Website Updates

I’ve added some new pages to the website about my research of German Prisoners of War in Canada during the Second World War. These pages can be accessed by click the “PoWs in Canada” at the top right of the page or by clicking here. I’ve also included a list of internment camps in Canada,Continue reading “Website Updates”

Making Progress with HGIS

Having completed Monday’s HGIS workshop with Don Lafreniere, I have to say that, after going in with experience in Quantum GIS and some ArcGIS, I found the workshop significantly less daunting than my previous time with Arc. Overall, I’m impressed with what ArcGIS has to offer and I’m looking at different ways to incorporate itsContinue reading “Making Progress with HGIS”

Digitized Colour Photos of the Canadian Army

I apologize if this is old news, but I was just made aware that Library and Archives Canada finished digitized their “ZK” prefixed photos. Taken between WWII and the mid-1960s, the collection includes over 3,600 colour images of the Canadian Army. More information on the collection is available here and a finding aid is alsoContinue reading “Digitized Colour Photos of the Canadian Army”

GIS on the Go

For this past Monday’s Digital History class, we took a field trip to London’s Victoria Park to better understand what Spatial History offers to both historians and the general public. As part of this, we looked at using the free iOS App iGIS. With the ability to visualize GIS data, including georeferenced images, on aContinue reading “GIS on the Go”

London HGIS Calling!

This past week, in preparation for an upcoming assignment, I’ve been trying my hand at some Historical GIS. I spent the weekend going through the the GIS tutorials at the Geospatial Historian which, following up from my earlier post regarding mapping with Google Maps Engine, I highly recommend! The program of choice is Quantum GISContinue reading “London HGIS Calling!”

Mapping PoW Camps and Labour Projects in Canada

One of my projects this past summer was to go through the all of the records I’ve digitized from Library and Archives Canada and create a database of every PoW Camp (large, traditional camps) and Labour Project (smaller work camps) in Canada during the Second World War. As this is going to be useful (IContinue reading “Mapping PoW Camps and Labour Projects in Canada”

Recreating Space

While I hope to include spatial history in my studies, I really don’t have any experience in using spatial representations in my research. This, however, I hope to change! Google’s “The Many Dimensions of a Modern Map” describes their maps as dynamic, live, interactive, and personalized and I believe that this provides an excellent baseContinue reading “Recreating Space”

Sergt. Harry Proven, 1893-1918

September 29, 2013 marks the 95th Anniversary of the death of my great-great uncle, Sergeant Harry Proven. Unfortunately, in the past ninety-five years, much of the history has been lost to time as his younger brother, Ernest Proven, was mortally wounded at Vimy Ridge, and the third brother, my great-grandfather, shared few stories about hisContinue reading “Sergt. Harry Proven, 1893-1918”

Mapping the Past

This week, we were asked to comment on online map archives and they methods and tools they have used to digitize their collections. As I’m becoming more and more interested in using mapping software, I thought I would briefly examine some of these archives and the resources they offer to those studying history. From aContinue reading “Mapping the Past”