26 June 2011

Cemetery Tour

Kelowna Pioneer Cemetery Tour:

Members of the K.D.G.S. who are interested in learning about the Pioneer Cemetery (Kelowna Memorial Park), are invited to join me on a tour of the cemetery. It will start at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011, and should last about an hour and a half.

We'll assemble at the gazebo, in the Pioneer Cemetery, and will then have a look around the cemetery, stopping at various grave sites along the way.

But where is the Pioneer Cemetery? If you are coming up Spall Road (off of Harvey Avenue), you drive to the set of lights at the top of the hill. Before entering Glenmore Drive (straight ahead), turn right at these lights, and follow the road until you come to the Pioneer Cemetery; the Kelowna Golf & Country Club is to your left. Watch for the gazebo on the left hand side of the road.

If you are coming up Bernard Avenue (main street), go past the Apple Bowl (right hand side), over the railway bridge (train tracks below it), and to the set of lights at the intersection of Bernard Avenue, Spall Road, and Glenmore Drive. Go straight through the lights (when it is green, of course), up into the cemetery, and follow it until you reach the Pioneer Cemetery.

There is plenty of parking in the Pioneer Cemetery.

To the best of my knowledge, there are no active ghosts in the Pioneer Cemetery. If you are wanting a spectre, however, I will try to contact some of my Clement, Whelan and Freeman ancestors, to see if they can put in a special "appearance."

06 June 2011

News Items

Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial http://www.svwm.ca/

Library and Archives Canada [The search tool, free of charge and available in French and in English, leads to genealogy and family history databases hosted by federal, provincial or territorial archives centres and libraries, or by other partners.] http://www.thatsmyfamily.info/

British Newspaper Archive - A new website is now available introducing the British Library/Brightsolid newspaper digitization partnership. Actual newspaper content won't be available until the fall with the first release of one million pages of pre-1900 newspapers, the initial fruit for a project which should lead to 4 million pages in the next two years and 40 million pages over the ten year life of the agreement.

There is no mention of a cost structure for the service but it would be surprising if affordable short-term subscriptions were not part of the arrangement.

The site is at < http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ > for further information, and you can register to be placed on an information mailing list.

Attention all MAC users - Recently found article regarding "Family Tree Maker" program for Mac users. If you are interested, contact Eileen Cook and she will pass it on. It is also available in July 2011 issue of "Internet Genealogist". < eacook@yahoo.com >