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Sometimes sharing my work, sometimes musing on topics that have come to my attention, I blog about my life as an artist at Diane Duncan Art. Part diary, part conversation, I welcome the response of readers to my words.

I have recently added a new page and category Looking Back – Family & Community especially for those who might be interested in genealogy, family history and local history. It springs from a deep interest in the lives of those who have gone before and a desire to preserve their story for future generations.

A New Lanark County Publication

Posted by on January 11, 2022 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

A New Lanark County Publication

Lanark Rural Routes, Volumes 1 and 2 Lanark County Routes, Lanark County Genealogical Society, 2021 In addition to my personal research, I enjoy contributing to the work of historical and genealogical societies that share my interest in family and community history. The Lanark County Genealogical Society (LCGS) recently published the latest of the organization’s series of books featuring the history of Lanark County – Lanark County Routes, volumes one east, 174 pages, hard cover; and volume two west, 168 pages, indexed, hard...

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Tying the Knot

Posted by on January 8, 2022 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

Tying the Knot

Marriage Practices in the New Community Seeking a marriage license The settlers in the early settlement of Perth, and surrounding townships came from diverse religious backgrounds. Rev. William Bell arrived in 1817 to minister to the Scottish settlers from Edinburgh but soon decided to serve a much larger community. His friend Rev. William Smart, located in Brockville, had convinced the settlers during the preceding winter that they should set aside their differences and petition for a minister from the Edinburgh diocese. When he arrived, and...

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Death and Illness in the New Community

Posted by on January 4, 2022 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

Death and Illness in the New Community

We often wonder what illnesses affected our ancestors and caused their death. Although Rev. Bell was careful to record marriages and baptisms during the early years, he did not record all deaths. He, and other diarists of the time, would mention the name of someone who died in passing. For the early settlement years our most source is found on memorial stone in cemeteries of the area. An these records can sometimes be misleading as they were often erected years after the death occurred by subsequent generations. Reproduction of Luke...

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Travel Challenges in the New Settlement

Posted by on December 26, 2021 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

Travel Challenges in the New Settlement

The Final Letter to a Scottish Newspaper (XXIV) Before leaving Scotland Rev. William Bell agreed to provide reports back to a Scottish newspaper. The editors wished to assist in the recruitment of people to settle in Upper Canada. It is evident that, while fulfilling the commitment to provide information to entice settlers, he reported both the opportunities and challenges of the emerging community. However, he often glossed over the challenges that would face a settler and this is especially true in the matter of getting from one place to...

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Early Days in Perth and on the Scotch Line

Posted by on December 24, 2021 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

Early Days in Perth and on the Scotch Line

William Bell’s Comments in his Diary “The County of Carleton, in which the military settlements are situated, did not, till 1816, receive any settlers except a few in the township of Nepean, but so rapidly has its population since that time increased, that in 1823 it contains about 8,000. At present, it may be viewed as an inland place, but it is watered by several fine rivers which fall into the Ottawa. These, by a little improvement, will render navigable for boats by which a communication may be carried on with Montreal at a...

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The New Settlement and Its Troubles

Posted by on December 23, 2021 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The New Settlement and Its Troubles

Rev. Bell provides this history of settlement in Perth, a military settlement in Upper Canada and hints on where to search for ancestors. Early image of Perth The Distribution of Land in the New Settlement “Before I proceed further, let me tell you something about the division of the land. A township or parish is generally about 10 miles square, it is divided by lines into 12 parts or concessions, and each lot containing 200 acres, except the last, which contains 100. Every seventh lot is set apart for the support of the church and is...

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