Pioneers of Goulbourn display at the Stittsville Public Library

Pioneers of Goulbourn

Pioneers of Goulbourn - Stittsville Public Library Artspace.

Pioneers of Goulbourn – from the GTHS collection

We are pleased to present a gallery of portraits of Goulbourn Township pioneers at the Artspace in the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The presentation will be on display for the month of February 2016.

This is a careful selection of images from our extensive photo archives celebrating the pioneer families of the former Goulbourn Township.Some of the images date back to the late 1800’s and include studio portraits, group photos and airbrush portraits.

Also on display is a Scrapbook compiled by Mary Jane Argue and recently donated to the GTHS by Ellen Faulkner.

We invite you to come and appreciate these pioneers of our community.

Annual General Meeting – January 23rd 2016

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This is a gentle reminder of our upcoming Annual General Meeting taking place on Saturday January 23rd at Christ Church Anglican Church Hall in Ashton, starting at 12 noon. It’s an important meeting where you can show your support for the Society. A delicious dinner will be provided by the ladies of the church along with their famous pies and the cost will be the same as last year – $15. You can pay at the door, but we need to know ahead how many are coming so the ladies know how many to prepare for. Please reserve your place by replying to our Membership Chair at rderrick(remove) or by phoning Barbara at 613-836-2305.

Last year we discussed changing the membership year and those attending the meeting agreed that we should go ahead with this. We are now required to present it at an AGM for approval. The present by-law under Section 111 Membership, #3 states: “Annual Fees cover the period from 1 April of one year to 31 March of the following year and payment shall be due by 1 April of each year”.

The proposed wording is as follows: “Annual Fees cover the period from 1 February of one year to 31 January of the following year and payment shall be due by 1 February of each year.”

We look forward to seeing you in Ashton.

GTHS Annual General Meeting

2016_Goulbourn Township_AGMThe Goulbourn Township Historical Society invites its members to its Annual General Meeting taking place January 23rd 2016.

The event will take place in the Church Hall of Christ Church, Ashton. Dinner will be at noon, price $15, followed by our annual business meeting. Details concerning reservations for dinner will be provided later. Please mark your calendar for this date and come out and support your Society.



Hobo Christmas – 1935

Hobo Christmas – 1935
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Author Terrence Rundle West joins us for a reading of ‘Hobo Christmas, 1935’ an excerpt from his book,  Not In My Father’s Footsteps. This historical novel follows two young men from the bread lines and hobo jungles of Canada to the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War. Hear an uplifting story that takes place in a Canada few could imagine today, based on true events and bringing to life the true spirit of the season.

Terrence was a former teacher and administrator in the Ottawa area and although having lived in Ottawa since 1968 still fancies himself as a northerner.

Terrence has written several historical novels revolving around Canadian events.

Hearing our story can be galvanizing; which is why Canadians are turning to novels that revolve around home-grown events. And why not? There’s enough history, politics and social drama in this country to match any nation. In my writing I strive to capture the essence of the life and times in which my stories are set“.

This event will be held Saturday November 21, 2015 at 1:30PM in the Stittsville Public Library meeting room, is free and open to the whole community. It will be followed by light refreshments and a chance to chat with the author to learn more about his inspiration and research.

Photo Contest – 2015

GTHS Annual Photo Contest – 2015

GTHS2015_horse_Photo_contestThe deadline of October 17th 2015 has passed and entries are no longer being accepted for this year’s photo contest. This was your opportunity to explore your community in search of that prizewinning shot. Entries are now being judged. Stay tuned to find out who the creative winners are. The purpose of the contest was to express the spirit of historic Goulbourn.

This year’s categories were:

  1. Old and historic barns
  2. Front porches
  3. Rural mailboxes
  4. Horses

All photos must be taken in 2015 within the confines of the former township of Goulbourn (Ashton, Munster, Richmond, Stittsville and the rural lands surrounding them). A maximum of two images were accepted for each category. You were required to identify the location and any relevant and historic information about the subject of the photo. Photos were submitted electronically. There was no entry fee. Prizes will be awarded in each category. All submitted images will become the property of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society and added to our photographic library.

Finding Women on Ancestry

Finding Women on Ancestry

Building you Family Tree - the female side

Building you Family Tree – the female side

As you research your family tree do you find tracing females to be somewhat problematic? Female ancestors are often neglected in family histories and genealogies. Until recently women nearly always changed their names when they married either by law or custom. In addition women were often not allowed to sign legal documents or to own real estate in their name. Men were also the ones whose surname was carried into the next generation by the children.

Our female ancestors can be mysterious and they are waiting for you to come and find them! In this presentation, Lesley Anderson will share with you specific tools and strategies when searching for women in the Ancestry databases. This includes methods to uncover females using name variations and other search techniques. Famous and interesting women will be highlighted. The presentation will appeal to both new and experienced researchers.

Lesley Anderson has been involved in the personal research of her family tree for over 45 years and her passion for genealogy has branched out to teaching classes, speaking at seminars and conferences and doing research for others. Lesley works for as Content Specialist and has been Director of Education for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa. She Also volunteers at the Latter-day Saints Family History Library helping genealogists with their research.

Join us at 1:30PM on Saturday October 17th 2015 at the Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville Branch for this presentation Women on Ancestry. Light refreshments will be available. This presentation is free and open to all.