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.

February 2020 Meeting

February 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Brockville Museum

Join us on Monday, February 10th at 7:00 pm to find out what’s new at the north end of the Counties.  Our speaker will be David Shanahan, Society Historian for the North Grenville Historical Society, and he will talk about the resources held in their Society’s Archives, as well as its current and future activities.  Our meetings are held in the Brockville Museum, 5 Henry Street in Brockville. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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!

December 2019 Meeting

Branch Presentation:

Monday, December 9th at 7:30 pm

Brockville Museum, 5 Henry Street

Speaker Paul Cote on his recently released book “Sheatown:  A Vanished Irish Catholic Community” and about the families that lived there.

The book “Sheatown: A Vanished Irish Catholic Community” is a metaphor about many things:

  • It is about the families that settled in that part of Yonge Township, both Catholic and Protestant
  • It is about the development of the Front and Rear Townships
  • It is about the changing nature of society in general and how it affected life in the rural areas of the county and all of Ontario for that matter
  • It is about the death of the small mixed farms that were once the backbone of rural economies.

The focus of the presentation will be on the families that settled in the Sheatown area, and how they developed a vibrant community in what today is considered inhospitable wilderness.

The Presenter:

Born and raised in Gananoque, Paul Cote has always had a passion for history and genealogy.  In retirement he has found the time to follow these passions, resulting not only in the book he will speak about, but in other books and articles on local history and families. Refreshments to follow presentation.  Everyone welcome!

November 2019 Meeting

Joint Meeting with the Colonel Edward Jessup Branch of the United Empire Loyalists.

Speaker Brian Tackaberry will be presenting The Last 100 Days Campaign of the first 1918. It will be a PowerPoint presentation with Brian in WWI attire.

Brian Tackaberry is a retired secondary school teacher from Almonte, Ontario. He is very involved in community activities in and around Almonte. He has been president of the Perth Citizens’ Band, serving as bandmaster of the group since 1986. He has also served as a director with the North Lanark Highland Games in Almonte since 1984 and is a member of the North Lanark Historical Society. Brian began his own genealogical research in 1980. As a descendant of United Empire Loyalists he served as President of the Bay of Quinte Branch, UELAC from 2003 to 2013 and as Newsletter Editor since 1991. He is currently Volunteer Manager and Financial Officer for the UEL Heritage Centre and Park in Adolphustown, which are operated by the Branch. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada, and the Ontario Genealogical Society. He has published several books, and has conducted workshops on genealogy, with particular focus on the Loyalists. He has documented evidence and obtained certificates for 16 of his UEL ancestors.

October 2019 Meeting

Annual Pot Luck

Our October meeting is coming a little earlier than usual because we have moved the date of our October meeting forward.  Due to the federal election on October 21st, we are holding our annual Pot Luck Dinner on Monday, October 7th, beginning at 6:30 pm.  For those attending, please bring a dish to share, along with your plate and cutlery. Drinks will be provided. We will be meeting in the lower room of the museum. There is an elevator.

Rather than having a speaker, we are using this opportunity to share our research successes and challenges with the group.  If you are able to attend the meeting, please think about sharing a five-minute story about your family history research.  We would love to hear about artifacts that have a genealogical meaning in your family, or discoveries which have helped you tell the stories of your ancestors.  If you can’t attend the meeting, please think about sending us a story that we can share with those in attendance..

September 2019 Meeting

Hello to all after our summer break.

Maggie WheelerLeeds Grenville Branch OGS welcomes Maggie Wheeler as our guest speaker at our meeting on September 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm. at Brockville Museum. Maggie will be speaking about British Home Children, the topic of her newest novel: “All My Worldly Goods”.

We are still at the same at the same place & time.

Brockville Museum
7:30pm

Come out & enjoy.

June 2019 Meeting

Finding Your Ancestors with FamilySearch.org

June 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Brockville Museum

Shirley-Ann Pyefinch

Wondering how to find your ancestors in FamilySearch and manage your Family Tree?  Learn what free resources about your ancestors are available for you at FamilySearch.  Learn how to use other free tools like Family Tree, and Memories to preserve your family history for generations.

Our presenter, Shirley-Ann Pyefinch, has been researching her family history for over 40 years, and has taught workshops on family history and preservation throughout Ontario.  She volunteers at the Ottawa Family History Centre and works as a professional Records Manager for the Canadian federal government.