Join us on Monday, December 12th at 7:00 pm on Zoom for the inside scoop on one of our area’s charming local museums, the 1000 Islands History Museum in Gananoque. Founded in 1995, the 1000 Islands History Museum is a family-friendly waterfront museum where you can experience ten thousand years of Canadian history in the Thousand Islands. From rum runners to river rats, explore the people, places, and heritage of Gananoque and the St Lawrence River through year-round interactive exhibits, lively community events, hands-on children’s activities, and a quality gift shop.
Collections Coordinator Zane Smith’s presentation will focus on the 1000 Islands History Museum’s mission and mandate to preserve and share the region’s diverse history. It will discuss how the Museum achieves this mission through collections management, conservation, research, exhibitions, community programs, and special events. The presentation will also highlight upcoming activities at the 1000 Islands History Museum and let everyone know how to get involved.
Join the Leeds & Grenville Branch, Ontario Ancestors and the Colonel Edward Jessup Branch, United Empire Loyalists of Canada, on Monday, November 14th at 7:00 pm for an online presentation by Stuart Lyall Manson. In the presentation, titled “British North America Preserved: The 1813 Battle of Crysler’s Farm,” Stuart will focus on the context, impact, and aftermath of that important battle on the history of Canada. His PowerPoint slides associated with this presentation will be peppered with interesting images such as maps, documents, paintings, photographs and artifacts. Stuart will delve into aspects of the subject matter that are not well known to the general public.
Stuart is a professional historian and co-owner of an Ottawa research company called Public History, which specializes in Indigenous issues. He is also the author of the book series Sacred Ground: Loyalist Cemeteries of Eastern Ontario, the first volume of which was published in 2021, and the second volume is expected in 2023. Stuart also produces the historical newsletter The King’s Colour: ABroadside of Early Upper Canada, available on his website stuartmanson.wordpress.com.
Note: There is a memorial service held to commemorate this battle at Crysler’s Farm National Historic Site on November 11th. Stuart Lyall Manson will be the guest speaker in 2022.
Join us virtually on Thanksgiving Monday, October 10th, at 7:00 pm for our first Branch Drop-In Session using Zoom. What better time than following a family gathering to talk about your family history research?
We hope to have members and other researchers in Leeds & Grenville Counties share their research strategies and discover what resources are available in our Branch Archives that might help in your research.
We welcome short stories about successful research (AHA moments always welcome), and discussions about the brick walls you are facing! Maybe someone else in the meeting will be able to offer fresh insight into the challenge.
We look forward to talking with members and researchers about their successes and challenges, or simply talking genealogy!
On Monday, September 12th at 7:00 pm on Zoom join the Leeds & Grenville Branch for a presentation by Maggie Wheeler, the Seaway Valley’s Queen of Crime. Maggie will speak about the origins of her Farran Mackenzie Lost Villages mysteries from the Seaway history, the connection to the history of the British Home Children, twenty years with Farran Mackenzie, and the finale of the series slated for October 2022.
Maggie holds a Masters in English and a Bachelor of Education in English and History, and is best known for showcasing the social, cultural and psychological impact of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project construction on the Canadians it affected.
Join us on Monday, June 13th at 7:00 pm when local favourite Sue Warren will send us off into summer with Life on the Lakes in the Early Years – what daily life was like in the first two decades after the Rideau Canal was built.
Life around the Rideau lakes – a discussion of the Rideau Lakes area covering First Nations, European settlement, agriculture, architecture, religion, medicine – daily life in the first half of the 19th century!
Sue is a board member and past chair of the Chaffey’s Lock and Area Heritage Society, and a former Parks Canada historical interpreter. After teaching for a number of years, Sue retired in 2016 as CEO of the Rideau Lakes Public Library system. She is also an avid Facebook poster and genealogist!
Join us on Monday, May 9th at 7:00 pm when well-known Canadian genealogist Dave Obee will introduce us to Genealogy by Google.
Google is an invaluable tool for genealogists. It pays to know some tricks, including effective filtering and search strategies. Don’t forget Google Books, Google Maps, Google Images and the historic newspaper collection. You will quickly discover that a simple search simply scratches the surface of what is available to genealogists.
Join us on Monday, April 11th at 7:00 pm for a presentation from author John Immerseel: For a Better Life: Post-War Dutch Immigration to Canada. Those of us living in Leeds & Grenville Counties are very familiar with the many Dutch names that populate our farms, villages and towns. John will give us a first-hand glimpse into how some of the half-million Dutch emigrants who left the Netherlands for a better life in the post-war era helped our Counties grow and thrive in the last half of the 20th Century.
Beginning in 1947, almost 500,000 Dutch emigrants left the Netherlands following the end of World War II. Of this number, almost 200,000 left for Canada. This presentation examines the situation in the Netherlands before and during the war years, the reasons for emigrating, and the challenges facing families as they set out to rebuild their lives in their new homeland.
John Immerseel was a biologist by training before becoming an author. “I had a long career with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, during which I held several positions with the Ontario Provincial Parks and Protected Areas Branch. I retired as zone manager for southeastern Ontario in 2005. Since retiring, I have devoted myself to writing.”
We asked members of the Leeds & Grenville Branch to send us some requests for information on their family research in the Counties. Branch researchers have researched in our Archives and online to see if we can answer their questions! Join us on Monday, March 14th to hear what we’ve found! Learn more about what we have in our files, and where the gaps are. If you have questions about how to research in our Archives, we’ll be happy to answer them. Everyone is welcome to join us on Monday, March 14th at 7:00 pm on Zoom. To register visit this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYocu2grzwiH9KnwMLzCvaBHTfodqS6cHeR . You will receive a confirmation email with a link to the live presentation.
Join us on Monday, February 14th at 7:00 pm for a presentation on The Rural Diary Archive: Transcribing Daily Life in Eastern Ontario, presented by Catharine Wilson.
The Rural Diary Archive website brings together the work of over 200 diarists from across Ontario (1820-1960) and continues to grow. Visitors can learn about the authors, easily read and search fully transcribed diaries in the collection, and transcribe handwritten ones – all for free. This presentation explores several Eastern Ontario diaries in the collection, the nature of diary writing, and the ways one can use diaries for one’s research.
Catharine Wilson’s interest in rural and family history began while growing up in Grenville County where her Loyalist and Irish ancestors settled. Catharine holds the Redelmeier Professorship in Rural History at the University of Guelph. Her most recent book, “Beeing Neighbours,” the study of quilting and barn-raising bees, will soon be published by McGill Queen’s University Press. She is also the Founder and Director of the Rural Diary Archive, https://ruraldiaries.lib.uoguelph.ca/.
Join us on Monday, December 13th at 7:00 pm for a presentation on Ontario Records at FamilySearch by Stephen Young.
Stephen’s presentation will start with a short introduction about the history of FamilySearch and its products and services. He will then demonstrate how to access Historical Records on FamilySearch with specific attention to some of the basic indexed Ontario collections and how to use them:
· Vital records (births, marriage, and deaths), and cemetery records
· Census enumerations
· Tax assessment records (a new collection currently underway)
Stephen C. Young was born and raised in London, Ontario and now lives in Provo, Utah with his wife, Michelle. They are the parents of three sons and two daughters, and grandparents of six (so far). Much of Stephen’s earliest and ongoing research focuses on his Young family from Yorkshire, England who immigrated to the Toronto area in the 1830s and were amongst the earliest pioneers in Hibbert Twp., Perth County and West Wawanosh Twp., Huron County. An employee of the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1988, he is currently a Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch International, with responsibilities involving Canadian and British records. Stephen has contributed seven articles to OGS Families, continues to write and lecture on family history topics, and will be retiring from a 33-year career with FamilySearch this coming March. Future plans include much more research and writing and travel back home in Ontario.
Everyone is welcome but registration is required. Use this link to register. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to the live presentation.