Sunday, July 26, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News (CGN) 26 July 2015

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

There's always something new to see at Brantford's Canadian Military Heritage Museum.

There is going to be a rare German minenwerfer, or "mine launcher" that will be the centre of the open house that will be held Sunday, 02 August 2015 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The mine launcher was one of two captured by allied forces at Vimy Ridge in the First World War.

As well as free admission to the museum, the open house will include a performance by Brantford Pipes and Drums, historical re-enactors, 1812 cannon displays and machine gun firing. 

To see what is available go to

On Monday August 3, 2015 at the Ottawa Locks, Rideau Canal, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa, come and enjoy the events that will take place by the Ottawa River. The Ottawa Genealogical Society will be there.

In honour of 400 years of Francophone presence in Ontario, the celebrations will feature Voyages 400! programming highlighting the shared traditions of Francophone and Aboriginal cultures in the region.

Bytown Days wraps up August 3rd, with the 20th Annual Colonel By Day, featuring costumed characters and free interactive activities: processions, demonstrators, exhibitors & entertainment. Bytown Days is your PASTport to Ottawa’s By-gone days!

For further information, go to

Ever wondered how basketball got it's start in Almont, Canada? 

It was a Canadian Dr. James Naismith who invented basketball. Born in the Ottawa valley town of Almonte, province of Canada on November 6, 1861, James Naismith was orphaned at a very young age and was raised along with his older sister Annie and younger brother Robbie by his uncle and aunt.

He eventfully moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, but you can read about his early life in Canada at the Library and Archives Canada at their blog at

The title of the blog is James Naismith: his early formative years in Canada leading to the invention of basketball.