Monday, July 15, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 15 July 2013

I have come across the following Canadian websites, blogs, Facebook, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too


No new web sites this week.


Doukhobor Photos  Yvonne Demoskoff , a  Canadian blogger, has a new blog which is “ showcasing vintage "orphan" photographs of Doukhobor people in Canada”.

Facebook, Videos, You Tube

Conference 2014 is being hosted by Niagara Peninsula Branch of the OGS and will run from May 1-4, 2014 at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.

Prepare for your visit by checking out their video at

Newspapers Articles of the Week

A couple of weeks ago, I made note of a bylaw in Brant County (Ontario) which did not allow etchings on the back of gravestones, this is the way that Koreans mark their genealogy of the departed.  

News has come now that the Brant councillors have approved a revised cemetery bylaw that will allow genealogical writing on the reverse of headstones.

New Maryland Historical Trust sign to recognize Acadian heritage on the shore  Nearly 260 years ago, a small group of Acadians
refugees landed on the shores of Maryland.  On Sunday, July 28 at 3:00 p.m, in the Manokin River Park, a Maryland Historical Trust Sign will be unveiled to recognize this fact.

One woman’s passion for genealogy  See how Claudia Lawrence from Port aux Basques, Newfoundland has put her family history together back to her great-great-grandfather. 

Story of the Week

Museums, library and archives facilities in Canada have been having a hard time lately.

First was the flood in Alberta which completely wiped out the Museum of the Highwood in High River. Now I hear that the people of High River are getting first class help from the conservation people from Calgary. They have come down to help the staff at the High River museum decide what to keep and what to throw away, and to get the museum back on its feet again.

Go to the to read the latest update on the Museum of the Highwood.

Then we had the news of the terrible disaster at Lac Megantic, in the Eastern Townships in Quebec, with the runaway train accident that occurred early Saturday morning last week. In addition to the astounding loss of life, there has been the fact that the town’s library and archives has been lost in the fire which engulfed the town. 

And then just yesterday, I heard that the Thistalalh Memorial Library at Bella Bella, a British Columbia remote First Nations village on the province’s northwest coast, has been destroyed by fire. The library was housed in a building which also was home to the village’s general store, Alexa's restaurant, and the Koeye Cafe.

Reminder: Check out Canadian Week in Review every Monday for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. The next post will be posted 22 July, 2013