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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.

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!

November 2019 Meeting

Joint Meeting with the Colonel Edward Jessup Branch of the United Empire Loyalists.

Speaker Brian Tackaberry will be presenting The Last 100 Days Campaign of the first 1918. It will be a PowerPoint presentation with Brian in WWI attire.

Brian Tackaberry is a retired secondary school teacher from Almonte, Ontario. He is very involved in community activities in and around Almonte. He has been president of the Perth Citizens’ Band, serving as bandmaster of the group since 1986. He has also served as a director with the North Lanark Highland Games in Almonte since 1984 and is a member of the North Lanark Historical Society. Brian began his own genealogical research in 1980. As a descendant of United Empire Loyalists he served as President of the Bay of Quinte Branch, UELAC from 2003 to 2013 and as Newsletter Editor since 1991. He is currently Volunteer Manager and Financial Officer for the UEL Heritage Centre and Park in Adolphustown, which are operated by the Branch. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada, and the Ontario Genealogical Society. He has published several books, and has conducted workshops on genealogy, with particular focus on the Loyalists. He has documented evidence and obtained certificates for 16 of his UEL ancestors.