Tracing your family history is always an adventure. Many people travel to the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville to learn more about their ancestors, including the area's early settlers - United Empire Loyalists. Listed below are three local organizations dedicated to genealogy.

Leeds and Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society:

Based at the Brockville Museum, 5 Henry Street, Brockville. Call 613-342-4397. The Leeds and Grenville Genealogical Society has been operating for 35 years and is one of the larger branches of the society. Also located at the Brockville Museum are the local archives and research facilities with daily assistance from 1-4 p.m. Research is in the area of the United Counties. Their holdings also include a good collection of materials for the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Counties.

Visit their website to learn more about hours of operation.

Grenville County Historical Society Inc.:

The local Society office and archive is located in the old Grand Truck CN railway Station at 500 Railway Avenue , Prescott. Operating hours are Monday to Friday 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June to August. From September to May, the hours are each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Archive and Research fees are $2 per hour for adults, $1 for members and students and children under 16 no charge. Researchers coming to the centre will be assisted by volunteers. Detailed research completed by their volunteers in response to email requests and emails is done at a cost of $15 per hour.

For more visit their website

The United Empire Loyalists' (UEL) Association of Canada Colonel Edward Jessup Branch:

This branch was formed in 1968. An estimated 7,000 Loyalists settled in Upper Canada (Ontario) in the late 1700s after the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783, when Britain recognized the independence of the United States. According to their website, their presence had a profound impact on the nation that would become Canada. Between four and six million Canadians can trace their ancestral roots back to one of more of those early Loyalist families.

For more visit their website

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