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Podcast Episode 24 – Red River Downfall

Posted on January 25, 2022

Today’s episode is about the Selkirk Settlers -A group of Scottish Highlanders who arrived at the fork of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in Manitoba, led by Lord Selkirk and […]

Podcast Episode 22 – 1861/1871 Agricultural Census

Posted on December 29, 2021

I thought it would be interesting to follow the Leslie Patterson family and the Andrew Backus family through the census records to watch a developing farm from the earliest records through to the 1871 census.      Information […]

Podcast Episode 21-Christmas in the 1850’s

Posted on December 22, 2021

In the 1850’s, the majority of people living in our area were of Irish, Scottish, English origins or had come here after living in the United States first.  Their Christmas traditions would […]

Podcast Episode 19- George Henry Backus

Posted on December 8, 2021

The information in this podcast is compiled from old documents, letters, and telegrams kept and labelled by Ruth Gilbert, foster sister of George Henry Backus.   George Henry Backus, also known as […]

Episode 18-Fleming Family

Posted on December 1, 2021

In 1796 James Fleming and his wife Barbara Windecker settled on Lot 6 1st Concession, broken front of what would become Aldborough Township, Elgin County.  Land on both sides of the Thames River were owned by Fleming descendants until 1871.   […]

Podcast Episode 17- Vanished Villages of Dunwich

Posted on November 24, 2021

Our first town, Burwell’s Corners, started with the family of the same name. Mahlon Burwell, first generation Canadian, became a surveyor in 1809 and was registrar of Middlesex by 1811. He lived […]