By providing and extending the number of links found below and to the right, on this page, I hope to assist individuals in their efforts to offer thoughtful encouragement to their Members of Parliament to call for increased funding for operation and management of the Library and Archives of Canada (LAC). I’m hopeful that, as members of historical and genealogical organizations, or of other organizations, some will encourage those organizations to also lobby for that increase. Please study the articles that those links will lead you to, or at least study some of them, to learn of the disastrous results that funding cuts have had for the countless numbers who rely upon affordable and timely access to the resources housed by LAC. And please lend your voice to the voices of others who call for meaningful change. Particulars concerning current Members of Parliament may be found at the link embedded in this sentence.

Friday, August 2, 2013

UPDATE 1921 Canadian Census

UPDATE 1921 Canadian Census: Minister, via LAC admits "We're Late"

UPDATE 1921 Canadian Census: Minister, via LAC admits "We're Late"
Please Sign the Petition!
Olive Tree Genealogy received this update on the much anticipated 1921 Canadian Census. We have a new Minister of Canadian Heritage, Shelly Glover, and a new petition has been created addressed to Ms. Glover.

Please read the update below and take a moment to sign the petition. Your signature is important!

Minister, via LAC [Library & Archives Canada] admits "We're Late"... & new webpage +

by Bill Robinson
Petition Organizer
Before changing the petition to reflect the new minister [Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage]:

I phoned Ottawa twice. Apparently a Hervieux Dery referred both calls to the Manager who actually oversees this work. Hilary Morgan at 613-894-4087 said that they are still preparing the metadata for these 200,000 images.

It seems they have a small pilot project to allow external input for the indexing, but this is one of many improvements that are still in the works. She volunteered to call me back in one to two weeks with further info.

She seemed very knowledgeable and said she knew of Lisa Dillon, for example. She seemed genuine, but unfamiliar with our petition and why we don't even have an acknowledgements of the over 3,400 emails.

Crossing my fingers.

Please spread the word about this change of address and the news.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Today's Tip of the Hat --- Thanks, Mr. Roberts

Canadian 1921 Census is ready to go online but Feds put it on hold
Posted 17 June 2013
By Rick Roberts

A reliable and well placed source called me today to let our readers know that the entire 1921 census of Canada has already been digitized plus a geographical index. It's sitting on a server ready to go online (free). Problem is that the Harper Government has put a hold on its release. Apparently a senior member of our government believes that the only persons interested in the 1921 census are "three old ladies in Kingston" who only want to use it for genealogy. In his mind that makes releasing the 1921 census an insignificant priority.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


jgrYesterday Judy Russell, J.D., C.G., C.G.L.,  provided some very uplifting news, “Some really Peachy news,” actually, concerning increased public access to the State Archives in Georgia.

“Uplifting?”, you might ask!  “Is that ever so,” I’d have to tell you.

Today’s Tip of the Hat goes to Judy for her timely reminder that the genealogical community can accomplish great things when it works as a team, and I most sincerely thank her for that.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Posting questions and comments on the LAC Blog

Olive Tree Genealogy BlogThe Olive Tree Genealogy Blog  deserves special accolades and today’s Tip of the Hat for once again reminding us that we can and should “GET INVOLVED (with LAC management issues) by posting questions and comments on the LAC blog . . ..”  That very good advice came, today, in a comment titled “1921 Canadian Census is Released! Did You Notice the FanFare & Excitement?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Losing Access to Our Story: History going, going, gone

Today’s ‘Tip of the Hat” goes to Mary Kosta, MA, MLIS, Archivist, Sisters of St. Joseph, London.  I find her’s to be the most compelling summary of the very serious problems, resulting from budget cuts to LAC, that I have found.  And I sincerely thank her for that.

RSC Expert Panel: The Status and Future of Canada's Libraries and Archives


“OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 29, 2013) - The Royal Society of Canada is excited to introduce the panellists who will sit on the upcoming Expert Panel on the Status and Future of Canada's Libraries and Archives, chaired by RSC Past-President Patricia Demers, FRSC (University of Alberta). The panellists are: Dr. Guylaine Beaudry (Concordia University), Pam Bjornson (National Research Council), Michael Carroll (American University of Washington College of Law), Prof. Carol Couture (Université de Montréal), Charlotte Gray, FRSC (Carleton University), Judith Hare (Halifax Public Libraries), Ernie Ingles, FRSC (University of Alberta), Prof. Eric Ketelaar (University of Amsterdam), and Gerald McMaster (Art Gallery of Ontario).