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February 2016 Meeting

Meeting, Monday, February 8th, 2016, 7:30 PM

Mike More will speak on “The First World War Beyond the Western Front” about the rest of the world war. This presentation is aimed at those who may not be aware that there was fighting outside of France. Mike is an accomplished genealogist and researcher. This is a program you will not want to miss.

Brockville Rifles 150th Anniversary in 2016

The Brockville Rifles 150th Anniversary - 1866-2016The Brockville Rifles will be celebrating their 150th Anniversary in 2016. They are inviting the public to join them in their celebration of 150 years with the community, comrades and country. For more detailed information about their planned events for the year review the website or write to The Brockville Rifles, 144 King Street East, Brockville ON K6V 1C2.

The City of Brockville has proclaimed 2016 the ‘Year of the Rifles’.

Family History Lesson Plans for the Ontario Provincial Curriculum

OGS Family History Lesson PlanThe Provincial Office of the Ontario Genealogical Society has recently developed Family History Lesson Plans, to be used by Ontario elementary and secondary school educators as educational resources for their classrooms which integrate family history into the Ontario Provincial Curriculum. With the generous support provided from the Archives of Ontario, each lesson plan includes primary resources for students to work with and learn from.

Eight lesson plans have been developed to align with the provincial curriculum. These lesson plans will increase awareness of and interest in genealogy and family history through student-driven learning with historical thinking concepts. Where grade appropriate, social media and online curation tools have been included, as well as communication activities that encourage students to make connections to current events, and their own family histories.

These lesson plans are cross-curricular in nature, and aim to increase knowledge and curiosity of social provincial history in Ontario to students with a wide variety of skills and interests. Creating learning environments where students can explore the histories and importance of where they live, and how their personal histories contribute to our history making, will ultimately provide students with the tools to be empathetic and active historians.

The family history lesson plans are available on the Ontario Genealogical Society’s website at These lessons can be downloaded in PDF format for free and used by teachers in classrooms across Ontario.

November & December 2015 Meetings

Monday, November 9, 2015
A presentation by Viktor Kaczkowski and Alison Dingledine from the Brockville Museum, unveiling the museum’s new website, providing an update about the museum’s Open Drawer project, and demonstrating how to use the online collection database currently under development. The meeting starts at 7:30 PM.

Monday, December 14, 2015
Doug Bond will be speaking on “Farmers & Cheesemakers in North Leeds”. The meeting starts at 7:30 PM.

January, 2016
There is no January meeting.

Fall 2015 Meetings

Monday, Sept 14, 2015
The annual joint meeting of the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the OGS and the Colonel Edward Jessup Branch UELAC, with speaker Denis Jones, Treasurer, Charter Member and Past Chair of the Irish Palatine Special Interest Group of OGS.

Denis descends from the early Prescott families of John Lawrence, who married Margaret Switzer (widow of Philip Embury) and also John Dulmage, who married Sophia Heck. Denis will tell the Irish Palatine story.

His talk is titled “A Pictorial History – the Irish Palatine Journey to Upper Canada 1709 – 1784”. The talk (with photos) will cover some of the history of the Irish Palatines, including the following topics:

  • The Palatinate (Rhine Valley, Germany) leading into the early 1700s
  • Palatines to London
  • 1709 decision to split into 2 groups (one to Ireland, the other to the 13 Colonies)
  • Irish Palatine settlements in Rathkeale (Co Limerick, Ireland)
  • John Wesley presence in the Irish IP settlements (1750s)
  • New York City (1760s) – the introduction of Methodism to North America by Irish Palatines
  • Arrival of Irish Palatines in Upper Canada post American Revolution
  • A few early churches in Upper Canada (Napanee, Prescott)
  • Some monuments in Upper Canada to Irish Palatines, and the Irish Palatine Association and its museum in present day Rathkeale

Denis has given this talk (or a version thereof) several times, most recently at the OGS conference in Barrie.

Monday, Oct 19, 2015
Pot luck dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by presentation at 7:30 PM by the Généalogie et archives St-Laurent, based at the Cornwall Public Library, talking to us about their holdings of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry families. For the pot luck bring a dish to share, your plate & silverware. Drinks are provided.

In either November or December we plan to have a presentation by the Brockville Museum about their latest digitization project which will assist in researching material in their collections.

New Publication: Items from the Past, Volume # 4, Birth, Marriage & Death Notices from the “Athens Reporter”

Items From the Past, Volume #4 - BMDs from the "Athens Reporter"

Items From the Past, Volume # 4 – Birth Marriage and Death Notices from the “Athens Reporter”, October 22, 1942 – December 16, 1949

Thanks to Gerry and Pat Flood for preparing Items From the Past, Volume # 4 – Birth Marriage and Death Notices from the “Athens Reporter”, October 22, 1942 – December 16, 1949, which follows the three volumes done by Lorna Johnston which cover the period from 1884 to mid-October 1942.

All volumes are available for purchase from the Branch for $30.00 each (+ postage if mailed). Here is the order form.

Upcoming Meetings

We are finalizing our fall and winter meeting programs. Our next meeting will take place on Monday, September 14th at 7:30 pm at the Brockville Museum.  Check back in July for details on our fall program speakers.