Thursday, June 18, 2015

Canadian Heritage is looking for Canada Day volunteers

Canadian Heritage is looking for Canada Day volunteers.

As a volunteer, you could be handing out Canadian flags, managing crowds, helping people with special needs, and serving as information officers during the July 1 festivities at Parliament Hill and Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa and Jacques-Cartier Park across the Parliament Hill in Gatineau next to the Canadian Museum of History.

Each year more than 500 volunteers help with Canada Day celebrations in the National Capital Region.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Canadian Heritage Volunteer Centre at 819-956-2626 or

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 Here are some news items which have come across the desk this week -

If you want to keep abreast of the OGS Toronto Conference news, you can subscribe to their news email at

The Conference will be held June 3 to 5th, 2016 at the Toronto’s International Plaza Hotel next to the Toronto Airport.

One good thing about summer is that it brings picnics!

The Brant County Branch is celebrating the summertime by holding a BBQ & STRAWBERRY FUND RAISER on Friday June 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm at Smokey Hollow Estates, Leisure Park.

Tickets are $15 per person.

Bring a Friend! Come & Enjoy!

Their website is ay


Save Our Lighthouses is the latest effort by Canadian to save our lighthouses.

The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act (HLPA) came into force in May 2010, and the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) promptly declared more than 400 active lighthouses to be surplus.

If you are interested in helping to save these lighthouses, then you should read

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Partial Year Membership at OGS

The Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) has its Partial Year Membership again this year.

It is availble from June 1 until October 31 and new members can join at the reduced rate of $37.00 CDN for the rest of the year. The partial year membership allows you to join right away rather than waiting for the next calendar year. And this category is also available to those who have not been an OGS member for the past two years and would like to come back, and join again.

Full details can be found on the website at

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FamilySearch Update: Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949

FamilySearch has made additions to the index and images of births, delayed registrations of births, marriages, and deaths of Newfoundland 1840-1942.

363,845 records have been indexed, with images added or upgraded as of 10 June 2015

Newfoundland, including the area of Labrador, became a province of Canada in 1949. Official registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1891.

Until 1948, most vital records were copies of church records.

Official registration of births, marriages, and deaths did not occur in Newfoundland until 1891.

The website is at

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LAC Update: Digitization of First World War Service Files

Library and Archives Canada has busy digitizing the service files of the First World War veterans. 

They sent out this press release -

As of today, 162,570 of 640,000 files are available online via our database at Library and Archives Canada is digitizing the service files systematically, from box 1 to box 10686, which roughly corresponds to alphabetical order.

Please note that over the years, the content of some boxes has had to be moved and, you might find that the file you want, with a surname that is supposed to have been digitized, is now located in another box that has not yet been digitized.

The latest digitized box is #3655, which corresponds to the surname Gore.

Please check the database regularly for new additions and if you still have questions after checking the database, you may contact us directly at 1-866-578-7777 for more assistance.

Their website is at

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Canadian Week in Review - 15 June 2015

I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.
This Week in Canadian History
In 1866, the first meeting of the Canadian Parliament was held in Ottawa, in the Parliament buildings, which were still unfinished. Construction on the building had begun in 1857, but was not finished until 1877.

In 1846, a fire ravaged St. John's, Newfoundland, leaving nearly 12,000 people homeless.
(Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library)
Social Media

(Photos) Canada Science and Technology museum asks for public feedback on redesign
The Canada Museum of Science and Technology wants to hear from Canadians on its proposed redesign to bring the museum back to life.
You can take an online survey at


Nova Scotia

Canada’s history told through immigrants’ voices
If you came from another country to live in Canada, do you remember what happened on your first day here? How did you feel? What surprised you?As the days went by, turning into weeks and then years, how did you adjust to your new life?

William Davis, Lost Miners Honoured With Route Name
The road leading from Dominion to New Waterford, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Trunk 28, has been ceremonially renamed William Davis Memorial Trail, in honour of the Cape Breton miner, and all those lost in Nova Scotia's coal mines.

Spirits not dampened by rain at Black Loyalist Heritage Centre celebration
The rain caused some problems but didn’t dampen the celebration in Birchtown as hundreds of people arrived in the small community for the grand opening of the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre on June 6.

At the Historeum – By Jordan LeBlanc: Valuable piece of history recently donated to Colchester Historeum
A great piece of history was donated to us recently - an 1827 land grant and seal, Earltown, Colchester County. It came by way of Mary MacCara Reid of Halifax, who is the niece of Michelle Roads of California, who was the keeper of the grant.

Prince Edward Island

Province House restoration set to begin next year
The restoration work on Province House is not expected to begin until next year.

Acadian heritage signs to be showcased in Evangeline
Bilingual road signs saying 'Village musicaux/Musical Villages' are being posted at the entrance of each of the 14 small villages and municipalities in the Evangeline region.
New Brunswick

Traditional birch bark canoe built by arts students
College students have spent weeks scouring the woods for bark, roots, and special wood in order to build a traditional birch bark canoe.

Waterloo Row subdivision gets Fredericton council approval
The controversial subdivision of a property on historic Waterloo Row was approved by Fredericton council at its Monday meeting.
   City council voted 4-2 to allow homeowners Ayten and Marc Kranat to subdivide their lot at 58 Waterloo Row, choosing to take eight per cent of the value of the land in cash in lieu of public land.

Congratulations to the 2015 AAO Award Recipients!
Two of the 2015 recipients of Archives Association of Ontario Awards were the Institutional Award Winner – City of Thunder Bay Archives, and the Corporate Award Winner – County of Perth and City of Stratford.

Dickinson Days kick off Manotick's summer
The Village of Manotick had its summer fair this weekend. Dickinson Days. First weekend in June.

Morris Saxe and the Canadian Jewish Farm School
Georgetown and Acton, two former towns in the picturesque Halton Hills region west of Toronto, were once home to the Canadian Jewish Farm School, an ambitious plan by an entrepreneurial farmer-humanitarian named Morris Saxe to give young Jewish orphans from Poland a better life in Canada.


Trail linking Saskatoon to Wanuskewin Heritage Park opens
Trans-Canada Trail stretch 24,000 kilometres, linking 16,000 communities and 82 percent of Canadians.

Heritage rebates unlikely for Spadina Crescent home
Richard Maj, who owns a house on Spadina Crescent East that was once home to author Farley Mowat and other prominent Saskatoon residents, requested heritage designation for his house late last year before embarking on renovations approved by the city.

British Columbia

Walking tours in B.C.'s urban crush best way to see the sights
For shutterbugs, Vancouver Photowalks offers outdoor pursuits that expertly blend walking tours with tutored photography classes. These two-hour, small-group excursions are guaranteed to take in well-tread scenic spots, with cameras or phones in hand: enthusiasts can choose their skill level (Basic, Technical or Creative) or fine-tune their genre (Stanley Park walks mix natural and urban settings, while Night Photowalks document either Granville Island or Gastown’s expansive waterfronts).

Stories in the News
What’s in a name?

For years, genealogists have been concerned about name changes – usually in spelling. But what do you think about changing the names of places and streets in Canada because the original name were no longer in favor – no matter what the city or street was originally named?

We do have a history of doing this in the past. Perhaps the most famous one is the name of the city of Berlin that was changed to Kitchener in 1916 because the name was too closely aligned to Germany in the First World War.

The name-change did not come without controversy, for the majority of people wanted it to stay the same, but anti-German sentiment ruled the day, and the name was changed.

By the way, the name Kitchener was chosen because it was the name of Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, who died that year while serving as the Secretary of State for War of the United Kingdom!

Now, in Alberta, there is a argument that some people want the name of a Langevin Bridge and school names changed because Hector-Louis Langevin, a father of Confederation, was one of the architects of the residential schools.

But the writer asks what about Father Lacombe High School, Father Lacombe Care Centre, and the town of Lacombe, along with Calgary’s Bishop Pinkham Junior High, and Regina’s Dewdney Avenue – they are just a few that would have to be changed.

Some people are saying that is change the names would delete Canadian history. Agree or disagree?

If you agree with this position, there is a petition that has just come online at  
But Quebec beat every one to the punch, when last week, it changed the name of two streets in Gatineau, Quebec (across the Ottawa River from Ottawa) because the former names had had links to the Nazis of the Second World War. It should be said that these two streets are in an area where the streets were named after Nobel Prize winners.

The streets have been changed from Alexis-Carrel and Philipp Lenard to Marie Curie and Albert Einstein Streets.

The reasoning for the change was that Quebec’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs began a campaign to get the city to change the street names. They argued that Carrel was a supporter of eugenics and that he had an active role with the Vichy France government. They also argued that Lenard was a supporter of Nazi thought who had apparently served as an advisor to Adolph Hitler in the early years.

Of course, it was done over the disinterest of the people who live on the streets involved, and Gilles Carpentier, the councillor for the district, took up the cause anyway and put a motion before the city council to rename the streets. The city council passed the motion by a vote of 14 to 5.

So does this all sound familiar? And what do you think? Will the genealogists of the future realized what has happened here?

Place name and street name changes in Canada are relatively common in Canadian history, which means that we should always check the name of the village, town, or city, and the streets within those villages, towns and cities because they not be the name they were once know as – they might have changed!

And that was the Canadian genealogy, history, and heritage news in Canada this past week!

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Royal Canadian Mint issues coin celebrating 400th anniversary of Champlain's discovery of Huronia

The Royal Canadian Mint issued this press release this week -
Four hundred years after French explorers led by Samuel de Champlain explored the territory that would become present-day Ontario, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a silver collector coin celebrating the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s historic journey to Huronia. The coin was unveiled on June 11 in Ottawa, Ontario, during the official launch of the 2015 Festival Franco-Ontarien.
The reverse image of this 99.99% pure silver coin is designed by Canadian artist Laurie McGaw and is engraved to emulate the famed 17th-century astrolabe—long attributed to Champlain—found in Cobden, Ontario. Against this navigational tool is set a full-body portrait of Samuel de Champlain. Visible through the spaces between the astrolabe’s latitude and longitude crosshairs are engravings of scenes from Champlain’s journeys in Huronia, which also depict the Huron guides who were indispensable to his expedition. The unique reverse is engraved with the word “CANADA”, the date “2015” and the face value of “3 DOLLARS”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
This coin has a limited mintage of 10,000 and retails for $29.95.
The coin can be ordered directly from the Mint as of June 11 at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the U.S., or on the Internet at The coin will also be available at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through the Mint’s global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.

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