Irish Family History Workshop

Irish Family History Workshop

November 17, 2012, North York Central Library

This full-day workshop will cover a comprehensive range of topics of interest to family historians with Irish research interests.

Detailed information about the programme, speakers and registration will be available on the Toronto Branch website by mid-August, 2012. Contact Toronto Branch OGS,

Windsor’s Community Museum (Archives) located in the Francois Baby House, built in 1812 by François Baby, a French-Canadian: Hours –

Windsor’s Community Museum is located in the Francois Baby House, an historic house built in 1812 by François Baby, a prominent French-Canadian. Windsor’s Community Museum has a wide array of collections, which document the rich history of this community.  Amongst them are:

  • The Artifact Collection

Over 15,000 artifacts are carefully stored in the Museum’s underground storage facility (under the patio next to the Museum). The oldest artifacts, archaeological material, date from as early as 3000 B.C. with the most recent being examples of local contemporary culture.

  • Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Postcards & Photographs Collection

This collection depicts various scenes related to the history of Windsor & Essex County, such as archaeology, architecture, specific communities, industry, persons, transportation, etc.

  • The Cartographic & Map Collection

This collection is a well-preserved series of maps dating from the mid-seventeenth century to the present. Many of the maps show patterns of land development, detailing such aspects as lot divisions, geographic features and proposed developments. The collection also includes Fire Insurance Plans, which detail site features and structure construction, dating from 1885.

  • The Book Collection

The book collection is intended for reference use only. The collection encompasses a wide variety of subject matter including local history, biographies and museology. Dozens of the Museum’s books pertaining to local history are quite rare: for example, they have the only extant copy of the Windsor City Directory for 1874.

  • Archival Collection

The Museum has a large archival collection, which may be accessed either through microfilm or microfiche. It contains a wide variety of documentation and is quite comprehensive in its coverage of the history of Windsor, from the time of French settlement until the 1950s.

Newspaper Collection

  • Please contact the Museum for a detailed list of holdings

They are located at the François Baby House, 254 Pitt Street West, Windsor, Ontario N9A 5L5

The Museum offers service to the public year round.

iPlease visit the website for hours and contact information:

U. of Windsor, Leddy Library – Rare Books Collection: History of Southwestern Ontario

Rare Books and Special Collections is located in Room G-100 of the Leddy Library Building, at the University of Windsor. Public Reading Hours are Monday to Friday, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

The contents of Rare Books and Special Collections are listed in the Leddy Library Catalogue (OPAC).

There are several areas of subject strength. Examples include:

  1. History of southwestern Ontario
  2. Manufacturing in southwestern Ontario
  3. Agriculture in southwestern Ontario
  4. Labour community in southwestern Ontario
  5. Anti-slavery, slavery and the Underground Railway
Phone: 519-253-3000 ext. 3184
Location: Main building basement, room G-100
Hours: Monday to Friday, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Post 1812-14 necessity for a larger Canadian population

Immigration History of Canada.

The Quebec History Encyclopedia;

An excellent summary of the immigration hisotry of Canada. Of interest is the following quote from the web site:  “….The War of 1812 attracted attention to the necessity for a larger population in Canada, particularly of people with British sympathies. Consequently, the policy of encouraging emigration was adopted. Free grants of land were provided, also subsistence during the period of preparing the land for cultivation. Grants of land were also made to persons who agreed to place settlers on the land. Several groups were placed under this system in Upper Canada. Distressed weavers, particularly from Scotland and the north of England, were also assisted to settle in Canada….”

Windsor’s Scottish Heritage

The Windsor Scottish Heritage site  provides some history of the immigration from Scotland – includes an interesting 1815  immigration scheme. As well as, a brief history of some families in the Windsor area, which may assist family tree hunters.

The 1880’s Walkerville Country Club (9 hole golf course) is mentioned as being located where the Walkerville High School now stands & some of the surrounding neighbourhood. On the south end of the grounds of the Willistead Manor across from the High School are a few bunker type mounts – it would be interesting to know if these were the location of some of the greens on the golf course.


Welcome to EssexOGS  – Region One of the Ontario Genealogical Society. The EssexOGS publications are located at the Windsor Public Library, Windsor, ON, Canada.

The purpose of the Essex OGS branch is to collaborate with those who are interested in researching their ancestral roots in Essex County, Ontario, Canada. We encourage you to attend the events and meetings to learn more and network with others interested in genealogy.

Happy hunting!