Maple leaves displaying a kaleidoscope of colour, and crisp fall air set the scene for the 35th Anniversary celebration of the Lanark County Genealogical Society. As we drove along Highway # 7, the bright signs along the way reminded us that we’re entering the ‘Maple Syrup Capital’ of Canada, although the spectacular scenery leaves no doubt in our minds.
The much-anticipated event was held in the Beckwith Township Hall, near Carleton Place, – the perfect setting to mark this milestone for the genealogy society.
A beautifully decorated cake served as the centerpiece for the buffet table, generously laden with all sorts of delicious choices for the celebratory luncheon.
After lunch, LCGS President Jayne Munro-Ouimet opened the program, welcoming one and all to the celebration.
Honoured to be the invited guest speaker, my presentation focused on ‘Genograms’, and how they can be used in addition to vital statistics, to illustrate patterns and traits in a family tree.
LCGS member Mary Kerfoot spoke briefly on the Kerfoot family, and their proud history in Lanark County.
The Historical Artifact Committee of the LCGS presented a Kerfoot Family Bible, featuring entries going back to the earliest times in the township. The members of the committee recounted the story of how the family bible was rescued from a Salvation Army thrift shop in Victoria, British Columbia, and transported safely back to Lanark County.
L to R: Jennifer Irwin, Rosemary Campbell, Beckwith Township Councillor Tim Campbell, LCGS President Jayne Munro-Ouimet, Mary Kerfoot, and Brian Dowdall.
(Mary Kerfoot is a direct descendant of pioneer George Kerfoot)
Several presentations were made to distinguished members for their years of service and their dedication to the Lanark County Genealogical Society. Below, Frances Rathwell and George Stewart receive their well-deserved recognition from the Society from Jayne Munro-Ouimet, LCGS President.
At the conclusion of the formal presentations, a book-signing and ‘meet and greet’ was held at the book table.
A special highlight of the day was a gift from the LCGS of the heavenly liquid gold produced in the Lanark County maple trees each spring. This particular bottle was produced at Wheelers Maple Syrup near McDonald’s Corners.
It was a day to remember in Beckwith Township! A proud and important milestone for the Lanark County Genealogical Society, marking 35 years of continual service in helping people far and wide connect with their family roots.
“On March 27, 1981, twenty-four genealogy enthusiasts met near Smiths Falls Ont., to discuss the formation of a local genealogy society. This group grew in scope and number to become the Lanark County Genealogical Society in 1982. In 35 years the organization has grown to include members from all over the world . The mandate of the Lanark County Genealogical Society is to assist members in researching family histories, and in the gathering, recording and preserving of genealogical information pertaining to Lanark County.”
Congratulations on 35 great years!
To find out more about the Lanark County Genealogical Society LCGS
To discover the family history collections, land records, wills, and research aids held at the Lanark County Archives Archives Lanark
For information on Wheeler’s Maple Syrup Wheelers