Ontario Ancestors Present – Virtual Meeting February 12, 2024 at 7pm!

Photo courtesy of the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Hello Everyone,

Please see this guest post from the Oxford Branch of Ontario Ancestors:

Please join us at our next virtual meeting on Monday, February 12 at 7:00 pm, Hilary J. Dawson presenting:

Hunting for Hidden History: How Slavery Came to the Town of York

“How do you find out about people who had no rights, rarely appear in the public record and for the most part were illiterate? Where do you look for information about the disadvantaged who did not receive direct payment for their work, and who had little control over their own lives? How can we uncover the stories of indentured servants and enslaved Africans?

Hilary Dawson will explain where she found personal papers and other manuscripts, and show how she used them to piece together the stories of the Pompadour family, Henry Prince and others who were regarded as “property” by York slaveholders like Peter Russell and William Jarvis.”

Hilary Dawson is a professional genealogist, historical researcher and educator who has worked in museums in the UK and Canada.

Please visit our website at https://oxford.ogs.on.ca and click on the link “Register Here” for the zoom meeting.  The meeting is free and we welcome everyone.

Liz Buchanan
Oxford Branch Publicity Coordinator
Ontario Ancestors



If you have an event, pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca

Middlesex Centre Archives Online Auction-February 3rd-7th, 2024!

Hello Everyone,

This guest post is provided by the Middlesex Centre Archives:

Middlesex Centre Archives will be holding an online auction beginning on Saturday, February 3rd, 2024. Bidding will end on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024.

To view the items visit www.filsonauction.com

For information about the event contact the Middlesex Centre Archives



If you have an event, pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca

OxHS AGM – Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 6:30pm!

Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year!

Please join us for the Society’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Woodstock Museum NHS

Tonight’s presentation: Shipwrecks on Lake Erie – From Port Dover to Port Stanley, presented by Elaine Becker
 
From Elaine: “6,000 wrecks have occurred in the Great Lakes with  175 and 200 wrecks off Long Point. Many have never been identified.  Port Dover to Port Stanley on Lake Erie, will be the focus of the presentation touching on some of the more notable stories.

For 2024 the Oxford Historical Society will not be taking membership fees.

Thank you, and we hope to see all of you at the AGM!



If you have an event, pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca

Ontario Ancestors Present – Stone Houses of Zorra – Monday, January 8th at 7pm!

Hello Everyone,

Please see this guest post from the Oxford Branch of Ontario Ancestors:

Please join us at our next virtual meeting on Monday, January 8th at 7:00 pm where Vicki Brenner of the Oxford County Library will present “Stone Houses of Zorra”. There will be a short business meeting and Annual General Meeting prior to Vicki’s presentation. 

Please visit our website at https://oxford.ogs.on.ca and click on the link “Register Here” for the zoom meeting.  The meeting is free and we welcome everyone.

Liz Buchanan
Oxford Branch Publicity Coordinator
Ontario Ancestors

From the Oxford County Library:The Stone Houses of Zorra Project is an effort to document pioneer field stone farm houses in Zorra Township, Oxford County.  Gathering information from published local history books, newspapers, land records and present day owner interviews, this work hopes to consolidate the chronicles of stone houses in one place.  With new photography, combined with historical imagery, a visual path to the past is established.  These stone structures are a part of our cultural heritage and the rural Oxford County landscape.



If you have an event, pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca

Tour of Beachville District Museum – Wednesday, January 3 at 7pm!

Beachville District Museum

Hello Everyone,

Please see this guest post from the Zorra Heritage Committee:

This is an invitation to join the Zorra Heritage Committee (ZHC) on a tour of the Beachville District Museum tomorrow evening – Wednesday January 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

ZHC is a group of people interested in the history of Zorra Township who, among other activities, have been touring memory institutions in the area that have holdings relevant to Zorra history. ZHC has already toured museums and archives in St. Marys, Stratford, London, Woodstock, Oxford County Library (via Ingersoll). Now they are keen to have Sidney Hicks, Interim Curator of the Beachville District Museum lead a tour of ZHC’s “home” (“home” because the museum is funded jointly by the Township of Zorra and the Township of South-West Oxford and, so, is the museum for Zorra Township).

Zorra Heritage Committee is a committee of the Beachville District Historical Society and anybody interested in Zorra history is welcome to become a member – simply notify either Sidney Hicks or myself (Sam Coghlan, Secretary of ZHC) and take out a membership in the Society – https://beachvilledistrictmuseum.com/membership/bdm-membership

Sam Coghlan,
Secretary ZHC
(519) 475-4097
sam@oxford.net



If you have an event, pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca