Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BillionGraves Index updated

FamilySearch has updated the BillionGraves Index online at 

This collection can include:

Name of deceased 

Date of birth 

Date of death

Name of cemetery 

Date of burial 

This is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world's cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. They have Canadian cemeteries, so it deserves a look to see if your deceased ancestor is there. 

You can also go to website at

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British Home Child Day

British Home Child Day will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Brockville Museum, 5 Henry Street, Brockville, Ontario. 

There will be lectures, displays, open mike sessions where participants can tell the story of their Home Child, along with other events. Everyone is welcome. Admission is by donation. 

The morning program will repeat in the afternoon. There are on site lectures with side Cemetery tour to see the monument to the Fairknowe children buried in the Old Brockville Cemetery and an outside look at Farirknowe 

The agenda is as follows - 

9 –10 am Lecture Genealogical Resources / Cemetery Tour 

10 – 10:30 Open Mike 

10:30 –11:30 Lecture: William Quarrier Children / Fairknowe

11:30 – noon Open Mike

1:30 –2:30 pm Lecture Genealogical Resources / Cemetery Tour

2:30 –3 Open Mike

3 – 4 Lecture: William Quarrier Children / Fairknowe

So, if you are in the Brockville area, you are invited to go to the British Home Child Day.


The Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) has a group called the British Home Children

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) has a Home Children site (complete with indexes) and is at is at

Happy Researching!

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Canadian Week in Review 22 September 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

Hamilton Public Library celebrates its birthday
In 1890, the Hamilton Public Library opened. In 1889, a bylaw was passed to create a Public Library in Hamilton, and by October of that year, a cornerstone for the first library building was laid by Judge Muir, the first chairman of the Public Library Board. Hamilton Public Library was the third public
library created in Ontario, after Guelph and Toronto.

To read more about the Hamilton Public Library, go to

Social Media

(Photos) Hantsport’s rich baseball history

The Haven of Hospitality is famous for many things: shipbuilding, William Hall and, of course, the 
community s legendary baseball team, the Hantsport Shamrocks.
Brian Bishop, a longtime resident of the community, recently published a book called Barbershop 
Baseball, which details the rich history of baseball in the region.

(Report) Perkins House faces expensive repairs if it's to ever re-open

A 48-page report from Pinto Engineering has been presented to the government, and the news is not 
good. Perkins House was built in 1766 by the diarist, merchant and privateer Simeon Perkins. 

(Video) Christie Blatchford: Oland murder trial takes delicious, and weird, look at family ’s 

Genealogy plays apart of the Oland murder trial. 

News articles 

Nova Scotia

Scottish documentary to introduce Nova Scotia to 'old' Scotland

Most Nova Scotians are aware of our Scottish roots. But apparently many modern-day Scots don't 
know very much about Nova Scotia.

A crew from the Glasgow bureau of STV is hoping to change that. They're in Nova Scotia shooting a 


Ekuanitshit First Nation in Quebec pining for discontinued blend of Salada tea

Members of the Ekuanitshit First Nation, a remote community 850 kilometres northeast of uebec 
City, are in a desperate search for a discontinued blend of Salada tea they say they ust can't live 

About 700 Innu live in the tiny community on the province's Lower North Shore.


Alberta needs $12.5 million to finish longest section of Trans Canada trail

Alberta, with the longest section of the Trans Canada Trail in the country, needs $12.5 million to finish the j ob in time for Canada s 150th birthday, a group of prominent Edmontonians heard Tuesday.

The complicated, four-pronged route includes a northern leg to the Yukon and Northwest Territories, 
west to Grande Prairie and into British Columbia and, in the south, through Banff National Park to 
B.C., Deborah Apps, CEO of the Trans Canada Trail Association, told a group organized by 
prominent Edmontonian Bob Westbury.

News Stories This Week

City bulldozes archaeological site

By now, you have heard of the city of Montreal which has 
bulldozes archaeological the site of a 18th century tannery 
village to make way for an interchange. The imterchage will 
be at the intersection of St-Jacques and St-R mi Streets in 
Ste-Henri,one of the oldest sections of the city.

Various groups had tried to stop the development, but to no 

More than 150 boxes of artifacts have been dug from the site, 
but it still doesn't replace the village, which could have been 
very important to the city, seeing that it is coming up to the 375th anniversary of Montreal which 
happens in 2017.

To see what on in 2017, go to

Do you ever get bored when working on genealogy?

Randy Seaver, the American owner of the blog 
Geneamusings, says he get bored from time to time, and 
when he does, he has a tried and true way of getting himself 
out of the doldrums. 

In his post called Genea-Therapy - Finding More Seaver 
cure for genea-boredom is to go exploring for information 
about persons in my family tree, or to mine a database on 
Ancestry, FamilySearch or MyHeritage so I can add content 
and sources to persons in my tree". 

As someone who sees this as a ob I have been in business since 2013 , rather than as a hobby, I 
too suffer from the doldrums from time to time. And when I do, I echo some of Randy's solutions. I 
check the Canadian websites, and Facebook to see if there is anything new I should be aware of. 
There is always news to discover somewhere! 

I set aside some time in my day so that I can listen to the latest webinars, or watch the latest Google 
Hangouts on Air, or check my Google Alerts. 

So there are lots of things that you can do. Even phone, or email a genealogy friend to see how 
things are going. Or a short drive to your local repository. It all helps! 
But the one thing that keeps me going and provides me with inspiration is that I am in the business of 
helping people.

I help people find their Canadian ancestors those who emigrated from other 
counties or migrated up here from the United States to find a better life. One thing that Canada had, 
that emigrants wanted, was land and we had plenty of undeveloped land. 
So excuse me while I return to work.

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