27 November 2017

Progress on Digitizing Tweedsmuir Community Histories

In January I reported that "135 GB of digitized material including Home and County newsletters, original constitution, 3 published history books, 11 Tweedsmuir histories and more" had been digitized in a Women's Institute project funded by the Documentary Heritage Communities Program.

With continued funding there are now 72 Tweedsmuir histories online for locations on the map. The majority are in Eastern Ontario where the project is based. They are: Amherst Island (6)
Appleton (1); Apsley (3); Arnprior (7); Balsam Hill (18); Braeside (4); Burnstown  (4); Clay Bank  (1); Delaware (2); Galetta (1); Glasgow (4); McGregor (1); North Tarentorus (1); Pine Grove (1); Ramsay (5); Renfrew South District (3); Stewartville (6); Teeswater  (1); West Lorne (1); White Lake (1); Willow Run (1).
All these digitized copies can be browsed and searched, including for names in the full text, from here.

A few additional volumes under What's New are for Sidney South, Demorestville, Bloomfield, Solway and Quinte.


Irene said...

We are continuing to review and open books to the public - slower than what we would like but we are progressing. As well, many books from Temiskaming, Cochrane, Nipissing, Muskoka and other districts are currently at the digitizing company. Some of these will be available for viewing starting in 2018.
Irene Robillard - FWIO Digitizing Coordinator

Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com said...

A note to pass on to those who are digitizing the Tweedsmuir collection... the following relates to previously unpublished Halton County/Milton Tweedsmuir documents.

About 2001-2002 we were involved valuing a historical document collection that was housed in the basement of a heritage building at the Agricultural Museum in Campbellville/Milton (now known as Country Heritage Park). The collection was in terrible condition, extremely contaminated with mold.

The University of Guelph took on the restoration and housing of the collection. Within that collection were boxes of documents and photographs that were collected from families at the time of the writing of the local Tweedsmuir history. We understood from the general manager of the facility that most of the Tweedsmuir related materials were not published in the book because they had more submitted material than the books page count maximum would support. It is possible that there wasmoe than just Halton area materials insofar as the Agricultural Museum was a provincial museum (Ministry of Agriculture) when the collection was accumulated.

With that said, when the Halton/Milton Tweedsmuir book is scanned and included in the collection, it would be a useful addition to scan and include the surplus materials that the University of Guelph removed from that basement. I don't know if those pictures and documents survived, or if the Uuniversity has them catalogued.