March, 2006 News

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

Bonus Feature - Website Pick of the Month!

"Genealogy News"

Ancestors in the Attic - (News Story)
    A news story about the latest ancestry program on television's Canadian History Channel this fall.

New Canadian Genealogy Column a Success
- (News Story)
    A news story about genealogist columnist Diana Lynn Tibert and her new column in The Daily News, a Halifax newspaper.

Canadian Genealogical Publisher Launches New Magazine - (News Story)
    A news story on Canada's newest magazine, Internet Genealogy.

"Ancestry Goes Canadian, Eh?"
    Be sure to read my article on page 48 in the May issue of Internet Genealogy magazine <> - a new publication by Mooreshead Magazines, headquartered in Toronto.

Obituary - Angus Baxter (June 8, 1912-Sept. 26, 2005)
    Another great Canadian genealogist—known to the world through the books he wrote on the subject—has died.
    Born in England towards the end of World War I, Angus Baxter had a varied life, emigrating to Canada in 1953, where he worked at the National Gift Show in Toronto, after a career in the British military.
    After he retired, he wrote such genealogy guide books as:
    His obituary was published in the Globe and Mail, October 1, 2005.

Buckingham, Quebec Reunion
    Join people who will celebrate their ancestors who settled in the Mayo/Thurso/Buckingam area of Quebec in the 1800s with a reunion to be held August 4 to August 7th, 2006.
    The reunion will be held at the Hill and Gully Riders Club at Lac La Blanche (Mayo) and some of the activities will include a pancake breakfast, music, dinner, a Mass, and genealogy tables.
    For information, go to <> or contact Carol Truesdell at <>.

"Moving Here, Staying Here: The Canadian Immigration Experience"
    This online exhibition recounts the stories of immigration to Canada from the early 19th century to the start of the Second World War.
    Individuas immigrants may be traced through databases of frequently used immigration documents, such as passenger lists and land grants.
    The site is scheduled to be onsite this March. The website address will be <>.

"Heritage News"

Commonwealth Day - March 13
    It is a day of observance by close to one billion persons throughout the Commonwealth.
    It was suggested by the Canadian government of Pierre Elliot Trudeau in 1973 and in 1977, adopted by senior officials in Canberra in May, 1976, and agreed the second Monday in March be set as Commonwealth Day.
    The theme for the day is "Health and Vitality - The Commonwealth Challenge."
    The website is <>.

PE.I. Announces four buildings as Heritage Places
    The Elmira Railway Museum, The Cannery at Basin Head Fisheries Museum, the Orwell School, and the Orwell Church at Orwell Corner Historic Village.
    The Elmira Railway museum  was built in 1911 at the eastern terminus, and since 1995 has acted as the province's railway museum. The Cannery at Basin Head was built in 1941 and canned lobster. It is the "rare example of an industrial building dedicated to the fishing industry," says the press release, and there are very few surviving today.
    The Orwell School was built in 1895, is a good example of classic one-room school architecture, and was used until 1968. The Orwell Church was built in 1861, and services were held there until 1970.
    The goal of the designation is to preserve and protect the places that stand as the most important symbols of the history of Prince Edward Island. Seventeen properties have been designated under the provincial legislation.
    The website is at <>.

"History News"

Acadien Historic Village to Receive Irving Service Station
    The Village Historique Acadien (VHA), in co-operation with the town of Caraque, will install a 1934 garage donated by Irving Oil on May 1, 2006. It will be installed in Phase II of the project, which recreates the life of a Maritime Acadian community at the turn of the 20th century.
    The Village Historique Acadien is a historical  site that recreates the customs and cultural of Acadian communities after the deportation of 1755. The original site, opened in 1976, spans the period from 1770 to the 1980s. It includes about 40 buildings, most of which are originals which were transported to the site from their initial locations.
    The website was <>.

Website Pick of the Month!

Swedes in Canada
    As they say in their website, "Very little research has been undertaken so far about the history of Swedes in Canada," and this website <> takes aim at solving this problem.
    The Lakehead Social History Institute had taken up the lead in doing the history and has designated Elinor Berglund Barr, who is an Associate of the Lakehead Social History Institute, as researcher and writer. Her research and book will cover the past century and a quarter hundred thousand Swedish immigrants who mainly settled in Western Canada.
    The Swedes in Canada Project 2002-2007, on their website, has newsletters, more information about the project, "fascinating facts", how to order publications, and how to contact them.
    If you are Swedish, you can fill out a short questionnaire on site, or get in touch with Elinor Berglund Barr at <barr@swedesincanada>.

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