Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2015 membership drive has begun

November is the beginning of the 2015 membership season for the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), and it is time every year when I take a look at my genealogical needs and budget for the next year.

There is no question that I will continue my membership at the OGS, but I think that I will expand my membership to include a number of branches that I have not previously belonged to – at least three more branches that I am considerating.

To learn more about the benefits of membership, go to http://www.ogs.on.ca/joinogs.php

Your membership is valid until December 2015. New members take advantage of a bonus two months of membership by joining now and activating your membership immediately.

And there is news for renewing members who renew before Dec. 31, 2014 . They will be entered into a draw for $900 worth of courses from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies at http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/

You can join online by going to http://www.ogs.on.ca/integrated/integrated_account_new_step1.php or you can mail in your membership by downloading the membership form at http://www.ogs.on.ca/integrated/integrated_account_new_step1.php 

I will also renew my membership in the British Isles Family History Society of Great Ottawa (BISFHGO) at http://www.bifhsgo.ca/, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/, the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) http://www.novascotiaancestors.ca/, and I already belong to the Quebec Family History Society (QFHS) http://www.qfhs.ca/

To what societies are you planning to join.  

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Genealogy Workshop

There will be a starter genealogy workshop at The Grange called Beginning Genealogy will be presented by the Halton-Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and Heritage Mississauga on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm. 

The workshop leader will be professional genealogist and lecturer Ruth Blair 

The cost is $25.00, and register early because space is limited. 

The Heritage Mississauga website is at http://www.heritagemississauga.com/ 

The Halton-Peel Branch OGS is at http://www.haltonpeel.ogs.on.ca/ 

The Halton-Peel Branch OGS Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/HaltonPeelBranchOGS

Meanwhile, I am attending the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research for the next two Saturday's where I will take the four-course session Writing Logical Proof Arguments with Michael Hait, CG.

The website of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research is http://vigrgenealogy.com/

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

One of the first places I visited after moving to Ottawa in the 1980s was Watson’s Mills in Manotick. The mill is where the ghost of Ann Crosby Currier, the second wife of Joseph Currier, co-owner of the mill, supposedly haunts it to this day. 

Here are a couple of sites which tells the story about Watson’s Mill 

The Ghost of Watson's Mill 

Watson’s Mill

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New post about the Archives of Ontario (AO)

Have you ever read Jane MacNamara’s blog Where the story takes me:Tales of family and local history research and folk I meet along the way?

If it isn’t on your reading list, maybe it should be, because she always has subjects that are interesting to genealogists.

Her latest post is worth reading if you have Ontario ancestors – because it is a post about the Archives of Ontario (AO).

In the post, she explains what the AO holds, and what you can find within the different archival material – and there is tons of material for you to research.

Let me say that the AO does live up to Jane’s review. I found it very centrally located to where I was staying, had good access for parking, excellent facility to eat your lunch or to just take a break away from researching. There is a very good a shopping centre which is a short distance from the archives.

There is one thing that I would add, and that is, be sure to read the information first onsite at the archives website before going there. Become familiar with the holdings, and it will be so helpful when you start researching. I printed the material off before I went there, and had it in a folder for easy reference. And if it is the first time that you will be there, be sure to register to your pass online, and then pick it up at the front desk once you get there.

Jane’s blog is at http://wherethestorytakesme.ca/

The website for the Archives of Ontario is Tracing your ancestry at the Archives of Ontario at http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/tracing/index.aspx

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Joint presentation this Sunday in Ottawa

UK Rockstar Genealogist Kirsty Gray will give two lectures in Ottawa on Sunday November 2nd from 2 – 4 pm at the Woodroffe United Church, Banquet Hall, 207 Woodroffe Ave.

The two lecture will be -

1. Searching for Names: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous

2. Solving Problems Through Family Reconstruction

Admission is $10 per person at the door. A break with light refreshments will be held between the two lectures.

The Ottawa Genealogical Society (OGS) is at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/

British Isles Family History Society of Greater
Ottawa (BIFHSGO)is at http://www.bifhsgo.ca/

The Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/British-Isles-Family-History-Society-of-Greater-Ottawa/149788348437126

The lectures will be sponsored by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GANS to host meeting tonight

There will be a meeting of the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia tonight at the Akins A/V Room, Nova Scotia Archives, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax, NS at 7:30 when Irene Schofield, GANS Programme Convener, will talk about the Canadian Census and The 1940 National Registration

She will show us samples of the information that can be found for your ancestors.

Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

The website is at http://www.novascotiaancestors.ca 

Family History Library Announces Free Classes

We received this email this morning –

The Family History Library Announces Free Classes for November 2014

Nov. 1 Recursos en linea adema̍s de FamilySearch is a class for Spanish-speaking guests and starts at 1:00 p.m. 

Nov. 5-26 Russian Print and Handwriting Series. There are 4 parts to this series of classes, taught every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. 

Nov. 8 Norway Research Series. The classes include “How to Use Church Records in Norway,” “How to Search Death Notices in Norway,” and “Exploring Probate Records in Norway.” These classes run from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

Nov. 8 American Indian Series. Classes include: “American Indian Research and the FamilySearch Wiki,” and “American Indian Case Study.” Classes are held at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 

Nov. 15 Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop. This workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. Register for this 90-minute class at least one week prior to the workshop to find out which requirements should be completed before attending. Email FHLClassReg@familysearch.org 

Nov. 15 ¿Mis antepasados vinieron de . . . ? This class is for Spanish-speaking guests and starts at 1:00 p.m. 

Nov. 15 Reading Spanish Handwriting will be taught at 3:00 p.m. 

*Registration is required for classes with an asterisk. 

Register by 9:00 p.m. the Thursday before the class date by sending an email to FHLClassReg@familysearch.org or calling 1-801-240-4950.

Go to https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library for additional information. 

Their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/familysearch