January, 2005 News

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

New Feature - Website Pick of the Month!


"Genealogy News"

01 January, 2005 - Update to Post 1901 Census Release
    Gordon Watts, Vice-Chair of the Canada Census Committee, says that the Senate and the House of Commons of the Canadian Parliament adjourned on Wednesday, 15 December, 2004. The Senate will not sit again until 01 February, 2005, and the Commons will not sit again until 31 January, 2005.
    Bill S-18 has not passed the Senate and remains adjourned in the name of Senator Kinsella.
    Gordon reminds everyone that while sending Season's Greetings to their Senator and/or Member of Parliament, not to forget to remind them that Bill S-18 is very important and should be passed.
    E-mail Gordon at <gordon_watts@telus.net>.

Made in P.E.I. Search Engine
    Try the search engine at <http://www.madeinpei.com> and your search is over! This search engine is exclusively about Prince Edward Island and contains a rating system of the websites and how many hits they have had.
    Put your favourite subject or person in the search engine to see what comes up!

"Bob's Your Uncle, Eh? ... A Search for Genealogy in Canada"
    The search engine has been absorbed into the Virtual Reference Library <http://www.virtualreferencelibrary.ca>, a combination website of the Toronto Reference Library and the North York Central Library, two of Toronto's reference and research facilities.
    Launched in 1999, the Virtual Reference Library now incorporates many genealogy websites in its finding aid search engine, such as research guides, as well as digital and library collections.

Nova Scotia Genealogy

    The first 10 issues of "The Genealogical Newsletter of the Nova Scotia Historical Society" published between 01 February, 1972 and October, 1975, are now available in Adobe Acrobat format at <http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Recreation/GANS>.
    A subject index is also available on the web for these, as well as for the remaining 30 issues in the series, and for "The Nova Scotia Genealogist" for the years 1982 to 2002.
    Under the Data Files on the left-hand side of the website, one will also find the funeral records of the Halifax Funeral Home and the vital statistics of The Colonel Patriot for the years 1827 to 1834 from Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Lunenburg County Cemeteries, Nova Scotia
    Version 2.32 of the Lunenburg Burial Index is now ready for download from the Lunenburg GenWeb site at <http://www.rootsweb.com/~canns/lunenburg>.
    This version includes the new Upper (New) Blue Rocks Cemetery listing recently completed, as provided by Betty Locke, adding about 500 new entries to the index.
    There are many cemeteries at this website from Lunenburg County and it is a "must" visit when completing a Lunenburg County genealogy.

The McCarthy Family of Ontario, Canada
    The website at <http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/c/c/Richard-Mccarthy-ON> features information on the McCarthy, Boles, Stull, Stewart, Weller and Ripley surnames in Ontario, as put on  the website by Richard McCarthy. His e-mail address is <jrich@niagara.com>.
    The website includes the surname list just mentioned, as well as an Index of Individuals, InternTree and Sources, the Descendants of Adam Boles, and the family tree of Henry McCarthy.

The Tulumello Family
    The <http://www.angelfire.com/ca/tully> website of the Tulumello Family - "A Genealogical research site for individuals with the Sicilian Surname - Tulumello".
    The writer of the website says that there are 1,500 to 2,500 individuals living around the world in such countries as England, France, Belgium Australia, the United States, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina.
    The e-mail is <ptulumello@hotmail.com>.



"Heritage News"

Heritage in Quebec

    The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network  <http://www.qahn.org> has four new heritage trails pamphlets! The pamphlets, "Abitibi-Temiscamingue", "Matapedia-Restigouche", "Bas St-Laurent", and the "Griffitiown and Point St. Charles Heritage Trails" complete the set of twenty pamphlets across the province.
    Their motto, "Let's Share Our Heritage", is the basis of their membership, and of many articles which appear on the website.

Old Montreal Has New Book
    OLD MONTREAL History through Heritage is now available in bookstores. It offers 300 pages with 270 illustrations and photographs of Old Montreal.
    As the press release says, "Learn just how much the district's rich architecture and its archaeological remains, streets, squares, courtyards, piers, public artworks, as well as it heirlooms and antique documents, can tell us about its history and that of the people who have lived there over the years."
    For more information, please visit <http://vieux.montreal.qc.ca/eng/comm_03/comm_03a.htm>.




"History News"

The Recents - Obituary Lists - Alberta and British Columbia - Canada
    The mission of the website at <http://www.rootsweb.com/~abwcobit> is to assist genealogists to find obituaries as published in the local newspapers of Edmonton and Calgary from the early to middle 1900s.
    There are also obituaries from 2002 to 2004 on their website.

Year of the Veteran - 60th Anniversary of the End of WWII
    The Honourable Albina Guarnieri, Minister of Veteran's Affairs Canada, announced on January 6th that nearly 1,200 members of the Canadian Forces (CF) will be entered in The Seventh Book of Remembrance - In the Service of Canada during the Year of the Veteran.
    The minister has invited all Canadians to bring forward any information they have regarding servicemen and women who have died while on duty in Canada or serving overseas since October, 1947, with the exception of those who are commemorated in the Korean War Book of Remembrance.
    "Our Canadian Forces members have stood in harm's way for the peace and security of others. Few in our society have been asked to take such risks for the greater good," said Minister Guarnieri. "In the Year of the Veteran, we would like to enlist all Canadians in this campaign to remember those brave Canadians who served our country with duty and honour. Recalling them by name is Canada's supreme gesture of perpetual gratitude and pride."
    The names of approximately 1,200 CF members have been posted on the website of Veterans Affairs Canada. To access the names, to send additional names for consideration, or to submit digitized images of photos, medals, and other memorabilia, please go to <http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/books/7thbook>.
    Canadians are invited to send information by e-mail to <commemoration@vac.acc.gc.ca> or by regular mail to: Veterans Affairs Canada, Canada Remembers, Seventh Book of Remembrance Project, 12th floor, Room 1208, 66 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0P4.

January 11th Birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald - First Prime Minister of Canada
    Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minster of Canada, was born in Scotland in 1815 and died in 1891. This year is the 195th anniversary of his birth in Scotland.
    He is credited in creating Canada and realizing his dream to build a transcontinental railway, and is known in the modern-day words as a "nation builder" of the country of Canada.
    He came to Canada with his parents when he was five years old, and was married twice, first to Isabella Clark in 1843, and, when she died in 1857, he married Susan Agnes Bernard ten years later, in 1867.
    In 1854, he formed the Conservative Party, and with his party in power, he became the attorney general. In 1864, at the suggestion of George Brown, of a "Great Coalition" towards the union of Canada, a conference was held at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and further proposals at the Quebec Conference. At these conferences, he was regarded as the leading delegate, and was knighted for his work.
    As the first prime minister of Canada, he added Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, and British Columbia as provinces and acquired the land of Alberta and Saskatchewan. He began the Intercolonial Railway between the provinces of Quebec City and Halifax and started planning for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
    During his years of being prime minister, he faced the Pacific Scandal in 1873, the Métis Uprising in 1885, and the Manitoba Schools Questions, all of which were settled. He died soon after winning the 1891 election.
    If you would like more information, please visit <http://www.cbc.ca/greatest/top_ten/nominee/macdonald-john.html>.



Website Pick of the Month!

The Canadian Wartime Experience: The Documentary Legacy of Canada is Janauary's Website Pick of the Month.

    "The Canadian Wartime Experience: The Documentary Legacy of Canada" website of the University of Manitoba - Archives & Special Collecctions located at <http://www.umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archives/canada_war>.
    The website offers different roles played by Canadians from the Red River Resistance from 1869 to 1870 up to the Vietnam War, 1957 to 1975.
    The resources which have been placed on the website come from the Archives and Special Collection which have been digitized and placed under the headings of Red River Resistance (1869-1870); the Boer War (1899-1902); World War I (1814-1918); World War II (1939-1945); Korean War (1950-1953); and the Vietnam War (1959-1975).
    The material on this website is for personal, educational and research purposes.
    Please note that a link to the Mennonite Heritage Site <http://www.alternativeservice.ca> has been placed on this website and concerns the role of the Canadian conscientious objector to World War II.



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