If anyone subscribes to the Highgrader—a
magazine about Northern Ontario—one will find a column of mine in the
recent August/September issue called “What Happens to my Family History
Now?”, which discusses where a person can deposit their genealogy.
And in the fall issue of Highgrader, I have
another column entitled “... And now, Genealogy goes to school”, which
talks about National Institution of Genealogical Studies at the
University of Toronto.
The address for the magazine is Highgrader Magazine, P.O. Box 624, Timmins, ON P4N 1E9
Ryan Taylor Scholarship Fund
If you wish to contribute to the Ryan Taylor Scholarship Fund, please go to <www.genealogycanada.com/Ryan.htm>.
Ryan passed away September 25th, 2006 while in Toronto filming part of Ancestors in Our Attic at <www.history.ca>.
Send Your “Best Wishes” to Ken Aiken
And some sad news has reached me on another person
whom I met this past spring at the Ontario Genealogical Society's
seminar in Oshawa, and that is Ken Aiken, who had just moved to British
Columbia from Alberta and who now has been diagnosed with ALS (also
known as Lou Gehrig's Disease).
If you wish to pass on Best Wishes to Ken, please e-mail him at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. His blog is found online at <www.genealogy-education.com>.
Guest Editor of the OGS Newsleaf
And your editor, Elizabeth Lapointe, has been the guest editor of Newsleaf for
the November issue, and will also be guest editor for the February
issue of the Ontario Genealogical Society's (OGS) newsletter. The
website is <www.ogs.on.ca>.
The OGS is the largest genealogical society in
Canada, and it holds a conference every spring. This year coming, it
will be held in Ottawa. For more on the conference, please visit <www.ogsottawa.on.ca>.
Genealogical Society Changes Name
The Shelburne County Genealogy Society (Nova Scotia)
changed its name to the Shelburne County Archives & Genealogical
Society. It was voted as such in the September meeting, and Kim Walker
was appointed as archivist.
Their latest newsletter says that “... this more
accurately describes our institution as an established archives and an
institutional member of the Council of Nova Scotia Archives since 1995.”
If you would like to get in touch with the society,
the address is: P.O. Box 248, Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0. The website is <http://nsgna.ednet.ns.ca/shelburne>, and their email is <email@example.com>.
Signature of Agreement
A Signature of Agreement between the British Isles
Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) and the Canadian
Genealogy Centre was signed on Thursday, September 7th, 2006.
The purpose of this agreement is to provide data for
additional years and make revisions to the existing database of
children who were sent to Canada from Great Britain from 1869 to 1930.
It is estimated that 100,000 or more Home Children came to Canada
between the ages of 6 months and their mid-20s, and were either adpoted
or brought to Canada as farm labourers, domestic servants, or helpers
from institutions in Great Britain.
BIFHSGO will complete the indexation of names of
children found in various archival records held by Library and Archives
The website of the Home Children is <www.bifhsgo.ca/home_children.htm>.
Christmas Trees Cut in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia's 35 year-old tradition of presenting a Christmas tree to
the people of Boston continues this year with a 12 metre white spruce
tree cut from Alan Broome's property in New Ross, Lunenburg County.
The tree was cut down under the supervision of
a forester instructor with the Nova Scotia Community College, and was
transported to Boston Common where a tree lighting was held on
Thursday, November 30.
Further, for ten years, Shelburne, Nova Scotia has
donated a Christmas Tree to Gloucester, Massachusetts, and this year's
tree was was lit on November 25th.
Shelburne and Gloucester (its twin community) feel
very close, since many sailors and fishermen have been lost there over
the years from the southwestern shore of Nova Scotia.
Archives Offers New Internet Research Tool
A new online research system offers free website
access to archival descriptions, photographs, and library records held
by the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
Called HeRMIS—for Heritage Resource Management
Information System—it is a serachable accessible database that allows
users to view archival holdings and new collections will be made
available as they become available.
A new book, An Administrative History of the Government of Alberta, 1905-2005, will also be published.
“These two new resources give Albertans, and people
around the world, unprecedented access to Alberta's history and
heritage,” said Community Development Minister Denis Ducharme.
Work is currently underway on HeRMIS to include
holdings of other museums and facilities operated by Alberta Community
Development. The archives is one of the first facilities to provide
electronic access to the majority of its collection through HeRMIS.
The website is <www.archivesalberta.org>.
Government of Ontario Modernizes Services
October 19, 2006, the government of Ontario introduced legislation that
will permit the holdings of the Archives of Ontario to be modernized,
ensuring that the provincial heritage is preserved and accessible
through the best methods available, including electronic and digital
The Archives of Ontario added new fonds to its
Archives Descriptive Database, and some of them include: the business
records from Thomas G. Brown (F4443), who operated a church Interiors
from 1905-2002; the Mitchell Photographs of Muskoka and Toronto
(F4468); the Peter Smith Architect Inc., (F4446), which explains the
records left to the archives; and the Bernard Rasch fonds (F4447), who
was a Toronto-based architect who was in practice from 1972 to 2002.
Visit the holdings at <www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/about/new_in_add.htm>.
Louis Riel Day Ceremonies
On November 16th, special presentations honouring nine First Nations
Chiefs and Warriors who were hung along with Louis Riel in 1885, as
well as a reading of a speech by Gabriel Dumont about his last day with
Riel, were conducted at a Commemorative Ceremony at Queen's Park.
presentation was made to Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief John
Beaucage by Métis Nation of Ontario President Tony Belcourt.
Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture,
language, and heritage, and with an ancestral homeland that covers
Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and parts
of the Northwest Territories in Canada, and part of the northwestern
For a site to visit on Métis genealogy, please go to <www.othermetis.net>.
Oral History of Great War Goes Online
Library and Archives Canada—along with the Department of Veterans
Affairs Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)—has
launched a web exhibit featuring recorded interviews of veterans who
served in the Canadian Forces during the First World War (1914-1918).>
histories of the First World War are divided into seven sections:
Second Ypes, Vimy Ridge, War in the Air, The Somme, Trench Warfare,
Passchendale, and Perspectives on War.>
<>> <>Each section is made up of one-on-one interviews selected from In Flanders Field,
a CBC radio broadcast which was divided into a 17-part series, and was
350 hours long, running from November 11, 1964 to March 7, 1965, and
which was put together by the CBC to commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the First World War.>
Ontario Trucking Association Makes Photos Available
The Ontario Trucking Association is digitizing its historical photo
archives of more than 1,000 pictures depicting the evolution of
trucking in Canada.
“Among researchers and historians the OTA collection has been of
consideration interest for many years,” said OTA president David
Bradley. “The collection will now be even more accessible while at the
same time be safeguarded against damage, loss and theft. The move to
digitize the collection dovetails perfectly with OTA's 80th
The collection starts in the 1950s and contains many rare images.
Once the collection is digitized, it will be available through the OTA web site at <www.ontruck.org>.
Website Pick of the Month!
Dave Obee, a genealogist on the western coast of Canada, has started
Cangenealogy.com - a links site with a difference.
The aim of the site is to limit “the links to the ones that
we feel will have the greatest value to researchers --- and we are
ranking them, with the most important ones … at the top.”
It includes links to all of the Canadian provinces and territories,
genealogy events, Acadian, Loyalist, Métis/First Nations, military, and
to other links such as maps, and Essential Tools, such as software and
forms and charts.
He says that they are open to all suggestions and
updates. They will consider any site of general genealogical interest.
If you have a site to suggest, please contact him at <Daves@genealogyunlimited.com>.
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