BIO - Dan Buchanan
Local Boy Turned History Guy
Dan Buchanan lives in Brighton and is known around Northumberland County as “The History Guy”. Since 2000 Dan has done massive genealogy research and provides the details on his web site at for all to see and use. He has a database of well over 95,000 individuals radiating out from his own families which settled in the north end of Brighton Township. Emphasis is on documenting family connections between early settler families rather than finding relatives. There is also a lot of detail about local history along with the regular family tree information. He calls it “Community Genealogy” which represents a unique blend of family and local history.

By trade, Dan was in technical support, most recently as IT consultant for a law firm in downtown Toronto. From 2010 to March 2016, Dan supported the law firm remotely from his basement in Brighton and then retired from IT consulting in March 2016. Along with retirement came much downsizing both in accomodations and file systems. Dan now lives in a small apartment with minimal paper files and little to distract from his favourite activity of researching history and producing stories to tell.

In July 2015 Dan published his first book, “Murder In The Family: The Dr. King Story”, and conducted an extensive book tour telling the story of his relative’s despicable behaviour in becoming the only person ever executed in Northumberland County. The book has been a success with good reviews and excellent sales and Dan is anxious to pursue the role of author with a second book which is now in the works.

Dan has been involved in many community activities around Brighton including the Brighton Public Library Board. In 2014 he won a Brighton Civic Award for his genealogy work. He is also Chair of “Friends of Hilton Hall Heritage Centre”. Hilton Hall is one of Brighton’s most important heritage sites and Dan, along with some other like-minded volunteers, has turned this beautiful 1860s stone meeting hall into a vibrant and much appreciated community heritage centre.

Since February 2013, Dan and other volunteers have presented the Brighton History Week events. These events bring volunteers together to focus on a theme in local history and have evolved from a weekend-long open house to a 2-hour show with music as well as the ever-popular Open House. These events create a tangible buzz in the community.

In his role as a local history consultant, Dan has been involved in the Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse Preservation Society which plans to restore the iconic lighthouse at Presqu’ile. He has also supported The H.M.S, Speedy Foundation in order to preserve this important history story. He also has supported Proctor House Museum as a guest speaker at their Canada 150 event. The Brighton Heritage Advisory Committee is supported with research material for historical plaques which that committee places around the community.

In recent years Dan has developed a career in public speaking and is available to act as guest speaker at meetings and events where a fun and informative history story is just the right fare.

Feel free to contact Dan Buchanan by email at and phone 613-439-8992.
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