May, 2007 News

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

Bonus Feature - Website Pick of the Month!

“Genealogy News”
Off For The Summer!
    Here’s to a busy summer - I know mine will be, finishing a variety of projects I have on the backburner. Also, there are two conferences I am going to - the Ontario Genealogical Society <> in June, which this year will be held in Ottawa, and the Canadian Authors Association <> in July, also in Ottawa.
    So, everyone have a nice summer!
    I will be back in September with all the news.

Another Canadian Genealogist Passes!
    Word has been recieved that Ken Aitken, another great Canadian genealogist, has died. He died April 21st due to complications from his illness of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in Penticton, British Columbia.

    Although is was born in Penticton, he spent most of his working years in Saskatchewan as the librarian supervisor of the Prairie History Room at the Regina Public Library.
    He had been active in genealogy for many years, and was a charter president of the Hambrook Family History Society, having served as its editor of the journal for 15 years.
    He was also branch chairman of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society and the Director of Student Recruitment for Canada for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.
    He is survived by his wife, Christine Mei-Chiang; his son Neil Aitken, and his daughter Emele (Adam) Dykes.
    A memorial service and a celebration of his life was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2946 South Main Street, Penticton.
    You can send condolences to
    I have highlighted his blog this month in the Website of the Month.

Articles Over the Summer
   Over the summer, these articles will appear on, so be sure to watch for them -
    Also, the March/April 2007 edition of Everton’s Genealogical Helper has published my 3,000 word article entitled, “A Research Guide to Finding Canadians in Canada”. So if you get the magazine, be sure to look it up, or go to your local library to see if they have it.

Loyalist Reunion at Norwick, Ontario

    The descendants of Samuel Moore, U.E.L. are gathering for their biennial reunion in Norwich, Ontario on Saturday, July 22, 2007.
    The event this year will be to celebrate the installation of a new graver marker for Samuel in the Old Quaker Pioneer Cemetery in Norwick.
    You can find out more about the Moore family and the reunion at <> or you can email Jay Moore at <>.

Halifax Bearer Company Soldiers
    I have recently heard from Dianne Meyers and her continued research on Haligonians who fought in the Boer War. You will remember that I wrote about her quest in the May 2006 edition of this newsletter.
    I suggested some places where she might want to research. She wrote me back and she that one of the highlights of her research was a trip to the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, where she discovered more information.
    If any of  you have any information on the Halifax Bearer Corps, please contact Dianne at <>.

“Heritage News”

Ottawa to Pay for Operating Costs at Human Rights Museum
    As you know, Winnipeg will be the home of the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights, a realization of a dream by the Asper Family, one of Canada’s media moguls.
    In April, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a visit to Winnipeg and announced that the federal government will add an estimated $22-million a year in operating costs to the already $100-million that the government has committed to the museum’s capitol costs.
    The museum is to open in 2010 at The Forks in Downtown Winnipeg. It will be the largest human rights institution and education centre in the world.
    It makes the first time that a national museum has been built outside of the National Capital Region (in Ottawa).
    Gail Asper, the campaign chair for the museum, said that there is still a lot of work to be done, as the website itself admits that it will cost $311-million to build.
    The website is <> and their email is <>.
    If you want to get in touch with them by post, their address is: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 201 Portage Place, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3K6. Tel: 204.944.2476.

Nipigon Historic Museum
    Up to $47,000 has been funded to the Nipigon Historic Museum to purchase new and upgraded display cases, to support the region’s overall downtown revitalization plan, and to provide better environmental conditions for artifacts.
    “We are proud to support the Township of Nipigon to purchase equipment that will ensure better conditions for the museum’s artifacts”, said the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. “Supporting this project will make a significant contribution to strengthening and maintaining the region’s unique cultural heritage.”
    The Nipigon Historic Museum collects, preseves, researches, and houses the objects that best serve to illustrate the region’s history. The museum’s main focus is on the history of the area’s lands and its Aboriginal population.
    It’s website is <>.
    They are open daily during the summer months from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m..

“History News”

The Battle of the Atlantic
The Battle of the Atlantic ceremony was held Sunday, May 6, 2007 at the National Memorial in Ottawa.
    You can read about the Battle of the Atlantic at <>.
    At this site you can check the maps, the Halifax Memorial, and photos.

Canada’s Government Invests $100,000 in Cenotaph Restorations
At a news conference held at the Kelowna Cenotaph in British Columbia, it was announced by Mrs. Betty Hinton — Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo — that Canada will invest over $100,000 in cenotaph restorations.
    “Today, as we mark the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge here in Kelowna, it is fitting that we are also rededicating the cenotaph that so beautifully preserves the memory of those who served not only in the First World War, but also in others wars and times of conflict and peace,” said Parliamentary Secretary Hinton.
    The cenotaphs across Canada will be restored this summer.

Pier 21 in Halifax to be Expanded

    In March of this year, the Honourable Bev Oda, Minster of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, announced over $500,000 in funding to support the expansion and enhancement of Pier 21 facilities in Halifax.
    “Pier 21’s dream is to tell the story of all immigration to Canada and become a national centre for celebrating Canada’s rich culture and diversity,” added Robbie Shaw, Pier 21 Society Chair. “This investment from the Cultural Spaces Canada program will bring Pier 21 closer to reaching our new mandate.”
    The society is engaged in a project to expand the facility by adding 5,000 square feet of climate-controlled, secure space for temporary exhibitions and archival storage, and creating multipurpose/education rooms and secure storage space. It will also improve the conditions of public access to Pier 21’s resource centre.

Website Pick of the Month!

Genealogy Education of Ken Aitken

    I have read the last posting on Ken’s blog, “Who owns the rights to audiotaped or videotaped lectures?” which was posted this March 17th.
    Read his postings — they so go back to December, 2005 — for there is great deal of variety in the subjects which could prove helpful to all genealogists.
    For example, there are some really interesting postings such as “Post Card Promotion”, “Can’t Afford the Speaker Fee?” and “Real Advanced Family History”, which could prove quite helpful to genealogists.
    I first met Ken last year at the Ontario Genealogical Society’s conference in Oshawa while attending one of his lectures and
immediately found him engaging and thankful that he would come all the way to Ontario from his home in Saskatchewan.
    Go to the end of the blog, and you will see such headings as “Recent Posts” and the “Archives” for each month, as well as one for “Categories”, of which there are sixteen categories, each category listing the number of postings given. For example, there are 125 postings in “Teaching Genealogy”, 65 in “Program Planning”, and sixteen postings under “Marketing”.

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