Did You Know this About the Perth Campus?- Algonquin College–Attention Genealogists!







The Perth Campus of Algonquin College is known as the Heritage Institute and well known for its trade programs. It is geared to architectural preservation and authentic restoration. Their restoration programs are designed and delivered by experts in their craft.

For all you genealogists this library is a hidden gem that you may not have thought of and many residents use the collection to do their genealogical research. They have the digitized land registry copy books,  and the original indexes to Lanark County Land Registry books.

In the 1970s Librarian Connie Ebbs brought the land registry copy books to Lanark County as she was interested in the area’s history. Shortly after Anne McPhail came in as  a young assistant and for the past number of years remains the head librarian of the college. At the Algonquin library the students have a comprehensive collection that compliments their program studies with many unique maps, books, periodicals and other resource materials. The general public is always welcome.


(with files from the LCGS)




The Perth Campus library is home to an amazing collection of Local History documents.  Many permanent and seasonal residents use the collection to do genealogical research. The public is always welcome.

Students have a comprehensive collection that compliments their program studies, with many unique books, maps, periodicals and other resource materials.


Library Virtual Tour–Click here

Hours of Operation.. Click here

Our unique heritage trades programs, which draw students from the local community and from across the world, get to learn in a community that was awarded the Prince of Wales Prize for its continued commitment to preserving its rich architectural heritage. Masonry and carpentry projects completed by students can be found throughout Perth and surrounding Lanark County. CLICK HERE






Clipped from The Ottawa Journal04 Apr 1979, WedREVISIONPage 3


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)





Why Am I Obsessed with History?

No More Wire Fences? John Drynan– 1908


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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