Toronto Star’s interactive tool shows how to research WWI ancestors

Last summer when the Toronto Star published an interactive tool to help us learn more about our Canadian ancestors who served during WWI, I must have been busy in the garden because I don’t remember seeing it. Fortunately, the tool is still available.

Step by step, like child’s play, the interactive tool shows us how to research the records at Library and Archives Canada, from service files to war diaries. We are also provided with several links to other resources.

The Toronto Star's interactive tool guides us through the process at Library and Archives Canada to research our Canadian ancestors who served during WWI. Designed by Linh Do, Toronto Star Graphic. Published July 31, 2014.

The Toronto Star’s interactive tool guides us through the process at Library and Archives Canada to research our Canadian ancestors who served during WWI. Designed by Linh Do, Toronto Star Graphic. Published July 31, 2014.

An international Canadian Expeditionary Force Research Group looks particularly interesting. Katie Daubs, a Toronto Star staff reporter, wrote about her experience with this group: “Its reach is wide — within minutes of asking for help interpreting my great grandfather’s service file, a handful of WWI enthusiasts from around the world posted a reply to the forum.” In this research group, you will find threads on a variety of topics, such as war diary transcripts and unit histories.

Give the interactive tool a try. You will find it on the Toronto Star’s website.

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Vote for the slogan for La Semaine nationale de la généalogie 2015

La Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie is giving us an opportunity to vote online for the slogan for this year’s Semaine nationale de la généalogie (National Genealogy Week) in Quebec.

The fourth annual Semaine nationale de la généalogie will take November 21 to 28, 2015. Last year more than 30 societies and archival centres across the province took part, holding open houses, tours, and workshops.

The three choices for a slogan (with my rough translations) are:
  La mémoire en partage   (Shared memory)
√  La généalogie, une histoire d’amour   (Genealogy, a love story or perhaps Genealogy, a history of love)
  Et si l’on se rassemblait…   (And if we gathered together…)

Semaine nationale de la genealogie 2015 slogans

Vote here for your favourite slogan.

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Trois-Rivières genealogy society moves to new premises

After more than 37 years on rue St-Paul in Trois-Rivières, the Société de Généalogie du Grand Trois-Rivières, Quebec (Greater Trois-Rivières Genealogy Society) has moved to new facilities better suited for its members, about 15 minutes away in the Saint-Louis-de-France neighbourhood.

The town of Saint-Louis-de-France became part of Trois-Rivières in 2002.

In collaboration with the City of Trois-Rivières’s recreation department, the society will now offer services in the former town hall of Saint-Louis-de-France, next to the library, at 100 rue de la Mairie.

Society president Normand Houle said, “Welcome to our premises where we no longer need to climb stairs and where the temperature is better controlled.” Members entering the old premises had to climb 29 stairs.

The society has more than 400 members.

Read more in the Hebdo Journal article, Société de Généalogie: de nouveaux locaux après 37 ans.

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Acadians’ arrival in Louisiana 250 years ago commemorated at well-attended event

Last Saturday’s ceremony in New Orleans, commemorating the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana, was such a popular draw that even representatives of the French and Canadian consul-generals’ offices could not get in at first because the room was filled to capacity with about 200 people.

The event, From Acadie to Louisiana in 1765 — the Birth of Cajun Culture 250 Years Ago, was held at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter.

This tragic story began in 1765 when a shipload of 200 Acadians, expelled from Canada and led by Joseph Beausoleil Broussard, arrived in New Orleans. The exact date of their arrival is unknown, but their presence is confirmed by records of the baptism of the first child of that group on Februay 19, 1765.

The 250th anniversary event  featured readings from documents and letters from the time of the arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana, Cajun music and dance, and talks by scholars of Louisiana culture.

The most powerful reading was likely from a letter written by 19-year-old Acadian Jean-Baptiste Semer to his father in France in which he describes the voyage and arrival.

Read more about the event and see photos in the New Orleans Advocate article, Acadians’ arrival in Louisiana 250 years ago commemorated at event.

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More than 800 photos online from Port Hope Archives

If your ancestors lived in the Port Hope, Ontario area, you should take a look at the Port Hope Archives’ online photo collection on Flickr.

The society has posted almost 800 photos to provide us with a sample of what they hold in their collection.

Port Hope Archives has posted more than 800 photos on Flickr.

Port Hope Archives has posted more than 800 photos on Flickr.

The online photos are organized into eight albums:

Holidays
Military
Scrapbooks & Documents
Postcards
Portraits
Unidentified
Floods
Jacob-Horn Family.

The Archives’ profile on Flickr: Beginning in 1994 as a joint venture between the Port Hope Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and the East Durham Historical Society, the Port Hope Archives is now the official repository of the Municipality of Port Hope. We exist to collect, preserve, and make available archival materials which illustrate the growth and development of the Municipality of Port Hope.

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St. Lambert Roll of Honour — 1945

The following Roll of Honour was published on the front page of The Home-Town News, St. Lambert, Montreal 23, P.Q., Vol. 11, No. 8, November 1, 1945.

Front page of The Home-Town News, St. Lambert, Quebec, Vol 11, No 8, November 1, 1945.

Front page of The Home-Town News, St. Lambert, Quebec, Vol 11, No 8, November 1, 1945.

Roll of Honour
Anderson, Richard John
Anyon, Thomas D.
Bail, Joseph Phil Arthur
Booth, Harvey Frank
*Boulter, Roy R.
Burton, Edward George
Calhoun, Donald
Calhoun, Maxwell Boyd
Cayford, Walter F.
Chandler, John Joseph
Chevrier, Jacques
Church, Eric Rodger
Cooke, Arnold William
Crichton, Donovan C.
Crowe, Eric Arthur
Daoust, Roger Henry J.
Darley, Harry F.
Davis, George Jordan
deBreyne, Adrian Edward
DeHase, Rolland Philip
Derry, Richard
Doull, Hedley
Elliot, Donald Emil
Evans, William Walter
Galloway, James
Gardiner, William Austin
Gauthier, Edward W.
*Gibbon, Arthur Scott
Guillemette, Joseph Leo
Hall, Donald Blanchard
Hall, William Kenneth
Heslop, James
Heughan, Allan Watson
Holden, Henry
Hughes, Leo
*Irving, Arnold
Kay, John Bowick
Korning, B
Laporte, Joseph Raymond
Laporte, Norman Adolph
Laurie, William Drennan
*Lawrence, John B.
Leduc, Jos. Leon Telesphore
Letts, Ralph Thomas
MacLauchlan, John
Marchand, Claude
Marks, George Henry
McConnell, John Rogert
Meacoe, William Arthur
Melnitzky, Theodore
Morrison, Benjamin H.
Murray, Donald
Newman, Robert J.
Palmer, Edward McGee
Palmer, Harry Gilbert
Parke, William Kelvin
Peters, Harry Edwrd
Pettet, Douglas George
Pettigrew, James Bruce
Proctor, John Andrews
Roberts, Robert
Seath, Ritchie Oulton
Shanahan, Maurice C.
Symons, Charles Ronald
Tibbs, John Leander F.
Ward, Hugh Dennis
*Watson, Peter
Whyte, Kenneth Archibald
*Missing, Presumed Dead.

For more articles from this issue of The Home Town News, see:
“Old Originals” from St. Lambert volunteered to serve during WWII.

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Alberta Genealogical Society conference to take place in Edmonton in April

Registration is now open and the program is available for the Alberta Genealogical Society’s conference, Discover Your Roots, Share Your Stories, Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, in Edmonton. The conference’s range of topics has something for everyone. Pre-conference tours take place Friday, April 17.

Speakers and topics include Joe Everett on Eastern European research; Glenn Wright on Canadian Military Records; Gena Philibert-Ortega on researching for Genealogy Road Show; Dave Obee on Traveling Smart with Technology; Tim Marriott on Edmonton Roots; Ryan Layton on Changing Technology in Genealogy; Wei Wong on the Chinese in Canada; Belinda Crowson on Children and Work in Early Alberta history; Shannon Cherkowski on Navigating Genealogy Websites; and Susan Maynard on Decoding Drouin.

Pre-conference tours include Edmonton Public Library Heritage Room, Edmonton Public School Archives, LDS Family History Centre—Bonnie Doon, the Métis Nation of Alberta Research Centre, Provincial Archives of Alberta, and the Rutherford Library at the University of Alberta.

Early bird registration ends April 1, and it is possible to register for one day only.

The program and registration are available on the society’s conference webpage.

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Lack of volunteers forces a New Brunswick Genealogical Society branch to close

After 32 years of operation, the Restigouche branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society will soon close its doors. The Acadie Nouvelle newspaper reports no volunteer has come foward to manage it.

Current president Suzanne Blaquière, who has been involved since the branch first began, said the task to keep it running has become difficult. “Unfortunately, we are not getting any younger, and volunteers are becoming harder to find.”

The branch’s records, gathered through the years, will be deposited at the Dalhousie Centennial Library in Dalhousie. The archives include Protestant and Catholic parish registers, cemetery records, family histories, census records, and old newspapers. Some of the documents are more than 200 years old, including marriage registers from Carleton region in the Gaspé from the 1700s.

Although the Restigouche branch will become inactive in a few months, it will remain active on paper for a period of five years as dictated by society bylaws.

The largest cities in Restigouche County are Campbellton and Dalhousie.

Read more in the Acadie Nouvelle article, Le Restigouche perd sa société de généalogie.

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New and must-have Google tips for genealogy — free webinar

I am fairly good at Googling, but every time I attend one of Lisa Louise Cooke’s presentations about Googling for genealogy research, in person and via webinars, I learn much more. Two reasons I continue to learn: Ms. Cooke is an excellent lecturer and Google keeps evolving. That is why I will be attending her webinar, New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy, on Wednesday, February 25, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

In this session, presented by Legacy Family Tree, “Google Guru Lisa Louise Cooke will give you an update on the most recent Google changes, and then unleash advanced search strategies for genealogy that you probably aren’t using, but you must-have in order to get the best results possible. It will be an exciting hour full of tips and tricks you can put into practice right away.”

Register here to watch live. This free webinar will likely be available to watch for free for about a week.

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Canada’s first funeral home Morse & Sons index online

The Ontario Genealogical Society Niagara Peninsula Branch has completed the Morse & Sons Funeral Home Index. On Facebook, they wrote: “We currently sit at 19,709 funeral records and they now encompass 1828 to 1965. Check these great records out along with other searchable indexes we have.”

The branch received permission to scan and index all funeral records from the Morse & Sons Funeral Home, Canada’s first funeral home from 1828 to 1965, containing 19,709 records.

You can search the funeral home index by name. If you find a name and want to see the funeral record, the cost is $5 for the first record and $1 per page for additional record.

Yes, I immediately searched for “Dever” and found three. No immediate connection, but all Devers think they are related to each other, so I may order at least one of the record. (Yes, I know it will cost me the price of a Starbucks coffee.)

Austin Morse from Nobelton, New York, was the founder of Morse & Son. Shortly after his birth in 1800, his family moved to Detroit. In 1821, Morse relocated to Niagara County, Upper Canada, and settled in the then unnamed community developing at the junction of Portage Road and Lundy’s Lane. In 1831, this village boasted a “thriving” population of 130 and was officially named Drummondville.

Morse began his career in Niagara County as a cabinet maker and then moved into coffin making.

You can learn more and search the index here. You may also want to read about this funeral home’s interesting history.

Bravo, Niagara Peninsula Branch! Great project.

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