February, 2007 News
Western Nova Scotia Genealogy Societies Receive Funding
(This news feature is divided into topics of Genealogy, Heritage, and History)
Bonus Feature - Website Pick of the Month!
|2007 anniversaries include -|
- 50th anniversary of Terra Nova National Park
- 100th anniversary of Jasper National Park
- 100th anniversary of the University of Saskatchewan
- 100th anniversary of the founding of the Scouts in Canada
- 150th anniversary of Canada’s capital city - Ottawa (Ontario)
The Western Counties Regional Library is leading a
genealogical tourism project for museums and historical societies in
Yarmouth, Shelburne, and Digby counties.
“A strong heritage sector is a key contributor to
Nova Scotia’s economic and social growth,” said Len Goucher, Minister
of Tourism, Cultural and Heritage. “We have a rich and diverse network
of heritage organizations and we’re proud to invest in projects that
help them add value to the quality of life in Communities, and
contribute to tourism.”
The organization receiving funding will also
contribute to the projects, for a combined investment of nearly
Wanted: Data Entry Personnel
The Provincial Office of the Ontario Genealogical
Office (OGS) is seeking two or three data entry personnel for a project
that will end on March 31st.
Some familiarity with computers, databases, and
websites is needed. Training on specific programs will be provided.
Some flexibility in hours is possible, including part-time. The work
requires attendance at our office, which is located in the Yonge
& Eglinton area, and is close to the subway.
Please submit a resume, including wage expectations
to: Website Project, Ontario Genealogical Society, 102-40 Orchard View
Blvd., Toronto, ON M4R 1B9. Fax: 416.489.9803.
The website is <www.ogs.on.ca>.
February 15th - National Flag of Canada Day
February 15th marks the day in 1965 when our flag
was first raised over Parliament Hill, and in hundreds of communities
all across the country. This year, it is 42 years old.
The website <www.pch.gc.ca/special/flag-drapeau/index_e.cfm>
says that “while we are still a relatively young country, our rich and
fascinating history is only equalled by our incredible spirit and
vitality that will define our future.”
If you visit the page, be sure to go to “Defining
Moments in Canadian History” and “Did you Know ...?” sections.
National Heritage Day
The 3rd Monday in February is Heritage Day, which is
meant “... to encourage the preservation and promotion of Canada’s
nationally significant historic, architectural, natural and scenic
Go to <www.heritagecanada.org/eng/h_day.html> to find out what events are being held in various places across the country.
Heritage day is not a national holiday, but “all
Canadians are invited to celebrate the day“ by learning about Canada’s
immense historical, cultural, and natural heritage. Discover all of its
beauty, diversity, and vitality.”
Canada Announces Infrastructure Support
(OTTAWA) On December 4th, 2006, the Honourable Bev Oda, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, and the Honourable John Baird,
former President of the Treasury Board, announced funding of over
$100-million dollars over the next five years for the following five
Canadian Heritage Portfolio organizations -
Minister Oda says that
“The national museums are the keepers of our most treasured and
significant heritage... Today we are ensuring that the arts and our
cultural heritage will play an essential role in the lives of Canadians
for years to come.”
- Canadian Museum of Nature
- National Gallery of Canada
- Canadian Museum of Civilization
- Canadian Museum of Science and Technology
- National Arts Centre
John Baird said that “Ottawa is an important
showcase for Canadian culture and heritage. Canada’s new government is
helping to ensure that our museums and cultural centres have the
support they need to preserve our shared history, and promote Canadian
The funding will address urgent capital and
infrastructure challenges that have faced these institutions for
The Ontario Black History Society
The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) is a
non-profit registered Canadian charity which studies and preserves and
promotes Black History and Heritage .
It has a series of events planned in Ontario for
Black History Month in February. If you want to find out what is
available, please go to their website <www.blackhistorysociety.ca>.
90th Anniversary of Battle of Vimy Ridge
On April 9, 2007, thousands of Canadians and French
are expected to gather at the Vimy Memorial in France to celebrate and
remember the sacrifices and achievements of Canadians during this
critical battle of the First World War.
As well as events which will take place in France, a
national Vimy ceremony will take place on April 9th in Ottawa at the
National War Memorial.
The battle marked the first time that all four
divisions of the Canadian Corps went into battle together. The success
at Vimy earned Canadians a separate signature on the Versailles Peace
Treaty. Of the soldiers involved, more than 100,000 were injured, and
3,598 were killed.
The restoration of the Vimy Memorial was announced
in 2001 as part of the $30-million Canadian Battlefield Memorials
Restoration project, of which $20-million was spent on Vimy.
Website Pick of the Month!
Prospect, Nova Scotia's Genealogical Website
Prospect's (in Halifax County, Nova Scotia) genealogical website <http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~prospect> has recently been updated, and it is superb!
Prospect is a fishing village about 20 kilometres or
so from Halifax on the Chebucto Peninsula on the South Shore, and was
founded in the 1750s by Irish and English settlers.
The website notes that “... we are happy to say we are celebrating our seventh anniversary.
Since 1999 we have had well over 100,000 visitors, who have used the information on this website in their genealogical hunt.”
They have added eight new headings since December 1,
2006, and some of them include “Probate Records”, “Birth and Death
Records”, and pictures of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Cemeteries, surnames, maps, land grants, a guest
book, and pictures of Hurricane Juan (Sept. 28, 2003) have been added
to the site, and will prove to be very helpful to the researcher.
Even if you have no ancestors from Prospect, it is
worth your while to drop in for a minute and to look at the pictures.
They are worth a look just to see what the small village in this area
of Nova Scotia was like, and what the people had to endure who have
You can email the webmaster at <email@example.com>.
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