Who is Coming to the Next Lanark County Genealogical Society Meeting April 1?




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About the Speaker


Brenda Krauter grew up in Ottawa hearing her mother and aunts telling stories of early family history in the Ottawa Valley.  That led to an interest in genealogy and, in particular a desire to know more about her Irish ancestors who came to Canada during the Potato Famine.  When Brenda first started attending the Lanark County Genealogical Society meetings, it was more as a means of offering support to a co-worker and two friends rather than due to any real interest in Lanark County.  It soon became apparent though that Archives Lanark was a gold mine of records for her Irish ancestors who had settled in Renfrew County and the search for family records began in earnest.  Brenda now describes her research methods as “Genealogy for Dummies” and has had great success in unearthing family history information in unexpected places.

Her topic is Mystery or Murder-The Applebee’s Murder–Brenda is local historian from Carleton County.  She was shocked to find a murder in her family’s history.  A lack of newspaper coverage led her to believe maybe the event was not all that newsworthy.  Upon further research she was surprised to find that it was recorded in newspapers from afar.

Hosted by Lanark County Genealogical Society

Date: Saturday, April 1 2017
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Brunton Community Hall
1702 9th Line, corner of Hwy 15 and 9th Line, Blacks Corners, Carleton Place ON.


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Here is the link:




About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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