We are excited and honoured to host Dr. Janet Braund Few on her cross-Canada tour at our Oct 8 meeting where she will present Faith, Fish, Farm & Family - Immigration from North Devon 1830-1900.
Port Hope-Cobourg became the cradle of the Bible Christian movement in Canada due to missionaries from Devon. Dr. Few is a "rockstar genealogist", historical interpreter ("Mistress Agnes") and author from Exeter, England whose PhD thesis studied communities in North Devon and their migratory patterns.
main site and click on the link "Archives & Special Collections".Janice Millard, Curator, Archives, Special Collections, and Rare Books and Gifts of Trent University Archives brought several artifacts from the Archives to illustrate her presentation. The photo above shows a sample of very dense cross-writing from the early 19th century when paper was very expensive. The writer would write across an already written page at 90 degrees - two pages in one and sometimes four, if she also wrote diagonally! Ms Millard described how the collection can aid in researching family history and genealogy, especially for Peterborough and adjacent counties. To explore what is in the Archives, visit the Trent University Library
1878 Northumberland in Google Earth.
Did you know that residency in either municipality entitles you to borrowing privileges at both's Public Libraries? I didn't, or, if I was told when I joined CPL some 4 years ago, I have forgotten. Thanks, PHPL and CPL!
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