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105Cobb, Janet

Dates: 1961-2005

Fonds consists of records accumulated by Janet Cobb between 1961-2012, including correspondence, interview transcriptions, newspaper clippings, brochures, photographs and a scrapbook pertaining to Peterborough city and county, Trent University, the Peterborough Lift Locks, family history, and items of personal interest.
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Access Points: Peterborough County; Peterborough, Ontario; Peterborough Lift Lock; Genealogical research; Trent University; Cobb family; Mowry family; St. Joseph’s Cemetery

172Johnston, William

Dates: 1873-1886

The fonds consists of letters written by William Johnston between 1875 and 1976 to his son who was pursuing a career as a pharmacist. These have been supplemented with strong family and genealogical research, along with documents related to Alfred J. Johnston. Most of the original letters have been Xeroxed for research purposes, and are available digitally.

The photographs and original documents that accompany the letters include an 1860 photograph of the Johnston home and tailor business on Water Street decorated for the arrival of the Prince of Wales; copies of documents related to George Johnston`s role as chief of Police, in 1885; documents related to a study group on Civic Affairs, c. 1968; and a 1968 voter=s list for polling station 102, covering the Burnham street area of Ashburnham.
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Access Points: Peterborough Mechanics Institute; James and Jane Mitchell; Samuel J. Jackson; Stonewall, Manitoba; Stephens family; Pharmacies

288Brackenridge Family

Dates: 1850-1950

Fonds consists of genealogical notes and photographs, including historical notes on Westwood, Ontario; an 1850 ALS holograph letter from John and Margaret Brackenridge to their son John; a certificate for J.P. for R. C. Brackenridge, 1930; professional photographs for a 1904 golden wedding anniversary and a 1949 wedding, both with excellent identifications; a business account book, 1931-1933, for a grinding business; record books for Life Saver Teas, 1950; monthly report forms, never filled in, from the Dominion Bureau of Statistics; a scrapbook of clippings pasted into a 1931 furniture catalogue for McLagen Furniture, Stratford, Ontario; together with several photographs. Of particular note is an 1860 off print of a poem by A. B. Todd as a tribute to Robert Burns: Burns: or the Ploughman Bard, that was dedicated to John Brackenridge in 1874 by the author who was his uncle. The photos include two tintypes and an ambrotype.
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Access Points: McBride family, Westwood, Ontario, Community Nursing Registry, Robert Burns (Robbie)

321Doran Genealogical Collection


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626Craw, Betty

Dates: 1968-2005

Fonds consists of correspondence, databases related to cemeteries and genealogy. In file 319, Betty Craw in 1982 made the following observations:

“Compiling a record of Memorial Stones in over 200 Cemeteries in the counties of Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Durham began in 1966. These publications are simply a labour of love – a memorial to my father and sister. The research developed into a rather onerous task when I realized how much information was being eroded by neglect, indifference, weather and sheer vandalism.” She thanked Alice and Marianne MacKenzie for their help in recording cemeteries. She also thanked Eileen Gariepy and Andre Dorfman.”

Series A: Cemeteries series; listing of stones within the cemeteries recorded, 1975-1980, files 1-164 (vols. 1-4) The cemeteries are from the counties of Peterborough, Victoria, and Northumberland and Durham

Series B: Genealogical research inquiries, mostly 1980s, 1990s, files 165-221 (vols. 5-6)

Series C: Archival research records, originals and copies, files 222-334 (vols. 7-11) Includes marriages, cemetery records, assessment and census records, and other documents with potential for genealogical research.

Series D: Maps, 1940s, files 335-342 (vol. 11)

Series E: Voters’ lists and assessments, 1964-1967, files 343-353 (vol. 11)

Series F: Marriages, Newcastle District mainly 1870-1872, transcribed c. 1975-80 (files 354-362) (vol. 12)

Series G: Genealogical resources (files 363-431) (vols. 13-17)

Series H: Genealogical cards recording individuals by birth, marriage and death; and cards cross-referencing to cemetery listings. (vols. B1 to B15)

Series I: Books and pamphlets
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Access Points: Peterborough County; Victoria County; Northumberland County; Cemeteries; Genealogical research; Ashburnham, Ontario; Peterborough, Ontario

662TVA Genealogy Wall fonds
758Lakeshore Genealogical Society
804Smith, Gordon J. and Japp Family Genealogy
867Sanderson Genealogy
884International Genealogical Index