Is your ancestor’s name among these funeral cards?

Cindi Foreman has posted 71 funeral, mass, and prayer cards on her blog, My Moynahan Genealogy, hoping genealogists whose ancestors lived in Ontario and Michigan will recognize some of the names on the cards.

Ms. Foreman writes, “The majority are friends, neighbours, co-workers and acquaintances of my grandparents 〈Ernest Moynahan and Rhea Coughlin〉.” Only 19 cards are confirmed as her Moynahan-Coughlin ancestors.

Most of the cards are from the Marcotte and Janisse Funeral Directors. The others are from the Kennedy Funeral Home (Essex, Ontario), Anderson Funeral Service, James H. Hutton Funeral Home, Van Deweghe Funeral Chapel, and Windsor Chapel.

To make it easy to browse, Ms. Foreman has listed the names of the people on the cards in alphabetical order. Also included in the blog post is a list of links about funeral cards.

If you find an ancestor’s name among Ms. Foreman’s funeral cards, she would you to contact her.

You can see the cards on My Grandparent’s Funeral Cards.

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Fur trade exhibit at Montreal’s city hall

The exhibit, Montréal : Capitale de la fourrure / Montreal, Fur Capital, about the history of fur trading in Montreal, opens today at Montreal’s city hall and will run until August 15, 2015.

This exhibit from the Centre Marius-Barbeau will depict the grand era of Montreal from the 18th to the early 19th century through the history of the arrow sash and fur trade. Setting out from Montreal trading posts, the voyageurs developed the fur trade across Canada, while the arrow sash promoted the wool trade.

You may visit the exhibit in city hall’s Hall of Honour, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except holidays), and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Free admission.

As part of the exhibit, two free lectures, in French, will be presented in the Hall of Honour. Reservations are not required.

Thursday, July 16, at 2:00 p.m., genealogist and lecturer Marcel Pronovost will talk about the daily life of a fur trader in New France: La vie quotidienne d’un coureur de bois en Nouvelle-France.

Thursday, August 6, at 2:00 p.m., Françoise Bourret will talk about the art of the finger-woven arrow sash worn by fur traders: Le fléché, l’art du tissage au doigt.

Montreal City Hall
275 Notre-Dame St. E., 1st floor, Hall of Honour
Metro: Champ-de-Mars
Paid parking: Chaussegros-de-Léry Building, 303 Notre-Dame St. E.

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Launch of Montreal walking tour app delayed

Apparently, last Thursday’s post about the launch of a new 60-stop Montreal walking tour app was premature. When I could not find the app, I sent an email to Montréal en Histoires, as did others, and received a very quick and friendly reply to advise there has been a delay with the release of the application. The free mobile app should be ready in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, family and friends visiting this summer will have to listen to me give the tour. According to one family member, I apparently share the “historical importance of every building we pass in Old Montreal.”

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Webinar on researching female ancestors

Legacy Family will host a free webinar, The Secret Lives of Women – Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind, presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega, on Wednesday, July 1, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

How do you research the women in your family tree? In some of the same ways you research men but you also have to consider what documents and items were left behind by women. In this lecture we look at the specific trail women left including signature quilts, community cookbooks, journals and diaries.

The webinar will be available to watch for free for about a week. Register here to watch the live presentation.

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Ryerson Archives celebrates 100th anniversary of Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Assocation

To celebrate Toronto’s Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association’s 100th anniversary, the Ryerson 〈University〉 Archives has decided to focus on the Alumnae Association and its members serving at home and overseas during World War II and to promote an archival collection.

This archival story goes back to 2011 when the Association’s collection was donated to the Ryerson Archives. Included in the donation was a scrapbook compiled by Grace Bolton, member of the Association’s executive, that spotlights the Association’s activities. In the scrapbook are pages detailing the Association’s activities, including the mailing of care packages to nurses serving in the military and alumnae serving overseas in non-military capacities during World War II.

When World War II was declared, the Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing had graduated twenty-five classes. Like their nursing sisters before them (eight of 10 members of Wellesley’s first class of graduates served overseas in World War I), Wellesley Alumnae continued the tradition with many enlisting to serve in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps., the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Royal Navy during World War II. They served in hospitals and casualty clearing stations in Africa, Italy, England, and France between 1940 and 1946.

To view the scrapbook in its entirety or to view other items in the The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection, you must contact the Archives at or call 416-979-5000 ext. 7027 to make an appointment.

A Ryerson Archives blog post about this collection explains more and shows images from it. At the end of the post is a short list of resources for information on the Canadian Medical Services in World War II.

The Ryerson Archives acts as a resource facility which documents the history of Ryerson University (1948 to the present) and its antecedent institutions at St. James Square, known as the cradle of education in the province of Ontario. These institutions include primarily the Toronto Normal School (1852-1941), the R.C.A.F. No. 6 Initial Training Centre and Dominion-Provincial War Emergency Training Program (1941-1945) and the Toronto Training and Re-establishment Institute (1945-1948).

The Archives also maintains a collection of records and information on Egerton Ryerson (1803-1882), the University’s namesake and founder of Ontario’s educational system, at St. James Square.

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Nova Scotia Archives adds 26,625 birth, marriage, and death records

Nova Scotia flagThe Nova Scotia Archives has digitized, fully indexed, and uploaded to their website 26,625 birth, marriage, and death records.

The newly available records are 15,123 births from 1914; 5,086 marriages from 1939; and 6,416 deaths from 1964. The birth records include some delayed entries for individuals born in 1914 or earlier, but not registered until a later date.

These records were released to the archives December 31, 2014 and can be searched here.

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Free app takes you on walking tour of Old Montreal

As of last Thursday, Montrealers and tourists can take a free self-guided historical walking tour of Old Montreal by downloading a free mobile app for smartphones and tablets.

Using the 60-stop Montréal en Histoires walking tour app, you can choose among several circuits depending on your interests and free time.

Martin Laviolette, founder and executive producer of the non-profit historical society Montréal en Histoires, said: “This project will enable Montrealers to reacquaint themselves with their own history, and will also engage tourists. Each stop on our free do-it-yourself tour lasts about two to three minutes.”

This is the first stage of the $11-million Montréal en Histoires project.

The app was launched during Mayor Denis Coderre’s announcement about free Wi-Fi access being made available in parts of Old Montreal and outside the city’s convention centre, the Palais des Congrès.

The Montréal en Histoire app is available in four languages, French, English, Spanish, and Mandarin, and can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

Learn more about what you will see on your walking tour in the video here.

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Free access to Canadian records on until July 1

In celebration of Canada Day, you can have free access to all 235 million Canadian records on The offer is in effect from now until July 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

From Ancestry:
To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address. Once you have registered, we will then send you a user name and password to access the records. If you haven’t already, you will be prompted to register once you start trying to search and view the records. After July 1, 2015, you will only be able to view these records using an paid membership.

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This week’s crème de la crème — June 27, 2015

Some of the bijoux I discovered this week.

My Carignan-Salières Regiment Ancestors by Yvonne Demoskoff on Yvonne’s Genealogy Blog.

Birth, Marriage, and Death Indexes of the Belleville Intelligencer by John D. Reid on Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections.

Canada Online Historical Newspaper Links – Updated 2015 by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt.

Bibliographie: Le Régime français en Ontario by Joseph Gagné on Curieuse Nouvelle France.

Sending our children to Canada ……….Miss Maria Rye, Avenue House on Hanover Park and my great uncle by Andrew Simpson on Chorlton History.

Pinterest for Genealogists! by Lisa Lisson on Are You My Cousin?

Black Sheep Ancestors by Niki Davis on Rooted in Foods.

PBS Postpones “Finding Your Roots” Due to Ben Affleck’s “Improper” Influence by Diane Haddad on Genealogy Insider.

Engaging Offsite Members: Volunteer Opportunities by Rorey Cathcart on FGS Voice.

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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 celebrates official reopening

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 opened in 1999.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 opened in 1999.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax celebrated its official reopening yesterday with the unveiling of Canadian Immigration Hall, a new exhibition showcasing the contributions of newcomers to Canada.

The museum has doubled its original size to make space for more exhibits that tell the broader story of Canadian immigration, from hundreds of years ago to the present day.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, said, “This national treasure in Atlantic Canada means a great deal to citizens across the country — from recent immigrants to the great great grandchildren of immigrants — and will be appreciated by the Canadians of tomorrow and visitors alike, well into the future.”

The opening of Canadian Immigration Hall, and the recent reopening of Rudolph P. Bratty Hall, marks the completion of the Museum’s $30 million expansion.

Pier 21 was the gateway to Canada for almost one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for about 368,000 Canadian military personnel during the Second World War.

The museum issued the following news release.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 celebrated its official reopening on June 25, 2015 with the unveiling of Canadian Immigration Hall, a new exhibition showcasing the vast contributions of newcomers to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life, from past to present day.
The opening of Canadian Immigration Hall, and the recent reopening of Rudolph P. Bratty Hall, marks the completion of the Museum’s $30 million expansion.
The reimagined Rudolph P. Bratty Hall explores Pier 21’s rich history as an immigration facility from 1928 to 1971, while Canadian Immigration Hall expands beyond the Pier 21 years to explore the broader story of immigration to Canada. Both new spaces engage visitors using state-of-the-art digital technology, experiential immersives and participatory activities.
The official reopening ceremony followed the central themes, Journey, Arrival, Belonging and Impact, as represented in the Museum. Author Lawrence Hill shared personal stories of Canadian immigration reflecting each theme. The ceremony also included remarks from Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, Troy Myers, Vice-Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
The program featured musical performances by some of Canada’s most celebrated artists including gospel singer, Linda Carvery, performers from DRUM!, Doris Mason, Hubert Francis and Trevor Gould, as well as classical vocalist, Michael Ciufo accompanied by Joshua Tamayo. As well, Dinuk Wijeratne, accompanied by Daniel MacNeil, premiered an original piece of music composed in recognition of the Museum’s reopening. The program closed with a performance by the Halifax Boys Honour Choir.
This afternoon, June 25, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be open free of charge to the public from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. New exhibits will be animated by hourly guided tours and showings of in Canada, an original film featuring the personal stories of diverse immigrants to Canada from all over the world.
Celebrations will continue on Canada Day, July 1, as the Museum hosts its signature Multicultural Fair, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for families and offers free admission from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Throughout its reopening year, there will be a host of activities and events happening at the Museum and on-the-road. People are encouraged to visit for updates.
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