Friday, 8 September 2017

English families to Steinbach Manitoba -Local News 1948/49

Looking for your English ancestors in Canadian newspapers? 

Time period of postings in this article: mid-1948 to end-1949.

Here is a short transcription of notices of people who emigrated from England to Steinbach, a small town in southern Manitoba. Included are announcements of who was visiting whom, weddings or births, even accidents and various events.

One person in the community or district gathered the local news and wrote it up for a column in the local newspaper. These accounts are rather 'chatty' reports that people gave to this community reporter. I used 'England' as my search term, but you could as well try a family name. 
The newspaper - Steinbach Carillon - is on Find My Past.

Here is a brief summary. The transcription follows.
  • A notice of a family receiving a 'visitor' from England, which is a bit vague when it was revealed she was soon to be their 'daughter-in-law', is it possible she was a war bride? No name given. 
  • A short notice of the WHITEMANs, an English couple who after 3 years in southern Manitoba decide to move to Australia with their family because of the harsh winters. 
  • Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS who moved from England with their children to the area and subsequently moved to B.C. There is a notice that she stayed with her mother while her husband settles in B.C., but it is not clear if Mrs. Lewis was a local girl and married for a time, perhaps her own family had emigrated to Steinbach earlier? 
  • In the case of Joe GLOSSUP, it appears he may have come to the Giroux district initially as a young man, perhaps working on the farm of the Lunds' and then after a few years decided to make his way to Calgary to work on the Canadian railways. 
  • Still another example of movement between provinces is where Mr. DAVIES moved to the district initially, soon after moved to Saskatchewan and then returned to Manitoba where he bought a farm and spent the remainder of his days.  
  • Finally, a special section in the Christmas edition gives an historical account of the first pioneers.
Kerry S.D. (School Division)
Mrs. F. LEWIS and sons Donald and Peter will be leaving for B.C. any day now to join Mr. Lewis. The Lewis family came from England about three months ago.
27 Feb 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Kerry S.D. (School Division)
Mrs. F. LEWIS and family who came from England last fall and spent the winter with her mother Mrs. E. MATTHEWS, has gone to join her husband in British Columbia.
27 August 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

A.M.L. Fred OPOCENSKY of the Royal Canadian Navy has returned from England to spend a months leave with his parents Mr. and Mrs. F. Opocensky.
09 January 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Giroux News
An article about the passing of Joe GLOSSUP of Calgary who had lived in the Giroux district. I have condensed the content: 'Word has just been received of the death of J.A. 'Joe' Glossop of Calgary who passed away on Feb. 1. He had just retired last month after 44 years' service with the railway (C.P.R. then the C.N.R.). Some of the earlier years of his life were spent in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Lund (in the Giroux district) before going to McLeod [Ft.Macleod]. Gives his address as 2425 St. E. Calgary. He is married and has two daughters. Mrs. John DeWaal and Grace. He was born in Sheffield, England and came to Canada when he was about 20 years old. Mentions his six year old grandson Teddy DeWAAL.
06 February 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Marchand District
Mr. and Mrs. E. NYLUND are expecting a visitor soon. In fact, the visitor is to become their daughter-in-law. She left Liverpool, England today and is expected to arrive within 2 weeks.
19 March 1948 - Steinbach Carillon News

Piney district
Mr. Fred WHITEMAN made a trip to Winnipeg last week in regards to making reservations for their trip to Australia where he and his family and his parents plan to make their future home. The Whitemans are not pioneers of this district but arrived from England only three years ago. We will be sorry to see you folks go. But I don't blame anyone who is not used to our severe winters to want to get away from the monotony of snow banks and a thermometer that hangs around the 30 mark, or is it cold in Australia too?
14 October 1949 - Steinbach Carillon News

Otterburne District - obituary notice
John DAVIES, Otterburne Farmer Passes. Mr. Davies was born in Shropshire, England in 1876. In 1897 he married Beatrice HARPER and in 1902 they moved to Canada. From 1902 until 1904 he worked in the Otterburne District and in the next six years he worked in the Griswold district and homesteaded at Peebles, Saskatchewan. In 1910 he returned to Otterburne and purchased the farm west of town which he still owned at the time of his death on the 1st December.
Steinbach Carillon News 16 December 1949

A large special section in the Christmas edition starting on pg 12 of the 23 December 1949 issue of the Steinbach Carillon News -  Pioneers of Clearsprings, Giroux and Wampum by Wm. Cohoe. John MACK is noted as possibly being the first pioneer in the district.
Some of the family names mentioned and a few have great biographical detail:
   Alex ADAMS, Mrs. ANDERSON, W. BORLAND, John CARLTON, Mr. and Mrs. J.J. COHOE; Andrew DYKES, Dave FERGUSON, James GLOVER, John GORRIE, Mrs. GORAY; Arthur HARVEY, J. JEMISON, Mr. Pete KEATING-came by Red River boat; Mr. W. LAING, Jr., T. LAING, John LANGILL, John LUND, Robert MATHEWS, Mrs. Alex. McCASKILL, Peter and John McINTYRE, T. MOONEY, John PETERSON, T. RANKIN, James STEEL; W. STANGER-at Norway House Hudson Bay post; Mr. and Mrs. W. THOMPSON,  Henry WEST.
23 December 1949

The newspaper - Steinbach Carillon - is on Find My Past.
Perhaps there are some residents of Steinbach who remember these residents?

Other resources:

Between Earth and Sky: Steinbach, The First 50 Years

Reflections on our Heritage  A history of Steinbach and the R.M. of Hanover from 1874.This history particularly focusses on the history of the Mennonite community in Steinbach.

More articles about emigrants from England.
Diaries of Canadian Colonial Women ;  Pioneers of Isabella and Blaris Manitoba ;  Cambridgeshire UK Family HistoryA London Cemetery: Blumberg, OBrien ;  British World War Two Brides;   Poole Dorset to Newfoundland

Friday, 1 September 2017

Finding Your Ancestors in Canada - the Maritimes

Photo credit: David Paul Ohmer     Via
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If you are planning a visit to the Maritimes, the vistas in the Fall / Autumn are absolutely stunning, so many colours and beautiful trees! Perhaps you'll discover the beauty for yourself on that long awaited Eastern Canadian genealogy trip.

Brief History
The first people in New Brunswick,  the Mi'kmaq, were there when the European explorers 'discovered' the wilds of the province. The French expanded their homesteads into the areas surrounding the Saint John River and what became known as the Bay of Fundy. New Brunswick is also known as the Acadian province and became a separate province from Nova Scotia in 1784. Along with Ontario and Quebec and the other Maritime provinces, New Brunswick was incorporated into the Commonwealth of Canada in 1867.

Fredericton- the capital of New Brunswick, was named (posthumously) after King George III's son, Prince Frederick Lewis, of the house of Brunswick. It was originally known as "Frederick's Town" and was shortened in 1785. Officers' Square was very much the military centre of the city in 1785. Government House (1828) was the governor's residence and home to General Sir Howard Douglas.

Saint John - Incorporated in 1785, the city is referred to as 'Canada's Most Irish City' and the 'Loyalist City', also heavily involved in the shipbuilding trade in the nineteenth century. The Old Burial Ground across from King's Square dates from 1784 and most of the area's Loyalist settlers are buried there.
(Sources: Wikipedia, Government of New Brunswick History webpage,  The Canadian Encyclopedia webpage.) 

For Genealogists
These free websites should be your first stopping ground for New Brunswick genealogy.
Cangenealogy New Brunswick created by Dave Obee has links to explore Canadian genealogy.  Library & Archives Canada - New Brunswick is the Government of Canada's Genealogy page for New Brunswick.  Family Search New Brunswick is the Family Search wiki.

Cemetery listings of Saint John and county - from Rootsweb, page last updated in 2007!  Thankfully, 10 years later most of the links still work and provides names of burials.

A very good and concise guide to the Irish in New Brunswick is offered by the National Institute of Genealogical Studies on the Family Search wiki. The print resources which are provided include lists of Irish emigrants. Search for these on the Library and Archives Canada catalogue to see where they are available in your neck of the woods.

Look into a valiant and ongoing effort by Saint John historian Harold Wright
 to raise awareness about the Partridge Island Quarantine Station 
and to make it accessible to the public.
Note: Unfortunately due to the volatile nature of a high concentration of 
arsenic it is currently illegal to visit the island. 
It is purported to be Canada's first quarantine station used from 1785 and there are approximately 2500 burials. The immigrants landed on the mainland where the immigration stations was located. Harold notes that the Island was initially used for seamen who became ill and had to be quarantined away from the mainland. He says: "There are Saint John and Canadian residents buried on the island, sailors, as well as immigrants." More information via interviews with CTV news - a visit to Partridge Island as well as Global News in regards to the petition.

- - - This resource provides information about those buried on the island: A Chronicle of Irish Emigration to Saint John, New Brunswick 1847, compiled by J. Elizabeth Cushing, Teresa Casey and Monica Robertson (Saint John: New Brunswick Museum, 1979)   Join the Partridge Island Facebook page  and add your support to lobby the Government. Currently 2,186 followers.

New Brunswick E-Resources
Digging through the University of New Brunswick Special Collections pages, I came across an article referring to a digitized collection of a lawsuit in 1800 to free a slave woman from her owner. Although unsuccessful, this became an important legal battle that was to provide the underpinning of the present structure of New Brunswick law. Clicking on the links leads to numerous pages about Black History in Nova Scotia.

The Gilmour and Rankin collection (1812-1864) at the University of New Brunswick, most of which is digitized, highlights the successful shipbuilding and timber business one of which was originally connected to Pollock and Gilmour (ca.1804) of Glasgow. See more on the Digital Collections page.

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick  -   As of July 2017 they have added the Indexes to Marriages and Deaths 1966 and Birth Records 1921 to their website. List of databases in the PANB search tool - think card catalogue - provides date ranges and specific datasets, ie: BMDs, Cemeteries, Immigration, Land Records. The Archives also has an interesting digital collection of newspaper advertisements of arriving ships and the news of the passengers, Notices of Irish Immigrants in Newspapers.

New Brunswick Newspapers Dave Obee's site for newspapers. Also check Gail Dever's newspaper pages on her Genealogy Research Toolbox - Genealogy à la Carte.

Print Resources
The St. John Free Public Library has an interesting print collection (sounds much like a card catalogue) - The Miscellaneous Index - indexes covering family histories, articles of local history, events and something I'd like to know more about - Scrapbooks! Another interesting sounding collection: Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home.     A Guide to Genealogy at the St. John Free Public Library  - A guided tour to the collection in the library - this is a very detailed step by step guide to researching genealogy.

French-Canadian Sources: A Guide for Genealogists  by Patricia Keeney Geyh, Joyce Soltis Banachowski, Linda Boyea. Although published in 2002, this book is was a team effort by the French Canadian/Acadian Genealogical Society.

In New Brunswick We'll Find It by L.J. Thomas and R.W. Barton

Saint John's North End: 1864-1975 by Harold E. Wright and Paul James

New Brunswick Genealogists' Blog
Fredericton Museum - @FredMuseum new exhibition "A Ship Full of Troubles" / "Un bateau plein d'ennui" - interprets the role New Brunswick played in the confederation of Canada.

Candice's look at the PANB - The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

Researchers Located in New Brunswick
Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes - see this site for genealogy researchers

Chaisson, Alfred email: alfredc@ (note the space between the @ and the n)

Mulherin, Francine - Mulherin Genealogy Services  DSL Drummond, New Brunswick

Ruby Cusack's Genealogy Webpages - Ms. Cusack will undertake research on your behalf


Brief History
The Canadian Encyclopedia suggests that Port Royal was the 'first agricultural settlement' in Canada and the 'beginnings of the French colony of Acadia'. Port Royal was later renamed Annapolis Royal and the province was named Nova Scotia, Latin for New Scotland.  A sad piece of Nova Scotia history is the expulsion of Acadians in 1755 by the British, which was a political maneuver to ensure that Nova Scotia would not fall to France's rule. Notwithstanding the fact that this seriously impacted many families' lives, the French fort Louisbourg soon fell to the British.
Nova Scotia
© credit: DHurt

Nova Scotia harbours have been used by many navies, including the British Navy, whose Royal Navy dockyard at Halifax was built from the 1740s. Today the city still supports an active shipbuilding and naval base.  Jumping ahead to 1867, Nova Scotia joined the other maritime provinces to form a new Dominion of Canada. 

A bit of trivia:
No point in Nova Scotia is more than 60 km from the sea - this compares to Great Britain where any one point is 70 km from the sea. According to Frommer's Travel Guide p.72,  2010 edition, 150 buildings and homes in Nova Scotia are officially designated heritage sites. Provincial license plates bear the moniker : Canada's Ocean Playground. Someone who lives in Halifax is known as a Haligonian. A resident of Nova Scotia is known as a 'Bluenoser' - after an Irish potatoe. The famous ship - the one represented on the Canadian dime - was named after the potatoe, not the other way 'round.

For Genealogists

These free websites should be your first stopping ground for Nova Scotia genealogy.
Cangenealogy Nova Scotia a website created by Dave Obee with links to explore Canadian genealogy.  Library & Archives Canada - Nova Scotia  -the Government of Canada's Genealogy page for Nova Scotia.  Family Search Nova Scotia is the Family Search wiki.

Libraries and  Archives
Genealogy guide - provides tips and tricks for genealogy research in Nova Scotia - provided by the Nova Scotia Archives.

This website allows you to search the Nova Scotia Archives Library - the main component of the collection is the Akins Nova Scotiana Collection. A collection named after Thomas Beamish Akins, the first Commissioner of Public Records in Nova Scotia. Note: these are print resources. There is also a database to search their Map Collection. Some of the collections provide images such as Community Albums or textual information about the collection allowing you to make a visit.

Memory Nova Scotia - MemoryNS is a one stop search of all the archives across the province. There is also a catalogue of Digital Items.  The Nova Scotia page on Rootsweb is a GenWeb resource, offering lots of links to genealogy in Nova Scotia. There is a list of digital resources, including passenger lists and lists of army and military regiments from the 18th century - you won't find on Ancestry - and even better, they were submitted by volunteers.  Also try the links via Cyndi's List resources for Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia E-Resources

1988 map of Nova Scotia from the University of Texas Library!

Death Notices of Some Early Pictou County Settlers - Information extracted from The Pictou Book, Stories of Our Past, written by George McLaren, published in 1954.

Tancook & Starr Island  - lots of interesting material here if your family is from Tancook, Little Tancook or Starr Island. Please be aware that as the page is a little dated, you will need to copy and paste some of the links to see if they still exist. 

Print Resources

Biographical directory of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Free Baptist ministers and preachers by Frederick C. Burnett. Published by Lancelot Press for Acadia Divinity College and the Baptist Historical Committee of the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces, 1996.

Ethnicity and the German descendants of Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia by Laurie Lacey. Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)

Genealogical newsletter of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society published by the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society.

Le Réveil acadien : Acadian awakening by the Acadian Cultural Society.

Yeadon of Nova Scotia compiled by Iris V. Shea for the Mainland South Heritage Society.

Nova Scotia Genealogists' Blogs

The Community Albums Project - Michell Boychuk travelled around the province collecting items of interest from local archives that highlights stories of people in those communities since 1867. This effort was a project initiated by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. The result has been made available in a virtual exhibit - please visit

Candice wrote a great article on Acadian Ancestors resources

Researchers Located in Nova Scotia
Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes - see this site for genealogy researchers in Nova Scotia

Also contact the Nova Scotia Genealogy Society -

@atlancestors - Peggy Homans Chapman
@DouglasCochran2 is certified and listed with the Nova Scotia Archives, and the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes.


Brief History
Prince Edward Island was previously known as St. John's Island. There are three counties in Prince Edward Island, Queen's County, Kings County and Prince County. Each county was named by Capt. Samuel Holland. Queen's County was named in 1765 for queen consort Charlotte of Meklenburg-Strelitz. Charlottetown is the county capital.  King's County has a rural concentric population and it's main economies are forestry and fishing. It was named in 1765 for King George III and it's capital is Georgetown. Prince's County was named in 1765 for George, Prince of Wales and it's capital was to be Princetown but Summerside was chosen instead. Prince Edward Island is known of course for Anne of Green Gables, a very popular fictional character. Charlottetown was the site of discussions of a union of the three maritime provinces which evolved into the agreement of the Confederation of Canada. PEI joined Canada in 1873. Confederation Bridge connects PEI with New Brunswick and the rest of Canada and was opened for traffic in 1997.   

© Penny Allen's postcard collection
For Genealogists

These free websites should be your first stopping ground for Prince Edward Island genealogy.
Cangenealogy Prince Edward Island is created by Dave Obee. Library & Archives Canada - Prince Edward Island  is the Government of Canada's page for Prince Edward Island genealogy.  Family Search Prince Edward Island is the Family Search wiki.

Government of Prince Edward Island Database - search across Vital Statistics, Census and Archival Content - some of which is digitized.  Also check Genealogy at the PEI Provincial Archives.

Prince Edward Island E-Resources

Island Register Databases 

Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society
Master Index  - a list of Surnames which then tells you which book to find the family name in.

Surname List   1,538 PEI surnames to date

Ship RecordsDatabase The Maritime Provinces are historically renowned for the ship industry. This resource includes records as early as 1787 through to 1936. Records such as voyages, crew lists, vessel registry file (including vessels registered in Bermuda!), masters and owners of said vessels, as well as a ports file of over 33,000 ports visited by Canadian registered vessels.

McAlpine’s Maritime Provinces Directory 1870-71

The Robertson Library at the University of PEI has published a video on YouTube describing their project, Postcards from the Past, digitizing and transcribing postcards from Prince Edward Island.

This is a free pdf of links for PEI Genealogy Research  Use with caution

Print Resources

An Index of Irish Immigrants based on obituaries and death notices in Prince Edward Island newspapers, 1835-1910. Gallant, Peter. Charlottetown: Prince Edward Genealogical Society, 1990.

The Early History of the Catholic Church in Prince Edward Island. MacMillan, John C. Campbellville: Global Heritage Press, 2007

The Arrival of the First Scottish Catholic Emigrants in Prince Edward Island and after (1722-1922). Campbellville: Global Heritage Press, 2005.

Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory - 1871 (PEI Section)

Confederation Connections: Finding the Fathers’ Families published by the PEI Genealogical Society

Libraries and Archives
Found on the University of PEI Library page:
- Exploring Island history : a guide to the historical resources of Prince Edward Island edited by Harry Baglole.
- Launched, volume II : genealogy of the families of Port Hill, Prince Edward Island Lot 13 by the Port Hill History Committee.
- Prince County, Prince Edward Island, index of monumental inscriptions Prince Edward Island Genealogy [i.e. Genealogical] Society.
- Readings in Prince Edward Island History compiled by Harry Baglole.
- The way things were : growing up on a Prince Edward Island farm during the depression and World War II / by Lloyd Beck MacLeod.

Prince Edward Island Genealogists' Blogs

Doug's Genealogy - a collection of articles about Doug's families, BALLEM/BALLUM, HENCKELL, JENKINS and MacDONALD.

My PEI genealogy adventure

The Rootsweb message board for PEI is quite active, the last post was on 20 August 2017. Great place to post a question!

PEI History Guy - not terribly regular blog posts, but still interesting reading

Researchers Located in Prince Edward Island
Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes - see this site for genealogy researchers

Georges Arseneault - PEI genealogy and local history - highlighted as one of Great Canadian Genealogy Summit's speakers

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Fall 2017 Western Canada Genealogy Workshops

Golly, there's a lot of genealogy information on offer in western Canada this fall. Make sure to take advantage of these great topics and speakers! Lots of great networking opportunities here as well as brick-wall breaking tools. Decide quick as some are coming up quite soon... 
Sat. Sep. 16, 2017 Kelowna, B.C.
Harness the Power of the New & Old : Put DNA to work for you
Kelowna Public Library - 1380 Ellis Street

A one day conference with Dave Obee and Pat Ryan sponsored by the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society

Wed. Sep. 20, 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba
Lesser known resources to determine your Eastern European ancestral village.
East European Genealogical Society
Venue: Thomson Funeral Home
669 Broadway Ave.- Winnipeg,  Manitoba
7:00 PM
Presentation by Chris Bukoski

Chris will discuss lesser-known resources that could be used to identify your ancestral village, as well as provide the location of these records. Many times the village names are distorted and addressed will be how to determine the proper spelling. A critical piece of the puzzle is finding the parish name and Chris will discuss gazetteers and other sources that will aid in this process.

Sat. Sep.23, 2017 Calgary, Alberta
AFHS Family Roots 2017
An all day event provided by the Alberta Family History Society
Venue: S.A.I.T, Calgary, Alberta
An interesting topic in one of the sessions: Introducing genealogy to children and grandchildren -delivered by John Althouse

Sat. Sep.23, 2017 Victoria, B.C.
Organizing your research & using genealogy forms. 
Held at: Victoria Genealogical Society
947 Alston Street, Victoria, B.C.

Sarah Hamster has long been a practicing believer in organization and use of hard copy forms. Her methodical approach is aimed at both providing family history information to the current generation and to handing her research to a relative to be maintained in the future. This workshop will be a combination of two of Sarah’s popular workshops on organizing and using forms, and the 2 hours will be divided into two parts.
Goal of Part 1: How to manage the mountain of research notes, documents, photographs, and family mementos   Goal of Part 2: How to use genealogical forms to best advantage

Sat. Sep. 23, 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba
Can DNA testing help solve a family mystery, and if so, how?
Louis Riel Library. 1168 Dakota St. Winnipeg
Phone 204-986-4568 to register. Free admission.

Bill Curtis of the MGS Manitoba Genealogical Society will give you a basic understanding of DNA testing. The session will explain what kinds of DNA tests are available, and what they can and cannot tell you. It will cover topics such as finding living relatives today, and how far back you might be able to trace your family.

Sat. Sep. 30 2017 Victoria, B.C.
Genealogy on the cheap: no credit card required
Victoria Genealogical Society
947 Alston Street, Victoria BC

Melanie Arscott and Sarah Hamster will explore free and inexpensive resources that are available on the internet, how to get great deals when setting up your family history home office, family tree software options and a number of other tips and tricks that are easy on the wallet.

Sat. Oct. 14, 2017 Surrey, B.C.
Finding Your Roots Seminar - Free! Over 35 classes.
Surrey Family History Centre
6270-126 Street, Surrey, B.C.
Pre-registration required, begins early September.
Sessions run 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Fri. Oct. 27th & Sat. Oct. 28, 2017 Sherwood Park, Alberta
3rd Annual Genealogy in the Park Event! - provided by Tammy and Shannon
Dave Obee returns to Sherwood Park on Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tues. Oct. 31, 2017 Deadline
LOGO Contest
Have you a creative soul? The Saskatoon branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogy Society is inviting designs for a new Logo and there is a monetary prize. The deadline has now been extended to October 31, 2017.

Sat. Nov. 4th Campbell River, B.C.
CRGS Fall Seminar
The Maritime Heritage Centre
621 Island Highway
Dave Obee is back in Campbell River with four new topics:  DNA: A dozen reasons to get moving with genetic genealogy; Genealogy by Google; A sense of Place and Time: Putting Ancestors in Context; Searching Forward.
Download your Registration Form Here.  Deadline for registration is October 27th.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

University of Saskatchewan - Genealogies

CARPENTER family. Large genealogical collection.  Edward Richmond Carpenter b. 1838 in Connecticut, m. Jessie Leonora SMITH who was b. 1844 in Ontario. Reference: MG 227 (Carpenter family). David Carpenter was born in Edmonton in 1941 and eventually ended up in Saskatchewan teaching in the Department of English at the UofS. Reference: MG 163 (David Carpenter).

COLLEAUX, Victor and Letha - Created the Victor and Letha Colleaux scholarship. Reference: MG 250.

COPLAND, HUNTER and ANDERSON families. William HUNTER b. 1845 m. Margaret 1870 in Dumfrese, Scotland. The university was built on the family's original homestead lands. Reference: MG 271.

HORLICK, Ruth (HOOD). b. 1919 in Toronto, Ontario. Married Lou HORLICK. Ruth was active in the community as volunteer and advocate of mental health research. Ruth was also a Canada Confederation Medal recipient. Reference: MG 211.

WRIGHT, Percy. b. in Quebec 1898. Earned his degrees at the University of Saskatchewan. Known as an innovator in developing varieties of fruit that were hardy to the prairie climate. He was also a respected fruit nursery owner in the Saskatoon area. Reference: MG 382.
    OTHER BIOGRAPHIES in the University of Saskatchewan Archives:
    DAVIS, Reference: MG 373;   FROST, Sydney  Reference: MG 361;   HOUSTON C.S., Reference: MG 164;  KARRAS A.L., Reference: MG 381;   LOVERIDGE Family, Reference: MG 312;   MANN George, Reference: MG 374;   MAPLETOFT Edgar, Reference: MG 364;   McKAY family, Reference: MG 385;  McLEAN William family, Reference: MG 422;   MILLAR Ruth, Reference: MG 351; MILNE Courtney, Reference: MG 410;   MURRAY David and Robert, Reference: MG 153;  ODDIE Emmie Ducie, Reference MG 232;   PAUL Lorne C. and Mildred, Reference: MG 55;   QUICK Eileen, Reference: MG 243; REMPEL Richard, Reference: MG 302; SZALASZNYI Kathlyn, Reference: MG 348;   TAYLOR Mary (Postcard Collection), MG 296;   VAUGHAN Frederick, Reference: MG 319;   WEBER, Peter Reference: MG 100;   WHITELAW W.M., Reference: MG 38;   WILLIAMSON Robert, Reference: MG 216;   WILSON family Reference: MG 273;   WOODWARD, Allen Reference: MG 428.
    Contact the University of Saskatchewan Archives and
    Special Collections :   (306) 966-6029


The Overseas Education League was founded by Frederick James Ney, b. 1889 in Kent, England. He emigrated to Manitoba in 1909 and while teaching became involved in the provincial Department of Education. 

In 1910, he arranged a trip for over 100 teachers in Manitoba to Great Britain to strengthen the working relationships between teachers and educators in the British Commonwealth. His book, "Britishers in Britain: being the record of the official visit of teachers from Manitoba to the Old Country" was published by the Times Book Club in 1911. has a digital version, but be warned -it is text based and very hard to read.

©Stuart Somerville aka @Stuthefarmer 
Imperial Vancouver Island: Who Was Who 1850-1950 by J.F. Bosher is a biographical listing of renowned residents.

Library and Archives Canada have produced an online publication to describe the extensive collection of Frederick James Ney. This collection includes the Commonwealth Youth Movement (post-Overseas Education League) and information about the evacuations of British school children to Canada. A biography of Frederick James Ney's life and career was written in 2000 by James Sturgis and Margaret Bird. "Canada's Imperial Past: The Life of F. J. Neybl  Later in life, Ney moved to Nanaimo, B.C. to be closer to his family and again became involved in many aspects of education, including as a school trustee. In 1968, Major Ney received the Order of Canada for his work in the field of education.

Mount Benson School History - Nanaimo, B.C. - Frederick Ney is mentioned on this website as a trustee in the Wellington School District in 1942.

Overseas Education League: Formerly "Hands Across the Seas" Movement, 1910-1922

Overseas Education League: In addition to the University of Saskatchewan Archives digital collection of Ruth Horlick's experience travelling to Britain in the early 1900s, the Glenbow Archives holds a similar collection in the fonds of Janet TROTTER.  Perhaps they were travel companions?

Friday, 21 July 2017

Finding Your Ancestors in Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador

This series is a bit of a reach for me, as my own family history does not particularly cover each and every province in Canada. In my teens our family did visit both Quebec and Newfoundland briefly. We visited the Quebec Parliament where I attempted to interpret the debates using my high school French. The Plains of Abraham and La Citadelle were fascinating, as well as Chateau Frontenac. In Newfoundland, we went to Cabot Tower where we imagined we could see the coast of England. We toured a lobster fishery and ended our visit with friends in Foxtrap. 

Provided is an attempt at some basic information about genealogy in these two provinces. Again, I don't profess to being an expert in these provinces, but please do explore! Settle in for a good read, 'cos there's a lot of detail!

Chateau Frontenac
Credit: CCO public domain

Although most official records for Quebec are in French, you will find English is well represented. To give a perspective of space for our European genealogy colleagues: the distance between Montreal and Toronto is 542 km or 336 miles. The province is predominantly French speaking. Message to new genealogists researching their ancestors in Quebec: although the ship manifest may state Montreal or Quebec as a destination, your ancestor may have settled there initially but moved into Ontario or points westward. As well, it is worthwhile to use the term 'French-Canadian' in your online research arsenal.

Brief History
The first recorded explorer in Quebec is Jacques Cartier. After his arrival in 1535 he visited an Iroquoian villiage called Hochelaga. This is now the site of  the city of Montreal. Another explorer, Samuel de Champlain was instrumental in the founding of 'New France' which was later known as Lower Canada. This entry in the Canadian Encyclopedia provides quite a lot of history and overall facts about the province.

Mothers of New France (Quebec) :  Filles du Roi - women sent to the New World in 1663 by King Louis XIV of France to ensure that the population increased and to secure his claim to the new land. Canadian Museum of History Fille du Roi. Millions of descendants in Canada, the U.S. and worldwide can claim their lineage from these 770 women!

For Genealogists
This page from the PRDH Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH, Research Programme in Historical Demography) at the Université de Montréal  gives a background on the emigration of people from France and outlines family names of first settlers - in the province. The PRDH does have a searchable database - requires registration and eventually a credit card.

These free websites should be your first stopping ground for Quebec genealogy. Cangenealogy Quebec is Dave Obee's site. Library & Archives Canada Quebec is the Government of Canada's Genealogy page for Quebec. Family Search - Quebec. Also Olive Tree Genealogy is a great list of resources for Quebec Genealogy (TIP: Ctrl and + keys for larger text).

Your next stop - the family history society website Quebec Family History Society

as well as the Libraries and Archives in Quebec. BAnQ - Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (Library, Archive & Museum), Libraries Association of Quebec; L’Association des archivistes du Québec (AAQ)  - en français.

The Genealogical Site of French America - this site allows  you to search so many different types of data. In order to conduct searches, you will need to register with a username and password. It is a very large and powerful site, and eventually will need to provide payment. 

Acadian and French Canadian Ancestral Home  Acadian genealogy is described as the research of families who are descended from French citizens in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI.  Best links for Acadian research.  Irish Ancestors in Quebec City - provides links to a number of resources and databases - Catholic records   Grosse Isle and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site

Quebec E-Resources

Print Resources (only a few)

Books and Resources to purchase for Quebec genealogy

King’s Daughters and Founding Mothers: the Filles du Roi, 1663 -1673 Gagné, Peter J. Pawtucket R.I.: Quintin Publications

Les Passengers Du Saint-Andre. Montreal: Societe Genealogique Canadienne-Francaise, No. 5. 1964.

Montreal Directory 1868-69: containing an Alphabetical Directory of the Citizens and a Street Directory. Lovell, John. Milton, Ontario: Global Heritage Press, 2000.

French-Canadian Sources: A Guide for Genealogists by Patricia Keeney Geyh, Joyce Soltis Banachowski, Linda Boyea.

Quebec Genealogists' Blogs or articles about Quebec
Seminaire de Quebec

Researchers Located in Quebec 

Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland is a beautiful piece of Canada.  Fondly called 'The Rock', it's geographic makeup is predominately rock, rock and more rock.  Also, Labrador is a separate land mass to Newfoundland, but the two are recognized as 'one' province.
© credit: DHurt
Distance between St. John's and Toronto by air 1311 miles, 2109 km.
3087 km. by car - may also include a ferry ride :)

Brief History
Incorporated as a province of Canada in March 1949. Previously they were a self-governing dominion. St. John's is the capital city, not to be confused with St. John in the province of New Brunswick. A comprehensive history of Newfoundland.  Many families emigrated from Poole, Dorset to Newfoundland in the 1700s and 1800s and it all has to do with cod. Please see the end of this page for the links to the articles I wrote about my visit to Poole. 

For Genealogists
These free websites should be your first stopping ground for Newfoundland and Labrador genealogy. Cangenealogy Newfoundland is a website created by Dave Obee with genealogy links to explore.  Library & Archives Canada - Newfoundland is the Government of Canada's Genealogy page for Newfoundland and Labrador.  Family Search Newfoundland and Labrador is the Family Search wiki. Olive Tree Genealogy Newfoundland page (TIP: Ctrl and + keys for larger text.)  Next stop - the Libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador  ;  Links to Genealogy on the Memorial University Library page. 

Bay St. George Genealogy Society St. George's Bay, Baie St-George on the west coast of Newfoundland, one of the largest bays in Newfoundland

Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the active Families & Surnames Forum 

Newfoundland Public Library Genealogy Guide and Awesome! Newfoundland Public Library Postcard collection of scenes around Newfoundland, 19th and early 20th century. They are arranged thematically or an index is available onsite in the library. Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association - search for libraries in the province.

Maritime History Archive, in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Memorial University in St. John's. This archive holds many unique records, especially maritime related: Crew Lists for UK registered ships; the term 'fisheries' found 793 records in their Photo Collection; Resettlement Photo Collection.

Newfoundland Grand Banks - Genealogical and historical data for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador in the Great War  - provided by the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador and Memorial University

The Rooms : Archives, Art and Museum - there is a genealogy section on their website under Collections and Research. The collections cover Sport, Died in Service, Still Images, Government Archives, Manuscripts, Cartographic, Architectural Archives and Museum Notes.  

Newfoundland and Labrador E-Resources:

A database of surnames from Newfoundland Newspapers - described on the Maritime History Archive website: 'The surnames in these pages are taken from the Births, Deaths and Marriages in Newfoundland Newspapers, 1810 - 1890 CD which contains more than 40,000 entries for births, deaths and marriages transcribed from 43 Newfoundland newspapers published between 1810 and 1890.'

Newfoundland War Brides created by Jackie Sheppard Alcock - truly a labour of love! Over 600 war brides are listed on these pages.

Old Gander Genealogical Project - Robert Pelley, originally from Gander, Newfoundland, now lives in Quebec, invites former residents to get in touch to share stories.

David Pike Family History -  PIKE family from: Bonavista Bay, Trinity Bay, Conception Bay as well as Somerset and Devon, UK. I have to say I haven't seen a website built purely for family history purposes and so chock full of stuff in a long time! Very basic design and reminds me of early websites built purely on html. Really could be registered as a GOONS effort! It is updated regularly. Well done David!

Stone Pics - the aim of this group is to photograph and index page every cemetery, headstone, and monument in Newfoundland. Last updated 2012

Stone Pics Czech Republic - the main Stone Pics group are also keen to photograph and index cemeteries in the Czech Republic. Last updated 2014

A connection between Poole, Dorset and Newfoundland. 

Print Resources (to get you started)
Library & Archives Canada Catalogue

- Family names of the island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary
- Officers and men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1795-1802 & Royal Newfoundland Regiment of Fencible Infantry, 1803-1816 by Rodney T. Lee
- A long way from Tipperary : a Halley family history, 1600-2000 by Irene Collins
- Finding your ancestors in Newfoundland & Labrador by Bill Crant (Heritage Productions)

Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogists' Blogs

Search for Newfoundland family names on Rootsweb - mentions Noel or Newell family connections in the UK. Check the Links page for research about Newfoundland as well as DNA research in Newfoundland.

This blog is particularly about: Buttery, Kettle, Lomond, Nebucett and Scott family names

Researchers Located in Newfoundland and Labrador

My research on various pages did not result in specific people researching in Newfoundland or offering only research in Newfoundland or based in Newfoundland. I would suggest checking out the Nfld-Labrador mailing list on Rootsweb and / or contacting the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador as a starting point. 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

What's New in Cyndi's List for Canadian Genealogy

Once again, Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi's List overwhelms and surprises. 
For a moment, I thought her What's New section would be a good topic for a series:  'Cyndis List Canadian Roundup Weekly Review', but it would really be too much like overkill. Check out July 12ths submission, for example, no less than 16 updated or new links for Saskatchewan alone!
Well worth checking in with CyndisList on a regular basis to see what is new and upcoming in the world of Canadian genealogy! (P.S. -If the links don't work, you can 'Report a Broken Link' or copy and paste the title into your browser and this will usually come up trumps.) Click on each province to discover what is available in this amazing List!
Please note: separate links have been removed in the separate titles in consideration of the Terms and Conditions.

Links to Lutheran churches on B.C. , ALBERTAMANITOBA , SASKATCHEWAN and ONTARIO pages. There are updates to listings of the Anglican church of Canada and the Canadian Council of Churches in Toronto. As well, the United Church Archives are updated on the Saskatchewan pages. Highlights :
Saskatchewan Conference United Church of Canada - Archives in Regina, Saskatchewan. The collection includes records from Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and local union churches in Saskatchewan prior to 1925, as well as local, presbyterial and Conference records of the United Church of Canada, from 1925 onwards.
Many links to Ukrainian and Doukhobor resources on the SASKATCHEWAN pages.
Wonderful to see links to rural Museums, for example: Swift Current Museum, Ukrainian Museum,  Watrous-Manitou Beach Heritage Centre in Watrous and the Wolseley Heritage Foundation all in Saskatchewan. As well, a reference to the Société Historique de la Saskatchewan. Western Development Museum (WDM) with centers in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Saskatoon and Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
Two references to Facebook groups: Southwest Saskatchewan Oldtimers' Museum & Archive and the Whitewood Historical Museum & Heritage Center. 
Also in Saskatchewan, many references to University special collections. University of Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College:  Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage and the Shannon Library Special Collections. University of Regina: Dr. John Archer Library, Archives & Special Collections. University of Saskatchewan Library: University Archives & Special Collections -The Doukhobors in Canada: a Select Bibliography.
Four organizations in the Northwest Territories are highlighted on the 'What's New' page.
  • Norman Wells Historical Society, Norman Wells, N.W.T.
  • Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre, Fort Smith, N.W.T.
  • N.W.T. Mining Heritage Society, Yellowknife, N.W.T.
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, N.W.T.
To receive a daily notice of the number of links added, updated or deleted to Cyndi's List, you may subscribe by sending an email to In the subject line, type 'subscribe'. This will send a request and you should be signed up automatically. Word of caution: your inbox may fill to overflowing! Enjoy many new discoveries!