Sylvester McCoy (1883-1961)

If you are researching the McCoy family and, in particular, Sylvester McCoy (1883-1961), in the Hastings County, Ontario area, please be aware of the following information provided by a McCoy family researcher. “Sylvester married Sarah Eleanor Fulford-Abernathy on February 28, 1910 Murray, Hastings, Ontario, Canada. Sylvester is a 155th Battn World War 1 Veteran whose

FIND-IT is Growing Again

The Quinte Branch “Indexing Team” under the capable leadership of Coordinator, Dianne Taylor-Harding, has added 1000 new records and 300 unique surnames to the FIND-IT database. This database is freely available online and references many documents, including intact family trees, in the Quinte Branch Research Library. If you find a family member referenced in FIND-IT,

A Quick Look at Presentations in 2023

The agenda for Quinte Branch Presentations is filling up. Check out the presentations for 2023 already booked so far. If you have a presentation with a “genealogy theme” that could be delivered via ZOOM, contact Kathryn at  

Learning to Love Lockdown with Amanda Hill

“Learning to Love Lockdown: How the Community Archives Unleashed its Collections” with Archivist, Amanda Hill. The Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County was established in 2010 and is the home for the documentary heritage of our Quinte region. In 2016 the archives were moved into a new facility in the Belleville Public Library building.

Resources on the Quinte Branch Website

The Quinte Branch website contains many resources, both new and old. One section that has withstood the “test of time” is GENEALOGY 101, available from the top navigation bar. Check out “Tool Kit Links” [], “Links to Resources” [] or an entire beginner’s course in genealogy [].  

Hats Off to Amanda at the CABHC

Amanda Hill, Archivist at the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County, made an excellent presentation to the Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors on Saturday. The digital resources, among others, at the CABHC should not be overlooked by any serious family historian. A great deal of research can be accomplished online from a remote location

October 15: Using the Community Archives

Tour the many resources of the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County with Amanda. From newspapers to directories, maps, assessment rolls and photos, CABHC has it all. Amanda Hill trained as an archivist in England in the 1990s and was employed at Canterbury Cathedral Archives, the Essex Record Office and the Universities of Oxford

Trees by Dan – The History Guy

Since 2000 Dan has been building a database of interconnected family trees focussed on the local area around Brighton but following the family connections back more than 200 years before U.E.L.’s came to the area and up into more recent times. The information on is made available to support other researchers whose trees include
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