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Army Week - Sentinel Review 1942

Celebrating Oxford's military service people with portraits.

Branches by Audrey Furse Lindsay Griffin

A family history of the John Thompson Crellin & Elizabeth McComb families of Zorra. Searchable.

Charles W. Gordon, 1860-1937

This noted author published under the name, Ralph Connor, and spent his boyhood in Harrington.

Fifty years of McCorquodale Picnics, 1925-1975

by Joyce E. Groves. Genealogy of this Zorra family.

Finlay McDonald and his descendants:

Lairg, Sutherland, Scotland, 1806 to East Nissouri Township, Oxford County, Canada, 1977 / Compiled by Florence Pelton Patterson.

From Avoch to Oxford by J. F. Patience

A family history of the Donald & Catherine Patience family that emigrated from Scotland to Zorra Township. Includes tables of contents and family chart.

From highland croft to Canadian homestead 1831-1936

A record of the descendants of John Mackay and Christena Munro, who settled on the “Homestead” on the twelfth concession of East Nissouri,

George Leslie Mackay, 1844-1901

Son of Scots immigrants, Presbyterian missionary George Mackay was born near Embro in Zorra Township. In 1872, he founded the first overseas mission in Tamsui, Taiwan. 

George Walker, 1800–1872

Discover the family story of George Walker, 1800–1872 & Hannah Lloyd Walker 1802–1884 of West Zorra, written by their granddaughter, Margaret Walker Edwards (1873–1964).

McKay-McKenzie Reunion, 1928-1977

50th Reunion of the descendants of Angus & William McKay & their families in West Zorra

One in a Thousand:

the Life and Death of Captain Eddie McKay, Royal Flying Corps by Graham Broad. Read of this Harrington native's exploits during WWI

Outstanding Women of Oxford County

Depicts portraits of courageous and determined women who endured pioneer life in Oxford County written by Brenda Dyer, Sarah Kolasiewicz and Donna Stevenson

Outstanding Women of Oxford County: Volume 2

Written by Carol Miller, Nancy Payne and Jeanette Zwart in 1980 this work takes a further look at pioneering women in Oxford County

Oxford Militia : 1812-1815

Digitized muster lists and paymaster rolls, detail the names of citizens of Ingersoll, West Oxford, North Oxford who were called to arms during the War of 1812. Keyword searchable.

Rosses of Embro : chronicles of a Canadian family : Index

text by Paul Russell ; genealogical research by J. Brian Gilchrist ; historical research by J. Brian Gilchrist, Paul Russell and C. Bruce Ross ; sponsored by Charles B. Loewen ; designed and produced by Robin Brass.

Sullivan Robert Ross, 1828-1904

Sullivan Ross of Harrington was known as Zorra's piper. Born in Scotland, Ross was an accomplished bagpiper and collector of bagpipe music. Excerpt of family history by Alexander M. Ross, his grandson.

Surgical Limits: The Life of Gordon Murray

By Shelley McKellar. Chronicles the life of one of Canada's most prominent and controversial surgeons, Gordon Murray (1894-1976), born near Harrington, Ontario. McKellar examines candidly and critically the career successes and failures of Dr. Murray.

The Canadian Album: Men of Canada 1891 - Oxford County excerpts

Peruse biographies and portraits of Oxford County luminaries, politicians and influencers from the 19th century.

The Day Family History

by Russell Day Lindley. Table of contents and chapter headings from this Nissouri/Zorra pioneer family. Searchable.

The Devon Elliotts: a new beginning in Oxford County and beyond

A multigenerational history of the Mary & John Elliott family, from their life in Hartland Devon to their 1843 arrival in Ingersoll and surrounding townships

The History and Genealogy of the John Henry German family

by Donald R. Williamson. A searchable excerpt from this East Nissouri pioneer family.

The Maisley McWilliams in Canada: 1846-1939

Learn about the McWilliams, a pioneer family that settled Zorra

The McCorquodale Campbell Family of West Zorra

A photographic archive documenting farm life in rural Oxford County between 1900-1920.

The Murray family of West Zorra

Discover this photograph archive that begins with William Murray, 1820–1912 & Elizabeth 'Betsy' Rose Ross Murray, 1816–1906. Extended families of Davidson, Mitchell & Rothaermel that emigrated to Iowa, included.

The Peltons of Zorra : Index

by Florence Pelton Patterson. Search the index focused on the this pioneer Zorra family

The Townline of West Zorra & East Nissouri, 1820-1900

The McCorquodales and their neighbours by Joyce McCorquodale Groves.

Thomas Brush Brown, 1804-1894

The autobiography of an early Methodist minister in East Nissouri Township