Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Meet: Janet Iles, "The Graveyard Rabbit of Grey County, Ontario"

The twenty ninth in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association


Except for several years away for education and one year of teaching French for the Central Algoma School Board, I have always lived in Owen Sound or Derby Township/Georgian Bluffs in Grey County, Ontario, thus being the Graveyard Rabbit of Grey makes perfect sense to me. My blog focuses on Grey County cemeteries but I will also write about the cemeteries where some of my ancestors and kin are buried.

Unlike some graveyard rabbits, I have not always visited graveyards. As a genealogical and historical researcher, graveyard visits, whenever possible, are now an important part of my research. I enjoy walking through our local cemetery for exercise and “to visit” some of the people buried there.

After two years of teaching public school, I trained as a library technician. In 1974, the Owen Sound Public Library hired me to work in children’s services. Five years later, I transferred to adult public services where through the years my duties varied. I earned a degree in history through part-time studies but it was cataloguing the genealogical and local history that sparked my interest in genealogy and local history. It also helped that the chief librarian was a local historian. I loved to help library patrons with their genealogical and local history questions. In 2005, I retired from the library.

When the National Institute for Genealogical Studies began offering courses in 1999, I registered for the first course. Forty courses later, I graduated with a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) from the Institute and the University of Toronto.

I am a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society and several of its branches, the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. I am also a member of the Grey County Historical Society and the Markham Berczy Settlers Association. It is through participation in the latter group that my interest in marrying genealogy with history developed. Both fields of study go hand in hand. It also got me to thinking about the individuals – what where they like and how did they feel during certain events.

I enjoy writing my blog articles. You can find me at Janet the Researcher http://researchergal.blogspot.com and Graveyard Rabbit of Grey County, Ontario http://graveyardrabbitgrey.blogspot.com

1 comment:

Sheri Fenley said...

Thank you Janet for being a wonderful, dedicated Rabbit.