31 December 2011

Happy New Year!

We wish you all a Happy New Year and may all go well with you in 2012.

Just a reminder: The first general meeting of the Ottawa Branch will be on Saturday January 28th and the City of Ottawa Archives. See ogsottawa.on.ca for details.

28 December 2011

Timeline Dec 28 to 31

Dec 28
1841  Toronto saw light when 100 gas lamps were turned on for 16,000 citizens of the city. This made Toronto the 11th city in North America to have its streets lit by gas.
1857  Isabella, the first wife of John A Macdonald died in Kingston.

Dec 29
1170  Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in England.
1798  Royal assent was given to a bill validating marriages celebrated by Lutheran, Church of Scotland and Calvanist clergy. A 1793 act had given Anglican clergymen and justices of the peace the exclusive right to solemnize marriages.
1919  Sir William Osler, born at Bond Head in 1849, died in England. He has been called "the most influential physician in history."
1921  Mackenzie King became Prime Minister of Canada. He served as PM for 21 years, 5 months and 5 days.
1940  During World War II, Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London.

Dec 30
1813  British troops and Canadian militia raided Black Rock and Buffalo in retaliation for an American attack on Niagara and Queenston.
1824  The Upper Canada legislature at Toronto was destroyed by fire.
1850  John Milne, English seismologist and geologist; inventor of the seismograph, was born.
1851  Asa Griggs Candler, American developer of Coca-Cola, was born.
1922  Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Dec 31
1491  Jacques Cartier, French explorer, was born.
1775  The British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed; Arnold was wounded.
1855  Ottawa's main thoroughfares were lit by gas lamps for the first time.
1857  Britain's Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
1879  Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J.
1846  President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.
1966  Prime Minister Lester Pearson lit the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill to launch Canada's centennial year.

26 December 2011

Timeline Dec 25 to 27

Dec 25
1066  William the Conqueror was crowned king of England.
1223  St. Francis of Assisi assembled one of the first Nativity scenes, in Greccio, Italy.
1776  George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, N.J.
1872  Toronto was hit by a great Christmas snow storm - 58.4 cm in 42 hours.
1971  Justin Pierre Trudeau became the second child born to a Prime Minister during his term of Office. Parents were Prime Minister Pierre E Trudeau and his wife Margaret.

Dec 26
1791  Charles Babbage, English mathematician and inventor, was born.
1792  The Constitutional Act, dividing the province of Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada, went into effect.
1941  Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the United States Congress.

Dec 27
1571  Johannes Kepler, German astronomer, was born.
1822  Louis Pasteur, French biologist and chemist; invented pasteurization process, was born in Dole, France.
1831  British naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific Ocean aboard the HMS Beagle.
1789  The first stagecoach service in Upper Canada was inaugurated between Queenston and Fort Erie.
1947  The children's TV program "Howdy Doody" debuted on NBC.
1972  Former Prime Minister Lester Pearson died in Ottawa.

24 December 2011

War of 1812

Treaty of Ghent 24 Dec 1814

Seems strange to make a post of a peace treaty before the War has actually started. But??
Three American delegates were in St Peterburg, Russia 6 Jan 1814, attempting to persuade Emperor Alexander to mediate. 2 more American delegates were sent to Gothenburg, Sweden arriving 14 Apr 1814. Three British delegates were in Ghent 15 May 1814, one being Henry Goulbourn. Ghent was chosen as it was close to London and all decisions on the British part were to be made by the PM, Colonial Secretary and the Foreign Secretary. The treaty was finally signed on Christmas eve. One of the American delegates, Jonathan Russell, said "Perhaps never was a joint mission so disjointed and scattered". Due to the communications that existed at the time the treaty was not ratified by the Americans til Feb 1815. Still events occurred. More later,
[in 3 years] The next posts will follow the calender dates, disregarding the year, til 18 June 2012

22 December 2011

Canada 150



I attended the workshop last week for the Canada 150 project

Canada 150 is a national, not-for-profit campaign to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in 2017 by encouraging the recording and collecting of life stories, family histories as well as community and organization histories. The idea is to collect, in digital format, millions of items:

1. 1.2 million “Memories”: short paragraphs with photos

2. 150,000 “One-Of-a-Kind”: unpublished letters, journals, diaries, films, scrapbooks, etc.

3. 150,000 “Published” books, films, songs, websites, multimedia, etc.


There is an excellent summary of the meeting on John Reid’s blog at http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com/2011/12/canada150-update.html and I doubt if I could improve on that.

Formal launch of the project is planned for 1 Jul 2012 with a presentation to the Governor-General on Parliament Hill on 1 Jul 2017. For more information, visit their website at www.canada150.ca

21 December 2011

Timeline Dec 21 to 24

Dec 21
1620  Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower went ashore for the first time at present-day Plymouth, Mass.
1898  Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium.
1913  The first crossword puzzle was published, in the New York World.
1942  Butter rationing began in Canada as a wartime measure.
1951  The Canadian Department of National Health and Welfare instituted old age security payments.

Dec 22
1858  Opera composer Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy.
1952  Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent announced the government's intention to construct a National Library in Ottawa.
1990  Lech Walesa took the oath of office as Poland's first popularly elected president.

Dec 23
1648  Robert Barclay, English born American Quaker leader, was born.
1805  Joseph Smith, American founder of the Mormon Church, was born.
1823  The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore was first published, in the Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel.
1963  The federal government approved, in principle, the establishment of a national centre for the performing arts in Ottawa.
1983  Jeanne Sauve was named Canada's first female Governor General.

Dec 24
1524  Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama, who had found the sea route around Africa to India, died in India.
1783  All Loyalist corps were disbanded and their officers put on half pay.
1814  A treaty to end the War of 1812 was signed by British and American negotiators at Ghent in Belgium, with the status quo remaining basically unchanged.
1906  Canadian physicist Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to broadcast a music program over radio, from Brant Rock, Mass.

19 December 2011

War of 1812

Fort Niagara 19 Dec 1813

Ref; Burton's 'Flames Across the Border 1813-1814' pg 257-268
Starts with a conversation between personnel of the 100 Reg't. Col John Murray asking Capt Thomas Dawson of the Grenadier Co. "What description of men have you got" Sgt Andrew Spearman will lead the charge. The secret attack on the American Fort has been a week in the planning, ever since McClure's hasty departure from Ft. George. Forlorn Hope will consist of
562 men, [350] from the 100th and remainder from Royal Scotts and 41st Reg'ts.
The details of the attack continue to page 262.

Black Rock and Buffalo 30 Dec 1813
Burton explains the details of attack on Buffalo and continues to page 268

With the burning of Buffalo the campaign of 1813 ends. It is again too cold to fight.

18 December 2011

Timeline Dec 18 to 20

Dec 18
1856  Sir J J Thompson, English physicist, was born.
1888 Robert Moses, the American public servant who supervised the construction of many New York landmarks, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Shea Stadium , was born.
1939  The First Canadian Division reached Aldershot, England, after sailing from Halifax on December 10.
1958  The world's first communications satellite was launched by the United States aboard an Atlas rocket.

Dec 19
1732  Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."
1777  Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, PA., to camp for the winter.
1813  A force under Col. John Murray captured Fort Niagara above Youngstown, New York.
1837  William Lyon Mackenzie proclaimed from Navy Island in the Niagara River, that 300 acres of Canadian land and 100 dollars in silver would be paid to volunteers joining the patriot forces.
1843  Charles Dickens' Yuletide tale, "A Christmas Carol," was first published in England.
1984  Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.

Dec 20
1803  The Louisiana Purchase was completed as the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States during ceremonies in New Orleans.
1854  The first train of the Bytown and Prescott Railway arrived in Bytown.
1859  The first sod was turned for the parliament buildings in Ottawa.
1879  Thomas Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, N.J.
1901  Robert Van de Graaff, American physicist and inventor, was born.
1919  A federal government order-in-council announced the takeover of the bankrupt Grand Trunk and Canadian Northern Railways, which, with two other lines, would become the Canadian National Railways.

14 December 2011

Timeline Dec 14 to 17

Dec 14
1503  Nostradamus, French astrologer and physician, was born.
1546  Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer, was born.
1799  George Washington, the first president of the United States, died at his Mount Vernon, Va., home at age 67.
1851  George Brown was elected to the Upper Canada legislature for the first time.
1861  Prince Albert, husband of Britain's Queen Victoria, died in London, England.
1911  Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole.
1956  John Diefenbaker was elected by the national convention as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.
1964  The Liberal government of Lester Pearson introduced closure to end the flag debate.

Dec 15
AD37  Nero, Roman Emperor, was born.
1832  Gustave Eiffel, French civil engineer and designer of the Eiffel Tower, was born.
1899  Harold Abrahams, English athlete and Olympic gold medalist, was born.
1944  Bandleader Glenn Miller was killed when his U.S. Army plane disappeared over the English Channel.
1956  Movie producer Walt Disney died at age 65.

Dec 16
1653  Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1770  Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer and pianist, was born.
1773  The Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard to protest tea taxes.
1775  Jane Austen, English novelist, was born.
1917  Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead, England.
1944  The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began as German forces launched a surprise counterattack against Allied forces in Belgium.

Dec 17
1797  Joseph Henry, American scientist, was born.
1874  Mackenzie King, Canada`s tenth prime minister, was born in Berlin (Kitchener).
1894  Arthur Fiedler, the American conductor who conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra, was born.
1903  Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful man-powered airplane flight, near Kitty Hawk, N.C.
1939  The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was signed in Ottawa by Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. At the height of operations it maintained thirty-two schools in Ontario alone.
1992  US President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in separate ceremonies.

11 December 2011

Timeline Dec 11 to 13

Dec 11
1936  Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1941  Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.
1944  A severe storm paralyzed southern Ontario for days.
1972  Man landed on the moon for the last time during the Apollo 17 mission.

Dec 12
1812  John Sandfield Macdonald was born in St. Raphael, Glengarry County. He later became the first premier of Ontario after Confederation.
1894  Prime Minister Sir John S.D. Thompson died at Windsor Castle, England.
1915  Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor, was born in Hoboken, N.J.
1951  The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority was established.

Dec 13
1577  Sir Francis Drake of England set out with five ships on a nearly three-year journey that would take him around the world.
1804  Joseph Howe, Canadian statesman and publisher, was born.
1837  With the collapse of the rebellion, William Lyon Mackenzie occupied Navy Island above Niagara Falls on the night of Dec. 13-14 and proclaimed a provisional government.
1871  Emily Carr, Canadian painter and writer, was born.
1929  Actor Christopher Plummer was born in Toronto.

10 December 2011

War of 1812

Burning of Newark [Now Niagara-on-the-Lake] 10 December 1813


Ref; Burton's 'Flames across the Border, 1813-1814' pages 251 thru 257.
Above gives a very detailed description of events of the day. 'It was snowing with a bitter east wind blowing off the lake and before darkness falls there will be few walls standing in this doomed village' The American commander, George McLure, is defending his decision to burn the town and brandishes a letter from Armstrong written the previous October
"Understanding that the defense of the post commited to your charge may render it proper to destroy the town of Newark, you are hereby directed to apprise its inhabitants of this circumstance, and invite them to remove themselves and their effects to some place of greater safety"
McLure is virtually on his own with only a few soldiers with him. Now, torches and lanterns lit, directing his men to various corners of the town to fire houses and public buildings, Willcocks ride besides him, settling old scores and cursing anyone who protests as a Tory.
Col. Murray of the 100th Reg't and William Merritt enter the town. Ninety-eight homes, barns and stables have been destroyed. Four hundred poeple are homeless.
In the hearts of the homeless and soldiers there is one common emotion: a desire for retalation. "The senseless burning of Newark will send an echo down the corridors of history, for it is this act, much more than the accidental firing of the legislature at York, that provokes a succesion of incendiary raids that will not end until the city of Washington itself is in flames"

07 December 2011

Timeline Dec 7 to 10

Dec 7
1598  Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian sculptor, was born.
1837  Government forces blew up Montgomery's Tavern, William Lyon Mackenzie's base of operations. He fled to the US.
1863  R. W. Sears, American merchant and founder of Sears, Roebuck retail company, was born.
1941  Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, drawing the United States into World War II.
1941  Canada declared war on Japan following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, Hong Kong and other Pacific bases.
1972  America's last moon mission was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

Dec 8
1765  Eli Whitney, American inventor of the cotton gin, was born.
1838  Col Nils Szoltevcky Von Shoultz was hanged at Kingston for his part in the attack on Prescott. Ten other "Hunters" were hanged later. The defence lawyer for these men was John A Macdonald.
1869  Timothy Eaton opened the door of his dry goods shop on Yonge St. in Toronto.
1941  The United States entered World War II as the US Congress declared war against Japan one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
1980  Rock musician John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman.

Dec 9
1608  John Milton, English poet and scholar,  was born in London.
1854  The poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was published in England.
1858  Robert Baldwin, champion of responsible government and joint premier of Canada from 1848 to 1851, died near Toronto.
1934  Judi Dench, actress, was born.
1965  A power failure at Niagara Falls caused a blackout in a large part of Ontario and the US northeast.
2004  Canada's Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was constitutional.

Dec 10
1520  Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication.
1813  American forces burned Niagara and Queenston before retreating to the US.
1820  Robert Randall, an Ottawa valley entrepreneur, lost his "empire" to creditors.
1851  Melvil Dewey, American librarian famous for creating the Dewey Decimal Classification system, was born.  Died Dec. 26, 1931.
1949  Royal assent was given to the Trans-Canada Highway Act.

04 December 2011

Timeline Dec 4 to 6

Dec 4
1585  John Cotton, American Puritan leader, was born. Died Dec. 23, 1652.
1835  Sir Richard Cartwright, finance minister for Canada from 1873-8 and minister of trade and commerce from 1896-1911, was born at Kingston.
1837  Lt-Col Robert Moodie, a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812, was fatally shot trying to warn Lt-Gov Sir Francis Bond that armed rebels were advancing on Toronto.
1838  A force of American and Canadian supporters of William Lyon Mackenzie crossed from Detroit to Windsor capturing the town and burning militia barracks before being routed by Canadian militia under Col John Prince.

Dec 5
1782  Martin Van Buren, the eighth U.S. president 1837-41, was born in Kinderhook, N.Y. [He is my 3rd cousin 6 times removed!]
1837  William Lyon Mackenzie lead a force down Yonge St (Toronto) to Gallow's Hill, where they encountered government troops. Fighting lasted only a few minutes with the rebels retreating to Montgomery's Tavern.
1904  Desmond Burke, the youngest ever marksman to win the King's Prize at Bisley, England in 1924, was born on Ottawa.
1925  The Ottawa Senators won the Grey Cup for the first time when they defeated the Winnipeg Tigers 42-1.

Dec 6
1678  Father Louis Hennepin, sailing from Dominique La Motte de Luciere up the Niagara River, was the first European to record seeing Niagara Falls.
1896  Ira Gershwin, American lyricist of Broadway musicals and films, was born.

Gene-O-Rama 2012 Cancelled

For those of you who were not already aware, Ottawa Branch OGS will not be holding it's annual Gene-O-Rama in 2012 as we will be co-hosting OGS Conference 2012 in Kingston on 1-3 June 2012.  We do not have the volunteers to handle both events. Conference information can be found here.

Ottawa Branch will also be hosting the 2012 Region VIII Genealogy Day on 21 Apr 2012 at the City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa. Speakers will include Rick Roberts of Global Genealogy, Robert Serré of the Gloucester Historical Society and a representative from the City of Ottawa Archives. See here for more details .

30 November 2011

Timeline Nov 30 to Dec 3

Nov 30
1782  The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
1835  Author Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, MO. Died Apr. 21, 1910.
1872  Lt-Col John McCrae, poet, physician and soldier, was born in Guelph. Died in France on Jan. 28, 1918. He wrote his famous poem In Flanders Field in April 1915 near Ypres.
1874  Sir Winston Churchill, British statesman, orator and author who served as prime minister during World War II, was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Died Jan. 24, 1965.
1929  Dick Clark, TV personality, American Bandstand, was born. [Does anyone remember American Bandstand?]
1933  Sir Arthur William Currie of Strathroy, died in Montreal. He commanded the Canadian Corps in France from 1917-19. He was principal of McGill University from 1920-33.

Dec 1
1680  The "Great Comet" appeared in the sky and caused considerable alarm. It remained visible until Feb. 1681.
1926  Fifty-six per cent of the Ontario electorate approved government control of liquor sales.
1927  Canadian Tire Corporation was founded by John W. and Alfred J. Billes of Toronto as Hamilton Tire and Garage Ltd.
1962  The famous Fog Bowl, Grey Cup game of 1962, was played over two days in Toronto because of dense fog and smog.
1963  The Beatles' first single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," was released in the United States.

Dec 2
1804  Napoleon was crowned emperor of France.
1863  Charles Ringling, American circus owner, was born. Died Dec. 3, 1926.
1942  A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.
1981  The House of Commons approved a new constitutional resolution providing for patriation and a Charter of Rights.

Dec 3
1837  Armed men, supporters of William Lyon Mackenzie, assembled at Holland Landing and Newmarket in preparation for an attack on Toronto.
1842  Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American flour miller and food products manufacturer, was born. Died Sept. 17, 1899.
1951  The federal and Ontario governments reached an agreement to proceed with power development on the St. Lawrence.
1967  Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant. Louis Washkansky lived 18 days with the new heart.

29 November 2011

Unregistered Cemeteries in Ontario


For more than thirty years, The Ontario Genealogical Society has been recording the inscriptions in all of Ontario's cemeteries. OGS volunteers have endeavoured to identify all marked, unmarked and abandoned cemeteries in the province. We have discovered that many of these cemeteries are not considered to exist by the government and bureaucrats despite having been used for several generations.

Many cemeteries are no longer used and have been forgotten. Early cemeteries were probably not well documented and all the visible signs may have disappeared. In some cases, people have turned a blind eye, and burial sites have been paved over to become parking lots.

Under current Ontario regulations, when a site with human remains is identified, it is checked against the list of “Approved” cemeteries held by the Registrar of the Cemeteries Regulation Unit. If the location is not on the list, or cannot be identified as one of the cemeteries on the list, the Registrar would declare it an “Unapproved” cemetery. Then he publishes a notice in the local paper calling on any descendants to come forward and provide opinions on what should be done. After that time period, the Registrar decides what to do with the site. He might require a full archaeological survey (at the owner’s expense) to determine the extent of the burial site and then it is within the Registrar’s authority, if he wishes, to proclaim it a Registered Cemetery and require the owner to apply for a license to own a cemetery. The registrar’s other option is to order the archaeological survey and then the owner must remove all the human remains to a registered cemetery in the vicinity. Then the owner has to find a cemetery that will accept the remains and pay for it all to happen. The costs that I have heard run to about $1000. per burial for the whole process. When human remains are discovered in other countries, it is often the government looks after the work and the costs. The Ontario system really discourages anyone from reporting the discovery of old remains on their property.

During our project, OGS has discovered numerous unregistered cemeteries. However, the Province is not willing to add these cemeteries to the official list unless OGS provides more details. The OGS website at http://www.ogs.on.ca/services/unreg_cemeteries.php has the list of known unregistered cemeteries in each county but we need to verify the location of the burial sites by a municipal address for the front gate of the location (i.e. the “fire” code number for the rural areas) and/or GPS coordinates. Local people should have the best knowledge about near-by cemeteries. If the list for your area is incomplete, submit any missing locations to be added to the list. We know that it is a large job but it won’t get done unless we get out and do it. Otherwise, the Registrar may overlook the sites in your area. Then when someone disturbs the cemetery, it will not have any protection under the law and OGS will have no standing to complain. Those of you who cannot check on the unregistered cemeteries should still be canvassing your MPPs to tell them that the cemetery registration should be done before any more are damaged.

27 November 2011

Timeline Nov 27 to 29

Nov 27
1701  Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer and inventor of the Celsius thermometer scale, was born. Died Apr. 25, 1744.
1829  The final section of the Welland Canal was opened.

Nov 28
1520  Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese navigator, reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.
1844  John A. Macdonald took his seat in the Province of Canada legislature for the first time.
1939  James Naismith, native of Almonte and father of basketball, died at Lawrence, Kansas at age 78.
1949  Paul Shaffer, bandleader on the Late Show with David Letterman, was born.

Nov 29
1855  The Grand trunk Railway completed the line form Montreal to Brockville.
1898  C. S. Lewis, English writer and scholar, was born. Died Nov. 22, 1963.
1961  Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited Earth twice before returning.

23 November 2011

Timeline Nov 23 to 26

Nov 23
1889  The jukebox made its debut, at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.
1903  Singer Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in "Rigoletto."
1936  The first issue of the Globe and Mail appeared.
1936  Life magazine, created by Henry R. Luce, was first published.

Nov 24
1807  Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea), a chief of the Six Nations, died at Wellington Square (now Burlington)
1859  British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution.

Nov 25
1783  The British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States, during the Revolutionary War.
1830  Ontario's first Mechanics Institute - a social and educational organization - was created in York (Toronto).
1835  Andrew Carnegie, Scottish born steel Industrialist and philanthropist, was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. Died Aug. 11, 1919.

Nov 26
1922  Charles Schulz, American cartoonist and creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, was born. Died Feb. 12, 2000.
1926  Prime Minister Mackenzie King appointed Vincent Massey as the first Canadian Minister to the US.

21 November 2011

Region VIII OGS AGM and Genealogy Day

Region VIII Ontario Genealogical Society
AGM and Genealogy Day
hosted by Ottawa Branch OGS

Saturday, April 21, 2012
City of Ottawa Central Archives
100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

 Join us at the new City of Ottawa Archives at 100 Tallwood Drive, located on the southwest corner of Woodroffe Avenue and Tallwood Drive. Tallwood Drive is the western extension of Meadowlands Drive, from Woodroffe Ave to Centrepointe Drive. The entrance to the parking lot is from eastbound Tallwood Drive. Free parking is available in the lot.

9:30-10:00       Check-in.  Coffee and tea will be available on arrival.

Speakers include Robert Serré, Rick Roberts and one of the staff from the City Archives. Lunch is included in the price of admission. The City Archives will be open 10am to 5pm for research as well.
More details will be soon available on the Ottawa Branch website (http://ogsottawa.on.ca/)

Marketplace will feature Global Genealogy as well as the member organizations of Region VIII and some of the local heritage organizations.

Cost: $25 including lunch.

The building is a scent-free environment. Some staff have a severe allergic reaction to scents and fragrances. We urge people to use unscented products and to avoid perfumes, body spray and other fragrances.
Free parking is available in the lot but spaces are limited. There is three- hour parking on Avenshire Street. OC Transpo buses number 94, 95, 156, 172, 174, 178 stop at the corner of Tallwood and Woodroffe.   For more information about parking arrangements, please contact the security desk at 613-580-2424 extension 39731. All participants need to register at the security desk when they enter and sign out when they leave.
The building is only equipped with hydration station, not water fountains. Participants need to bring their own water bottle to refill.

20 November 2011

Timeline Nov 20 to 22

Nov 20
1833  Col Joel Stone, the Loyalist founder of Gananoque, who commanded the 2nd Leeds militia against raiding American Forces in 1812, died at age 84.
1889  Astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble was born in Marshfield, MO. Died Sept. 28, 1953.
1947  Britain's future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey in London.
1985  The first version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, Windows 1.0, was released.

Nov 21
1829  The first issue of the Christian Guardian, a newspaper supporting Methodist interests in religion and politics, was published. The editor was Egerton Ryerson.
1877  Inventor Thomas A. Edison unveiled the phonograph.
1981  Nearly 100,000 people marched on Parliament Hill to protest against high interest rates.

Nov 22
1643  Rene-Robert La Salle, French explorer of North America, was born. Died March 19, 1687.
1859  Tenders were called for the erection of the first parliament building in Ottawa.
1906  The SOS distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin.
1963  President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas.

18 November 2011

The Street Arab - The Story of a British Home Child

Following her talk to Ottawa Branch OGS this month, Sandra Joyce will read from her book "The Street Arab - The Story of a British Home Child", on Saturday, November 26, 2011, from 7 - 9 pm at the Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee Bar at 1242 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  The book was launched as part of the celebrations of the British Home Child Day on September 28 at Upper Canada Village. 

Sandra Joyce was unaware until the death of her father in 2002, that he was a home child. She and her sister found a family history in Scotland as a result of the records they discovered through their research. After uncovering her father’s story, Joyce was left wondering "how many other home children had similar circumstances." She wrote the historical fiction novel for "all those who suffered the silent stigmatism associated with home children." Incorporating various events and circumstances uncovered in her research, Joyce has woven a story that could representative of any number of home children.


Anyone interested in British Home Children should find this evening of interest as Sandra Joyce will discuss her own story and how her research led her to write this book.

War of 1812

FYI, I posted today to my blog www.walkingwithjim.blogspot.com a roadmap of my next 6 posts re War of 1812. BTW, the picture on the left side of my blog is that of my grgrgrandfather. As you follow along, especially next year, you will see why he is sitting down, although any picture I have seen of a husband and wife, the husband is usually sitting. Enough said!!
Jim St

16 November 2011

Timeline Nov 16 to 19

Nov 16
1836  Augustus Jones, one of Upper Canada's earliest, best known and most active public surveyors, died at Cold Springs.
1959  The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway.
1964  Diana Krall, Canadian Jazz singer, was born.

Nov 17
1685  Pierre Gaultier La Verendrye, French-Canadian soldier, fur trader and explorer, was born. Died Dec. 5, 1749.
1815  The Ojibwa Indians ceded 250,000 acres, now part of Simcoe County.
1869  The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.
1903  Silver was discovered at Cobalt.
1938  Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian singer, was born.

Nov 18
1787  Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor of the daguerreotype, was born. Died July 10, 1851.
1883  The United States and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
1936  The Toronto Globe bought the Mail and Empire and became the Globe and Mail.

Nov 19
1794  The United States and Britain signed the Jay Treaty, which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War.
1863  US President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
1906  The first electricity generated at Niagara Falls was transmitted to Toronto.
1918  A federal order-in-council consolidated government owned railways - one of the steps leading to the creation of the CNR in the early 1920s.
1959  Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel.
1969  Apollo 12 astronauts Charles "Pete" Conrad and Alan Bean made man's second landing on the moon.
2007  Amazon.com Inc. introduced the Kindle, an electronic book-reading device.

13 November 2011

Timeline Nov 13 to 15

Nov 13
1775  American forces captured Montreal during the American Revolution.
1813  At Nanticoke, Norfolk militia under the leadership of Lt-Col Henry Bostwick routed a band of American marauders who had terrorized the countryside.
1838  Battle of the Windmill - A force of American "Hunters" led by Col Nils Szoltevcky Von Shoultz landed near Prescott with the aim of driving a wedge between Upper and Lower Canada. Seizing Windmill Point, they fought for three days before surrendering.

Nov 14
1765  Robert Fulton, American inventor, was born.
1891  Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin, was born at Alliston.
1962  Sioux Rock, depicting Indian legends, was discovered at Port Arthur.
1969  Apollo 12 was launched on the second manned mission to the moon.

Nov 15
1738  William Herschell, German born English astronomer, was born. Died Aug. 25, 1822.
1777  The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.
1837  Rebel leader William Lyon Mackenzie published a constitution for Upper Canada essentially based on the constitution of the US.

11 November 2011

War of 1812

Battle of Crysler's Farm 11 Nov. 1813

Ref; 'Field of Glory' by Donald E Graves.
This book will inform one of everything one would want to know about this battle. It also deals with the Battle of Chateauguay [refer to my post of 26 Oct.]
Info also available in Pierre Burton's 'Flames across the Border' 1813-1814 pgs 235-243; and
Jon Latimer's '1812 War with America' pg 195-216

From a booklet by Donald E Graves a ' Brillliant Little Affair' Canadian Battle Series #13, outside back cover, "Nov. 11, 1813 was a gray wintry day. In the fields of [near] John Crysler's farm on the banks of the St. Lawrence a combined body of British regulars and Canadian Militia faced off against a much superior American invasion force. The battle that ensued made an important contribution to the outcome of the War of 1812. The American defeat at Crysler's Farm ended the most serious invasion of Canada during a war that had already raged for seventeen months"

10 November 2011

Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society November Branch Meeting

Minister Kenny with a copy of Sandra's book
Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2011: 7:00 p.m.
Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive
Topic: The Street Arab – The Story of a British Home Child
Speaker: Sandra Joyce, author
Website: sandrajoyce.com/The_Street_Arab.html

Everyone welcome. Free refreshments. Free parking.

Ancestry is Providing FREE Access to all Canadian Military Records Until November 13

In honour of Remembrance Day, Ancestry has opened up free access to all Canadian military records. These include:
  • Burial Registers WW1
  • Selected Service Records of War Dead
  • Commonwealth War Graves Registers
  • Melitia and Defence Forces
  • Kitchener Ontario German War Graves
  • Rebellion of 1837, Upper Canada
  • Miscellaneous 1812 Records
Use this link:
 http://search.ancestry.ca/search/group/ca_military?lcid=4105#databases

09 November 2011

Timeline Nov 9 to 12

Nov 9
1789  Lord Dorchester, as governor general, created the Order of the Unity of the Empire (UE) and proclaimed that this hereditary title was to be conferred upon those who had fought for the crown and had suffered as the King's faithful subjects during the American Revolutionary War.
1869  Actress Marie Dressler was born in Coburg.
1965  The great Northeast blackout occurred covering an area from Ontario to Florida and from Chicago to New York.  The power failure started in the sir Adam Beck power generation station at Queenston and lasted up to 13 1/2 hours.
1989  Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West. Joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.

Nov 10
1483  Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Eisleben, Germany. Died Feb. 18, 1546.
1925  Richard Burton, stage and film actor, was born. Died Aug. 5, 1984.
1853  The Great Western Railway line running from the Niagara Suspension Bridge to Hamilton, was opened.
1913  This was a tragic day on the Great Lakes. A storm that started Friday November 7 and raged through the weekend cost the lives of 251 seamen. Twenty-six ships were lost.
1919  The federal Parliament met for the last time in the Victoria Museum as a consequence of the destruction of the Parliament building by fire in 1916.
1975  The ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm in Lake Superior. All 29 crew members died.

Nov 11
1620  Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a "body politick."
1813  A British "corps of observation," consisting of 800 regulars, militia and Indians commanded by Lt-Col Joseph Morrison and established in a defensive position at John Chysler's farm near Morrisburg, was attacked by a contingent of the US army numbering about 4,000. This hard-fought engagement ended with the American's withdrawal from the battlefield.
1918  Fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany. The war resulted in 8 million killed and 21 million wounded.

Nov 12
1927  Josef Stalin became the ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
1931  Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, which was erected in six months during the Great Depression, opened.
1945  Neil Young, Canadian singer, was born.
1954  Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.
1999  US president Bill Clinton signed a sweeping measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products.

07 November 2011

War of 1812

Battle of Tippecanoe 7 Nov. 1811 200th Anniversary

Ref; Pierre Burton, 'The Invasion of Canada 1812-1813' pages 69-77, for a detailed account of the battle??
Arguably the first engagement of the War of 1812 "It is not even a battle, more a minor skirmish, and indecisive, for Harrison, in spite of his claims, loses far more men than the Indians" [Harrison lost 37 soldiers, 150 wounded of whom 25 die of their injuries, The Indians lost 25 warriors].
William Henry Harrison was the governor of Indianna territory and wanted to raise it to statehood with more white settlers
For the Indians, led by Tecumseh's brother, "it will be the final incident that provokes them to follow Tecumseh to Canada, there to fight on the British side in the war of 1812"
Ref; Gilbert Collins 'Guidebook to the historic Sites of War of 1812' pg 59
"Today the battlefield of Tippecanoe is commemorated in the 90 Acre Tippecanoe Battlefield Park, which features a museum, with displays on the battle." for further info visit their website at www.tippecanoehistory.org

06 November 2011

Timeline Nov 6 to 8

Nov 6
1795  Major John Smith of the 5th Regt. of Foot, the first person to patent lands in Ontario County, received 5,000 acres - 200 in York and 4,800 in Pickering. Smith had been the commanding officer at Detroit from 1790 to 1792, and at Niagara from 1792 to 1795.
1814  The Battle of Malcolm's Mills (near Brantford) took place. The Canadian forces were overwhelmed by the American army.
1832  Joseph Smith III, American religious leader, president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints 1860-1914, was born.
1861  James A Naismith, who would invent basketball in 1891, was born at Almonte.
1911  Sir John Carling, brewer and politician, died at London.

Nov 7
1763  A fleet of small boats carrying nearly 700 officers and men of the 60th and 80th Regts. was forced ashore by a violent storm near Rondeau Point in Kent County.  Some 70 men and 20 boats were lost.
1867  Marie Curie, the Polish-born French physicist twice awarded the Nobel Prize for her work on radioactivity, was born.
1917  Canadian army units from Ontario captured the village of Passchendale in France. Despite 7,000 Canadian casualties, only 1,280 acres of ground were gained.
1917  Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.

Nov 8
1656  Edmond Halley, English astronomer and mathematician, was born. Died Jan. 14, 1742.
1819  From Kingston east to Quebec City, noon skies were as dark as night because of immense forest fires in the west.
1867  The new Parliament of the Dominion of Canada opened.

03 November 2011

Timeline Nov 3 to 5

Nov 3
1843  Owing to lack of adequate housing facilities in Kingston for officials of the legislature of the United Canada, the decision was taken to transfer the capital to Montreal.
1873  In the House of Commons, Sir John A Macdonald delivered his famous five-hour speech in the face of charges of corruption - the Pacific Scandal.
1894  The first issue of Le Temps was published in Ottawa.
1957  One of the most advanced atomic energy reactors in the world was opened at Chalk River.

Nov 4
1858  Robert Simpson opend his first Canadian store in Newmarket.
1876  Mount Pleasant Cemetery opened in Toronto.
1956  Soviet troops moved in to crush a revolt in Hungary.
2008  Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States.

Nov 5
1873  A bleak day in the life of Sir John A Macdonald. Having been charged with accepting bribes in connection with the award of the transcontinental railway contract, his government was forced to resign.
1981  Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau reached an accord with the premiers of all provinces of Canada except Quebec for the patriation of the constitution.

31 October 2011

Timeline Oct 30 to Nov 2

Oct 30
1911  The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada opened on the campus of present-day Waterloo University.
1938  The radio play "The War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS. The live drama, which employed fake news reports, panicked some listeners who thought its portrayal of a Martian invasion was true.
1961  The Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb.

Oct 31
1517  Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.
1632  Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter, was born. Died Dec. 15, 1675.
1873  The International Bridge at Niagara opened.

Nov 1
1838  Lord Durham sailed for London, England after resigning as governor.
1867  Bishop John Strachan died at age 89.
1952  The United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb, in a test at Eniwetok in the Marshall islands.

Nov 2
1833  William Lyon Mackenzie was expelled from the Upper Canada legislature for the third time.
1905  The Department of Militia and Defence was empowered by order-in-council to acquire 22,430 acres of private property and 52,000 acres of crown lands, in the Petawawa area as a site suitable for artillery practice.
1936  The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, succeeded the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Corporation.
1947  Post WW II food rationing ended in Canada.

29 October 2011

Early Settlers Bytown

In this weeks CHOO newsletter under Nepean Museum
They have a display on the cabin representative of the one Ira Honeywell's [1774-1852] family would have lived in when they arrived to settle in Feb 1811. He arrived with his wife Charlotte Andrews [1785-1861] and infant son Rice [1802-1885]. They were the first permanent settlers in what is now Ottawa.
I have yet to see the display but on a previous visit I was told that they would build the display from slabs obtained from the sawmill at the Cumberland Museum.
We have now entered the era of the 200th Anniversaries.
FYI, Braddish Billings was in the Bytown area. He settled in Gloucester Twp where the present day Billings Museum is located

27 October 2011

War of 1812

Battle of Chateauguay 26 Oct 1813

Ref: Guidebook to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812, pg 196 by Gilbert Collins
'In the autumn of 1813, General Wade Hampton, with an army of over 4,000 men, moved against the British defence system on the Chateauguay River. Opposed to him was the advance guard under the command of Lt. Colonel Charles Michel de Salaberry, a French-Canadian. His force consisted of about 1500 troops, mainly militia, from the surrounding Counties.' The battle did not go well for the Americans and Hampton withdrew his forces.
'The Battle of Chateauguay, along with the victory at Crysler's Farm, 11 Nov 1813, prevented the capture of Montreal'
Visit Parks Canada website www.pc.gc.ca for info on the Battle of Chateauguay National Historic Site near Ormstown, Que
Ref; Pierre Burton's Flames across theBorder, 1813-1814 pg 228
'In this battle in which some 460 troops forced the retirement of 4000, the victors have lost only 5 killed and 16 wounded with 4 men missing. (The Americans casualties number about 50). It has been a small battle for Canada, profoundly significant. A handful of civilian soldiers, almost all French Canadian, has, with scarcely any help, managed to turn back the greatest invasion threat of the war. Had Hampton reached the St. Lawrence to join Wilkinson's advancing army, who would give odds on the survival of Montreal?? With Montreal gone Upper Canada would be cut off..

26 October 2011

Timeline Oct 26 to 29

Oct 26
1774  The first US Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
1806  On the eve of his departure for an important post in India, John Graves Simcoe died in Exeter, Devon at age 54.
1825  The Erie Canal opened, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River in upstate New York.
1881  The gunfight at OK corral took place in Tombstone, AZ.

Oct 27
1728  James Cook, British naval captain, was born. Died Feb 14, 1779.
1783  John Collins, deputy surveyor general, surveyed the town plot of Kingston. This survey was undertaken to provide lands for Loyalists.
1951  In London, the cobalt therapy unit at Victoria Hospital treated its first patient.
1867  Expo '67 closed in Montreal.

Oct 28
1818  The remainder of the Mississauga Tract was purchased from the Mississauga Indians "inhabiting the river Credit, Twelve and Sixteen Mile Creeks."
1886  The Statue of Liberty, a gift of the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbour by President Grover Cleveland.
1914  Dr. Jonas Salk, American medical researcher, Who developed the first polio vaccine, was born.
1955  Bill Gates was born.

Oct 29
1682  William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, landed at what is now Chester, PA.
1929  "Black Tuesday" - Prices crashed on the world's stock markets, and Canada was plunged into the Great Depression.
1969  The Internet had its beginnings when the first host-to-host connection was made on the Arpanet - an experimental military computer network - between UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, Calif.
2004  European Union leaders signed the EU's first constitution.

23 October 2011

Timeline Oct 23 to 25

Oct 23
1707  The first Parliament of Great Britain, created by the Acts of Union between England and Scotland, held its first meeting.
1873  Dufferin bridge, connecting Ottawa's Rideau and Wellington streets across the Rideau Canal, was opened by Governor General Earl of Dufferin.
1885  Lawren Harris, landscape painter, founding member of the Group of Seven, was born in Brantford.
1979  The 118 year old Rideau Club on Wellington street in Ottawa was demolished by fire.

Oct 24
1852  The Toronto Stock Exchange was opened.
1899  The first Ottawa contingent - the 43rd Battalion (Carleton Blazers) and the Governor General's Foot Guards - departed for South Africa and the Boer War
1917  The Alexander Graham Bell Memorial, recognizing the first telephone call in history was unveiled in Brantford.
1945  Franklin Carmichael of Orillia, a member of the Group of Seven, died.
1945  The United Nations charter took effect.

Oct 25
1400  Geoffrey Chaucer, author, died in London, England.
1783  In October, at Carleton Island, Captain William Redford Crawford of the King's Royal Regiment of New York, purchased from the Mississauga Indians a large tract of land east of the Bay of Quinte. This is now refered to as The Crawford Purchase.
1854  The "Charge of the Light Brigade" took place during the Crimean War, in the Battle of Balaclava.

19 October 2011

Timeline Oct 19 to 22

Oct 19
1781  British troops under Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, VA.
1814  An American army under Major-General George Izard advanced from Sacket's Harbour, NY to assault Fort Niagara. At Cook's Mills, after a sharp skirmish, about 750 British troops under Lt-Col Christopher Myers forced the Americans to withdraw.

Oct 20
1803  The US Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
1867  Ottawa was proclaimed as the seat of the national government of Canada.
1873  Nellie McClung, ardent advocate of women's rights in Canada, was born at Chatsworth, Grey County.

Oct 21
1805  A British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French and Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson was killed in battle.
1841  Monseigneur Charles-Auguste-Marie Joseph de Forbin-Jansen, the bishop of Nancy in exile, laid the cornerstone of Notre Dame Basilica in Bytown.
1879  Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ.

Oct 22
1846  The first telegraph company was formed to serve Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara.
1876  The Ottawa Normal School was opened in Ottawa by Egerton Ryerson, in his final act after 32 years as superintendent of education in Ontario.

18 October 2011

Blogs about the Leslie Huber talk

Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture Ottawa Branch OGS

For more on an interesting talk by Leslie Huber please see the following blogs.
http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com/
http://kippeeb.blogspot.com/

16 October 2011

OGS 50th Anniversary

October 15, 2011.

While we have been celebrating our 50th Anniversary all year, it's worth sharing that today, October 15th, is the actual birthday of The Ontario Genealogical Society.

On October 15th 1961 The Ontario Genealogical Society was established in a meeting at the University of Waterloo. The fledgling Society was sponsored by the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society of Ontario, and Dr. G.E. Reaman of Waterloo Ontario was made the first President.

Dr. Reaman's first President's Message is found on the front page of the very first Bulletin (now Families) which OGS members may view in the Members Only section of our website.

Through the hard work of enthusiastic genealogists across the province, we have changed and grown a great deal since that day in 1961.

Thank you to all members of The Ontario Genealogical Society for your tireless efforts and contributions over the years. Your dedication has made us who we are today.

Happy Birthday and welcome to our 51st year!

Sarah Newitt
Executive Director OGS
ed@ogs.on.ca

Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture October 15th, Ottawa, Ontario

This morning the Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society had a very successful lecture by Leslie Albrecht Huber author of The Journey Takers. Leslie and her family took a driving tour to Quebec City and Montreal before arriving in Ottawa.

In her talk she spoke about the places where her ancestors came from in Germany (Mecklenburg-Schwerin) and Sweden and what their life was like in the mid to late 1800s. She also spoke about what the immigration experience was like for them.

Some of the research tips she presented to the audience were:

- Use maps from the appropriate time period to help you understand the place.
- Take time to understand changes in jurisdictions and boundaries.
- You must know the name of your ancestor's hometown and the town where they went to church.
- Try to gain a basic understanding of the time and place in which your family lived.
- Sometimes you need to visit the village where they lived to find the record you need; many sources have not been microfilmed.
- In Western Europe, parish records become the backbone of your research.
- Remember, even original records can be wrong!
- Use family sources as a starting point only.
- Verify all information in the original records.
- Be flexible in spellings of names and places.
- Pay attention to the details in a record beyond names, dates and places.
- Try to put your ancestors' lives in the historical context, especially religion.
- If you have no letters or biographies your ancestor wrote, then look for first-hand accounts written by others who shared the experience.

Let it be noted how quickly we lose the past if we do not preserve it and pass it on.
Otherwise our ancestors fall into the vastness of forgotten history.
I know this happened with the history of my father's and mother's families (Ed).

The Journey Takers, is available from Amazon.
www.thejourneytakers.com
www.thejourneytakers.blogspot.com
www.understandingyourancestors.com

Timeline Oct 16 to 18

Oct 16
1758  Noah Webster, American lexicographer, was born. Died May 28, 1843.
1962  The Cuban missile crisis began as President Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.
1978  Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected pope. He took the name John Paul II.

Oct 17
1777  British forces under Gen John Burgoyne surrendered to American forces in Saratoga, NY; Revolutionary War.
1919  The Radio Corporation of America was created.
1979  Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the destitute of
Calcutta.

Oct 18
1595  Edward Winslow, English founder of the Plymouth Colony, was born. Died May 8, 1655.
1685  King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had established the legal toleration of the Protestant Huguenots.
1919  Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada from 1968 to 1979 and 1980-4, was born.
1931  Thomas Edison, inventor, died at age 84 in West Orange, NJ
1962  Dr. James Watson of the US and Dr. Francis Crick and Dr. Maurice Wilkins of Britain, were named winners of the Nobel Price for Medicine and Physiology for their work in determining the double-helix molecular structure of DNA.

13 October 2011

War of 1812

Battle of Queenston Heights 13 Oct 1812

Ref: 'A Very Brilliant Affair' by Robert Malcomson
From Outside Back Cover " As summer turned into fall in 1812, two armies watched each other warily across the turbulent Niagara River that formed the border between the United States and British Canada. On the American side, regular soldiers and state militia trained under the inexperienced, politically-appointed General Stephen Van Rensselear, while on the British side General Isaac Brock worried about defending his long frontier with a meagre force of regulars and militia and a group of native warriors about whom he had serious doubts"
Genealogy wise, a list of British side personnel is listed in Appendix G pg 262
Upper Canada Militia personnel listed Appendix H pg 268
American Army personnel Appendix C pg 237
During this battle Sir Isaac Brock, born 1769 was killed this date 13 Oct 1812
On page 32 it mentions that both Napoleon and Wellington were both born the same year as Brock [1769]

RYAN TAYLOR MEMORIAL LECTURE Saturday October 15, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011
RYAN TAYLOR MEMORIAL LECTURE
Location:  Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington, Ottawa
Time: 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium
Speaker:  Leslie Huber, author
Topic:  The Journey Takers, Leslie’s latest book.
www.understandingyourancestors.com

12 October 2011

Timeline Oct 12 to 15

Oct 12
1492  (Old Style calendar; Oct 21st New Style), Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas.
1957  Lester Bowles Pearson, minister of external affairs, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1960  Nikita Khruschev, Soviet Premier, disrupted a UN General Assembly session by pounding on his desk with a shoe.

Oct 13
1812  Major-General Isaac Brock died during an attempt to regain Queenston Heights from the Americans who had attacked across the Niagara River.
1812  After Brock's death, Major-General Roger Sheaffe took the Heights, capturing 958 prisoners. This victory ended the American offensive of 1812.
1833 Edward Blake, premier of Ontario from 1871 to 72 and leader of the National Liberal Party from 1880 to 1887, was born in Adelaide Township.
1975  Prime Minister Trudeau announced the imposition of wage and price controls.

Oct 14
1066  Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.
1644  William Penn, English Quaker and advocate for religious liberty, founded American colony of Pennsylvania, was born. Died July 30, 1718.
1844  John A Macdonald was elected to the House of Assembly for Kingston.
1952  Lester Pearson, minister of external affairs, was elected president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Oct 15
1954  Hurricane Hazel killed 82 people and caused $24 million damage in the metro Toronto area.
1957  The Queensway, a throughway bisecting Ottawa, was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth.
1989  Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings surpassed Gordie Howe's NHL career scoring record of 1,850 points.

11 October 2011

Volunteering Outside the Box

As members of the Ontario Genealogical Society should be aware, the lack of volunteers to run the Society and the branches is reaching a critical stage. Three of the ten Directors positions on the OGS Board are vacant and two positions are filled by Past Presidents. In Ottawa Branch, the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Program Coordinator positions are empty and many of the other directors have served for long times. I was Chair for almost eight years because we could not find anyone willing to take on the role (and still cannot). Most other branches are in similar situations.

Despite these opportunities, many of the four thousand members of the Society seem to be willing to sit back and hope somebody else will do the job. I am sure that some of them are involved in other organizations and others have done their time with the Society. But groups like OGS need volunteers to operate. There are a few paid staff at the Provincial Office but we cannot afford to have all the work done by them. As a result, tasks are falling through the cracks and the remaining volunteers are getting tired of doing extra work.

I am not a great one for looking outside the box but perhaps there are other ways to handle some of these jobs. In Ottawa, we have one volunteer who lives in Hamilton and handles our publicity for us. We are hoping to hold at least some of our Board meetings on line, so that some of the volunteers would not have to live in the area. OGS has already done this with Executive meetings to save on travel costs.

I know that some branches have two or more people handling one task. At least one branch has co-chairs, so that they need only do part of the work. Another has a snowbird for a Chair, and others fill in when she is away for the winter. Others have committees so that they can share the work of producing the newsletter or arranging the meetings. There are probably other ideas for handling the work that needs to be done.

I have talked to some branches about sharing their workload but have yet to see this put into practice. Could one person do the same task for a couple of branches? With the use of e-mail and on-line meetings, I don’t see why not? It would mean more work for that person but not necessarily twice the workload, as there should be some overlap.

Consider what will happen to you if the Branch disappears? Or even the Society? What will you lose? What will you miss? How will it impact on your research and your enjoyment of the hobby? Will you do anything to prevent this? Do you have any ideas to help out? Let me know at pastchair@ogsottawa.on.ca

09 October 2011

Timeline Oct 9 to 11

Oct 9
1635  Roger Williams, religious dissident, was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.(He was one of my ancestors - Ed)
1855  Thomas McKay, pioneer Ottawa businessman, died at his home, Rideau Hall, New Edinburgh (Ottawa).
2008  Financial markets went into a rout.

Oct 10
1738  Benjamin West, American painter, was born. Died Mar. 11, 1820.
1886  The tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at the autumn ball in Tuxedo Park, NY.
1979  Wayne Gretsky made his National Hockey League debut as the visiting Edmonton Oilers took on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Oct 11
1776  The first naval battle of Lake Champlain was fought during the American Revolution.
1910  The Ontario Hydro Electric System was opened at Berlin (Kitchener) Ontario.
1917  An order-in-council prohibited strikes and lockouts during WW I in Canada.

07 October 2011

RYAN TAYLOR MEMORIAL LECTURE Saturday October 15, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011
RYAN TAYLOR MEMORIAL LECTURE
Location:  Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington, Ottawa
Time: 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium
Speaker:  Leslie Huber, author
Topic:  The Journey Takers, Leslie’s latest book.
www.understandingyurancestors.com

06 October 2011

Timeline Oct 5 to 8

Oct 5
1793  Lt Gov Simcoe viewed the harbour at Penetanguishene, "Place of the White Rolling Sands."
1813  Battle of the Thames took place at Moraviantown (present-day Thamesville). Indian Chief Tecumseh was killed and the town of Fairfield was destroyed by the Americans.
1878  The Marquis of Lorne, married to Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, was appointed 4th governor general of Canada.
1962  The Beatles' first hit, Love Me Do, was released in the UK

Oct 6
1744  James McGill, Scottish born Canadian fur trader, merchant and politician, was born. Died Dec. 19, 1813.
1768  Sir Isaac Brock, British politician and soldier, War of 1812, was born.
1948  A Newfoundland delegation arrived in Ottawa to discuss terms for entering Confederation.

Oct 7
1763  The Proclamation of 1763, which provided boundaries and terms of government for territories Britain acquired from France under the Treaty of Paris, was issued.
1765  The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.

Oct 8
1843  Old Christ Church, on Sparks St. in Ottawa, was consecrated by Bishop John Strachan, The original church had been built in 1832.
1884  Pembroke became the first Ontario town to use electricity for street lighting.
1951  Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip began a tour of Canada which lasted until November 12.

Ottawa Branch - Meeting Location Survey

We are in the process of reviewing the location of our general meetings. Some of our members may be too far away to regularly attend our meetings but we would would appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill in the attached survey.

As background:
 
a. effective January 1, 2012, Public Works and Government Services Canada ( PWGSC ) will assume responsibility for the booking of spaces on the ground floor of Library & Archives Canada (LAC), including the rooms we have traditionally used. We have been unable to determine if we will be able to continue holding our meetings at LAC or the conditions and cost of any rooms;
b. the new City of Ottawa Archives has suitable rooms for our meetings and the Partners (including Ottawa Branch) can obtain them for free if not already booked. However, there is a charge for security if the room is required outside normal working hours (9am to 5pm Mon to Friday, 10am to 5pm Saturday); this is normally $85.00 for an evening or $45 for a shorter period.  We currently hold four meetings in most months: the Board meeting, the general meeting, the Computer Special Interest Group and the Irish Research Group. These have traditionally been held on weekday evenings and so moving all to the City Archives would cost us $340 per month.
c. the recent OGS/National Institute of Genealogical Studies partnership has provided us with the opportunity to use LiveMeeting to "broadcast" general meetings to members via the Internet. At least one other branch has done this already with good success. Out of town members could "attend" meetings by using their computer. We need a location that provides Internet access.
We continue to look for other options and to hope that PWGSC can resolve their situations soon. We have come up with a few options and I would appreciate your feedback:

05 October 2011

War of 1812

Battle of the Thames, Thamesville, ON 5 Oct 1813


Info taken from Gilbert Collins' "Guidebook to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812" pg 74
A more detailed account is Pierre Burton's "Flames Across the Border 1813-1814" pg 191-208
This battle occured during General Proctor's retreat from Amherstberg
"On the morming of 5 Oct. 1813, General Proctor deployed the 41st Reg., which consisted of less than 297 men rank and file, across the main road to Burlington. Tecumseh, with 800 Indians, was deployed in the woods on the British right. It was here, near the Moravian village, that they would try to stop the Americans advance.
When the American Army, 3000 strong under Major General Harrison approached, Harrison noted that the British line looked rather thin. He decided to charge with his mounted infantry, and the attack succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. After one ragged volley, the British line went to pieces under the inpact of the charge. The Battle of the Thames was small, but one of the most decisive of the war. The British were never able to field an army in the western half of the province for the remainder of the war.
Thamesville would hardly be remembered today but for the death of the great Tecumseh
The battle site is located on Hwy 2, about 4k's east of Thamesville

03 October 2011

War of 1812

On Monday night. 10 Oct 2011 at 9PM all PBS stations with a Canadian audience will be telecasting a program on the War of 1812. More info at www.pbs.org/1812. The bicentennial starts on 18 June 2012 and the war ended on 24 Dec 1814. There is no direct involvement in the war for present day Ottawa area but the war lead to the building of the Rideau Canal 1826-1832. Also a large number of soldiers of the 100th Reg. of Foot [the 99th Reg. after Feb 1816] settled in the Richmond Military Settlement mainly in Goulbourn Twp. Visit the Goulbourn museum. the home of the 100th/99th at www.goulbournmuseum.ca They also have a Blog and are on Facebook and they 'Tweet'
Enjoy