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Family Histories

A collection of histories of early settlers of the area. See also the GVHS Library and Archives under specific family names.

Success, Murder, and Memory in the Ottawa Valley, Irish Lumber Barons and the Making of Canada
History of the Irish lumber barons in the Ottawa and Gatineau Valleys.

Early Settlers near Lac Philippe in Gatineau Park
History of early settlements and cottages in the Masham area some of which became the Gatineau Park.

Settlers along the Eardley-Masham Colonization Road On Land Now in Gatineau Park
Account of the Colonization Road, now the Eardley-Masham Road, and the early settlers who farmed along it near Ramsay Lake.

360 Years of “The Crosses”
Story of Isaac Cross origins in England and emmigration to Canada and the generations of the Cross family in Meech Creek.

Derby Family
Family tree of the Derby family.

The Farmers of West Hull: Connections to the Maxwells of Wakefield
Story of the Maxwells and and related families of Wakefield prepared by D. Jeffrey Brown.

The History of Our Old Log House
Story of a log house originally located on Mountain Road prepared by Chris Gardner.

The Maxwell Homestead Story
Story of the the Maxwell homestead and family from 1871, located on chemin Maxwell northeast of Wakefield, Quebec.

North Shore Of Meech Lake
A short story of some early settler families: La Charité, Farrell, McDonnell, Finnerty, McGrath, Cross and McKelvie, and some early cottager families: Tilley, Hope and Davy by Bill McGee.

Pioneer Settlers in the Western Part of Gatineau Park
The story of early settlements west of Lac LaPêche by Bill McGee.

Settlers Along Lac Mousseau Road in Gatineau Park 1850-1910
Story of settlements from about 1850 to about 1910-1920 along Meech Lake, Lac Mousseau and Lac Philippe, now in Gatineau Park by Bill McGee.

The Ridge Road Settlers in Gatineau Park 1818-1907+
Settlements along the Ridge road, now in Gatineau Park, of early settlers (McCloskey, Ryan, Keogan, Fortune, McKinstry, Dunlop and others) by Bill McGee.
Finding Traces of the Early Settlers in Pre-Gatineau Park PDF Document 5 MB and map JPG
A presentation by Bill McGee on the Ridge Road Settlers at a GVHS event in April 2019.

The 'Jenness Property' at Ramsay's Crossing
A brief illustrated history of the 'Jenness Property' and its neighbourhood by Stuart E. Jenneiss.

Jack Harrison's The Haven PDF Document 2.4 MB
Images of the The Haven lodge on Lake La Peche.

La Famille Alexander et la « Meech Lake House » (en français with English)
Presentations by researcher Michel Lemaire to the GVHS in 2016 and to the Friends of Gatineau Park Annual Research Forum in 2015 on James Alexander and his family who arrived at Meech Lake at the end of the 19th century, where they operated a sawmill.

Les draveurs de Cascades (en français)
Entrevue avec L Campbell et D B Campbell, Point-au-Chêne Qc, avril 2020

Newell Family History
Letter written by Henry Newell in 1931 about the journeys at sea from Ireland in 1832 and the hardships of settling in the new land.

Who's Which? PDF Document 34 MB
A Genealogical and Historical Family Record (428 pages). Book published in 1970. Author: Reby (Johnston) Dodds. Genealogical data for the Gatineau Valley families.

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