Tag Archives: Family History

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.

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.

June 2016 Meeting

Meeting, Monday,  June 13th, 2016, 7:30 PM

Terry Findley – Ancestors with Unknown Military Service

Many people have ancestors who served in the military and their service is unknown to their descendants. Learn some tips, tricks and sources to find those ancestors and discover what they did. Featured case studies are: an ancestor who fought in the Rebellion of 1837-1838; and some relatives who fought in the First World War.

Terry Findley, BSc, MBA, a native of Ottawa, served in the Canadian military for over 36 years. A past BIFHSGO Director Programs & Conference, he has written and lectured extensively on basic and advanced genealogy research, photo restoration and tracing Irish roots. Currently he and his wife Tad publish a new magazine called Many Families.

May 2016 Meeting

Meeting, Monday, May 9th, 2016, 7:30 PM

Ken McKinlay – Chipping Away at the Brick Wall

We all have them, those road blocks that prevent us from finding out the answers to our family history research questions. Some of these brick walls are self-imposed due to assumptions we make and hold on to or our by our own preconceptions. Yet there are also those research brick walls not of our own creation. By using real-life examples we will look at various common brick walls and possible ways to work around them.

Ken McKinlay‘s foray into his family tree research started with three simple family stories that he wanted to confirm or refute. He has now been researching his family tree for over 15 years making use of the Internet as his primary means of locating relevant documents and also discovering new cousins. He has given talks for the Ottawa branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, BIFHSGO, and the Ottawa Public Library. His talks generally focus on methodologies and providing the skills needed to help solve those brick wall problems.

April 2016 Meeting

Meeting, Monday, April 11th, 2016, 7:30 PM

Brockville to Perth Settlers Trek 1816 - 2016 Brockville to Perth Settlers Trek 1816 – 2016

2016 is the 200th anniversary of the original trek of discharged soldiers and Scottish settlers to the Perth Settlement. These people walked from Brockville to Perth where the new settlement was founded. In May, 2016 this trek will be re-enacted and many of the participants will be descendants of the original settlers.

Clark Theobald of the Rideau Lakes Historical Society will be our guest speaker and provide details of the Trek and subsequent settlement.  The presentation will focus on identifying those settlers who headed north from Brockville in the Spring of 1816 as part of the first British government sponsored and administered settlement program in North America. Using original documents and modern technologies, we will follow their journey to Unionville, Athens, Delta and the Old Landing.

The Settlers Trek 2016 program, presented by the Athens Lions Club, will be re-enacting the original Trek of the Scottish and disbanded soldier/settlers to the Perth Military Settlement in 1816. This unique 200th Anniversary project will be attempted from May 15-20, 2016 and pass through the communities of Brockville, Lyn, Athens, Delta, Portland, Rideau Ferry and Perth. At each locale, a welcoming ceremony and community celebration will take place. Participants will include walkers and horse and wagon teams, plus there will be a separate water route from Portland to Perth attempted by the Geo-Venture class from Perth and District Collegiate Institute.

The 2016 Trek project was originally conceived by Clark Theobald out of discussions within the Perth 200th committee. Clark is a retired school teacher with a passion for local history. He will be accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth, also a retired school teacher, and Larry Cochran from Portland, a member of the Rideau Lakes Historical Society.

Two special guests will include Kathy de Souza, a descendant of John Kilborn, and Ron Shaw, a Perth author with a very strong interest in the military history of this region.

Family History Lesson Plans for the Ontario Provincial Curriculum

OGS Family History Lesson PlanThe Provincial Office of the Ontario Genealogical Society has recently developed Family History Lesson Plans, to be used by Ontario elementary and secondary school educators as educational resources for their classrooms which integrate family history into the Ontario Provincial Curriculum. With the generous support provided from the Archives of Ontario, each lesson plan includes primary resources for students to work with and learn from.

Eight lesson plans have been developed to align with the provincial curriculum. These lesson plans will increase awareness of and interest in genealogy and family history through student-driven learning with historical thinking concepts. Where grade appropriate, social media and online curation tools have been included, as well as communication activities that encourage students to make connections to current events, and their own family histories.

These lesson plans are cross-curricular in nature, and aim to increase knowledge and curiosity of social provincial history in Ontario to students with a wide variety of skills and interests. Creating learning environments where students can explore the histories and importance of where they live, and how their personal histories contribute to our history making, will ultimately provide students with the tools to be empathetic and active historians.

The family history lesson plans are available on the Ontario Genealogical Society’s website at https://www.ogs.on.ca/lessonplans. These lessons can be downloaded in PDF format for free and used by teachers in classrooms across Ontario.