Barber Scrapbook

June 14th, 2016 by Jean

May 11, 2016, Anita Barber Rutledge, from Wakefield, Quebec, donated a copy of the Barber Scrapbook, compiled by Mary Barber Watson Montague, to the Pontiac Archives.

This has information of the descendants of John Barber (1827-1880) and Elizabeth Begley and their eight children.

It is a copy of a scrapbook which was compiled by Mary Jane Wilson Barber who died on November 20, 1930 in her 65th year. Some materials which were saved by her daughter-in-law, Louise Campbell Barber, as well as her children have also been added.

Family identified pictures of Barber and Wilson persons and a photo album are also available for researchers to view.

Donation of documents by Mayfred Horner Dods family

June 14th, 2016 by Jean

June 2016, some documents were donated to the Pontiac Archives such as family history of old families from Clarendon. This is typed and in individual duotangs, as prepared by Rev Father Joseph Gravelle and others. Below is a list:

– Pontiac County, Quebec Early History of French origins families
– History of Onslow, Quyon, Bristol and Eardley Parishes 1908
– The Eades Family, that of Thomas Eades and Margaret Alexander, work of George W Eades of Carleton Place, Ontario
– Pontiac County, Quebec Churches, Vol 1. St Mary’s Parish – early days at Quyon
– St Andrew’s Church, Bristol, Qc, Draft 1 History. Brief history of St Andrew’s Knox and Austin Churches
– Pontiac County, Qc – Prendergast. The Early History of Pontiac Families
– Pontiac County, Qc – Early History Municipalities. Portage du Fort, Pontiac Canal, by Fred Coyne
– Heritage – Eardley Township, by Edgar Reside, The Equity – August 31, 1977
– Ottawa Valley History – Gatineau Bell, by Marion Rogers
– Ruth Scharge, Pontiac Jargon. Valley -ese

– Robert McJanet documentation 1817 – 1891

The Equity available to read on-line

May 3rd, 2016 by Jean

Above is the link to read Digital Collection The Equity on-line issues beginning 1883 to 2010
at Bibliotheque et archives nationales du Quebec.

History of Transportation in Pontiac County

March 8th, 2016 by Jean

A book, written by Gordon “G. Graham, “Suffering from a Want of Communication: A History of Transportation in Pontiac County” is available for research at the Pontiac Archives.
It includes information dating back to 1800s. This book is written in English and in French.

There is also a large collection of materials regarding railroads in the Pontiac and the Ottawa Valley available for research. One file is “Union Village Horse Railway” which is very old.

Railroad – Beachburg subdivision

March 8th, 2016 by Jean

The Pontiac Archives has received recently a 28 page document, donated by Harry Hubley, in October 2015.
It covers the local railway items from Ottawa Papers – Beachburg subdivision.
Articles from 1894 to 2015 are listed.

Open House 2016 July

March 8th, 2016 by Jean

Pontiac Archives, Shawville, Quebec, will host their annual open house, Tuesday, July 5, Wednesday, July 6, and Thursday, July 7, 2016. The hours are 9 am to 4 pm.
For information email: or phone 819-647-7013.

2016 Open House

February 23rd, 2016 by Jean

Open House in July 2016 dates will be announced later.

2015 Seasonal vacation

November 29th, 2015 by Jean

The Pontiac Archives will be closed for 3 weeks starting Thursday, December 10 at 4 pm and open January 5, 2016, Tuesday at 9 am.
Regular hours Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm.
Contact email:
Phone: 819-647-7013

Dr George Alexander Purvis

September 29th, 2015 by Jean

Recently acquired Dr George Alexander Purvis documents including family tree. He was a well-known medical doctor, active in the community, owned the lived in the Stone building, built in the mid 1800s in Portage du Fort, Quebec.

McCrea family tree

September 29th, 2015 by Jean

McCrea family – Descendants of William McCrea born about 1796 in Ireland, probably in County Fermanagh, died 13 December 1865 in Clarendon Township Quebec, Canada.

Relatives of Hodgins, Sturgeon, Merrifield, Alexander, Schwartz, Craig, , just to name a few.