Thursday, May 30, 2013

Conference 2013 - Footprints Through Time

Mark your calendar - The  Moose Jaw Branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society will be hosting the  2013 Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Conference, October 4-5-6, at the Heritage Inn, 1590 Main St N Moose Jaw SK. 

New This Year is the Brick Wall Story.

We will print your Brick Wall Story in our syllabus at no charge. 

Email us a detailed account of your Brick Wall. Who or what you are looking for? When & where your wall went up? What you’ve already found and where you’ve looked?

You must put your contact name and email address with the submission of this you give us permission to print it in the Conference Syllabus. Entries MUST be EMAILED to no later than September 15th 2013.

On Friday Evening C.C.S.G. will "Breakdown one of these walls!"

The web site for the conference is  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Spirit Walk at the Crown Cemetery

A Spirit Walk will be held on Tuesday June 11th at 7 p.m. at the Crown Cemetery at Aberfoyle, Ontario.

Join them as they tell the life stories of five people buried in Crown Cemetery

two pioneer settlers

a World War Two soldier

a travelling music teacher

a  pioneer storekeeper in Morriston

A 'tailgate lunch' will follow, and you are asked to meet at the rear entrance to the cemetery off Nicholar Beaver Road (at Tim Hortons on Brock Road), Aberfoyle, Ontario.

The web site for the Puslinch Historical Society is at

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Open Doors – Ottawa

 Open Doors – Ottawa will be held June 1 and 2, and it is a FREE event.

The doors will be open to the buildings which “celebrates our community’s built heritage, allowing access to functionally, culturally, and historically significant buildings.  Held during the first weekend in June, Doors Open Ottawa has witnessed the annual attendance rate rise to over 80,000 visitors, and include the participation of over 125 of the city’s finest buildings”.

Some of the buildings which will be open this year will include the Billings Estate National Historic Site, All Saints Cathedral, and the city transit building.  

If you go to the website, there is a map, where the parking will be, and there will be shuttle buses to take you to each of the buildings.

Calgary Nurses in the Great War

A meeting will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm by the Alberta Family History Society at the  River Park Church, 3818 - 14A Street, Calgary where the speaker will be Marjorie Norris, and her topic will be Calgary Nurses in the Great Wars.

Noted Calgary author Marjorie Norris will give a presentation on the contribution of Calgary nurses in the Great War, based on her years of research in often hidden resources.  Copies of her book Sister Heroines will be available for purchase.

 The Annual General Meeting will also be held.

For more information, go to

If you want to read a review of the book Sister Heroines: The Roseate Glow of Wartime Nursing, 1914-1918, you can read a review by Cynthia Toman in The Canadian Historical Review, Volume 85, Number 1, March 2004.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Historical Maps of Toronto

Nathan Ng would like to share with us his newest site. His blog is called Historical Maps of Toronto.

The site is an easy site to use, online collection of notable pre-1900 maps of Toronto. Specific maps that researchers may find of utility include the 1858 Boulton Atlas of the City of Toronto and Vicinity, and the 1860 Tremaine Map of the County of York, Canada West.

He says that “I hope the site will facilitate discovery and exploration, as well as serve as a convenient resource for casual research [It's also enormously fun to randomly browse through]. The site is intended to serve as a companion resource for my previous mapping project, Goad's Atlas of Toronto -- Online!

I would be delighted if you could please share this with anyone who would enjoy it or find it useful as a resource...

I will be using the site when I am called to do research in Toronto. 

The site is at If you go to the website and like what you see, drop him a line at

Canadian Week in Review

May 27 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


The Ottawa Journal 1941-1960 Ottawa, Ontario  $ This is a subscription service, but it has the latest in updates. They have a Clip Service, and a sample page that you can view.

The Winnipeg Tribune 1901-1949 Winnipeg, Manitoba $  This is a subscription service, but it has the latest in updates. They have a Clip Service, and a sample page that you can view.


Chroniques ancestrales  This blogger write about his  Bélanger, Caron, Dagenais, Dusablon et Therrien lines.

Facebook- YouTube – Video

BC Students Celebrate Centennial of Canadian Expedition with Historical Videos


Petition looks to rename Victoria Day ‘Victoria and First Peoples Day' would share holiday with Aboriginal Peoples

Concerns About Serious Mismanagement of the Library and Archives of Canada Read what Dick Eastman has to sat about the  trouble at library and Archives Canada.

Island students receive awards at annual Heritage Fair The winners are listed for Grades 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Huge cache of Canadian history hits U.K. auction block, tests Library and Archives Read about the huge cache of Canadian history left by Sir John Coape Sherbrooke, the Nova Scotia governor who conquered Maine during the War of 1812 and later served as Canada’s governor general.

Government of Canada designates first two heritage lighthouses in British Columbia Two lighthouses in British Columbia have been chosen by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. They are the East Point Lighthouse on Saturna Island and the Fisgard Lighthouse in Colwood.  

Story of the Week

National Aboriginal History Month

In June, Canadians celebrate Aboriginal History Month,which is an opportunity to honour the heritage, and cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

June was declared National Aboriginal History month in 2010, after Nanaimo-Cowichan Member of Parliament, Jean Crowder, introduced a motion to make June a month of recognition for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. 

June has long been a month of celebration and remembrance in Canada, with National Aboriginal Day on the 21st, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on the 24th, and Multiculturalism Day on the 27th.

Families, an Ontario Genealogical Society journal, recently published two papers on Canadian Aboriginal people.

The first one was about Squire Davis, who came to Canada after the Revolutionary War in the United States, and lived outside of the city of Brantford, Ontario. This article appeared in the February 2013 issue.

The second paper was about Marguerite Brien 1793- 1865 "Fille Naturelle", a Mohawk woman from Oka, Quebec, who, with her family, travelled all over Eastern Ontario in the 1800s. It was published in May 2013.   

For events that will take place during the month, go to

The next Canadian Week in Review will be issued Monday June 3, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bentham Pioneers

Destitute to Successful, A Poor Man’s Dream will be a talk that will be given by Richard Bentham on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Bruce and Grey Branch of the OGS at the LDS Family History Centre, 2nd Ave. SE, Owen Sound.

The forebears of Richard Bentham fled the grinding, dismal circumstances of ordinary people in Yorkshire, England and Ireland in the mid 19th century. They arrived in Ontario as pioneers and faced daunting challenges simply to survive. Hope for a new beginning saw them through many hardships.

Richard Bentham of Grey Highlands Farm near Flesherton discusses what they were leaving behind and what they were looking for here. The story of the Bentham Pioneers could be a template for the many thousands of pioneers that poured into Grey County.

For more information, go to