Monday, August 24, 2015

Canadian Week in Review (CWR) 23 August 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

In 1860, Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) arrived in Montreal during a tour of British North American colonies.

It took him 2 months to tour the provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Upper Canada (Ontario), and Lower Canada (Quebec).

To read about King Edward VII, go to

Social Media

(Video) Heavy horse centre opening next week at Assiniboine Park Zoo

Visitors to Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo can soon learn about heavy horses, the "gentle giants" that had a prominent role in Manitoba's early history, at a new exhibit opening next week.

Newspaper Articles

Nova Scotia

HISTORY: Black River - history of a community

The occasion was the official opening of the new community hall in Black River, a hall that sprang from the ashes when the former school that had been standing for well over a century burned to the ground.

ED COLEMAN HISTORY: Etna, Vesuvius – two county ghost communities,-Vesuvius-%26ndash%3B-two-county-ghost-communities/1

To my surprise, Black River isn’t profiled in the book, at least not under that name. Yet a couple of Kings County communities are profiled that either don’t exist or were never officially recognized as communities. Etna and Vesuvius are two such communities that come to mind.

New Brunswick

Fort Beauséjour - Fort Cumberland to host presentation on First World War NB pilots

Fort Beauséjour - Fort Cumberland National Historic Site will host a special presentation on First World War New Brunswick pilots, including Albert Desbrisay Carter, one of Canada's top ace pilots of the time who was from Point de Bute.


Cardinal Collins marks 400 years since first Mass in Ontario

Four centuries ago, the first Mass west of Quebec was celebrated in the Huron-Wendat village of Carhagouha. On Aug. 15, Toronto's Cardinal Thomas Collins returned to that spot to mark the 400th anniversary of the event.

Exploring Champlain's city portage routes

A new book recounting Samuel de Champlain's portage routes through Peterborough is about to be published, 400 years after the French explorer's travels here.

Finding Champlain's Dream was co-written by Elwood Jones, the archivist with Trent Valley Archives, along with Alan Brunger and Peter Adams.

John By's answer to the homeless problem

This is an article about the squatters' villages which sprag up during the building of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.


Naming bridges not complicated

It's nearly incomprehensible that 25 months after the opening of the bridge on Circle Drive South, with another two bridges expected to be built within three years, city council is still struggling to come up with an easy way to name Saskatoon's iconic structures that goes beyond a prosaic geographical description.

British Columbia

Lost piece of family history returned after 4 decades

Isn't this great news! One mystery auction and more than 15,000 km later, this 140-year-old family Bible goes home.

The Stories This Week 

New direction of the Ontario Genealogical Society blog

There has been quite a few changes at the Ontario Genealogical Society over the past couple years, and now there is a change of what you see at their blog.

In years past, it use to be the place where the news was posted, now, since March of this year, it is the place where you go to learn how to do Ontario genealogy. The news have been moved to the Facebook page.

So far the following articles have been posted -

Using the “Between” Records – County and City Directories

Finding/Researching Your Canadian World War I Soldier Ancestor

Finding/Researching Your Canadian World War 1 Soldier Ancestor- Part 2

Making a Connection between Official Records

Men of the “Cloth”-Tracking Records for Preachers, Pastors and Priests

Family Stories – Truth or Fiction?

Who is She Actually? How Names Can Change in a Person’s Lifetime

So You Think That You Have a Brickwall- Part 1

So You Think That You Have a Brickwall-Part 2

So You Think You Have a Brickwall- Part 3

The Personals- More Than You Wanted to Know

What do you of a society using their blog to post research articles? Have you found these articles helpful?


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