Inspired by Time Travel with Elgin County Archives, I used our green screen to have some fun at the Archives! For more information about the program, please see the article in MAIGazine. 

“In October 2017, we launched Time Travel with Elgin County Archives, an outreach program that uses green screen technology to photograph participants and superimpose them into historical photographs to make it appear as if they are traveling back in time. The idea of the program is to capture the interest of community members by offering a stimulating and creative activity, and then engaging in conversation with them to bring awareness to our collections and resources.”

Time Travel with Elgin County Archives by 
Amber Mandich – Archivist Assistant, Elgin County Archives
You can read the rest of the article here!

Using the Museum and Archive’s green screen I set out to create a similar experience but ran into some difficulties with my photography set up. I ended up using my phone on selfie mode to take photographs against the green screen which only allowed for certain poses to be imposed on digitized archival photographs (the self-timer on the camera couldn’t focus in portrait mode which is why I used my iPhone). I had a lot of fun using the green screen but I still have some learning to do!    


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Above: working with the green screen and Photoshop to try and place myself in some historical photographs

One of my favourite photographs from the archival collection at the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives is A2018.061.365 of Miss Asselstine in front of Fred Brown’s house at the beginning of the 20th century. During one overcast January afternoon I got the green screen out and used Photoshop to place myself into the historical photograph! 


Above: A2018.061.365 (left) and A2018.061.365 with my green screen version (right) – still have a few more Photoshop skills to learn! 

This was a fun project and provided an opportunity to imagine myself travelling back in time! Stayed tuned for more information about green screen programs at the Museum and Archives. 


Above: N-02550 - interior of a photographer's studio, [190-], featuring baby Yoda! 

Marriage Index 

We recently uploaded record descriptions for County Marriage Returns from 1858 to 1869. "In 1857, legislation was enacted to provide for the registration of all marriages performed by clergymen in the Province of Canada West (later Ontario). This led to the creation of a series of volumes known as the County marriage Registers, which contain records of marriages performed by clergy from January 1st, 1858 until June 30th, 1869 at which time a new system of registration was established. Most marriage records found in the registers fall within these dates … In many cases details have been left blank by the clergymen who performed the marriages, the registers provide the following information about each marriage: bridegroom, bride, witness, date of marriage [and residence]. The County Marriage Registers are housed at the Archives of Ontario under the designation RG-8, Series I-6-B, and Volumes 1 -86." County Marriage Registers of Ontario, Volume 13, Lennox and Addington County, 1858 - 1869, by Elizabeth Hancocks, C.G., 1983 

Included with each record description is a link to an index for the marriage returns. My colleague, Bonnie, revised and updated the index which contains bride’s names, groom’s names and residence information for the County. The index can be found here or in Past Perfect online. Thank you, Bonnie! 


Above: A2018.034.3, No. 28 Return of Marriages, Rev. William English, 1859 and the index on Internet Archive which is fully searchable!

Daverne Project 

Recently some of our amazing volunteers completed a transcription project of records from the Daniel Daverne fonds. The transcription and a selection of digitized records can be found on our Past Perfect online database. 

The transcription of records can be found here

Descriptions, spellings, format and grammar included in the transcriptions come from the original records and do not reflect current description standards.

The fonds consists mainly of Richard Daverne Junior’s petitions and correspondence to political figures attempting to reinstate his brother (Daniel’s) land. There is also correspondence and documents from Daniel Daverne during his time as superintendent at the Perth settlement, and from his time attempting to defend himself against the accusations which saw him stripped of his land grants. The fonds consists of receipts, account books, maps, land instruments for Adolphustown and Kingston, plus personal and business correspondence of Richard Daverne Junior.


Left: Daverne Transcription Project on Internet Archive
Right: Example of one of the records transcribed in the project, A2017.039.8, Daverne fonds

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