. Punch, CM, D. LITT., FIGRS, FRSAI.

Join them and the esteemed genealogical expert, Terry Punch, as he discusses his research on Irish Ancestry. Terry’s lecture will dive into the migration routes from the homeland to Nova Scotia. He will explain what can be done using records here in the province and will also provide an up to date survey of major resources in Ireland.

Terry’s latest book, North America’s Maritime Funnel: The Ships That Brought the Irish 1749-1852 was released in the fall and a few copies will be available for purchase at the meeting. The price is $33.00 payable by cash or cheque.

Light refreshments to follow.

The Website of the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia is www.novascotiaancestors.ca/events.php

UPDATE: Saskatchewan Catholic Church Records

Julia Adamson at saskgenweb@yahoo.com wrote a blog on FamilySearch.org yesterday about the announcement of Saskatchewan Catholic Church Records on Family Search.

She gives a very good history of the Catholic records (baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials) in Saskatchewan, and other records between 1846 -1957.

If you have any ancestors in Saskatchewan, you should read the blog https://familysearch.org/blog/en/announcing-saskatchewan-catholic-church-records-family-search

Quebec Family History Society – Public Lecture

The Quebec Family History Society (QFHS) will be hosting a Public Lecture on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

From 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield (Montreal), Quebec, QFHS members will share their stories about their great genealogical discovery and describe the steps that led them to that exciting moment.

Hear how one member's research took her abroad, while the other member's discoveries were local.

Members and non-members are invited to attend and stay afterwards for conversation and light refreshments.

Admission is free.

Visit www.qfhs.ca

Monday, March 4, 2013

New/Updated Websites, Blogs, Facebook, and Newspaper Articles - 04 March 2013

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


There aren’t any websites this week.


Legislative History of Prince Edward Island Online http://ancestraldiscoveries.blogspot.ca/2013/02/legislative-history-of-prince-edward.html As Janice Sellers points out, the digitization and posting of legislature documents from March 1894 (the beginning of the modern legislature) through 2011 is now online.

I remember you... http://itsagenealogistslife.blogspot.ca This blogger has the surnames of Jordan, Norton, McMahon, Stewart, Quigley, Norton, Jillings, Jeffery, Tipper, Dever, Loftus, McCue, Moran, Harrop, Stickle, Hodgins, Casey, Reddy, Pendergast, McGuinness, Murray, Melody, Cheatley.

Amherstburg council to consider properties to heritage registry http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/02/18/amherstburg-council-to-consider-addition-of-properties-to-heritage-registry The Windsor Star has a blog this week about the town council that will get its first look Tuesday at an extensive report outlining properties of “cultural heritage interest” in the downtown area.


Historic PEI http://www.facebook.com/HistoricPEI
You are encourages to place your own historic photos, general nostalgia and viewers personal memories that capture the history of Prince Edward Island.

Newspaper Articles

He preserved Canadian soldiers’ stories http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/he-preserved-canadian-soldiers-stories/article9057231/?service=mobile Reginald Roy, a military historian, has passed away at the age of 90. The military oral history collection established by Mr. Roy now comprises more than 700 interviews with veterans who fought in wars from the First World War to Afghanistan.

The University of Victoria, British Columbia has his Military Oral History Collection, and his Lecture Series online at http://library.uvic.ca/spcoll/military/miloral.html#_Toc242253681

Cookbook An Exploration of Nova Scotia’s Food History http://zesterdaily.com/world/cookbook-an-exploration-of-nova-scotias-food-history Besides exploring Nova Scotia food history, the article has a recipe too – Blueberry Grunt.

Harry Holman is retiring from government after years of preserving the past www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2013-03-02/article-3188968/Harry-Holman-is-retiring-from-government-after-years-of-preserving-the-past/1 He has spent 10 years as provincial archivist and director of libraries with the Government of P.E.I., and as director of culture, heritage and libraries for the next 13 years before he recently retired.

Professional success is worth celebrating www.northumberlandtoday.com/2013/02/27/professional-success-is-worth-celebrating The Lakeshore Genealogical Society in Cobourg took the tine to celebrate the ‘professional success’on  behalf of their forebears, at their annual Mystery Ancestor Night in January.

Look for more articles next Monday March 11th.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Newspaper Articles Every Monday

Don’t forget to check my blog every Monday morning for my New/Updated Websites, Blogs, Facebook, and Newspaper Articles.

I love to go across this grand county of ours and pick out the interesting things that have happened in the genealogy, history, and heritage world the previous week and bring them to you.

I also check on the latest Canadian blogs, and websites to see what is new in them.

So don’t miss the New/Updated Websites, Blogs, Facebook, and Newspaper Articles blog on Monday March 4th.

It has been a regular blog since April 23, 2012.


UPDATE: FamilySearch Adds British Columbia Records

FamilySearch has added 6.6 million indexed records and images in the last two weeks, and included in this, is an update to the British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874.

These records describe the sale or transfer of specific parcels of Crown land from the provincial government to private persons and organizations. Includes Hudson's Bay Company grants.

You can search by the name of ancestor, or by the place of residence.

The district/town in this collection are –

Boston Bar

Yale Colony of British Columbia: Alexandria District

Colony of Vancouver Island: Esquimalt District

Victoria District Colony of Vancouver Island: Leech River

Colony of Vancouver Island: Maple Bay

Colony of Vancouver Island: Newcastle

Colony of Vancouver Island: Newcastle

Nanaimo District Colony of Vancouver Island: Victoria Douglas

There are more than 4,567 images that can be search at

Saturday, March 2, 2013

REMINDER: New/Updated Websites, Blogs, Facebook, and Newspaper Articles

Don’t forget to check my blog every Monday morning for my New/Updated Websites, Blogs, Facebook, and Newspaper Articles.

There will be newspaper articles that will cover such stories as Harry Holman, an archivist from Charlottetown, PEI. who is retiring from government after years of service, an article that looks at Nova Scotia’s food history, and a storyteller that has gathered the stories of Canadian soldiers, plus Blogs, Facebook, and Websites.

There is something of interest for everyone!