Yearbook Scanning Project Update June 2018

1-YB Project 080611. The enclosed MS excel worksheet dated June 11, 2018 lists the High School yearbooks scanned (number = scanned) – approx 190. The yearbooks listed with a H or WPL indicates the books are scheduled to be scanned (360 books). A red colour indicates that we are searching for that yearbook. Or, a blank space indicates we would welcome scanning a copy for you, or arranging for U to assist with the scanning process, if you have time. Contact David at

If you are cleaning out the attic and want to donate yearbooks, please contact us at

Allison, William d1878, Rochester TWSP, Essex Co. – Book 2, Early Settlers EssexOGS

David W. Allison (1985), contributed information on William Allison (N. Ireland – d1878, Rochester TWSP, Essex Co.). William (brother to Hug, b.1797) moved from Killeter Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland to Etobicoke TWSP, York Co. about 1847, then moved to Lot 7, Con 9, Mersea TWSP around 1857.  William was married to Margaret Monteith of N. Ireland (d1878, Rochester). The children were: Mary (John Michel) b1841; Sarah Ann (Robert Thomas), b1843; George Knox (Mary Simons) b1845; Margaret (Caleb Nelson) b1847; Robert H. b1849; William James (Mary Ann Dorrington) B1852; Ellen B1854; Nancy b1857. William was a Yeoman. The definition of a Yeoman: option #1?

  1. historical
    a man holding and cultivating a small landed estate; a freeholder.
  2. historical
    a servant in a royal or noble household, ranking between a sergeant and a groom or a squire and a page.
    a member of the yeomanry force.
  4. a petty officer in the US Navy or Coast Guard performing clerical duties on board ship.


1984 Binder #2 – “Earlier Settlers” in Essex County, Ontario

In 1984, the EssexOGS collected information (EssexOGS holdings at Windsor Public Library, and on-line: Member’s Only section of the EssexOGS: from families that had traced their roots to early settlers such as John Bailey (c1801) of Mayfield, Sussex, England, buried in Rosehill cemetery 1886 in Amherstburg, Ontario. John settled on the 2nd Concession of Anderdon (about a mile east of the Detroit River). His parents were William (c1773) and Francis Stapley (c1778), and siblings: Philadelphia, Nicholas, Sarah, Francis, Amos and James of Mayfield.

John was married to Ann Skinner (c1807), also buried in Rosehill. Her parents were George Skinner (c1780) of Mayfield and Fanny (Francis) Ford (c1781). They had 11 children: Alfred, Levi, Mercy, John, David, Charles, George, Sarah, Frances, Henry, Edwin. The records came from the Mayfield Parish Register, Christ Church Parish (Aburg) and the Amherstburg Echo (archives now at The Marsh Collection, Amherstburg).

It was noted, that John Bailey won prizes in the county (Essex, ON) fall fair for apples – I wonder if it was a family effort 🙂 . I also wonder if the records of the Bailey family tree has grown over the last 30 years.

The family history record was completed by a GG daughter, Barbra Bailey Bradley in 1983, and has been maintained by the WPL, and ‘volunteers’ or as I like to call them “Enthusiastic Family Historians” of the EssexOGS.

Essex OGS is Going Live!

Beginning with our April 13th monthly meeting, the Essex Branch Speaker Presentation will be live-streamed via YouTube.

The link is posted here on our website on the Meetings page and in our Facebook group so those who wish to ‘attend’ from home can do so.

As are all our speaker presentations, it’s open to the public–no membership or pre-registration required.

We hope you join us in this exciting new endeavour!


Two Great Local Area Resources

April 2014 – Last night’s meeting highlighted valuable resources and information available in the Windsor-Essex area.

French family history resources were highlighted by Margaret Jeffrey from the RFPO La Pionniere du Sud-Ouest.  She mentioned they also have some Irish resources included in their Catholic Church records.

Update 2016: RFPO La Pionniere du Sud-Ouest new location at Maryvale, Convent for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, 940 Prince Road Windsor, Ontario.


Heather Colautti from Windsor’s Community Museum presented many how-tos, dos and don’ts when it comes to taking care of family mementos.  Heather suggested The Canadian Conservation Institute website as a good resource for more information.

Preserving Family Artifacts and Documents

DocumentsGuest speaker Heather Colautti from Windsor’s Community Museum discusses the preservation of those important family history mementos. Also, a representative from the Centre de Genealogie, Pionniere du Sud-Ouest will present an overview of their services and resources.
Monday, April 14, 7:00 pm, at the main branch of the Windsor Public Library (850 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor), lower level.
No charge! Public Welcome!

The Diary of Death – A Mystery 200 Years in the Making

Saturday September 21st
The Diary of Death – A Mystery 200 Years in the Making
A 200-year-old diary points the finger at a murderer, but the vital page is stolen before a name is revealed.  The inhabitants of this little garrison town (both past and present) will be happy to share their stories and answer questions as you investigate the murder of Dr. Smith in 1813 and uncover which present-day citizen was determined to protect their family’s reputation.  Script by local mystery author John Schlarbaum.  Advance tickets $8, available at Fort Malden NHSC, Park House Museum, GIbson Gallery, North American Black Historical Museum.  $10 at the door, Park House Museum, 214 Dalhousie Street.  This event runs from 6:30-9:30 pm and involves walking through downtown Amherstburg, rain or shine.  Recommended for ages 14+.  For information 519-736-2826 or  Proceeds to Amherstburg Museums & Galleries

Jennifer on behalf of Amherstburg Museums & Galleries  Thanks!