Posts Tagged ‘genealogy tourism’

Check out the Military History Tour

Friday, March 18th, 2011

There are lots of fabulous speakers and sessions at this year’s conference, but there is also another way to spend your morning on Friday May 13, 2011 in Hamilton.

We are offering a Military History Tour.

For $45, you can experience some of Hamilton’s best known heritage destinations.

The tour will leave by bus at 8:30 am from the Hamilton Convention Centre.
The first stop will be the Canadian War Plane Heritage Museum where knowledgeable volunteers will lead the group on a guided tour of the centre and the planes. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and hear the stories the guides have to tell.

The next stop on the tour is the HCMS Haida: an internationally recognized museum and National Historic Site. The Haida one of 8 Tribal Class Destroyers used by the Canadian Navy in World War II. In preparation for D-Day, the Haida is credited with destroying more enemy vessels than any other ship in the Royal Canadian Navy.

After your walk through Canadian military history, the bus will return to the Hamilton Convention Centre  by 12:30, just in time for lunch.

You may then either rest or take part in the afternoon workshops and lectures (afternoon workshops and lectures are a separate option on the registration package: $45)

Sign up for the Military Tour on your conference registration form.

Walter Kidd Genealogical Museum opens

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Wilberforce, Ontario

If your summer travel plans will be taking you anywhere near Wilberforce Ontario, you may want to stop by the old Walter Kidd Schoolhouse.

According to the Haliburton Echo, the historic Walter Kidd Schoolhouse has been converted to a genealogical museum that is scheduled to open its doors on July 18th, 2010. On top of funding by the Trillium Foundation, the Schoolhouse Historical Society raised close to $20, 000 over seven years which was used to move, restore and convert the old building to a museum and genealogical resource centre.

Their grand opening on July 18th will be celebrated with a barbecue, pony rides, live music and a genealogy display.

Read the full article.

Home Children Memory Quilts

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Genealogy Grab Bag

2010 has been declared the Year of the British Home Child in Canada. This is of interest to genealogists who may find they are descended from one of over 100,000 children displaced from Britain to a hard life as an orphan in the colonies, sometimes under suspicious circumstances.

Volunteers at OGS Perth County Branch are spreading the word of the Memory Quilts for Home Children which will be displayed at museums in Stratford and Belleville over the summer in recognition of these children, the lives they led, and their legacy. You are invited to visit the museums to view the quilts. 

One of two quilts will be displayed at the following museums on the following dates:

 Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford ON – Sunday June 27 – Saturday July 10
Hwy 8 – just west of city limits
Hours of Operation
Sunday – Monday       12 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday – Saturday    10 am – 4 pm

Glanmore House, Belleville ON -  Wednesday July 14 – Wednesday July 28
257 Bridge St. E.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Sunday    10 am – 4:30 pm

If you’re interested in learning more about the Home Children, here are some websites to explore:
http://www.britishhomechildren.org/ - This site is an extension of the British Home Children mailing list. The site is dedicated to the recognition and memory of the home children.

Pier 21′s Online Collection - Pier 21, Canada’s Immigration Museum in Halifax has an online collection of the histories of many Canadian home children. They are available to be read in pdf format.

Cyndi’s List – Home Children and Child Migrants - Cyndi’s List is a popular source for links to genealogical resources. If you’re researching home children in your family tree, there are some useful sites listed here for you.