Archive for June, 2014

Acton Smiley descendants visit

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014


            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

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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:  Phone 819-647-7013