Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Join the Worldwide Indexing Event

FamilySearch is looking for new indexers to meet a specific goal that they have set for this month -  

"Join volunteers from around the world on July 20 and 21 for an international history-making event! The goal? For 50,000 indexers and arbitrators to submit at least one batch in a 24-hour period! Do more if you would like, but one batch is all that is required to be counted in the record!

This remarkable goal will require help from every current indexer and arbitrator out there, plus many new volunteers,* but it can be achieved if generous volunteers like you commit to participate. So mark your calendar and spread the word! Invite friends and family to join you. Organize an indexing party; create a fun family challenge or a society or church service project. Everyone is needed. Everyone can make a difference!

The record-setting begins at 00:00 coordinated universal time (UTC) on July 21, which is 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time (MDT or Utah time) on Sunday, July 20. It ends 24 hours later, at 23:59 UTC (or 5:59 p.m. MDT) on Monday, July 21."

Example of some of the records that are waiting to be indexed are -
  • Canada, British Columbia—Marriages, 1937
  • Canada, Newfoundland—Vital Records, 1840–1949
  • Canada, Newfoundland—Vital Statistics Collection, 1753–1893 
Check the FamilySearch Indexing Page at
Check the FamilySearch Facebook Events page at for your local start time and status updates.

Postscript: The Canada Day Contest is on until July 15th. To enter the contest, go to

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Canada: Strong. Proud. Free. 

Have a Canadian brick wall you need help with?

Then here's your chance to win a research package to help you find your elusive Canadian ancestor!

This year, the contest returns for the 147th birthday of Canada, and the rules are simple -
  • provide me with your email address
  • in the email, tell me about your Canadian ancestor’s ‘brick wall’
  • answer the skill-testing question
The contest runs until 6:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, July 15th. The lucky winner will be then be picked by random, and the name (first name and last initial) announced later that day.

The research package includes four hours' worth of research time, and a written report of the findings.

For more on my research services, please visit

Oh, yes! The skill testing question this year is – "This year, the name of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa received a new name. What is the NEW name of the Canadian Museum of Civilization?"

Please send your entry marked "Contest" to


Monday, June 30, 2014

Canadian Week in Review 30 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.


New Website for Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
The Canadian government has asked each of its departments to re-do their home pages to confirm to the standard, and the CCI is the latest department to do so

Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Here is an introduction to Dr. Guy Berthiaume, the new Librarian and Archivist at the LAC. He took over the position on June 6th.

And here is the last speech that was made by the former acting Librarian and Archivists (Mr. Hervé Déry) of the LAC -

Background information: Setting the Stage for the Future Speech by the Acting Librarian and Archivist of Canada to the Association des archivistes Québec at the Congrès 2014, on May 30, 2014, Laval

This Week in History

On June 24, 1534, the French explorer, Jacques Cartier, discovered Prince Edward Island, which he named Îles aux Oiseaux, believing that it was connected to the mainland.

Download the following PDF to read about the history of Cartier on Prince Edward Island
In 1611, English explorer Henry Hudson, his son, and several sick men were set adrift by mutineers in what is now Hudson Bay.

To read more about Henry Hudson, go to
In 1904, King Edward VII allowed the North-West Mounted Police (now the RCMP) to use the prefix "Royal." 

To read more about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, go to
In 1918, airmail service was inaugurated in Canada with a biplane flight from Montreal to Toronto by Royal Air Force Capt. Brian Peck.

To read more on the subject, go to
In 1916, Toronto-born actress and silect-screen star, Mary Pickford, became the first Hollywood star to produce her own movies.

To read more about the subject, go to 

Social Media

A genealogy comic strip announced every Monday/Wednesday/Friday - one panel at a time!

Video: Young Vancouver historian studies Canada’s residential schools
Vancouver Grade 7 student Ava Weinstein-Wright has produced a video “explaining the evolution and lasting effects of the residential school system". This will make her one of six students chosen by Canada’s History Society to attend this year’s Governor General’s Awards.

The Newman Family in Elgin County Ontario Canada - Part 1 - John Newman and Jane Poulter
They have many parts to this story of the Newman a nd Poulter family. 

Newspaper Articles

Newfoundland and Labrador

The Cupids Legacy Centre has mounted a Hooked Rug Display of Newfoundland Stamps, 1857-1949.
This exhibition by the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador, started on June 8 and runs until July 31. The exhibition is about commemorating Newfoundland’s postage stamps in hooked rugs. 

RANL art project unveiled in Burin
The Realist Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador’s (RANL) has a ew exhibit of paintings on the history of Burin at the Burin Exhibition Hall, formerly St. Patrick’s School in Burin, Newfoundland. 

Carbonear artist Michelle Penney-Rowe sees a lot of potential when she looks around Carbonear and the surrounding area. 
Artist Michelle Penney-Rowe, from Carbonear, finds that there is no shortage of subjects waiting to be put to canvas.

Nova Scotia

Saint Mary's demolishes historic Halifax Infants' Home building Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia unhappy about university tearing down 115-year-old building
The home, built in 1899 for single women and their children, was bought by the university in 1998 from the Salvation Army, and used for classroom space until last fall.

Nova Scotia Week kicks off July 3rd at PEI 2014 Celebration Zone 
The province of PEI will host the province of Nova Scotia, a partner of the PEI 2014 celebrations, during Nova Scotia Week, July 2nd to 6th. The performing arts community will be showcased throughout the week at the free, family-friendly Celebration Zone, and will include performances by fiddling sensation, Natalie MacMaster, and Cape Breton’s own, The Barra MacNeils, on July 4th.

Nova Scotia joy ride: Exploring the best of the Northumberland coast 
Besides the story, there are beautiful photos here to see and admire.

Living history on the high seas
Hillary MacKinlay is completing her BA Honours in history at Dalhousie University, and is spending April until October guiding visitors through the exhibits at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic as a historical interpreter.

February holiday dubbed Nova Scotia Heritage Day. New holiday starts in 2015 in honour of Viola Desmond
The province's newest holiday, to be celebrated on the third Monday in February, will be known as Nova Scotia Heritage Day.

New Brunswick

Renewed cultural policy unveiled 
The document, Creative Futures: a renewal Cultural Policy for New Brunswick, highlights new investments in cultural and heritage programs supported by the province. 


Soggy weather for St. Jean parade 
The rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of spectators who gathered along Montreal streets to watch the annual parade in celebration of Quebec’s 180th Fête nationale. It is supposed to rain, with thunderstorms, in Ottawa tomorrow as we celebrate the country’s 147th birthday. 


Hysterical history launches Globus summer season
Theatre at Lakeview Arts Barn kicks off with tongue-in-cheek jaunt through 50,000 years of evolution with The Canada Show.

Toronto’s Shing Wah Daily News lives on in an Ottawa museum in the form of an old printing press. It printed the paper from 1930 to 1978. It is now stored at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Canadians honoured for WW II rescue of Italian boy Gino Farnetti-Bragaglia, now 76, was cared for by members of Royal Canadian Army Service Corps 
Gino Farnetti-Bragaglia travelled all the way from his native Italy to honour a group of Canadian soldiers who saved his life when he was just five years old. 


Visitor centre at The Forks set for major facelift
Construction will begin this summer, with the new visitor centre slated to open in spring 2015.

Manitoba’s rich rowing history on display
The Manitoba Sports Hall Of Fame is paying tribute with the new “Rhapsody On The River” rowing exhibit 


No news stories this week  


Museum construction on budget and on schedule, Alberta culture minister reports
The $340-million Royal Alberta Museum is under construction north of Edmonton’s City Hall, near 100 Street and 104 Avenue. It is expected to be complete by late 2017.

British Columbia

Port Moody WW I soldier honoured with living history event 
The McKnight Trench living history experience is taking place this week, and over the weekend through Canada Day, on the museum's grounds off Murray Street in Port Moody. 

Story of the Week

Tomorrow is Canada Day! 

Get ready to celebrate Canada's 147th birthday tomorrow!

And don’t forget to check out my blog tomorrow because I will have my annual Brick Wall Contest in celebration of Canada Day! 

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has Canada Day celebrations on their website entitled, A guide to CBC's July 1, with special event coverage at 

Have a great day!

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 July 7, 2014.

Sunday, June 29, 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.

Annual Accrual of Historical Vital Statistics Now Available

My father (Harold Arthur Barclay) and myself (Elizabeth Anne Barclay) in the Public Gardens in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was a favorite place to go on Sunday afternoons. 

I have been reminded by one of my readers that the Nova Scotia Archives has put on an additional 25,589 historical vital statistics on

These records were released on 31 December 2013 and since then have been digitized, fully indexed, and checked for quality control. This year's accruals include 14,974 births (1913), 4,233 marriages (1938), and 6,382 deaths (1963). As usual, the birth records include some 'delayed' entries for individuals born in 1913 (or earlier) but not registered until a later date.

My surnames of interest are -

BARCLAY - Shelburne County and Yarmouth County  

BLADES - Shelburne County and Yarmouth County 

WEBSTER - Kings County

Saturday, June 28, 2014

FREE - Virtual Bloggers Conference

This weekend there is the Virtual Bloggers Conference, where there are scheduled keynote speakers who will talk about such things as –

Hootsuite and Evernote 

The State of Google Plus Hangouts 

Using Instagram Effectively 

Anyone can choose to attend and view the streaming event on Google+ or YouTube. If you miss a session, you can always go back and catch the replay.

There are 11 events today and tomorrow, and the conference is completely virtual - completely FREE! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ledgers of CEF Officers Transferring to Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1919

Credit: Lecture on rigging, School of Aviation, Royal Flying Corps Canada, University of Toronto says the following - 

“Canada did not have its own air force until late in the First World War, but 22,000 men from the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) were welcomed into the growing British Royal Air Force, which was formerly known as the Royal Flying Corps. 

The British Air Ministry maintained these ledgers of CEF members who transferred to the Royal Air Force. The records were later transferred to the Department of National Defence.

The records include name, address, date of birth, next of kin, the officer’s movements from unit to unit, appointments and promotions, decorations and honours, medical information, and civilian employment. Dates and notations on the ledger pages indicate records were filled out between 1918 and 1919. The activities and movements recorded in the ledgers took place between 1915 and 1919”. 

To get more information, you can go to the site at 

To get more information on the Royal Flying Corps Canada