2014 December closing for holiday season

November 25th, 2014 by Jean

The Pontiac Archives, Shawville, Quebec, Canada will be closed to celebrate the Holiday Season from Tuesday, December 11, 2014, at 4 pm, and will open on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 9 am.

Dumoine River

September 9th, 2014 by Jean

The Pontiac Archives has a copy of the Guide canot-camping paddlers guide, Edition 1, 2003.

Reserve faunique La Verendrye; Zec Dumoine; ZEC Rapides des Joachims

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 closed 3 pm

September 9th, 2014 by Jean

The Pontiac Archives in Shawville, Qc, will close at 3 pm for a monthly staff meeting on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

Regular hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm.


Clarendon School, # 13, Pontiac Quebec

August 21st, 2014 by Jean

Clayton Elliott donated a beautiful photo to the Pontiac Archives of the students in approximately 1930, taken at the Clarendon # 13 School.

The students were Grace Horner, Marion Towell, Doris Towell, Billy Horner, Marion Peever, Marshall Laughren, Denzil Laughren, Shirley Horner, Leona Horner, Iva Horner, Marshall Sparling, Ruby Sparling, Clayton Elliott, Lois Laughren, Audrey Elliott, Rose Towell, Muriel Murphy, Earl Murphy, Ether Peever, Erwin Laughren, Margaret Elliott, George Towell, Myrland Sparling, Cheslyn Horner, Sarah Lemay.

This photo is stored  in Volume VI, County Schools, Bristol and Clarendon Binder,  at the Pontiac Archives.  Feel free to come in and see it.    Scans of the photo would be available for $1.00 each.



Hours Wednesday, September 3, 2014

August 21st, 2014 by Jean

The regular hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm.

The Pontiac Archives will be open on  Wednesday, September 3, 2014  from 9 am to 3 pm.  The Archives will close at 3 pm for a staff business meeting.



Acton Smiley descendants visit

June 10th, 2014 by Jean


            The descendants of Acton Smiley and Maggie (Sparling) visited the Pontiac in May,  2014. They originally lived on a farm at Moorhead and had 6 sons and 4 daughters.

Before arriving in Shawville, they visited several cemeteries in the Pontiac County.

On Tuesday May 6th about 16 of the relatives spent the day researching their families at the Pontiac Archives.

Walter Brown from Smith’s Falls and Gloria Tubman, two genealogists, as well as the regular volunteers at the Archives, helped them with their research.

Betty Scharff from Wetaskiwin, Alberta, also came on Wednesday. She had been at the Pontiac Archives before and donated Lucas and Mohr family tree binders.

Robert Wills, representative from the Museum escorted the Smiley group to the Museum for a guided tour.   They were impressed with the collection of materials.

Besides donating books and binders, they donated a CD-R disc containing genealogy records on the James D Smiley family up to May 5, 2014.



Pontiac Archives, Shawville, Qc, Open House July 2014

June 10th, 2014 by Jean

The Pontiac Archives will host “Open House” in July on Tuesday, July 8,  Wednesday, July 9, and Thursday, July 10th.

Hours:  9 am – 4 pm.  Open over lunch hour.

Weather permitting, there will be displays outside on the Main Street.

Indoors, there is unlimited amount of material to research genealogy, logging, fairs, schools, churches, Women’s Institutes, Lions and Lionettes Club, and other service clubs, hospitals, to name a few.

Walter Brown will be a guest to help with family history and genealogy questions.   The Pontiac Archives has the complete collection by Mr Brown and it is downloaded on 3 computers for use by the public.

Please drop in to visit.


Pontiac Archives is open on a regular basis Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm  with volunteers available to assist the public.

The address is 358 Main St, Shawville, Qc, J0X 2Y0.   Email:  archives@pontiacarchives.org.  Phone 819-647-7013

A Pontiac County Pioneer- John Christian Mohr

May 27th, 2014 by Jean

The Pontiac Archives has received a donation of the book entitled “A Pontiac County Pioneer, John Christian Mohr and Descendants, 1792 – 2003.

This book was published by Carol (Mohr) Bradley Grace (Mohr) Vuori.

John Christian Mohr, 1792-1868 is buried at Mohr’s Cemetery – Onslow Township, Pontiac County, Quebec.

Lucas family history, dating from 1160

May 27th, 2014 by Jean

The Pontiac Archives has recently received a book for their Family Tree Library to be used by the public for research. The book “Lucas Family History, England-North Ireland-Canada, United States” was donated by Betty Scharff from Wetaskiwin, Alberta. It contains 296 pages of material.

It was written by Jaclyn Lucas Keasler Helmke, 8 April 2008, from San Antonio, Texas. It begins with (7237) Lucas born about 1160, at Westley, England, and about 1225 at England, married spouse unknown.

Murdock’s descendants

March 13th, 2014 by Jean

The latest addition to the Pontiac Archives geneology library includes the book “Murdock’s of County Mayo Ireland, written by Perry Murdock, 57 Outaouais Street, Portage du Fort, Quebec, J0X 2T0. It contains 338 pages.
Descendants of James Murdock & Honora Tunny, John Murdock & Anna Tunny, Ellen Murdock & Patrick Major — The Murdock’s immigrated to Canada in around 1833. Persons moved to Onslow, Quebec in 1841.