Monday's Must-Reads: August 1, 2016

After a bit of a blog hiatus, I’m back this week with a round-up of the interesting archives, genealogy, history and heritage-related resources, articles, blog posts, events, and news items that I’ve come across over the past week. Enjoy!


  • Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC): As part of their mission to support the preservation efforts of cultural heritage institutions and family/private collections and archives, the NEDCC has a number of free resources available online. Check out the Preservation 101 online textbook for information on paper, photograph and audiovisual record preservation and digitization. Genealogists and family archivists may be interested in their tips on Caring for Family and Private Collections.

  • Evaluating cloud services – check this! by Corinne Rogers on the InterPARES Trust blog, 29 July 2016 (via@NicoleSatchell). Corinne gives a quick introduction to the work of InterPARES and links to two useful checklists for organizations and individuals considering using cloud services.


  • The Genealogical Society: Revise or Demise? by Donna Cox Baker on The Golden Egg Genealogist, 7 July 2016. This post recently caused some (heated) discussion on the Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook group around the value of genealogical societies and why they are experiencing declining membership (ie. are unable to attract new/younger members). Baker offers some reasons for the decline and a few solutions, such as livestreaming and online/home volunteering. The issues outlined by Baker are also relevant for the genealogical society of my own province, the British Columbia Genealogical Society. Although I am a member, I have only attended a couple meetings due to timing and location – the local meet-up is during the day on a weekday, making it impossible for students or people with 9-5 jobs to attend, and the monthly meeting is in a different city. Acknowledging the changing face of genealogy and implementing some of Baker’s suggestions could help genealogical societies appeal to, and retain, a broader, more diverse membership.

Local History

Demolished Character Houses in Vancouver interactive map by Vancouver Vanishes. Click on image to access map.

Demolished Character Houses in Vancouver interactive map by Vancouver Vanishes. Click on image to access map.


Online Exhibits

  • Archives of Ontario: As part of the lead-up to the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in Canada, the Archives of Ontario has developed an online exhibit about George Brown, a Father of Confederation and founder of The Globe newspaper, and his family. The exhibit, “Meet the Browns: A Confederation Family,” is available here.


  • The most recent issue of THEMA, the journal of Musees de la civilisation in Quebec City, is now available online. The journal features articles by authors of various disciplines that explore issues related to museums, societies and cultures. Articles are available in both French and English. Access the full journal here.

Upcoming Events


  • August 3, Fernie, BC: The Fernie Museum will be hosting Oral History 101, a 1-day workshop that will cover oral history research, community relations, ethics and standards, audiovisual equipment, and other relevant topics. The workshop is the first in their Archives 101 series, dedicated to teaching “basic standards of archives and research practices for small museums and archives.” The workshop will be held from 9:30-4pm. Click here to learn more and register.

  • September 26-30, Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Dalhousie Libraries is organizing a 5-day Digital Preservation Management Workshop to be held at the Nova Scotia Archives. Click here to learn more about the workshop. Pre-register by Friday, August 5th here.

  • October 12-14, Whistler, BC: The 2016 BC Museums Association Conference, Begin. Build. Re-invent: all in a day’s work!, will feature workshops and presentations on issues related to museums, cultural heritage, and communities. Click here to view the schedule and here to register.


  • September 26-28, Denver, Colorado: The Northeast Document Conservation Center is hosting Digital Directions: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections, a 2 ½ day conference on the development and implementation of a digitization program and the ongoing management and preservation of digital records, born-digital and digitized. Learn more about the conference and register here.

For more weekly round ups, check out David Rajotte’s blog, Documentary Heritage News, Gail Dever’s Crème de la Crème on Genealogy a la Carte, and Linda Stufflebean’s Recommended Reads on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.