Showing posts with label Kent Branch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kent Branch. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Extra news items

News is sounding great for the Sambro Island Lighthouse, Canada’s Statue of Liberty, southwest of Halifax Harbour, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

A private member’s bill aimed at saving the Sambro Light has gone through its first round of debate in the House of Commons, and will begin its second round of debate on June 9th.

If passed, Bill C-588 would amend the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act to transfer ownership of the Sambro Island Lighthouse property from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the coast guard to Parks Canada.

If you would like to voice you support to the Parliament of Canada, they have put on an a sample letter at

The Facebook page is

It is the oldest standing lighthouse in North America, having been built in 1759!

The second story which has come across my desk is that the Kent Branch OGS meeting is June 12, 2015 Friday 7:00 PM at St. Andrews Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham, ON and the topic will be Residential Schools.

The speaker will be Geraldine Robertson who will discuss this period in Canadian history when native children were removed from the influence of their families and culture to indoctrinate them into the dominant Canadian culture.

The public is welcome to attend. If you are unable to join the meeting in person, please join us live online! All are welcome and open and free to the public.

The website is

And the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) will be holding their annual conference this weekend in Barrie, and it sounds like everything is ready to go.

Even if you aren’t going to the conference, you can put your research request on the Wall of Ancestors. When you visit the webpage you will be able to enter one entry at a time but you can enter as many as you like. The ability to search will open Friday at conference.

The webpage is at

 Need help in finding your ELUSIVE Canadian ancestors?

As a nod of the hat to the Ontario Genealogical Conference being held in Barrie, Ontario from May 29 to May 31, may we take this opportunity to offer a month-long discount on our research and consultation services of 15% (ends 11 June at midnight).

Just go to Elizabeth Lapointe Research Services at, or send an email with the subject "special" to to see how I can help you find that elusive Canadian ancestor!

Research Tip!  If you want to check to see if your ancestor is buried in an Ontario cemetery, go to the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid at


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

All Aboard!

The Kent County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society meeting will be held on Friday October 10, 2014 at 7 pm.

Take a trip back in time to explore the history of the railroad in Kent County and its impact on local families with the Chatham Railway Museum in a talk entitled All Aboard!

This talk will be held at the St. Andrew’s Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham.

Members of the Kent Branch have been working on indexing branch and library publications, and an index is now available on-line for searching.

This index was updated on March 1st, 2014. The Master Index presently includes an index to 11,988 persons. And it is housed at

Their blog is at

Their site is at

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kent Branch, OGS – Meeting & Event Info

Many societies are getting their fall meeting schedule out there for us to post, and I am busy with the November edition of Families, so the fall season is rapidly approaching for us genealogists.

The Kent Branch has speakers for September, October, and November, and the schedule is -

Date: Friday, September 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Meeting: Kent Branch OGS
Location: St. Andrews Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham
Title of Talk: “Dealing with Conflicting Information”
Name of Speaker: Vicki McKay
Brief Info: Vicki McKay will walk us through some of her own family research challenges
Contact Info: 

Date: Friday, October 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Meeting: Kent Branch OGS
Location: St. Andrews Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham
Name of Speaker: Reg Johnson
Brief Info: Learn the history and the people involved in this 150 year old organization. .
Contact Info:

Date: Friday, November 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Meeting: Kent Branch OGS                                                            
Location: St. Andrews Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham
Title of Talk: “Major Telford Steele – WWII”
Name of Speaker: Ted Steele
Brief Info: Ted Steele will share the adventures of his uncle in WWll.
Contact Info: