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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