June 2020 Meeting: What’s in the Leeds & Grenville Branch Archives?

Leeds & Grenville Branch ArchivesOur next Leeds & Grenville Branch online meeting will take place on Monday, June 8th at 7:00 pm, using Zoom technology (see invitation below).

With the success of our May meeting, we have decided to close out our spring season with a presentation about us!

What’s in the Leeds & Grenville Archives? will walk you through our space and tell you what resources we have for discovering more of your family history. We will also tell you about our digitization project, and let you know what we’re planning for our Branch website (leedsandgrenville.ogs.on.ca) in the coming months.

We hope you will join us and learn about the amazing collections we have in our Archives – land record books, family histories, local newspapers, obituaries, local history books, church records – and so much more! And we hope that we will be able to return to our Archives in the not-too-distant future!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jun 8, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucOirpzsvHNz9HmzhFo5NCzoPq3r-DsDQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you! Hope to ‘see’ you on June 8th!

Book: Tales from the General Store, The Untold History of Bishop’s Mills

On May 11th the Leeds & Grenville Branch held its first ever online meeting, with presenter Tom Graham telling us stories from “Tales from the General Store, The Untold History of Bishop’s Mills.” The presentation was very popular, with many attendees asking where they could purchase a copy of the book. The following link will take you to the ordering page for the book: https://www.tdgraham.com/books. We thank Tom for a wonderful presentation.

“Tales from the General Store – the Untold History of Bishop’s Mills”

Leeds & Grenville Branch – Online Presentation May 11

Tales from the General Store – the Untold History of Bishop’s Mills
Tom Graham UE

Leeds & Grenville Branch of Ontario Ancestors is excited to offer all of our members and friends, both near and far, the opportunity to attend our May presentation ONLINE, Monday, May 11th at 7:00 pm. Our presenter, Tom Graham, will give us “Tales from the General Store – the Untold History of Bishop’s Mills”. His presentation will share some of the stories captured in his book of the same name, of the development of the community, the families who settled there, and major events which took place in the village.

You need to register in advance for this meeting – to register CLICK HERE.  If you’ve never used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the software, which can be downloaded in advance HERE. Be sure to download the correct app for your device or browser.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  You are encouraged to sign in early to ensure that your speakers are working.  All attendee video cameras and microphones are turned off for this presentation.

As always, our meetings are open to everyone, so please encourage friends who may be interested to register too!

Archives Remains Closed

Our Archives remains closed as we abide by public health guidelines to shut all non-essential facilities.

Due to this closure, we are unable to fulfill orders for publications because our supply is located in our Archives.

Our researchers also do not have access to our Archives during this closure, which means they are unable to respond to specific requests for assistance because they are unable to do the necessary research in the documents held in our Archives.

Once the closure has been lifted and we are able to return to “active” duty we will fill orders for publications and begin doing research to respond to requests. In the meantime, please be patient until we can respond.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Archives Closed

Due to the COVID-19 situation, our Branch Archives will remain closed until April 5th. Please check back for any updates.

February 2020 Meeting

February 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Brockville Museum

Join us on Monday, February 10th at 7:00 pm to find out what’s new at the north end of the Counties.  Our speaker will be David Shanahan, Society Historian for the North Grenville Historical Society, and he will talk about the resources held in their Society’s Archives, as well as its current and future activities.  Our meetings are held in the Brockville Museum, 5 Henry Street in Brockville. Everyone is welcome to attend.

New Branch Opening Hours

Beginning in December 2019, our Branch Archives / Library will be closed on Wednesday afternoons until further notice.  We will be open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  We will make appointments for Wednesday afternoon openings if volunteers are available.

Holiday Closing

Our Branch Archives/Library will close on Friday, December 20th at 4:00 pm and re-open on January 2nd at 1:00 pm.  Our host facility, Brockville Museum, is closed during this period so we are unable to accommodate special requests.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday, whatever faith or tradition you follow.  May the joy of family present and past brighten your celebrations!

December 2019 Meeting

Branch Presentation:

Monday, December 9th at 7:30 pm

Brockville Museum, 5 Henry Street

Speaker Paul Cote on his recently released book “Sheatown:  A Vanished Irish Catholic Community” and about the families that lived there.

The book “Sheatown: A Vanished Irish Catholic Community” is a metaphor about many things:

  • It is about the families that settled in that part of Yonge Township, both Catholic and Protestant
  • It is about the development of the Front and Rear Townships
  • It is about the changing nature of society in general and how it affected life in the rural areas of the county and all of Ontario for that matter
  • It is about the death of the small mixed farms that were once the backbone of rural economies.

The focus of the presentation will be on the families that settled in the Sheatown area, and how they developed a vibrant community in what today is considered inhospitable wilderness.

The Presenter:

Born and raised in Gananoque, Paul Cote has always had a passion for history and genealogy.  In retirement he has found the time to follow these passions, resulting not only in the book he will speak about, but in other books and articles on local history and families. Refreshments to follow presentation.  Everyone welcome!