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Send a message to Minister Moore

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

If you want to send a message about releasing the 1921 Census of Canada, here is a direct link to Minister Moore’s page on the Government of Canada’s website:

While We Wait….Instructions to Commissioners and Enumerators, 1921 Census of Canada

Monday, June 24th, 2013

While we, i.e., Canada and the World, wait with great anticipation for Minister Moore to stop messing about and release the much anticipated 1921 Census of Canada, here is a link to the 1921 Enumerator Instruction booklet from the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project:

The booklet gives a complete breakdown of the questions each enumerator had to go through during each enumeration.  It is actually quite interesting reading, but we still want the 1921 Census Mr. Moore, and we want it NOW!

Why the delay??

Notice for Simcoe County Branch Meeting

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: LDS Church, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie (map)

Topic: Using DNA to Confirm Relatives and Relationships

Speaker: Linda Reid

Contact Info:

Notice for Ottawa Branch Meeting

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Room 115, Ottawa (map)

Topic: “Clara’s Rib”

Speaker: Anne Raina

Brief Overview: Anne will speak about her book, Clara’s Rib, co-authored with Anne’s sister Clara.  Clara’s Rib is the true story of a young girl growing up in a tuberculosis hospital. Clara entered the Royal Ottawa Sanatorium in 1939 when she was 12 years old and was discharged for the final time in 1952, just after turning 26 years of age. Anne will also talk about how she came to an understanding of this disease that ravaged her family.

Contact Info:

NOTE: This meeting will be simulcast for members who can’t join us in person. We will be using Live Meeting 2007 which is compatible with Windows PCs. Use this link ( for information on how to connect. Then connect to the meeting room itself at:

Heritage Photo of the Day: March 10, 2013

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Street Doctor, London, England, 1877

Note the shoe on the “Doctor’s” right foot.

Street Doctor, London, England, 1877













Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Reminder for Kent County Branch Meeting

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Date: Friday, February 8, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: St. Andrews Residence, 99 Park Street, Chatham

Topic: “The Thompson Family”

Speaker: Anne Fisher

Brief Overview: Anne will tell the tale of her grandfather, W.G. Thompson of Blenheim.

Everyone Welcome!

Contact Info:

Heritage Languages Under Threat

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

If you could go back in time and visit some of your ancestors, would you be able to communicate with them?

Many of the languages and dialects our ancestors spoke have either disappeared or are under threat. On the Isle of Man for example, the last native Manx speaker, Ned Maddrell, died in 1974. Although great efforts are underway to revive it as a living language on the Island, fluent Manx speakers are in the minority. Two other Celtic languages, Cornish and Breton, are fighting for their survival as well. An interesting article posted on the Celtic League’s website in 2010, FOINSE FOCUS ON MANX, BRETON AND CORNISH LANGUAGES, highlights efforts being made to save these languages in their respective countries.

Click here if you wish to read the article.

UNESCO’s Atlas of World Languages maps out areas where the indigenous language has been flagged as endangered. Click here for a link to UNESCO”S Atlas to see if any of your “heritage” languages are on the list.

If you are interested in heritage languages and their preservation, you might find these groups of interest:

  • Intergroup for Traditional Minorites, National Communities and Languages:



  •  EuroLang:



  • Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity



FYI: Conference 2014 Call for Speakers

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

The committee for Conference 2014 has launched their Call For Speakers. If you would like to speak at this Conference, please follow the instructions below for making your application. The Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will host the Society’s annual conference, May 1-4, 2014 at Brock University. The conference theme is GENEALOGY WITHOUT BORDERS.

Although borders are an important aspect in defining a country, they also often delineate an area of genealogical study. In the past, genealogists often had to travel across borders to complete family histories in their genealogical area. Today’s genealogist can often cross these borders while sitting at a desk. We can trace the movement of settlers from European countries from the American states and other provinces to Ontario.

We invite seminar proposals with this theme in mind.

Our Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th seminar sessions are generally fifty minutes in length with ten minutes for discussion. We also have workshops on Friday, May 2nd, which are of three hours duration. We invite lecture and workshop submissions on a broad range of genealogical topics which will help to solve family history problems by any of the following methods:

  1. Use of technology in genealogy (DNA, internet, software etc.)
  2. Records at a distance (especially Eastern USA and European)
  3. War records, 1812, W.W. 1
  4. Land records, census, directories,
  5. Early Ontario records, prior to 1869 and their repositories
  6. Proposals are also solicited for the broader genealogical categories including the histories associated with the War of 1812, methodology, analysis and problem solving used in genealogy

Each proposal should include the following information:

  1. Speaker’s full name, address, telephone and e-mail address
  2. Title of the presentation, not to exceed fifteen words, and a brief but comprehensive outline
  3. Lecture summary, not to exceed twenty-five words, to be used in the program registration brochure
  4. Identification of the audience level; beginner, intermediate, advanced or all levels
  5. Speaker biography, not to exceed twenty-five words
  6. Resume of recent lectures by the speaker
  7. Presenters may submit any number of proposals. Complete proposals should be emailed to by May 15, 2013

If using a Power Point presentation, then the image should be easily read at a distance of 20 metres or 65 feet.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified in early summer and we will request that you provide a 4 page summary of your talk or workshop for our syllabus by Dec. 31st, 2013. This should include references and web addresses mentioned, sample screen images etc. It will be submitted electronically (in Word, RTF or PDF format).

Please include your approximate travel costs, economy class to St. Catharines, Ont. Canada. Besides remuneration, food and lodging will be based upon the number of lectures given and transportation expenses will depend upon the speaker’s home address. Workshop fees may be negotiated. Questions can be directed to

Please Note: We are looking for speakers who would be open to their presentation being broadcast live from the Conference to those individuals who cannot travel but still wish to join us. As well, we are looking for speakers who may be interested in speaking but cannot travel as we can stream you in to the conference.

Advocate for Archives: Share your Story on the Usefulness of Archives

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

The Archives Association of Ontario has shared the following request with the research and archival community. As archives are a major source of information for genealogists, you may have a story you wish to share as well. If you do, please send an account of your experience to the President of the AAO at .

Here is their unabridged message:

“I have been contacted by the office of NDP MP Pierre Nantel, the Official Opposition Critic for Heritage, in order to gather evidence to advocate for a government commitment to archives. I have summarized the request I received from Mr. Nantel’s office below.

Quebec’s TVA network recently started reporting on the cuts to archives and are covering Mr. Nantel’s related questions in the House. Essentially they are looking to make the issues at hand as understandable as possible to the public. For example, he cites the following story from a TVA news report ” Library and Archive’s website shows internationally-renowned Quebec artists Luc Plamondon accepting a Juno, with a subtitle that says “an unidentified man with a Juno”! ( This is an easy-to-understand issue for the media and the public, and can be directly attached to the Harper Govt’s cuts.”

Mr. Nantel would like positive examples of historically significant items or documents that have been discovered by archivists or in archives. Things that would not have been discovered or celebrated if it wasn’t for archives/archivists (ie. if we’re all suffering cuts, there won’t be anyone to discover, interpret, or preserve this material). As a bonus, if you can provide an example of something related to the War of 1812 this would allow Mr. Nantel to “demonstrate that the Government’s interest in 1812 is all about show and no substance – and that real investment in our history has to involve the professionals that do the research.”

Please don’t limit yourselves to projects that were accomplished through NADP although these examples are still relevant. You can send me your examples by responding to this email ( There is some urgency to the matter as Mr. Nantel’s office wants to continue the wave of support generated from the TVA.”