2022 Events Calendar

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Forgotten Pioneers: The Black Settlements of Wellington County
Speaker: Kyle Smith, Activity Programmer of the Wellington County Museum and Archives

Facing almost unimaginable hardships a group of hardy pioneers built a land and a home in the heart of Wellington County.  These people, Black Canadians, left their mark on our landscape in so many ways and yet their story is only largely unknown in the wider community.

During the 1800’s large groups of Black Canadian settlers settled in Wellington County in a variety of places including the Pierpoint settlement near Fergus, and the Queens Bush near Glen Allen, which at its peak in the 1840’s had a population of over 1500 Black Canadians.   These hardy survivors were amongst the very first non-native settlers to this area and their story of survival is the story of how our local area began.

Join Activity Programmer Kyle Smith from the Wellington County Museum and Archives as we look through archival photographs and personal narratives, and talk about some of the personalities who built these settlements, why they flourished here, but also why these settlements eventually disappeared, and why don’t more people know about them today?

This event will be held virtually. Please click here to register. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the required details for joining the meeting on Zoom.

 

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
The Geography of Genealogy 
Speaker: Dave Obee, genealogist and author

It is impossible to do comprehensive genealogical research without an understanding of where your ancestors lived. Dave Obee will guide us through how geographic tools can help in determining where you are from, where family records may be found and can also provide a sense of what life was like for your ancestors. This talk provides a basic overview of what to look for, and how to use the information that you find.

This event will be held virtually. Please click here to register. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the required details for joining the meeting on Zoom.

 

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Accessing Laurier University’s Archives and Special Collections  
Speaker: Cindy Preece, Archives Administrator, Laurier Archives and Special Collections

The Wilfred Laurier University Archives and Special Collections is not only the official repository for historic records of the university but also the records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (Eastern Synod), the historic records of the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, as well as collections of personal papers, publications and ephemera. Cindy Preece will be providing an overview of the archives’ collection and the steps required to access their resources in-person and virtually.

This event will be held virtually. Please click here to register. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the required details for joining the meeting on Zoom.

 

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

We’re still finalizing the details of this meeting. Once the details are confirmed, they will be posted here.

 

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Palmerston Heritage Railway Museum Tour and Local Genealogy 
Speaker: Bob McEachern, Volunteer Archivist, Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum

Join us for an in-person tour of the Palmerston Heritage Railway Museum. Bob McEachern will also be sharing local stories, providing updates on the museum’s digitization project and other genealogy-related resources from the northern part of Wellington County.

Note: This meeting is currently scheduled to be “in-person.” Further details will be provided closer to the event.

 

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
The Great Hunger, a Genealogist’s Retrospective 
Speaker: Melanie McLellan

Melanie will be providing a brief overview of the famine (what caused it, the circumstances that exacerbated the famine in Ireland and which parts of Ireland were the most affected). She will also discuss the domestic and international response to the famine and the effect it had on the Irish population.

Note: This meeting is currently scheduled to be “in-person.” Further details will be provided closer to the event.

 

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Proudly She Served: Canadian Women at War, 1885-1945 
Speaker: Glenn Wright

Many women assisted and then served with our military forces from the War of 1812 through the Second World War. Glenn Wright will discuss who these women were as well as the roles they played and the contributions they made. Wellington County examples will be included along with some unique research sources.

This event will be held virtually. Please click here to register. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the required details for joining the meeting on Zoom.

 

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022*
Guelph Museums and the Story of John McCrae 
Speaker: Guelph Museum Staff

McCrae House was designated a national historic site in 1966 for its architectural history and as the birth place of John McCrae. While most of us are familiar with McCrae’s iconic poem “In Flanders Fields”, Guelph Museum staff will provide a glimpse into other aspects of the doctor’s life as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth. Resources available through the Guelph Civic Museum which showcases Guelph’s history will also be highlighted.

*Note: This meeting is being held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month as our usual date is not available. Before the presentation commences, the Wellington County Branch’s Annual General Meeting will take place.

This event will be held virtually. Please click here to register. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the required details for joining the meeting on Zoom.

 

 

 

Our meetings are open to everyone and we look forward to welcoming our members and friends.

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Research queries can be sent to wellingtonresearch@ogs.on.ca and general questions to
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