April, 2007 News

(This news feature is divided into topics of Genealogy, Heritage, and History)

Bonus Feature - Website Pick of the Month!

“Genealogy News”
Legal Deposit
    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 content producers.
    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: <legal.deposit@lac-bac.gc.ca>.

    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.

“Heritage News”

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 contributions.
    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.

“History News”

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 -
    The Canadian Encyclopedia can be found online at <www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com>.

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)

    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.

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