Monday, September 26, 2016

About Us Update; How & Why of our Genealogy Publishing Journey.

About Us Update; How & Why of our Genealogy Publishing Journey.

ALEX W FRASER   and Rhoda Ross
The Glengarry Genealogical Society 1974
Highland Heritage ca 1981
Courtenay, BC     866 517 2113   250 338 6334
Photo Alex   & Rhoda

Sep 2016  update

Due to a recent unfortunate incident in August, I thought it would be wise to clarify a couple of aspects of the How & Why of this journey we are on in Glengarry County Genealogy & Publishing.

1st - I have never claimed to be a Professional Genealogist. If a viewer of our work assumed that, that was their choice & mistake. This question probably has come up the odd time in the last 30 to 40 years, but not with the persistence of the present situation.

2nd - I have never claimed to be  part of any Certified Professional Genealogical Association. If a viewer of our work assumed that, that was their choice & mistake.

3rd -  My experience these 45 years came as a result of the Grace of God, openness, collecting and sorting family information, instinct, intuition, gut feeling, and a subtle knowingness as to who belonged to what families from collecting, reviewing obituaries, Gravestone inscriptions, church records, land records, etc.  

4th - You never know where genealogy research is going to take you. With pre-conceived expectations the viewer can be in for a shock with what results can show up.

5th - Yes, I do research for people from time to time. I am under no obligation to accept research requests from anyone. Likewise, if I do, I am also at liberty to return any research deposit if I deem that necessary. In the above incident, I deemed it necessary to return the research deposit.  When I do research, then that person is paying for my time, not buying or purchasing the resulted documentation. Depending on the information I am presented with as a starting point, then depending on what results come about, the person who made the request will usually get some documents sent to them.    I do not manufacture the results. The results come from the research done.

6th - Any research results I end up with — They are as they are —- I stand behind those results,  until new factual documentation comes about to change things. I do not claim the results are right or wrong, good or bad. I leave that to the viewer to decide. The results are as they are. The viewer makes a choice as to whether they agree, accept or believe the results presented from their perspective to determine its validity.

7th — The WHY of this journey is, was to preserve the history, family history in particular of the Glengarry County Ontario and area and make it available to those so interested. Linking families as best we could & were possible documenting same. Much has been done, more still has to be done. In the results that now exist, we have done the best we could within the circumstances that had to be dealt with and still have to be dealt with. 

8th -  Here are some examples of how easy it is when dealing with Macs, especially MacDonalds, MacDonells, to have the right names and the wrong people at the same time. This in most cases is unavoidable and happens to most if not all of us, myself included,  who do genealogy research at one time or another.  Mistakes, Red Flags, Discrepancies in Genealogy research. Solving this requires putting more detailed meat on the bones of the names concerned with dates, BMD etc.

These examples are based on the information I was aware of at the time, date of completion of article, even if new information came along after completion of any specific outline made.

Ex 1—   The Alexander MacDonell Dilemma.

Ex 2 —  The John MacDonald Dilemma  {Mistakes in Genealogy]

Ex 3 — Angus MacDonald & Janet MacDonald, right names, wrong people 

Ex 4 —  The Alexander McNaughton Dilemma  

To those who made the choice to support us over these past 45 years for books or research our sincere thanks. We hope the results were beneficial more that confusing.

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

ALEX W FRASER, born 1940 in Charlottenburgh Township, Lancaster, Ontario, County of Glengarry, whose United Empire Loyalist ancestors settled in the area in 1784, attended school in Lancaster and Williamstown. After leaving High School he worked with Bell Canada for a few years. In 1967 Alex got ill while attending school in Ottawa, Ontario. During convalescence from this illness, in 1971, he was inspired to use his spare time to interest himself in the ancestry of his mother and his father. He began actively to pursue this quest by searching local records, visiting cemeteries, etc. It was in this pursuit that he realized the necessity to preserve headstone inscriptions, so set about to copy them in full. The interest and response people showed in his endeavour led to the publication of Gravestones of Glengarry Volume 1, Williamstown, in September 1976, Volume 2 in 1978. Volume 3 St Raphaels in 1988, Volume 4 Alexandria in 2008. Vol 5 Kirk Hill, 6 Breadalbane, 7 Lochiel, 8 Glen Nevis Dalhousie in 2012, 9 Salem Precious Blood, 10 Martintown - Apple Hill, 11 Kenyon Township  2013, 14 Lonely Stones, 15 Master Index,

This effort in preserving local Glengarry County area history has kept him busy for the last 45 plus years. In this time period we have published over 38,000 pages of material on the Glengarry Stormont County Ontario and Area.

Mr. Fraser has been genealogist for the Glengarry Historical Society, the genealogist (Glengarry County) & founding member for the St Lawrence United Empire Loyalists Branch of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. He was also the 1st host for the counties of Glengarry, Stormont, Prescott Ontario with the Ontario GenWeb and 1st host for the counties of Soulanges & Vaudreuil Quebec with the Quebec GenWeb. He & Rhoda are also a member of the Comox Valley Celtic Club for these past 10 or so years.

In 1992  he received the Canada 125th Anniversary medal.
1997  received  “The Morley K Thomas Award “ for 30 years of weather observing for Environment Canada

In 1998 Alex joined NATO/Bitron and started using this excellent product to reduce his fuel and maintenance costs. In 2006 under Bitron with Dick Simmonds Bitron President reached the Director, Founder and Presidential level in Bitron. He is averaging with his 1997 GMC 1/2 truck over these 12+ years basically every 3rd tank of gas Free. His truck fuel consumption when from an average of 17 mpg to an average of 24mpg over these 1 years.  Bitron Global is now Natureline Solutions

Alex, now lives in Courtenay, BC with his wife, helper, companion and adviser, Rhoda Ross as they continue their efforts in preserving local Glengarry area history. This present work being the latest of that endeavour.

RHODA P WESTLAKE ROSS, born 1932 in Montreal, Quebec whose ancestors came from England in 1875 and Stornoway, Scotland about 1928. Educated in local Montreal schools, she married John Ross of Curry Hill, Ontario in 1951 and had 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls. She presently has 12 grandchildren. After her husband John died in the summer of 1976 she became involved in helping Alex with his research, collecting information and publishing. They have been working as a team ever since. Rhoda also enjoys oil painting, baking and gardening.

Rhoda has now finished her major work on the McNaughton’s of Glengarry 5 volume family history, about 1800 pages which has been published.

In 2003 or 4  she joined the area Originals Only painting group and has displayed her numerous paintings in at least 4 of the Original Only shows since.

See her Comox Valley Blog at   This consists of 26 posts showing a pictorial view of the Comox Valley

In these 45 plus years we have published more than 38,000 pages of material on Glengarry County & area.
This is equivalent to about 237 single title books of 160 pages each

One of our current projects is sorting out the Quinns from St Anicet, Que  Glengarry and getting acquainted with the DNA results for a couple of Quinn Descendants.

Family histories

Gravestones inscriptions published

Church records published

Our [Alex W Fraser  Rhoda Ross] titles

The latest efforts is on the MacDonald of Loup Lundie and Fraser Connections on CD  Version 5 [2015] of over 34,000 entries.  

Sep 2016
Alex W Fraser
420 Harmston Ave.,
Courtenay, BC V9N 2X2
Tel 250-338-6334   or 866-517-2113
E mail

A photo journey of our many titles can be viewed at 

1971 September  2016

This Journey started in 1971 when I started to do my Fraser & MacDonald, MacDonell family history.

You never know where Genealogy Research will take you.

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