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D.W. Smith: Why look at his records?

October 25, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Free. Visitors welcome. See registration link below.
D.W. Smith: Why look at his records? @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

I’m not related to D. W. Smith—Why should I look at his records?

Speaker: Jane E MacNamara
David William Smith was Deputy Surveyor General and then Surveyor General for Upper Canada from 1792 to 1804, and before that clerk to the Hesse District Land Board. If your ancestor acquired (or attempted to acquire) land during this period, the correspondence almost certainly passed through D.W. Smith’s hands. When he left Upper Canada for England in 1802, Smith took a great quantity of documentation about land grants with him. Many years later those documents were brought back to the Toronto Public Library’s collection and include military papers from Smith’s service at Fort Niagara. This lecture will concentrate on the genealogical information about early Upper Canadians found in these papers.

Jane E. MacNamara, Toronto, is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn) and writes about genealogy at A long time member of OGS, Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for Toronto Branch, most notably hands-on courses at the Archives of Ontario.

Mini-Presentation: Crossing the Atlantic: Linking my Scottish Scoundrel to his Jacobite family in Atlantic Canada by Margaret Kipp

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