Lewis Zandbergen of Stirling, Ontario has been named as the new Editor of Families/Newsleaf, the quarterly journal and newsletter of the Ontario Genealogical Society. Families/Newsleaf has one of the largest circulations of any genealogical journal in Canada. Lewis Zandbergen becomes the ninth editor since the inception of the journal in 1962 and will take up his position with the first issues in 2006.
Lewis immigrated to Canada with his parents and siblings in 1952 and became a Canadian citizen. He has traced his family history back to about 1800 and his late wife’s to about 1500 in Hampshire, England. He has been fascinated with genealogy and history for most of life but really caught the bug about 20 years ago. Lewis has been a member of the Society since about 1995.
Mr. Zandbergen has much experience in the area of publishing. He is a copy editor, proofreader, and does layout for the Hastings and Northumberland Counties premier weekly newspaper, The Community Press; is the editor for Outlook, the monthly newsletter for the Hastings County Historical Society; created the annual magazine Beacon for the Quinte Branch OGS; and is the Branch notes editor for Newsleaf. Lewis has twice won the OGS Marion Keffer Award in 2000 for the best overall newsletter (Quinte’s Searchlight) and the best original article "Who knows where Captain Meyers slaves are?" He also co-authored the book Sidney 200, a history of Sidney Township.
The new Editor is also a very active volunteer in his community. Lewis is Chairman of the Stirling-Rawdon Public Library Board where he was instrumental in developing a local history/genealogy centre. He is also the President of the Stirling-Rawdon Historical Society.
Articles for Families and Newsleaf or communications with Mr. Zandbergen should be directed to Mr. Lewis Zandbergen, 149 Frankford Road, Stirling, Ontario, Canada K0K 3E0; phone (613) 395-3022; E-mail [email protected].