Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ireland Canada Monument Project

Every so often, I hear from the Ireland Canada Monument Project in Vancouver, British Columbia by receiving their newsletter.

The Monument project is an historic endeavour to give recognition to those of Irish birth or descent who have given or continue to give to Canada, its provinces and the City of Vancouver.

They say that “The core work for the project is basically complete and general agreement has been reached between the Monument Society and Vancouver Parks Board on site details. Once a new site is agreed upon, the Monument Society looks forward to finalizing the site layout with Parks Board staff.”

They have a blog at http://irelandmonumentvancouver.com and you can be placed on the newsletter distribution list by writing to irelandmonumentcanada@gmail.com 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Canadian Week in Review (CWR) 07 July 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. 


The First World War Centenary
People around the globe are asked to join together and honour the people who fought for the Allies in the First World War.

Help the Government of Canada organize its website!
I have just taken the 5-minute survey. You may want to take it, because there are a couple of questions among the eight that concern Library and Archives Canada.

On the other hand, if you want something simple to answer, take the Family History Online International Research Use survey at https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/LHCKyB

This Week in History

July 3rd In 1898, Joshua Slocum of Briar Island, Nova Scotia (near Digby), arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, to complete the first solo trip around the globe.

To read more about him, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Slocum
In 1836, Canada’s first railway, the Champlain and St. Lawrence, started service between Laprairie and St. Jean, Quebec.

To read more about it, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champlain_and_St._Lawrence_Railroad
In 1849, Canadian doctor Sir William Osler, was born in Bond Head, Ontario (near Toronto). He was called the “most influential physician in history,” Osler pioneered medical training that combined clinical observation with lab research.

To find out more about him, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Osler
On July the 5th in 1937, the hottest temperature in Canadian history was recorded in Midale, Saskachewan. The mercury rose to 45 degrees Celsius.

To read more about Midale, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midale

Social Media

History buffs bring WWI to life in Elliston
View the video that shows Neal Tucker and his nephew Daniel from the Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland to recreate an element of daily life for soldiers in the Great War. They recreated a trench in Elliston, to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

History Video: Letter from Britain – 1945 – Three Canadian Soldiers Write Home From War
Listen to the stories that soldiers told Canadians back home in Britain Through Canadian Eyes.

Newfoundland and Labrador

The little blue flower is by people on Memorial Day, July 1 to commemorate the brave Newfoundlanders who died in World War One. This is especially true of the men who died on the battlefield of Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Nova Scotia

No articles this week.

New Brunswick

No articles this week.


No articles this week.


‘Our Canada’ celebrates our country
The Dufferin County Museum and Archives celebrated with a free event called ‘Our Canada’, which included the official opening of a new Canada showcase, activities for the family and more.

Canada's 'Liberty Bell' Comes Home After 150 Years On U.S. Soil
A bronze bell from the S.S. Queen Victoria salvaged from the steamship which sank off the coast of North Carolina, two years after the vessel ferried the Fathers of Confederation to the Charlottetown Conference in 1864 – and it will be on display Canadian Museum of History for 15 months beginning this November, part of an exhibit to mark the 150th anniversary of the events leading up to Confederation in 1867. It is Canada’s Liberty Bell.

Korean adoptees in Canada visit homeland
About 30 Korean children adopted by Canadian parents are visiting Korea for two weeks to learn about Korean culture and history, according to Korean Canadian Children’s Association.

Turn-of-the-century Canadians were getting up to stuff you aren’t going to read in history textbooks
On about 15 metres of shelving at the British Library in London is a collection of Canadian images taken over 100 years ago, and some of them are in this article.

Canoe trek traces Métis history in Canada
Holland River to the calm waters of Lake Simcoe – and 18 kilometres closer to their summer’s epic destination, the general assembly of the Métis Nation of Ontario in Thunder Bay, two months and two Great Lakes away.


Ancient Inuit hunting camp to be uncovered in Manitoba: 1,000-year-old tent rings, as well as food caches, burial grounds and kayak rests can be seen at the site
Some 400 years before Europeans came to North America, the grassy cliff on the western coast of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba was a thriving hunting camp for the ancestors of today's Inuit.

See Manitoba's vital history live with St. Andrews Rectory restored: Venerable Selkirk Settlers structure will be open to public for summer
St. Andrews Rectory, built in 1854 in the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews by the Selkirk Settlers of the area, is one of the most curious because of the use of rings that were made of Tyndall stone from area. The stone was used to hold the ducts of the wood stove so that the rectory could have central heating.
The rectory will reopened to the public during July and August.


Ukrainian Project Cto will commemorate Canadian internment camps
The Eaton Internment Camp in Saskatchewan was one of 24 forced labour camps across Canada created at the outset of First World War to imprison "enemy aliens." More than 8,500 prisoners of war were sent to these camps to work on public projects such as the railway.

Ukrainian church in Regina to commemorate First World War Canadian internment camps
An upcoming project by the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association called Project Cto meaning “one hundred” in Ukrainian ,will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act. On August 22, 100 plaques across Canada recalling the internment camps will be unveiled at 11 a.m. local time.

Two Athabasca heritage buildings receive $55,400 in grants
Two historic Athabasca buildings — the Athabasca United Church and the old Canadian Northern Railway Station, have received thousands of dollars through the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.


No articles this week.

British Columbia

No articles this week. 

Story of the Week 

Canada History Week (July 1-7)

I think we were so busy with Canada Day this past, did you realize that it was also Canada History Week?

Each of the seven days had things we could, and still can do, like 7 days, 7 films: celebrating Canada History Week at http://blog.nfb.ca/2014/07/01/canada-history-week

To see more of the activities, go to http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1403098451625

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 14, 2014.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Reminder: 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.

I Love London, Ontario

London, Ontario has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vintage-London-Ontario/256233541169617

It covers many local towns in the area from their beginnings to the 1990s. Old pictures, memories, adverts....anything you might consider Vintage London or surrounding villages. You can also follow Vintage London on Twitter - https://twitter.com/VintageLondonOn 

While there you can go to the London-Middlesex Genealogical Society, and check out two websites – 

Early Settlers Project 

They have 184 pages of settlers listed who settled in Middlesex County prior to 1900. This collection, begun over 30 years ago, includes family information submitted by branch members. This list is FREE!

Family History Index

They also have a 33 page Family History Index to the family history books they have in their Resource Centre. The index covers only the most frequent surnames found in each book This list is FREE!

You can check their homepage at http://londonmiddlesex.ogs.on.ca

Reminder: Canadian Week in Review (CWR)

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.

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Great War (1914-1918)

Postmedia has put on a new site called The Great War (1914-1918) and it has five different parts - The Great War Memory Project, Faces of War, the Home Front, the Battlefront, and After the War.

It contains lots of pictures as well as articles and letters, and they are looking for people to add their own family memories to the Great War Memory Project – a virtual museum of Canadian memories of the Great War.

You can email your stories and photo scans to greatwar@postmedia.com;

The website is at http://ww1.canada.com

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Update: Canadian GenWeb Cemeteries

The updates to Ontario cemeteries are out by the people from Canada GenWeb, and they are –

Brant County

- Farringdon Cemetery
- Harrisburg United Church Cemetery
- Mount Hope Cemetery

Bruce County

- Invermay Methodist / Aarold Methodist / Old Methodist Cemetery
- Langside Mennonite Cemetery
- Salem Evangelical United Brethren Cemetery
- South Kinloss Cemetery

Dundas County

- Dixons Corners South / Wesleyan Methodist 1825 Cemetery
- Spruce Haven Cemetery

Elgin County

- Trinity Anglican Cemetery

Essex County

- Fairbairn Union Cemetery
- St Francis Xavier Cemetery

Grey County

- Greenwood Cemetery

Halton County

- Ashgrove United Church / Mount Pleasant Canadian Wesleyan Methodist New Connexion Cemetery
- Churchill Cemetery
- Merton Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Hastings County

- Sine's Burying Ground

Huron County
- Hope Church Cemetery

Kent County
- St Philippe RC Cemetery

Lambton County

- Beechwood Cemetery
- Blackwell United Church Cemetery
- Lakeview Cemetery
- St James Cemetery
- St John's Roman Catholic Cemetery
- Watford Cemetery
- Wilkesport Cemetery
- Wyoming Cemetery

Lincoln County

- Boyd / Turney / Christie Cemetery
- Grace United Church Cemetery
- McCombs Family Cemetery
- Nicholas Smith Family Cemetery
- St Anne's Church Cemetery
- The May Family Burying Ground
- Victoria Lawn / St Catharines Cemetery

Norfolk County

- Newkirk Cemetery

Perth County

- Hampstead Cemetery
- North Easthope Presbyterian Cemetery
- St Joseph's Cemetery

Peterborough County
-Update: Canadian GenWeb Cemeteries

Russell County
- Update: Canadian GenWeb Cemeteries

Waterloo County

- Mount Hope Cemetery
-Update: Canadian GenWeb Cemeteries

Wellington County

- Greenfield Cemetery
- Hillsburgh Pioneer / God's Acre Cemetery
- Zion United Church Cemetery

Wentworth County

- Binkley Private Cemetery
- Henry Brinkley Cemetery
- Woodland Cemetery

We must say ‘Thank You’ to all of the people who work on the cemetery updates and take photos of the headstones.

To go to the website, please go to http://canadacems.blogspot.com/2014/06/ontario-update.html

Postscript: To enter the Canada Day Contest, go to http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2014/07/happy-canada-day.html