Glengarry Liv­ing Archives

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Staff Glen­gar­ri­ans now have ac­cess to an­other ge­nealog­i­cal and lo­cal his­tory re­source – The Glengarry Liv­ing Archives.

“It lives on the prin­ci­ple that when peo­ple would like to bring items to us, that we’ll scan, doc­u­ment and put them into the com­puter sys­tem, and they will be shared with ev­ery­body in the com­mu­nity,” said Ellery Lafave, pres­i­dent of the archives and the Wil­liamstown His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

“It’s all about shar­ing. I cre­ated the archives about a year ago, but now it’s found a home (on­line).”

Mr. Lafave says the initiative, which cur­rently boasts about 100 im­ages, has been well-re­ceived by lo­cal res­i­dents since its launch.

“And there are a lot more in the bank that are go­ing to be put on (the web­site),” he added. “We’re look­ing for a cou­ple of peo­ple who are com­puter-lit­er­ate who can come on-board and help with cap­tions and stuff like that.”

There are two other his­tor­i­cal re­search tools avail­able: the Glengarry County Archives at Glengarry Dis­trict High School in Alexandria, the largest such repos­i­tory in Eastern On­tario, and the Glengarry Archives, lo­cated in the Sir John John­son Manor House in Wil­liamstown.

The lat­ter’s hold­ings in­clude the land reg­istry records ab­stracts for the county, some of which date back to the ini­tial Scot­tish set­tle­ment pe­riod in the late 1700s.

How­ever, Mr. Lafave ex­plained that the Glengarry Liv­ing Archives is a more Wil­liamstown-cen­tric col­lec­tion, and strictly a dig­i­tal one.

Visit livin­garchives.wee­ for more in­for­ma­tion.


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