The Adolphustown-Fredericksburgh Heritage Society has been around since 1989, chronicling the history of one of Ontario’s oldest United Empire Loyalist settler communities. Adolphustown is of particular interest to Quaker historians as the site of the first Preparative Meeting in Upper (or lower) Canada, started in 1798. . . .
The Nantucket Historical Association is asking for volunteer help to transcribe handwritten documents. Their collection currently available for transcribing includes ships’ logs and particularly eleven logs written by women, likely captains’ wives.
The Nantucket area is of particular interest to Canadian Quaker enthusiasts as their whaling and fishing fleets had many connections with Barrington and Dartmouth, NS, which are home to some of the earliest Quaker settlers. . . .
Published in the 2006 edition of the Canadian Journal of Quaker History, Anne G. Adams’ article, “‘Done Without Spectacles…’ Three Generations of a Quaker Family and Their Textiles,” follows the textile trail of the British-born Mullett family who settled in Upper Canada in 1821. . . .
We recently received the following genealogy question via our contact form:
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A Quaker – Aaron Tool – came from Bucks County, PA, to York County, Ontario. I’ve seen note of him in Yonge St minutes but if there is anything more you can tell me, it would be greatly appreciated.
Recently the American National Archives and Records Administration posted this interesting tidbit on their blog:
If you don’t follow NARA, you may have missed this interesting document – a record book of Joseph Edwards, the Justice of the Peace in Niagara. . . .
Gord Thompson and I met Dave Zavitz from the Middlesex Centre Archives when we staffed a CFHA booth at the Ontario Genealogical Fair in London in June 2019. Dave, well familiar with CFHA from his own Quaker background, invited us to set up a CFHA display at the Middlesex Centre Archives’ Heritage Fair this last February. . . .
On September 21st 2019, the CFHA held its Annual General Meeting at Toronto Friends House. Those who attended were delighted by the keynote research delivered by Randy Saylor, CFHA’s Transcriptions editor and former Webmaster. We share the text of his talk below (without references) as well as in this PDF (with references) for reading at your leisure. . . .
The CFHA will be joining the Middlesex Centre Archives this weekend at the Middlesex Heritage Fair. We’ll have a booth where you can learn about Quaker history and descendance, our new website, and our programs and activities.
The Fair will be 10am to 4pm on Saturday the 22nd at the Delaware Community Centre: 2652 Gideon Drive, Delaware, ON, N0L 1E0 (map)
The event is free and there’s lots of parking! . . .
We’ll be helping to close out the Ontario Ancestors 2020 annual conference in Hamilton this June. On Sunday the 7th we’ll be presenting at 2:30pm. We’ll be talking about our efforts to modernize our organization and provide new digital resources for researching Quaker history: from updating our website and indexing our publications to building a new digital archives platform to present our digitized documents and transcriptions. . . .