Monday, November 28, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 28 November 2016

I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.

This Week in Canadian History 

Sir Clifford Sifton 

In 1874, Sit Clifford Sifton was named the Minister of the Interior, with the task of filling the Prairies with settlers. And fill them he did! 

After the 1885 Northwest Rebellion led by Louis Riel was put down, settlers began to pour into Alberta. Around 1890, about 600,000 Americans moved to Saskatchewan and Alberta, where the farming frontier flourished from 1897-1914. Other Canadians, as well as British, German, and Ukrainian immigrants, also went Out West. 

Social History

There are no articles this week. 

Newspaper Articles 

Nova Scotia 

Mi'kmaq chiefs accept N.S. premier's apology for 'conquered people' legal brief 

Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq chiefs have accepted an apology from Premier Stephen McNeil for a controversial government legal brief that implied members of a First Nation band are a conquered people. 

McNeil made the apology Thursday during a meeting between chiefs and the provincial cabinet at the Nova Scotia Archives.

Prince Edward Island 

New Mi'kmaq name for Bonshaw Provincial Park trail 

The main trail at Bonshaw Provincial Park has a new name. 

The Ji'ka'we'katik Trail will be the main connection to the four-season trail system that covers 25 kilometres in the park. The name means "the place where bass are plentiful" and is the traditional Mi'kmaq name for the West River.  


The (almost) lost history of Canada's cinematic birthplace  

Last Thursday, a fire unfortunately destroyed The Robillard, a historic 19th-century building in Montreal's Chinatown district. As a heritage building, the Robillard certainly lived up to the designation with its historical significance: it was the birthplace of cinema in Canada. 

‘Montreal’s Michelangelo’ to disappear from park to make way for statues donated by Quebec City  

Guido Nincheri was one of Canada’s greatest religious artists, described as Montreal’s Michelangelo. But as the city prepares to celebrate its 375th anniversary next year, the administration is erasing Nincheri’s name from an east-end park to instead honour the provincial capital. 

Montreal museum confirms location of city’s first European settlement 

After years of research, officials at Montreal’s archaeology and history museum say they’re now able to pinpoint the precise location of the city’s first European settlement. 


Historic military aircraft recognized with tribute at Jackson Park 

The Essex Memorial Spitfire Committee donated three mounted signs to the City of Windsor to honour and provide historical significance of military aircraft located at Jackson Park.  

Rare cigar box lights up Jumbo exhibit at Elgin County Museum  

Referred to of late as "the Holy Grail of St. Thomas artifacts," a smoking piece of history has now returned to the city, if only temporary. 

At a short ceremony Friday afternoon at the Elgin County Museum, a rare cigar box that once housed Jumbo-brand stogies from the Honsinger cigar factory on Talbot Street was returned to St. Thomas for public viewing. 

Eye Candy: 1918 McLaughlin Buick 

I had always thought it would be great to own an antique car with a wooden steering wheel, and when I heard through word of mouth there was a 1918 McLaughlin Buick stored in a garage in Colbourne, I knew it was just the vehicle I was looking for. 

Chinese Canadian Archive Project - What's New? 

The Chinese Canadian Archive will collect and preserve documents, photographs and memorabilia which reflect the rich heritage of the Chinese Canadian community in Toronto. Please join us to learn more about this exciting project. 

Feature: Siegel was deeply involved in Toronto’s early community 

When Ida Lewis Siegel turned 90, Canadian Jewish Congress official Ben Kayfetz wrote an article celebrating her many accomplishments within Toronto’s Jewish community, noting that she had devoted her life to the community’s welfare and that she was still in possession of an impressive memory.  


The thrill of the find: Saskatoon's metal detectives unearth pieces of history  

Yasha Rassi kneels on the ground in Buena Vista Park after his metal detector goes off, his two friends, John Cave and Walt Degenstein, in the distance. 

British Columbia 

B.C. First Nation celebrates return of artifacts from Royal B.C. Museum  

A five-metre-wide painted wood screen and 37 hand-carved birds are among a collection of artwork returned to a First Nation after more than a century in the Royal B.C. Museum 

Some old favourites coming back to B.C. Highways 

The Ministry of Transportation has some great news for people who love B.C.’s roadside heritage: the ministry is rejuvenating, and adding to, the iconic Stop of Interest signs around the province. And in an interview with The Journal, Transportation Minister Todd Stone said that the province is also bringing back the Garbage Gobblers, the bug-eyed creatures that guarded garbage cans beside B.C. highways for many years. 

B.C. marks 100-year milestone of limited female suffrage 

The B.C. government is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the right to vote being extended to some women, although full voting rights for all women would not happen until decades later. 

A century ago, using petitions, speeches and marches, suffragettes argued women deserved a voice and a chance to influence their country. 

Historical society receives blast from the past 

The Devon Historical Society recently received a new item for its display, one that flashes back to the earliest days of Devon.  

Canadian Stories this Week 

Blogging at the LAC 

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 21 November 2016

I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.

This Week in Canadian History 

Canadian in Hong Kong Battle in 1941

In 1941, the Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers arrive in Hong Kong to back up the British garrison. The 1,975 Canadian troops were sent even though they were not considered fit for action. Of the Canadians units sent to Hong Kong, 557 were killed in action or died in prison camps. 

In 2009, the Hong Kong Veterans Memorial Wall was unveiled in Ottawa. It lists the names of the 1,975 men and women that helped defend Hong Kong. The 17-day battle was Canada’s first military engagement of the Second World War.

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Social History 

(Vidoe) UP NORTH ; The untold history of Northern Ontario's soldiers  

Despite northerners contributions — and sacrifices — during both World Wars, two Laurentian University professors have found that very little has been recorded about the men and women from Northern Ontario who served.  

(Photos) On the waterfront -- Toronto's “landmark” 

Trying to preserve at large piece of a Toronto “landmark” 

Over the past few months whenever my wife and I have had an occasion to drive along the busy Queen’s Quay, I take a moment to pull over to the curb at the foot of Yonge St.

Summary of Newspaper Articles 

Prince Edward Island 

Trail at Green Gables closed for upgrade next week

The Haunted Wood Trail at Green Gables in Cavendish, P.E.I., will be temporarily closed as the bridge on the trail is replaced starting Monday.  

New Brunswick  

Historic Saint John church building up for sale again 

The oldest church building in Saint John is back on the market, 18 months after it was last sold. 

St. George's Anglican Church on the west side was first put up for sale in 2014 after the parish cited financial problems and a decline in its congregation. 


REMEMBERING OUR YESTERDAYS: Canadian Naturalization Index one of greatest tools for those looking for ancestors from outside British Commonwealth  

Were your immigrant ancestors citizens of the British Commonwealth before coming to Canada between roughly 1915 and 1951?  

Lest we forget: Why Remembrance Day must become a legal statutory holiday 

On November 11, Canadians collectively paused to pay tribute to citizens who have defended this country. However, Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday for only some parts of Canada, as not all provinces recognize the day as a ‘day off.’ Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia all have policies surrounding the observance of Remembrance Day, but they have not recognized it as a full statutory holiday. 

Oh Canada? Gallery 6500 exhibit marks country's 150th birthday 

From Nov. 20 to Jan. 6, Gallery 6500 presents its second juried exhibit, “Oh Canada?”, at the Steelworkers Hall.  

Almonte lecture to probe history close to home — Nov. 25 

History is what happens day to day, the little facts, people and places that make up the fabric of our lives. On Friday, November 25, Randy Boswell, former journalist at the Ottawa Citizen and professor of Journalism & Communication at Carleton University, will delve into the fascinating stories found in newspapers, the old Almonte Gazette in particular. 

Historic quilt stitches together Confederation story 

Dressmaker Fannie Parlee couldn't have known, as she stitched a richly-textured quilt, that she was piecing together fragments of Canada's history. 

Historical drama Frontier tells story of 'invasion' of Northern Ontario 

The James Bay Lowlands are the setting for a new TV drama that aims to tell Canada's history from a First Nations perspective. 


Lights, sounds, action: Upper Fort Garry interactive display ready 

The birthplace of Manitoba is coming alive Wednesday night with a unique, high-tech and totally immersive sensory experience. 

Brandon University to save MPE archives  

A huge collection documenting the entire history of Manitoba Pool Elevators is being put in order through a project at Brandon University’s (BU) S.J. McKee Archives. 


A Danish delight: Central Alberta museum highlights Danes’ arrival in Alberta 

A venue that features a Viking ship, a children’s “Garden of Imagination” based on the beloved stories of Hans Christian Andersen, and artifacts marking the arrival of the Danes to central Alberta over a century ago is a “treasure in the middle of nowhere”. 


Métis history in Saskatchewan recognized in naming of new Stonebridge public library branch 

The Saskatoon Public Library drew inspiration from the Métis people of Saskatchewan when naming its newest branch. 

Saskatoon's old parking meters get vibrant new lives 

A few of Saskatoon’s old parking meters have had colourful lives after their decommissioning and sale last year. 

Canada’s grand western loop around British Columbia is prime for a road trip

Everyone loves a grand circle, and this was mine: A 2,200-mile loop through British Columbia that showcased water, mountains, remnants of volcanoes and the storied sites of Canada’s gold-rush and fur-trade eras. 

Canadian Stories this Week 

North Cumberland Historical Society

Although these was difficulty in accessing their new website last week, I was successful in contacting it this weekend, and it's the new website of the North Cumberland Historical Society in Pugwash, Nova Scotia.

This is a very good website which echoes the town of Pugwash's interest in genealogy and history. They have collections of extensive Family Files, cemeteries, original grantees of North Cumberland County, and obituaries.

Plus, the site gives the history of Alleton, Middleton, Conn's Mills, Victoria, Gulf Shore, and Wentworth.

The new website is at and their

Facebook page is at is on  

Soldiers of the First World War 

As of last week, 361,236 of 640,000 files are now available online at the Library and Archives Canada. 

Library and Archives Canada is digitizing the service files systematically, from box 1 to box 10,686, which roughly corresponds to alphabetical order. So far, we have digitized the following files: Latest box digitized: Box 6052 and the surname of Mattineau.  

Please check the database regularly for new additions and if you still have questions after checking the database, you may contact the LAC directly at 1-866-578-7777 for more assistance, or you may contact myself at to photocopy the complete service record, or explain certain records for you.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Do you know that Sir Wilfrid Laurier had the largest unbroken term of office as Canada’s seventh prime minister? He was one of the most colourful prime ministers of his time, and his passion for the office and for Canada can be seen in the numerous letters that he wrote to his wife, Zoe. 

This year is the 175th anniversary of his birth and as such, the Library and Archives Canada, which houses his papers and memorabilia, now has over 60,870 records and more are continually being added. They can be accessed in person at the Library and Archives Canada. 

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 14 November 2016

I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.

This Week in Canadian History 

John McKenzie became the second Prime Minister of Canada

In 1873, John McKenzie became the second Prime Minister of Canada. He introduced the secret ballot, established the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston in 1874, created the Office of the Auditor General in 1878, and struggled to continue progress on the national railway. 

He was also in power during the economic depression that had grown out of the Panic of 1873 - The depression took place from 1873 until 1879, and even longer in some countries. The Panic was also known as the "Great Depression" until the depression in the late 1930s. 

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Social Media 

(Video) An oral history of Sobeys' 'Star of Christmas' holiday commercial  

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was the Christmas TV jingle that was instantly recognizable to people across the Maritimes: 

Days of Christmas now are here
Everyone is full of cheer
It's the very best time of the year... 

Canadian Letters and Images Project captures first-person history of veterans 

The Canadian Letters and Images Project—an initiative begun by the Nanaimo University’s department of history—started in 2000 with the mission to create an online archive of soldiers’ letters and photographs, from any war, in order to give those brave souls a dimension often lost to the passages of time. 

Newspaper Articles 


Why Newfoundland and Labrador always remembers 

The First World War was deserving of its title as “The Great War.” This was the first time industrial warfare swept across a global scale. 

Prince Edward Island 

Green Gables Heritage Place redevelopment underway, says Parks Canada 

Phase one of a major redevelopment of Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish, P.E.I., has begun, with work taking place this fall and over the winter to support construction and on-site operations during the 2017 tourism season. 

Anglican church congregation takes down church upon closure 

After closing down its 175 year-old church, the congregation of 12 people at St. Mark's Anglican Church in South Rustico, P.E.I., made the decision to take down the building.  

Nova Scotia 

From whence we came: Learning from our history 

Any conversation with a Nova Scotian will eventually arrive at the ocean. We all carry beliefs and memories about our province’s oceanic nature, most of which are rooted in stories about stormy tragedies, majestic tall ships, or the exploitation of what seemed like an endless, bottomless resource. 


From the ashes of the Quebec City armoury fire to coin of honour 

Lt.-Col. Jonathan Chouinard was there the night the of the armoury fire on April 4, 2008, like so many other members of the Voltigeurs who heard the news and came to see it for themselves. 


Newmarket ready to designate three properties under Ontario Heritage Act 

Three more Newmarket properties may be given historical designation. 

On Monday, council is expected to designate three sites under the Ontario Heritage Act. The properties are 379 Botsford Drive, 411 Millard Avenue, and 17030 Yonge Street. 

Regional contribution to war 'way high' 

Historian Phil Miller, one of three padres at Branch 25, Royal Canadian Legion, said given the 4,000 in the First World War and 3,000 in the Second World War, “We’re way high”.  

Remember This? 'Bill' Merrifield, Northern Ontario's only Victoria Cross recipient  

One of Sault Ste. Marie’s greatest war heroes, William Merrifield, or “Bill” as he preferred to be called, was the recipient of six medals during the First World War, including the British Victoria Cross.  

Remembering a black soldier in a 'white man's war'  

Kathy Brooks doesn't have too many memories of her grandfather, but the ones she does have stand out. 

Henry Thomas Shepherd was a big, strong military man who took pride in his posture. "No slouching!", Brooks remembers him saying.

Nipissing creates museum exhibit using GIS mapping, 3D modelling 

A virtual exhibit developed in North Bay will be used to transport users back in time to the Battle of Vimy Ridge. 

History: Nov.7, 1900 – 3 Victoria Crosses for Canada 

One of Canada’s oldest regiments, the Royal Canadian Dragoons, has for it’s regimental badge, a South African springbok. 

It might seem strange for a Canadian military unit to have an African animal as its symbol, but it goes back to 1900 and an action that saw three Canadians awarded the Empire’s highest honour for valour, the Victoria Cross. 

A service of remembrance – a Canadian first at Ontario’s Gursikh Sabha Canada 

For the first time in Canadian history, a Canadian Armed Forces unit held their annual Remembrance Day exhibit at a Sikh place of worship – the Gurdwara. 

Air Canada swiftly reverses poppy stand after outcry from staff, union 

Air Canada has reversed an edict advising flight attendants against wearing poppies on their uniforms, hours after a company vice-president issued it. 

How Ontario’s Mennonite pacifists remember 

Most Mennonites in Ontario didn’t fight in the Second World War, but they helped build Canada in other ways. Here are the stories of one group of conscientious objectors 


Agriculture project receives heritage grant  

An essential record of Manitoba’s agricultural history is being organized through a project at Brandon University’s S.J. McKee Archives.

10 children to war: McCreary, Man., family believed to have sent more kids to war than any other  

The walls of the legion in McCreary, Man., like others across Canada, bear photos of the men and women who served our country and secured our freedom. 

But take a closer look and you'll find one wood-framed Second World War memorial with 10 photos that isn't like the rest. 


Alberta Main Street Seeks Stories on African American History  

The public is invited to an informational community meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cerimon House, 5131 NE 23rd Ave., to talk about the Alberta Main Street’s storytelling project.  

Film examines wartime sacrifice  

The docu-drama is inspired by the true events of Lt. George T. Davidson, a privileged and wealthy Medicine Hat lawyer who gave it all up to serve in the trenches during the First World War. 

British Columbia 

SOOKE HISTORY: Sooke Royal Canadian Legion, 1927 

The Remembrance Day parade always brings our servicemen and servicewomen and the Sooke Royal Canadian Legion to the forefront of our minds. 

New Westminster heritage homes stir up debate at council 

Two heritage homes, two different results. On Monday, city council considered heritage alteration permits for 215 Manitoba St. and 105 College Crt., ultimately voting four to two in favour of allowing the Manitoba Street home to be demolished and unanimously opposing demolition of the home on College Court.

Sikh Pioneers in BC Recognized In New Stop of Interest Sign 

Early Sikh pioneers in Golden were recognized today with a new Stop of Interest sign next to the viewpoint off Golden View Road in British Columbia. 

The sign recognizes the contributing role Sikhs have played in Golden’s History. 

Amateur WWI history database getting overhaul from UVic 

A massive amateur history project about the thousands of Canadians who took part in World War I is getting assistance from the University of Victoria this Remembrance Day. 

Canadian Stories this Week 

Hamilton Branch Loyalist Cemetery Plaquing Project 

Kudos to the people who have been placed a Loyalist plague at their ancestors grave sites in Ontario since 2009. 

The article entitled Hamilton Branch Loyalist Cemetery Plaquing Project on the United Empire Loyalists page at says that they “chose a plaque with two layers of polymer resin with white background and blue lettering. The armourial bearings are on the plaque painted with acrylic paint. We have a nice royal blue 2 inch metal post, 8 feet high with a cap on it, to which the plaque is attached”. 

So check the page to see if any people are your ancestor. And while you are there, go to the Loyalists Directory to see if your ancestor is there at 

Brock University Digitization Collection 

Have you ever visited Brock University Digitization Collection at the James A. Gibson Library? 

They have The Special Collections and Archives houses some of the more unique, rare and valuable collections in the Brock University Library. Primary collecting interests include The Niagara Collection, The Loyalists Collection, The Masonic Book Collection, and the War of 1812 Materials. 

This is a great resource, growing everyday, it seems. 

I needed to see the maps of the Welland Canal the other day, and I fell upon the site, and was impressed! 

They are very user-friendly, and there is a free tutorial to show how you should view the maps at 

Take a look at what's available, it may surprise you. 

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Remembrance Day Webcast Ceremony

The Canadian War Museum invites all Canadians from across the country and around the world to view one of the most moving Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada.

On November 11 at exactly 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, sunlight shines through a single window in the War Museum’s Memorial Hall to illuminate the headstone of Canada’s Unknown Soldier through the webcast. This is the first year that a webcast has been offered.

The webcast will remain available online until noon on November 12

Anyone wishing to watch the webcast can visit one of the links as of 10:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Go to the or the Facebook page at

For those who can go to the museum in person, a limited number of free tickets will be available as of 9:30 a.m. at the Information Desk. No reservations are permitted.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 07 November 2016

I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.

This Week in Canadian History 

 James Naismith, the inventor of basketball

06 November 1961, the US Post Office issued a stamp honoring the 100th birthday of Canadian James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. 

He was born at Almonte, Ontario, the son of John Naismith and Margaret Young. In 1883, he entered McGill University in Montreal where he earned a BA in Physical Education, and in 1890, he left for Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he invented basketball. The first game was played in 1891 at the school. 

For further information, go to  

Social Media 

(Photo) Royal Canadian Mint unveils its 2017 Canada 150 circulation coin series 

The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled its 2017 Canada 150 circulation coin series featuring the work of five Canadians selected by popular vote to design the tails side of the new coins. 

(Photos) A sneak peek at the Canada Science and Technology Museum's $80 M rebuild 

The Crazy Kitchen site is still less-than-looney, and the giant locomotives are still under wraps (literally), but the rebuilt Canada Science and Technology Museum is starting to take shape off St. Laurent Boulevard. 

Newspaper Articles 


Restoration work finished, Ottawa's National War Memorial is open to the public again 

After being closed for repairs and restoration since early April, the National War Memorial on Elgin Street was reopened to the public Friday. 

When Bathurst was Blackhurst: the Black history of Mirvish Village 

Three years ago, when the news broke that Honest Ed's department store would be torn down and turned into residential buildings, most of the stories focused on that store and its history. Honest Ed's is an icon, to be sure, but in the process another part of Toronto's history was glossed over. 

Kingston releases proposed plans for redesign of penitentiary and harbour 

The city of Kingston released four different plans for the redesign of the Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on Thursday, based on input gathered from the community in October
Poll: Most Canadians agree fallen soldiers should be honoured beyond Nov. 11 

The study commissioned by Historica Canada found a vast majority of respondents would like to see a national monument to soldiers who died in combat in modern times. 

About 76 per cent of them said they'd like to see a memorial similar to the United States' Vietnam Wall, which lists the names of those who have died while serving in their country's military. 

Guitar crafted from Canadian history 

With every chord, countless stories of Canadian history echoed through the auditorium.  

Each strum of the Six String Nation guitar is made possible by 64 unique pieces of wood, bone, metal, stone and fabric that make up the instrument and embody the country’s culture, heritage and traditions. 

War Museum acquires artifacts related to last Canadian soldier killed during First World War 

The medal set and the memorial plaque in honour of Private George Lawrence Price, the last Canadian soldier killed during the First World War, have been donated to the Canadian War Museum. Private Price died at 10:58 a.m. on November 11, 1918 — two minutes before the armistice went into effect. 

Explore history with new lecture series at LMC 

Dr. Howard Fredeen, recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Heritage Awards for his dedication to preserving Lacombe’s rich history, spoke to a crowd at the Lacombe Memorial Centre about pioneering in the area. 


Sept. 7 will now be Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day in Alberta 

Alberta will now designate Sept. 7 as Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day, starting in 2017. 

On Tuesday afternoon, MLAs from all parties at the Alberta legislature unanimously passed Bill 26, the Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Act, through first, second and third readings.  

The North 

HISTORY: Yellowknife’s Robertson Headframe comes down 

A landmark of Yellowknife’s 70 years of gold mining heritage disappeared at 5 PM Saturday afternoon, when the 25-storey high (76 meter) Robertson Headframe shuddered and toppled in a controlled explosive demolition. 

Canadian Stories this Week  

Veteran's Week 

It is Veteran's Week, a week in which we honour our veterans from November 5 to 11. The Government of Canada, as well as Veterans’ organizations, youth groups, and individuals throughout the country hold hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events to honour Canada’s Veterans, those still-serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, as well as those who have fallen in the line of duty. 

Since Confederation (the founding of Canada in 1867), more than 2.3 million Canadians have served in Canada’s armed forces to defend freedom and democracy—with more than 118,000 having given their lives.

Remembrance Day will be November 11th. is now on Twitter

 Lesley Anderson sent us a note last week to let us know that has now a Twitter handle - @AncestryCA. She says that they hope this “ will become your trusted source for curated genealogy, Canadian history and DNA-related news shared through a uniquely Canadian lens, sprinkled in with some fun facts, good humour, and captivating images. We’ll also be sure to keep our followers updated on the latest Ancestry news”. 

So give it a try! 

New Books 

There are several new books in the Genealogy and Family History Room located on the 3rd floor of the Library and Archives Canada building at 395 Wellington Street, and they are - 

Church, Cemetery and Newspaper Indexes - there are 11 new books 

Military – there are 2 books 

Family Histories – there are 3 books 

And that was the week in Canadian news!

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