Meetings Held in 2003


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November 15, 2003 -- This was our Annual General Meeting. Afterward, Deborah Dafoe, Chief Librarian at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, gave an interesting talk on "New Technology at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library and How It Relates to Genealogy". She demonstrated her talk by giving us a "tour" of the KFPL Web site.

October 18, 2003 -- "30th Anniversary Wrap-Up." Dawn Broughton introduced a few long-standing branch members, who recalled the highlights our first 30 years. We also enjoyed the delicious anniversary cake.



Display Board of 30 years of Branch photos

September 20, 2003 -- "Finding the treasures: The Gordon C. Shaw Study Centre and The Audrey Rushbrook Memorial Library and Archives at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston". Our speaker was Susan Corbett-Cyr, Trillium Curator at the Marine Museum.

May 10, 2003 -- Vivien Taylor spoke on "Resources at Special Collections, Queen's University". Vivien is head of the W.D. Jordan Special Collections & Music Library. Special Collections has an excellent collection of genealogy materials and a wonderful collection of Canadiana, local histories and background works on places in Ontario and across the country.

April 19, 2003 -- Our Silent Auction raised over $375 for the Library Committee.
In addition, Laurie North of Heritage Life Stories gave an illustrated talk, "Life Stories: Preserving Our Memories, Sharing Our Journey". Laurie writes and compiles people's life stories, along with photographs, into "memory books" that are also available as hand-bound volumes.

March 15, 2003 -- This month marked the 30th anniversary of Kingston Branch! And instead of a morning meeting, there was an Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Fort Frontenac. As a site that is over 300 years old and steeped in the history of Canada, the fort was an appropriate locale for members and friends to gather to celebrate the past 30 years of our branch.

We gathered at 6 p.m. for drinks in the lounge, then went in to dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner was delicious, and afterwards, Brigadier-General (retired) Don Macnamara spoke about attending the Macnamara family reunion in Ireland last year. He mixed a little of his family history in with his description of the reunion activities and Irish history and traditions. His talk was quite interesting and entertaining.

February 15, 2003 -- Two branch members spoke to us about Williamsville: The First Hundred Years. Barbara Bonner spoke on The Early Years and Lynn Bell on New Kid on the Block, 1943-1953. The presentation was extremely interesting and used displays and slides to illustrate the narrative. Cover of Williamsville book The book which resulted from the Williamsville Committee's work is available in Kingston at Novel Idea bookstore, Princess Street.

January 18, 2003 -- Tracing a Loyalist Female Ancestor. The 5-greats-grandmother of branch member Nancy Cutway, U.E., visited the meeting and recounted some of the stories of her life -- living on a farm in Connecticut, living through the American Revolution, then settling in Canada, first in New Brunswick (current-day Nova Scotia), later in Norfolk County.


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A condensed version of the speaker's presentation from each meeting is also published in our newsletter, Kingston Relations. All members of Kingston Branch receive a copy of our newsletter through the mail. Find out how you can join Kingston Branch and regularly receive your own copy of our newsletter.

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