Book about 1837 Rebellion contains names of captives and traitors

Patriotes, Reformers_bookGlobal Genealogy has added a new book, Patriotes, Reformer, Rebels & Raiders: Tracing your ancestors during the ‘troublous’ times in Upper and Lower Canada 1820-1851, to its catalogue that may interest genealogists with ancestors who lived in Upper and Lower Canada during the early 19th century, especially if they were involved in the Rebellion.

Written by Kenneth G. Cox, the book provides transcribed lists of many of the players in the Rebellion of 1837-38. For example, the appendix in chapter two includes a list of those tried for treason and held in prison in Upper Canada after the Rebellion. Appendixes to other chapters provide the names of those sentenced to death, a list of captives following the Battle of the Windmill, and the names of individuals transported to Australia. Another chapter describes the military records available at Library and Archives Canada, militia units by district, and British regiments who served during the Rebellions and Border Raids.

The author is a former school principal who started his own family history research when he retired.

For more information about each chapter in the book and the cost to purchase a softcover or download a pdf, visit Global Genealogy’s website.

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Webinar — Researching your Italian ancestors

If you have Italian ancestors, you will want to register for Legacy Family Tree’s webinar, Researching Your Italian Ancestors, on Wednesday, August 27 at 2:oo p.m. Eastern time. Ruth Merriman will discuss how the “availability of Italian records has increased exponentially in the past few years,” where to find the records, and what to look for in the records. Ms. Merriman is currently preparing digital images from Italy for publication on the FamilySearch website and on the website of the National Archives of Italy.

Register here to watch the live presentation. The archived version of the webinar will likely be available for about a week and there will be no need to register to watch it.

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Terrific line-up of speakers at Kelowna & District Genealogical Society’s conference

Good list of speakers at the upcoming Kelowna & District Genealogical Society's conference. Image courtesy of Num_Skyman/

Good list of speakers at the upcoming Kelowna & District Genealogical Society’s conference. Image courtesy of Num_Skyman/

The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society’s bi-annual conference will be held at Okanagan College, September 26 to 28, 2014, and they offer a terrific line-up of speakers and topics.

The society has only 130 members, yet they can host a three-day conference with eight genealogy rock stars from Canada, the United States, and Australia. The speakers are Dave Obee, Maureen Taylor, Helen V. Smith, Stephen Young, Dwight Radford, May Chan, Ann ten Cate, and Xenia Stanford.

Topics include Canadian genealogy, Irish research, dating photos, WWI, WWI, technology, Chinese settlers in Canada, DNA, evaluating resources, and English parish records.

More than 200 genealogy enthusiasts are expected to attend from across Western Canada and the northwest U.S.

The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society is one of the largest and oldest genealogy societies in BC. They celebrate their 30th anniversary this year.

Read more about the conference speakers and topics here.

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CBC creates interactive map to locate WWI monuments

CBC News has created an interactive map of Canadian WWI memorials and asks Canadians to contribute to it. Take a look at the map. If you do not find a memorial in your community, take a photo of it, write a brief description, and send an email to CBC at

If I was still working in downtown Montreal, I would run over to Windsor Station concourse on Monday to take a photo of the beautiful bronze monument, Angel of Victory, that was commissioned by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1921 to commemorate its employees who gave their lives in the First World War.

To look at the map and the memorials that have been added so far, visit CBC’s WWI: How Canada remembers its fallen.

To see photos of the Angel of Victory monument, visit Montréal in Pictures.

Location of WWI monuments. CBC News. Screen capture 23 August 2014.

Location of WWI monuments. CBC News. Screen capture 23 August 2014.

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This week’s crème de la crème — August 23, 2014

Some of the bijoux I discovered this week.

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〈Quebec〉 Notarial Records on the Library and Archives Canada Blog.

Searching for Your Irish Ancestors, Part 4 – Records for Other Religious Denominations by Timeline Genealogy on The Wild Geese.

The Oral Family History Project by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Geneaogist.

Adding context to my genealogy by Jason Amos on Vita Brevis.

There’s more to the US census by Gena Philibert-Ortega on The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Google Books Advanced Search by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star.

The 5 Biggest Mistakes I Made with My Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega on Genealogy Bank Blog.

Interview with Dan Bucatinsky: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Who Do You Think You Are? by Thomas MacEntee on GeneaBloggers.

Find A Grave terms 2014 style by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist.

Volunteers to Scan 40,000 Historic Titles at Onondaga County Public Library for Free Online Access by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.


Montreal’s Ritz-Carlton hotel mirrored wartime drama by John Kalbfleisch, Montreal Gazette.

Plaques honour Ukrainian internment victims by Garrett Barry, Montreal Gazette.

Remembering a sad part of Canadian history by Darrell Cole, The Citizen Record, Amherst, Nova Scotia.

Dark memories endure of Canada’s internment of ‘enemy aliens’ by Dan Barnes, Edmonton Journal.

William Douse: A family reunion taps into history by Charles Wilkins, Toronto Star.

Moved by the Acadian celebration by Kathryn Olmstead, Bangor (Maine) Daily News.

Genealogy: A look back at the minimum wage of our ancestors by Tamie Dehler, Tribune-Star, Terre-Haute, Indiana.

Genealogical Society of South Whidbey seeks the roots of family trees by Kate Daniel, South Whidbey Record, Coupeville, Washington.

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Ontario Historical Society reviews books on War of 1812

Are you still reading about the War of 1812 or interested in doing so? The Ontario Historical Society has added two new reviews to its list of book reviews about the War of 1812. The latest books reviewed are The Tide of War: The 1814 Invasions of Upper Canada by Richard Feltoe and a book by Donald E. Graves, And All Their Glory Past: Fort Erie, Plattsburgh and the Final Battles in the North, 1814.

Tide of WarRichard Feltoe’s lastest book in his series for Dundurn Press, is about the war in the first half of 1814 during which the battle at Oswego and the American invasion at Fort Erie took place.

Donald E. Graves writes about the last major northern battles in the summer and fall of 1812. “His discussion of the bloody 53-day siege of Fort Erie shows how American success in withstanding the British was ultimately undermined by anxiety about the oncoming winter, prompting the strategic decision to remove the troops from the Canadian side of the Niagara River – effectively marking the end of fighting on Canadian territory.”

To read these reviews and others about the War of 1812 that have been reproduced from the society’s newsletter, visit the Ontario Historical Society’s website. For a lengthy bibliography about the War of 1812 in Upper Canada, scroll to the end of the reviews.

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Nursing exhibit celebrates over a century of caring for life at Montreal hosptials

If you have a nurse in your ancestry and wonder what it was like to be a nurse more than a century ago, you should visit the exhibit, Caps of Courage: A Nursing Journey / De coeur et de courage: l’historie des soins infirmiers. Launched August 21 by the MUHC Art and Heritage Centre in collaboration with the Gallery at Victoria Hall in Westmount, the exhibit showcases the history of nursing at the Montreal General Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital.

According to the MUHC (McGill University Health Centre), the exhibit “allows the public to experience the world of nursing, and the individuals who shaped it, through photographs and artefacts, including nursing uniforms, some dating back as far as the early 1800s.”

Nurses of the General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, 1894, Wm. Notman & Son photographer, II-105877. McCord Museum.

Nurses of the General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, 1894, Wm. Notman & Son photographer, II-105877. McCord Museum.

Since Montreal General Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital first opened their doors in 1821 and 1893, nurses have played an important role in the medical care of the city’s residents. In the 19th century, young women who aspired to become nurses had to come from a “good family.” Those who were poor were refused admittance.

The MUHC Heritage Centre has many official photos of nurses as well as photos from personal collections.

The exhibit runs until September 21, 2014 and admission is free. The Victoria Hall Community Centre is located at 4626 Sherbrooke Street West in Westmount. For opening hours and more information, visit the MUHC website.

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Take a self-guided tour with Mount Royal Cemetery’s new app

Montreal’s 160-year-old Mount Royal Cemetery has entered the digital age. It now offers a new free mobile app designed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices that will allow you to experience the nature and history of this National Historic Site. With this app, you can take a self-guided tour of this beautiful, historic cemetery.

Image of Mount Royal Cemetery app. Mount Royal Cemetery website.

Image of Mount Royal Cemetery app. Mount Royal Cemetery website.

As you wander in the cemetery with the app, you will be notified each time you go by one of the 70 points of interest, such as famous people’s monuments and rare trees. An interactive map will help you locate the interesting sites while historical information, written and audio, as well as many photographs will appear on your screen.

To download and learn more about this app, visit Mount Royal Cemetery’s website.

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Historic walking tours at Mount Royal Cemetery begin this weekend

Starting this weekend, Montreal’s Mount Royal Cemetery is offering free walking tours in English and French.

English tours
This Sunday, August 24, take part in Mount Royal Cemetery’s walking tour, The Impact of the Great War on Montrealers, led by Myriam Cloutier, director of the cemetery’s Heritage Programs. The tour will be conducted in English and begins at 1:00 p.m. at the cemetery’s main entrance at 1297 chemin de la Fôret, Outremont.

On Sunday, September 21, Ms. Cloutier will lead an historical walking tour to show the graves of well-known Montrealers. This tour, conducted in English, begins at 1:00 p.m. and will start at the cemetery’s main entrance.

French tours
This Saturday, August 23, Myriam Cloutier, director of the cemetery’s Heritage Programs will lead a walking tour in French. Called Art, Landscape and Artists, the tour will be about commemorative art and burial sites of famous artists. The tour begins at 1:00 p.m. at the cemetery’s main entrance.

On Saturday, September 20, tree specialist Jerry Bull will conduct a tour in French of the trees in the cemetery. This tour begins at 10:00 a.m. at the main entrance.

On Saturday, September 20, Ms. Cloutier will conduct a tour in French of the burial sites of well-know Montrealers. The tour begins at 1:00 p.m. at the main entrance.

Reed-Tyre burial site, Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal. Copyright Gail Dever.

Reed-Tyre burial site, Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal. Copyright Gail Dever.

Mount Royal Cemetery was founded in 1852 and was designated a National Historic Site in 1998. It was the first cemetery to be located on Mount Royal on the site of old farms. Close to 200,000 are buried there.

For more information and to confirm details about the tours, visit Mount Royal Cemetery’s website.

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British Home Child display opens near Upper Canada Village

Ontario East British Home Child Family logoThe Ontario East British Home Child Family (OEBHCF), in partnership with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, is once again hosting the British Home Child exhibit. The exhibit will be hosted at the Aultsville Train Station near Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario.

The exhibit will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, from Saturday, August 23 to Sunday, September 14. It will also be open on Labour Day. Volunteers from the OEBHCF will be at the station between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to answer questions.

From the OEBHCF website: There were some 100,000 British Home Children who were sent to Canada from the United Kingdom and Ireland during the period of 1870 to the mid 1930s. A large number of these children were relocated to rural communities in Canada through some 50 different emigration/immigration agencies. Most worked as indentured domestic servants or farm workers, with the largest number eventually residing in Ontario. These young children, young ladies, and young men became productive members of Canadian society.

For more information on the OEBHCF and the exhibit at the Aultsville Station,  contact Carol Goddard at

The OEBHCF is interested in information you may have on British Home Children and welcomes the opportunity to hear stories and view artifacts. Contact Judy Neville at if you have a story to share.

Read more about the exhibit in the Cornwall Standard article, Home child display opens Saturday at Aultsville Train Station.

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