Glengarry Living Archives
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
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.weebly.com for more information.
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