Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Another Branch joins the group

The Nipissing Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has joined Facebook. 

Their mission is to encourage, assist, and bring together all those interested in the pursuit of family history in the Districts of Nipissing, Parry Sound and Timiskaming. 

Their webpage is at although I understand they are going to put on a new website in the near future.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Canadian Week in Review 25 August 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.


Black Ribbon Day in Canada
In November 2009, the Canadian parliament passed a resolution declaring August 23rd as Black Ribbon Day, an annual day of remembrance for the victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe.

History Week in Canada

In 1541, French explorer Jacques Cartier landed near Quebec City in his third voyage to the New World.

Read about Jacques Cartier at
In 1957, Saskatchewan was the first province to complete its section of the Trans-Canada Highway.

To read more, go to
In 1890, Moncton, New Brunswick was officially incorporated as a city.

To read the history of Moncton at
In 1882, Pile O’ Bones was named Regina when the Canadian Pacific Railroad arrived there.

Read the history of Regina at,_Saskatchewan

Social Media

WWI: How Canada remembers its fallen
The CBC News Community captures how Canada remembers its WWI fallen a century later.

(Video) The First World War: Excerpts from the diary of Woodman Leonard
The Ottawa Sun continues with excerpts from Leonard’s diary.

Project will see an ice boat replica as part of exhibit marking 100th anniversary of Transportation Association of Canada.

(Video) Prince Edward Island Potato Board launches video series
The PEI Potato Board is sharing the History of the P.E.I. Potato Industry with the Next Generation centrepiece of five-video series.

(Photos) Historic Thunder Bay buildings rendered in Lego
Kieran Marcus and his Lego creations inspire an exhibit at the Thunder Bay museum
The Thunder Bay museum's "City Beautiful" exhibit highlights amazing local architecture. But the inspiration for the exhibit is equally amazing, and they are made of Lego.


What People Are Asking | What is the history of the transatlantic cable?
The man behind the laying of the transatlantic cable - Cyrus Field - is discussed.

Nova Scotia

Remembering a sad part of Canadian history
A commemorative plaque was laid at Cumberland County Museum on Friday as the first of 100 locations across Canada where the internment of Ukrainian and other enemy aliens during World War One happened a century ago.

Chapel Island thrilled to host 8,000 visitors to Mi’kmaq Summer Games
The Mi’kmaq Summer Games takes place each summer on Chapel Island in the southwest corner of the Bras D’Or Lake in Cape Breton.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island, Canada: where the seeds of a nation were sown
Read a short history of PEI as the birthplace of Canada.


Aborists work to keep Canada’s oldest sugar maple’s legacy alive
Read about how Canada’s oldest sugar maple, called the Comfort Maple, is believed to be more than 500 years old!

Nikola Yerich of Niagara Falls, and thousands of others who came from certain European countries, ended up in Canada’s first internment camps during the time of the First World War.

Interim councillor calling for 'O Canada' change
A Toronto councilperson has put forward motion to make 'O Canada' gender neutral passes.

HISTORY: 'Alien enemies' sent to internment camps
Read about the fascinating history about interment camps in northwestern Ontario.

The perilous history of Canada’s Ross rifle
Read about the history of the Ross Rifle, that notorious firearm that was used by Canadian troops at the start of the First World War.

Canadian War Museum welcomes your donated artifacts, but can’t take everything
You should call the museum first to see if they can accept your donation first before you sent the article to the museum in Ottawa.

Local historian reveals region’s stories, myths and secrets
Joanna Rickert-Hall, a local cultural and social historian, has been successful in having the Conestoga College in Kitchener to have a course on local history. It is called History of Waterloo Region 1 & 2.


Alberta's African Americans and the cowboy maverick honoured in John Ware Reimagined
There is a new play about John Ware, the former American slave who helped establish ranching in Alberta, and whose own skills at steer wrestling made it a popular event at the Calgary Stampede.

Park actor to retell Alberta history
A Sherwood Park-born actor will be starring in a play that showcases the life of the first black cowboy in Alberta.

British Columbia

Queen’s Park Stadium has significant heritage value
In a letter to the editor, a reader of the Royal City Record says that he thinks that Queen’s Park Stadium should receive Heritage Status.

BC ghost town for sale Bradian can be yours for $995,000
This town is for sale!
It is located next to where the gold rush took more than four million ounces of gold and 1.2 million ounces of silver from the Bralorne mine before it closed in 1971.

Story of the Week

Greek Canadian History Project

The Greek Canadian History Project (GCHP) is an archival initiative that seeks to preserve the knowledge, memory, and experiences of Canada’s Greek immigrants and their descendants.

They recently held an exhibit at Toronto City Hall called Memory and Migration: A History of Greek Immigrants in Toronto, 1864-2014.

They have a Facebook page at

The Greek Canadian History Project is still seeking collections. If you have any questions or would like more information on how you can contribute materials to the archive project, please do not hesitate to contact them Sakis Gekas at or Christopher Grafos at 

They are looking collections of papers, diaries, photographs, books, pamphlets, audio, video, and other materials that will be valuable for research of the Greek-Canadian past.

The archives are at York University at

To read more about Greek immigration to Canada, go to

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 September 1, 2014.

Sunday, August 24, 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 most up-to-date news items 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.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fall is the time to research

The fall months are a great time to hold genealogy fairs, conferences, and “back-to-school” in-depth courses in Canada. The summer is winding down, and the months of September, October, and November are usually a prime time to rekindle research for those ancestors.

Genealogy Fairs 

On Saturday, September 20th, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Eva Brook Donly Museum & Archives, located at 109 Norfolk Street South in Simcoe, Ontario, will hold their annual genealogy fair. This is the oldest genealogy fair in Ontario. 

For more information, go to



And some are having conferences, like the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, from September 19th to the 21st at the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) on Wellington Street.

This year, the conference will include English family history, immigration from the British Isles, Home Children; and genetic genealogy.

For more information, go to

Harvest Your Family Tree 2014 

Kelowna And District Genealogical Society will hold their bi-annual genealogy conference in Kelowna, British Columbia, from September 26 to 28, 2014. 

It is Western Canada's largest genealogy conference, and boasts a full day of seminars with renowned international speakers like photo specialist Maureen Taylor (who will also be giving photo consultations) of as well as Dave Obee of and Stephen Young of FamilySearch

Go to to get more information. 

Genealogy Courses

And some are planning family history courses in the fall of 2014, like the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. These include -

  • Basic Genealogy and Family History 
Wednesdays, 8 October to 26 November 2014, 2 – 4 pm

Are you thinking of starting your family history? Or maybe you have been working on it for a while but want to sharpen your research skills? This course will cover the basics, including terminology, types of sources, the use of on-line resources, libraries and archives, including LDS Family History Centres, and record-keeping – to help you “think like a genealogist”. 

Instructor: Jane E. MacNamara 

Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
  • Maps and Mapping for 21st Century Genealogists 
Thursday, 6 November and Wednesdays, 12, 19 and 26 November 2014, 6:15 – 8:15 pm 

This four-week course, designed for intermediate and advanced-level genealogists, explores sophisticated ways in which maps and mapping tools can contribute to family history research, analysis, and writing.

Instructor: James F.S. Thomson 

Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto 

For more information on these and other programs, go to 

Friday, August 22, 2014

The One Hundred Plaques Across Canada will be unveiled today

To mark the 100th anniversary of Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation will be unveiling 100 plaques today on Friday, 22 August 2014, the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act.

All 100 plaques will be unveiled at 11 am (local time) in Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, German, and Hungarian churches and cultural centres, as well as in local and regional museums and other public venues, creating a "wave" of unveilings, moving from east to west, from coast to coast. 

Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, the CTO project leader says “ I want to add that this is the first time in Canadian history that any community has attempted to unveil 100 historical plaques from coast to coast at the same (local) time. This couldn’t happen without the enthusiastic support of hundreds of volunteers in 100 communities across the country, from Amherst, Nova Scotia to Nanaimo, British Columbia, and Grand Prairie, Alberta to Val D’Or, Quebec to name but a few. We’re also very grateful to our Patriarch, the two Metropolitans, the national executive of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the representatives of the other affected communities and many of our internee descendants, for their help. 

We’re calling on people to set aside 11 am (local time) on Friday, 22 August 2014 so that they can join us in witnessing a plaque unveiling in their own community or region. Be there to remember, and to learn." 

To see where the plagues will be unveiled today, go to 

The website of The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association is at

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Do You Read Blogs?

Every week, the editors of The Weekly Genealogist—published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society—take a survey, and last week they asked their readers - “How many genealogy blogs do you follow?”

And the answers were quite interesting, as 53 % said that they did not read blogs at all, while only 3% said that they read 10 or more. I would say that I am in the latter category! 

But it goes along with what I have said for the past year or so. People just do not read blogs, but those that do read blogs – read them religiously. It seems that people who write blogs (like me) read them, too. 

So, do you read blogs? How do you keep up with the genealogy news? Maybe there aren't any news to keep up with, or do you prefer podcasts or Google Hangouts on Air rather than blogs? 

To read the rest of the survey, go to

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ontario Genealogical Society Branch Facebook Pages

The Ontario Genealogical Society is made up of 33 branches and SIGs, and besides their web pages, many of them also have their own Facebook pages so that they can keep in touch with members and non-members alike.

The Facebook pages are -

Bruce & Grey Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook 

Elgin County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook

Essex County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook 

Halton-Peel Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook 

Hamilton Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook 

Huron County Branch, Genealogical Society Facebook 

Kent Branch Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook

Niagara Peninsula Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook 

Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook 

Perth County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook

Quinte Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook

Sudbury Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook

Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook 

Wellington County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook