I began my day driving through Renfrew for it was time to head up to Pembroke after I finished up with the Pontiac Archives. I wanted to explore the Quebec side of the Ottawa River on my way up north.
I was now familiar with Bruce Road which stops at the light right by the Rocky Mountain House in downtown Renfrew. I decided to end my stay in Renfrew by having breakfast there. I had dinner the night of my tour of Allumette Island, Chichester and Sheen. It has all knotty wood paneling inside. Someone had placed figurines on the chandelier in the middle of the dining room area. I thought that was funny. It was very homey and the food was good: http://www.therockymountainhouse.com/
Storyland Road was not to hard to find and I was at the Portage Du Fort bridge:
The drive to Shawville is lovely.
I was back at the Pontiac Archives and dug into the genealogies, this time focusing on collateral lines: Poupore, LaCour/LeCour/Tebeau/Record/Ricard, Williams, Moor/Moore, Perrault, Leahy, Downey, Malone, Murphy, Burns, McPherson, Welch/Walsh, Frazer, Kennedy, Butler, Ryan, Ferguson, Sauvé and others. These are the families that married into my great-grandparents Archie and Mary McDonell’s siblings families. There was not as much information as I had hoped and not as far back in time that I had wanted. I was looking at 1850 to 1901.
The Pontiac Archives is in Shawville which locates it further south in Pontiac and I have noticed that there is a concentration of documentation, histories and more from Fort Coulonge to Gatineau. For some reason the upper Pontiac is less emphasized. Why is that?
A REQUEST: If you have ancestors who settled in Pontiac Counties please take a few minutes and print off or create a file that you can attached and send to the Pontiac Archives via their email or by mail. Here again is their link: http://www.pontiacarchives.org/ Don’t think that the Internet is the only way to spread the news about your family. People are so impacted with information and lack of time they don’t always have that choice to be on the internet all the time or they don’t have that kind of access due to money concerns.
Please send and or give them your family histories, I did!
I finished up at the Pontiac Archives and said my thanks you and goodbyes! I was glad I had visited.
There was another restaurant and pub to the left of the library as you exit the front door that had a deck. It was on Rue Main. I decided to try that for a different experience and it was great. Entering it through their door was a little odd. I cannot remember the name and I can’t find it online. It had comfort food as well as a bar in the middle of the very long room. I had worried about food but I can guarantee you will be able to get a good meal in Shawville.
Here are a few more photographs of Shawville for your enjoyment.
After quieting my tummy, I headed up Hwy 148 (301). This highway is wonderful. It is a two lane road but it is in great condition. I had no problems with driving along it. Now that I know this, I can advise that if you want to stay somewhere other than Renfrew and drive to Shawville to do research at the Pontiac Archives you can do so without a problem. The distance and weather might be a factor but the road is great. Crossing the Ottawa can be done at Waltham, Portage Du Fort and at Qyugon you can take a ferry, otherwise you do have to come from Gatineau northwest or south from Waltham. Hwy 148 follows the Ottawa River and if I had more time I would have done the whole tour. Hwy 148 seems to end when it meets Hwy 40 near Pembroke after crossing Allumette Island.
Try this link for a very interesting information about road trips for the Outaouais area – the Quebec side. You will have to do a little digging to find the various specific road trips for Outaouais: http://outaouais.quebecheritageweb.com/attractions-and-tours They are an online magazine of articles formation about the history of the towns, sites and more along the Ottawa (Outaouais) River and some photos. I was very happy to find this website.
Because of the time constraints I headed up to Campbell’s Bay to go to the Palais de Justice for Pontiac County (County courthouse). It was open in the morning 9-12 and afternoon from 1-4 pm M-F and I had to get there quickly. I figured I could double back to tour a little of Calumet Island after my visit to the Palais. This website has the information about Quebec’s courts: http://www.justice.gouv.qc.ca/francais/joindre/palais/cartes/campb-carte.htm
My goal was to obtain printouts of the land lots that I had identified for several of my ancestors: Archie, John his brother, and others that I suspected of being related.
It was a little confusing to figure out which room to go to because I was finally hit with French as the only language. As you enter the building on your left there is sign that has the word “Ligne” in it and that is where I went to get these printouts.
The clerk was very nice and of course she started speaking in French till she realized I did not. I had taken the time to write everything down so that she could just use my list. We settled on the price of $4.00 for each printout and I asked for several. She headed out instructing me to wait in the lobby and disappeared for about 15 minutes. She came back with a stack and told me the last one didn’t exist. My lousy handwriting made it look like another number so I corrected that and she kindly obtained the copy for me and didn’t charge me.
Sigh! This is where I made a big mistake. I did not review the papers at that time. I paid my money and asked her about accessing these documents and she said that I could do so online because that was were all the land records were. It was not till much later that I studied them only to find out that they went back and stopped at early 1900. I had thought I would get the lot history all the way back to the beginning circa 1850. So they were all 1900 and to the present and only one showed me anything of value. I was very disappointed and mostly frustrated. I was hoping it would give me some information about Archibald’s early years.
DO NOT DO WHAT I DID! CHECK THE PRINTOUTS before you leave. I am told that there was a fire in Hull in 1900 and that destroyed things? I do not know how this affected the records for Pontiac County? The online source for the land records may not go back far enough. I don’t know? I am still trying to figure out Quebec land records. More on this topic in a later post.
I did learn and confirm that the land records printouts are at this location or all are online at the link given below. I can access them even though I am a USA citizen. She told me that they charge like a $1.00 so you do have to use a credit card to sign up to use the online system, but it is only for verification. That was encouraging. I knew about this website but hesitated to sign up. I think I will take the plunge when I get home and see what I find.
I have tried to type this exactly as it was written on the summary sheet she gave to me.
Pour toute information supplémentair, communiquez avec:
Service d’assistance â la clientéle de Foncier Québec: lundi, mardi, jeudi et vendredi, de 8h30 à 16h30 (mercredi de 10h à 16h30) Téléphone: (418) 643-3582 Région de la Capital-Nationale 1-866-226-0977 Sans frais au Québec, en Ontario et au Nouveau-Brunswick. Couriel: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The clerk also gave me this url to go to.
The area along Rue Front in Campbell’s Bay has a parking lot right on the Ottawa River. Actually I think that was what was distracting me and I was becoming very tired. I love rivers and the Ottawa is as fascinating as others I have seen and especially because it was a big part of my great parents Archie and Mary McDonell’s lives and my grandfather Ronald’s, he grew up along its shores.
I pulled my car into this parking area on Rue Front and dallied enjoying the view.
There was a church across the street on Rue Front: