Cavers boy saving another boy from drowning in 1933

Thanks to the GOONS (Guild of One-Name Studies) mailing list I’ve just learned of an online searchable index to Lanark County [Ontario] Genealogical Society’s website and online resources. Obviously with the large number of Cavers people living there from the 19th century onwards it’s worth checking their resources.

There are quite a few references to Cavers people in the site, but I particularly liked this one, seemingly printed in the Souvenir Perth Old Home Week Booklet of June/July 1948:

1933 May 6 – ARTHUR CAVERS, aged 10 years, rescued HARRY STAFFORD, aged 4 years, from drowning in the Little Tay River, near the Park.  Later Arthur was presented with a parchment Certificate from the Royal Canadian Humane Society.

Is Arthur a relative of anyone reading this blog?

Also as someone living relatively near to the original Perth in Scotland, and also beside the mouth of the very large River Tay, it was quite nice to find there is a Tay River at the Canadian Perth, presumably named after its Scottish namesake. The Scottish River Tay flows past and through Perth out east to the Firth of Tay, by Dundee, where I live.

New Facebook group associated with one-name study

I’ve just created a new Facebook group associated with the Cavers one-name study. As the group’s blurb says:

A worldwide group for CAVERS (surname) family history researchers. Share with us your stories and your photos. Tell us which lines you are researching and see if anyone else can help to fill in the gaps. The surname originates in Roxburghshire, Scotland, but Cavers ancestors emigrated all over the world. This group is associated with the Cavers one-name study registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies.

I know that not everyone is on Facebook, but I hope to reach out through this group to some people who might not find the study via other means. And for those who are on Facebook it will be a valuable tool for communication between Cavers descendants.

The group can be found here. Note you have to be a registered user of Facebook to see the group via this link.