Up to Rawdon, Part One
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This book in two parts stems from the author’s lengthy research into the early history of Rawdon Township, Lower Canada and includes the majority of immigrants arriving before 1852. Part One profiles 80 families in 64 chapters. The origin of each family is determined, when possible, and their destinations on leaving. Although most of the families investigated are Protestant, the books include chapters on the early Irish-Catholic community. Since it was published in February 2013, many pages of new and revised material have been added at www.uptorawdon.com on "Author's & Readers' Updates" and other pages; they are free and are useful companions to the book. Currently the website is updated every 6 weeks. ** The two parts of UP TO RAWDON must be ordered separately. **
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Jan 24, 2014As editor of the journal Families of the Ontario Genealogical Society, I recommend this two book set for anyone who is interested in the family history interplay between Quebec and Ontario. This compilation of over 100 family histories written by Daniel Parkinson of the people of Rawdon, Quebec is written in two parts because of the sheer size of the work. The detail of the genealogy—which is all footnoted—is astounding. Each portion of the book notes where the family immigrated from, exactly where they lived in Rawdon, and where many of them migrated to in the middle 1850s, all supported with extremely precise documentation in the footnotes. Parkinson further explained how he found out that people had started to migrate from Rawdon , Quebec to western Ontario in the 1850s when researching his own family. The author discovered a link to Wellington County, Ontario through a marriage certificate which had been issued in Quebec. Through his research, Parkinson also found that they... More > migrated to Simcoe and Huron Counties. And thus began his journey through generations of people in southwestern Ontario who could trace their ancestry back to Eastern Canada. There are many maps, photos, tables, genealogies, and timelines in these two books. Although there is not an index at the back of the book, there is a listing of family names at the front of the book, each complete with a list of related family names under the main title of the section. If you have family from Simcoe and Huron Counties, and suspect that they may have had Rawdon roots, then this is one resource that should definitely be considered in your research plan. Elizabeth Lapointe Ottawa, ON< Less
Dec 4, 2013Daniel B Parkinson's UP TO RAWDON is the resource that every genealogist and local histoprian wished existed for his community. Parkinson has ferreited out probably everything that can be found about the early settlers of Rawdon. He has documented where they came from, whom they came with, their probable relatives, their lives at Rawdon, their children and heirs, then traces the settlers and their descendants in their diaspora across this continent. He has made fine use of all the resources available. He has attempted to separate the facts from the stories and to find out what is verifiable. Up to Rawdon could be used as a manual for good genealogical practice. The basic organization is alphabetically by the names of the community founders,Every chapter tells two stories: the history of the family under discussion and Parkinson's questions about the family story. For the genealogist the methodologies used in the research and the questions asked are equally fascinating. The mass and... More > heft of the volumes are both wonderful and intimidating. Up to Rawdon leaves the reader with the dual feeling that the book is far too long and wishing that it were even longer. Doug Armstrong Quebec Family History Society< Less
Nov 26, 2013The two volumes of Up To Rawdon together represent a monumental undertaking by Daniel. One can read of the arrival in Rawdon Township beginning about 1820 of the earliest settlers, imagine the hardship and tribulations they faced, the recurring temptations to return to Montreal which was not too far away, and the ultimate and inevitable dispersal of most of the families and their descendants. My own ancestor, Nicholas Spooner, was very much a part of each of those scenarios. For anyone with even a remote connection to Rawdon, these volumes offer a valuable and entertaining reference.
Mar 11, 2013I must say Daniel Parkinson this is a masterpiece I can't imagine the research and effort that went into this thanks so much for this and thank you for including my family. Sincerely Joseph S. Holiday
Feb 22, 2013Daniel Parkinson has accomplished a monumental task with this book! A wonderful reference book for those of us with ancestors who emigrated from England, Scotland and Ireland in the early 1800's to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The settlers had filed for and received Crown land and settled the area we now know as Rawdon, Quebec, Canada. Daniel Parkinson has followed these families of early Rawdon with impeccable accuracy to detail. Most of these people were Protestant, but the Catholic influence of the area is also included. The descendants of these early settlers now live in all parts of Canada, the USA and all over the world. “Up to Rawdon”is interesting reading for any lover of history, but I am absolutely amazed at the amount of information he has on each family! If you are new (or not so new) to family research and have English, Scotch or Irish "roots" in Quebec whether in Rawdon,Quebec City, Montreal or other parts of the province, take a look at the list of names in this... More > book. You just may find the name you have been looking for!< Less
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- Daniel B. Parkinson
- February 12, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 4.19 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.5 wide x 11 tall
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