Archive for November, 2012

Heritage Photo of the Day: November 30, 2012

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Two Newhaven Fishwives, Firth of Forth, Scotland, c.1844 – 1847

Two Newhaven Fishwives, Firth of Forth, Scotland, c1844 - 1847













National Galleries of Scotland Commons (flickr)

The Awards Committee Needs You!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

95% of OGS activities around the province are managed by volunteers and we are grateful to all volunteers for sharing their time and talents with the Society and researchers everywhere.

Over the years, we have developed different ways of honouring volunteers and branches and SIGs for their achievements, but, in order to ensure this recognition continues, we need assistance on the OGS Awards Committee.

Members of the Awards Committee do not have to judge who will receive an award, but we need a few OGS members to help in ensuring that the awards are given out when they need to be, so that all the hard work of our dedicated volunteers and the achievements of our branches and SIGs do not get forgotten.

If you’re interested in helping with this committee, please contact the Provincial Office.

FYI: Update on Cemeteries Act Petitions

Friday, November 30th, 2012

There have been some questions as to what happened to the Cemeteries Act Petitions in May 2011 when the Ontario Legislature was prorogued. The answer is: they died!

But – OGS and The Ontario Historical Society (OHS) received a life line from Jim Brownell, then retiring Member of Provincial Parliament for Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry. He arranged for us to meet John Gerretsen, then Minister of Business Services – the Ministry in charge of cemeteries registration.

We presented Minister Gerretsen with a list of more than 1500 unregistered cemeteries across the province and had a first hand opportunity to tell the Minister about the lack of protection and high risk of removal for unregistered cemeteries. As a result, we received a letter of undertaking from the Registrar of Cemeteries, Michael D’Mello. The Ministry plans to register unregistered cemeteries! To this end, we have been asked to submit the data county-by-county and to include modern identifying information such as GPS, street addresses, directions, etc.

It isn’t too late.

The joint OGS and OHS Cemetery Registration Committee has been resuscitated and, with assistance from many hardworking branch cemeteries committees, is working to compile the necessary information and send it to the Registrar. To date the data for four counties – Algoma, Brant, Bruce and Carleton – have been forwarded to the Registrar of Cemeteries. Any new information for these counties will be also forwarded as it is discovered.

The OGS Cemetery Locator is being updated as we move along by county, with the goal of making it as complete a record of cemeteries in Ontario as possible.

None of this can happen without the co-operation of our branches and our genealogical and historical friends who have first hand knowledge of their areas. We ask that people check out the Cemetery Locator to see what is on record for your county or region.

We invite anyone with cemetery information, particularly little known or abandoned cemeteries to contact us. This week we learned about three unregistered small family burial grounds from surprising sources.

Please help the OGS/OHS Cemetery Registration Committee remain alive! We look forward to hearing from the friends of cemeteries. We plan to keep you posted as we send the government further information.

Heritage Photo of the Day: November 29, 2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

From Cook Street, Dublin, corner of Lower Bridge Street, looking towards Wormwood Gate, 1888.

From Cook Street, corner of Lower Bridge Street, looking towards Wormwood Gate, 1888













National Library of Ireland on the Commons (flickr)

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

There are several festive heritage events happening in the Niagara region in early December. The Laura Secord Homestead is holding a Christmas open house. Drop by and see how the early Ontario settlers would have decorated their homesteads for the festive season. Partake in some old-fashioned treats such as cider and cookies, crafts for the kids and view some exhibits of Christmas past.

Date: Monday, December 3, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Laura Secord Homestead, 29 Queenston Street, Queenston, Ontario (map)

Admission (before tax): Adults $9.50, Children (6 to 12 years) $6.25. Children 5 years and under admitted for Free at all Niagara Parks attractions.

Drop by Niagara Parks’ oldest property, McFarland House, and get a wee taste of a Victorian Christmas.  Enjoy some homemade cookies, mulled cider, and the all-natural historic Christmas decorations.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: McFarland House, 15927 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (map)

Admission (before tax): Adults $5, Children (6 to 12 years) $3.75.

McFarland House is also hosting a very special Holiday tea.  For the first time ever, McFarland House is opening its Conservatory Tea Room to celebrate the festive season.

Reservations are required for this popular event; seatings will be at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30. Please call McFarland House at (905) 468-3322 or e-mail for more information and reservations.

Heritage Photo of the Day: November 27, 2012

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Close No. 101 High Street, Glasgow, c.1870

Close No. 101 High Street, Glasgow, c.1870












National Galleries of Scotland Commons (flickr)

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Event

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The Archives Association of Ontario, Eastern Ontario Chapter, Presents:

Christmas Past Comes Alive

Date: Wednesday December 5th, 2012,

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive (corner of Woodroffe Ave. and Tallwood Dr.) map

 Brief Overview:

“The AAO Eastern Ontario Chapter is pleased to partner for a second year with the Ottawa Storytellers, and this year, it’s for an evening of Christmas stories. Storytellers Leah Sander and Kim Kilpatrick will tell Christmas stories, based on personal memories or historical events, and share the process of constructing and telling a story.

Join us in exploring common interests between archives and storytelling.

Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

Please see our website for further details, and upcoming events.” 

Notice for Sudbury Branch Christmas Celebration Dinner

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Come prepared to enjoy the fine company, fine food, and to share your favourite Christmas memories of gifts, carols, food, traditions and more!


Monday, December 10, 2012

Cocktails at 5:30 p.m.

Buffet Dinner at 6:00 p.m.


Enrico’s at the Caruso Club, 385 Haig Street, Sudbury (map)


Buffet Dinner $20.00 / Person (Tax and all Gratuities Included)

Cash Bar

Contact Info:  Nancy Vaillancourt at:


Call: 705 693 4242

Please Pay for the Evening at the Dinner to Nancy Vaillancourt

(Commitment to Payment Required Even If You Are Unable To Attend As Planned!)

Heritage Photo of the Day: November 25th, 2012

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

The Water Cart, London, England, 1871

The Water Cart, London, England, 1877










Museum of Photographic Arts Collections (flickr)

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Get a taste of how our early Ontario ancestors celebrated the season by visiting one of the many excellent Pioneer Villages around the province.

Lang Pioneer Village, Keene:

Christmas by Candlelight

“Delight in the sight and sounds of the most wonderful time of the year with a traditional Pioneer Christmas.”

Admission: Adults $10, Students/Seniors $9, Youth (5-14) $6, Under $5 Free.  Family (includes 2 Adults and up to 4 Youth) $30

Dates: Saturday December 8th & Sunday December 9th, 2012

Times: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm each night

Location: Lang Pioneer Village, 104 Lang Road, RR 3 Keene, ON (map)

Click here for full details on this event

Contact Info:

Telephone: (705) 295-6694

Toll Free: 1 866 289 5264 (LANG)


Black Creek Pioneer Village

Christmas at Black Creek

There are different activities for each weekend throughout this event.  Click here for a list of highlights.

Dates: November 17th until December 23rd, 2012

Hours of Operation: After Labour Day to December 21st, 2012

Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Weekends & Holidays: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For details on other heritage Christmas events, contact information, admission prices and how to purchase tickets, please follow this link to the Black Creek Pioneer Village website.

Doon Heritage Village

Country Christmas

“Enjoy Christmas in the country from the early 20th century! Take in the sights and sounds of a Christmas past with horse drawn wagon rides, music and Father Christmas. General Admission rates apply.”


Sundays: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23,

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Doon Heritage Village, 10 Huron Rd., Kitchener, ON (map)

For details on this and other festive heritage events, contact info and admission rates, please follow this link to the Doon Heritage Village website.