Sunday, December 14, 2008

Elgin County Funeral Home Record Indexes Online

The Elgin OGS has now posted indexes online for several of the Elgin County Funeral Homes.
Elgin OGS has records from various funeral homes and undertakers throughout Elgin County in their holdings.
We can provide an extraction of genealogical information from these records, which will not include the cause of death or any financial details.
The extent and type of information varies with each funeral home. The usual information expected would be date of death, date of burial, age, date of birth, place of birth and death, place of burial and sometimes parents’ names and names of survivors.

The funeral homes / undertakers records from which we can provide lookups are:
Atkinson, Hughson & Kebbel, Aylmer -
Evenden Funeral Home, St. Thomas (c1873-1880 -
Moedinger Funeral Home, Sparta (c1899-1911) -
For information on how to order extracts of data from these sources please see the lookup policy at :

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Civil War Veterans of Elgin County - William Whitesell

It may surprise some researchers how many Ontario residents went south to fight in the American Civil War. Bob Moore and Bruce Johnson have identified over 50 Civil War Veterans who were at one time residents of Elgin County. Check out their research online at:

One Veteran, William Whitesell, born at Malahide Township, Elgin County enlisted as a private on the 26th of September 1861 at St. Charles, Illinois in the 52nd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers Company “G” to serve 3 years. He was mustered in at Geneva, Kane County Illinois in October 1861 by Capt. F H Bowman of 52nd Illinois Regiment Company”G”,. He began service 19 November 1861 at Geneva, Illinois. Whitesell was described as a native of Elgin County, Canada West, age 26 years old, 5 feet, 8 ½ inches tall, darkish complexion, brown eyes, black hair and by occupation a farmer,

He died of typhoid fever at Camp Montgomery near Corinth, Mississippi. On the muster Roll of Company “G” for the months of July and August 1862, it is reported "Died in Hospital at Camp Montgomery, near Corinth, Miss. July 7, 1862." He was buried at the Corinth Mississippi National cemetery