On January 1, 2007, the legal deposit system will be
extended to include maps and publications available over the Internet.
The Library and Archives Canada has noticed that
there is the trend toward publishing on the Internet, and the decision
was made as the result of consultations with commercial publishers and
The legal deposit form is online and it can be reached from <www.collectionscanada.ca/6/25/index-e.html>
or if you want, they can be contacted through the post at Legal
Deposit, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON
K1A 0N4, Tel: 819.997.9565. E-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Be sure to check my column “Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers Collection Now Online”, published at <www.genealogytoday.com>.
I have posted some items of interest on genealogy
and the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa on my writing website, <www.Scriptorium.ca>, so please drop in for a visit.
It may be a bit dated, but it's to be updated soon,
with more news on Beechwood Cemetery, and on the fight to honour the
builders of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa by naming a new pedestrian
bridge after them.
Canada’s National Trust
Much to my surprise, I read recently that Canada is to have a National
Trust - just like England, where heritage lands and buildings are
protected from developers. Five-million dollars for this has been put
in the budget as seed money.
Canada's trust will protect lands, buildings, and
national treasurers, and will be able to receive donations and
It will operate independent of government, and have a private sector board.
Archives of Ontario
There will be an Archives Awareness Week from April 1-7 at the Archives of Ontario.
The archives — in partnership with the City of
Toronto Archives — is hosting a unique and exciting event that promises
to bring documentary history alive.
“Voices from the Past: Archives and Authors” will
feature three authors: the first will be Barbara Greenwood, who has
written children's historical fiction books; Lawrence Hill, who has
written about blacks in Canada; and Michael Redhill, who has been with
Coach House Press and the Canadian literary magazine, the Brick.
For more information, please call 416.392.0558.
The Canadian Encyclopedia's New Design In
January of this year, the online version of the Canadian Encyclopedia
has improved its website so that articles are easier to find and to better “... showcase its uniquely Canadian content.”
“In the twenty years since it was first published,
this authoritative resource has been produced in print and CD-ROM, and
for the last five years, it has existed as a free, bilingual and fully
searchable online reference at histori.ca.”
Some of the online offerings include -
More than 40,000 articles and millions of facts about Canada;
An archives of Maclean's articles going back to 1995;
More than 70,000 visuals;
“On This Day”, “Quotes”, and “How about That”, featured on the front page; and
Hundreds of feature articles on a wide range of historical topics
Pottawatomi Tribe Hopes to Collect U.S. Payout
The Pottawatomi First Nation has launched a new bid for compensation in the U.S. Congress.
The plan to introduce a bill which will ask for
$1.8-million US for the tribes' Canadian exiles to settle the
19th-century debt owed to their ancestors.
They were driven from their traditional lands in
Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana, and some of them came to
Canada rather than re-settle west of the Mississippi River.
So far, the American government has refused to pay
any compensation, but they have asked Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii
to help them in their request.
Website Pick of the Month!
Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) <www.ogs.on.ca>
For those who are interested, the Ontario Genealogy
Society has a new website. They were successful in getting a Trillium
Grant last year, and they decided they needed a new website and used
part of the money to get one - and it looks great.
They still kept the basic layout but updated it to
make it more appealing and interesting to the visitor, and have
rearranged some information.
They now have a news section, and a much better section where the branches are listed.
So it is worthwhile to check out even if you are not
interested in Ontario, but would like to see how the largest genealogy
society in Canada has done their website.
Please note this disclaimer: I am the editor of their newsletter, Newsleaf.