May, 2006 News

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

Bonus Feature - Website Pick of the Month!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 is Census Day!

    "Count yourself in on Census Day" urges the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Ian E. Wilson.
    Canadians can choose whether to count themselves in this census, but they should in order to be a part of the historical record when the census is passed from Statistics Canada to the Library and Archives Canada in 2090, and which will be open to the public. Say "yes" to the question that asks "Does this person agree to make his/her 2006 Census Information available for public release in 2098 (92 years after the census).

    If you want to read more about Wilson's word on the census, please go to <>.
    If you wish to read an additional news story, go to <>.
    If you wish to read it from Statistics Canada's website, please go to <>.

"Genealogy News"

The Ontario Genealogical Society's Annual Seminar
    For those who are attending this year's seminar, I will be in attendance, so come on over and say "Hi!" if you are there, too!
    I will be at the Houston Lecture Friday night, the conference dinner Saturday night, and the lectures on both Saturday and Sunday.
    If you still haven't made plans to attend, please consider attending. The information is at the OGS webpage at <>. Write to <> for more information.

Alfred C. Fuller
    Alfred C. Fuller (1885-1973)—born in Welsford, King's County, Nova Scotia—he founded a business in 1906 that became known as the Fuller Brush Company.
    He left his home in Nova Scotia for his sister's place in Boston and started his business. He eventually moved to Hartford, Connecticut.
    By 1919, he had sales of more than a $1 million a year. The company remained in the Fuller family's hands when it merged with Consolated Foods Inc.
    There is a large obelisk-style memorial in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Somerset, Kings County, Nova Scotia.
    For more history on the company, go to <>.
    (As a little girl in the 1950s, I remember the Fuller Brush man coming to our house with his suitcase in which he carried his wares he would sell. My mother would always buy something because we were told Mr. Fuller was originally from Nova Scotia, in the same geographical area in which we lived.)

Quinte Branch (OGS) Has New Site
    The Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has a new website located at <> and a new address at Box 153, Consecon, ON K0K 1T0. Their e-mail is <>.
    It was chartered as the 18th branch of the OGS in June of 1980, and it covers the Bay of Quinte area, especially the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties in Ontario, Canada.
    The Quinte Branch has over 140 transcriptions of Hastings, Northumberland, and Prince Edward County cemeteries.

Halifax Bearer Corps, 1898 - (News Story)
    A news story about a woman's search for Haligonians who fought in the Boer War.

"Heritage News"

Celebrate International Museum Day on May 18th
    This day has been celebrated around the world since 1977.
    The theme for this year's celebration is "Museums and Young People."
    "Young people have fresh eyes to nurture with everything the world has to offer. Museums are the windows on our world," said Alissandra Cummins, President of International Council of Museums (IOCM).
    For furthers information about the theme or the activities planned for International Museum Day at <>.

70th Anniversary at Moose River Mine Collapse
    Seventy years ago, radio and newspaper audiences around the world were captivated by the drama of a mining disaster in Moose River Gold Mines, Halifax County, Nova Scotia.
    Three men were trapped 43 metres below the surface on April 12, 1936 when the tunnel caved in and the news was broadcast on 700 radio stations across Canada, the United States, and England.
    J. Frank Willis of the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) set a world record for consecutive live broadcasts from one location.
    You can visit the Moose River Gold Mines Provincial Park, just off the  road between Tangiers and Elmsdale.
    You can visit the museum at <>.

Jewish Chronicle Goes Online
    Based in London, England, the Jewish Chronicle is the oldest Anglo-Jewish newspaper in the world and it is still publishing and now it is online.
    It hold many references to Canadian topics and for anyone doing Jewish-Canadian research, they can now go to the website <> and click on "JC Archives" and from there go to "Trial Search."
    A new International Institute of Jewish Genealogy (IIJG), located in the National Archives in Jerusalem has gone online at <>.
    It has two goals "to engage in Jewish genealogical research ... and to make Jewish Genealogy a recognized academic discipline within the realm of Jewish Studies."
    Stanley Diamond, of Montreal, is one of the founding committee. Dr. Yosef Lamdan is appointed as Director of the Institute.
    The e-mail is <>.

"History News"

May 22, 2006 - Victoria Day
    In 1957, an amendment to the law was introduced which made Victoria Day the permanent Queen's birthday in Canada. The Sovereign's birthday has been celebrated in Canada since the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).
    The Queen's natural birthday is April 21, and this year she is 80 years old!
    In Quebec, since 2002, it has been known as Journée nationale des patriotes (National Patriots Day), and it celebrates the memory of patriots who fought for democratic institution during the Lower Canada Rebellion, as a part of the Rebellions of 1837-1838. The day is now a statuary holiday in Quebec.

The Memory Project

    Veterans Affairs Canada is sponsoring as Memory Project Conference on Thursday, May 4, 2006 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the cost is free.
    Attend this conference to learn about becoming a Memory Project Speaker. The speaker will be LGen The Honourable Romeo A. Dallaire, Senator.
    Visit <> or call toll free 1-866-701-1867.

Website Pick of the Month!

1851, 1861, and 1871 Census of Musquodobit Harbour, Nova Scotia
    Mark Young has transcribed the census of 1851, 1861, and 1871 of Musquodobit Harbour, Halifax County, Nova Scotia and has put them online at <>.
    You can choose between a "text" or "Excel  spreadsheet" presentation, and the census from 1851 and 1861 include Jeddore, Musquodobit Harbour, Clam Harbour, and Ship Harbour.
    The 1871 census includes East and West Petpeswick, Greenough, and Bayer Settlements.
    The 1851 and 1861 census are nominal (head of household) while the 1871 census is fully nominal - the names of everyone has been collected and transcribed.
    His e-mail is <>.

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