Saturday, November 20, 2010
Published in four volumes, arranged alphabetically by surname, these books detail the lives of World War I veterans from Aylmer and the Townships of Malahide, South Dorchester and Bayham. See the Elgin OGS website - www.elginogs.ca for purchase details
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Jim McCallum, Chairman, Elgin OGS
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
FINGAL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
The #4 Bombing and Gunnery School, 34469 Fingal Line, Fingal, ON was in operation from November 1940 to February 1945. This unit was one of 105 Canadian and British Air Schools that were a part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada. There were 50 temporary buildings, a large drill hall and 6 steel framed hangars. Three hard surfaced runways were laid out in a triangle. Bombing targets were located at Dutton, Melbourne, Frome and Tempo. There was a Marine Section at Port Stanley and bombing and gunnery ranges along the north shore of Lake Erie. During this period over six thousand non-pilot aircrew graduated from this school. These students and their instructors came from several countries, mainly United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Free France, United States and Canada. Nineteen men lost their lives due to accidents involving airplanes and their names are listed on a commemorative plaque at the entrance to the old RCAF site. The RCAF abandoned the site in June 1961 and the Federal Government sold the site to the Province of Ontario in September 1965.
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Elgin County Stewardship Council jointly manage the Fingal Wildlife Management Area (FWMA). At present, 390 of the 720 acres at the site are devoted to agriculture, employing conservation farming methods and the remaining space is managed for wildlife habitat and human enjoyment.
In September 1992 the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority started a project to collect funds to erect the memorial plaque at the entrance and also as part of that project, to provide an interpretive walking trail and thus the War to Roses Trail was established in 1994. The 1.5 km trail follows part of the old Air Force road system and combines nature along with history and takes about 40 minutes to walk. We can all thank Ian Carmichael, Gord Longhurst and Lorne Spicer for their efforts in constructing the trail. As we remember our history and enjoy the sites and sounds of nature around us, the War to Roses brochures ask us to “Please remember the hiker’s creed: take nothing but photographs; leave nothing but footprints.”
Tour: 27 June 2009
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Speaker and Tour Guide: Lorne Spicer, Naturalist
Meet in the Parking Lot, 34469 Fingal Line, Fingal, Ontario, approximately 2 kms west of Fingal.
Submitted by Pat Temple
Saturday, February 14, 2009
The workshop will show you how to fill out a pedigree chart and family group sheet as well as describe the type of material to gather and where to find it. An introduction to using the Internet for genealogy will also be given.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The Elgin OGS has now posted indexes online for several of the Elgin County Funeral Homes.
Elgin OGS has records from various funeral homes and undertakers throughout Elgin County in their holdings.
We can provide an extraction of genealogical information from these records, which will not include the cause of death or any financial details.
The extent and type of information varies with each funeral home. The usual information expected would be date of death, date of burial, age, date of birth, place of birth and death, place of burial and sometimes parents’ names and names of survivors.
The funeral homes / undertakers records from which we can provide lookups are:
Atkinson, Hughson & Kebbel, Aylmer -
Evenden Funeral Home, St. Thomas (c1873-1880 -
Moedinger Funeral Home, Sparta (c1899-1911) -
For information on how to order extracts of data from these sources please see the lookup policy at : http://www.elginogs.ca/funeralhome/index.htm
Saturday, December 13, 2008
It may surprise some researchers how many Ontario residents went south to fight in the American Civil War. Bob Moore and Bruce Johnson have identified over 50 Civil War Veterans who were at one time residents of Elgin County. Check out their research online at: http://www.elginogs.ca/onlinepubs/civilwarvets.htm
One Veteran, William Whitesell, born at Malahide Township, Elgin County enlisted as a private on the 26th of September 1861 at St. Charles, Illinois in the 52nd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers Company “G” to serve 3 years. He was mustered in at Geneva, Kane County Illinois in October 1861 by Capt. F H Bowman of 52nd Illinois Regiment Company”G”,. He began service 19 November 1861 at Geneva, Illinois. Whitesell was described as a native of Elgin County, Canada West, age 26 years old, 5 feet, 8 ½ inches tall, darkish complexion, brown eyes, black hair and by occupation a farmer,
He died of typhoid fever at Camp Montgomery near Corinth, Mississippi. On the muster Roll of Company “G” for the months of July and August 1862, it is reported "Died in Hospital at Camp Montgomery, near Corinth, Miss. July 7, 1862." He was buried at the Corinth Mississippi National cemetery