Tuesday, 11 June 2019

THE Genealogy Show 2019, Birmingham UK

How to do a family history show in half a day...

When family decide to visit during one of the best family history shows ever, and an inaugural show at that, it really cramps your style. I was able to sneak away for a day, so I decided to take in some of the talks and meet up with genealogy friends, especially as some were coming from as far away as the U.S. and Canada. Here's a short review.
Need more ribbons!

Travelling to Birmingham from London is super easy. There are a couple of trains from London Euston station and even though I booked only a week before, I spent maybe £30 for a return ticket. From what I understand, there's also a direct bus from London Gatwick to Birmingham International Airport (also connects to the NEC which is the conference centre). This takes about 4 hours one way. National Express is, I find, the best bus website for the UK. Check their page for other options, ie: buses from Heathrow to Birminham.

When I arrived, I was greeted by a friendly and familiar face: DSRGenealogist aka Daniel Smith-Ramos, we are 'virtual friends' on social media and so it was fabulous to connect in person. An added bonus was to see Mags Gaulden🍁 and Dear Myrtle at the registration desk! What a lovely welcome!

I also must say something here about THEGenealogyShow2019 team. The people I met, Kirsty Gray, a fellow by the name of James, the ladies in the Wizarding area (where I volunteered a couple of sessions), Ruth, Mags, 'Dear Myrtle' and Mr. 'Dear Myrtle' amongst others whom I didn't meet were absolutely awesome. It was apparent they had spent many hours fine tuning and being attentive to every little detail, and it certainly showed in the personal touches and cheery welcomes!

Review of the floor - the show was held in the same room at the NEC as the Who Do You Think You Are Show that I exhibited at in 2017. Although this show took up a smaller square footage, it was nice to see a lot of UK family history societies represented. It was well organized and there were quite a few areas to relax and eat a meal and connect with fellow genealogists. It was great that there was a decent food bar that sold hot food and lunch items. The people I chatted with while eating my lunch were excited to tell a Canadian of their adventures driving from Edmonton to Vancouver through the BC Rockies. There were a few branded THE Genealogy Show items for sale, as well as some used books and new issues of the Family Tree Magazine UK. 

I had booked 3 talks, the first one was Valerie Elkins - How to organize and keep track of everything - I decided to skip this talk (sorry Valerie!) as I wanted to hook up with fellow Canadian genealogist Ruth Blair and needed to catch her in between her other responsibilities for the day. Hopefully I can catch up on what I missed with the handouts provided online. Need to get my family history organized! Valerie Elkins, Family Cherished
Ruth Blair & I at THEGenShow2019

The second talk was given by Ruth 🍁 : Canadian Family History Research:  From Coast to Coast to Coast - this is a subject which is quite familiar to me, but I enjoyed hearing another Canadian's perspective and her delivery style. Ruth Blair, The Passionate Genealogist

I was really looking forward to the last talk I booked:  Liv Birgit Christensen : A tour of Norwegian Genealogy. But it was cancelled! Oh darn! Again, I hope to catch up with the handouts online. 
  • During a little internet sleuthing, I found that Dear Myrtle had interviewed Liv which is available via Liv's page Genealogy Research Norway  - - scroll to the bottom of the page for direct links to the videos
I had a very interesting chat with Harald Müller-Baur of Archion. This group has made digitized Evangelical church books/kirchenbuch and other biographical and genealogical resources available online in their databases. He gave me a quick introduction to the Kirchenbuchportal /GmbH. This effort began in May 2013 and was developed by the Evangelical Church of Germany in association with 11 regional churches.   Harald Müller-Baurmm, Archion, Kirchenbuchportal /GmbH, German Church Records Online. 

A fabulous end to my day at Birmingham and THE Genealogy Show 2019 was a long chat over a meal with Lianne Krüger 🍁 from Red Deer, Alberta. Lianne is involved with the Alberta Genealogical Society and talks at many genealogy shows, including RootsTech. We connected on so many points, especially technology! What a great lady and lovely to share genealogy stories. 

With the announcement of the dates for THE Genealogy Show in 2020 - June 26 and 27th - this is a good time to advertise that I will be pursuing opportunities to exhibit Canadian Genealogy next year! Maybe I'll have to hog-tie a relative into helping me!

As Steve Atcherley quipped online, 
"Start spreadin' the mooooose..." 🎶 😁

UK to Canadian Genealogy Index

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

25 Archives in Toronto

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There are so many interesting archives in Toronto and these are just a small sample (maybe a few less than 25) that may be helpful to your genealogy research. Many are unique collections such as the Archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital/Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. It is worth stretching  to find the tiny and unique archive situated in one of the largest cities in Canada.

I have stretched this article to include archives in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), communities which include : Ajax, Brampton, Burlington, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Scugog, Uxbridge, Vaughan, Whitby. There's also some special interest organizations at the end of the article. Cheekily, there may be one or two libraries in this list thrown in for good measure.

Some examples:

Brampton - Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives has a fabulous collection of glass plate negatives 1870-1920.

Burlington Digital Archives This collection is hosted on the Burlington Public Library webpages. It consists of thousands of images from the Burlington Historical Society. The collection includes: Aldershot Tweedsmuir Histories; Ivan Cleaver Postcard Collection and the Nelson Tweedsmuir Histories.

Pickering - Pickering Local History Collection Digital Archive  their focus is particularly on Township and county records, but a curious collection is the Pickering Airport Papers - ??
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Toronto Historical Plaques  -  2004-2019 - example - Little Norway - a World War II training establishment 'camp' - contains related webpages.

Toronto directories 1833-1969 - available on Internet Archive. In 2012 Jane MacNamara has created a fabulous table of direct links for each year.on her article. The Toronto Public Library also created a webpage with a list of direct links, with two differences. The TPL has a link to the 1797-1833 issue and also the size of each PDF is noted which is helpful to those with a slow connection. Their guide explains how to search each directory in An Online Guide to Digital Toronto City Directories. You may find the copies on Internet Archive easier to access, it is also searchable.

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Toronto Archives  -  example:  Group portrait on Brantford Public Library steps.  Date:  [194-?]

Archives of Ontario Library Online Catalogue (The Archives of Ontario is located in Toronto) I did a search for Chiswick, which is a community in Kent (U.K.) to see if there was any connection to the U.K. and I found a reference : Letters from C. J. Hatter and A. Buckingham, Chiswick, regarding Thomas Godwin date of 1894.

Toronto Public Library - Digital Archives search
-  Kitch Hill: Sharon Temple employee discovered 160-year-old manuscripts

The Oakville Public Library has a particularly strong genealogy team and hold regular events and help sessions.

University of Toronto Archives   via    University of Toronto Archives & Records Management Services (UTARMS)

Heritage University of Toronto 

Toronto's Historical Artifact Collection Database

Archives of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toronto On this page there is a link to an article in Archivaria: Religious Archives about the history of ARCAT. Their blog: The Archivist's Pencil​​ 

Archives Sisters of St Joseph Toronto - Initial inquiries must be made in writing either by email or by regular post to the attention of the archivist. General or family history research will be provided by staff. 

United Church of Canada Archives  their catalogue of records is now on Archeion. Please note that each United Church across Canada are responsible for their own archives. Please get in touch with them via the United Church Archives Network.

Genealogy a la carte post - Searching Toronto Cemeteries   - 18th December 2017 - One of the comments on Gail's article suggests putting a family name in the surname field and a % in the first name field and you will get all the relatives in the same family who are buried there!

Toronto General Hospital Fonds held at the University Health Network Archives in Toronto.

Toronto Psychiatric Hospital/Clarke Institute of Psychiatry fonds - Repository
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - Archives

Ontario Jewish Archives - Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, a branch of the UJA (United Jewish Appeal) Federation of Greater Toronto.

Salvation Army Archives - The Canadian War Cry 1884-1979  digitized and online.  The issues covering the Second World War period 1940-43 give some insight into the support the Salvation Army gave to the troops.

Under the umbrella of the University of Calgary, in their digital collection : Canadian Architectural Archives is a collection of the  Panda Associates Fonds which highlights buildings in the Toronto areas covering 1946-1960. 

The Memory Project - contains more than 2,800 testimonials from veterans of the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and peacekeeping missions. The project has closed to new submissions, however the archive is still available to research.

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Royal Canadian Military Institute - the Library collection for research purposes onsite. They do take public enquiries, but do not have Military Service Records.

Ontario Museum Association - especially Military museums 

Toronto Branch - The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada - Archives description and access

Town of York Historical Society - not so much an archive, but a library of useful resources! DYK it is housed in Toronto's First Post Office and is also a functioning present-day post office? 

Heritage Toronto This organization is actively working to enhance, share and education Torontonians about their city and surrounding environs. The Plaque Program encourages Toronto's citizens to apply to highlight important areas in their communities. This program started in 1969 and more than 700 are registered. They would be ideal for genealogy research and provide tidbits about the areas of the city you are researching. Heritage Toronto also has programs such as People & Stories, Maps (via an interactive app) and Self-Guided tour packages. They are also keen to provide public education projects working with various community groups. Perhaps your genealogical research can provide them with some valued information?

Women's College Hospital on Rusholme Road, Toronto - 9 photographs of the interior of this hospital. The records of the Women's College Hospital can be found in the Archives of Ontario.

I have to mention the Simcoe Archives located in Minesing, Ontario which is not far from Toronto as the crow flies. It was one of the very first Ontario Archives I travelled to in order to research my Scottish ancestors who came to Ontario in the 1820s. The website says it was the first county archive in Ontario which opened in 1966. I also note that they are discontinuing their long distance research service. This will enable the archivists and staff to work on a large backlog of documentation work. More information can be found on their website here

Archeion brings together information about archives held by organizations all over Ontario.Archeion is a service provided by the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO)

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Genealogy Conferences in Western Canada 2019-20


Most of the societies listed below take a summer break, however, their library catalogues and online resources will be available! Please check ahead!

Jan.-June 2019
Kelowna & District Genealogical Society in partnership with the Okanagan Regional Library
Mon., 27 May: Meet Your Ancestors
June - TBA
Kelowna, B.C.
Meet the KDGS team at the Okanagan Regional Library for Ancestry Meetup (help with Ancestry) every Wed. 1-3pm & Thurs. 5-7pm.

Victoria Genealogical Society
9 May - Members Night
13 June - Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse: gateway to Victoria

Victoria, B.C.

21 May 2019
18 June 2019
Grande Prairie Alberta
13 May 2019  Monthly Meeting
10 June 2019 Monthly Meeting
Alberta Family History Society

The SBSGS holds 10 General Meetings per year. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, September through June. 
(dependent on the weather!)
16 May 2019 Thurs.
20 June 2019 Thurs.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

13 May 2019 Mon. Annual General Meeting with a presentation by Des Kappel - "Manitoba Geographical Names Program". Calendar scroll the page to see a detailed list.

2020 Genealogy Conferences

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April 2020 (Tentative)
Volunteers are very important to conferences! Sign up!  
Alberta Family History Society
Calgary, Alberta

17-19 April 2020
“2020 Vision: Seeking Ancestors Using DNA and Digital Tools”
The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Conference 2020
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Deadline for Proposals: 28-Jun-2019

Fri., Sat., Sun. 12-14 June 2020

Celebrating Manitoba’s 150th birthday 
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Deadline for Proposals: end of May!

Do you have a genealogy related conference coming up in 2019 (or 2020?) Would you like it listed here for more of a reach to our colleagues? Please email me and I will be happy to put it my article. 

Thursday, 11 April 2019

A List of Moose Jaw SK High School Students Class of 1898

Moose Jaw has good reason to be proud of its High School. 
Moose Jaw Herald Times (Saskatchewan)
July 29, 1898

Last year, in addition to having the satisfaction of seeing 100 per cent of its candidates successful. It had the honor of passing probably the youngest candidate, Harry NEEDLAND, who ever wrote on a Territorial Third Class paper. This year the record has been fully as good. Compared with the general result of the examinations it is really remarkable. Out of a total of 175 candidates 62 were successful. Moose Jaw’s candidates numbered 4 and all were successful.

Eight First Class certificates, all told, are granted : two of them come to Moose Jaw, the pupils being W.J. McWILLIAMS and T.H. PORTER. The other two candidates Jno. J. GLASSFORD and Benj. H. THOMSON were writing for Third, and they too succeeded. This record is most gratifying and one which both the trustees and the public must regard as in every way creditable to the pupils and to the Principal Mr. A.M. FENWICK.

Successful Candidates. 
The list of of those who successfully passed the mid-summer examinations. 

First Class: Thos. Millar BRYCE, Alex. Stuart CAMPBELL, Laura DAVIES, J.W. Smith EDDY, Mabel F. GRAY, F.R.F. McKITRICK, Wm. J. McWILLIAMS, Thomas H. PORTER.

Second Class: Kate Winifred CAMPBELL, Ida CLARKE, W. Thos. CLEMENTS, Mina COLE, Geo. Henry DAWSON, Ida Bell DAWSON, Agnes DONALD, Belle M. DURRAND, George DURRAND, Jessie GRIERSON, Albert Leslie GORDON, Nellie Earls KERR, Syleanus LEAN, Joseph H. MACEY, Edith MACEY, Effie McKENZIE, James MILLER, Sophia MILLER, Mabel MOORE, Dora REEVE, Wm. ROGERS, Chas. William RICHARDSON, Ella M. SCOTT, Kate TIMNEY, Robert J. WESTGATE, Margaret N. YOUNG.

Candidates under age, given equivalent standing: Blair RIPLEY, Percy B. GRANT, Charles TRUSCOTT, David THOMPSON

Third Class: Candidates given third class standing on second class papers, Hattie E. BANBER, Verna Jane CALLENDER, Kate C. CAMERON, Fritz CARSON, Emily May CARTER, Margaret CUMMING, Lucille J. DENNAN, May T. HAYDEN, Lillie M. JOPP, Barbara McKENZIE, Harold Mortimer NELSON, Annie E. ROGERS, Rachel E. SHARPE, Jessie F. TRUSCOTT, Robert WOOD.

Successful candidates on third class papers:  Laura ANDERSON, Agnes B. BRYCE, Lottie CHEGWIN, Bessie DIXON, John DONOHOE, Emma DOWNEY, Charles FEELY, Jessie C. FERGUSON, W. Kirkland FLETCHER, Ruth FOSTER, Frances GIBSON, John James GLASSFORD,  Helenora HARGRAVE, Jennie N. HUNTER,  Ida Rachel KEYS, Bessie W. LIGGETT, Harriett McCALLUM, Ellen J. McCARTNEY, Jessie M. MCIVOR, Barbara MIDDLETON, Mary MONTGOMERY, Mrs. Maria MOULTON, Cora Ethel M. NICHOLSON, Ethel May PARSLOW, Laura E. PENNOCK, Victoria A. PHIPPS, Fanny PURDY, Edwin Albert QUANTZ, Harriett RANKIN, Mary V. RANKIN, Elizabeth S. REID, Mary M. V. SMITH, George F. TAYLOR, Maggie THOMPSON, Mamie J. THOMSON, Letitia TREEN, Lillian Elizabeth WALLIS, Frances Mary WRIGHT.

Candidates under age, given equivalent standing: Edith A. BELLAMY. John H. CAVANAGH, Lily E. CAVANAGH, John D. GARBUTT, Edith HENSEN, Katie McNAB, Leland S. RIPLEY, Ethel SCOTT,  Benjamin H. THOMSON, Robert W. WIDDESS,

Public School Leaving:  Justina ALLCOCK, Flora A. ATWATER, Angeline Des AULNIERS, E. E. BALFOUR, Mary BARAGER, Bessie BIRDSALL, Roy BISHOP, Mabel BOYD, William A. BRADDEN, Judd BUCHANAN, Alfred BUCKELL, Arnold BURLEY, Frances A. CLARK, Lottie CLARK, Elsie COOK, Allan E. DAVIS, Emma DONAN, Lizzie GILLESPIE, Hannah GREENHOW, Alice HANDLEY, Susie HARRIS, Paul HOLM, Maggie IRELAND, Archibald JAMESON, Martha JOHNSON, Percy McCARTHY,  Mabel McCAULEY, Daisy McKAY, Florence McKAY, Roma McLEOD, Thos. McCLOY, Jessie McKENZIE, Chas. MELTON, Walter MILLER, Ethel MITCHELL, James MITCHELL, Lizzie MITCHELL, Maggie MITCHELL, Eveline MOORE, William NAISMITH, David NIXON, Dora OLIVER, Louisa PARSLOW, Frances PEARCE, Earl PORTER, Mary RAE, Arthur B. RITCHIE, Cora ROBERTSON, Robert ROBERTSON, May ROLLINS, Donald ROSS, Arthur L. SMITH, Lillie SNIDER, Samuel TAYLOR, Jessie TRAILL, Mary TRAILL, G.C. VANSTONE, Frank WALLACE, Morley WHITTLETON, Norma WILLIAMS.

Citation:  Peel Prairie Newspapers, Moose Jaw Herald July 29, 189    http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/MJH/1898/07/29/1/

Did you notice one Mrs. in this list? Or the siblings (?) with the same family names? Were they cousins? Brothers & Sisters? Were they neighbours or did they come from away? Did they board at the school? So many questions! What other awesome lists of names can you discover in the Prairie Peel collection of Newspapers provided by the University of Alberta?

Friday, 15 March 2019

Finding Your Ancestors in Alberta

Brief History

Some information about the history of Alberta taken from Britannica.com - For hundreds of centuries, the area in western Canada now known as Alberta was inhabited by numerous First Nations peoples. They include: Blackfoot, Cree; Chipewyan, Dene; Sarcee; and Stoney. The Hudson's Bay Company and the Northwest Company, competitors for control in the west, opened the area by building forts or trading posts along the three largest rivers, the Athabasca, North Saskatchewan and the Peace Rivers. Eventually named the North West Territories, the area formed with the Dominion of Canada in 1870. 

After this process the area began to be inhabited by ranchers, some of whom immigrated from the United States. This influx of settlers harmed the First Nations very seriously first by disease then by decimating the thousands of buffalo which were their livelihood. Soon after, the North West Mounted Police (the N.W.M.P.) arrived to manage the ongoing relationships between the residents of this vast area. (Later renamed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.) The province was formerly introduced as the province of Alberta in 1905.

Alberta is well known for mining, oil production and farming or agricultural industry. There are many forests in the northern portion of the province and a good number of communities are situated along the border with the United States. Banff and Jasper are in Alberta, as are most of the Rocky Mountain ranges. Dinosaur remains are abundantly found in the Drumheller to Red Deer area also known as the Badlands. The Royal Tyrrell Museum is a well known repository of original dinosaur fossils of many types. Capital City: Edmonton. 

For Genealogists

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

Search Your Ancestors at the Provincial Archives of Alberta

Cyndis List - loads of links for Alberta genealogy

Alberta Family History Society - resources available: Calgary Heritage; National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; Historical Society of Alberta; Calgary Branch United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada.
     I thought this was an interesting service offered by the AFHS: 'An overhead scanner and a scanner that can scan slides and negatives are also available at the library for member use. 
Contact - equipment@afhs.ab.ca to set up an appointment.'

Alberta Genealogical Society
Branches of the AGS: The Grande Prairie Branch are a very pro-active group of genealogists. They have a large collection of resources for Central and Northern Alberta resources.  The Lethbridge Branch is very helpful and knowledgeable about Southern Alberta genealogy resources. New website for Fort McMurray branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society

Genealogy at Edmonton Public Library

First Nations Genealogy

Banff Centre - Library and Archives - Digitized Photo Collection

The Heritage Triangle - resources available in Calgary - a partnership between The City of Calgary Archives, The Glenbow Library & Archives and The Calgary Public Library

Alberta E-Resources

Our Future Our Past  - Local History Books, Art, Calgary Stampede, Kainai Plants & Culture amongst many topics.    Candice Macdonald reviews Our Future Our Past quite thoroughly.

Alberta Family History Society - WWI Returned Soldier database from the Calgary Herald. Nov 1918 – Jun 1919, over 13,000 records

Edmonton Public Library - Search Edmonton Obituaries  Years covered - 1950 -1982

Edmonton Public Library - interviews conducted by EPL staff with old-timers and residents of Edmonton - EPL Canada150: Edmonton Stories -  includes: From Ukraine to Canada; Rutherford Seniors compilation and Gray's B&B. These are short videos/interviews posted on Vimeo.
Well done EPL!

Glenbow Archives, Calgary Alberta holds fabulous resources on Alberta history and genealogy, but especially on Metis genealogy, my personal favourite -the Charles Denney collection (41.3 m of textual records; approx. 3,800 photographs; 61 microfilm reels). This is a collection I have used numerous times to research my Red River ancestors - also particularly rich in Metis records.

University of Calgary Archives       Library - University of Calgary

Print Resources

Alberta Local History Books! The best genealogy resource ever! An alphabetical list/index can be found on this Lethbridge Genealogy Society page. The digitized books are found on the Our Future Our Past website. Print copies often found in libraries, especially copies written about the area. See Candice's article about Our Future Our Past under Alberta E-Resources on this page.

Alberta (formerly the Northwest Territories) : Index to registration of births, marriages & deaths 1870-1905, vol. 1 : Author Alberta Genealogical Society, Edmonton Branch. Published Edmonton, AB (Canada) 1985.

Peel's Bibliography of the Canadian Prairie to 1953 - http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/10408.html

Pioneer Albertans 1912 : an index to the biographies of over 500 pioneer Albertans with cross references to 950 spouses & mothers. Compiled from "History of Alberta" by Archibald Oswald MacRae, Ph.D Published Nanaimo British Columbia : Nanaimo FHS, 1988

Town Life: Main Street and the Evolution of Small Town Alberta, 1880-1947 By Donald Grant Wetherell, Irene Kmet

Alberta Genealogists' Blogs

Wayne Shepheard - his blog - Discover Genealogy

Sir Leprechaun Rabbit His blog of the same name - particularly about cemeteries and gravestones - contains an interesting article about the Innisfail Cemetery in Alberta @leprchaunrabbit This is his genealogy blog Your Roots Are Showing Dearie

Researchers Located in Alberta

Wendy M. Anctil  Who's Your Grandaddy  Contact Wendy

Shannon Cherkowski - Alberta Genealogy Research   alberta.research2@gmail.com
An article about the service   that Shannon offers to genealogists.

Patricia Greber   My Genealogy Life   @treesrch

Lyn Meehan - has a genealogy research business, but I also met her at the Edmonton Public Library

Colleen Murray Alberta Researcher  - -  'Everyone has a story'- - Edmonton genealogist unearths hidden histories - 'If you just dig deep enough, you'll find something'

I hope you have been making use of the various resources in these articles. I have enjoyed compiling these pages and it has been interesting trying to ferret out information from a variety of sources. Information is often buried a little deeper in webpages on library and society websites.

The last in this series is a review of Canada's North, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.

If you have any comments or would like to see a vital 
resource added to this page, please do let me know. 

Many thanks for your endurance - getting to the bottom of this page!

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Chinese Canadians - Genealogy Research

Initially, my intention was to write an article about Chinese Canadian soldiers in World War One, however, I found so many other interesting resources that I wanted to include them here as well.

You will find most references to Chinese Canadian soldiers on the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society page.

Vancouver, B.C.    © C. Weir 

A database (list) - of names - can be found in Marjorie Wong's book The Dragon and the Maple Leaf: Chinese Canadians in WWII.

World War I and II

A 1918 Account of Traditional Martial Arts in the Chinese Labor Corps

Canadian Secret Sailors - a presentation (2016) at UBC by Clifford Pereira - Asian crews and transportation of Chinese on Canadian Pacific ships - WWI

Ceremony on the occasion of the Qing Ming festival, the Chinese celebration of the Dead.  Amongst candidates for UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Chinese who helped win WWI -  a little bit more history about the approximate 100,000 Chinese labourers who worked during WWI as mechanics and trench diggers. They were transported to the front with a short training stopover in British Columbia and England.

Chinese Labour Corps  -  WWII - Did you know the Chinese Labour Corps (actually troops from China), Newfoundland Regiment, and Indian Cavalry all played a part in the Battle of Cambrai?

First Hand Account of Martial Arts in WWI - This is a podcast which lands at first on a pop up advertisement, but if you close it without clicking on the ad, you will find a very good article underneath.

How Significant was Chinese Labour - First World War - this is a page which contains a very in-depth look at the Chinese Labour in the First World War with a commentary of the author's visits to various CWGC cemeteries. Be warned of the annoying pop up advertisements. If you can ignore these, it is an article worth reading. At the bottom of the article there is a notation about further reading, I won't copy and paste the article here, as that may be plagiarism. 

The Memory Project - wow! - memories told by veterans - some of the Chinese soldiers named on this page:
Thomas Kwok HUNG “Tommy” WONG, Air Force, WWII; 
Herbert LIM, WWII; 
Peggy LEE, WWII; 
Paul Lup CHAN, Army, WWII

Novelles-sur-Mer Chinese Cemetery - Each year, the Chinese remember their WWI dead at this cemetery in the Somme.

Other Resources

Announcement - University of Toronto   New Chinese-Canadian Archives

Burney, Sheila. 1995. Coming to Gum San: The Story of Chinese Canadians..Toronto: D.C. Heath Canada for the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, 1995.

Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC

Chinese History in Toronto

Early Chinese Canadians - Government of Canada - 1858-1947

Library and Archives Canada - History of Canada's Chinese Immigrants  a research guide written by Paul Yee

Multicultural History Society of Ontario - this is a links page with references to Chinese history in Canada as well as Vietnamese and Indochinese

Ryerson University Library & Archives - Asian Heritage - scroll down this page to 'Chinese Canadians' - there's a long list of authors and very interesting books some of which are oral histories!

Six Chinese Men who survived the Titanic - some of whom lived in Canada - this is one of my blog articles

Vancouver Public Library - Chinese Canadian Genealogy

Wong, Marjorie. 1994. The Dragon and the Maple Leaf: Chinese Canadians in WWII.  This book contains a database of sorts - a list of names of Chinese soldiers. at BL.uk

Linda Yip  Past Presence - Chinese Canadian Resources - Linda lives in Saskatchewan,
researches Chinese Genealogy and also provides a genealogy research business.

If you know of any other resources for researching Chinese Canadians not reported here, 
please do leave a comment. With thanks!

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Digitized Okanagan History, Beautiful British Columbia

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Look no further for digitized records of your ancestors in the Okanagan Valley. The University of British Columbia have once again provided online access to some fabulous material which family historians can find very useful.

Since July 2017, this ongoing programme to digitize the history of the Okanagan Valley has been managed by a team of archivists and librarians at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. The project was developed and created by UBCO Chief Librarian Heather Berringer and Chris Hives, UBC Archivist.

UBC students from faculties such as Information Studies, History, Psychology, International Relations and Computer Science travelled to partner organizations (archives and libraries) in all areas of the Okanagan Valley to digitally capture their important collections. In addition to providing access for researchers, it is also helps to preserve these valuable images from the past.

This is the original page of the Okanagan Region Historical Digitization Project. The content of the blog has now been moved to the main page to keep everything accessible. The latest report on the blog was December 2018 - What It's Like Working for DOH.

Articles from UBC about the project: Digitized Okanagan History Portal  and  

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DOH - Digitized Okanagan History

Areas covered: Armstrong Spallumcheen, Enderby, Greenwood, Historic O'Keefe Ranch, Kelowna and District Genealogical Society, Lake Country Museum, Lumby, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Osoyoos, Peachland, Sicamous, South Similkameen, Summerland, Vernon

Partner Organizations: 
Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery

Enderby and District Museum and Archives

Greater Vernon Museum and Archives

Greenwood Museum

Historic O'Keefe Ranch

Kelowna and District Genealogical Society (KDGS)

Lake Country Museum and Archives

Lumby and District Museum

Naramata Heritage Museum Society

Okanagan Falls Heritage Museum

Osoyoos and District Museum and Archives

Peachland Museum

Sicamous and District Museum and Historical Society

South Similkameen Museum - Keremeos Photographs

Summerland Museum and Archives

What a very special project that has been made freely available online. 
Many thanks to the team of librarians and archivists and the students 
at University of British Columbia! 
This means that it is going to be much easier for genealogists to do research in this area of B.C.!

Finding Your Ancestor in Canadian Directories   |  Kelowna and District Genealogical Society - Okanagan Burials   |   Canadian Provinces Births, Marriages and Deaths   |   Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, B.C.