Until we can gather safely, consider joining us virtually.
Simcoe County Branch Meetings
Location: Online via Zoom
Join the Simcoe County Branch to hear a wonderful lineup of knowledgeable speakers and topics. Our Branch meetings are open to everyone, however, registration is required. Use the links below to register.
Sat. Feb. 5th, 2022 at 2:00 pm EST (via Zoom)
Speaker: Christine Woodcock
Topic: Researching Métis Ancestors
In the late 18th century, Scotsmen traveled to York Factory to work with the Hudson Bay Company. Being indentured for 3 to 5 years, these men often coupled with Cree women, creating the Métis Nation in Canada. The Hudson’s Bay Company’s rival, the Northwest Company, also sent men to the Red River area to trap in the winter months. These men also coupled with the Cree women, adding French blood to the Métis. Many of the Scots eventually left the Red River area, relocating to Simcoe County. In her talk, Christine will help us understand the influence the Scottish had on creating the Métis Nation and outline resources for research.
Sat. Feb. 12th, 2022 at 2:00 pm EST (via Zoom)
Speakers: Dr. Laura Smith & Charmaine Lindsay
Topic: Surviving the Famine: Tracing the Irish Famine Generation in Ontario
The story of the Great Irish Famine is well known. The population of Ireland was reduced by millions through starvation, disease, and outbound migration. While much of the emphasis and research has focused on those who did not survive the passage to Canada, or died upon arrival, the Canada Ireland Foundation has launched a new project to celebrate the survivors of this tragedy and their success in Ontario, many of whom settled in Simcoe County. Join representatives from the Canada Ireland Foundation to learn more about the project and the records used to trace the migration of thousands of famine emigrants from Lake Ontario ports into the interior of the province in the summer of 1847. The basis of the project is a group of little-known records at Library and Archives Canada called the Emigration Service Records. These records provide a vital missing link in tracing Irish famine migrants from an era where few passenger lists exist. The speakers will outline how you can use these records to trace your own Irish Ontario ancestors and how you can get involved to help with the Canada Ireland Foundation project.
Sat. March 5th, 2022 at 2:00 pm EST (via Zoom)
Speaker: Carole Stuart
Topic: Collingwood and area history
Join us for an informative talk about the History of Collingwood and the surrounding area.