29 November 2012

Timeline November 29 to December 1

November 29
1803  Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist and discoverer of the Doppler effect, was born.
1818  George Brown, Scottish-born Canadian journalist and politician, one of the Fathers of Confederation, was born. (d. 1880)
1849  Sir John Ambrose Fleming, British physicist, was born. (d. 1945)
1898  C. S. Lewis, Irish writer, was born. (d. 1963)
1929  US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd radioed that he'd made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.

November 30
1667  Jonathan Swift, Anglo-Irish author and satirist, was born.
1782  The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
1803  In New Orleans, Louisiana, Spanish representatives officially transfer the Louisiana Territory to a French representative. Just 20 days later, France transfers the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase.
1810  Olive Winchester, American gun and ammunition manufacturer; developed the Winchester rifle, was born.
1824  First ground is broken at Allenburg for the building of the original Welland Canal.
1835  Author Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, MO.
1874  Sir Winston Churchill, the British statesman, orator and author who served as prime minister during World War II, was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
1929  Dick Clark, TV personality, American Bandstand, was born.
1933  Sir Arthur Currie, Canadian general, died. (b. 1875)

December 1
1743  Martin Heinrich Klaproth, German chemist and discoverer of uranium, was born.
1955  Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, defied the law by refusing to give up her seat to a white man aboard a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.
1963  The Beatles' first single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," was released in the United States.

27 November 2012

Timeline November 27 & 28

November 27
1095  Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont.
1701  Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer and inventor of the Celsius thermometer scale, was born.
1910  New York's Pennsylvania Station opened.

November 28
1520  Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.
1582  In Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway paid a £40 bond for their marriage license.
1660  At Gresham College, 12 men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray decided to found what would later be known as the Royal Society.
1757  William Blake, English poet and painter, was born.
1794  Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian army officer, died. (b. 1730)
1949  Paul Shaffer, Bandleader, Late Show with David Letterman, was born.
1968  Enid Blyton, British children's author, died. (b. 1897)

25 November 2012

Timeline November 25 & 26

November 25
1120  The White Ship sank in the English Channel, drowning William Adelin, son of Henry I of England.
1487  Elizabeth of York was crowned Queen of England.
1748  Isaac Watts, British hymn writer, died.
1783  The British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States, during the Revolutionary War.
1835  Andrew Carnegie, Scottish born steel Industrialist and philanthropist, was born in Dunfermline, Scotland.

November 26
1604  Johannes Bach, German composer and musician was born (d. 1673)
1863  US President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the final Thursday of November (since 1941, on the fourth Thursday).
1922  Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh  Tutankhamun in over 3000 years.
1922  Charles Schulz, American cartoonist and creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, was born.

24 November 2012

Timeline November 24

November 24
1572  John Knox, Scottish reformer, died. (b. 1510)
1807  Joseph Brant, Thayendanegea, Mohawk military and political leader during the American Revolution, died (b. 1742)
1859  British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution.
1969  Apollo 12 returned to Earth after the second manned mission to the moon.
2012 Annual Santa`s Parade of Lights in Orleans, Ontario. Attracts 50,000 to 100,000 people. Great show but the wind was cold!

21 November 2012

Timeline November 22 & 23

November 22
1643  Rene-Robert La Salle, French explorer of North America, was born.
1718  English pirate Edward Teach - better known as "Blackbeard" - was killed during a battle off the Virginia coast.
1890  Charles de Gaulle, the leader of free France during WW II, was born in Lille, France.
1906  The SOS distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin, Germany.
1963  President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Suspected gunman Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States.
1977  Regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis.

November 23
1859  Billy the Kid, American gunfighter of the Wild West, was born.
1887  Boris Karloff, English actor, was born.
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  Life magazine is reborn as a photo magazine and enjoys instant success.
1963  The BBC broadcast the first ever episode of Doctor Who (starring William Hartnell) which is the world's longest running science fiction drama.
1971  The People's Republic of China was seated in the U.N. Security Council.

20 November 2012

Timeline November 20 & 21

November 20
1620  Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay - the first child born of English parents in present-day New England.
1841  Wilfrid Laurier, seventh Prime Minister of Canada, was born. (d. 1919)
1889  Astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble was born in Marshfield, 24 Nazi leaders went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
1947  Britain's future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey in London, England.
1985  The first version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, Windows 1.0, was released.

November 21
1694  Francois Voltaire, French philosopher and writer, was born.
1787  Sir Samuel Cunard, Canadian-born shipping magnate, was born.
1877  Inventor Thomas A. Edison unveiled the phonograph.
1964  New York's Verrazano Narrows Bridge opened.

18 November 2012

Timeline November 18 & 19

November 18
1493  Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
1787  Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor of the daguerreotype, was born.
1883  The United States and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
1901  George Gallup, American statistician and pioneering opinion researcher, was born.
1923  Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., the first American in space, was born in East Derry, N.H. Died July 21, 1998.
1978  More than 900 people died in Jonestown, Guyana, after Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones urged them to kill themselves by drinking cyanide-laced grape punch.

November 19
1600  Charles I, English King 1625-49, was born.
1794  The United States and Britain signed the Jay Treaty, which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War.
1863  President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
1919  The US Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles.
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.

15 November 2012

Timeline November 16 & 17

November 16
1959  The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway.
1964  Diana Krall, Canadian Jazz singer, was born.
1992  The Hoxne Hoard is discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in Hoxne, Suffolk, England.

November 17
1558  Elizabeth I ascended to the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary.
1685  Pierre Gaultier La Verendrye, French-Canadian soldier, fur trader and explorer, was born.
1869  The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.
1938  Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian singer, was born.
2003  Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California.

14 November 2012

Timeline November 14 & 15

November 14
1765  Robert Fulton, American inventor, was born.
1891  Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, was born.
1922  The BBC begins radio service in the United Kingdom.
1940  German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry during World War II.
1948  Prince Charles of England was born.
1995  The U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while government offices operated with skeleton crews.

November 15
1630  Johannes Kepler, German astronomer and mathematician, died. (b. 1571)
1738  William Herschell, German born English astronomer, was born.
1777  The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.
1806  Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak.
1969  A quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in Washington, D.C., against the Vietnam War.

12 November 2012

Ottawa Branch Meeting: Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture

Sunday, November 18, 1pm – 4pm

Library and Archives Canada Auditorium - 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

This years annual Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture will be given by Kyle J. Betit on the subject of: Irish Sources you may never have considered.

In Ireland, many records were destroyed or were never very well kept, so we need to access as many types of records as possible for successful Irish research. There are numerous record types to try beyond the most commonly known ones. This presentation will discuss such important sources as occupational records; court records; freeholders, freemen and voting records; militia and yeomanry records; prison records, school and educational sources; convert rolls and Catholic Qualification Rolls, the 1841 Morpeth Roll, Registry of Deeds, Land Registry, and more!

Kyle J. Betit BS (Biology) is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a co-editor of the popular journal The Irish At Home and Abroad, and is co-author of A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Irish Ancestors. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the National Writer’s Union, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.

We are not able to webcast this meeting.

Timeline Noveber 12 & 13

November 12
1815  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American suffragist, was born in Johnstown, N.Y.
1927  Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
1945  Neil Young, Canadian singer and guitarist, was born.
1954  Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.
1990  Tim Berners-Lee published a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.
1999  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.

November 13
1002  English king Æthelred II ordered the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St. Brice's Day massacre.
1312  Edward III, English King 1327-77, was born.
1775  American forces occupied Montreal during the Revolution.
1789  Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to a friend, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
1927  The Holland Tunnel linking New York City and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River opened to the public.

11 November 2012

Timeline November 11

November 11
1620  Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a "body politick." The Mayflower Compact.
1778  Cherry Valley Massacre: Loyalists and Seneca Indian forces attack a fort and village in eastern New York during the American Revolutionary War, killing more than forty civilians and soldiers.
1813  War of 1812: Battle of Crysler's Farm – British and Canadian forces defeat a larger American force, causing the Americans to abandon their Saint Lawrence campaign.
1869  Victor Emmanuel III, Italian king (1900-47), was born.
1918  Fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany.
1930  Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.
1992  The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become priests.

08 November 2012

Timeline November 8 to 10

November 8
1602  The Bodleian Library at Oxford University opened to the public.
1656  Edmond Halley, English astronomer and mathematician, was born.
1895  While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered the X-ray.
2011  The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324,600 kilometres or 201,700 miles), the closest known approach by an asteroid of its brightness since 2010 XC15 in 1976.

November 9
1620  Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sighted land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
1917  Joseph Stalin entered the provisional government of Bolshevik Russia.
1934  Carl Sagan, American astronomer, was born.
1938  Nazis looted and burned synagogues and Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria on Kristallnacht, the "night of broken glass."
1965  The great Northeast blackout occurred as several states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.
1970  Former French president Charles De Gaulle died at age 79.
1989  Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West. Joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.

November 10
1483  Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Eisleben, Germany.
1871  Journalist-explorer Henry Morton Stanley found missing Scottish missionary Dr. David Livingstone in central Africa and delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
1925  Richard Burton, Welsh stage and film actor, was born.
1969  "Sesame Street" debuted on PBS.
1975  The ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm in Lake Superior. All 29 crew members died.

06 November 2012

Sir Guy Carleton Branch UELAC - Christmas Social - November 24th

November 24, 2012

Location: Macies Best Western Hotel, Carling Avenue (opposite Westgate Mall)
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Speaker: Victor Suthren
Topic: An Identity Peril: The War of 1812

Cost: $30.00 per person
Please send your cheque made out to Sir Guy Carleton Branch UELAC to Bob Adair at 34 Briardale Cresc., Nepean, ON K2C 1C2 by November 20th indicating choice of main course.

Choice of
A) Beef au Jus
B) Chicken with sauce
C) Salmon
Meal includes salad and desert
Tea and coffee

Timeline November 6 & 7

November 6
1814  Adolph Sax, Belgian-born French maker of musical instruments; inventor of the saxophone, was born.
1832  Joseph Smith III, American religious leader, president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints 1860-1914, was born. He was the eldest surviving son of Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.
1854  John Philip Sousa, the king of American march music, was born in Washington, D.C.

November 7
1665  The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, was first published.
1728  Captain James Cook, British naval officer, explorer, and cartographer was born. (d. 1779)
1811  The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought near present-day Battle Ground, Indiana, United States.
1867  Marie Sklodowska-Curie, the Polish-born French physicist twice awarded the Nobel Prize for her work on radioactivity, was born.
1885  In Craigellachie, British Columbia, construction ended on the Canadian Pacific Railway extending across Canada.
1888  Sir Chandrasekhara Raman, Indian physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, was born.
1918  Billy Graham, evangelist, was born.
1929  The Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened.

05 November 2012

Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture - Sunday November 18th

Ottawa Branch Meeting

Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture

Sunday, November 18, 1pm – 4pm

Library and Archives Canada Auditorium - 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Kyle J. Betit BS (Biology) is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a co-editor of the popular journal The Irish At Home and Abroad, and is co-author of A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Irish Ancestors. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the National Writer’s Union, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.

Timeline November 4 & 5

November 4
1847  Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, discovered the anesthetic properties of chloroform.
1880  The first cash register was patented by James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio.
1916  Walter Cronkite, American news broadcaster was born. (d. 2009)
1922  In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men found the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
1956  Soviet troops moved in to crush a revolt in Hungary.

November 5
1605  The Gunpowder Plot failed when Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament.
1743  Coordinated scientific observations of the transit of Mercury are organized by Joseph-Nicolas Delisle.
1768  Treaty of Fort Stanwix, the purpose of which was to adjust the boundary line between Indian lands and white settlements set forth in the Proclamation of 1763 in the Thirteen Colonies.
1879  James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist died. (b. 1831).
1895  George B. Selden of Rochester, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent for an automobile.
1956  Britain and France landed troops in Egypt during fighting between Egyptian and Israeli forces around the Suez Canal.

04 November 2012


Strays! An Index to the OGS Strays Project (CD-ROM)
Ottawa Branch OGS is looking for a new Strays Project Coordinator

A Stray is a recorded event in which a person is described in the record as being from, or connected with, a place outside the area in which the event took place. Strays are collected to provide a useful index which may help family historians find missing family members, i.e. when people leave their usual place of abode, they lose contact with their family and therefore are "lost" or "missing." Strays are found in such records as marriage registers, civil registration records, newspapers, census returns, grave markers, land records, biographies and burial registers, and local history books. The Strays Project is a special project of the Society and the Society is publishing the results of this project in a series of booklets. The duties include:

  1. Explains and facilitates the project within their area.
  2. Coordinates the volunteers collecting and transcribing strays in the Branch area.
  3. Prepares, collates and submits to the OGS Strays Project Coordinator the strays collected on a regular basis, clearly marked "Strays".
  4. Reports twice a year (June and December) to the Project Coordinator on the status of the project.
  5. Submits an annual budget to the Treasurer for initial review and inclusion in the Branch budget which is approved by the Branch Board of Directors.
  6. Obtains prior Board approval for any expenses outside of the budget.
  7. Submits claims for reimbursements with receipts to the Branch Treasurer as soon as possible. 
  8. Whenever possible, attends meetings of the Branch and the Board of Directors.
  9. Prepares an annual report for the Branch AGM and other reports when requested by the Board or the Provincial Office.
  10. Must be a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society and Ottawa Branch.
  11. Upon termination of office, surrenders all documents, records and property of the Branch to his/her successor or to the Board.
Term of office: one year; may be re-elected nine times, for a maximum service of ten consecutive years.

If you are an Ottawa Branch members and would likew to coordinate this important project of the Society, please contact  me at pastchair@ogsottawa.on.ca

01 November 2012

Timeline November 1 to 3

November 1
1512  The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, was exhibited to the public for the first time.
1765  The British Parliament enacted the Stamp Act on the 13 colonies in order to help pay for British military operations in North America.
1935  Gary Player, golfer, was born.
2007  Retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Paul Tibbets, who piloted the B-29 bomber Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, died at age 92.

November 2
1675  King Philip's War: A combined effort by the Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies attacked the Great Swamp Fort, owned by the Narragansetts.
1755  Marie-Antoinette, French Queen consort of Lois XVI was born.
1961  k.d. lang, Canadian musician, was born.
2004  President George W. Bush was elected to a second term as Republicans strengthened their grip on Congress.

November 3
1493  Christopher Columbus first sights the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea.
1793  Stephen F Austin, American founder of Republic of Texas, was born.
1957  The Soviet Union launched into orbit Sputnik 2, the second man-made satellite; a dog on board named Laika was sacrificed in the experiment.