Monday, November 25, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 25 November 2013

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


No new websites this week.

Social Media

A number of Canadian provinces have been updates on the FamilySearch Wiki website -

Alberta Wiki

British Columbia Wiki

Canada Wiki

New Brunswick Wiki

Newfoundland and Labrador Wiki

Nova Scotia Wiki

Ontario Wiki

Prince Edward Island Wiki


Saskatchewan Wiki

News Articles

Dalnavert Museum's glimmer of hope: Historic site would be kept open to public I did not know that Dalnavert Museum was once the home of Hugh John Macdonald, the son of Sir John A. Macdonald. He was twice elected as a Conservative MP and was briefly the minister of the interior in 1896. And the members of the board want to keep the museum open to the public.

Q & A: Heritage Minister Tony Ince on Bluenose II A staff reporter of the online Herald News asked some questions about the Bluenose II to the Nova Scotia Heritage Minister.

Bank of Canada: Add women from Canadian history to Canadian bank notes In 2011, the government put The Famous Five women on our 50-dollar bill, but nothing has been done since then. Why?

History comes alive in street names Liverpool, Nova Scotia is visited to see the history of two of its streets.

Story of the Week

Macdonald & Laurier Days

Macdonald & Laurier Days, the first two prime ministers of Canada, is a website brought to us by The Historica-Dominion Institute.

The ‘days’ referred to are the days of the birthdays – February 11 for Sir John A. Macdonald and November 20 for Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

It is quite a delightful site to read some of their speeches on the site, a quiz, and to see some political cartoons.

In addition to this page, you can also read about Sir Wilfrid Laurier at

Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Reminder: Check the Canadian Week in Review next Monday for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in country! The next post will be on 02 December 2013.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Ottawa Genealogical Oct-Dec 2013

The Ottawa Branch of the OGS has released its issue of The Ottawa Genealogist, and this issue contains an article on a local settlement, and an article on a re-enactment that took place this summer at a local destination. 

In the Glen Falloch – Glengarry County, Ontario article, there is a history of the settlement, plus two maps of the Glengarry County, a family tree of Donald MacAruthur, and there is also the Ancestors of John Gould (who left the area in 1912 to farm in Alberta).

There is an article called Gleanings from Gouldbourn and Nepean Township Papers in which there are hundreds of names, and land which they owned!

And there are pictures and article of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm Re-enactment July 13th at which Edward Kipp, the editor of The Ottawa Genealogist covered.

The next meeting of the Ottawa Branch will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa,

At their meeting they will hear Andrew Jeanes talk about Freiman’s Santa Claus Train.

And don’t forget if you are a member, you can listen to the meeting at home by listening to the simulcast.

For more information, go to

Postscript: December is membership month at the OGS. For the yearly rate of $61.20 plus 15.00, you can join the provincial society plus the Ottawa Branch.        


Saturday, November 23, 2013

York Region Ancestors Newsletter

The York Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) has just issued its November newsletter, and in this issue they have an article A View of Markham Township in 1799 in which Surveyor Augustus Jones lists the people in the township and the land they held.

There is also an article on the Early Lutheran Deaths in the Twp of Markham (1834 – 1841), and Confirmations in the Lutheran Church 1834 and 1836.

There is the family tree of John Stiver and Mary Ann Shutz, and a list of
Tavern Licenses Granted from 1855 to 1860, and a list of innkeepers for Whitchurch Township from 1803 to 1841.

Please be reminded that they have all the back issues of Ancestors from 1996 to 2006 which includes a subject index for sale, in addition to over 150 cemetery transcripts on their publications page at

You can visit their webpage at

Postscript: December is the yearly membership drive by the OGS. This year the basic membership is $61.20 which is a deal for all the benefits that you can receive from the Members Only pages at

Friday, November 22, 2013

PEI Genealogical Society upcoming event

The PEI Genealogical Society will hold its next general meeting on Saturday November 23 at 2:00 pm at Beaconsfield's Carriage House, located at the corner of Kent and West Streets in Charlottetown.

Guest speaker Dr. Ed MacDonald will present a talk on Our Fathers: A Brief Introduction to PEI's Fathers of Confederation. He will answer the question - Who were the PEI Fathers of Confederation? The public is invited to attend and find out more than just a name.

Admission is free.

If you would like more information, go to

101st Grey Cup Football Game this Sunday

Library and Archives Canada / C-017372

The Grey Cup Game is this weekend in Regina, Saskatchewan, but do you know that the Library and Archives Canada has the papers of Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey. He was the Governor General of Canada from 1904 to 1911 and he actually wanted to donate the cup to the champion hocked team – not the football team!

They hold many resources relating to the history of the Governor General and the Grey Cup.

To learn more about the life and activities of Lord Grey himself, you can consult the Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey fonds at

Thursday, November 21, 2013

WWI Memorial Wall at OGS

Have you checked the WWI War Memorial Wall at OGS lately? It is starting to get populated with photos from the First World War, but the Ontario Genealogical Society is looking for more photos.

So they are asking “Do you have family members who served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI? As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, the Ontario Genealogical Society invites you to share their stories and photos on our newly created WWI Memorial Wall on the OGS Soldphotos flickr page at

If you would like to share your scanned photos, letters, diaries, or require more information, please contact our Digitization Manager at

We also welcome photos and stories from all of our Canadian War Veterans, and as always, those popular Mystery Photos”.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Chinese Labourers

There is an article on the Manitoba CBC site this morning that a Winnipeg student - Kelsey Omaga has received a Governor General's History Award.

She is a Grade 7 student at Holy Ghost School, and she wrote and illustrated The Chinese Labourers, a story told through the eyes of a Chinese worker in the 1880s.

You can read about her and the book at