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The Wends in Canada | Volunteers' Role | Cemetery Transcribing | Census Transcribing

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The Wends in Canada

The Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Group is volunteering to be a clearinghouse for anyone interested in the genealogy of this special group — The Canadian Wends. Read about the Wends in Canada, why UOVGG is interested and contact email for more information.

Our experience shows us that Wends may have relocated to other parts of Canada and the United States and the Group would like to hear from these wanderers.

Volunteers' Role

We encourage anyone who is interested in Upper Ottawa Valley genealogy to assist by transcribing or proof-reading cemetery and census records.  It is through the generous assistance of volunteers that we can make this data more readily available to the genealogy community.

This can also be an excellent project for students to improve skills such as:
- co-operating in a group project
- using computers and microfilm readers
- appreciating the importance of proof-reading
- developing an appreciation of the lives and occupations in the 19th century.
One Renfrew County teacher has had positive results from cemetery and census recording projects.

Cemetery Transcribing

To help with some of the last few cemeteries in Renfrew County contact the UOVGG cemetery records co-ordinator.  Our first priority is to complete the cemetery recordings.  Help bring this the last three per cent to completion.  Perhaps you know of a cemetery we are not aware of.  There are seven townships in Renfrew County for which we have no record of any burials.   Please let us know if you know of a cemetery in one of those areas.  We are still compiling a list of Pontiac County cemeteries and need help in identifying the names and locations of all the cemeteries in Pontiac County.

We has a large number of cemetery publications for Renfrew and Pontiac County (see current list).  Some cemeteries are recorded and published by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (whose area of interest includes Renfrew County) and by private individuals.  Many of the cemetery records are indexed by the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid (OCFA).  Pontiac County records are included in the OCFA.

Census Transcribing

Pick a township that would be manageable for you and contact the UOVGG census co-ordinator.  You do not have to reside in the Renfrew County area and you do not have to have a computer to help with census recording.