Virtual Conference 2023 Ontario Ancestors, The Ontario Genealogical Society

Grand Plans for the Grand River – Sponsored by the Irish Palatine Special Interest Group

Presented by: Jane E. MacNamara

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A look at projects—successful and not—to use the Grand for settlement, navigation, industry, and agriculture, and records to help understand their effect on your ancestor. 


From the time of earliest European settlement, the Ouse/Grand River was recognized for its potential for both settlers and the accommodation of Indigenous people. This session will look at an assortment of projects that were proposed for communities along the great length of the Grand—some of which were built and others that existed for a short period, as well as some that failed miserably. The emphasis will be on the kind of records that can be used for researching activity along any Ontario River—but focusing on the Grand.