The earliest of our ancestors to come to the
region of Canada were Palatinate Germans who, after first settling in
mid-1700's, moved on to Monckton Township in 1766, in
the part of Nova
Scotia later partitioned off as New Brunswick
in 1784. Robert Colpitts and his family arrived in New Brunswick from England in 1783.
Royal Union Flag
The flag used in the British Territories at that time was the Royal
Union Flag seen here.
After 1801 when
Ireland was incorporated into the United Kingdom, the Union Jack flew
over British North America.
This map shows the territorial boundaries within British North America
at the time when William Givan Sr. and his family came from Ulster in northern Ireland to Nova Scotia
and New Brunswick in the 1820's.
After confederation in 1867, from
approximately 1870, the Red Ensign was used as the flag of Canada.
This map shows the political
boundaries within Canada at the time when
George Edward Burt and some of this family first came over from London,
to Ontario in 1877 (the
first of our post-confederation immigrants).
When A.F.B. Burt came
from London in 1882 the boundaries in eastern Canada were unchanged
although there had been changes to the west.
The red and white maple leaf flag of Canada
was not adopted until Feb 15, 1965 when Carolyn Colucci was almost 6
years old living in Toronto and Norman Franke was 2 1/2 years old
living in Essex, Ontario.
1) Canadian Heritage website with history of
Canadian flags. http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/ceem-cced/symbl/df5-eng.cfm
2) The Atlas of Canada Home Page. http://atlas.gc.ca/site/english/index.html
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Site maintained by Norman Franke. Last modified December 29, 2010