Category Archives: Meetings

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

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!

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.

September 2017 Meeting

Date: September 11, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Brockville Museum

George Neville will be speaking on Monday, September 11th about Joseph Jessup, his land and Mill sites at Lyn Falls off the Lyn-Yonge Mills Road.  George’s talk will be introduced through an early map (1810) of the St. Lawrence Front Royal townships extending from Edwardsburg Twp. in the east to Leeds Twp. in the west, wherein Jessup’s Mill sites are indicated in Lots 24-26 and E.½ Lot 27 of Elizabeth Town Twp., a location better known now as ‘Lyn Falls’.  This map depicts the early route of the King’s Highway, pathways, creeks and waterways and emerging settlement communities.

Little personal information is known of Capt. Joseph Jessup, but insight will be shared from obscure documents of Jessup’s dilemma in later sale of parcels of his holdings to different purchasers only to learn before ‘the ink was dry’ that he was committed to greater total acreage than to which he held title by Crown Deed, and the efforts he invoked with the Survey General’s Department in York for favourable resolution.

May 2017 Meeting

Date: May 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Brockville Museum

On May 8th Brent Collett, local land surveyor and mapper, will give a presentation about Willis Chipman, an early surveyor of Leeds & Grenville counties and the founder in 1881 of the company that Brent runs today.  Brent has a library of old records from several Ontario land surveyors as well as surveying tools and documents over 150 years old.

April 2017 Meeting

Joyce Fingland

Joyce Fingland

Date: April 10, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Brockville Museum

Our April 10th meeting will feature Kingston’s Joyce Fingland, with a presentation entitled “DNA: Which Test and Why“.

Joyce will explain the differences between the types of tests and the different testing companies, and why you might want to choose one over another. She has lots of examples about the kind of information you get from Ancestry and from Family Tree DNA and will use those to illustrate the differences. She will also attempt to explain how matches decrease as relationships become more distant.