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Now accepting Preorders for Lanark County Routes

“Lanark County Routes”.

This is the newest book undertaken by Lanark County Genealogical Society.

Volume I Pakenham, Ramsay, Beckwith and Montague

Volume II Bathurst, Dalhousie Darling, Drummond, Lanark, Lavant, North Burges, North Elmsley, North Sherbrooke, South Sherbrooke. *release date April 2022 or sooner

This two-volume set of coffee table size books (12” X12”) is current at the Printing Company.  Covers for the 2 volume set

 

 

 

 

 

Each volume will have sets of maps applicable to the townships in that book. The maps are ones that have landowner names applied as well as one modern map with all the Lots and Concessions marked. These are designed to aid in finding where your ancestors lived.

The second component of each book is farm histories of various farms in each township as submitted by both members and by non-members of Lanark County Genealogical Society. Some farms are still active. Some are not. Some still have descendants of the early settlers on them. Others do not. While most of our ancestors did general farming, many farmers now specialize in dairy cattle, beef cattle, field crops, sheep, horses, etc. Along with these, we feature a lama and alpaca farm, a farm where sheep are milked. Some farms have become subdivisions. Many have more than one family living on the original lot.

Where possible we have identified the rural address of many of the farms to help people in situating where a particular Lot and Concession actually is. Many of the articles tell a brief history of the families who lived there in the early days. It has been particularly heartening to encounter several young couples taking on the challenge of farming at this time. We wish them nothing but success because our future depends on it.

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Now accepting Orders for “Lanark County Routes”

“Lanark County Routes” is the latest publication designed to assist people in researching their ancestors in Lanark County. Find out how to pre-order the two-volume set or either title separately.

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Wild Lands of the Crown – Essays on the History of Darling Township

Max Sutherland had no ancestors in Darling Township, but that did not deter his interest in the place he adopted as his second home. Max devoted many years of his life chronicling the history and the families of this place. He was also not adverse to trying to literally dig up where the pioneers were buried, climbing fences, crawling through brush, over rock piles with his shovel, along with friends to try to find where the old families buried their loved ones before there were organized cemeteries.

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Now accepting orders for Lanark County Legends

“Lanark County Legends”.

This is the newest book undertaken by Lanark County Genealogical Society. It is a celebration of the lives of over 80 people from Lanark County who made a difference. They were ordinary people who achieved extraordinary accomplishments. Some of them were people whose foresight built their community here in the County. Others left as opportunities presented themselves and went out to make their mark upon the world. This book has involved many authors and thousands of hours of research with references being carefully noted.

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Publication “Seasons in the Wind: Tales of Lanark County”

Lanark County Genealogical Society Announces their New Book “Seasons in the Wind: Tales of Lanark County”

This 300-page hardcover book is a compilation of stories from early residents of Lanark County, histories of various places in the County, as well as tales of the past.

Some of the surnames included in the book

Miller, Lawson, Boag, Archibald, Cole, Scott, Campbell, Barrie, Dunlop, Munro, Manary, Ashby, Richards, McCord, Stead, Robertson, Snedden, Gallagher, Symington, Clarke, Paterson, McArthur, Naismith, Morrow, Phillips, Allan, Godfrey, Craig, Walker, Shipman, Guthrie, McCreary, Davis, Ross, Shields, Cairnduff, Graham, McDonald, Gemmill, Mussalum, Hart, Bowes, MacDonald, Legare, Marks, Weedmark, Luteman, Mitchell, Dockerel, Robb, Moore, Annabelle, Morris, McPhail, Deugo

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Stone Fence Theatre comes to Beckwith Township on Sunday, September 13, 2020 POSTPONED due to COVID 19

You’ll love this one.!  It’s happening in the arena recreation complex at Beckwith Park (1319 9th Line Beckwith Township) during the Lanark County Harvest Fest

This Showband, from Killaloe ON, performs Fine as Binder Twine,  a show full of comedy, fun, great music and memories of shows from the company’s many years of existence. Songs wrote by Ish and the Cast include “The Train,”  There’s Hippies Up the Line!,” “The Heart Institute,” “Say Moo!, ” Joan Finnigan’s Come from the Valley”, “Mac Beattie”, “Here to Stay”, “Valley Tales from the Summer Kitchen”, etc. 
Bring your singing voices,  there’s a special tribute to Ottawa Valley  Country Music Hall of Fame 2019 inductee Jamie McMunn.       

Fine as Binder Twine features an all-star cast of Stone Fence veterans: Peter Brown, Evan Burgess, Chantal Elie-Sernoskie, Ambrose Mullin, Fran Pinkerton, Derek Tolhurst and Ish Theilheimer.

Doors open at 2:00 pm. Show starts at 2:30 pm;  Harvest Stew Buffet begins at 4 pm; Parking is free.

Price

  •  Roadshow and Stew Dinner tickets (HST included) ($45 each) 
  • Under age 6 FREE

Email your ticket purchase request to our Stone Fence Committee, communications@lanarkgenealogy.com
or  Phone (343)-262-2772

Payment options include: (3 options)

Wire/ E-transfers completed by email transfer from the purchaser’s bank account to the LCGS Bank. The email address for your ticket purchase to LCGS is lcgspresident@gmail.com. This option allows you to purchase an individual ticket or a group of tickets with only one transaction. Please reference Roadshow and the number of tickets purchased

Credit card, our society issues you an invoice that includes payment options of wrire transfer or payment by credit card. Once you process your payment it is directly deposited into our bank and you receive a receipt of payment for your records.

By mail:  LCGS accepts cheque or money order (CAD funds)
Cheque Payable to Lanark County Genealogical Society
Mail to:
Lanark County Genealogical Society
Stone Fence Committee
47 Lansdowne Avenue, P.O. Box 20028
Carleton Place, Ontario K7C 4K3

February is Canada’s Black History Month “HONORING A PROUD HERITAGE”

On February 2nd, 2019 local author Ron Shaw will present his research on two black families who lived in Perth between 1858 and 1926; the Gilberts and the Jacksons.

Ron is from Perth Ontario. He studied journalism at Algonquin College and worked for newspapers, radio and television prior to his 35 year career with non-governmental relief and development organizations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Start Time 1:30 pm
Location, Beckwith Township Administration Complex
1702 9th Line Beckwith @ Black’s Corners Ontario

Event Organizers: Lanark County Genealogical Society

Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy

We were recently contacted by the young author of a new online guide for those wanted to get started in researching their family tree. Rachel, an American contributor from Hobby Help, alerted us to her Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy, and we’re delighted to add it to our Genealogy Research Links page.

Rachel shared with us that she “got the bug a few years ago and along with the excitement itself of finding new relatives one of her missions is to give back and spread the word to beginners”. She is based in New York, and although she hasn’t yet found any Canadian connections in her family history, she keeps searching!

 

A High Five to a Young Researcher

A young boy in the US has been doing his own genealogy research, and we received this nice note from his mother. We have indeed added the suggested resource in question to our Genealogy Research Links page. Thanks Garrett!

Just wanted to let you know that your genealogy page (https://lanarkgenealogy.com/research-tools/genealogy-research-links/) has been helpful. My son (8 years old, 3rd grade) is working on a family tree project for his Social Studies class. (I loved doing this project as a kid!)

I’ve been helping him do some research, and just wanted to let you know this guide from Maryville University was a big help to us, too: http://online.maryville.edu/online-masters-software-development/developing-your-family-tree-with-genealogy-software/

I thought you might want to include it on your page? My son, Garrett, found it. If you add it, let me know! I’d love to show him!

2017 Heritage Bus Tour of Beckwith Township

The 2017 Heritage Bus Tour on September 9th will be a guided tour made possible by Barr Bus Lines Ltd. Pakenham, Ontario.

We’re stepping back in time to Beckwith in its days of yore! Join Beckwith Historians and the Society’s Genealogists on this guided historical tour throughout our township. We’ll hear about young Ashton, Political Blacks’ Corners, Prosperous Prospect, Military Red Coats of Franktown, take a House Tour of “Rev Smith’s Manse”, Earlier Settler families, Rural One Room Schools, Annie E. Duff, Beckwith’s Photographer and Painter, and more. Enjoy the catered BBQ; visit the displays, hear our Guest Speaker local author John McKenty and tap your toes the entertainment.

The bus will leave from the Beckwith Township Recreation Complex at 9:30 a.m. sharp. The complex opens at 9:00 a.m., allowing time to register for the event or take a few minutes’ walk on the Goodwood Marsh Nature Trail while waiting for the buses to arrive.

2017 Heritage Bus Tour of Beckwith Township
September 9th, 2017
Beckwith Recreation Complex (seating for 100 people)
1319 9th Line Beckwith
Carleton Place, Ontario  K7C 3P2

  • Bus Tour leaves 9:30 a.m.
  • BBQ lunch at 12:30 p.m. (The Waterfalls Catering)

Lunch time programming includes:

  • Key Note Speaker: Local Author John McKenty
  • Commemorative Sand Ceremony, dedicated to Beckwith Township Early Settlers
  • Farm related displays, family photos, farm photo, some historical artifacts and treasures from life on the farm
  • Beckwith Township Display with opportunity to purchase their Beckwith History Collection of Books
  • Author Linda Seccaspina will have her book “Tales of Carleton Place” and others available for purchase
  • Lanark County Museums Network Displays

We may even get a chance to hear Irish Traditional music and taste some black blood puddin’, colcannon, soda bread, barmbrack, or apple crumble cake from recipes that provided nourishment on the table in an Irish household during the 1800s and 1900s.

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Photo Gallery:  Blending Beckwith Past & Present