Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Canadian Genealogist Online

The Canadian Genealogist has been put online at the Ontario Genealogists Society (OGS) website at http://ogs.on.ca/services/cdn_genealogist.php

It was published four times a year between 1979 to 1988 by George and Elizabeth Hancocks.

It followed the same layout as OGS Families, and there are lots of articles from across Canada, whereas Families is mostly concerned with genealogy that has an Ontario slant.

All of the issues have been indexed.

Niagara Peninsula Branch Fall Event

J. BRIAN GILCHRIST will be the featured speaker at the Niagara Peninsula Branch Fall Event to be held later in October.

He has over 40 years experience as a researcher, and speaker, and will facilitate the following 3 sessions -


Brian assisted by Steve Fulton, Technical Support and Innovative Committee Chair
for the OGS will make suggestions.

PROBLEM SOLVING PANEL – Please submit your questions with your registration or
by email.

Te date will be Saturday, Oct. 29th, 2011, and it will be at the First Grantham United Church, 415 Linwell Road, St. Catharines, Ontario.

Doors open at 9 am for Registration, and the Region 4 Meeting, and Publication sales. The cost will be $25 before October 1st, and $30 after Oct 1st, and at the door.

Lunch as well as door prizes will be included.

Payment can be made by cheque to Niagara Peninsula Branch OGS Box 2224, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7R8, or with PayPal on our website http://www.ogs.on.ca/niagara

For further information call 905 934 1537 or email niagara@ogs.on.ca

Monday, September 5, 2011

British Home Children Newsletter

A brand new newsletter has just been added to the newsletters produced by Canadian genealogy organizations, and it is the BHC-SIG Newsletter. That is – the British Home Children Special Interest Group.

In the first issue of the newsletter there is an article about the S.S. Toronto, Dominion Line; an article on Mary Scott Pearson submitted by Beth Bruder; an article on William Thomson Robin by Margory Ronnin; an article on Percy Henry Smith by Shirley Sturdevant; My BHC Ancestors by Phil Ellis, and Part I: Thomas (George) Warner – A Barnardo Boy by Linda Hurtubise.

There is a message from the Chair Phil Ellis, and an article about the Flamborough Archives, and the work they have done on the Home Children from the town of Waterdown.

If you wish to join, the fee is $5.00 per year (in addition to the regular yearly ($60.00) and a half-yearly ($35.00) fee.

If you wish to join, go to the membership site at http://www.ogs.on.ca/membership/join.php, or contact Marsha at the OGS membership@ogs.on.ca to discuss it with her. Or you can go to the BHC-SIG site at http://www.ogs.on.ca/SIG-BHC/index.htm

New/Improved Canadian Websites and Blogs - Week 1

A weekly listing of some of the Canadian websites and blogs that I have come across the week ending Sept 4th, 2011.

The Oram Family Tree http://oramtree.sumgen.com — This Oram family is thought to have originated in Wiltshire, UK. Some members have appeared to have gone to Canada.

The New Auty Genealogy Site http://www.autygenealogy.org — AUTY, AWTY, AUTIE, AUTTIE, AUTEY, AUTTY, AUTTEE surnames covering England, New Zealand, Australia, USA, and Canada.

Roots Cape Breton Genealogy & Family History Centre http://museum.gov.ns.ca/hv/en/home/researchlearn/rootscapebreton/default.aspx — Roots Cape Breton is a computer-assisted research service for those in search of their Cape Breton roots. $

Directory of Oxford County 1857-1858 http://www.ocl.net/genealogy/oxford_dir — Online searchable directory of residents and businesses of Oxford County, Ontario 1857-1858. I wrote a blog posting on this site - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2011/08/oxford-county-library-databases-indexes.html

Ontario (Upper Canada) County Directories http://www.ontariogenealogy.comontariocountydirectories.html

The FERGUSON Connection - A Family History http://thefergusonconnection.cds-enterprises.com — The FERGUSON, FIELDS, and related families are included from all over the Unites States, and some from Canada.

Quebec Genealogy Pointers - ManyRoads http://www.many-roads.com/category/thoughts/tips-opinions/quebec-genealogy — Mark Rabideau writes about French Canada, and the Rabideau – Henss histories & Genealogy.

Canada Lands Survey System http://clss-satc.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca/googledata-donneesgoogle-eng.php — Canada Lands in Google Earth including Indian Reserves, National Parks, and the territories.

Canadian Military Research and Genealogy http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca — A bilingual (French/English) website which can help research your military ancestors.

RIVETTE Family Genealogy http://www.rivettefamily.com/places_index.htm Follow the Acadian family through New Brunswick, and other Acadian settlements in Canada.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Canadian Blogger will be at RootsTech 2012

Just finished reading the latest posting by Canadian genealogist Joan Miller at http://www.luxegen.ca/genealogy/rootstech-ramping-up and she will be at RootsTech 2012 to be held in Salt Lake City from Feb 2nd to Feb 4th next year.

She is going to be a presenter at the conference, and she will be on an "international panel of colleagues discussing genealogy and social media".

So if you are at RootsTech, be sure to take in the panel discussion, and if you are a blogger, write about the panel in your blog.

Joan also said that if you want to be kept informed about what is going on, be sure to join the RootsTech Mailing List at http://www.rootstech.org.

Have fun, Joan, and say "Hello" to all of our American Cousins!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

CBC is 75 Years Old!

In celebration of the CBC/Radio-Canada 75th Anniversary, it has chosen the theme "Your to Celebrate". CBC/Radio-Canada was established in November, 1936.

If you go on the site you will see a special place where they have archived several radio programs, and TV shows.

There is also a very interesting blog on the site, and a Timeline which takes you back to such things as the Springhill Mine Disaster, The CBC's First Colour TV Show, and Churchill's Funeral.

There will be several other events announced in the coming months. To keep up on the latest events, go to http://www.cbc.ca/75/index.html

OGS Branch Libraries

Do you know that there are seven Branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society that have their libraries onsite?

You can search the holdings of the -

Brant Branch at http://brantcountybranchogs.ca/,

Kinston Branch at http://www.ogs.on.ca/kingston/pages/library.php,

Nipissing Branch at http://www.nipissing.ogs.on.ca/#Branch Library,

Quinte Branch at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canqbogs/library.htm,

Halton-Peel Branch at http://www.halinet.on.ca/sigs/ogshp/LIBCOLL.HTM,

Ontario Branch at http://www.ogsottawa.on.ca/library/,

York Branch at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onyrbogs/br_009.htm.

You can go to the Resources Section of the OGS website at http://www.ogs.on.ca/services/library.php, and read about the Resources that are there to help you.