Thursday, 26 July 2012


This little hamlet is situated four miles south of the Town of Brantford. It contains one church of the Canada Baptist denomination ; one general store, a waggon factory, a blacksmith shop, and a population of fifty. The Baptist Church was built in 1869 in the usual country church modification of Gothic, and cost $2,500. It has a seating capacity of two hundred and fifty. There is service every Sunday at 1.30 p.m., and Sunday school at 3 p.m. Besides these services there is a prayer meeting on Thursday. The average attendance at the Sunday services is one hundred and fifty. ~ from The History of the County of Brant, Ontario, Warner, Beers &Co, 1883, pg 370


This attractive village is situated on the old London and Hamilton Road. It contains a long and straggling row of houses fronting the London Road, a brick built Methodist church, a general store, a post office, of which Mrs. Dowling, a widow, is the Postmistress. The population is estimated at two hundred. It is about two miles east of Cainsville.
~ from The History of the County of Brant, Ontario, Warner, Beers &Co, 1883, pg 371

Monday, 23 July 2012

New Online Resources

¨ has indexed some 246,000 records from its collection of Ontario marriage certificates.

¨ The Public Archives of Nova Scotia has put two historic newspapers online: The Acadian Recorder and the Liverpool Transcript.

¨ A new website has launched on the War of 1812. This website tells the story from the Canadian perspective.

¨ The Niagara Peninsula branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has created an index for all the funeral records from Morse & Sons Funeral Home in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This is the oldest funeral home in Niagara Falls.

¨ The Canadian Museum of Civilization has a fascinating collection of Canadian mail order catalogues. The catalogues span the years from 1880 to 1975.

¨ Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has released a collection of some 121,000
¨ immigration records for people who passed into Canada from United States
¨ between 1908 to 1918 and 1925 to 1935.

¨ Library and Archives Canada has updated its Upper Canada Land Petitions
¨ database, which covers the years 1763 to 1865.

¨ Library and Archives Canada has launched a new database called Royal Canadian Navy Ledger Sheets. These are records of individuals who served in the Canadian Navy from 1910 to 1918.

Thanks to the Women's Institute

Did you know that many things that we take for granted today were once the
rallying cry of the Women’s Institute?

Some of these include:

Pasteurization of milk
*Wrapping bread
*Painting white lines on Provincial Highways
*Signs at railway crossings
*Music on school curriculum
*The legal marriage at age 16 with parental consent
*Mandatory stopping for school bus when lights are flashing
*Obtaining Public Liability Insurance before getting a drivers licence
*Clear markings on poison containers
*Dental and Medical inspections in schools
*TB tests before handling food
*The formation of the MacDonald Institute at the University of Guelph
*Lobbying for the establishment of Brock University
*Promoting farm safety
*Support of 4H Clubs
*Lobbying the government for change
*Promoting personal growth
*Promoting Community Action
*Provide two scholarships per year to local youth
*Keep scrapbooks of local families & community- known as “Tweedsmuir Histories”

Many of these Tweedsmuirs are available in our library. Come and have a look at these amazing first hand accounts of history in the making.