Two webinars today — ScotlandsPeople and life on an Ontario farm

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will host the free webinar, An Introduction to ScotlandsPeople, presented by Tessa Spencer, head of Outreach and Learning, National Records of Scotland, today, Thursday, April 8, at noon Eastern time.

Learn about the wealth of documents searchable through ScotlandsPeople, including the kirk session and other church court records from the Church of Scotland, which are now available to view online for the first time. This talk will look at this diverse material, including some interesting and surprising examples, explaining what the records are and how you can access and use them for genealogical research.

Register here.

The Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives in Napanee, Ontario will also host a free webinar, Life on the Farm, Your Ancestor‘s Place in Ontario Agriculture, presented by Jane E. MacNamara, this evening, Thursday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.

We often think of farming as a traditional occupation—something that hasn’t really changed much. But that is not and was never the case. Farmers had to react and adapt to changing conditions like climate, technology, economics, new markets and new competitors. Some farmers did more than adapt. They set out to be the most productive by innovating with new techniques and processes, products, and marketing. Farm journals and business records survive in many archives. Farmers may have had help and encouragement along the way from agricultural associations, community groups, government agencies, or private patrons. Digitization of many of the records of these pro-agriculture organizations has made them a viable source to help us understand the changes that were happening around our farming ancestors—and whether they were leading the way or following the pack.

Register here.

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Posted On: April 8, 2021 at 06:06AM