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April 2019 Meeting

Bob Dawes

On Monday, April 8th at 7:30 pm, the Leeds & Grenville Branch of Ontario Ancestors (The Ontario Genealogical Society) will learn about The Family History Reno Project (the easy do-over) from speaker Bob Dawes.

If you’ve ever wanted to clean up your family history file, this is the easy way to approach it. Normally, a Do Over involves re-entering all of your family information from scratch while this approach allows you to continue using your file for research while cleaning it up. It also allows you to take advantage of everything you’ve learned over the years as well as new resources and tools.

Bob Dawes is a past chair of Quinte Branch and currently responsible for their database and computer maintenance. Bob and his wife, Barbara, have traveled extensively throughout North America and the United Kingdom in search of their ancestors and enjoy using technology to enhance their research.

Location: Brockville Museum

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.

March 2019 Meeting – Evaluating Evidence

Mike MoreOn Monday, March 11th at 7:30 pm the Leeds & Grenville Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society will learn about Evaluating Evidence with a presentation by Mike More. Guidelines and some examples will help in “Determining the significance of the information we’ve found.” There is plenty of information available to genealogists but we need to examine it and determine if it is useful and correct.

Mike More retired from the Canadian Forces in 2004 after 32 years service. He volunteers with the Ottawa Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society where he currently co-chairs their Program Committee, and is the Provincial Coordinator for The Society’s Indexing project, The Ontario Name Index (TONI). Mike has been tracing his roots for thirty years, using computers and the Internet to help with his research for much of that time.

Meeting Location: Brockville Museum

December 2018 Meeting

Days Gone ByAt the Brockville Museum on Monday, December 10th at 7:30 pm, the Branch welcomes Dave and Sandra Wells, introducing their new book Days Gone By, containing stories and pictures of Mallorytown and Front of Yonge Township. This third book on the history of the area is sure to be a welcome Christmas gift for anyone with ties to Front of Yonge.

The Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society meets at the Brockville Museum, 5 Henry Street, and meetings are open to everyone. Come out and learn some fascinating history – you may even discover ancestors you didn’t know you had!

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.

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!

December 2017 Meeting

DATE: Monday, December 11th
TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Brockville Museum

North West Company

Library and Archives Canada, acc no 1957-101

Presenter Peggy Stewart will talk about Daniel McKenzie, a Wintering Partner of the North West Company, whose grave is located in Blue Church Cemetery in Augusta Township. Mr. McKenzie was imprisoned at Fort William by Lord Selkirk in 1816. He subsequently successfully sued Lord Selkirk. Mr. McKenzie’s life is an interesting story, connected with fur trader and cartographer Peter Pond and with Sir Alexander Mackenzie, the namesake of Canada’s Mackenzie River. Ms. Stewart is a descendant of this notable Canadian.

Come and join us at 7:30 pm on Mon. Dec. 11th at the Brockville Museum to hear about this fascinating character.