Category Archives: Meetings

December 2020 Meeting – Online

On Monday, December 14th please join us at 7:00 pm via Zoom for our first ever Virtual Genealogy Show & Tell.  If you have a family history story to tell, a family heirloom you would like to show off, or just a great genealogy adventure to talk about, we would love to have you be part of our show.  You can participate with either live oral storytelling (microphone only), or with a video clip you submit in advance, or by sending us a photo or photos of your heirloom which we will display while you talk about them.  This will require some advance planning, so if you are interested please contact us at leedsgrenvillechair@ogs.on.ca to work out the details.  Then on December 14th, grab your favourite winter beverage, and maybe a Christmas cookie or two, and we’ll share stories.

To register for this free online presentation, click on this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcod-GtqjwrGtHNNTdx9fDc3SC2CVqbe9_D

November 2020 Meeting – Online

Please join us on Monday, November 9th at 7:00 pm via Zoom to enjoy a presentation by Brockville Museum Public Program Coordinator Peggy Hause.  In keeping with a November Remembrance Day theme, Peggy’s program, On the Homefront, delves into what was happening on the local homefront when the soldiers were overseas. This talk will explore the hardships, changes, and sacrifices that the citizens of Brockville faced with a focus on World War Two.

To register for this free online presentation, click on this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vduivqTksE9Ist1293VHGLgkAj6pXkPvY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Peggy joined the Brockville Museum in early 2018 as the Interpretation and Public Program Coordinator, having gained her museum experience from working at a number of museums from large provincial museums to small rural museums.  She believes that museum programs allow visitors to engage in ways that help them gain a deeper connection to history.

October 2020 Meeting – Online

Online Presentation to the Leeds & Grenville Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, on Friday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm.

Please note that this presentation will take place on a Friday rather than a Monday, our traditional meeting day. 

Join the Leeds & Grenville Branch as they hear from Susan Warren about “The Irish and the Rideau Canal”.  The Irish not only helped build the Rideau Canal but contributed significantly to the development of Leeds and Grenville. Using original paintings and original documents this presentation will explore those themes.

To register for this free online presentation, click on this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwscO-qqzMqG9KwWGY1fa8EFsUajZHaUWPF

September 2020 Meeting – Online

Online Presentation to the Leeds & Grenville Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, on Monday, September 14th at 7:00 pm

The oldest house in Perth, the Old Red House, is undergoing a metamorphosis, thanks to its owner, James Forrester.  The building has been in James’ family since 1923, and has served a number of different functions over its 200+ years – military building, Officer’s Quarters, inn, tavern, church, school, meeting place, printing office and dwelling.

James will share the story of the Old Red House Project, with its link to Brockville, and a focus on the relationship between architecture and family history, in an online presentation to the Leeds & Grenville Branch of Ontario Ancestors on Monday, September 14th at 7:00 pm.

To register for this free online presentation, click on this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMldOqpqDkuHNDMnfwer4d_RGMgEiFqOxR3

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

James Forrester worked as a systems administrator at OCAD University, before returning to graduate school from 2014 to 2016 in the Public Texts MA program, of the Trent University English Department. He previously graduated in History from the University of Ottawa, Film Studies at Queen’s University and Library Information Science from Western University.

James grew up in Westport and attended both Rideau District High School, as well as Perth & District Collegiate Institute. He and his wife, Stephanie Ford Forrester, undertook a number of log and timber frame reconstructions. His training in archival documentation has been useful in undertaking the Old Red House Project.

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.

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.

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.