May, 2004 News

Annual Ontario Genealogical Conference To Be Held in Toronto
    "The 3Rs of Family History: Resources, Research, Results" conference will be held in Toronto from May 27-30, 2004 at the DoubleTree Plaza Hotel, located at Pearson International Airport. The website URL is <http://www.ogsseminar.org>.
    Separate research rooms will be available for free 15 minute consultations, as well as a research room for the Ontario Archives, and a place for an exhibit entitled "Worth a thousand Words ... Three Generations in Photos."
    Activities include a full day tour of the city of Toronto, as well as tours of the Archives of Ontario, City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Research Library, and North York Central Library. Please check to see if spaces are still available.
    There will a full Market Place onsite, as well as such speakers as J. Brian Gilchrist, Dick Eastman, and Kenneth C. Aiken, each giving presentations in their own expertise.

Ancestry.com Announces New Family Trees
        Ancestry.com has announced that they now have on their website, OneWorldTree (OWT), which houses 250 million names of family around the world.
    One enters a family name in their search engine, the website will search for the name across their databases, "stitch" the data together, and then present the most probable answer to your inquiry.
    There is a special 'preview' access to this programe - a 14 month access for the price of 12 months at $49.95 US. This offer is good up until 21 June, 2004.
    For more info, go to <http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/trees/owt>.

Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network Holds Annual General Meeting
    The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) will hold its annual meeting on 19 June at the McCord Museum in Montreal.
    A luncheon will he held, and a tour of "The Scots-Dyed-in-the-Wool Montrealers" wexhibit in the McCord Museum will take place after the luncheon.
    Please RSVP to <home@qahn.org> or call (819) 564-9595.
    Visit the QAHN website at <http://www.qahn.org> and read about Anglophone Quebec Heritage.


24 May, 2004 Victoria Day

 
   Canada has been celebrating Victoria Day since 1845 in honour of Queen Victoria.
    After she died in 1901, the Parliament of Canada made it a legal holiday under the name of Victoria Day, and in 1952 officially amended it to be celebrated on the first Monday proceeding May 25.
    In 1957, Victoria Day was permanently appointed to the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II in Canada. (In the United Kingdom, her birthday is celebrated on 21 April, the day Her Majesty was born.)
     Many communities across Canada celebrate the day with family outings, planting the garden, and fireworks!

18 May, 2004 International Museum Day
    A museum is defined as an institution where a country collects and displays its heritage, and Canada has over 2,000 museums, hosting 54 million visitors a year!
    Be sure to visit a museum on International Museum Day, either in person, or virtually, by going to <http://www.virtualmuseum.ca>.
    To find a museum and their many events planned for May, and for coupons, check  out <http://www.pch.gc.ca/special.jim-ind/index_e.cfm>. On the website, one can find a history of museums in the country as well as a "links" to all museums in Canada.
    
14 May, 2004 Boston States Migration Family History Weekend
    The Boston States Migration Family History Weekend will be held from 11 June to the 13 June in Waltham, Massachusetts.
    The conference will be noting the 400 years of 'circular migration' between Eastern Canada, New York, and New England.
    Sandra Devlin, an Atlantic Canadian genealogical columnist will be there, in addition to Paul Bunnell, who will give a talk on Loyalist resources. Also, Maureen Taylor who will show how to construct a heritage album and scrapbooks, and Sharon Hawland will give a talk on Washington County, Maine resources.
    Details can be found at <http://bostonstates.rootsweb.com>. You can register online at <http://www.genealogyfair.com/2004BSFHF.htm>.
    If you cannot attend, you can post your research interests on the "Wanted Poster" at <http://bostonstates.rootsweb.com/wanted+poster.jpg>.
    Contact the Boston States Migration Family History Weekend at 233 Lake Street, Waltam, MA 07451 for any further details.

02 May to 24 May, 2004 Ottawa Celebrates Tulip Festival
    For nearly 60 years, Ottawa has been celebrating the Tulip Festival, which shows the friendship between Canada, the Netherlands, and their appreciation to Canadian soldiers who helped liberate their country during World War II. It is now the largest festival of its kind in North America.
    One hundred thousand tulips were first planted on Parliament Hill. Today, over 300,000 are planted at Commissioner Park by Dows Lake in Ottawa, and over 90,000 tulips have been planted. in Gatineau, Quebec, across the Ottawa River.
    Visit the Canadian Tulip Festival website at <http://www.tulipfestival.ca>.
            
07 May, 2004 Family History Library Closes Some Sections
    The Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City have closed some sections of its library for renovations.
    The sections concerned are levels:
    B2 - British Holdings. Closed April, 2004 to be re-opened June, 2004
    B1 - International Holdings - Closed June, 2004 to be re-opened July/August, 2004
    The US/CAN book collections of the new patron research floor opens July/August 2004, although there will not be any renovations to the film department.
    The library is located at 35 North West Temple Street in Salt Lake City. The public affairs of the library may be contacted at (801) 240-3499 or by e-mail at <fhl-publicaffairs@ldschurch.org>.
    One can still research by Internet and the address is <http://www.familysearch.org>. While online, read an article on how to search for Canadian ancestors at the Family History Library.

07 May 2004 Qualicum Beach Family History Society

    The latest family history society to put up a website on the Internet is Qualicum Beach in British Columbia, at <http://www.rootsweb.com/~bcqbfhs/index.htm>.
    Put on in 2003, it "promotes the study of family history and genealogy and to provide a forum for its members."
    They have interest groups such as Canada and United States, England and Wales, Scotland and Computers in Genealogy.
    On the 18th May, Ken Jonbero will give a talk about his family history in Europe called, "Lost Legacy," and on the 15 June, the talk will be on Home Children in Canada.

06 May, 2004 The City Of Surrey: A History by Jack Brown
    This history covers events from the days of the Aboriginal to the 1970s. The arrival of the Spanish and English are covered as well as the developments in the railroad, ferries and pioneer settlements.
    Today the history turns to the urban settlements of Cloverdale, White Rock, Crescent Beach, Ocean Park, Newton and Whalley.
    To read about Surrey history, go to <http://members.shaw.ca/j.a.brown/Surrey.html>

05 May, 2004 Boot Hill:Stories from the B.C. Penitentiary Cemetery
    Deborah McIntosh has made it her research project to find out as much as she can about the British Columbia Penitentiary system and especially about the penitentiary that use to be located at New Westminster, B.C.
    Over the years, the penitentiary has been torn down and the lands sold for housing development, but the cemetery remains.
    She has cemetery headstones, stories and essays, wardens of the B.C. Penitentiary, 1912-1968 and photographs on the website.
    View the website at <http://www.boothill.ca>.

04 May, 2004 Asian History Month
    The month of May is Asian History Month in Canada and the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women, the Honourable Jean Augustine, has announced that her department will be helping the Vietnamese Canadian Federation (VCF) in the setting up of a database on the evolution of the Vietnamese community in Canada and a national socio-economic study on the integration of the community within Canada.
    "Helping communities help themselves is an important part of the Multiculturalism Program," she said. The minister added that "the Vietnamese Canadian Federation "is an excellent example of how government and communities can work together in order to reach that goal."
    A formal declaration in December, of 2001 was realized when the Senate of Canada passed a motion to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada.
    
03 May, 2004 Field of Stones: Photos of Cemetery Gravestones
    Do not be surprised that this summer there are people out in the cemeteries of Ontario taking photos of various gravestones to place them on Field of Stones website.
    This popular website already has photos of Bruce, Grey, Hastings, Huron, Middlesex, Northumberland, Peel, Perth, Peterborough, Prince Edward and Wellington Counties on the website and would like to have more.
    See what they have done already at <http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~clifford>

01 May, 2004 Saskatchewan War Memorial Project
    The Saskatchewan War Memorial Project expects their war memorial to soldiers of the Second World War to be completed in 2005.
    It will be located on the grounds of the legislature and will include the names of almost 5,000 Saskatchewan men and women.
    The website says that "memorials such as these will remind future generations of the price that was paid for the freedom they enjoy."
    Check the website at <http://www.peopleplaces.ca/warmemorial/index.html>

23 April, 2004 Library and Archives of Canada Combines
    The Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Helene Chalifour-Scherrer, has announced that Royal Assent has been given to Bill C-8, the creation of the Library and Archives of Canada from the combining of the National Archives of Canada and the National Library of Canada.
    "With the passage of Bill C-8, a single, modern, knowledge institution will be created," said Minister Chalifour-Scherrer. "I believe that it will provide all Canadians as well as those interested in Canada with access to our vast and rich documentary history."
    The Library and Archives of Canada has over 20 million items from trade books to sheet music to thesis in its collection.
    They are still located at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa, but their websites have changed from <http://www.nlc.bnc.ca> for the National Library of  Canada and <http://www.archives.ca> for the National Archives of Canada to <http://www.collectionscanada.ca> and their e-mail address is <web@lac-nac.gc.ca>.



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