Welcome to my blog! My name is Jessica Linzel and I will be sharing my research journey with you through regular blog posts, in an effort to not only organize my own thoughts, but also to make my progress public. After all, what is the point of studying history if I am the only one who benefits? I hope that you find the work interesting and educational!

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About the Project

Mapping Early Niagara is the title of my Master’s thesis, which will be completed by the end of 2020. I am currently a graduate student in the history department at Brock University, located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

This SSHRC funded project incorporates both historical and geographical aspects in its examination of the economic development of the Niagara region in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. I am mapping the trade routes that existed at the time, both within the peninsula itself and on a broader scale. I essentially want to know how the early colonial settlements in Niagara developed post-Revolution, using the visual dimension of digital tools to aid in my own understanding and also to share my research with the public in an accessible way.

So why did Niagara develop the way it did? Who laid the foundations of what we see and know today? How did these settlements appear and develop over time? How did they interact with Indigenous societies already living on the land? These are just a few of the questions that this thesis seeks to answer. The spatial history “mapping” component is a modern approach to answering such questions. Digital mapping can show the development of space over time, and can convey historical meaning in new and different ways.


Life In Niagara: The Servos Family Enterprises (Analysis)

A Primary Source Analysis of the Servos Mill Accounts 1785-1816: Part 2 To read Part 1, click here. To recap, this blog post is based on the contents of Account Books I-IV and the Personal Account Book of Daniel Servos in the Servos Mill Records (1785-1826) collection found in the Archives of Ontario. Question “What drove Niagara’s Loyalist …

About the Author

About Jess:

I currently reside in Grimsby, Ontario. I hold a BA from Brock University with a Major in History and a Minor in Political Science, and am very passionate about local history. Having managed a local historic site during the summers of my undergrad, I’ve come to appreciate the rich history of the Niagara region.

Public History Work:

Nelles Manor Museum

Organization of Living History Events, and Explanations of the Engagement at the Forty

The Shickluna Shipyard

Welcome to the dig!

Town of Lincoln Museum Exhibit


2017 Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement