March 2017 Meeting

Credit: LAC R112 2008-0377 box 265 PL-39933

Date: March 13, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Brockville Museum
Speaker: Pascale Guindon

On March 13th, Pascale Guindon, a Parks Canada historian, will tell us the remarkable story of Lieutenant William Sharpe of Prescott, and his career as an aviator during the First World War.  The talk looks at his early life and training, Canada’s first attempt at an aviation corps, his overseas service and concludes with some thoughts on his aviation legacy.

From 2014 until 2018, Canada is commemorating the centennial of the First World War, a global event that left lasting effects on generations of Canadians. During this commemorative period, Parks Canada has been recognizing and honouring the memory of Hometown Heroes across the country who contributed each in their own way to the war effort.  Lt. Sharpe is one such hero.

Pascale Guindon is an historian with Parks Canada. With a passion for history since childhood, she studied in architectural history and Canadian Studies and began her career in heritage conservation as a student interpreter at Fort Wellington National Historic Site in Prescott. She is currently in the role of National Programs Coordinator for Parks Canada’s National Celebrations Branch helping to commemorate and celebrate with Canadians significant anniversaries of people, places and events that have helped shape the Canada of today.

Please join us at the Brockville Museum at 7:30 pm to hear this presentation and learn more about genealogy in Leeds & Grenville.  Refreshments and an opportunity for discussion will follow the presentation.

Books Notice
If you have any books hanging around your house that others might like to read, the Brockville Museum is accepting donations for its upcoming annual Book Sale.  There will be a cart in the Museum lobby where you can drop off donations.

Updated – February 2017 Meeting

Update: The speaker for the February 13th meeting of the Leeds & Grenville Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society has had to cancel her appearance due to family illness. Instead, the meeting will feature a Show and Tell of genealogy stories. If you would like to tell us one of your stories, please come prepared to speak for about five minutes. If you have photos or books to illustrate your story, please bring them along. Refreshments will follow the presentations.

North Elmsley Township - Doorway to the Past

North Elmsley Township – Doorway to the Past

The Leeds & Grenville Branch, OGS will meet on Monday February 13th in the Brockville Museum beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Guest speaker will be Shirley Jones-Wellman, co-author of the book North Elmsley Township Doorway to the Past.  Shirley, a retired librarian, is one of four volunteers with a love of history who banded together to research and write a history of early Elmsley Township north of the Rideau.  She will speak about the hardy settlers and their families who took up land and made it their home.  Refreshments will follow, with a chance to speak with local genealogists about your research.

Closure Over Christmas

Our Branch Archives and Library, located at the Brockville Museum, will be closed from December 22nd, 2016 to January 2nd, 2017 inclusive.

We wish all of our website visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

CANCELLED – December 2016 Meeting

Unfortunately, our speaker for the December meeting of the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has had to postpone his presentation due to personal and business obligations.  Brent Collett will speak to us in spring 2017 about Willis Chipman, one of the early surveyors of Leeds and Grenville Counties.  We will advertise and post the rescheduled event on our website and Facebook group.

Because of this postponement, there will be no December meeting for the Leeds and Grenville Branch.  We will be announcing our speaker line-up for next year early in January, and hope to see everyone out for our February 13th meeting.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a happy, healthy New Year.

September 2016 Meeting

Summer vacations are over and fall is approaching. Also approaching is a return to the regular meetings of the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

The new season starts on Monday, September 12th at 7:30 p.m. in the Brockville Museum.

Our guest speaker will be Bill Boulton on his latest book, “Village Streets & Country Lanes: Lansdowne Then and Now.”

Do come out and join us & bring a friend.