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London & Middlesex County Branch hosts Family History related programs at 10 a.m., the first Saturday of each month from September to June.  Presentations are held at the London Family History Centre, 1139 Riverside Drive, London, unless posted otherwise.
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Saturday October 03, 2020

Presenter: Mark Richardson

On the Beat: London Police History, 1855-2005

Mark Richardson is a librarian at the Central branch of London Public Library. You may recognize Mark from visits to the Ivey Family London Room, which is a research facility housed on the 3rd floor at Central library. The London Room contains a wealth of original and secondary source materials related to genealogy and local history of the city of London and the county of Middlesex. Currently, Mark is working on a one-year project to digitize its collection of Edwin Seaborn’s works, The March of Medicine in Western Ontario (1944). The Seaborn Collection includes 48 volumes containing books, photos, diaries and news clippings that help paint a picture of everyday life and personal history in the region.
Mark was born in Nova Scotia and spent his teenage years in England before returning to Canada, where he obtained degrees in History and Law, and later, a Masters of Divinity degree. He briefly served as the Archivist for the Diocese of Huron and authored a book called “A Light in the Forest: 150 Years of the Diocese of Huron” in 2008.
Mark is the also the author of “On the Beat: 150 Years of Policing in London, Ontario”, published by Museum London (2005). His talk will cover the history of London’s police services from 1855-2005, and will include information on local history resources available on the topic.

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