Monday, June 20, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 20 June 2016

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 

Louis Riel 

In 1884, Louis Riel left a teaching post in Montana for Canada to lead what was to become the Northwest Rebellion. He had been teaching at the Catholic mission of St. Peter's on the Sun River for about a year, but the job paid poorly and he didn't have time to pursue such interests as politics. 

Barry Morse

In 1918, actor Barry Morse was born in London, Ontario. With his Canadian-born wife, he moved to Canada during the early 1950s from England. He is best remembered as Lieut. Philip Gerard in TV's "The Fugitive." He died in February, 2008.

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Social Media 

Author runs across Quebec & Ontario to honour Irish heritage 

The United Irish Societies of Montreal and the Montreal Irish Memorial Park Foundation, Inc. got a big boost Friday as they try to build a park to remember their ancestors who died of typhus. 

Award-winning Irish author Michael Collins arrived at the Black Rock in Griffintown as part of his 900-kilometre marathon 

This Week in Hants History 

Here's a look at what was making the news 35 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal. 

Newspaper Articles 

Newfoundland and Labador 

Two Memorial students bound for First World War battlefields 

Two Memorial University students are set to walk in the footsteps of the bold young men who blazed a trail 100 years ago in Europe.

Prince Edward Island 

Souris heritage home may get a face lift

A historic house in Souris could be on its way to a new life. The house at 57 Main Street is know as the old Leard house.

It`s up for sale and a local, Brian Deveau, would love to see the history of it preserved.

Nova Scotia  

Dedication highlights history of two islands

Pictou County native John Ashton, Nova Scotia Representative for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, was a guest speaker recently at the unveiling of a plaque Commemorating the National Historic Significance of Deadman’s Island and Melville Island.

2016 Tattoo lineup mixes old favourites with exciting new additions

For the first time in two decades, a serving United States Military group will perform at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo this year, when the United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team brings its skills to Halifax.


Daytripping: Quebec Hwy. 148 to Saint-Andrews

Crossing from Ontario to Quebec via the Cumberland ferry ($10 for a car), we drove east along Hwy. 148, which stretches along the north shore of the Ottawa River from the Pontiac to the Montreal suburb of Laval

'An insult': Vimy Park to be renamed for separatist premier Parizeau

A Montreal borough's plan to pay tribute to late sovereigntist premier Jacques Parizeau by changing the name of a park that currently honours Vimy Ridge is being blasted by some critics as disrespectful to Canada's war history


Simcoe County history

Many young men would have been satisfied with life as a successful businessman in a small town.

Thomas H. Best was not one of them.

Grays and Blues add a splash of colour to Lost Villages

A renowned military re-enactment organization and a local heritage site have joined forces to preserve the memory of thousands of soldiers.

City celebrates 175 years of being Canada’s ‘First Capital’ with a variety of events

On June 15, 1841, Kingston was named capital of the Union of the Canadas, the precursor to what would become the nation of Canada 26 years later; now 175 years later, the city is celebrating its roots and the unique history of both Kingston and Canada with a variety of history-focused events.

How a rare Superman sketch arrived at the Ontario Jewish Archives

Several years ago, OJA archivist Donna Bernardo-Ceriz was flipping through the newly acquired scrapbooks when she spotted a drawing of a caped superhero with the initials “BSR” – Beta Sigma Rho – emblazoned on his chest. The drawing was signed by Joe Shuster, the Toronto-born artist who, with Jerry Siegel, created the legendary Superman comics as published by DC Comics in the United States, beginning about 1938.


Manitoba Métis mark 200 years since the Battle of Seven Oaks

This weekend marked 200 years since the Métis flag's infinity symbol waved over Frog Plain in a confrontation that would go down in Canadian history.

Iconic Royal Bank 'ghost sign' to be completely covered by college

An iconic ghost sign in downtown Winnipeg is about to disappear. 

The faded blue Royal Bank of Canada sign at the top of the Union Bank Building in the Exchange District will soon be replaced with a sign for the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute at Red River College.


Alberta’s farming heritage celebrated

Alberta was built on the backs of farmers and ranchers, and Farmer’s Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate that heritage


Saskatoon civic pancake breakfast history dates back to Pioneer Days

It's a breakfast with a history.

For the past four decades, local politicians, police, fire fighters and celebrities put on the white hats, stepped behind the big griddle and flipped flapjacks at the civic pancake breakfast

British Columbia

Vancouver Italian culture and food on display in June

If you were anywhere near Vancouver's Commercial Drive Sunday, you probably already know: June is Italian Heritage Month across Canada


'You see time pass by': Archivists reuniting Yellowknifers with old photos

Archivists in Yellowknife have spent two years sifting through almost 60,000 portraits, in order to reunite them with their rightful owners.

The photos were taken by photographers at the city's Reimann Studio, later known as Yellowknife Photo, and were donated to the NWT Archives in 2008.

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Canadian Stories this Week 

The Canadian Week in Review received three press releases this week -

The genealogy of Acadian families of Prince Edward Island, c. 1764 to c. 1900

The public is invited to the launch of Volume VII: R – W, the last volume of the series on the genealogy of Acadian families of Prince Edward Island, c. 1764 to c. 1900, by historian-genealogist Mr. Jean Bernard. The launch will be held at the Acadian Museum of P.E.I., in Miscouche, on Thursday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m.

This book includes 325 pages on the genealogy of Island Acadian family names beginning with the letters R - W, such as Richard, Thériault, Thibodeau, and Waite. Although mainly in French, the volume includes translations in English of all the key words and abbreviations used, thus making it user-friendly for English-speaking researchers.

The public is invited to come and meet the author, and to benefit of a book discount on the evening of the launch. There will be background music with fiddler Louise Arsenault accompanied by Jonathan Arsenault. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, Mr. Jean Bernard can be contacted by email at

Library and Archives Canada Announces $1.5 million in Funding to Help Local Communities Preserve Canada's Documentary Heritage

 Library and Archives Canada (LAC) program will provide $1.5 million in funding to 40 projects led by archives, libraries and heritage institutions across Canada. The announcement of the recipients of this second cycle of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) was made today at the annual meeting of the Association des archivistes du Quebec held in Quebec City from June 13 to 15.

The DHCP was created in 2015 to provide financial assistance for activities that augment the visibility of and access to materials held by Canada's local documentary heritage institutions. It also aims to increase the capacity of local institutions to sustainably preserve, promote and showcase the country's documentary heritage. The DHCP provides contributions to eligible applicants across Canada for a variety of projects that will also allow citizens to access and engage with their nation's history like never before.

Funded projects from Quebec are:

-- Celanese: A Last Salvage (Societe d'histoire de Drummond),

-- Fonds and Collection Description and Management of Archival Services on
Servers and Management Software (Centre d'archives regional des Iles),

-- Preservation by Technological Transfer and Promotion of the Multimedia
Document Collection of the Lanaudiere Archives (Corporation du centre
regional d'archives de Lanaudiere), L'Assomption;

-- 75,000 Pages of History (McCord Museum), Montreal;

-- Di Folks Archiv / People's Archive (Jewish Public Library Archives),

-- Statistical portrait of Quebec Archival Centres and Services - Phase 2
(Reseau des archives du Quebec), Montreal;

-- Creating a Professional Development Program - Phase 2 (Association des
archivistes du Quebec), Quebec;

-- The Litery and Historical Society of Quebec Transactions: The
Intellectual Heritage of Quebec's English-Speaking Community (Literary
and Historical Society of Quebec), Quebec;

-- Archives and Heritage: A Vast Laboratory (Musee regional de Rimouski),

-- A Living Past: Promoting and Preserving the Archival Legacy of Yvette
Seguin-Theriault and the Families of Ripon (Comite du patrimoine de
Ripon), Ripon.

The deadline to apply for the next funding cycle (2017-18) is January
27, 2017.

Consult the list of the 2016-2017 recipients from Quebec and other provinces and territories:

Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of June 2016 

As of today, 297,013 of 640,000 files are available online via our Soldiers of the First World War: 1914-1918 database.

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. So far, we have digitized the following files:

Latest box digitized: Box 5003 and Karpuk.

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.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 13 June 2016

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. 

Social Media 

(Partly Audio) Tree-ring expert uses attic beams to date historic Sackville homes 

Conservation biologist Ben Phillips has been spending a lot of time lately in dusty attics and dank basements in the Sackville area. 

(Photos) Town commemorates 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway 

The community came together Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway. 

The event is considered to be one of the defining battles in Canada history. 

(Video) Royal Newfoundland Regiment Museum opens at CFS St. John's 

Lines of faded military uniforms and memorabilia related to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment were unveiled at a new museum in Pleasantville in St. John's Wednesday. 

Newspaper Articles 

Newfoundland and Labrador 

Remote Sensing Satellite Uncovers Astonishing New Evidence of Viking Presence in Newfoundland, Canada

Read about William James Veall, and his work on the 'Stream Drift Chart', and his belief that “voyagers from Greenland to Newfoundland almost certainly made use of the Labrador Current which, when ocean currents were favorable, would drift them past the very rugged and somewhat inaccessible rocky coastline of northern Newfoundland right into the mouth of the more peaceful Gulf of St. Lawrence”. 

Elliston-based Great War committee to bury time capsule for 100th anniversary commemoration 

With the 100th anniversary of the battle of Beaumont Hamel in the First World War on July 1, a local war commemoration committee is looking to remember the event by creating some history of their own. 

Nova Scotia 

Viola Desmond family documents donated to Beaton Institute 

The youngest sister of Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond has donated her collection of family documents to the Beaton Institute of Cape Breton University. 

New Brunswick 

Phenomenal war exhibit on display in Oromocto 

A new display has opened at the New Brunswick Military History Museum in Oromocto, just ahead of the 72nd anniversary of D-Day. 

From Vimy to D-Day is travelling across the country to highlight Canada's involvement in both World Wars. 


JOY OF GENEALOGY: Newspapers can provide surprising family stories 

Genealogists seem to forget or simply ignore newspapers as a great source of knowledge. 

The R.B. Bennett statue is in town. Let's get it to Parliament Hill 

Bennett was an engaged citizen. He was a city councillor, territorial representative, a member of Alberta’s provincial legislature, then founding leader of the Alberta Conservative Party. He won a federal seat and served in Robert Borden’s cabinet. In 1927 he became leader of the federal Tories and, in 1930, Canada’s prime minister. 

Corduroy road likely one of Waterloo's first-ever European built roads 

A corduroy road unearthed by construction crews on King Street in Uptown Waterloo dates back two centuries and is likely one of the first ever roads built by Euro-Canadian settlers in the region, according to a senior archaeologist. 


History Matters: Metis once not counted in census 

It’s census time again. Statistics Canada is counting heads, as well as gathering other information that will be invaluable for planning and future genealogical historical research.

British Columbia 

In defence of history: Fred Soofi's crusade to save Port Moody's old homes 

The arrival of the Evergreen SkyTrain line and accompanying condo boom means an uncertain future for many of Port Moody's historical homes. 

Canadian Stories this Week 

New Courses on Ancestry Academy

Do you know that the Ancestry Academy’s online course library continues to grow? Not only do they have four new full-length courses, but they have added a variety of short Getting Started and beginner videos—with more to come each month!

These shorter videos are accessible from the Ancestry Academy home page, as well as through links on relevant pages of the Ancestry website and its related product sites, Fold3 and

I noted that Ancestry was the sponsor of the in-between videos of the live streaming at last weekend's Jamboree, and they were very good.

The three new videos that may interest you are -

Discovering the History of Your House on Ancestry, with Marian Pierre-Louis

Family History: Putting the Pieces Together, with Donna M. Moughty 

Behind the Scenes: The Science Behind AncestryDNA Results, with Catherine A. Ball, PhD 

They are on 

There is more news from Ancestry this past week, when they released a press release to say that the Archives of Ontario is pleased to announce a partnership with to provide online access to Ontario's Vital Statistics records. will digitize and index original Vital Statistics records as they are transferred from the Registrar General's office to the Archives of Ontario and provide online access to these records on their website 

All of these digitized records will be made available on the website for free in the Archives of Ontario Reading Room as well as in all public libraries across Ontario.

As of June 4, marriages from 1933 and 1934, and deaths from 1943 are available on website.
Also, deaths from 1944 will be released later this year.
Please note that the 1869-1911 births, 1869-1927 marriages and 1869-1937 deaths continue to be available on the Family Search website at

The question I have been asking lately  - “Is blogging dead?”  - raised it's ugly head again.
Randy Seaver, a blogger whose blog is Genea-Musings, noted at the Jamboree in Burbank last weekend that it was “the first one without a Blogger panel or special event of some sort”, and Louis Kessler's with his Behold Genealogy blog had seven blogs, including his own. 1,2
So what do you think? I read blogs, Facebook, and Google Alerts because it is part of my job, but I wonder how many other people do. I see the same people at these places, and not many new people with Blogs, or on Facebook. 
1. Randy Seaver, Ten Takeaways From the #SCGS2016 Genealogy Jamboree blog post, June 7, 2016; ( accessed 08 June 2016), Genea-Musings.
2 Louis Kessler, The OGS 2016 Conference Blog Compendium, June 7, 2016;
( accessed 09 June 2016), Behold Genealogy.

South Shore Genealogical Club
A friend of ours, Cheryl Lamerson, of the South Shore Genealogical Club in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, is opening a new SSGS Research Centre on Saturday, 11 June between 1 and 4.

Their new research centre is at the Lunenburg Academy, Room 203 and the ribbon cutting is at 2 pm.

They have been busy moving in their archives, setting them up, and preparing the materials for the opening day.

If you are in the area, be sure to drop by the opening. Or if you have an ancestor in the Lunenburg area, but cannot get to the place, you can contact them at

The website of the SSGC is at

And that was the week in Canadian news!
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 06 June 2016

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.

Social Media 

(Blog) Digging for my Roots 

Barbara Keene Garrett is a blogger, and she is researching some of her French-Canadian ancestors. 

On her mother’s side, the names she is searching for are: Wells, Soland, Gard, Kesterson, Kendall, Woodruff, Norwood, and Stewart, and on her father's side, she is researching Keene, Bergeron, Gaumond, Thompson, Kent, Ashton, and Breed.  

Newspaper Articles 

Newfoundland and Labrador 

Who's the lady in the locket?: Piece of WW I history contains clue to mysterious love story 

A locket that's been in the Reid family for 100 years holds a mystery and the makings of a love story. 

New Brunswick 

Saint John's Loyalist House renovations near completion 

The Saint John "Loyalist House" is nearing the end of a $600,000 repair job that started two months ago. The house is a year away from the 200th anniversary of its construction in 1817. 

Prince Edward Island 

Blanket exercise helps teach history from Indigenous perspective 

Dozens of people took part in a different kind of history lesson in Charlottetown on Saturday. 

The Mass Blanket Exercise was an activity designed to help people see history through the eyes of Indigenous peoples. 

Blocked road to Cape Tryon lighthouse could soon reopen

People may soon be able drive down the dirt road leading to Cape Tryon lighthouse, one of the most iconic in the province. 


The Franklin Exploration 

Join us as we reawaken one of the largest manhunts in Canadian history: the search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition, an Arctic venture that went horribly wrong 170 years ago. The museum is the Royal Ontario Museum. 

102nd Anniversary Of Komagata Maru’s Arrival In Burrard Inlet Observed 

102 years ago Monday, a tired group of would-be migrants – all British subjects – sailed into Burrard Inlet. They were met with the fear and hatred of the local populace, at a time when Empire subjects should have been welcomed with open arms.  

Laurentian University adopts 'preferred name' policy 

Laurentian University has implemented a new system it hopes will help students and faculty in the transgender community. 

Ottawa River to receive heritage designation 

After a decade of inexplicable delay, the federal government is poised to announce the designation of the Ottawa River as one of 42 heritage rivers in Canada. 


Doors Open Winnipeg gears up for day 2 

Doors Open Winnipeg was open the 28 and 29 of May. The event was organized by Heritage Winnipeg. 


Largest flight school in Saskatchewan turns 70 

It's been 70 years since Harold Mitchinson first opened his own flight school in Saskatoon following a stint as a flight instructor in the Second World War. 

Now, it's the largest flight school in Saskatchewan. 


The Canadian Rockies through the eyes of history’s travellers 

With a Calgary departure at five in the morning, a sky transforming from a deeper blue to a paler version, and an early slanted sun striking the peaks at Canmore and soon lighting up whole mountains near Banff, the mountain cracks and corners normally obscured by later flat light were fully detailed and on display. 

British Columbia 

Saving a fading icon, Centennial Totem Pole slated for renewal 

Hewn from red cedar, Mungo Martin's iconic Centennial Totem Pole had been telling history to the sky since 1958, but weather, insects and time are taking their toll. 

Tokyo connection keeps memories of the Vancouver Asahi baseball team alive 

In 2005, when the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame inducted the Asahi team, it named 75 former players as medallists for their contributions as athletes. It was also a poignant nod to the times in which the Vancouver Asahi played 

Historic house safe from demolition — for now 

A historic house in Vancouver is safe from demolition - for now. Vancouver city councillors Tuesday gave the 94-year-old house temporary heritage protection for 120 days. 

The North 

Fire at Yellowknife's St. Patrick's Church deemed suspicious 

A suspicious fire damaged the outside of St. Patrick's Catholic Church early Saturday morning in Yellowknife. 

Canadian Stories this Week 

OGS Conference + Jamboree Conference 2016 
The annual Ontario Genealogical Society's Conference was held this past weekend, with lots of interesting lectures and activities.

For more, please visit the OGS online at

I didn't go this year, but since it will be held in Ottawa next year, I will be there!

For our American friends, the Southern California Genealogical Society held its Jamboree this past weekend. Read Randy Seaver's SCGS 2016 Genealogy Jamboree Blog Compendium, or view the webcasts at

Why the interest in California? I'm researching my Haley ancestors from Nova Scotia who went to Alameda, and even brought their own lumber on the ship for a new house ...

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

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Publishers Elizabeth and Mario Lapointe 

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 30 May 2016

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 1948, Canadian war ace Buzz Beurling was killed when his plane crashed during a flight to Rome. Beurling was recognized as "Canada's most famous hero of Second World War", as "The Falcon of Malta" and the "Knight of Malta", having been credited with shooting down 27 Axis aircraft in just 14 days over the besieged Mediterranean island. Before the war ended, his official total was 31. 

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Social Media 

(Tweet) Tweeting the Great War: Free Press retraces steps of Winnipeg soldier 

While fighting in the First World War, Cpl. Stanley Evan Bowen also fought to keep the flame alive between him and his sweetheart in Winnipeg by writing more than 150 letters. 

(Video) Celebration plans for Canada’s 150th anniversary announced in Saskatoon 

A national physical activity advocate will receive $5.4 million from the Canadian government to help mark the country’s 150th anniversary next year, according to an announcement made in Saskatoon Wednesday morning. 

(Video) Peace by Piece project threads WW I history together in quilts 

Peace by Piece, an exhibit showcasing a collection of quilts commemorating the First World War held its grand opening Saturday, honouring the men and women involved in the Great War. 

(Video) Ghost Town Mysteries: can Sandon, B.C. be saved forever? 

Across British Columbia, there is a common thread to how our historical towns are maintained – or rather, for the most part, aren’t. 

There is Barkerville and Fort Steele, heritage towns that have survived and become tourist attractions. 

But much more common are the dozens of ex-towns spread throughout every region where virtually nothing remains. 

(BLOG) Salt Lake City in September 

Jane MacNamara and a group of fellow researchers are heading to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City this September. 

The particulars of the trip are at 

Newspaper Articles 

Newfoundland and Labrador 

Harbour Grace courthouse placed on national list of endangered sites 

The National Trust for Canada has identified the Harbour Grace courthouse as one the top 10 endangered historic places in Canada. 

Great walks on the Rock: top 5 hikes in Newfoundland 

Hikers in the province will find history mingles with stunning scenery along its varied trails. 

Nova Scotia 

Halifax’s wartime history evoked in Battle of the Atlantic ceremony 

As the Battle of the Atlantic ceremony proceeded at the Sailors Memorial in Point Pleasant Park on Sunday, May 1, HMCS Montréal stood just offshore to carry out the committal of ashes ceremony while the Charlottetown sailed past on her way out to sea, and a container ship sailed up the harbour towards the container terminal. 

New Brunswick 

Dorchester students successful at regional heritage fair 

Five students from Dorchester attended the regional fair, and each student came back home with an award. Madison Holmes, Kassandra Goodland, Phaedra Williams, Dominick Fournier, and Cadence Nelson were all successful. 


CFB Borden making Canadian history with sacred soil collected at Vimy Ridge

For the first time in Canadian history, sacred soil recovered from a World War 1 battlefield in France will be repatriated in a ceremony to be held in Barrie next month.​  

Canadian Canal Society supports Welland Canal Memorial 

The Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force has received support from the Canadian Canal Society. 

Canada’s threatened heritage 

Canada’s iconic wooden grain elevators, a wooden Ukrainian church, the prairie grasslands, a particular lighthouse- these are all parts of Canadian heritage that have been listed as ‘threatened’ this year. 

Why Ottawa needs a national museum of Indigenous Peoples 

Walking down the tree-lined Mall in Washington, D.C., an Ottawa visitor might notice a familiar-looking building: the National Museum of the American Indian. 


Riding Mountain National Park to offer expanded Indigenous culture programming 

Parks Canada will offer more programming for visitors to learn about Indigenous culture and heritage in Riding Mountain National Park this summer. 

Make your list of Mustseeums 

Whether you’re inspired by nature or fascinated by history, Manitoba has you covered when it comes to museums. With over 270 across the province, there are more than a few that are likely on your must see list. We call those ‘mustseeums’! 

Manitoba celebrates provincial flag’s golden anniversary 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Manitoba flag, and the provincial government will commemorate the milestone with a special exhibit. 

Manitoba Museum sees record attendance Saturday 

The Manitoba Museum broke a record over the weekend, hosting 9,934 people in one day. 

The Museum offered free admission on Manitoba Day this past Saturday, marking our province’s 146th birthday. 

The crowd beat out the previous record by 53 per cent — 6,500 visits on a day in 2014 


Railway Museum picking up steam 

The Alberta Railway Museum held its season opening on the Victoria Day long weekend and is now welcoming locomotive enthusiasts from Fort Saskatchewan and the area to experience a ride on their 1913 steam-powered train. 

British Columbia 

42 sites to explore during Doors Open Richmond weekend 

Fancy trying dragon boating or taking a behind-the-scenes tour of a museum as an exhibition is installed? How about adding your own creative touch to a piece of community artwork? These are just some of the options offered at 42 arts, culture and heritage sites during the ninth annual Doors Open Richmond on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. 

Barkerville history celebrated in documentary series 

There may seem like no shortage of stories from the gold rush town of Barkerville, but a pair of researchers have gone rather far afield to find stories of Barkerville's citizens. 

Indonesian Canadian society to launch project to record community history 

While the historical stories of Chinese and Japanese Canadians have been recorded and told, another group of Asian Canadians is hoping to do the same for their community. 

Canadian Stories this Week is 15 years old! 

FamilySearch started with two key databases, which included Ancestral File and the International Genealogical File (IGI), along with a few minor genealogical databases 15 years ago. I remember it well! The site originally provided access to 400 million names. Today, FamilySearch contains more than 3.2 billion records. Isn't that amazing! 

The press release says that “Over the past 15 years, FamilySearch has gone through a number of changes and revisions. Users can now access billions of digitized images of original records. It now offers a single unified pedigree called Family Tree, which allows users to work with each other to coordinate their work, thus dramatically reducing needless duplication of effort.File and the International Genealogical File (IGI), along with a few minor genealogical databases. The site originally provided access to 400 million names. Today, FamilySearch contains more than 3.2 billion records.” 

And this week, in her weekly Wacky Wednesday hangout, Dear Myrt, went over the FamilySearch Pilot Indexing Tool, which is a Cloud Based Extension which will allow you to index the books the the Family history Library have at Salt Lake City which has your family name in them. 

Well, this is finally getting down to the nitty-gritty of the library. By indexing these books that have the names we are researching, we done't have tp wait for them to be completed be someone else. 

They won't be checked by someone else to the correctness, as it is done in the indexing programme, but they will be indexed. 

So take a look. What do you think? Is this a step forward? 

You can go to to view the video. You must register first at 

Canada Day celebrations 

The Department of Canadian Heritage is calling for volunteers to help with this year’s Canada Day celebrations. 

Volunteers will be assigned to Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History, where a total of about 350,000 visitors normally gather to partake in the festivities. 

Responsibilities of the 500 or so volunteers will include handing out flags, controlling crowds and helping people with special needs, among other tasks.

Manulife Financial Corp. will be this year’s sponsor for the volunteer program. 

You can email the Canadian Heritage Volunteer Centre at to obtain a copy of the application form or download the PDF version (1.3 MB), or call the Canadian Heritage Volunteer Centre at 819-956-2626. 

If you need more information, you can contact the following - 

The position that are required, are listed at

And that was the week in Canadian news!

This e-newspaper has been published since April 2012! 

Be sure to tell your friends about us. 

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Publishers Elizabeth and Mario Lapointe 

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 23 May 2016

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. 

Social Media 

(Video) Cité Mémoire: History comes alive in Old Montreal 

For the next four years, the trees, buildings and cobblestone streets of Old Montreal will be lit with a series of projections inspired by the history of the city. 

Newspaper Article

Prince Edward Island 

Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst, P.E.I. gets $500K in upgrades 

Visitors to Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National historic site in Rocky Point, P.E.I., will notice some improvements this season, as the park is undergoing $500,000 in upgrades. 

Tiny east-coast island losing land to the sea 

Lennox Island - off the northwest coast of Prince Edward Island - is in a battle with the sea, and the sea is winning. 

New Brunswick 

Little Free Library makes Saint John debut 

A bright red box in the shape of an over sized birdhouse sits attached to a tree in Bob Arseneault and Cindy Moyer's front lawn. The tiny library fits no more than 100 books, and the catalogue is constantly changing as people pick up a new favourite and leave behind something they've loved and want to pass on. 


Nellie McClung top choice for first Canadian woman on banknote: Poll 

Famous Five activist Nellie McClung is the No. 1 choice to become the first Canadian woman on the face of one of the country's banknotes, according to a recent online survey.

A look inside Kitchener's old Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 50 

The old Kitchener Legion building at 48 Ontario Street North could be the city's next arts hub according to a report that will be presented to the Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee on May 30 

Damage to Woodside National Historic Site pegged at $10,000, Parks Canada says 

Parks Canada says it will cost about $10,000 to repair damage caused by vandals at the Woodside National Historic Site in Kitchener overnight Sunday.  

In total, 66 panes of glass were broken in ground floor windows. 


Town of Kindersley, Sask., seeking city status 

The town of Kindersley is ready for an upgrade. 

Kindersley Town Council has voted in favour of submitting a request to the provincial government to give the community city status.  

British Columbia 

B.C. man trying to reunite lost wedding photo with its owners 

A Cloverdale man is trying to reunite a lost wedding photo with its rightful owners. 

George Bencze, a former photo technician at a Langley Shoppers Drug Mart, discovered the image sitting in the store's unclaimed pile more than three and half years ago and he's been hoping someone would return for it. 

Komagata Maru apology: Ship's story represents 'dark chapter' of Canada's past 

It's an apology more than a century in the making. 

Nearly 102 years after the Komagata Maru sailed into Vancouver, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will tomorrow (Wed) offer a full apology in the House of Commons for the government of the day's decision to turn away the ship, which was carrying hundreds of South Asian immigrants, most of whom were Sikhs. 

Canadian Stories this Week  

This weekend has been our first weekend of the summer, and since the weather was so nice, we were out enjoying it like the rest of our neighbors. So the CWR is very short this week. 

Hope you enjoyed your weekend, and we shall see you next Monday. 

And that was the week in Canadian news!

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