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Program Schedule April- September 2021

posted 31 Mar 2021, 12:32 by Lakeshore Genealogical Society

Lakeshore Genealogy Society – Program Schedule April to September 2021

All are scheduled to be via Zoom at 7PM

April  8, 2021 - Dan Buchanan and The Tobey Book

The Tobey Book" contains 786 pages outlining the most important collection of historical information of the Brighton community.  Dan will tell you how this valuable document was created and, using examples from the book, will explore the nature of the content. He will also explain a significant genealogy problem that was solved using references found in the book. With a PDF version of this book now available, researching this massive collection is made possible. Join us and learn something fascinating about Northumberland County history.

May 13, 2021 – 10 Minute Talks – 

Three Lakeshore Genealogy Members will share an interest from their research. Marcia McLeod – a Scottish theme; Jane Clarke – My Irishes and Barb Harmer will tell us about her connection to Colborne and Lakeport. 

June 10, 2021- Northumberland County Archives
Abigail Miller and Katie Kennedy will be back with a new presentation.  Always entertaining. Topic to be finalized.

September 9, 2021 - Linda Corupe - The Irish Immigrant’s Tale - 

This is the story of a family that emigrated from Ireland in 1834 to Cobourg. Their ocean voyage is described, and it then involves a family death at the immigration and quarantine station at Grosse Isle.  The diary continues up to around 1837, with their experiences in their new home. This true story is taken from an unpublished diary. 

Land Records in Your Pyjamas – Speaker Linda Corupe

posted 25 Jan 2021, 09:32 by Lakeshore Genealogical Society

February 112021 -7:00 PM on Zoom


Land Records in Your Pyjamas – Speaker Linda Corupe

Focusing mainly on the records available on-line, the presentation begins with methods of determining the correct lot and concession number.  From there, the 2 different methods (FamilySearch and ONLAND) of accessing abstract deeds online, step by step, and also how to access individual memorials/instruments online. Linda will also address the issue of why numbers seem to “jump” in some deed books and appear to have all sorts of missing documents.


The author of over 50 books, Linda Corupe, UE, has been researching genealogy and family histories for more than 40 years. Her publications are invaluable resources for anyone researching the early years of Upper Canada. Among the most notable of her works are the annotated transcriptions of the Assize Court records, called “Upper Canadian Justice”, now completed from 1793 to 1829 for all areas of the province at that time, and the records of the First Heir and Devisee Commissions, detailing land claims filed from 1797 to 1804, again for all of early Upper Canada.  Linda is a member of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada, the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Ontario Historical Society.

Fall 2020 Schedule

posted 11 Aug 2020, 13:16 by Lakeshore Genealogical Society

September 10    Rhoda Bellamy –

Exploring Archival Collections, a Research Case Study – Canon Maurice Sanderson

This presentation is designed to give an overview of just a few of the types of historical materials that can be found in archival collections.  Research that provided the foundation for a possible writing of this fascinating Aboriginal man's biography, in itself reveals an interesting tale of discovery.

Archival institutions are a fantastic resource for all researchers, including family historians who are interested in learning about their ancestors and the communities in which they lived.  These facilities are charged with safekeeping historical records, usually ones which pertain to the institution that houses the records.   In addition to specialising in certain subject matter, archives can be local, regional, national or global in scope.  There is also a great variety of records - not only paper documents, but photographs and other visual images, film, audio recordings, digital files, etc.  These are available in all kinds of formats, so researchers embarking on their research journey must broaden their scope and search with an open mind.  You never know what surprises await.

October 8     – Linda Corupe -– Making Her Presence Known – This talk will guide us through the records left behind in archives and libraries that researchers can use today to enhance their knowledge of female ancestors.


November 12    –Cheryl Levy - Transcriptions, Abstracts and Extractions –what researchers need to understand when transcribing early documents

1878 Northumberland in Google Earth

posted 24 Feb 2014, 19:25 by Lakeshore Genealogical Society   [ updated 24 Feb 2014, 19:26 ]

Township maps of Northumberland Co. from 1878 overlaid on Google Earth
Check out our new feature - we have overlaid the maps from the Illustrated historical atlas of the counties of Northumberland and Durham, Ont. Toronto : H. Belden & Co., 1878 onto Google Earth for a nifty way of exploring this area. See 1878 Northumberland in Google Earth.

Residents of Cobourg/Port Hope can borrow from both Public Libraries

posted 29 Oct 2013, 05:18 by Tom Holden   [ updated 20 Jan 2020, 14:48 by Lakeshore Genealogical Society ]

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!
  • The PHPL website, under the menu At the Library > Get a Library Card, says: "Library borrowing privileges are also extended to members of the Cobourg Public Library."
  • Under the menu Our Library > Library Policies > 5.6 Membership Policy, the Cobourg website says (paraphrased): "Any permanent resident of Cobourg or Hamilton Township and any resident of the Municipality of Port Hope, is able to get a Library card at no cost."
(Updated 2020-01-20)

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