GenTraveling to Lennox & Addington County


Hello, GenTravelers!

I’ve had a large project monopolizing my time and energy lately and I’ve missed reading all the sites I follow! But things have settled a bit {hallelujah} and I’m hoping to get caught up.

As I mentioned in a previous post (GenTraveling to Upper Canada), I went GenTraveling last month and stopped in at quite a few different archives/repositories.  It was a great trip! Today, I’ll highlight Lennox & Addington County in Ontario, Canada.  They have a terrific museum and archive and Lisa, the archivist there, was very helpful.

Yesterday, June 19th, was actually United Empire Loyalist day in Ontario. Here’s a snippet from the L&A County Archive’s facebook page:


Do you recognize any names?  I think my people migrated later, but don’t you LOVE that lists like this have survived?!? The museum and archives have lots of good material all collected into one central location. Plus, they have a really nice website, so you can do a bunch of research ahead of time on what research you will be able to do when you visit. Check it out HERE.

I can tell the people and leaders of Lennox & Addington County appreciate their history and are making it a priority to preserve it.  Good for them! Sadly, that wasn’t the case everywhere I traveled to last month.  I decided I wanted to help the struggling archives (the local historical societies, or small libraries, etc.). My wheels are spinning on how I can do that, and I have some ideas, so stay tuned for that! :o)  Now, off I go to read my feed and get caught up on everyone else’s genealogy adventures!


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GenTraveling to Upper Canada


Hello GenTravelers!

Well, my next GenTraveling excursion is coming up shortly! It is currently snowing here in my neck of the woods, so this chilly-looking photo of Lake Ontario seemed appropriate.  However, I’m hoping for MUCH warmer weather in a few weeks.  The plane tickets are purchased, the itinerary is sketched out, my list of repositories that I want to visit is….well, long and getting longer!

We (my hubby and I) will be GenTraveling to Upper Canada. You know, I remember being confused when I initially came across that term – it seemed so backwards that “Upper” was being referred to that area of the map – anyone else??? If so, here’s an explanation (per Wikipedia HERE):

The “upper” prefix in the name reflects its geographic position along the Great Lakes, mostly above the headwaters of the Saint Lawrence River, contrasted with Lower Canada (present-day Quebec) to the northeast.

But…back to my GenTraveling plans – the plan is to to circumnavigate Lake Ontario! Fun eh?  We’ll start our journey in Toronto, then travel King’s Highway 33 (aka Loyalist Parkway):

In 1784, following the American Revolution, the United Empire Loyalists began to arrive in Upper Canada, hoping to settle the frontier near Cataraqui (now Kingston). With the help of the military, the loyalists blazed a trail west from Cataraqui to Bath, a distance of 25 kilometres (16 mi). This trail would become a section of Highway 33 nearly 150 years later. [source]

I have loyalist ancestors that I need to research, so we’ll stop in at The Lennox and Addington Historical Society.

We’ll continue on and hopefully hit some waterfalls:

ontario waterfalls

We’ll explore the Thousand Islands region, then head down to New York (where I have MAJOR research to conduct – wish me luck and much success!),  we’ll head west and hopefully hit some lighthouses. I LOVE photographing lighthouses. By the way, did you know there is a Lighthouse Society?  Who knew! (I might have to join). Plus, they are nice enough to keep a list of Lake Ontario lighthouses up on their website. Thanks Lighthouse Society! [Link HERE] This is Sodus Point lighthouse and I even had a distant cousin live in Sodus Point for a while.  Possible research there too!


Next up is Niagara Falls and then back up to Toronto.  We’ll have gone full circle! I’m totally excited!  We’re going to pack A LOT into those 8 days!

Now, excuse me – I have a TON of prep-research to do!  Have a great day and good luck climbing those family trees!


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