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Sher Leetooze

80 Roser Cres
Bowmanville, Ontario L1C 3N9



Accredited Speaker - Toastmaster Silver - Toastmasters International


Ontario Heritage Foundation Community Award 1998 (for the preservation of local history) Queen's Jubilee Award 2002 (for the researching, writing and publishing of local history)

Writing Conditions:

I write what I want to write when I want to write it - books that is!! I do take some commission work - local history and genealogical research for specific families - have had international commissions


Local History (Old Durham County, Ontario, Canada, North America - any of these depending on the topic) Local Genealogy (Old Durham County) Ulster genealogy resources Lowlands of Scotland Genealogy resources Devon and Cornwall Genealogy resources - specializing in North Cornwall



The First 200 Years, A Brief History of Darlington Township - 1994 From the Oak Plain to the Lakeshore, A Brief History of Clarke Township - 1995 Built on Faith and Fortitude, A Brief History of Hope Township - 1996 Along the Gravel Road, A Brief History of Cartwright Township - 1997 The Trail Through The Bush, A Brief History of Manvers Township - 1998 Irish, Orange and Proud, A Brief History of Cavan Township - 1999 The Durham County Companion, An expanded Index - 1999 Putting Flesh on Your Devon and Cornwall Ancestors, A Source Book for Family Researchers - 2000 (this was my millenium project) Crew of the Flagship - A Collective Biography - 1998 Tales of Old Durham A Corner For the Preacher - 2005 Bible Christian Chapels of the Canadian Conference - 2005 The Damascus Road - 2005 (the above three books are a trilogy of the emigration from England and immigration to North America of the Bible Christians and where they settled in North America and all the preachers who served them - covering the years 1815 through 1884) Penrose - Newlyn East Miners - 2005 Trades and Professions of Old Durham - 2006 From Dorset to Newfoundland - The story of the Torraville Family - 1568 -present - 2007 Service in Three Centuries - 2008 Edible Wild Plants-2009 Medicinal Wild Plants-2008 Dyeing with Wild Plants-2010 Companion Planting-2011 Birds, Bugs, Bees and Butterflies - How to invite them into your garden-2012 Hotels Inns and Taverns of Old Durham County - 2012 The Ulster Sourcebook - 2008 The Lowlands and Borders of Scotland - A Sourcebook for Family Researchers - 2012 Churches of Old Durham County - 2013 Coming This Summer 2014 - WW1 Nursing Sisters of Old Durham County


New articles coming with Internet Genealogy Magazine (Moorshead Publishing) August and November, 2014 - Finding WW1 Soldiers (from many countries) I have written columns in all the local newspapers at one time or another, starting in about 1985 to about 1995 Columnist with Family History News (Parr's Publishing) 1997-98 Columnist with Oshawa Life Magazine - 2002 Columnist with Oshawa Times Newspaper - 1987-1990 Freelance writer occasionally - Oshawa This Week 1987-1990

Web/Internet Publication:

owner and webmaster for: Http:// http://bowmanvilleallotment


Speaker on many topics at exhibitions, special events, meetings, conferences, internationally. 2014 - 17th Gathering of Cornish Cousins - Cornish American Heritage Society - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - August 2014 2013 - BIFHSGO Conference, Ottawa 2013 - many Ontario Genealogical Society branch meetings across Ontario 2013 - Ontario Genealogical Society Conference - May 31-June2, 2013 Previous years much the same as the last two.



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Biographical Information:

In 1994 I began my book writing career (I'd been doing newspaper column up until then) during the bi-centennial of my Township. I never looked back, producing a new township history each year for the next six years. I then began researching other aspects of the history of the old county and publishing them in book form. In between I researched my husband's Penrose Family, and my Mother's Torraville Family - producing a book for each family. I branched out into my other interest, Gardening and the use of wild plants. I am also an accredited speaker through Toastmasters International, and using these skills I take local history into the schools and other venues (international) as a master storyteller.

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