Family Heritage Day – A Winter Wedding

Westfield Heritage Village

Monday,  February 18, 2013

12:30 – 16:00 p.m.                   


This special program will feature the fascinating traditions, rituals and etiquette of courtship and marriage in early Ontario. An Edwardian wedding ceremony in the Mountsberg Church will be a highlight of the day. Visit more than 35 heritage buildings, Gift Shop and enjoy a light meal at the Ironwood Hall.

For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 or visit

Westfield is a stunning collection of over 35 historical buildings which has made Westfield one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario.

Carefully restored and staffed with costumed interpreters, the buildings capture the true charm and spirit of early Canadian culture.

Westfield is located at 1049 Kirkwall Road (formerly Regional Road 552), off Highway 8 in Rockton.

Westfield is open Sundays and holidays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. April to October. Special events run from March to December, hours may vary.


The Brant Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to announce to following events.

1)        The meeting of the British Isles Family History Study Group of the Brant Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be held on Tuesday Evening, February 5th  at 7:30pm at the Branch Office/Meeting Room – 118 Powerline Rd, Brantford

2)     On Thursday  Morning, February 21stthere will be a Family History Study Group Meeting for all levels of research at the Branch Office/Meeting Room, 118 Powerline Rd, Brantford, ON  from 10am until noon.

3)   The next regular meeting of  the Brant Branch will be on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH , 2012 from  2:00pm – 4:00 pm at the Branch Office/Meeting Room:
  Our guest speaker will be RICHARD WADDINGTON talking about Naval involvement in the War of 1812 – “BROADSIDES AND BOARDING PIKES”



Brant County Branch Ontario Genealogical Society
114-118 Powerline Road, Brantford, ON.  N3T 5L8
Tel:519-753-4140, fax 519-753-9866



On Monday February 18th, Family Heritage Day, the Brant Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will have an “Open House” at our Branch Library -118 Powerline Road  Brantford  from  10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

All the facilities will be available to examine and  research. There are many books and records to check out including one of the best collection of Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir Histories in  the province.

The Library is in the Smokey Hollow Retirement Village complex on Powerline Road, east of Wayne Gretzky Parkway.

There is no admission charge.  Adequate parking  is available.

Phone 519-753-4140 or e-mail  for further details.

WARTIME FARM starts tonight on TVO

WARTIME FARM explores farming in England during World War II – and continues in the tradition of series such as Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm.

TVO is running this popular BBC series on Monday evenings, at 7 pm, for eight weeks starting January 7th, 2013.

The series promises a “fascinating blend of war history, survival creativity and endurance.”

For details on the show and descriptions of the episodes, visit the TVO website at:

or visit the show’s official website at:


For 2012, Westfield Heritage Village celebrates ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Saturdays, December 8th and 15th from 5:00-9:00 pm.

Christmas in the Country will take place on Sunday, December 16 from noon to 4:00 pm.

Admission is $11.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and persons with disabilities, and $6.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are admitted free. 

Twas the Night Before Christmas: 
Twas the Night Before Christmas
Enjoy Westfield by candlelight and feel the warmth of the season through music, food samples, fireworks and a visit from Father Christmas. Christmas shopping is available at the Gift Shop and the restaurant features light meals and refreshments. For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104.

Christmas in the Country:
Christmas in the Country
Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas and celebrate the season where traditions of an earlier time are brought to life with horse and wagon rides, carol singing and Father Christmas. Seasonal refreshments are available at the restaurant, candies at the Confectionery and one-of-a-kind shopping at the Gift Shop. Runs from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Westfield Heritage Village

Westfield is a stunning collection of over 30 historical buildings which has made Westfield one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario.

Carefully restored and staffed with costumed interpreters, the buildings capture the true charm and spirit of early Canadian culture.

Westfield is located at 1049 Kirkwall Road (formerly Regional Road 552), off Highway 8 in Rockton. For more information, call 1-800-883-0104 or 519-621-8851 or e-mail:

Westfield is open Sundays and holidays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. April to October. Special events run from March to December, hours may vary.



St. George Santa Claus Parade

Presented by the St. George Firefighters Association.

Saturday, December 8, 2012
Route: Downtown St. George.

Along High Street, turning at the Post Office,
then north on Main Street to arrive at the Fire Hall.

6pm start time – bundle up it can get cold!

After the parade, children can meet Santa Claus at the Fire Hall

and enjoy hot chocolate.

November 10 Heritage Book Fair in Waterdown

The 22nd Annual Heritage Book Fair

Saturday November 10th, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Waterdown East Flamborough Historical Society’s highly successful Book Fair brings together over 20 specialized book dealers, historical and genealogical groups from around the Golden Horseshoe.

James Elliott, recognized journalist and author of three books including Strange Fatality: The Battle of Stoney Creek, will present ‘The Importance of the Battle of Stoney Creek’ in the Seminar Room, at 10:30 A.M. Entry fee $5.00

Other exhibitors include Ontario Genealogical Society groups from Brant, Halton-Peel, and Hamilton. Also Burlington Historical Society; Dundas Historical Society Museum; Glanbrook Historical Society; Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society; Stoney Creek Historical Society; and the United Empire Loyalist Association. The Book Band will have a selection from small-press publishers; Pickwick Books of Waterdown; Celia Perry and Sheila Campbell, used books; and Dennis Mortley with Canadian history and Rudy Romaker with military history.
Local author Gary Evans of Northshore Publishing will be joined by Dorothy Turcotte, Suzanne Hurley; and Real Peoples History.
The Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee will return, and the host WEFHS will offer their 2013 calendar and the Flamborough flag.

Fellowship Hall, St. James United Church
306 Parkside Drive, Waterdown

Remembrance Day documentaries on TVO

TVO will be showing an evening of documentaries telling stories from the two world wars, and the period in between the wars, on Sunday, November 11, 2012.
8:00 pm  The Last Day of World War One
The explosive and emotional story of one of the most important days in history: over 11,000 casualties occurred during the final hours of the First World War – many after the Armistice had actually been  signed. Travelling to the battlefields in  France and Belgium, Michael Palin visits the places where American, British, French, Canadian and German troops were fighting as the war came to an end.

9:00 pm  The Great Escape: The Reckoning
On the evening of March 24, 1944, 76 airmen broke out of a German prison camp in a dramatic bid for freedom.  Over the next few days, 50 were recaptured and murdered by the Gestapo on the orders of a vengeful Adolf Hitler.  This is the untold story of the postwar investigation to hunt down the Gestapo officers responsible.

10:00 pm  Paris 1919
For six months, Paris was the capital of the world. The last shots had just been fired in the most devastating war of all time, and the old global order lay in tatters. Delegations from over 30 nations descended upon Paris for the most ambitious peace talks in history. Inspired by Margaret Macmillan’s book,  Paris 1919 captures the atmosphere, characters and the dramatic cut-and-thrust of diplomacy and territorial ambition as political leaders
redraw the map of the world after the First World War.


The night before Remembrance Day, TVO is showing the Hollywood version of the Great Escape story as part of Saturday Night at the Movies:

Saturday November 10th, 2012
8:00 pm

The Great Escape (1963)
Based on a true story, the film follows the remarkable escape of Allied POWs from a German Nazi prison camp during World War II. Directed by John Sturges, the all-star cast includes James Garner, Richard Attenborough and Steve McQueen.



"The Jackson" – Made in St. George!

The Museum recently fielded a query from Mary at the St. Mary’s Museum.  They have a photograph in their collection of young children on a wagon loaded with pumpkins.  On the side of the wagon, prominently, it says “The Jackson.” 

The photo can be viewed online at:  

Mary wanted to know if this was a Jackson wagon made in St. George or an American model made in Jackson, Michigan….

Our trusted President, Cliff Jones, came to the rescue and produced a scan of the Jackson Wagon Company catalogue, circa 1924, “ST. GEORGE, ONT.,”which has a drawing of a similar wagon with the same prominent wording on the side.

Case closed!

Great job, Cliff – and thanks to Christine MacArthur at the County of Brant Public Library for passing along the query to us.


The War of 1812: Been There, Won That

Thursday October 4, 2012 AT 8:00 PM on CBC-TV
*Please note special start time
Repeating Saturday October 13 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC News Network
On the bicentennial of the War of 1812 the CBC presents a two hour documentary special, The War of 1812: Been There, Won That – a modern look at a 200 year old war hosted by one of Canada’s most accomplished and funniest actors, Peter Keleghan.

We’ll explore the myths and mysteries, mayhem and marvels of this “forgotten” war. We’ll follow the twists and turns of this strange conflict, its rogues and rascals, heroes and martyrs and uncover stories of humour and horror, heroism and hubris. And we’ll meet colourful characters – from corporate lawyers to debutantes to Ursuline nuns — who 200 years later still remember and celebrate the war in unexpected ways.

Finally, we’ll set the record straight on the burning question that still divides us from our former enemies (now our best pals and good neighbours) to the south: Who really did win the war of 1812?

This war has been called a lot of names – a strange war, a senseless war, even a silly war. But it changed the course of our history and helped create Canada. If we had lost, we would probably all be Americans. It is an epic conflict that determined the fate of a continent and the tragic destiny of its first peoples.

The stories in Been There, Won That include:
The tale of the timid American general who turned over three states to the Canadian side without firing a shot. Did we cheat, as some Americans claim? You be the judge.

The mystery of the last words of British general and Canadian hero Sir Isaac Brock. Were they a shout out to gallant Canadian militiamen, or did he whisper the name of his secret love? What does the evidence of the bullet hole in the General’s coat tell us?

When the Americans torched Toronto’s parliament buildings during the war, they claimed the action was provoked by finding a scalp hanging by the speaker’s chair. A shocking story that the American media loved, but was it true?

We will tell the story of Tecumseh, one of the greatest leaders and visionaries of North American First Peoples, whose death on a battlefield in southwestern Ontario ended the dream of an indigenous confederacy and a first peoples’ homeland. We explore his legacy and the unsolved mystery that surrounds his final resting place.

War of 1812: Been There, Won That is a funny and poignant documentary that will engage, enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages, and turn a forgotten war into an unforgettable one.

Peter Keleghan has starred in Canadian comedy classics like The Newsroom, the Red Green Show, 18 to Life and Made in Canada, as well as roles in Slings and Arrows, Murdoch Mysteries and Saving Hope.