Upcoming Wellington County Branch Meetings:

May 25, 2021 – Family Research in Wellington County and Guelph with Sharie Aspden

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Researching family in Wellington County?

Then you will want to join us in May as Sharie Aspden guides us through the many resources available to family historians.

Clues to what is missing in the census data, where to find civil registration information and details on the 168 cemeteries located in Wellington County and the related tombstone transcriptions will all be discussed. Learn which County newspapers are available online, how the County boundaries and place names have changed over the years as well as particulars related to the area’s schools, churches and post offices.  Share will also be providing information on the County’s repositories and what you can expect to find in their collections.Picture of Sharie Aspden

Sharie Aspden recently moved to Wellington County, the homeland of her maternal family, and has found a wealth of genealogical information on her door step. She is currently the Vice-Chair and the Publications Coordinator of the Wellington County Branch, Ontario Ancestors


June 22, 2021 – United Empire Loyalists: A Case Study of Daniel Rose with Stephen Bowley, U.E.

Daniel Rose, a United Empire Loyalist, is a case-study involving this Joseph Brant volunteer.  The focus will be on how to trace, the sources to use, and how to document United Empire Loyalists.


September 28, 2021 – Vision for Ontario Ancestors — The Society and Branches with Heather McTavish Taylor


October 26, 2021 – How Do I Know What I Don’t Know – Fast Tracking Your Genealogical Education with Thomas MacEntee


November 23, 2021 – Mennonite Funeral and Burial Traditions:  Researching, Writing and Self-Publishing with Marion Roes

Marion Roes of Waterloo has been researching and writing about local history since the mid-1990’s.  In her illustrated presentation she will describe how the Mennonite traditions, originally intended as a chapter in “Death as Life’s Work”, came to be a separate book.  While writing and interviewing, Roes‘ view of cemeteries as places of tradition, ritual, stories and community broadened.  Self-publishing for her encompasses many experiences she can share in producing her two books:  Mennonite Funerals and Burial Traditions and Death as Life’s Work.

Note: The Wellington County Branch Annual General Meeting will also be held during the November meeting.


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


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