The summer of 2016 in August I visited Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, it was mainly just a trip to finally see Canada Capital but also for genealogy research. My dad’s family first settled in the Ottawa valley in the 1800s.
I took a day and drove out to Almonte Ontario which is the area were the Yuills and Aitkenheads originally settled in. The families originally lived in the Ramsay township area which is no more but you can visit the town of Almonte were many of them lived.
Almonte is about a 45 minute drive from Ottawa. The drive was fairly easy and the town itself not hard to find. There is also the town of Mississippi Mills nearby as well, it is a larger town then Almonte.
Almonte itself, is a very small town, with some heritage feel to it. The old mill still has its heritage look but has been turned into condos and restaurants. There is a small river walk in the town as well as many restaurants and art type shops. I do recommend being prepared to some walking as it the best way to get around. The town does host many festivals in the summer, including highland games so I would say to check if you not interested in a crowded time.
There is also the Auld Kirk Cemetery, just a short distance from Almonte. It is is fairly easy to find, provided you have coordinates. Coordinates can be found on Find a Grave. The Cemetery itself is quite large and the church is still there. It is not open to go inside and I am not sure how you would gain access to the inside, but you can see in the windows to get an idea.
I recommend going to the Ottawa Public library beforehand and visiting their local history room to look at the cemetery transcripts. This is because the cemetery is quite large and if your looking for specific graves, you do need to know their location before hand.
I will say that you may need to self-sufficient when looking at the local history information at the library.
The church itself, is quite small but is a beautiful little church. It was built in 1836 and it is around 181 years old. It does contain some burials inside the church(Some of my ancestors are buried in the church).
There is also Library and Archives Canada located in the Ottawa as well, I didn’t have time to visit in depth, but I was able to see the main building. If you do plan to visit material that Library and Archives holds, I strongly advise finding out before how to request items, as It can take time as a lot of their records are stored in other sites, and need to brought to the main building for viewing.
Here are some links and or books to check out on those who want more information:
Auld Kirk Information
The Auld Kirk Cemetery : stone inscriptions / compiled and edited by Gary J. Byron.
Library and Archives Information:
Ottawa Public Library Genealogy Information:
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