Thursday, 10 February 2011

BIFHSGO February Meeting: Down the Line: Tracing Dawson's Canadian Adventure

On Saturday 12 February 2011 come to Library and Archives Canada to hear a free public presentation by noted area author and musician Phil Jenkins.

This presentation, Down the Line: Tracing Dawson's Canadian Adventure, will trace the emigration of the Dawson family of Edinburgh, first to Nova Scotia in 1820, then subsequently to Montreal and Ottawa. The family produced several world famous environmental scientists, including John William Dawson and George Mercer Dawson, the subject of the speaker’s most recent book, “Beneath My Feet”. Several family members are living in the National Capital region. The researches into George Dawson were particularly fascinating, including reading a 5,000 item collection of his letters housed in the McGill archives.

Read more about Phil, who was born in Britain, and his interests at

The presentation gets underway at 10am. Genealogists are welcome to attend a 30 minute pre-presentation session at 9am on Ancestry Online Family Trees.

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