August 15, 2020 Hours:
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P.O. Box 337, 17 George St.
Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X4 
Phone: 705-746-5365
Adults $5
Senior/Child $3
Pass Holders FREE

Interested in your family history? Join the Genealogical club! If you’re new to genealogy, need research guidance or tips or are an avid genealogist looking to connect with fellow researchers, come learn about the resources available that will assist you in tracing your family history.

 Reasons you should join a Genealogical Club

1. You are no longer alone.

2. You’ll learn new research skills.

3. You’ll improve your skills in reading

4. You’ll learn from other members.

5. You’ll gain an appreciation of other local societies.

6. You’ll develop lifelong friendships.

7. You’ll discover new resources

Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00PM excluding January, July and August. They include a lecture with a Q&A period followed by time for networking. There will also be time to discuss what you hope to see at future club events. Fees for the genealogical club would include 9 meeting's throughout the year, presentations from guest lecturers and the digitization of our Parry Sound North Star Collection 

2019/2020 Genealogy Club - Bonus Summer Zoom Meetings!


 July 8th, 2020 - What Gravestones Can Tell You About Your Ancestors

Join the Museum in welcoming Laura Suchan, Executive Director at the Oshawa Museum, will be presenting on her work with gravestones in Ontario. In an era when illiteracy was common, carvers relied on the symbols to convey messages of morality and spirituality to those unable to read. Themes relating to life, death and the hope for everlasting life are just some of the messages protrayed on the stones. Discover the clues and information that gravestones can reveal about your ancestors and the world in which they lived.

August 12th, 2020 - Before They're Gone: Documenting Living History

Welcome back University of Toronto, Linguistics professor, Dr. Sali A. Tagliamonte. Sali will be presenting her research showing that dialects all over Ontario are dying, with them are also fading away the old line small mixed farm culture and history, the pulp and paper industry that was documented so well by John Macfie. To learn more about Sali and her research, follow the link!


*Due to COVID-19, Museum staff made the difficult decision to cancel Genealogy Club meetings taking place in April, May and June. This was done to ensure the health and safety of our members, visitors, presenters and staff. With so many great presentations having to be cancelled, the Museum will be offering special online (Zoom) meetings during July & August!

The Museum is also trying to arrange new meeting times for all the guest speakers that did not get to present - keep an eye to this page for the 2020/2021 Genealogy Schedule.

Cancelled presenters include Genevieve Carter with the Huronia Museum & Huron Ouendat Village and Lori Oschefski, British Home Children in Canada.


Click here to view past season's presentations.

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