05 February 2009

KDGS News Items

Hello Everyone
Two news items - Heritage Week from the Okanagan Historical Society and 1891 Canadian Census information from Sylvie Tremblay
Heritage Week Program Feb 15-21
A Legacy of Learning: The Heritage of Education
Sunday Feb. 15th - Community Social at Rutland Centennial Hall
                             Music, Displays, Refreshments. By Donation
                             2 pm- 4 pm
Monday Feb. 16th - Heritage Week Kick off Breakfast
                             Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway
                             Guest Speaker - Margaret Moisey
                             7:30 am - 9 am  By Donation
                             Call 250 763 2417 to RSVP
Daily Monday to Friday - Free Guided Walking Tour of Kelowna
                             Museums and points of interest in downtown heritage area
                             Meet at 1 pm at Okanagan Heritage Museum
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - Heritage School Room Tours with Sig Ottenbreit
                             Central School, 1825 Richter Street
                             10 am - 2 pm
Thursday Feb 19th - Central Okanagan Heritage Society Annual Meeting
                                Benvoulin Heritage Church, 2279 Benvoulin Rd
                                Reports, Annual Heritage Awards, Refreshments
                                Guest Speaker Joan Chamberlain
                                7 pm
Saturday Feb 21st - KSAN and FRAHCAS Tea Party at Central School
                                2 pm - 4 pm - Tea by Donation
                                School Room open for Visitors

Census of Canada, 1891

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new online database, Census of Canada, 1891. Through this online database researchers can access digitized images of original census returns featuring the name, age, country or province of birth, nationality, religion, and occupation of Canada's residents at the time of the 1891 Census.

The database is available at:


The 1891 Census marked the third regularly scheduled collection of national statistics. Information was collected for Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and the North-West Territories (which at the time covered much of modern-day Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, northern Ontario, northern Quebec, Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut).

The 1891 Census also marks the launch of a new feature that allows visitors to suggest a correction to a record.  This will be launched on a wider scale in the next few months.

Library and Archives Canada gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Ancestry.ca, without which this project would not have been possible.

Additionally, the contributions of many LAC staff were instrumental in the success of this project, and their efforts are much appreciated. For more information, please contact us at webservices@lac-bac.gc.ca.

About Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada collects and preserves Canada's documentary heritage, and makes it accessible to all Canadians. This heritage includes publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents such as websites. The Canadian Genealogy Centre ( http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogyl < http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/index-e.html > ) includes all physical and online genealogical services of Library and Archives Canada. It offers genealogical content, services, advice, research tools and opportunities to work on joint projects, all in both official languages.

About Ancestry.ca

Ancestry.ca offers access to over 7 billion worldwide names contained in over 26,000 historical record collections from the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France and other locations around the globe. Over 410 million Canadian family history records are available online. In addition to the fully indexed Censuses of Canada for 1851, 1891, 1901, 1906 and 1911, key Canadian collections include the Canadian Passenger Lists - 1865 to 1935 and U.S. / Canada Border Crossings from 1895 to 1956, Quebec Church & Vital Records (Drouin Collection) - 1621 to 1967, Ontario and British Columbia Church & Vital records from as early as 1747 and military records from WWI. Ancestry.ca offers an extensive learning center and robust online tree-building tools. As of October 2008, over 7.5 million family trees containing 725 million profiles and 12 million photographs have been created. 

Happy Hunting.  Marlene