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Aug 23 2023  Subject Little Kelly
Hello, I was wondering if there are any articles that talk more about Arthur Little Kelly? I think I may be a descendant from his lineage

July 28 2023  Subject: Seeking Osterhout/Clapp in Dalton
I am seeking burial or any other information regarding my gg-grandmother (widowed) Hannah Maria Clapp Osterhout living with adult Osterhout children and son-in-law John Livingston (married to daughter Margaret) in both thee 1881 and 1891 CA Census.
Hannah has been a bonafide mystery for me and I have not found anything prior to her marriage to Henry Osterhout in 1850 or after 1891.


Feb 22 2022  Information concerning St. Columbkille Church cemetery in Uptergrove
My Great Grandparents, Grandparents and Parents, as well asn other family members are all buried in St. Colunbkille cemetery. A family plot was purchased there over 100 years ago, and a number of graves are still available in that plot.
I am searching for information on how to go about using a burial site there. who to contact, documentation required costs involved etc.

Aug 7 2021  Jenifer Waugh   making corrections/additions to family trees
I am amazed at the number of individuals and trees contained on this website! In examining my McDonald tree (descended from Lieut. Alexander McDonald and Christina Cameron) I was wondering if there is any way to make corrections/additions.

Submission Committee No problem –send us the details


July 22 2021  isabel vaughan < Family Of James McGregor b 1800

Most interested in connecting with person submitting the tree for James McGregor of Mara b 1800 and Elizabeth Grant b 1801.  Do hope either they will contact me or that I may access contact information for them.  Thank you!  Isabel Vaughan

July 18 2021  Lorisa Watt (Corrigan)  Correction on family information
Hello, John Richard Corrigan, my father passes away November 28th, 1980, and if you want all the information on the family tree and descendants, I can get you all the information

May 9 2021   Joseph Jesseau   Antoine Gaudaur Jr

 Good Afternoon,  Antoine Gaudaur Jr was my Great, Great Great Grandfather, some of Your information on him is correct, some isnt.  Antoine Gaudaur Jr  Eldest Son of Antoine Gaudaur Sr, and Mary Shilling was born in a wigwam on  the shores of Lake Simcoe in 1817 where his Brother Francis Gaudaur was also Born in 1819.

April 4 2021

rom: Susanne Golzlin
Subject: My grandmother and uncles plots
Message Body:
Hello, I came across this info. My great grandparents are Dorothy Stranger( juffs) and Jack  Juffs.
My grandmother is Mary Elizabeth Juffs and her son is Ronald ( buddy) Juffs. They are both also buried at this cemetery but not listed.
Looking for there info.

Mar 30 2021

From: Brad MacDonald
Subject: how to upload pictures
Message Body:
My Grandfather John Alexander MacDonald was born in Mara  1882 and lived in Brechin.  I have a picture of him as a young man and his attestation paper for his signup during the Boer War.  I think it would be of interest.   Please advise on how upload to your site.  Thank you

April 20 2020

From: Elizabeth Calder-Zukowski <>
Subject: Hugh Cameron (abt 1793 – 10 JUL 1875)

Message Body:
I am trying to do genealogy on my family and I have traced my Cameron relatives back to your town of Ramara, Ontario.  I’m stuck on my 3rd Great Grandfather, Hugh Cameron (abt 1793 – 10 July 1875) born in Scotland.  Hugh Cameron shows up on the 1851, 1861 and 1871 census’ as living in Mara & Rama.  I found a burial document that shows he was buried in Beaverton, Durham, Ontario in Union Cemetery. (can’t find this cemetery anywhere)  Even if I do find the cemetery, I’m not sure if it will provide his full date of birth or specific birth place, but that is my goal. 
Hugh Cameron married Catherine Thomson on June 23, 1823 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and had four children (Daniel, Catherine, Alexander and John). At some point between 1845 and 1851 his family traveled to Mara & Rama, Ontario, Canada where Hugh lived and passed away on July 10, 1875.
I believe that Hugh had a brother Angus who also lived in Mara & Rama.  I have strong evidence that they were descendants of Sir Ewen Cameron, a prominent Cameron Chieftan in the 1600’s.  Any additional information you know of would be extremely helpful.


Sept 22 2019

From: Noreen Sockett <>
Subject: Udney SS#9 PHOTO 1937 student names are not correct.

Message Body:
The names of students in SS#9 School photo taken in June 1937 are incorrect.
My father John Acton is in bottom left hand corner of picture. His sister Margaret (is 2nd from left in row behind my dad….girl with dark hair).   
The names in this photo(1937 )   match the names of SS#9  school photo taken  for school year 1911-1912.
My great  aunt Aunt Lila Lavelle (married name Power) is the tall girl in centre of the photo.  Elizabeth  McCann
is beside her in photo.  (1911-1912)..
Please contact me….when you have looked into these photos.  I would like to know who the other people are 
In the 1937 picture.  Know  I saw original years ago.

Sept 19 2019

From: Russell Hall
Subject: Healy family history

Message Body:
I would like to contact the person or persons that put together the
Healy family history on your website.  I am a descendant of Owen Healy
and would very much like to learn more about the Healy clan.
Thank you,
Russell Hall (great grandson of Owen Healy.

Feb 5 2019

From: Carol Hunter
Subject: Search for Grandfather

Message Body:
My grandfather was born in May 1870 in Carden-Dalton township.  The first record I can find of him is in the 1871 census where he is shown to be living with Donald and Margaret McDonald and their family – the name on the census is Martin McFadyn.  Apparently he was born of a single mother and by the 1881 census had been adopted by the McDonalds and was known as Martin McDonald.
Would you be able to help me track down his birth parents?  Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.


Andrew Graham arrived in Canada at the age of four.  His branch of the clan had come from Scotland to Ireland and to Upper Canada, the Grahams settled in Reach in 1825 where three of five sons became landowners.

Fifty years pass to find Andrew and his wife Ann (Buchanan), staunch Presbyterians, established in a comfortable home on a good farm near Port Perry.  Occasional visits, with relatives in Dalrymple, influenced their moving to Carden in hopes of greater opportunities for five sons and their only daughter, Alice who was eight. →">Continue reading

Orillia Packet and Times November 28, 1958 Brechin


Seven persons are homeless and two main street stores destroyed as the result of a fire of unknown cause which last night drew dozens of persons to this village on Highway 12,  some twelve miles east of Orillia. →">Continue reading




Mr. Turner’s maternal grandmother came from Ireland.  His mother, the former Mary Kennedy(1836-1820}  lived in Lindsay until her marriage to his father, Mr. John Turner (1836-1922) who came from the Lowlands of Scotland. ">Continue reading

Note: St Columbkilles records of baptisms, weddings and deaths, legal records, census records, newspaper articles etc., were used to verify information.

The first recorded names in the Cleary ancestry are that of William  Cleary and Mary O’Rielly, my G.G. Grandparents. They were the parents of Michael-1- Cleary and William-2- Cleary. William-2- and his wife Nora Ryan were my G. Grandparents. It would appear that William-1- and Mary, sons Michael-1-, William-2- and his wife Nora Ryan, immigrated to Canada in 1858 and they show up in the 1861 Mara census. Michael-1- married Catherine Smith in St Columbkilles on Jan 6, 1869 and the record indicates that the Clearys’ were from County Tipperary Ireland. →">Continue reading

Thomas Alfred Lamb, ( Coach Driver) born abt. 1835 Islington District, Middlesex, England. son of Samuel Lamb (Grocer). Married Matilda Maria Field, April 16, 1862 in West Ham, Essex County, England. Matilda Field was born April 16, 1842 in Newbury, Berkshire, England. They had 3 children Frederick, Samuel and Thomas. Thomas, Matilda’s husband, died Sept. 1870 of smallpox in Bethnal Green, England.   ">Continue reading

      Ancient History first

It is reported the McNamees were Bairds to the O’Neil clan-an ancient tribe in Northern Ireland.–(from the Book of Kells)– Actually being the Baird was better than being the king. The kings could be deposed or murdered but the Baird were never mistreated because they were the keepers of the oral history. These Bairds were noted for their memory, wit and sarcasm. This apple has traveled many miles →">Continue reading

Message Body:
Hello, I’m hoping you can help or lead me into proper direction. i’ve been trying to research my fathers side Edward McNabb and Sarah Jane Wilson. for 3 years and keep getting stuck. I know my grandfather (Edward Stanley) →">Continue reading

Orillia Times August 1906
Thomas McDonald, the most popular cream collector for Newman Brothers has retired from his situation and contemplates migrating to the north.
Orillia Times May 26, 1907 Rathburn
The artistic and massive butter factory which has been undergoing erection for the past six weeks is nearing completion.  It makes a great boon to this locality.  And will greatly lessen the slavish work of churning butter and peddling to the limited retailer.  The patrons will also receive a higher price for the butter as Newman Bros. manufacture only first class articles..  The cream is gathered, manufacture and put upon the best wholesale market for the small cost of 4 cents per pound.  Newman Bros. prepose giving a free picnic at the opening of the factory, in the course of a couple of weeks.
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