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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.

“Tales from the General Store – the Untold History of Bishop’s Mills”

Leeds & Grenville Branch – Online Presentation May 11

Tales from the General Store – the Untold History of Bishop’s Mills
Tom Graham UE

Leeds & Grenville Branch of Ontario Ancestors is excited to offer all of our members and friends, both near and far, the opportunity to attend our May presentation ONLINE, Monday, May 11th at 7:00 pm. Our presenter, Tom Graham, will give us “Tales from the General Store – the Untold History of Bishop’s Mills”. His presentation will share some of the stories captured in his book of the same name, of the development of the community, the families who settled there, and major events which took place in the village.

You need to register in advance for this meeting – to register CLICK HERE.  If you’ve never used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the software, which can be downloaded in advance HERE. Be sure to download the correct app for your device or browser.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  You are encouraged to sign in early to ensure that your speakers are working.  All attendee video cameras and microphones are turned off for this presentation.

As always, our meetings are open to everyone, so please encourage friends who may be interested to register too!

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.

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!

Archives Closed March 20 – 25, 2019

Our Archives will be closed from Wednesday, March 20th until Monday, March 25th inclusive. The Brockville Museum will be doing some renovations to improve the insulation and heating in our space. We are sorry for the inconvenience but believe the improvements will make using our Archives more comfortable for both our volunteers and our visitors. Thank you.

Requests for Research – New Policy

Effective December 1st, 2018 the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will respond to requests for research with as much information as we can locate within our Archives. There will be no minimum charge or advance payment required. We instead ask for a donation to the Branch to help offset our operating costs, with donations being collected through the Canada Helps link on our website.

Join or Renew Your Membership Today!

It’s time to renew your membership in the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Leeds & Grenville Branch! Not a member? Join us.

All memberships expire on December 31, 2018.  Renew now to prevent any lapse in benefits or Member’s Only Access. Not a member? New memberships will be effective immediately upon joining, and continue until December 31, 2019.   Not sure what to expect? Check out the reasons to join the Ontario Genealogical Society HERE.

“Grow Our Family” Returns

Our highly successful Grow Our Family membership program is returning for another year. The program permits any renewing member to “partner” with any new member at the time of renewing/joining and BOTH receive a 50% discount on their Society membership ($31.50 instead of $63!). The new member must not have been a member in either 2017 or 2018. You can take advantage of the Grow Our Family discount between November 1 and 5 pm on December 15. So put your thinking caps on and invite a friend, relative or colleague to join you in belonging to Canada’s largest family history organization.  Details HERE

Passing of David Mackenzie

The Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society was saddened to learn of the passing of David Mackenzie on Thursday, October 4th in Brockville, Ontario. David was a former Branch Chair and former President of the Society.  David’s contributions to family history in Leeds and Grenville and Ontario will be honoured for years to come. Our condolences go out to David’s family.

 

 

Closed For The Holidays

Credit: Library and Archives Canada / Acc. No. 1991-12-46 / Gift of Joan and W. Ross Murray, Whitby, Ontario.

Merry Christmas from Leeds and Grenville Branch.  Our Archives will be closed Monday, December 24th, re-opening Wednesday January 3rd, due to the closure of The Brockville Museum during that time.

We wish you all the blessings of the holiday season, and a happy, healthy and successful New Year!  Enjoy time with family and friends, and make some family history memories to cherish!