October, 2005 News

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

New Feature - Website Pick of the Month!

Special News!


Thanksgiving weekend is always the second weekend of October, with Monday being the holiday. This year, it is October 10th.


"Genealogy News"

Genealogy Columns
    Be sure to read some of my columns posted to <http://www.genealogytoday.com/ca/connect/>, such as "Ottawa Celebrates 150 Years", in which all the events and happenings in and around Ottawa are explained, and "Alberta and Saskatchewan Centennials in 2005", in which you are given a guide to all of their events as these two provinces celebrate their 100th anniversary in Canada.
    And don't miss the article on the census, "Census of Canada, 1911", also published on the same website under the title of "Genealogy News and Information".
    If you happen to receive Highgrader magazine, published in Northern Ontario every other month, be sure to read my "Genealogy Corner" column. So far three articles have been published: "Ontario Professor Studies Genealogy", "Genealogy Begins With You", and the lastest article,  "The Ontario Census".

Cumberland County Genealogy Group Takes Digitized Photos of Cemeteries
    There are over 200 cemeteries in Cumberland Country, Nova Scotia that are being put on digitized photos by the genealogy group, and they are trying to get at least half of them done before the snow falls.
    They are asking if you can help by taking pictures if you live in Cumberland County near a cemetery, are visiting Cumberland County in the near future, or just want to take a day trip to the area. Any help would be appreciated.
    There are a lot a small cemeteries of 1 to 15 tombstones that are no longer in use, so it is important to get a photo.
    Get in touch with Susan Hill or K. Jeffers <Kjeffers@ns.sympatico.ca> and they will let you know if that cemetery is currently being done or is finished, and the procedure for taking each picture.

New Genealogy/History Column Posted
    Gordon Watts, who many know as being the co-chair of the Canada Census Committee, has now started a column on genealogy and history at <http://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/gazgw/gazgw-0076.htm>.

21-23 October, 2005 Saskatchewan 100: Our People, Our Heritage

    The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society holds its annual seminar at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre in Regina.
    They have speakers lined up, plus afternoon tours to different sites of genealogical interests, and a banquet on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. with speaker Paula Warren and her speech, "Why Do I Descend From THIS Family?".
    For information, please contact Dianne Romphf at 1-306-789-8088 or e-mail her at <deromphf@sasktel.net>.
    The website is <http://www.saskgenealogy.com/seminar/events/seminar%202005.htm>.


The Jewish Centre of Western Canada Inc. Has A Wedding Exhibit
    The Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum has "Mazel Tov! A Chasene! The Jewish Wedding" exhibit on until 27 November, 2005.
    The exhibit uses texts and photographs to explain the rituals of the ceremony and includes bridal gowns and clothing from the early to the end of the 19th century; telegrams, invitations, dinner menus, and newspaper items from the early Israelite press; and a wedding diary from a 1970's bride.
    It is located at C116-123 Doncaster St., Winnipeg, MB. Tel: (204) 477-7460
    The website is <http://www.jhcwc.mb.ca/index.htm>.


Manitoba Genealogical Society Has Seminar
    The seminar will be held Saturday, October 15th, 2005 at the Canada Inns at 1824 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Some of the subjects covered will be "Territorial Evolutions of Canada", "Manitoba Historical Resources and Historical Context", and "Tracing Your Ancestors Through Migration Patterns".
    There will be a $50.00 registration fee for the seminar. For more information, contact Jayne Paradis at <jparadis@mts.net>.


Events at Quebec Family History Society
    A number of events are taking place under the auspices of the society in Montreal, include the Family Tree Maker Course - Basic, which will be held on October 15. The advanced course will be held on the 29 of the month.
    And there a couple more days to catch their Open House on the 1st and the 2nd of October.
    The website is <http://www.cam.org/~qfhs/>.




"Heritage News"

Book on Sale at Hudson's Bay Company Archives

    "The Biographical Resources At The Hudson's Bay Company Archives Volume Two" is now available. It includes settlers, sailors, store clerks - and the fur trade.
    The books is 210 pages long, with 80 illustrations taken from documents in the HBC Archives.
    For more details about the book and how to order a copy, contact the archives at <hbca@gov.mb.ca>.
    The website is <http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/whatsnew.html>.

Video Contest For Students
    The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) is marking the beginning of the 2005/2006 school year by inviting students at English-language high schools to participate in a second edition of its Heritage Minute Video Contest.
    Students across the province are being asked to submit their own 60 second hometown history vignettes.
    For information on how teachers and students can enter this year's contest, please contact the QAHN office at (819) 564-9595 or toll-free at 1-877-964-4409.

The Brant Chapter, Ontario Genealogical Society

    A workshop will be held on Saturday, 29 October at Smoky Hollow Estates, 118 Powerline Road, Brantford called "Rebels and Records" from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    E-mail Donna Kemp at <smokeyhollow@sympatico.ca> for information.



"History News"

Lecture at Library and Archives Canada
    Judy Maxwell will present a lecture called "Recovering Canada's History: The Chinese Veteran's from the First and Second World Wars" on Tuesday, October 18th at 2:30 p.m. in Room A. It is free to attend.
    She will present her research on Chinese Canadians, uncovering their forgotten contributions in both world wars.  They are veterans who should be recognized for their heroic struggles on the home front and on the warfront.
    She will discuss how these Chinese Canadians were the roots of historical change.
    For information call (819) 934-6801 or e-mail her at <brooke.storey@lac-bac.gc.ca>.


Queentown Heights Battlefield Walking Tour
    The tour will be held October 1st at 1:00 p.m. and will include locations of the village of Queentown, at the riverside, the lower monuments, the Redan Battery, the Heights, and Brock's Monument. Participants will be educated in the ways of the War of 1812 and entertained with the flow of stories about Canadians and Americans for whom war was a reality on the shores of the mighty Niagara River.
    The public is asked to meet at Brock's Monument, and advance tickets at $15.00 each may be purchased from the Friends of Fort George Gift Shop at Fort George, or by phoning (905) 468-6621. These tours sell out, so call for your ticket now.


Nova Scotia Presents New Publication
    The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that they have now made available as an e-book "A Catalogue of Published Genealogies of Nova Scotia Families", an out-of-print book.
    It is freely available in an on-line, searchable Adobe Acrobat and is found under "Publications" at <http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Recreation/GANS/>.


"Powderhorn to Plow" Exhibit

    The Mississauga Heritage Foundation presents an historical exhibit in the Debbie Hatch Discovery Centre at "The Grange" and a special presentation by John Warburton of the Toronto Branch of the United Branch of the United Empire Loyalists of Canada.
    The exhibit is open from September 1st, 2005 until November 11, 2005. The exhibit is at "The Grange"/Robinson-Adamson House, located at 1921 Dundas Street West, is free of charge, and is open from Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 p.m.
    John Warburton will present a talk on "The Loyalists and their Contribution to the Settlement of Toronto Township" on October 12, 2005 at 7 p.m. There will also be a Loyalist flag presentation on the 12th.
    Tickets will be $5.00. Call (905) 828-8411 for more information or check their website at  <http://heritagemississauga.com>.


Officials Unveil Addition to United Empire Loyalist (UEL) Monument
    On Saturday, September 17th, as part of the Doors Open Belleville programme, area officials unveiled a unique addition to the refurbished UEL monument now relocated to the northwest corner of Dundas and Front Streets. Four new granite pillars were dedicated, each etched to recognize a part of Belleville's Loyalist history.
    Centenarian Gwendolyn Lazier's etching commemorates her journey to Washington D.C., where, at the age of 19, she handed an invitation to US President Calvin Coolidge to attend Belleville's celebrations of the 140th anniversary of the arrival of the Loyalists in the Bay of Quinte in June of 1924.
    Bay of Quinte Branch President Brian Tackaberry UE, and June Defoe UE, brought greetings to those gathered for the special occasion. They also donated a flag pole that will fly the Loyalist flag in the U.E.L. Monument parkette.
 
Charlottetown, PEI Dedicates New Service Memorial Fountain
    The new Prince Edward Island Service Memorial Fountain was officially dedicated September 18th in Charlottetown.
    "Monuments are built to be eternal tributes to achievements and sacrifices", said Minister Guarniere. "This freedom reminds us that our lives flow freely because our veterans risked theirs for ore freedom."
    The Prince Edward Island Service Memorial Fountain is located in the northeast quadrant of Queen's Square, facing Grafton Street and Veterans Affairs Canada's national head office in Charlottetown.
    It acknowledges the services of Prince Edward Islanders in Canada's military—in Canada and across the world—in the interest of peace and the security of our nation. It also honours the men and women in community fire services across PEI who daily protect homes and businesses despite the inherent dangers.

Aboriginal Spiritual Journey

    Thirteen First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth across Canada will travel to the battlefields of Europe and join Aboriginal Veterans and Spiritual Leaders on the Aboriginal Spiritual Journey.
    During the journey, a Calling Home Ceremony will be held to invite the spirits of fallen warriors to return to their homeland and join their ancestors.
    The journey begins in Ottawa on October 25, will continue in Belgium and France, and will end in Canada on November 4th with the launch of Veteran's Week during a Senate Ceremony.
    "As members of the Aboriginal Spiritual Journey delegation, these 13 youth will proudly represent their communities and their country while immersing themselves in the experiences and memories of the surviving and fallen warriors," said the Honourable Albina Guarnieri, Minister of Veteran Affairs. "They will play a vital role as ambassadors both on the national and international level, as attendees of the ceremonies, and as messengers that unite the young with the old. They will help bring the stories of Canadian servicemen and women to life and carry them into the future."
    For more information, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website <http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca>.

 
Westmount Heritage Walk
    The Westmount Historical Society will conduct a guided walking tour of Cote St. Antoine on Sunday, October 2, 2005 to show the origins of Westmount.
    English-language tours start at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., while the French-language tours start at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
    Guides will speak about the oldest houses on Cote St. Antoine, the community's first road, and explain the origins of Westmount as it developed around Staton Street.
    The society is presenting the tour as part of the City of Montreal's Operation patrimoine architecturale de Montreal 2005 program.
    Sign up at Victoria Hall after Sept. 23. Call (514) 989-5226 for more information.


New Governor General Installed
    With the government back in session Sept. 25th, the new governor general was installed on Sept. 26.
    Michaëlle Jean took the oath of the office at 11:12 a.m., after which she became governor general of Canada.
    If you wish to read her speech, it can be accessed at <http://www.gg.ca>.

Do You Know About Mack Sennett's Early Life?
    Les Productions Vic Pelletier Inc., a film production from Matane, Quebec, is looking for people who know something of the early life of Mack Sennett, the famous Quebec-born Hollywood producer of the Keystones Kops series of the silent movies.
    The production company is researching a TV series about great Canadian love stories, to be presented by Robert Trembly. Mack Sennett was born in the Eastern Townships and apparently had a tumultuous relationship with a silent movie actress named Mabel Normand.
    Residents of the Richmond or Danville area with knowledge about Sennett are asked to contact Marie-Claude Tremblay at <http://www.pvp.ca>.



Website Pick of the Month!

Hemmingford, Quebec Cemetery Records
    Their is lots of information at this website about Hemmingford, Quebec—near the U.S. border—and after one is finished looking through the website, one can sign the guestbook.
    You may search the cemeteries listed online, of which there are more than 6,000 records from 1808 to 1994 are available.
    There are location maps at the website, postcards, and an online index of people mentioned in the Hemmingford Then and Now newspaper.
    The website is <http://www.rocler.qc.ca/d.mark/prev/cementery.htm>.


Special News

    Two bits of sad news this month:

    First, it has been made public that Sandra Devlin has had to give up her genealogy column in Maritime newspapers called "Missing Links" that she has written for a number of  years. Her last article for the Halifax Daily News appeared Sept. 18. She has cancer.

    As well, Bob Quintin, owner and operator of Quintin Publications, has died recently, also of cancer.
    I first met Bob at a genealogical conference 10 years ago in Montreal, and found him a very good and knowledgeable man in the business. Although he was from the States (Rhode Island), he also dealt in books on Canadian genealogy and history (he had a nice collection in many areas of interest). He has left his business to his family to continue on.
His website is <http://www.QuintinPublications.com>.


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