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“The pursuit of family history and origins tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one’s family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling” Ronald Bishop, “In the Grand Scheme of Things: An Exploration of the Meaning of Genealogical Research,” Journal Of Popular Culture 2008 41(3): 393–412.

2018;

  • Publication: Descendants of Adolphus Lesway &Susan(Berry) Lesway; Family History and a few of the surnames found among the Pages: Lesway; Ford; Simmons; Henderson: Montgomery; Nicols; Montgomery; McRae and more. Donor James Henderson from Pakenham ON
  • Publication: Henderson Family Reunion June 26, 1993.  Donor James Henderson from Pakenham ON
  • Holy Fairs and Pioneer Presbyterian Ministers in Lanark County.  Author Marianne Tripp Punshon, Australia

2017;

  • Lanark County Crampton Family Bible with limited family inscriptions,  plus Artifacts, antique quilt blocks, tatting, needlepoints and lace etc
  • Lanark County (Lanark Highlands) James Manarey & Isabella family photos
  • Book (Digitized) – Emigration to Canada Narrative of a Voyage to Quebec, a Journey from Thence to New Lanark in Upper Canada.  Author John McDonald Seventh Edition: Edinburgh 1825
  • Book (Digitized) History of Prospect. Author Wilda Porter (Beckwith Township Lanark County ON)

2016;

  •  “Family Chronicle Magazines covering the first edition Sept 1996 to present received from Norm Hooper
  • Walter Brown collection of Books (various titles)..cataloging underway
  • Historic Carleton Place, prepared by the Carleton Place Local Architectural Conversation Advisory Committee
  • Settlers’ Traditions, author Herbert Milnes 1980
  • From Little Towns-Millers of Lanark County
  • Kerfoot Family Bible which was donated for perpetuity to the Township of Beckwith as this bible is from one of the township earliest settlers  families – “William Kerfoot” of the Prospect area.  Received from a Salvation Army Thrift Store in British Columbia
  • The Henry Shaw collection: 20 volume collection of Walter Scott novels (written 1814-1831) received from Nora Comeau a direct descendant
  • Various Lanark County Telephone Directories
  • Yarn Winder 1845 which was donated for perpetuity to the Middleville Museum as this yarn winder is from one of the Darling Township’s early settler families – “John Munro and Marian McKay” of the Munro Line. Received from Jayne Munro-Ouimet a direct descendant