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  • Extracts from the Minutes of the annual Smith-McWilliam picnics (1907-1945) - September 2012

    23.09.2012 - re-issued with only extracts from the period 1907-1945, with kind permission of the publisher, Nancy H. Conn.
    The first Smith-McWilliam family picnic in Embro in 1907, which brought together almost all of the descendants of the McWilliam and Smith pioneers who had emigrated to the West Zorra township in Ontario from Scotland between 1846 and 1853, was such a success that it became a yearly event.
    Remarkably, these annual family picnic-gatherings have continued right up to (...)

  • Pioneer Days - September 2012

    This is the initial chapter of the booklet issued in 1982 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Zorra Presbyterian Church in Embro in 1832.
    It recounts in vivid detail the atmosphere of life in the Presbyterian community of Zorra township in those pioneer days, and is not only of great interest per se but is, I would think, quite essential reading for the many far-flung descendants of the founding couple of the Canadian branch of our family, James Smith and Helen (...)

  • The Maisley McWilliams in Canada family history book (1846-1939) - September 2012

    Reinstated after having been previously removed from the site because of privacy issues, with pages referring to persons still living removed to respect their privacy rights.
    This carefully-researched little 51-page book, kindly provided by our cousin Robert McWilliam, is a complete history of the "Maisley McWillam" family in Canada (which includes us, via our great-grandmother Helen McWilliam) up until 1939 .
    It contains photos, biographies, and a complete list of all of the known (...)

  • The family tree of James Smith in Scotland since 1685 - December 2011

    This interesting chart, developped by Serge Benedetti and largely based on the data kindly provided by Howard Geddes , shows the family tree of our ancestor James Smith (1821-1917), the pioneer founder of the Canadian branch of our family, from his great-great grandfather William Smith (1685-?) on downwards.
    26.1.2012 - extensively updated, with:
    much new data;
    a number of minor corrections;
    supplementary documentation throughout, indicated by a red indicator in the upper-right-hand (...)

  • Photo of the first Smith-McWilliam family picnic in 1907 - November 2011

    The first full gathering of the descendants of the Innes, Smith and McWilliam pioneers who had emigrated from Banffshire in Scotland to the Embro area in southern Ontario between 1846 and 1853 took place at a family picnic at the home of our Dad’s grandfather James Smith (then a widower, aged 87) in Embro on August 13, 1907.
    This gathering was held to honour a close relative from Scotland who had come to visit his Canadian cousins: James McIntyre, a son of Janet McWilliam, who had been (...)

  • Smith-McWilliam-Campbell genealogy chart - October 2011

    The pioneering ancestors of the Smith family in Canada were James Smith (1820-1917) and Helen McWilliam (1831-1905), who emigrated just after their marriage in 1850 from Banffshire in north-eastern Scotland to the area around Embro in the West Zorra township of Oxford county in southern Ontario.
    In West Zorra, they stayed with Helen McWilliam’s sister Margaret McWilliam and her husband David Innes (who had come there four years earlier in 1846) until getting their own farm - after a lot of (...)

  • History of the Zorra Church in Embro - October 2011

    This interesting booklet outlines the history of the Knox Presbyterian Church in Embro since the creation of the first Zorra Church in 1832.
    Among other interesting tidbits you will find here:
    an overview of the initial settlement of the Zorra area by Highlanders evicted from their ancestral farms by the infamous "clearances" of 1812-1820;
    an account of the building of the first Zorra church, the Old Log Church ("auld kirk"), in 1833, and of the construction under the guidance of its (...)

  • Généalogie de Mateo, Chimène, Diego, Marc et Tristan en 128 tableaux (sur 16 générations, jusqu’à l’an 1600 !) - August 2008

    11.09.2012 - maj avec les dernières et définitives modifications [1], datées le 28 février 2012, de l’auteur de de document monumental et extraordinaire, le très regretté Serge Benedetti [2].
    26.12.2011 - maj
    Cette généalogie ascendante de Mateo, Chimène et Diego (M-C-D dans la suite), partagée avec Marc et Tristan pour la branche paternelle, rassemble à ce jour un peu plus de 700 personnes et s’étend sur 16 générations.
    Comme pour toute généalogie, il s’agit d’une situation provisoire encore (...)

  • Descendants of Wolf Icek Grossbaum, paternal grandfather of Daisy Fink - May 2006

    The family tree of Wolf Icek Grossbaum (b. 1801), the paternal grandfather of Daisy Fink, can be seen in the attached document established by Serge Benedetti.
    18.06.2010 : updated with minor corrections to birth and marriage dates (highlighted in red).
    24.05.2006 : updated to eliminate family-tree duplications.

  • Généalogie de Mateo et Chimène : Point d’étape - February 2005

    "Dans les sociétés anciennes et lointaines, la généalogie constitue un puissant moyen de mise en ordre du monde : parce qu’elle met en oeuvre un principe de causalité qui insère l’individu dans des chaînes de déterminations biologiques et sociales, elle lui assigne une place dans l’espace et dans le temps. Qu’en est-il dans les sociétés contemporaines?" (in La généalogie entre science et passion -Tiphaine Barthélémy et Marie-Claude Pingaud)
    Rassurez-vous, je ne me lancerai pas aujourd’hui (mais.... (...)

  • Descendants of Yitzchak BUCHSBAUM, father of Reuven Fink and paternal great-grandfather of Solomon Fink - February 2005

    The family tree of Yitzchak Buchsbaum, father of the distinguished rabbi Reuven Fink (photo), the paternal grandfather of our own Solomon Fink, has been updated [1] with a great deal of new data, kindly provided by our newly-discovered cousin Jonathan Grodzinsky [2], a great-great-great-grandson of our common ancestor Yitzchak Buchsbaum.
    3.4.2012: birth-date of Reuven Fink corrected from 1830 to 26.2.1826 [3].
    1.4.2012: updated with a great deal of new data, kindly provided by Jonathan (...)

  • Une carte du Poher - February 2005

    Pour se repérer plus aisément dans les lieux que Serge évoque au cours de ses recherches généalogiques sur la branche bretonne de Mateo et Chimène, voici une carte du Poher, en Bretagne, provenant du site http://www.poher.com/
    Vous pouvez la télécharger ci-dessous au format ".pdf" mais attention à ceux qui n’ont pas l’ADSL ou le cable: ELLE FAIT 1,2 Mo (cliquez sur l’image ci-dessous pour la charger).
    Vous pouvez faire un zoom sur des détails dans le programme type Adobe (...)

  • Généalogie de Simone CAPITAINE - January 2005

    La généalogie de Simone CAPITAINE et de ses descendants remonte dans la ligne agnatique, en l’état actuel des travaux, à la 1ère moitié du XVIIè siècle (naissance de François CAPITAINE antérieure à 1650), ce qui constitue un résultat honorable mais non exceptionnel (Treize générations de François CAPITAINE à Mateo et Chimène SMITH). Le périmètre géographique des recherches est très limité puisqu’il se situe sur trois siècles exclusivement dans l’actuel département des Côtes d’Armor, aux confins des Côtes (...)

  • Généalogie de Marc Benedetti - December 2004

    Ceci constitue l’ébauche d’un premier fichier pour la mise en ligne d’une généalogie familiale. Mais il faut bien un début à tout. Bonne lecture.