Our 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
a safe and happy holiday, whatever faith or tradition you follow. May the joy of family present and past
brighten your celebrations!
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
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.
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.
follow presentation. Everyone welcome!
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.
Our October meeting is coming a little earlier than usual because we have moved the date of our October meeting forward. Due to the federal election on October 21st, we are holding our annual Pot Luck Dinner on Monday, October 7th, beginning at 6:30 pm. For those attending, please bring a dish to share, along with your plate and cutlery. Drinks will be provided. We will be meeting in the lower room of the museum. There is an elevator.
Rather than having a speaker, we are using this opportunity to share our research successes and challenges with the group. If you are able to attend the meeting, please think about sharing a five-minute story about your family history research. We would love to hear about artifacts that have a genealogical meaning in your family, or discoveries which have helped you tell the stories of your ancestors. If you can’t attend the meeting, please think about sending us a story that we can share with those in attendance..