March, 2007 News

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

Bonus Feature - Website Pick of the Month!

To our visitors with Irish ancestry, here's to wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

“Genealogy News”
Update on “Strategic Development Initiative Projects”
    Last month, I reported on the recipients for funding of heritage organizations in Nova Scotia and forgot to mention that the Western Counties Regional Library (Nova Scotia) is the leading genealogical project for museums and societies in Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne counties.
    The library recieved $20,000.00, which will help to train staff in genealogy and customer service.
    It will also be used to promote services to genealogies.

“Heritage News”

Canada Supports Five National Institutions
    The Honourable Beverley Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Honourable John Baird, Former President of the Treasury Board announced in December the founding of over $100-million over five years for five museums, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    "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," said Minister Oda.
    Victor Rabinovitch, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Museum of civilization said that "The repairs we will make at the Museum of Civilization will have very positive impacts for the millions of visitors who come to our site every year from across Canada and around the world."
    The funding will address capital and infrastructure expenditures.

Commonwealth Day
    Commonwealth Day is March 12th.
    In 1973, the idea was suggested to Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau that a day be set aside to observe Commonwealth Day.
    At the meeting of senior officials of the Heads of Government at Camberra in May 1976, the Canadian proposal that the second Monday in March be set as Commonwealth Day was adopted.
    It is not a statutory holiday, but it is a day of observance by close to one billion people of “their common bonds and the contribution of the Commonwealth of Nations to the creation of a harmonious global environment.”

Oral Histories Are Being Iindexed
    Oral histories are being taken and now are being indexed at the Canadian War Museum.
    The Friends of the Canadian War Museum (FCWM) conducts 50 to 100 oral histories per year, and they have just hired a person to catalogue 142 interviews which have been conducted between 2004 and 2006.
    The tapes are held in the Canadian Military History Research Centre at the museum, which holds both primary and secondary research material.
    The website is <>.
    The research centre is open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (May to mid-October), and 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. from mid-October to April 30th.
    They are located at 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa ON K1R 1C2. Tel: 819.776.8652. Email <>.

“History News”

History Books Online
    The Canadian Historical Association publishes booklets on history, and the Library and Archives Canada has put them online.
    The first booklet, “The  Undefended Border: The Myth and the Reality” by C.P. Stacy appeared in 1953. Since then, 63 more booklets have been published.
    There are also 30 Ethnic Groups booklets available, and more are being published at present.
    If you go on the website, <>, click the search box, and put in the name you want to research.
    If you wish to purchase a book, you may contact at the Canadian Historical Association, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa ON K1A 0N4. Tel: 613.233.7885. Fax: 613.567.3110. Email: <

Beechwood Could Be Our National Cemetery
    An Ottawa-Vanier MP, Mauril Belanger, has put a private bill in the House of Commons to establish the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa as the National Cemetery of Canada.
    Beechwood Cemetery was established in 1873 and has already been designated as a National Historic Site. The passage of the bill will give official designation to Beechwood.
    It is the burial spot for the National Military Cemetery and the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery.
    Right now, it is undergoing a $5-million construction project to build the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, which will serve all faiths. It is expected to open in October of this year.
    Beechwood is governed by the Beechwood Cemetery Foundation, which is a federal non-profit corporation.

Website Pick of the Month!

Mary's Genealogy Treasures
    Although this website, “Mary's Genealogy Treasures”, has not been updated since 2000, the webpages she has listed on both sides of the page are up-to-date, and give a good overlay of Canadian genealogy at the moment.
    As her tag says, “Capturing the Essences of a Forgotten Past”, she has 20,618 links and some of them are - Alberta Pioneers, Alberta History, Canadian Military, Canadian Census, Canadian BMD, Canadian Cemeteries, Canadian Databases, Canadian Military, and Canadian GenWeb.
    Her email is <>.

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