These are short stories about ancestors of members of Lakeshore Genealogical Society. Reflecting our diverse origins, some are set locally, others overseas. Numerous presentations have been made about our ancestries at our meetings, some of which having been published or abstracted in our newsletter Links which has limited circulation. Story creation and distribution expanded dramatically with the inauguration of our Mystery Ancestor Night in January, 2009.
Mystery Ancestor Night
In this annual January meeting over many years, several members anonymously prepared a display describing (and even naming) an ancestor. The mystery was not the ancestor; rather, it was the anonymous presenter. Displays were set up out of view and then members were let loose on them to scrutinize for clues and make their best guesses about who made them. It was a great way to learn something about our fellow members and a fertile annual occasion for the generation of member stories. Our then Program chairperson made a point of capturing these presentations and making them available to the local newspaper and to the now-defunct community history website Hardscrabble (link to Wayback Machine's scan of Hardscrabble at the end of 2013 after which LGS stories were removed for preservation on this website). Now numbering almost 50, they are listed and linked below and presented with supplementary links for some.
Many of the stories were compiled and paraphrased by Cecilia Nasmith in feature articles in the local newspaper Northumberland Today. Many of those prior to 2014 could be found online at NorthumberlandToday.com and subsequently in the archive of NorthumberlandNews.com which took over the other paper.
All Stories (author:title)
Cowin, Maebelle: Thomas Toms assisted in the building of Victoria Hall
Evans, Carol: My fifth Great Grandfather was a Spy: Johannes Waldemeier / John W. Meyers U.E.
Gibson, Nancy: A Prominent Dundonald Businessman: Mark Cowey Broomfield
Evans, Carol: Karolina Holic nee Svec - Biksard to Frankford
Gibson, Nancy: Rutherford Birchard Hayes - 19th President of the United States
Sandham, James: My Great-Grandmother Survived the Irish Famine
Cowin, Maebelle: Rosella Cunningham, 1915-2001 V.O.N., Health Nurse, & Professor of Nursing
Gibson, Nancy: Frederick William Pearson - Edville Cheesemaker
Sandham, James: Ontario Brothers Fail to Find their Fortunes in the West
Tryon, Anne: Jesse William Winney: From the Adversity of War Came a New Career
Cleland, Diana: Spelling of Irish Names Can Complicate your Research - John and Ann Jane McCagherty
Cowin, Maebelle: Alfred Robert & Jane (JACKSON) FISHER and Family
Gregg, Emma: Great-Grandfather Jacob Dick Rode Across the Steppes of Russia, with Robbers in Hot Pursuit
Tryon, Anne: A Bachelor Gentleman Whom We Called Uncle Harry
Cochrane, Brenda: Stanislova (Stella) Skowerska, my Mother-in-law
Randall, Richard: Tracking Information of My Uncle: Veteran and Casualty of W.W.I
Evans, Carol: Martin Van Buren - 8th President of the United States of America and catalyst for the expression "okay"
Holden, Tom: The Brothers Robertson – in Blood and Arms – my Grand Uncles & The Great War
Makepeace, Bernice: DNA Discovers Grandpa John McCubbin's Other Descendants
Smith, Ron: Philip Embury - Builder of the First Methodist Church in the Americas
Sterling, Peter: My Smith ancestors, three generations at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
Tryon, Anne: Who were the parents of Mary Brown/Browne? Who was the father of her children? Is there a Jewish connection?
Crosgrey, Tony: Hilda May Jex,..and the forgotten photos of the Jex’s of Cobourg
Holden, Tom: Grand Uncle Jim – a Turn of the Century Railroader in Indian Territory
Randall, Richard: Thomas David Andrews, June 10, 1883-May 9,1945