Sunday, November 16, 2008

Camp X Historical Society Lecture

Evelyn Davis (Camp X Veteran) on
Friday November 28th (7:30pm) at the
Centennial Building in Whitby.

She and her late husband Les Davis were both veterans of Camp X and Evelyn has put together a presentation that relates her and her husband's experiences working at Camp X during WWII. Opportunities to meet and ask questions of Camp X veterans are getting more rare each year.
The cost is free but there will be a donation box so that we "keep the lights on" this small historical society. Attached is a "flyer" with all the needed information.
Ally Ramsay,
Camp X Historical Society

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Links Referenced at Nov 4 2008 Durham Branch Meeting

1. GED-GEN is short for "GEDCOM Web Page Generator
2. Our Roots - Canadian local histories in French and English
3. Automated Genealogy hosts several projects to index Canadian censuses
4. County Atlas Project based on forty-three Ontario Atlases
5. Worldcat connects to books in 10,000 libraries worldwide

Links Referenced at Oct 7 OGS Durham Branch Meeting

North West Trading Company
HBC Museum - Thunder Bay
HBC Archives - Winnipeg
HBC Records in The National Archives -UK
HBC Records in Manitoba Archives
Family Search (LDS)
Tanguay Dictionary (en francais)
Vernon's Directory free, limited cities; also on ancestry
Lovell's Directory
LAC Candaian Directories Project

Public Roll Call for Canada's War Dead

VIGIL: 1914-1918 - 9,700 names projected each night on buildings from London England to Ottawa
Nov 03, 2008 Mitch Potter, EUROPE BUREAU

LONDON–It will be one long and final march home for 68,000 lost Canadian souls.
When the sun sets over the British capital tomorrow night, an ambitious act of remembrance begins when the first name is projected against the walls of Canada House in Trafalgar Square. One after another, the names of each Canadian to fall in World War I will follow.
As the sun moves westward to Canada, the names will go with it, projected against buildings in six cities, including Toronto City Hall. The sequence continues with 9,700 names per night spread across 13-hour, sunset-to-sunrise vigils until the last name appears at the break of dawn on Nov. 11.
Read the whole TORONTO STAR article at

LAC launches "In Quarantine: Life and Death on Grosse Île, 1832–1937"

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of In Quarantine: Life and Death on Grosse Île, 1832–1937, a project funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Canadian Culture Online Program.
Featuring a variety of documents preserved and digitized by LAC, such as lists of births and deaths at sea, hospital registers, journals, letters, photographs and maps, this virtual exhibition tells the story not only of the quarantine station, but also of the individuals who experienced life on the island.
Immigrants at Grosse Île, a database containing thousands of digitized documents related to individuals who lived on Grosse Île, is now available through this website.
You are invited to visit the site at:
The contributions of many LAC staff were instrumental in the success of this project, and their efforts are much appreciated. LAC also wishes to thank Parks Canada for its participation and full cooperation in the creation of this virtual exhibition. For more information, please contact project managers Sarah Hatton or Jean-Sébastien Potvin at

(Thank you Krista Jorgensen, Librarian Archivist, Whitby Public Library who forwarded this to us.)


OTTAWA, October 30, 2008—Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce that in anticipation of the 2008 Irish Studies Symposium, that will be presented on November 3 and 4, 2008, a selection of digital images related to Irish-Canadian documentary heritage are now available on, a popular photo-sharing community. As well, a selection of video presentations from the upcoming Symposium will be added to in November 2008.
“The objective of the project is to explore new ways to improve access to Canada’s documentary heritage,” said Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. “Library and Archives Canada is excited about the opportunities that social media sharing communities provide for Canadians to discuss and contextualize an important selection of our collective history.”
Visitors to the Library and Archives Canada’s album at are encouraged to explore the interactive image collection which allows for commenting and tagging of content. All images on are tagged with geographic information to allow visitors to explore history in the context of their surroundings by navigating the album on a virtual map of the world. The selection of video presentations from the upcoming 2008 Irish Studies Symposium that will be added to will also allow for commenting and tagging of content.
The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.
To learn more about this project please visit the “Flickr/YouTube Albums” section of the Shamrock and the Maple Leaf website:

(Thank you to Krista Jorgensen Librarian ArchivistWhitby Public Library who forwarded this.)

New Database on

Canadian City and Area Directories, 1819-1899

This database contains Canadian city and area directories for various years from 1819-1899.City directories generally contain an alphabetical listing of its citizens, giving the names of the heads of households, their addresses, and occupations. In addition to the alphabetical portion, a city directory may also contain a business directory, street directory, governmental directory, and listings of town officers, schools, societies, churches, post offices, and other miscellaneous matters of general and local interest.

At the end of the list of "Resources of Interest for Canadian Researchers" click on "see all databases" and type in the heading "Canadian City and Area Directories".