Discussion: Treasures in the Miscellaneous Collection
There is one large collection at the Archives of Ontario for which, as yet, no digitized inventory listing exists in their database. That is the Miscellaneous Collection, which is described as an accumulation of documents assembled over a period of many years, containing such items as letters, deeds, bonds, lists, warrants, invitations, etc.
This lecture will explain to researchers how to access a chronological listing of these items, and how to turn that listing into a searchable electronic document. The items which will then become available are widely varied and fascinating. For example, there are indentures of apprenticeship, militia commissions and discharges, copies of letters, a notice to settlers and emigrants from the United Kingdom dated 1830, plans for new towns, and lists of settlers, just to name a very few. This presentation picks out 10 interesting items from the collection showing them to the researcher and explaining their background and meaning.
Linda Corupe, U.E., has authored over 50 books on genealogy and history over the past 40 years. The descendant of a United Empire Loyalist from the Napanee, Ontario area, her early forays into publishing covered vital statistics and census, mainly of the Bay of Quinte region. Over the last few years, however, she has expanded her focus to include all of early Upper Canada. Notable among her books is the series of annotated transcriptions of the records of the Assize Courts of the Province, currently spanning the years 1792 to 1829, as well as the complete records of the First Heir and Devisee Commissions of Upper Canada, 1797 to 1804. Her current project involves transcribing bastardy affidavits from early Ontario. The first two volumes, those of the Newcastle District and of Northumberland & Durham Counties, and of the Johnstown District and of Leeds & Grenville Counties, have now been completed.
Linda earned her B.A. from McMaster University and is a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society, the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada and the Ontario Historical Society. She is on the Archives of Ontario recommended researchers list, providing personalized services for clients, and is very experienced in helping to secure the proofs needed for United Empire Loyalist certificates.