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Notes from the Chairperson
I am excited! Why? Because David Yates’ book, a compilation of historical articles about the people, places, and events of Huron County is about to become a reality. In early August, David Yates, Julia Armstrong (editor), Michelle Carter (poster designer), and I met for a two-hour meeting to hammer out the final task assignments and map the timeline to completion. I am happy to report that all the stories have been written and edited. The photos have been chosen and proper permission to use them obtained. David has written his short biography, the dedication, and the acknowledgements. I have written the foreword, and the layout is in process. The cover is in the final stage, and soon everything will be at the printers. Now, we are starting to plan for a book launch. This has been a bigger project than I ever imagined, but the end result will all be worth it.
So what kind of book is it, you may ask. David has written well over 400 stories for the Signal Star and Focus newspapers. The happy problem became: how do we choose what to put in a book and how do we organize it? It soon became apparent that David had written at least one story for every year since 1827. He had also written about the Indigenous Peoples who had inhabited this area long before the Canada Company Settlers. So why not start there? This new book covers the period from the Indigenous Peoples through the early settlement all the way to Canada’s coming of age in World War I. The stories are arranged in chronological order with the year above each title. What has always impressed me about David’s stories was that they were easy to read and of great interest to the casual reader and the history buff alike. They read like little short stories filled with human interest details that open a window into the past and its characters. Each story stands on its own merit. It’s the kind of book that you can pick up and read a quick story while waiting or at bedtime. You can read the stories in any order, and only the stories that interest you if you like, or you can read the whole book from cover to cover.
Watch for details of how you can purchase your copy. .
Marian Elizabeth Zinn
Marian Elizabeth Zinn, of Lucknow, passed away at Sepoy Manor on Sunday August 5, 2018 at the age of 91. Beloved wife of Warren Zinn for 67 years. Dear mother of Diane (Ron) Ferguson of Blyth, Terry (Colleen) Zinn of Ashfield Township, and Paul Zinn (Lynn Johnston) of Lucknow. Also greatly missed by grandchildren Kimberley, Jeffrey (Tanis), Eric, and Jenna; great grandson Bodie; sisters Margaret Keith of Goderich and Bell Hackett of Lucknow; sister-in-law Donna Zinn of Stratford and brother-in-law Murray Tuck. Marian will also be missed by many nieces and nephews, as well as many fellow historians and friends. Predeceased by parents Douglas & Sadie Graham, sister Gladys Tuck, and brothers-in-law Chester Hackett, Evan Keith, and Clarke Zinn.
The memorial service, under the auspices of MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, was held at the Lucknow Community Centre on Thursday August 9, 2018, with interment in Greenhill Cemetery, Lucknow.
Born in Kinloss Township July 8, 1927, Marion was a long-time resident of Ashfield, West Wawanosh, and Lucknow. Her interests were many: the United Church, the UCW, Dungannon Women’s Institute, Huron County Board of Education, Huron County Heart and Stoke, Wingham & District Hospital Board, Lucknow Horticulture and Agriculture societies, Blyth Centre for the Arts, secretary in her husband’s real estate business. Marian’s true passion, however, was local history, researching and also chairing or co-chairing the committees for local history books on Ashfield, West Wawanosh, and Kinloss; the final book completed was the 2018 history of East Ashfield. We will miss Marian and her vast knowledge of local history and cemeteries.
Our condolences to Marian’s family.
The Québec Genealogical eSociety
Mission – through the utilization of social media, bring to genealogists an inclusive, web-based environment that replicates the brick-and-mortar experience of a Québec-focused genealogical society.
The Québec Genealogical eSociety (https://www.genquebec.com) provides a virtual environment enabling members to:
a) participate and share in their genealogical research.
b) network with other genealogists.
c) pursue their growth as genealogists, either by coaching others or by being coached.
d) conduct continuous improvement and development of best practices in the discipline of genealogy.
Cost is $45 for a 1 year membership (12 month membership from date of joining) with: free access to research websites, free access to Webinars, free access to an extensive resource network, and more, all through your web browser.
As well, there are bi-weekly newsletters distributed through MailChimp. One does not have to be a member to be added to the mailing list.
The idea for a virtual society was the brainchild of Johanne Gervais, a professional genealogist, who would visit archives and brick-and-mortar genealogical societies to access information, to conduct lectures, and to participate in seminars or lectures on genealogical-related topics. Due to distance and schedule, she sometimes was unable to make the journey to a particular facility. In true genealogical fashion, this brick wall prompted her to consider various approaches to solve a problem that no doubt plagued many. From her day-to-day utilization of social media tools that enable her do her job, communicate with her clients, and run her business from the comfort of her home, the idea of a virtual society was born.
In January 2018, Johanne and her team launched the Québec Genealogical eSociety website and began welcoming members. This page provides access to two subscription databases, the BMS2000 and the PRDH databases. The BMS2000 database contains: BMS records (births, marriages and deaths) from 24 genealogical societies of Québec. Close to 10 million BMS records have been collected (1600s to the 20th century).
The PRDH database (The Research Program in Historical Demography) contains:
a) A repertory of vital events, 1621–1849, for Québec, which includes approximately 2.3 million baptismal, marriage, and burial certificates registered in Catholic parishes prior to 1850. Also included are approximately 26,000 Protestant marriages recorded before 1850 and more than 20,000 certificates of various other types: census records, marriage contracts, confirmations, and lists of immigrants.
b) A genealogical dictionary of families, 1621-1824 for Québec, which offers a reconstruction of the history of all families who settled in the St. Lawrence Valley, or roughly the current territory of today’s province of Québec, from the beginning of French colonization to 1824.
c) A repertory of couples and filial relations, 1621–1824 for Québec, which specifies for each spouse the names of his or her parents and the names of his or her other spouses, if applicable, with a link to these couples. In addition, a list of the couple’s children who married before 1824 is supplied, with a link to their first marriage.
The website’s Resource Links page includes resource hyperlinks and maps for each of Québec’s 17 administrative regions:
01 Bas-Saint-Laurent (Lower St. Lawrence)
03 Capitale-Nationale (Québec City region)
05 Estrie (Eastern Townships)
11 Gaspésie and Iles-de-la-Madeleine
15 Laurentides (Laurentians)