Our host facility, the Brockville Museum, will no longer be open on Sundays, and so we must reduce our schedule of access to the Branch Archives. We will be open Monday – Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm from Victoria Day until Labour Day. After Labour Day we will be open Monday – Friday 1:00 to 4:00 pm. We may be able to make arrangements for visits outside those hours, as long as the Museum is open and we have a volunteer available.
Date: May 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Brockville Museum
On May 8th Brent Collett, local land surveyor and mapper, will give a presentation about Willis Chipman, an early surveyor of Leeds & Grenville counties and the founder in 1881 of the company that Brent runs today. Brent has a library of old records from several Ontario land surveyors as well as surveying tools and documents over 150 years old.
Date: April 10, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Brockville Museum
Our April 10th meeting will feature Kingston’s Joyce Fingland, with a presentation entitled “DNA: Which Test and Why“.
Joyce will explain the differences between the types of tests and the different testing companies, and why you might want to choose one over another. She has lots of examples about the kind of information you get from Ancestry and from Family Tree DNA and will use those to illustrate the differences. She will also attempt to explain how matches decrease as relationships become more distant.
Credit: LAC R112 2008-0377 box 265 PL-39933
Date: March 13, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Brockville Museum
Speaker: Pascale Guindon
On March 13th, Pascale Guindon, a Parks Canada historian, will tell us the remarkable story of Lieutenant William Sharpe of Prescott, and his career as an aviator during the First World War. The talk looks at his early life and training, Canada’s first attempt at an aviation corps, his overseas service and concludes with some thoughts on his aviation legacy.
From 2014 until 2018, Canada is commemorating the centennial of the First World War, a global event that left lasting effects on generations of Canadians. During this commemorative period, Parks Canada has been recognizing and honouring the memory of Hometown Heroes across the country who contributed each in their own way to the war effort. Lt. Sharpe is one such hero.
Pascale Guindon is an historian with Parks Canada. With a passion for history since childhood, she studied in architectural history and Canadian Studies and began her career in heritage conservation as a student interpreter at Fort Wellington National Historic Site in Prescott. She is currently in the role of National Programs Coordinator for Parks Canada’s National Celebrations Branch helping to commemorate and celebrate with Canadians significant anniversaries of people, places and events that have helped shape the Canada of today.
Please join us at the Brockville Museum at 7:30 pm to hear this presentation and learn more about genealogy in Leeds & Grenville. Refreshments and an opportunity for discussion will follow the presentation.
If you have any books hanging around your house that others might like to read, the Brockville Museum is accepting donations for its upcoming annual Book Sale. There will be a cart in the Museum lobby where you can drop off donations.
For those disappointed when our December meeting presenter had to cancel, we have rescheduled Brent Collett for our May 8th meeting. Brent will talk about early land surveyor Willis Chipman.
Update: The speaker for the February 13th meeting of the Leeds & Grenville Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society has had to cancel her appearance due to family illness. Instead, the meeting will feature a Show and Tell of genealogy stories. If you would like to tell us one of your stories, please come prepared to speak for about five minutes. If you have photos or books to illustrate your story, please bring them along. Refreshments will follow the presentations.
North Elmsley Township – Doorway to the Past
The Leeds & Grenville Branch, OGS will meet on Monday February 13th in the Brockville Museum beginning at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Shirley Jones-Wellman, co-author of the book North Elmsley Township Doorway to the Past. Shirley, a retired librarian, is one of four volunteers with a love of history who banded together to research and write a history of early Elmsley Township north of the Rideau. She will speak about the hardy settlers and their families who took up land and made it their home. Refreshments will follow, with a chance to speak with local genealogists about your research.
A reminder that the Ontario Genealogical Society’s annual conference is being held in Ottawa, June 16 -18, 2017. Registration is now open! Read all about the conference here: https://conference2017.ogs.ca/.
And, while you’re in Ottawa, attend some of the events celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday! Read more here: https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa2017/.
Our Branch Archives and Library, located at the Brockville Museum, will be closed from December 22nd, 2016 to January 2nd, 2017 inclusive.
We wish all of our website visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Unfortunately, our speaker for the December meeting of the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has had to postpone his presentation due to personal and business obligations. Brent Collett will speak to us in spring 2017 about Willis Chipman, one of the early surveyors of Leeds and Grenville Counties. We will advertise and post the rescheduled event on our website and Facebook group.
Because of this postponement, there will be no December meeting for the Leeds and Grenville Branch. We will be announcing our speaker line-up for next year early in January, and hope to see everyone out for our February 13th meeting.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a happy, healthy New Year.
December 12th, 2016
Brent Collett, local land surveyor and mapper, has been invited to speak. His company was founded in 1881 by Willis Chipman. He has a library of old records from several Ontario land surveyors as well as surveying tools and documents over 150 years old.