History of Eastern Townships featured in Sherbrooke Record series

On the Eastern Townships Resource Centre’s website, the Archives department has posted a fascinating series of Sherbrooke Record articles and photos about the history of the region. There are more than 70 articles that the newspaper published between 2011 and 2013 and they include stories about the Home Children who were sent to the Eastern Townships, the 1866 Fenian Raids in Missisquoi County, and a 300-year look back in history that describes a 1671 deed of sale that is the earliest record held in the Archives.

In addition to providing a glimpse into life in the Eastern Townships in the 19th and early 20th centuries, these articles raise awareness about the wealth of resources available at the the Archives.

John or James Cooper, c1880s (P170/001/003 Mildred Waldron Collection, ETRC)

John or James Cooper, c1880s (P170/001/003 Mildred Waldron Collection, ETRC)

Thanks to my French Connection friend, Jacques Gagné, for bringing this series to my attention.

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About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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4 Responses to History of Eastern Townships featured in Sherbrooke Record series

  1. Kathleen Maclachlan says:

    This is great to know about – thanks for sharing! My family lived in the Eastern Townships for a number of generations, then some migrated down to Vermont.

  2. Merrylyn Sawyer says:

    My family moved from MA after the Revolution to N. Hero, Vt. Then land grants became available in the Eastern Townships and my fifth great grandfather started a land grant petition on which he had to get 39 other signers. He did, and he settled in Eaton and founded the village of Sawyerville. The University of Sherbrooke Archives is very helpful if you need information about an ancestor in the Eastern Townships and the Museum of Compton County in Eaton is fantastic also.

    • Kathleen Maclachlan says:

      Merrylyn – I’m a descendent of Josiah Sawyer through his daughter, Susannah & her husband, James Lobdell; I suspect that we are connected. Thanks for the suggestions; I haven’t been to the Eastern Townships in years, though as a child went every fall to visit “family” [Taylor side] in Sawyerville and Cookshire.

  3. Janice Hamilton says:

    Thanks Gail. Love the Townships. I knew about the ETRC, but I didn’t know about these articles, so I mentioned this collection in my recent article about Summer In Georgeville. writinguptheancestors.blogspot.ca

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