Slow-to-no blogging for the next month or so

So many half-finished drafts of blog entries (about 5 or 6, I guess), so little time. And, eh, I just noticed that I didn’t post anything at all for the month of August. And I am very much behind in replying to emails and feedback posts. No excuses, just apologies. Currently feeling a bit swamped by teaching and by other writing projects. Hope to get back to the blog in October.

Go west (and then north), young man

(Click on the above image to see a larger version of the .jpeg file). My dad, John Alexander Moran (right) at Frobisher Bay, late 1950s. He said that he just went out west, presented himself to the office of the geological survey, and they hired him — by telling him to buy several items, including…

Best blog pseudonym ever

P.-F-X., for Pierre François-Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761), blogs at Charlevoix: Blogue de la Nouvelle-France – A Blog About New France. Pierre François-Xavier de Charlevoix was an eighteenth-century Jesuit priest, voyageur, teacher, and historian who is best remembered for his Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle France (1744). He is considered one of the first historians of…

Link

Canadian historical newspapers online: a great collection of links at Kenneth R. Marks’ The Ancestor Hunt.

French Canadian “dit” names

Here is ancestry.ca’s record listing for the baptism of Marie Cleophie [Cléophée] Cheval, daughter of Joseph Cheval and Marie Louise Goneau: And here is ancestry.ca’s record listing for the marriage of Cleophes [Marie Cléophée] Cheval to Pierre Dubeau, son of Pierre Dubeau and Louise Poirier dit Desloges: Note that an ancestry.ca user has supplied a…

1836 petition of inhabitants of Bathurst and Ottawa districts

As I mentioned in my previous post, there is now a huge amount of LAC (Library and Archives Canada) material at Canadiana.org’s Héritage website. This material includes 94 digitized microfilm reels of LAC’s Upper Canada Sundries (RG 5 A1), 1766-1841 series. Héritage describes the series as follows: This series is part of the Civil Secretary’s Correspondence…