Saturday, June 14, 2014

Connecting through culture: 250 Years of Chronicling the Community

The Morrin Centre in Quebec City is celebrating the 250-year anniversary of the only English-language newspaper, by having historian Charles André Nadeau talk about the The Quebec Gazette – La Gazette de Québec, which was founded in 1764. It became the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, North America’s oldest continuous running newspaper. 

The talk will be held at the Morrin Centre on Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 418-694-9147 or visit the website at .

Friday, June 13, 2014

Newly Digitized Microfilms on the Héritage Portal

The following is a list of digitized microfilms that have been recently added to the Héritage Portal website from the Library and Archives Canada (LAC). 

It is a long list of various LAC microfilm, and I have put in bold some of the items that may interest you, as a genealogist. 

Some of these records are difficult to research because they are not indexed, but some records, like the World War I: Veterans claim cards, are in alphabetical order.

The veteran claims are records that give a description of the land that they received, the location, and address of the land, and there is even a remarks section on the card. 

Another one to check is the Edwardsburg Township fonds, 1801 & 1818. 

It contains nominal census reports, and records from Elizabethtown Township, Edwardsburg Township, Johnstown Township and so on, and it is worth reading if you had ancestors who lived in those areas.

Here is the rest of the list –

1946 Army Central Registry
Air Ministry. Air 1 and Air 2
Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey fonds
Archives of the Propagation of the Faith of Paris: Summary Inventory
Baroness Macdonald family papers
Beauharnois Family Collection
Bonds and securities Upper and Lower Canada, Province of Canada, and Canada
Brooke Claxton fonds
Brown Chamberlin fonds
Canadian Northern Steamships, Limited
Charles Alexander Magrath fonds
Charles Stanley Monck, 4th Viscount Monck fonds: Henry Monck correspondence
Civil Secretary's correspondence: A 1 - S Series: Quebec and Lower Canada
Colonial Conferences collection
Commissioners of Indian Affairs [meetings], Albany, New York, 1722‒1748
Commissions from Quebec, Upper and Lower Canada, Province of Canada and Canada
Department of Agriculture: Deputy Minister's letterbooks, 1888‒1916
Department of Agriculture, Dominion Chemist: Letterbooks, 1889‒1933
Department of Agriculture: Entomology and Botany Division
Department of Agriculture: general letterbooks, 1852‒1894
Department of Agriculture: semi-official letterbooks, 1871‒1893
Department of External Affairs: Office of the Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs
Department of Immigration: Soundex card index to names of children in selected first central registry files
Department of Indian Affairs, Headquarters central registry system: black series
Department of Indian Affairs: Trust fund journals, 1875‒1938
Department of Militia and Defence: Engineer Branch, correspondence and letterbooks, 1880‒1903
Department of Militia and Defence: Letterbooks, 1867‒1903
Department of Militia and Defence: Reports and memoranda of the Deputy Minister's office, 1867‒1907
Department of Public Works, Chief Architect's Office: Letterbooks, 1873‒1909
Department of Public Works, docket registry system: registered correspondence
Department of Public Works: letterbooks of the subject classification registry system, 1879‒1912
Departmental Archives of Ille-et-Vilaine [Rennes, France] Fonds
Directorate of Movements
Edwardsburg Township fonds, 1801 & 1818
Exemplifications, Upper Canada, Province of Canada and Canada, 1853‒1951
France. Fonds of the national archives. F12 Series. Commerce and industry
France. Colonial Fonds: C11E Series. General correspondence of the boundaries and positions
Gaspard-Joseph Chaussegros de Léry Fonds
George Johnson fonds
George Monro Grant fonds
George Sutton Gibbons fonds
Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto fonds
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company: Agreements
Great Britain. Audit Office. Declared Accounts (AO 1)
Great Britain. Colonial Office: colonial papers, general series, (CO 1) and Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, original correspondence (CO 217)
Henry James Morgan fonds
Hôtel-Dieu of Québec Fonds
Index of advocates, land surveyors and notaries public in Quebec, Lower Canada and Canada East
James Leslie and family fonds
John Charles Dent fonds
John Costigan fonds
Joseph Cardin Fonds
Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres fonds
Land surveyor certificates
Letters patent authorizing fairs in Canada West and Province of Canada
Licenses, Upper and Lower Canada, Canada East and Canada West and Ontario, 1817‒1867
List of Notaries Public in Upper and Lower Canada, Canada East and Canada West
Lomer Gouin Fonds
Manitoba and Red River census returns
Manuscript [from the Canadian Youth Commission], "This Is Youth"
Memoirs of Grégoire or Robert Challes
Michel-Eustache-Gaspard Chartier de Lotbinière Collection: Correspondence and other documents
Militia and Defence: Letterbooks of Quartermaster General Colonel Percy Lake, Ontario
Militia general orders, Lower Canada
Minutes of Carleton County Progressive Conservative Association, 1948‒1966
Minutes of the Council of Assiniboia
National Council of Women of Canada fonds
National Library of France. Department of Manuscripts. New French Acquisitions
Newspaper clippings relating to the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission
[North-West Mounted Police] Dawson City headquarters records
Notifications of changes in the names of persons in Ontario
Orders and addresses of the House of Commons and Senate
Ordinances relating to Quebec, 1772‒1792
Ottawa Transportation Company fonds
Parish registers: New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec
Placide Gaudet Fonds
Proclamations from Quebec, Upper and Lower Canada, the Province of Canada and Canada
Prudent-L. Mercure Fonds
Records and correspondence sent from the Postmaster General
Regional and local post office records
Registrar General sous-fonds: key to the general index
Registrar of Shipping: Kingston [Ontario] 1846‒1908, St. Catharines [Ontario] 1855‒1875, Pictou [Nova Scotia] 1840‒1956, Sydney [Nova Scotia] 1788‒1932
Registrar's office files of Upper and Lower Canada, the Province of Canada and Canada
Richard Burpee Hanson fonds
Royal Canadian Air Force second central registry and file classification system
Royal Canadian Navy: Convoy Reports of Proceedings, 1939‒1945
Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism
Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences fonds
Seaside House guest register
Secretary of State: Chief Press Censor
Senate summonses, Canada, 1867‒1953
Soldiers Settlement Board: The Platt Books
Warrants and pardons from Upper Canada, the Province of Canada and Canada
William King collection
William McDougall fonds
World War I: Veterans claim cards
Writs of election, 1949‒1953
Young Women's Christian Association of Canada

The website is

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Canada GenWeb: Prince Edward Island & Quebec cemetery update


Queen's County:


Arthabaska County:

Bellechasse County:

Charlevoix County:

Dorchester County:

Drummond County:

Levis County:

L'Islet County:

Lotbiniere County:

Megantic County:

Montmorancy County:

Quebec County

The “Thanks” of the genealogy community go to Kate Ford for her help indexing, and to Albert Riezebos, Angela M. Clatworthy, Heather Mathis and Sonia Godin for taking photos of the cemeteries.

The website us at

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Library and Archives Canada releases an updated version of the Immigrants from China database

Credit: Library and Archives Canada

Last month was Asian Heritage Month, and the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) updated their database to include references to the C.I.9 certificates issued to people of Chinese origin born in Canada and wanting to leave Canada for a limited time without losing their Canadian status.

If your ancestors are from China, you may want to view the adjusted database.

Here is the press release that was released by the LAC at the end of May -

“May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, during which we acknowledge the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. Asian Heritage Month also provides an opportunity for Canadians across the country to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage to the growth and prosperity of Canada.

To celebrate Asian culture, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the addition of references to its Immigrants from China database. It now includes references to the C.I.9 certificates issued to people of Chinese origin born in Canada and wanting to leave Canada for a limited time without losing their Canadian status. The actual records include a photograph and provide information such as the individual’s name, age and place of birth, as well as the port and date of departure, and the ship’s name.”

Chinese immigrants who arrived in Canada between 1885 and 1949 are in the database is fully explained on the website at

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Print Your Family History Book at the Toronto Public Library

This is a press release from the Toronto Public Library -

“Toronto Public Library’s newest offering is Asquith Press, a book printing service that enables customers to design and print bookstore-quality paperback books. The library is offering information sessions and classes open to all: from authors and aspiring writers to anyone who would like to create a book for their own personal interest.

Located on the main floor of the Toronto Reference Library in the recently opened Digital Innovation Hub, Asquith Press is available to people of all ages and skill levels.

With the help of workshops, print and online resources, knowledgeable library staff and guest mentors, customers will be able to develop, design and publish books."

There are two upcoming classes. The first class will be Tuesday June 17, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, and the second class will be Mon Jul 14, 2014| 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

The Toronto Public Library website is at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131

Monday, June 9, 2014

Canadian Week in Review 09 June 2014

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.

Events in History

On June 2, in 1866, Canadian militia units panicked and lost the "Battle of Ridgeway" after 700 Fenians attempted an invasion of the Niagara Peninsula.

To read about the Fenian Raid, read Battle of Ridgeway at

Do you know which was the first letter of the alphabet that was sent by Guglielmo Marconi across the Atlantic from Cornwall, England to a receiving station in St. John's, Newfoundland?

It was the letter ‘S’!

It was sent across the Atlantic in 1901, because in 1897, Marconi had formed a wireless telegraphy company to develop its commercial applications – The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company.

To read about this, go to 


In 1918, air mail service was inaugurated between New York, Boston, and Montreal.

In June 1871, Londoners crowded Trafalgar Square to see 7-foot-5 Anna Swan from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia marry 7-foot-9 Martin Buren Bates of Kentucky at St. Martin-In-The-Fields Church. They became engaged during a week-long trans-Atlantic voyage, and Queen Victoria provided the wedding dress!!

Social Media

History Blogs
Here is a list of history blogs in Canada.

Newspaper Articles

History comes to life at the Military Museums’ Summer Skirmish
Read about the Guns of the Golden West, a historical re-enactment group that represents the gunfighters of the 1880s.

Meewasin Trail to connect to Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Construction begins Friday to connect the Meewasin Trail to Wanuskewin Heritage Park
The official sod-turning ceremony took place Friday, kicking off construction to connect the Meewasin Trail at 71st Street to Wanuskewin Heritage Park as part of the Trans Canada Trail.

What the History Books say about the Canadian Grand Prix
First run in 1967 in Montreal, the history of the Canadian Grand Prix is told inn pictures with captions.

Camp Kadesh has deep roots in Sask. history
The roots of Camp Kadesh go back to 1946 when Alfred and Eldean Friesen from Dalmeny Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church began a ministry to children that became known as Scripture Mission, from which Camp Kadesh was created. 

Canadian history lives on in Smiths Falls
Smith’s Falls is located half way between Ottawa and Kinston on the Rideau Canal, and it is the home of the Rideau Canal Visitor Centre.

Ed Coleman's History: Names of men important to history forgotten
Colemam writes about Ernest Steckle Eaton, the man who first discovered that Debert in Nova Scotia was a site of where Paleo-Indians settled over 10,000 years ago. 

St. Peter's among Nova Scotia communities to receive spirit award
The other towns that were chosen in Nova Scotia were Bridgewater, the Sackville area and the Town of Amherst.

Students paired with soldiers who died overseas
40 students from John McCrae Secondary School in Nepean, Ontario toured Europe last week as part of almost 1,000 Canadian students, teachers, cadets and military personnel who visited battlefields and landmarks of the Second World War to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Historic sign dismantled to appear in club
The marquee from the old Capitol Theatre, which was demolished in 1979, was recently moved to the new Capitol Music Club, and it’s causing some concern to the Saskatoon Heritage Society. 

Detroit River history showcased at community museum
SOS Saving our Strait showcases clean up efforts along Detroit River over last 60 years
There's a new exhibit at Windsor's Community Museum showcasing the Detroit River's history. 

Government of Canada Invests $10.05 million in Province House National Historic Site
They will do o repairs to the roof and windows, addressing water infiltration into the building and contributing, in general, to the preservation of the structure. 

A traditional Hungarian wedding in New Brunswick
Read about 20th century Hungarian wedding in the province of New Brunswick.

Story of the Week

Credit: Emily Wang of Edmonton, Alberta 

2014 Canada Day Challenge

As the country get ready to celebrate the 147th birthday of Canada on the 1st of July, the young people of the country have been busy.

They have used their “creativity and imagination” and have taken “up the challenge to explore Canada's history, culture, and identity and to discover what makes this country a truly special place”.

The 1st place winner in the Draw it! Competition was Emily Wang of Edmonton, Alberta and she 13 years old. The 1st place winner in the Snap it! Competition was Alana Krug-Macleaod of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and she is 16 years old, and the 1st place in the Write it! Competition is Sarah Peerless of Tell, British Columbia, who is 16 years old.

Go to to view the winners, and 1st and 2nd runners-up in each category.

Congratulations to everyone!

Reminder: Check the Canadian Week in Review (CWR) 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 16 June 2014.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Canadian Week in Review

Check the Canadian Week in Review tomorrow morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. 

It has the latest news covered in New/Updated Websites, History, Social Media, and Newspaper Articles.

It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in country!

It has been a regular post every Monday morning since April 23, 2012.