Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Please join the Gatineau Valley Historical Society for an evening of poetry, song and images celebrating the Gatineau River as Phil Jenkins talks and sings about The Babbling River: The Gatineau Valley in Verse and Song

Apart from spending his teenage years in Liverpool, England during Beatlemania, Phil has been thinking about Ottawa and the Gatineaus for more than 40 years. He has written for a variety of magazines and is weekly local history columnist for the
Ottawa Citizen

He is the author Fields of Vision and An Acre of Time: The Enduring Value of Place, as well as River Song: Sailing the History of the St. Lawrence, and Beneath My Feet: The Memoirs of George Mercer Dawson.

He is also a singer/songwriter who performs solo, or with the group "Riverbend." He currently lives in the Gatineau Hills. 

Everyone welcome, and there are refreshments!

The meeting will be held Monday, March 18, 7:30 pm, at the Wakefield Library, Wakefield Community Centre, 38 Valley Drive, La Pêche – just north of Ottawa.

The website of the GVHS is www.gvhs.ca

Digging for Gold in Toronto’s Libraries and Archives

On Saturday the 4 May 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, there will be a  Workshop given by various members of the Toronto Branch OGS at the North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge St., Toronto entitled Digging for Gold in Toronto’s Libraries and Archives.

It will be a one-day workshop with sessions for all skill levels – full of great reasons to visit Toronto's wonderful cluster of archives and libraries in person.

For more information, contact info is available at www.torontofamilyhistory.org

For more information on libraries and archives, you can go to

Toronto Public Library www.torontopubliclibrary.ca

Archives of Ontario (located in Toronto) www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/index.aspx

Monday, March 11, 2013

New/Updated CANADIAN Websites, Blogs, Facebook, and Newspaper Articles - 11 March 2013

I have come across the following Canadian 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 –


Atlantic Canada Genealogy Project http://chignecto.tribalpages.com This project, tracing people from Yorkshire, England in the late 1700s, to what is now Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada, is still collecting information. It has been on the Internet since 2010.


Ancestral Road: Sharing the journey to know our ancestors http://ancestralroad.blogspot.ca Join Gayle as she starts the journey to gather information on her and her husband’s ancestors. She is tracing them as they immigrated to Ontario, Canada at various times between 1842 and 1912 from the United Kingdom.


Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society   www.facebook.com/TOFamilyHistory They have just recently started a Facebook page, and the 2013 events are posted there.


Piece of Canadian history sent home from Kirriemuir (Scotland) www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/angus/video-piece-of-canadian-history-sent-home-from-kirriemuir-1.73447  Bowlby Bros tin, which had been filled with “choice winter apples” from Ontario has been returned home.  

Newspaper Articles

Provincial French celebrations called the Rendez-vous de la francophonie will be taking place across Prince Edward Island starting this Friday and will continue until March 24.

Naval memorial in Halifax gets funding from Ottawa/Northumberland Fisheries Museum will also get funds www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/03/03/ns-naval-memorial-mackay.html
 The federal government is making a financial contribution to preserve HMCS Sackville in Halifax as a naval memorial.

Government cancels public viewing of designs for War of 1812 monument
www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Government+cancels+public+viewing+designs+1812+monument/8065516/story.html The Department of Canadian Heritage abruptly cancelled a planned public unveiling of six competing designs for a prominent new monument to the War of 1812 on Parliament Hill – no reason as to why it was cancelled was given.

Genealogist looking for long-lost members of UK woman’s family in Oakville  www.insidehalton.com/news/article/1590374--genealogist-looking-for-long-lost-members-of-uk-woman-s-family-in-oakville  Keith Morris of the Genealogical & Local History Research Service Segontium Searchers, is tracing the history of two sisters from North Wales, who immigrated to Oakville , Ontario.

A life at sea can be smooth or choppy www.northumberlandtoday.com/2013/03/06/a-life-at-sea-can-be-smooth-or-choppy A life at sea was the life for two of the ancestors discussed at the recent Mystery Ancestor Night, held annually by the Lakeshore Genealogical Society.

Look for more articles next Monday March 18th. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

CANADIAN Newspaper Articles Every Monday

Don’t forget to check my blog every Monday morning for my New/Updated CANADIAN Websites, Blogs, 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.his week, I also highlight a Video too!

So don’t miss the New/Updated Websites, Blogs, and Newspaper Articles blog on Monday March 11th.

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


Discovery Saturday - Celtic Fest 2013

On Saturday March 16, 2013 at the Surrey Museum, 17710 - 56A Avenue, Surrey, BC,  from 1 – 4 pm, there will be an Experience all things Celtic at this Discovery Saturday Event !

Wear some green and join us at the Surrey Museum for captivating Celtic music and dancing, learn about Celtic history through local community groups, and get creative with Celtic crafts.

All ages are welcome. Donations are accepted.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

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

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

There will be newspaper articles that will cover such stories as Library and Archives Canada deal with Ancestry.ca leaves personal information vulnerable, and government cancels public viewing of designs for War of 1812 monument plus Blogs, Facebook, and Websites – and even a Video about a piece of Canadian history sent home from Kirriemuir (Scotland).

There is something of interest for everyone!


Dick Eastman’s Blog: Finding Acadian Resources in Books and Online

In Dick's blog this morning, there is news about a newspaper column written by Roxanne Moore Saucier in which she tells us about a great way to discover and read about our Acadian ancestors – through books and online.

As he says, “the term French Canadian describes those with Quebec ancestry, while Acadian refers to the French who occupied what is now Nova Scotia and parts of New Brunswick until the British deported them in Le Grand Derangement of 1755”.

You can read Dick’s full article at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2013/03/finding-acadian-resources-in-books-and-online.html

To read Roxanne Moore Saucier column, see the Living Section of the Bngor Daily News at http://bangordailynews.com/community/finding-acadian-resources-in-books-and-online

And don’t forget the more than 100 family reunions scheduled for Aug. 8-24, 2014, during the World Acadian Congress, visit http://cma2014.com/rencontres-de-familles-prog.