The Ontario Genealogical Society invites members and non-members to join in an online discussion with President, Shirley Sturdevant. Ask questions and make comments about the changing face of OGS and volunteer opportunities with the Society.
The date that the forum will be held will be Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
This forum is open to anyone who is interested but you may express your interest and receive a reminder and your own copy of the login information by contacting the OGS provincial office at email@example.com.
Gwyneth Pearce, Secretary of the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, has sent the winter meeting schedule, and it is -
Tracing Your African Heritage in the British West Indies Saturday, February 1, 2014, 1 – 5 p.m. This half-day course will cover the basic principles of research, how to read and interpret slave registers, what to look for in vital records, church records, parish registers and much more. Instructor: Pooran Bridgelal Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
The Social History of Medicine in 19th Century CanadaTuesdays, February 4 & 11, 2014, 2 – 4 pm This two-part lecture series will examine life and death and the role of medicine in Canada in the nineteenth century, as well as the revolution in Canadian medical education from 1875 to 1920 that extended life span and professionalized medicine and medical training. Instructor: Dr. Marianne Fedunkiw Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
Making the Internet Work for GenealogyWednesdays, February 12, 19 & 26 & March 5, 2014, 6:15 – 8:15 pm This four-week course is aimed at those who have considerable experience already with using the Internet for genealogy, but who are interested in learning how to fine tune their search abilities and how to take advantage of the social networking opportunities the Internet provides. Instructor: Marian Press Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Tracing Your East Indian Heritage in the British West IndiesSaturday, February 15, 2014, 1 – 5 pm This half-day course will cover the basic principles of research, how to understand indenture contracts, what to look for in vital records, church records, parish registers and much more. Instructor: Pooran Bridgelal Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
The Social History of Dress in 19th Century CanadaTuesdays, February 18 & 25, 2014, 2 – 4 pm This two-part lecture series is intended as a primer to the social history of dress seen in 19th century photographs, with a special emphasis on Canadian history. The course will cover the period from 1840 to 1910. Instructor: Ingrid Mida Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10 am – 3 pm A fast-paced one-day course that introduces some of the type of records and techniques needed for researching your family tree. It highlights vital records (civil and church), census records and probates (wills), showing how to extract and evaluate data. Instructor: Linda Reid Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
They are parented by the OGS and the North York Central Library.
Genealogical Society invites members and non-members to join in an online
discussion with President, Shirley Sturdevant. Ask questions and
make comments about the changing face of OGS and volunteer opportunities with
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
More information will follow.
This forum is open
to anyone who is interested but you may express your interest and receive a
reminder and your own copy of the login information by contacting the OGS
provincial office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The York Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) has just issued its November newsletter, and in this issue they have an article A View of Markham Township in 1799 in which Surveyor Augustus Jones lists the people in the township and the land they held.
There is also an article on the Early Lutheran Deaths in the Twp of Markham (1834 – 1841), and Confirmations in the Lutheran Church 1834 and 1836.
There is the family tree of John Stiver and Mary Ann Shutz, and a list of Tavern Licenses Granted from 1855 to 1860, and a list of innkeepers for Whitchurch Township from 1803 to 1841.
Postscript: December is the yearly membership drive by the OGS. This year the basic membership is $61.20 which is a deal for all the benefits that you can receive from the Members Only pages at http://www.ogs.on.ca/index.php
Have you checked the WWI War Memorial Wall at OGS lately? It is starting to get populated with photos from the First World War, but the Ontario Genealogical Society is looking for more photos.
So they are asking “Do you have family members who served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI? As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, the Ontario Genealogical Society invites you to share their stories and photos on our newly created WWI Memorial Wall on the OGS Soldphotos flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ogsphotos/sets/
If you would like to share your scanned photos, letters, diaries, or require more information, please contact our Digitization Manager at email@example.com
We also welcome photos and stories from all of our Canadian War Veterans, and as always, those popular Mystery Photos”.
Late yesterday, I received the sad news of the passing of Bob Crawford of the OGS on November the 13th.
Bob was the Past-President of OGS, having served in that role from 2006-2008, as well as Past-President of the Halton-Peel Branch. He was also the Corporate Secretary since 2010.
Services will be held at the Jones Funeral Home in Georgetown, Ontario, 11582 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown, ON L7G 4Y5 Phone: 905-877-3631
Viewings are scheduled for Friday November 15, 2013, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday November 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the OGS Provincial Office to be forwarded to Bob's family.
I have known and worked with Bob since 2005 in my capacity as editor of Newsleaf, and Families. He was always most helpful, and he had a vast knowledge of the daily workings of the OGS. We are all appreciative his service in the work that he did in the preservation of cemeteries in the province.
For many years, the OGS has had a publishing committee, and part of its mandate has been publishing genealogy resource books.
The Publishing Committee is now looking for “an energetic individual interested in the world of Canadian genealogy to chair the OGS Publishing Committee. We are looking for someone with an understanding of the publication process, and a vision for the future of OGS publishing”.
The volunteer would help to
- determine current needs with regards to genealogical publications and work to develop publications to fulfill these needs,
- receive and develop publication proposals with possible authors,
- establish and follow budgets for the titles being published,
- develop marketing plans for titles
If you are interested, please contact the OGS Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your skills and ideas.
latest edition of The Ottawa Genealogists was in my mail box the other day, and
it covers such events as Genealogy Research in London, UK and Attending WDYTYAL
Conference 2013, Step into History: The 19th Annual Beechwood
Cemetery Historical Walking Tour, and the article Early Bytown Settlers Index.
thing I have always enjoyed reading has been Edward and Elizabeth Kipp’s
research trips. I have always found them informative, news worthy, and
time, they were in London and went to the WDYTYAL where they saw some fellow
Canadians from Ottawa – Glenn Wright,
John D. Reid, and Leslie Anderson – and took in some lectures while there too.
they did some research too – on the BLAKE, PINCOMBE/PINKHAM, BULLER, BEARD families.
good report was given of the Beechwood Cemetery Historical Walking Tour that
took place on June 9th, and the theme was the War of 1812.
of the people honoured was British Army Officer William Brown Bradley, and his
son Edward Sands BRADLEY, Louis-Theodore BESSERAR, and Maria HILL.
is reported that 300 people were there e to take the walk in good weather, which
was led by Kurt Johnson of the Goulburn Museum.
Stanzell continues with the Early Bytown Settlers Index, and this time he covers
the letters J to L.
gives both the surname, and given name, the reference and page number, and any notes
that is included in the Information column.
The Essex Branch of the OGS will be held on Monday June 10, 2013 from 6:00 pm at the Windsor Public Library, 850 Ouellette Ave., Windsor.
The talk will be entitled History and Importance of the Duff-Baby House, and the person giving the talk will be Evelyn McLean.
The meeting will be Free, and you can go to www.essex.ogs.on.ca for up to date info the meeting.
The Buff-Baby house was built between 1792 and 1798. It is considered to be the oldest building in Windsor. The house was built by Alexander Duff as a fur trade post, and bought in 1807 by James Baby. It and was used as the headquarters of U.S. General Harrison. The British ravaged the building during the War of 1812.
The Duff Baby House is also one of the best-preserved and oldest Georgian-style houses in Ontario. Today the building is owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and houses government offices.
A local, family-run, bus company, DURHAMWAY, will run a handi-bus shuttle service on Saturday and Sunday during the main people moving hours of the conference. Durhamway is also running the banquet shuttle for those who purchased bus tickets
A different local business will now rent mobility aids (including scooters) during the conference.
On May 18th, 2013, there will be a meeting of the Quinte OGS Branch at which John D Reid from the blog Anglo-Celtic Connections, will present a talk about What's New in Genetic Genealogy?
The DNA we each carry in trillions of cells of our body is a natural genealogical record waiting to be read. Understanding based on new discoveries is becoming available to us all through personal DNA tests at ever more reasonable cost offered on a commercial basis.
The presentation will discuss how you can find connections to cousins back a few generations and gain insight into your deep ancestry through autosomal DNA tests, which can be taken equally by men and women.
The talk will take place at Quinte West City Hall Library, 7 Creswell Drive, Trenton, Ontario
It is a 44-page report which covers, in part, such subjest as Project Reports, Standing Committee Reports, Notes on Financial Statements, Financial Statements, and Where does your money go? It also includes Branch Annual Reports for 2012.
Some of the interesting things I noticed since I received the report this morning are –
An explanation of Where does your money go? The graphics used were confusing, and maybe better graphic could have been chosen. In the written explanation, they said that the operation costs each member $106.00 a year to support. We pay $60.00 per member right now. Is there an increase in dues going to be set for next year?
It looks like we will be changing to e-publication in the future. And it looks like the Publication Committee will be doing something for the First World War Anniversary in 2014, as they did with the War of 1812 Celebrations.
There will be the new website later this year, and many of the local Branches have put on new websites.
I would like to thank all of the people who put this report together, and who have made it available to everyone.
Branch of the OGS has just issued a Call for Presentations for a fall workshop
titled “Tracing Forward - Searching for Relatives in Recent Times”.
aim of this workshop, to be held on Saturday 26 October, is to offer new ideas,
skills or tools to help researchers trace members of their expanded family
trees, people who might still be alive or recently deceased. We are hoping to
receive proposals from professional genealogists, family historians, private
investigators, legal experts and heir searchers.
There will be a meeting at the Hamilton Branch of the OGS on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Hamilton Room, Hamilton Main Public Library, 55 York Blvd., Hamilton .
The topic will be Ontario Cemeteries, and the speakers will be Diane Clendenan and Marjorie Stuart.
The presentation will describe what is available at present in Ontario with respect to records and plans of cemeteries, photos of gravestones, and future plans for the Society’s Ontario Cemeteries Project.
Ontario Cemetery Locatorhttp://ogs.andornot.com/CemLocat.aspx Records for all Ontario cemeteries, both existent and non-existent, cairns, columbariums, family plots, and burial registers, that have been identified by the Ontario Genealogical Society at this time
Cemeteries and Name Indexeswww.ogs.on.ca/services/indexes.php This index includes names taken from transcriptions of the monumental inscriptions, cemetery records, and other sources that have been identified by various groups.
A paper in the winter 2013 issue of Families I thought warranted a special post of its own since it was the Houston Memorial Lecture called Reflection on Archivists and Genealogists at last year conference of the OGS in Kingston, Ontario given by Dr. Ian E. Wilson, former chief archivist of the Library and Archives of Canada.
Besides giving a brief history of the LAC, in the last paragraphs of his paper, he talks about the “New challenges to archival services and genealogical research are becoming painfully apparent, as federal budget decisions work their way through to the local level”.
It is clear to genealogists and genealogy societies as they try to do genealogy research at the building at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa, that they are becoming less and less welcome by Public Works – the department who ones and operates the building.
One only has to read that the Ottawa Branch of the OGS has cancelled their conference because the costs were too high, BISFHGO has had to look for a new place to hold their Saturday meeting and conference next year because the costs are too high (and they worked closely with the LAC) and there are a number of other groups in Ottawa that I am aware of that have had to ceased to meet at the LA because the costs are out of this world. So what are we to do?
So if you get a chance, read his paper because it does shed a light on the LAC as it was in his tenure as Chief Archivists and what it is today – a shell of its former shelf.
The Region III Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Waterloo Region Branch on April 20, 2013, at the Preston Legion, 334 Westminster Drive North, Cambridge, Ontario.
Registration will start at 8:45 on Saturday, and at 9:30, there will be a talk by Darryl Bonk, founder “Waterloo Region Generations,” former Director London and Kitchener Family History Centres, member of Waterloo Region al Heritage Foundation, and Waterloo Region Branch Executive member, and his topic will be “What IS on the Internet”
Before the afternoon session starts at 2:00 pm, there will be vendors onsite to visit, the Waterloo Region Branch will have its AGM, and you will be able to find out what is going on at the OGS head office in Toronto.
The afternoon talk starts at 2:00 pm will feature Ruth Blair of Blair Archival Research, and she will talk on ”What is NOT on the Internet”.
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The booklet, “The War of 1812: Canada and the United States”, gives a synopsis of the causes of the War, and details the battles that took place (who, where, and when), and which included British forces, Blacks, and Aboriginal warriors who fought on both sides of the conflict.
Booklet #2 – Migration: Canada and the United States
These headings offer good examples of those who came to Canada, or of Canadians who left for the U.S, and why. The booklet gives a synopsis of what records to look for, the books written on the subject, where to find online resources, and a bonus list of some famous Canadians who migrated to the U.S.