Lanark County Genealogical Society’s mission is to foster the study of genealogy and promote the preservation of family histories, historic documents, records, artifacts, building architecture and other materials that will support the conservation of and research into the history of Lanark County Ontario and the Town of Smiths Falls.

Purpose of the Society

To bring together, in a friendly atmosphere, those people interested in the preservation of Lanark County Ontario cultural heritage and diverse families chronicles, and to research collate, author, retain and preserve and present historical data pertaining to the region.

Specific Aims and Objectives

  • To encourage the preservation of the heritage of Lanark County by publishing materials, by holding public meetings, lectures and exhibitions and by undertaking information sharing, publicity and public information programs.
  • Operate a Genealogy Resource Centre for reference books and other published material pertaining to Lanark County families, display history artifacts and promote knowledge about the history of Lanark County Ontario and its people.

Values

We value the contributions of all people: The organization believes that one’s work makes a contribution, fosters opportunities to learn from one another and allows growth through shared experiences.

We value the beauty of history: The organization believes that the study of family history and historical heritage gives richer perspective on life, inspires and fascinates through its stories of peoples and times past.

We value the historian and students: The organization believes Historians are committed to protecting significant historical evidence wherever it resides and that a Student’s discovery, exchange, interpretation, and presentation of research information contributes to his or her well-being, growth, and success.

We value the pursuit of excellence: The organization believes that the practice of striving for one’s best in all facets of life unite us with one another, our members, volunteers and partners; and fuels our commitment to preserve Lanark County’s historical heritage for present and future generations

We value commitment: The organization believes that commitment to our idea that genealogy is a field worthy of pursuit. The preservation of original records, collections, artifacts and excellent customer service will attract users assuring that the Lanark County past remains active and in the present local history.

Goals

EDUCATE: Provide help and educational aid to researchers, preserve records, and disseminate information. Teach interest persons the use of reference materials and alternative research sources in preparation to publish their own genealogical materials and family lineages.

SUPPORT: the collections and services of the organization by acquiring materials and publications which are of value for the use of the public (books, periodicals, pamphlets, and genealogy collections; i.e., CD’s, booklets on family histories/genealogy).

PRESERVE: Research, collect, document and preserve genealogical and related local historical data on the life styles and families of the indigenous inhabitants before the arrival of the Europeans to Lanark County, the early settlers and those who made and call Lanark County Ontario their home. Continue compiling and indexing the local obituaries, recording local cemeteries, creating digitized documents and publishing researched findings.

PROMOTE: the study of genealogy and genealogical research and encourage you to discover of the history of your family, our Lanark County neighbourhood, or places in Ontario and across Canada

~~President and Board of Directors, Lanark County Genealogical Society~~  2018

4 thoughts on “About Lanark County Genealogical Society

  1. John Jerry Marks of the Marks Family from Christie Lake was my great-grandfather. My Mom is one of his youngest living granddaughter ‘s. I’ve been looking for information on his side of the family. I never imagined that they were such a well known family ! John Jerry moved away from Perth to British Columbia for Gold Mining. That’s where he married ( 2nd. time ? ) he had 3 children. His youngest daughter Alice Olivia Marks was my grandma. Alice youngest daughter Doris is my Mom. My Mom is now 78 yrs. old and was just diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. My Mom has told me that her grandma ( John Jerry’s wife from Hedley, B.C. ) that John Jerry was a quiet man and that he didn’t really talk very much. He did work with the Family business. But usually stayed around his parents large farm to help them. When I found and read about the Marks Family Vaudeville shows…I was floored. I read to my Mom over the phone what I had uncovered. To say that she’s excited might be a slight understatement !!
    If there is anyone whom might have any more history on the Marks Family parents when they settled Christie Lake, Pictures of any family members or any pictures of the old farmsteads ?? The Marks family in and around town ? Anything ??? I would be so beyond grateful !!
    Are there perhaps any remaining descendants of the Marks Family still in and around the Christie Lake and or Perth locations ?
    I am hoping to be able to take this info. to my Mom in person and or send it too her !!
    All my Mom was ever told that his brothers had a vaudeville show and thats it. I hoping and praying that I can share a part of her unknown family history with her that’s been such a big family mystery !!
    Heartfelt thanks !!!
    Elizabeth Salazar

    1. Hello Elizabeth,
      I have sent your brief forward to out team of Researchers who will be in contact with you directly.
      I recall an article on the Marks Brothers with photos in one of our postings to our Facebook Page or a write-up in our Newsletter.
      Thank you for your inquiry and brief family history.
      Regards,
      Jayne Munro-Ouimet
      Lanark County Genealogical Society
      President

  2. Hi, I believe I am related to John Lummax and family who came to Beckwith on the Brig Maria in 1821 from Ireland and was given land there. My ancestor Henry Lummax didn’t actually go to Beckwith but joined the Army in County Carlow and subsequently died in India in 1826, but I believe John Lummax was his father. I have seen mention of a will passing the land on to Thomas Lummax and others in c 1839 I think it was, or thereabouts, and would be grateful for information of how I might find a will from this period of time. It could be that John didn’t know his son Henry had died. Henry’s wife was Ann or Mary Ann…..
    Many thanks for any help/advice……Hilary

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