Thursday, April 11, 2013

Nerses Photo Studio at the Niagara Peninsula Branch monthly meeting

Steve Fulton U.E., the Chair of the Niagara Peninsula Branch of the OGS, tells us the Branch will be hosting the Nerses Photo Studio this evening as they talk about photo restoration.

The topics will include photo restoration, storage and handling of old photographs. Please feel free to bring a couple of your photographs along with you to the meeting to either share or get a professional opinion of them from our speaker.

The Niagara Peninsula Branch is using the new streaming software (Adobe Connect) that supports MACs, tablets, PC and other devices.

Please visit them at and click on the Video Stream Button to join us.

The Nersess Photo Studio website is at

Military Records - Discover your ancestor's service

The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia will hold its monthly meeting on April the 20th entitled Military Records - Discover your ancestor's service. The meeting will from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Akins A/V Room, Nova Scotia Archives, University Ave, Halifax, NS

The talk will be presented by Col. John Boileau, CD (Ret'd, a noted historian and acclaimed author, Colonel John Boileau, CD (Ret'd), will deliver a lecture on how to locate, decipher and learn about military service records and what they can tell you about your ancestor's life.

And the office will be open on Sunday, April 14th and Sunday, April 21st from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - 3258 Isleville Street, Halifax, NS . The office is open all afternoon! Drop in to chat, do some research or purchase a publication.

Hope to see you there!

Their website is at

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

UPDATE: The Ontario Name Index (TONI)

The latest news from the Ontario Genealogical Society, and the people who are working on the TONI database, is that they have 1,813,773 records online. As they reach the 2,000,000 mark - they find that they need more coordinators.

Anyone can use TONI. It is open to members and non-members alike, and they would look forward to hearing from you.

So if you can help, that would be great!

The records are available through the website, and Pay-Per-View (PPV) at

The person to contact is Mike More, TONI Provincial Coordinator at

Celebrating Our English Roots Day

Join us for this month's "Celebrating Our Roots Days," our theme is England! Drop by anytime during the afternoon for a cuppa tea, coffee, sweets and a "chin wag" about England and our ancestors who came from there.

Come browse the display of books from our English collection. If you are new to genealogy, talk to our members about how to start researching your family history.

Bring a coffee mug, a friend, your own favourite books and resources on Ireland that have helped you in your research, or just bring yourself.

Drop in from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the QFHS Heritage Centre and Library, 173 Cartier Avenus, Pointe-Claire, Montreal.

Open to our members and the public. Admission is free.

Thanks to Susan Gingras Calcagni, Director of Public Relations of the QFHS for letting us know.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Quinte OGS Branch Meeting

Sher Leetooze will talk about Scottish Research when the Quinte OGS Branch has their meeting on Saturday at 1:00 pm on April 20th, 2013.

Sher has been working to get her family from Ulster back into Scotland and in preparation for that day, Sher went to see just what Scottish records would tell her. Today, Sher will share with us some of that information for the lowlands and borders of Scotland, how it is divided up, where the records are kept, and how to access them.

The meeting takes place in the Christ Church Hall (ample parking available) 770 Trenton Frankford Road, Glen Miller, Ontario.

The website is at

Sher will also be at the OGS Conference (May 31, June 1, 2 in Oshawa where she will give a talk on Saturday morning Building Yout Family Story Using Maps.

The OGS Conference site is at

Irish Genealogy Workshop in Mississauga

The Halton Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, and the Heritage Mississauga present an Irish Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10-4 at the Grange, 1921 Dundas Street West, Mississauga.

The speaker will be Canadian blogger Ruth Blair who will speak on Taking Your Irish Ancestors Back Over the Pond and Researching Your Irish Family History From Afar.

Fee is $25.00 which must be prepaid to reserve your spot.

For more info please call 905-828-8411 Ext. 0 or visit us at

To read Ruth’s blog The Passionate Genealogist, go to

Monday, April 8, 2013

FamilySearch UPDATE: Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900

FamilySearch has just announced that they have added 42,917 images to the Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900.

You can search the following judicial districts in Quebec -














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