Sunday, 22 May 2016

Derbyshire Record Office Treasure 33 of 50

The Derbyshire Record Office is showcasing 50 treasures from its Archive and Local Studies collections. These are items that would never be picked for digitization by the big genealogy companies, chosen because they hold special meaning for staff and users that stir the imagination, tell the best stories, and reveal the secrets of the local history.
You can look through the collection of stories at starting with the most recent, the 33rd which has an Ottawa connection, at https://recordoffice.wordpress.com/.
The autobiography and poems of Leonard Wheatcroft of Ashover tells the story of how a large volume contains some of Wheatcroft's poems provided evidence for Christine Jackson's genealogical investigation of the Cowley family.
The Derbyshire link is the early part of the family history. You can read the complete story, with an emphasis on the family in the Ottawa Valley, in Christine's Bytown Pamphlet FromSteamboats to the NHL: The Ottawa Valley's Cowley Family published by The Historical Society of Ottawa.

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