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Jane MacNamara holds a copy of her book. Photo: Lucy Martin
Jane MacNamara holds a copy of her book. Photo: Lucy Martin

Gene-o-rama: Tracking your family history through wills

All sorts of people dabble in documenting family history. Some with a stronger interest attend conferences, like one held this March in Ottawa. Organized by the local branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, "Gene-o-rama" was a weekend event featuring vendors and talks from specialized researchers with material of interest for that endeavor.

One of the featured speakers was Jane MacNamara, a Toronto-area author of a new book: "Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and Other Records for Family Historians." MacNamara spoke with Lucy Martin about how and why wills can provide a wealth of information.  Go to full article
Outside the "Thirsty Otter," in Forestport.
Outside the "Thirsty Otter," in Forestport.

Forestport Poker Run: the outlaw spirit, for a good cause

In the 1890s the town of Forestport in the southern Adirondacks was a rowdy logging town. The joke was there were more saloons than people. And no saloon had more of a reputation than the Hotel Doyle. When the paper mills started to shut down, it was at the Hotel Doyle that the townspeople hatched a plan to sabotage one of the levees on the Black River Canal. Three times they succeeded, each time bringing repair crews - and economic life - back to the region. Today the Hotel Doyle still stands. It's a biker bar called Scooter's. Gregory Warner went there last month for a poker run - kind of like bar hopping for charity on motorcycles. But as he found out, the poker run is about more than beer and wheels. It's another example of Forestport refusing to fade away.  Go to full article

A family tree leads to lawbreakers in Forestport

This weekend the tiny town of Forestport, southeast of Boonville, is celebrating its past - the history of a boozy, brawling town of outlaws. At the end of the 19th century, town leaders sabotaged the Forestport feeder canal, a part of the Erie Canal system, not once, not twice, but three times. At the time, it was called "the most damnable conspiracy" in the history of the state of New York. It was the stuff of whispered rumors and legend in Oneida County, until an amateur geneologist and career journalist stumbled into the heart of the conspiracy. David Sommerstein has the story behind Michael Doyle's book, The Forestport Breaks.  Go to full article

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