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"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.  For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?"  Marcus Tullius Cirero (106 BC to 43 BC)

 

This is Gilbert Baumhauer and his wife Julie Ann Parks.  The name Baumhauer has nineteen spellings that I am aware of.  Both Gilbert and Julie had aboriginal ancestry.  The Baumhauer and Parks families are both large and found throughout Hastings County, Ontario. 

This is a photo of a large charcoal drawing that once belonged to Jennie Dell Hannah (nee Lake).  Gilbert and Julie were Jennie's grandparents.

 

omfrc.orgOur organization is run by volunteers.  The more people willing to help us, the more we are able to do.  Our volunteers are free to say yes or no to any project and to work at their own pace.  We are very grateful for their help and don’t ask them to do anything that doesn’t interest them.  There is no pressure, only gratitude.

Simply sending us your family history can be a great help to our members.  A single aboriginal 400 years ago can have thousands of descendants.  You may have that little piece of information that is so important to countless others.

Our family tree researchers are a very important part of the organization.  They may be asked to trace the ancestors of a particular individual, or to trace all the descendants of a certain person.  They may also be asked to do research relating to one individual only.  They are of course free to say yes or no to any project and to work at their own pace.

We are always looking for people to write short biographies about aboriginal people or to contribute articles for our websites or newsletter.  Historical accounts of events associated with aboriginal peoples are also appreciated.  If you enjoy writing, we will be putting together various booklets and books relating to aboriginal people and events.

Just sending us interesting newspaper clippings helps our staff keep up to date on current First Nations and Metis events.  If you find websites of interest to First Nations and Metis please send them to us and we will add them to our links page.

Internet knowledge is an area where we could really use some help.  We need someone capable of optimizing our websites and regularly updating the sites to keep them interesting.

We would like to have French versions of our websites.  If you are willing to translate even a small portion of

our sites it would be extremely helpful.  We will also need people fluent in French to respond to e-mails, letters and phone calls.

Photographs of your aboriginal ancestors would be wonderful.  Nothing breathes life into your ancestor like a picture does.  Let others share the pleasure of seeing your photos.

We need an editor and writers for our newsletter.  We need people willing to contribute a single article or to write on a regular basis.

If there is something that is of interest to you that would be appreciated by others, let’s talk about it.  Here’s your chance to share your views or to join with others of similar interests.

Hunting and fishing rights are very important to some of our members.  Your opinions on this subject would be welcome.  We will be establishing a standing committee for this issue and your participation and/or input would be a great help. 

If you don’t want to get involved but have ideas that you think would be of interest to our members, let us know.  We are always open to suggestions that will help us to better serve our members and the Metis community in general.  If you are having trouble finding answers to your questions, others probably are too.  We can try to answer those questions.

You can contact us at:

Email address: omfrcinfo@gmail.com
Mailing address:
Ontario Metis Family Records Center
1314 Hybla Road
RR5
Bancroft, ON
K0L 1C0

Phone: 1-613-332-4789
toll free: 1-877-737-0770

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OMFRC
1314 Hybla Road RR 5
Bancroft, ON
K0L 1C0
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