Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Italian Canadians and World War II

A special travelling exhibition organized by the Columbus Centre of Toronto/Villa Charities will visit Windsor’s Community Museum from September 19th to December 13th. 

It says in the press release that “This exhibit explores the experiences of Italian Canadians following Italy‘s entry into World War II on the side of Germany. The political consequences within Canada of Italy‘s declaration of war in June 1940 deeply affected all spheres of ordinary life for Italian Canadians. Through video, audio, and text, the travelling exhibit puts a human face to this little-known period in Canadian history”. 

The exhibit will open September 19th, with a special screening of Piazza Petawawa (Director Rino Noto), a documentary telling the story of Italian-Canadians during World War II. The event runs from 4 – 6 pm. Refreshments will be available and admission is free. 

In addition, Dr. Walter Temelini, Professor Emeritus of the Italian Studies Department of the University of Windsor will hold a lecture entitled “The Italian Canadian Experience during World War II.” This event takes place at Windsor’s Community Museum on September 27th beginning at 2:00 pm and admission is free. 

The museum is located at 254 Pitt Street, Windsor, Ontario.The website is at

More microfilm put online has put on more microfilm online at the Héritage website.

I have picked out some of the microfilm that you may find interesting, Please be advised that none of these records have been indexed, although some of them may have internal indexes.

Canadian Army Courts Martial documents 

Census of the township of Augusta
Census of the City of Montreal, 1831
Census returns 1842: Canada West
Central registry files created by the Northwest Territories and Yukon Branch

Department of Militia and Defence: Yukon Garrison, nominal rolls and paylists
Department of Militia and Defence: 1903 Army Central Registry, subject files
Department of Militia and Defence: Contracts Branch letterbooks, 1895-1912
Department of Militia and Defence: Correspondence of the Deputy Minister’s office
Department of Militia and Defence: Register of correspondence of the Deputy Minister’s office, 1867-1903
Department of Militia and Defence: Special Forces nominal rolls and paylists
Department of Militia and Defence: Yukon Mortar Machine Gun Batteries

Department of Railways and Canals: Records related to Welland Canal
Department of Railways and Canals: Records related to the St. Lawrence Canals
Department of the Interior: Dominion Lands Branch: North-West Territories, Metis scrip applications
Department of the Interior: Dominion Lands Branch: North-West Territories, Index to Metis scrip applications

Parish archives for Richelieu County
Parish archives for Saint-Pierre de Sorel: baptisms, marriages and burials
Perth [Ontario] Military Settlement fonds
Peter Hunter collection and papers
Peter Robinson Collection
Port of Saint-Servan Archives 

The Héritage Portal is at 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tour of Nova Scotia Archives and Its Holdings

On Wednesday, September 24, 2014 the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia is inviting everyone to a Tour of Nova Scotia Archives and Its Holdings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Nova Scotia Archives, Akins Room (wheelchair accessible) is located at 6016 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The guest speaker will be Garry Shutlak, Senior Archivist, Public Archives of Nova Scotia

Garry will talk about the website and the genealogical resources found there followed by a tour of the 3rd Floor holdings.

Open to the general public. All are welcome. - Campbell River, British Columbia newspaper database has put on another database and this one concerns the index of birth, marriage, and death information from three newspapers serving the Campbell River, British Columbia, area in central Vancouver Island, and they are -

Campbell River Courier, 1947–1974

Comox Argus, 1917–1945

Campbell River Upper Islander, 1964–1990

Details vary depending on the paper and type of event, but you may find the following:

· name

· birth date and place

· christening date and place

· father’s name

· mother’s name

· spouse’s name

· marriage date and place

· death date and place

· age at death

· burial date and place

Information for this index was extracted by members of the Campbell River Genealogy Society.

The website is at

Facebook page

Monday, September 15, 2014

Quebec City's Museum of Civilization is on fire

The CBC has reported that Quebec City's Museum of Civilization is on fire. 

Apparently, the fire started around one o’clock, and the museum had been undergoing repairs at the time. 

There are no reported injuries. 

The website for the Museum of Civilization is at 

The Facebook page is at

Canadian Week in Review - 15 September 2014

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

History Week in Canada

On Sept 10, 1895, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal was opened.

For more on the history of Sault Ste. Marie, go to, Ontario
On Sept 13, 1886, the Canadian Pacific Telegram System was opened

Read about the Canadian Pacific Telegram System at
On Sept 15th, 1922, two brothers from Hamilton, Ontario — John and Alfred Billes — started Canadian Tire. Prior to 1922, it had been called the Hamilton Garage and Rubber Company.

To read the history of this iconic Canadian retail institution, go to

Social Media

(Video) Gone Again | Willow Anderson on the shifting of patterns
Learning how to shift in and out of a lifestyle where one person is gone and then returns takes patience from each partner as well as their families and friends

(Video) Heading to Alberta? The Rockies are amazing, but don't skip the Badlands
Loren Christie, travel writer for CTV, tells us not to forget that the large area east and southeast of Calgary offers a variety of sites and activities that are too good to be missed.

(Video) Cherryvale’s 87-year-old covered bridge being disassembled
The covered bridge has had to be removed from the Canaan River this week, after flooding and ice broke the bridge free in the spring.

The Man Who Lived Airplanes - The Life of Keith B. MacDonald
This is a new blog started by Bonnie Jean MacDonald from the US: she has been taking trips to Ontario to research her Loyalists ancestors.

Nova Scotia

This Week in Hants History (Sept. 11, 2014 edition),-2014-edition)/1
This weekly column looks at the history 25 and 50 years ago.

Bedford boy finds 1,500-year-old arrowhead on N.S. beach
Jack Milloy from Bedford has found a 1,500-year old arrowhead on a beach in southwestern Nova Scotia.

ED COLEMAN HISTORY: How did Kentville get its name?
Did you know that Kentville started out as Horton Corner? In 1826, it changed its name to Kentville.

Prince Edward Island

Down the line on P.E.I.
A special series on descendants of the Island Fathers of Confederation leads to surprises, trends, and opportunities to remember.


The First World War: Excerpts from the diary of Woodman Leonard
In this installment, the fear of gas attacks on the troops grew day by day, even on their horses.
For links to the other installments, visit last week's CWR post at -

African American cemetery could get Ontario heritage designation ntario-heritage-designation-1.2762159
A small group is working hard to try to preserve one of the 13 black cemeteries in the Windsor-Essex region by pushing for a provincial heritage designation.

Asking grandma beats online genealogical search
Chelsea Meloche found that if she asked her grandmother to fill her in with family facts, she could start in genealogy the right way – by asking the previous generations about one's family first.


Newest national museum set to open in Winnipeg celebrating human rights
When Canada's newest national museum opens next weekend, it will mark the end of a 14-year journey sparked by one family's desire to have Canadians learn about the struggle for — and the fragility of — freedom.


Royal history to be revealed on tour
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex will make his 37th visit to Canada, from Sept. 17 to 19, with stops in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, and Swift Current.

British Columbia 

New immigrants get taste of Canada and its history
A series of programs at the Chilliwack Family YMCA is doing its part to welcome new immigrants to Canada, educate them about our history, and make them feel at home right here in Chilliwack.

British Columbia moves to redress historical aboriginal hangings
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark agreed to look for ways to redress the execution of six chiefs during the Chilcotin War of 1864.

The value of heritage
The Anglican Diocese of B.C. has applied for a demolition permit of a heritage building in Victoria, causing uproar in the James Bay community.

Story of the Week

They have found a ship!

Parks Canada and their partners have been busy in the Arctic this summer looking for the Franklin Expedition (1845) which was trying to find the Northwest Passage, which would have been a shortcut to China from Europe. But on their second trip, Franklin and his ships never returned to England, and fleets of rescue ships over the years have never found them.

But this past week, one of the two original ships was found on the ocean floor. They don’t know which ship they have found so far, but at least, they have found one of them.

Here is what some of the newspapers were saying about the discovery -

Lost Franklin expedition ship found in the Arctic
Queen sends congratulations on image believed to be HMS Erebus or HMS Terror.

Manitoba history prof cheers Franklin expedition find
A University of Manitoba history professor says the discovery of one of the Franklin expedition ships will change the way he teaches his course in the future.

More than 150 years later, shipwreck is found where the Inuit said it was

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 22 September 2014.

Sunday, September 14, 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.