Brickwalls: Seeking Information on Fredrick Wellington Noakes

April 22nd, 2014

My family is seeking our grandfather’s birth place. Frederick Wellington Noakes told us he stowed away on a ship out of Plymouth at 9 years of age, arrived in Canada, probably Quebec city or Montreal, wound up in Hastings county & married my grandmother Amelia Grills in 1910. He would have been about 21 or 22 at this time.

Can you help us?

Thank you

The Noakes Family

If you think you can help the Noakes with their query, please contact them at: jewele13[AT]

Seeking Feeback on Reunion Software Package

April 22nd, 2014


I’m interested in legating people’s feedback on the Reunion software package for genealogy (its the Apple version of Family Tree) — particularly its advance Reporting features. I’m interested in how other people have used the software to report on all their data rather than just report on a direct line of ancestors or descendants.

Thanks! Harry

Harry may be reached at: harry[AT]


Brickwalls: Searching for Gravesite in Newington – Stephenson/Rawlins

April 22nd, 2014

I am searching for my great grandparents gravesight. The family name is Stephenson and it is in the Newington , Ontario area in Stormont/ Dundas county.

My brother, Robert Rawlins was interred in the family plot in July/ August 1940 and a gravestone was installed within the last twenty years by my brother David Rawlins.

The family bible only refers to him being interred in Newington without mention of a cemetary name.

Any assistance would be welcome.

If you think you can assist Stephen locate this gravesite, please contact him at: srawlins[AT]

Brickwalls: Seeking Info on Barnardo Children – Barlow

April 22nd, 2014

I am researching my family tree. My Grandad and one of his siblings were sent to Muskoka at the end of the 1890s as Barnardo’s boys (Home Children). Another two siblings also went over to Canada at a later date.

I am trying to find any information about them. The details are:

James Alfred Barlow
Samuel Barlow
Edward Barlow
Ada Barlow (later Anderson) – she married a widower, Findlay Anderson. Ada passed away in Niagara Falls in 1981.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


If you think you can help Trish with her search, please contact her at: trish.kelly55[AT]

Brickwalls: Seeking Info on the Birth of William Taylor Harley

April 22nd, 2014


Well, my stumper is my G-Grandfather, William Taylor Harley. My Grandmother, born in Lincolnshire, just south of Hull, Yorkshire, had told me that her father was actually born in Canada. His father, William Hodgson Harley, and mother, Agnes (Lowden) Harley, appear in the 1851 census in Sutton, Yorkshire, with daughter Elizabeth. In the 1961 England (Drypool, Holderness, Kingston-upon-Hull) census, we see William H.H., Agnes H., daughter Agnes and son William T. Harley, aged 5, born Canada, British subject. I can find no birth record for William T., no passenger lists for the family travelling to Canada, or back to England. I have a note from my Mother that he was believed to have been born “not far from Niagara Falls”, but this is very anecdotal. I have searched, including trees,, FindMyPast, MyHeritage and, unless I missed something, have had no success in finding details of the birth of William Taylor Harley.


If you think you can help Craig with his query, please contact him directly at: saskey[AT]


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Upcoming Heritage Event: Celebrating the Battle of Bannockburn

April 17th, 2014

Battle of Bannockburn poster image

Join the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto on Saturday, June 21, 2014, as they celebrate the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

The Battle of Bannockburn: ”Scotland Then and Now” Symposium    

Date: 21 June 2014

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto


  • Prof. Graeme Morton –   “The National Story Since Bannockburn.”
  • Brigadier General Julian Chapman –   “The Mechanics of War in 1314.”
  • Dr. Mairi Cowan - ” ‘The Saints of the Scottish Country Will Fight Today’.”
  • Prof. Andrew McDonald - “Bannockburn, Barbour’s ‘Bruce,’ and the  Reign of Robert I.”
  • Prof. Barbara Murison - “Bannockburn: a talisman for Scottish independence?”
  • Tickets: $20.00 In advance

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Buy your tickets here

Bannockburn Celtic Concert

Date: 21 June 2014

Times: Doors: 7:00 p.m., concert starts at 8:00 p.m.

Location: El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave., Toronto



Tickets: $25.00 In advance

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New Blog Category: Brickwalls

April 16th, 2014

Welcome to a new category for the OGS Blog: Brickwalls.

The intent behind this new category is to offer the genealogical community a place to seek and offer assistance to those who have hit that inevitable and much dreaded brickwall.

Please keep in mind that this is not intended – nor can it – function as a research service. If you require the services of a professional genealogist, your best bet is to visit the website for the Association of Professional Genealogists: The APG also has an Ontario chapter:

Here’s how it works – aka, The House Rules:

  • If you have hit a brickwall, you may send a detailed, but brief, i.e. no more than 4 paragraphs, query to: blog[at] The blog moderator will then post your query.
  • Once your query has been posted, anyone who believes they can offer assistance may contact you in one of two ways:
    • Include contact information in your query – Keep in mind though – this is a public site!!
    • Not comfortable with putting your info out there? No problem – folks can simply leave any info they may have in the comments sections of your post – you just have to remember to check the blog regularly to see if any comments have been left for you.

Please note: Submissions may be edited for length and the protection of personal information.

All comments are moderated before being made public

Our first query is from OGS Member Philip Gross who is looking for Birth/Baptism records for:

Elizabeth Fleming

Elizabeth was the last of seven children born to Daniel Fleming and Elizabeth Fleming (nee Taylor). The parents migrated from Bradford-on-Avon in 1828 with their first three children and spent the years to 1840 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. My first record of the family in Canada is the Baptisms of the three US-born children at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Burlington, Upper Canada on 29 September 1840.

The 1841 Census of Upper Canada, a Head of Household survey, suggests Elizabeth was alive and counted on 1 February 1841 (two girls – Lucy and Elizabeth – under age 5). The 1852 Census of Canada West list her as aged 11, in the 1861 Census she is 19, in the 1871 Census of Ontario she is 28. She is 39 in the 1881 Census and 49 in the 1891 Census.

The notes taken by a previous researcher from the Family Bible kept by the mother says Elizabeth was born 27 March 1842.

The headstone of Elizabeth the child is in the Ruthven Cemetery in Essex County and it says she was born 27 March 1844. She died 27 July 1923. She had married Upton Harwood on 12 September 1872.

I have baptism/birth records for all six of the first children, so it is fair to say Elizabeth too must have been baptised and the records made, the problem is where?

They came, according to family tradition, to Bronte Village at the mouth of the Bronte Creek where it drains into Lake Ontario. The 1842 Census does not identify the location of the property they live on except to say it was Lot 11 in Concession 1 and that they were not the owners of the lot. They did acquire a Lot 13 in Concession 3 close by the village Milton some 10 miles inland and north of Bronte village in May of 1842.

Following the tradition of this family, I suspect the baptism and the records may exist in the records of one of the following churches:

Location Church First

Year Records

Niagara-on-the-Lake St. Mark’s Anglican Church 1792 Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1792

Burlington St. Luke’s Anglican Church 1835 Baptisms 1835, Marriages 1835, Burials 1836

Hornby St. Stephen’s Anglican Church 1836 Baptisms 1836, Marriages 1837, Burials 1849

Dundas St. James Anglican Church 1838 Baptisms 1838, Marriages 1839, Burials 1838

Hamilton Christ’s Church Cathedral 1838 Baptisms, Marriages & Burials, 1838

Oakville St. Jude’s Anglican Church 1842 Baptisms, Marriages & Burials, 1842

It seems to me that she was born on 27 March but that may be a baptism date.

I am asking for help in finding this record.

If you think you can assist Philip, he may be reached at:


Notice for Hamilton Branch Meeting

April 9th, 2014

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Time: 7 pm

Location: Lincoln Alexander Elementary School, 50 Ravenbury Drive, Hamilton.

Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara

Topic: “Inheritance in Ontario: Estate Files and Beyond”

Brief Overview: Ontario researchers looking for records of inheritance usually stop once they’ve found the estate file. True, it is the richest single source, but the court register, minutes, and other documents that track the estate’s progress through the court can add valuable family history clues and help tell the whole story. The presentation will review how to find an estate file and how it can lead to other sources both inside and outside the court system.

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Notice for Oxford County Branch Meeting

April 9th, 2014

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014

Time: 6:45 pm

Location: Woodstock Public Library, 445 Hunter St., Woodstock

Speaker: Laureen Harder-Gissing

Topic: “Mennonite Migration to Ontario and Resources available in the Mennonite Archives”

Brief Overview: Laureen is the Historian of the Mennonite Church of Eastern Canada and is currently Archivist at the Mennonite Archives at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo.

Contact Info:

Notice for Quinte Branch Meeting

April 9th, 2014

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

L0cation:  Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Drive, Trenton, ON K8V 5R6

Speaker:  Nancy Cutway

Topic: Researching at Queen’s University

Brief Overview: Does a university library hold anything of interest to Genealogists? Family history transcends areas such as history, geography, sociology, political studies, religious studies … and it turns out that library holdings that support those academic topics are a treasure trove for genealogists.

Everyone Welcome, bring a friend

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