Program Schedule 2023-24

Our Family Research Group meets regularly at Cobourg Library and via Zoom to exchange ideas, share discoveries and learn from guest speakers. New members & visitors welcome. Pre-registration required. To register or make inquiries: . Usual start is 7:00PM with doors open 1/2 hour earlier (less for Zoom).

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 – 7:30 pm

Cobourg Street Names – Who & Why –

Guest Speaker – Peter Delanty

Hybrid Meeting, Rotary Room, Cobourg Library or by Zoom

Many of the streets in Cobourg are named after notable early settlers and former mayor, Peter Delanty will combine both recent and early history to entertain us with stories of just how many of these streets gained their identity.

Please register for this event.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023– 7:00 PM

The Peter Robinson Settlers

Guest Speaker: Cheryl Levy, PLCGS

The Peter Robinson Settlers were part of a British Government emigration scheme to transport Irish paupers to Upper Canada. In 1823, two ships sailed for Canada with 568 Irish settlers who settled in the Ottawa Valley area. Peter Robinson was so successful that the British government approved a second emigration group. In 1825 when Robinson brought 2024 Irish settlers on nine ships for settlement in the Peterborough area A story of perseverance, resilience and courage.

Speaker, Cheryl Levy is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies with Certificates in Methodology and Canadian Records. Her business, Footprints to Heritage, offers genealogical research, and education, presentations and workshops. Cheryl’s research interests are the Quinte Region and United Empire Loyalists, while her own roots are Nova Scotia and Colonial New England. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 – 7:00 PM

Miscellaneous Collection at the Archives of Ontario

Guest Speaker: Linda Corupe, U.E.L

This fascinating collection includes indentures of apprenticeships, militia commissions and discharges, copies of letters from pioneers, notices to settlers and emigrants, plans for new towns and lists of settlers. Linda will guide us how to access a chronological listing that is searchable electronically and she will share many interesting items from the collection. 

Please visit Linda’s website at:

Wednesday, November 8, 2023  – 7:00 PM

Sacrifice: Researching Canada’s War Dead, 1914-1945

Guest Speaker: Glenn Wright

Canada’s participation in the two World Wars came at a horrible cost in fatal casualties: about 65,000 between 1914 and 1919 and another 45,000 between 1939 and 1945. Our war dead are well documented and, in this presentation, Glenn will review the major resources – archival, published and online – for both world wars as well as many of lesser-known resources, where to find them and how to use them to research an ancestor who gave his or her life in the service of our country.

Following graduation from the University of Toronto, Glenn worked as a researcher for Pierre Berton before joining the Public Archives of Canada in 1975. During his 30 year public service career Glenn worked as an archivist, historical research officer and, for many years, assistant historian with the RCMP. Glenn has a special interest in Canada’s military history and has published widely in family history, genealogical and historical magazines and journals and has published two books.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 7:00PM

Our Noteworthy Discoveries of the Past - Tell Us a Story

Genealogy brings us face-to-face with truly interesting information any time that we care to look.  But what about that discovery that really amazed you? What was it and when did it happen?  Have you come across something startling? Was it part of your research or someone you met?  Members are invited to bring their stories to the December Zoom-only meeting.

December 13, 7:00 PM Please pre-register:

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - 8PM

Online Sources for Scottish Research

Have you exhausted the many online resources for finding your Scottish ancestors?

Here are some websites to consider for filling in the details of your ancestor’s life. This February 14th meeting is a Zoom only event. Note: 8:00 PM start time.

All Welcome.

February 14, 2023 8:00 PM Please Pre-register:

Speaker is Christine Woodcock – view her many speaking topics at:

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 -7:30PM

Canadian Resources Review

Guest Speaker - Sher Leetooze

Of interest to those new to genealogy as well as seasoned researchers, Sher gives a review of all the wonderful records available in Canada, and Ontario in particular, that will help put 'flesh on the bones' of your ancestors and their families. By Zoom only meeting

Please register for this event.

Saturday, April 6, 2024 – 1:30 – 3:30 PM

The Rice Lake Trading Post

Guest Speaker Dr. Robert Pearce

Hybrid Meeting, Rotary Room at Cobourg Library or by Zoom

Bob will tell us about the history of the Rice Lake Trading Post, which was established in 1796 at the mouth of the Otonabee River. This very informative presentation documents both the historical and genealogical aspects of the surrounding region in the 1800’s while touching on many topics, including the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mackenzie Rebellion, North West Company… and more. Closely tied to this story and it’s people was the formation and growth of the Rice Lake Reserve (now Hiawatha First Nation), and the Otonabee Township in Upper Canada.

Please register for this event.