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Where were your ancestors on July 1st, 1867?

Whether it is a personal or a global phenomenon, the anniversary of a momentous event will often trigger that “where were you when…” moment of introspection.  As we approach the 145th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, have you ever pondered where you’re ancestors might have been on July 1st, 1867?  According to Statistics Canada, there were 3,463,000 people living in Canada at the time of Confederation, with an estimated 1 million in Ontario alone.  Were any of these perhaps your ancestors?  Maybe you’ve discovered a United Empire Loyalist or two in your family tree, or perhaps you just followed the census trail back to 1861, if you had ancestors who where there when Canada entered confederation, we would love to hear about them.

Did you also know that having an ancestor in Canada on July 1st, 1867 makes you an excellent candidate for membership in the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Centenary Club? Please visit our website for more details on how to get your Centenary Certificate.

We will be closed on July 2nd,

Have a safe and happy Canada Day.

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2 Responses to “Where were your ancestors on July 1st, 1867?”

  1. Pat Jeffs says:

    On July 1 1867 some of my ancestors would have been in Aurora at that brewery they bought some time in the five years previous. A brewery, just the type of business for a man with nine sons, eldest aged 30.
    When they bought the place, the beer had had a really good reputation. But now nobody wanted it. Aurora hadn’t joined the Temperance League, Money wasn’t that tight. No. It just tasted all wrong. Mebbe they didn’t have the knack of making beer. Little did they know that that there tannery that had been built up the creek from the brewery was the culprit.
    A dream that went wrong. Five years later they went bust and Pa, now over 70, was running a boarding house in Bradford and washing the sheets in his new washing machien (spelling from a letter he writ to a married daughter).

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for sharing part of your family’s history Pat,
    Enjoy Canada Day

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