Kitchener library seeks virtual volunteers for WWI project

The Kitchener Public Library in Ontario is looking for your help. In honour of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the library’s staff has created soldier information cards about the many courageous men and women of the province’s Waterloo County who served Canada in the First and Second World Wars. These cards were created during and shortly after each war and were compiled using newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, and information contributed by soldiers and their families.

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The library needs virtual volunteers to transcribe the content of the soldier card sets, making them searchable on the library’s online photograph site. The transcription process will involve copying the information on the soldier card into a text (.txt) file and sending the finished transcription back to staff for upload. If you are interested in volunteering for this project, contact the library at volunteer@kpl.org or telephone 519-743-0271, ext. 275. Read more about the project on the library’s website.

Perhaps genealogy societies should approach their local library to find out if they hold treasures that need to be digitized and posted online. This would be an excellent opportunity to support a library, create a new collaboration, and uncover genealogy gems.

Bylaws

What role do well-written bylaws play in association governance? Can you see how strong an association is by its bylaws?

Those are just some of the questions Canadian genealogy association members are asking as they go through processes to update their bylaws. In some cases, the associations are mandated to update their bylaws by the federal government or the province in which they are located. Sometimes they also must include specific clauses in their new bylaws.

To help in this process, we’ve collected links to the new NFP Corporations Legislation at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.nsf/eng/h_cs04953.html and the overall transition process at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.nsf/eng/h_cs04954.html.

We’ve also collected current bylaws from various associations across North America.

Canadian versions include:

BIFHSGO’s at: http://www.bifhsgo.ca/cpage.php?pt=24

The OGS at: https://www.ogs.on.ca/home/pdfs/OGS_bylaws_2012.pdf

La Société généalogique canadienne-française at: http://www.sgcf.com/index.php?path=content&section=societe&subsection=reglements&page=reglements

Various branches of the OGS have them too, including Halton Peel at: http://www.haltonpeel.ogs.on.ca/bylaws.pdf

The Genealogy Association of Nova Scotia at: http://www.novascotiaancestors.ca/cpage.php?pt=22

Alberta Genealogy Society: http://abgensoc.ca/bylaws.pdf

Victoria Genealogy Society: http://www.victoriags.org/docs/vgscon.pdf

In the United States, there are several, including:

The Association of Professional Genealogists at: http://www.apgen.org/organization/bylaws/

The National Genealogy Society at: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/ngs_bylaws

The Federation of Genealogy Societies at: http://www.fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=4

Fayette County: http://faycogensoc.webs.com/fcgsbylaws.htm

Cumberland County: http://www.ccgsns.com/about-ccgs/become-a-member/ccgs-by-laws/

Fairfax Genealogy Society: http://www.fxgs.org/about.php

Welcome to our new collaboration

Welcome to a new collaboration between family history researchers who are keen to share ideas with other genealogists. We are a group of friends in Montreal, Quebec who meet on a regular basis to discuss our genealogy research and brick walls. Together, we tell stories and talk about everything from new websites, books, local archival centres, genealogy societies, and conferences to new technology and genealogical proof standards.

We are members of several genealogy societies and believe in the importance of good governance. To that end, we will also share societies’ best practices and discuss initiatives that can help a society play a role in the future of genealogy and grow its membership.

We hope you will join us on a regular basis and share your thoughts and viewpoint.

“Our Canadian Roots” February 20

Ruth Dougherty (left) and Joan Benoit chat in front of Earl John Chapman who is seated at the table speaking with Oskar Keller.
Ruth Dougherty (left) and Joan Benoit chat in front of Earl John Chapman who is seated at the table speaking with Oskar Keller during Military Roots Day.

The Quebec Family History Society (QFHS) Heritage Centre and Library in Pointe Claire held an open house for people interested in genealogy and history related to their Canadian Roots last year, Wednesday, February 20.

The event was the brain-child of executive secretary Joan Benoit, who has been helping run the QFHS for the past 32 years. “We basically want to bring members together to celebrate and share our common interests in a fun way.” she said. “It caught my imagination.”

The event took place from 1:30 until 4 p.m. at 173 Cartier Avenue, Pointe-Claire, just south of the highway. About a dozen showed up to enjoy coffee out of their own mugs and pleasant family history research discussion.

This was the third in the “Roots Day” series that took place last year. The previous one, Scottish Roots, was the most popular, attracting some 55 people. It was followed up by Irish Roots on March 20, English Roots on April 17, Female Roots on May 15, and Quebec Roots on June 19.

The series began the previous December with an event focussed on military traditions. That one attracted about thirty people over the afternoon and evening. Author and amateur historian Earl John Chapman was there talking about his books, including a history of the Black Watch and his most recent work, “Bard of Wolfe’s Army: James Thompson, Gentleman Volunteer, 1733-1830.” The work collects Thompson’s journals together with historical commentary to help readers understand the times. It might appeal to people with ancestors who served during the siege of Louisbourg, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham or the attack on Quebec City.

Working together to help genealogists discover their ancestors

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