Storyteller, Historiographer, Family Researcher


Sher Leetooze began writing local history in 1994. It was the year of the bicentennial of the settling of the township where Sher lives. Her research and subsequent book was her contribution to the bicentennial celebrations. But it had one drawback! It was habit forming, and Sher just had to keep researching and writing. She went on to write a “brief  history” of all the townships of the former Durham County in Ontario, Canada, plus an expanded index of all six books which included map transcriptions, names from all the county cenotaphs, postal records, and many updates for each township.

In between these books, Sher gathered stories from Senior Citizens across Ontario – things they remembered from their youth, or tales from their own area – and published 36 of the best stories in a book called, The Crew of the Flagship, Stories of the People who Built Ontario.

During the Millenium Year in 2000, Sher had another project for which she travelled to England to do the research. In the fall of 2000 Sher published Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Devon and Cornwall Ancestors, A Sourcebook for Family Researchers, which is now available in a revised edition (revised 2017). The sourcebook describes how to locate information in Devon and Cornwall about people and life in those English Counties in bygone times. Includes street addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses where available.