Second Meridian of the Dominion Land Survey

At a historical stop, on TransCanada highway going East, in the middle of Manitoba, is the plaque [shown on right] identifying the beginning of the Second Meridian.

Site Location (lat/long): 50.272628 -102.006449
Copy the Lat/Long into Google Map. 

The second meridian starts here and continues to the Saskatchewan border as explained on the plaque.

The west bound highway is behind those trees. If you are travelling west, there is a dirt road linking the two so you can go see this historical plaque. 

This is part of the Dominion Land Survey used to divide and identify land for homesteading.

Second Meridian 

You are standing on the second meridian, which is one of the main control lines for land surveys in this province. The second meridian is a true north line established from the Canada – United States boundary to Saskatchewan’s North-East Corner.

From this line surveys were carried westward to create a land system of sections, townships and ranges upon which titles to land were based. Most of the survey was completed between 1860 and 1910 and made the orderly settlement of the province possible.

Government of Saskatchewan.

Second Meridian North Marker of the Dominion Land Survey

There is a Second Meridian North Marker located at:
59° 59′ 57.99″ N, 102° 00′ 27.24″ W

This marker is also labelled Four Corners Canada.
There is a Four Corners in US where four states meet to make a square [Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.] We have one as well. The four are Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territory and Nunavut.

The BM and Manitoba Saskatchewan Boundary Commission 1962 side is facing South. Manitoba side facing East.

BM Stands for bench marker.

The round disk at the top says:
"5 years imprisonment for removal"

 Photo from Wikipedia

This post is part of my Canada Homestead land posts.

Dutch Green Berets Commando

One day I asked my father in law a whole bunch of questions about his life. He was born and raised in Holland. He mentioned that in 1952 he had to join the army. A few months later they asked for volunteers for the Green Berets known as Commandos. He volunteered.

I googled last week and found a wonderful website that gave the history of the Green Berets. I emailed them and asked if there was a website listing the names of those who served. He emailed back and said they would do the search for me.

He emailed back the following day with his enlistment sheet. All information about the day he joined!!  They also sent me a form to send in to receive his full record!!  I am so excited.

On the form was his address of where he was living when he enlisted!

I went straight to Google Maps and typed in the address. I found the house he was living in. That is so cool!!

I then labelled the site in Google Maps and shared the link with other family members.

Post Cards

My grandmother was one of 16 children. She saved all family history items she saw. She was great!
One of the items she had was this postcard from one of her brothers to their parents during WWII. As you can see, he was a POW in HongKong.

Scan your postcards. I couldn't keep the card but I am so glad I got a copy. 

This is my great grandparents. 

Ancestors Journals

My mother wrote in journals. I do not want to continue to store these journals. I know that sounds terrible but they take up a lot of room.
I can't just throw them out - that would be a sin!

I have a suggestion and some people still think it is a sin but I think it is the best solution that covers both problems.

I am scanning in all her journals into pdf documents.
  • I can give each of my children a copy for them to read and pass on to their children. 
  • They can see her writing style
  • They get to know her
  • Giving each of my kids a copy is also a great backup if something happens to my copy. 
  • I can get rid of several boxes under my stairs. 
  • If my basement is ever flooded all the books would be ruined. This won't happen to digital copies stored in several locations, digitally.

Inheritance: Items that you don't want but feel guilty about giving away

There have been many articles recently about the inheritance our generation is getting from our parents and/or grandparents that we don't really want and don't have any place to put them but that we do not want to throw away!

This could also include such as what I would call "nick nacks." Little items that collect dust. This also could include blankets, dishes, tables, chairs, etc. I would love to hear what other items you or someone you know has inherited, don't want but just don't have the heart to throw them out because they belonged to your beloved grandmother.

Here is an idea that will help your lack of space and your guilty feelings.

Take a picture of it.
Write down about the object
  • Tell why your grandparent loved it
  • How they go it
  • Who gave it to them
  • What did it represent
  • Where did they have it in their house
  • Stories tied to the item
Pass this photo and description/story to your children. This will help your children get to know your parents and grandparents.