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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News (CGN) 12 August 2015

Here are some news items which have come across my desk this morning -

For the month of August, the Kelowna Museum in Kelowna, British Columbia has a new display called Duty, Honour & Izzat – The Call to Flanders Fields for the month of August.

The press release says that “it uses displays that showcase, in fascinating detail and vivid visuals, the sacrifices made by Punjabis serving in the British Indian Army during the First World War. It examines their motivations for going to war and highlights the vital role they played fighting alongside their Canadian brothers-in-arms and other allied powers in the pursuit of victory in what came to be known as the Great War for Civilization.” 

Genealogy Back to Basics is being offered again in 2016 by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. 

It is a genealogical education session prior to the monthly presentation. It includes a short (30-45 minute) lecture on a genealogical topic, followed by a Question and Answer session with Ottawa Branch members. 

If you are new to family history research or need a refresher, come out and join us. The sessions are held on a Saturday at 10:30 am in Room 115 of the City of Ottawa Central Archives. Coffee and tea will be available throughout the morning. There is no charge for the session and all are invited to return at 1:00 pm for the monthly presentation. 

Check our website at for details on the morning and afternoon presentations. 

For the first half of 2015, we covered Getting Started, Are You a Trust Me Genealogist?, Genetic Genealogy, Lineage Societies and Ottawa Resources. The fall schedule includes Genealogical Resources in Eastern Ontario, the Genealogical Proof Standard and Seven Common Genealogy Research Mistakes to Avoid. 

They are looking for volunteers! 

We are looking for local genealogists who are willing to give a Genealogy Back to Basics presentation in 2016. There is no reimbursement other than all the tea and coffee that you can drink as well as the appreciation of your fellow hobbyists. 

If you are interested in participating, contact Mike More at 

Meanwhile, happy researching!

Check the Canadian Week in Review (CWR) every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.

If you missed last week’s edition, it is at

It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Ottawa Genealogist

The Spring/Summer 2013 edition of The Ottawa Genealogist has been released, and it contains an interesting article, and index. It is published by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

The article is by John Patton and it is called the Ballad of Syd and Annie: A Genealogical Mystery, and it is a story of two people, whose story is totally unbelievable. Sydney Frank LEWER (1892- c.1925), is an Englishman who immigrated to Canada in 1909. He gave so many birthdates, it is difficult to understand exactly when he was born. And the plot thickens when he meets Annie HOSKO. There was apparent deception in an adoption process of a son, unusual evidence in a his First World War military record, prison sentence because of a bigamy charge, and on and on it goes. Their life together was turbulent, to say the least, ending with the fact that he possibly may have died in 1925 – at least his wife declared herself a widow at that time.

This article shows that good research can go a long way in resolving these genealogical mysteries such as this.

The index of Early Bytown Settlers Index in this issue go from the letter D to the I. It gives the name, reference and page number, and some information, such as where they lived, their occupation, their age.

The reminder of the journal is filled with news of the Ottawa Branch of the OGS, Interesting Web Sites, Branch Library Additions, and Gleanings from Newsletters in the Ottawa Branch Library.

To go to the website of the Ottawa Genealogical Society, the website is at

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gene-O-Rama 2012 Cancelled

Word has reached me that the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will not host the 2012 Gene-O-Rama this year. The reason – they will be helping Region VIII to host the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference this year at Kingston, Ontario.

But they will be holding the AGM, and Genealogy Day on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at City of Ottawa Central Archives at 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.

It starts at 9:30-10:00 when you arrive, and speakers include Robert Serré, Rick Roberts and one of the staff from the City Archives. The City Archives will be open 10 am to 5 pm for research as well.

Marketplace will feature Global Genealogy as well as the member organizations of Region VIII, and some of the local heritage organizations.

Cost is $25, and it including lunch.

Check the details at

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ottawa Branch, OGS - September Meeting

The next meeting of the Ottawa Branch, OGS will be held on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 156 of the Library and Archives Canada building at 395 Wellington Street.

Coreen Atkins-Sheldrick will speak on her new book, "In Our Defence: The Veterans & Military Heritage of Historic Osgoode Township", about the military history of Osgoode Township, Carleton County.

She is going to talk about the stories she learned while working on this book.

I see where she has another book called, "The Yorke Families of Historic Osgoode Township, Carleton County", written in 2003.

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