2014 Tentative Program


January [cancelled due to conditions beyond our control and moved to May] - Breaking Down Brick Walls - with our expert panel - Submit your “brick wall” and we will try to help.

February - Sher Leetooze who will cover the movement of Lowland and Border Scots to Ireland in the 1600s and their lives before and after emigration.

March - Charles Taws - Deciphering the Image: Discovering Identity - based on photos from the 40s to the 60s.

April - Ruth Burkholder - Finding Land Petitions Online

May - Breaking Down Brick Walls - with our expert panel - Email or bring your research problems and questions to this general meeting.

June - Grant Karcich - Introduction to Genetic Genealogy: Latest Developments in Tracing Your DNA

July and August - on summer break; hence, no meetings

September - Guylaine Petrin - "Women, Marriage, and Property: Examples - the case of Elizabeth Sanders"

October - Jane MacNamara - Inheritance in Ontario: Estate Files and Beyond

November - Ruth Burkholder – Hudson’s Bay Company records.

December - Our Annual “Bring and Brag” and Festive Treats

Please contact me with your ideas. [e-mail to: Joyce Lintner ]

Note: On next year's schedule: Charles Taws will bring old photos from this area (from the 40s an 60s) to recount background stories and seek further identification for some mystery photos. Sher Leetooze will reference Scotland and its research opportunities.


2013 Tentative Program


January - Breaking Down Brick Walls - with our expert panel

February - Sher Leetooze - Using Maps to Build Your Family Story

March - Ruth Burkholder - Railways and Genealogy: Come and hear how these two topics can be linked. The Mini-talk - Dating photos based upon clothing with the aid of a womens' fashion cataglogue (spanning 100 years) and some Internet resources. Please note: Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, will cover this topic in greater detail in her Conference 2013 session.

April - Peter Johnson - A Perilous Trip Into the Rebellious State Of New York: delving into various aspects of New York State - some history, some sources, lots of pictures - with a dip into New Jersey and Vermont briefly too.

May - Dorothy Shier - The Home Children/Barnardo Children

June - Jennifer Weymark M.A. (Archivist, Oshawa Community Museum) Oshawa’s Black History: A Look Into One Family and delineating the steps taken to perform this research; which is applicable to anyone doing genealogical research

September - Glenn McKnight and Bob Bell - War of 1812- and connections to Oshawa

October - Lori Busch - From England to Canada - Why, Where, and How They Came (1901-1911)

November - Ted Barris - (journalist, author, teacher) - The Great Escape... the Canadian Perspective (his latest book)

December - Celebrating the Season with Show and Tell - otherwise known as the Festive Season

 


2012 Tentative Program


January - Breaking Down Brick Walls - with our expert panel

February - Wayne O'Connor (Eoghan O'Conchobhair) - Irish Genealogy (mostly Southern Ireland)

March - Ruth Burkholder - Early "Real Estate Agents" in Upper Canada: - a talk about companies formed to promote group emigration, provide income for institutions or just to make money. Covers Kings’ College, Canada Company, Peter Robinson settlers, and other related schemes.

April - Paul Arculus - Discovering History Through Gravestones - e.g.: a doctor born in Durham became a founder of Durant autos and later a significant player in General Motors (another colourful, yet little known, Canadian story)

May - Rick Roberts (Global Genealogy) - Family Tree Maker from Beginner to Trickster - (materials will be availablefor sale)

June - 30th Anniversary Celebration - with cake, slide-show, "Look to the Future - Social Networking" (Nancy Trimble)

September - Louise St. Denise - Knowledge based discussion of 'The National Institute for Genealogical Studies'. Presentation of online educational opportunities offered by the instutute.

October - Marian Press - Marian works specifically in 'Newspapers Online for Genealogists'

November - Dr. Fraser Dunford - a retired engineer and university administrator who has been involved in genealogy for about 25 years. Much of his interest centres on his home county of Peterborough, Ontario. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. For many years Fraser was the Executive Director of OGS.

December - Celebrating the Season with Show and Tell - otherwise known as the Festive Season

Please contact me with your ideas. [e-mail to: Joyce Lintner ]


2011 Program


January - Grant Karcich - Italian Genealogical Research - sources and strategies

February - Nancy Trimble - How to Use the Ontario Genealogical Society Website (new features)

March - Brian Winter - Letters from Early Whitby, specifically those written to/by girls at Trafalgar Castle School - some being quite humorous, if not just as informative

April - Allan McGillivray (former archivist of the Uxbridge Museum) - United Empire Loyalists

May - Breaking Down Brick Walls - with moderators Stephen Wood, Nancy Trimble and Anne Delong

June - Alexandra Hartmann (CEO Uxbridge Library) Tales and Video from Labrador - with special treats (Jam Jam cookies)

September - Ted Barris - speaking about his recent book, "Breaking the Silence: Veterans' Untold Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan"

October - Family Search - with Stephen Wood - the free, Later Day Saints genealogical repository

November - The Demon Liquor Trade in the 19th Century - Brian Winter (Whitby Archivist)

December - Celebrating the Season with Show and Tell - otherwise known as the Festive Season Bring 'n Brag Session


2010 Program


January - Stewart Boden (from the Ontario Archives)

February - Lynn Phillip Hodgson - All New Secrets from Camp X

March - Don Hinchley - THE HIDDEN GENEALOGICAL TREASURES IN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM

April - Ken Ackles - Genealogy and Genetics: A y-DNA Surname Study Produces Some Completely Unexpected Results

May - Sharon Murphy - Your Family History - Organized and in Print

June - Eileen Wilson - Seeking German Ancestors

September - Fraser Dunford - What's On at the PO (i.e.; What is available to members at the OGS Provincial Office? Also, mention of the most recent projects, almost ready for launch.)

October - Ivy Sucee - a descendent of a Home Child, will be speaking to us about Home Children.

November - Grant Karcich - "Carrying Place" - following the first settlers along the Indian path from Lake Ontario, to Lake Scugog and finally north along the Beaver River to Beaverton

December - Celebrating the Season with Show and Tell - otherwise known as the Festive Season Bring 'n Brag Session

Please contact me with your ideas. [e-mail to: Joyce Lintner ]

We would also like to hear your comments on the speakers that we have already had.

 


2009 Program


January - Krista Jorgensen - Whitby Library Archivist - How to take care of old negatives

February - Nicole Patterson - Oshawa Library Genealogist - Researching at the Oshawa Library

March - Krista Jorgensen - Ourontario.ca - new photo archiving project

April - Dr. John Sabean, President of the Pickering Historical Society - "Mormon Missionaries, 1835"

May - Larry Doble - The Homes and Buildings of Sunderland Ontario 1872-2009 (also the title of his new book)

June - Don Hinchley - Newspapers and Genealogy: A Beginner's Guide (also the title of his book)

September - Jennifer Weymark, Archivist for the Oshawa Community Museum and Archives - An Introduction to the Oshawa Community Museum and Archives Resources

October - Lady Teviot - The Parish Chest

November - Linda Boyd (Paul McGrath's cousin) - Sourcing Your Research

December - Celebrating the Season with Show and Tell - otherwise known as the Festive Season Bring 'n Brag session, with edible treats galore.


Please contact me with your ideas. [e-mail to: Joyce Lintner ]

We would also like to hear your comments on the speakers that we have already had.

 


2008 Programme


January - Exploring Irish records - will be a panel discussion consisting of three members who have been researching Ireland (both the north and south). Have your questions ready because they are willing to help if they can. [Wayne and Brian O’Connor – Southern Ireland and Sher LeTooze Northern Ireland]

February - Wanda Griffin, Deputy Land Registrar for the Land Records Office in Whitby, will explore the fully automated resources available.
[905-665-4007 ext 211] wanda.griffin[AT]ontario.ca

March - Brian Winter, Whitby Archivist, will be reading and discussing more of the original letters sent home by pioneers who settled in Whitby. Some are funny, some are sad, but all are very interesting. Anne Delong will demonstrate her research techniques for the online "Obituary Times Daily".

April - Finding your English Ancestors - Our panel that will both illustrate and describe their experiences doing research in England, and will answer questions to the best of their abilities. Members of the panel share many years of genealogical experience in this area.

May - Larry Doble – Famous Events and People of Brock Township. Whether your interest is in local history, or If your family was originally from Brock Township, you should not miss this because Larry has information on most of the early settlers.

June - Halvor Moorshead Publisher - Mr. Moorshead is the publisher of several genealogy magazines. His topic has not yet been decided but whatever he does speak about will be very interesting and informative..

September - Finding your Scottish Ancestors - A panel discussion of how to research Scotland, similar to January's research in Ireland. Anyone who is familiar with such research is asked to contact Joyce Lintner (below). In addition, Nicole Patterson, local history librarian at the Oshawa Library, will give a short presentation about resources for genealogy.

October - Breaking Down Brick Walls - This Round Robin session allows the experts and non-experts to relate personal break-through experiences in the realm of genealogy. Bring questions, and get answers. Also, Ken Nicholls, who has collected material about one room school houses (including the "inmates") for Durham's northern rural areas, will give a short talk.

November - Paul McGrath – Paul is one of the star genealogists for the TV show "Ancestors in the Attic". He will be speaking on Toronto, The Early Years: Part two.

December Christmas Party and Show and Tell - otherwise known as the Festive Season Bring 'n Brag session, with edible treats galore.