Kawartha Branch
Ontario Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 861, Peterborough, ON K9J 7A2
Branch e-mail address: kawartha@ogs.on.ca

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    The Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, OGS was formed in 1975. We are a group dedicated to supporting genealogical research in the Counties of - The City of Kawartha Lakes (formerly known as Victoria), Haliburton, Northumberland and Peterborough through our meetings, events, beginners courses, library collection, and publications.

We extend a warm welcome to all those seeking out their family roots.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

2nd Annual Kawartha One-Day Conference

Military Settlers

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 9:30 to 4:30 (Doors open at 8:30)

Northminster United Church - 300 Sunset Blvd, Peterborough

1. Political and Military Situation in the United Kingdom and Canada 1814-1850

Timothy Dubé was Military Archivist for the Public Archives of Canada / National Archives of Canada / Library and Archives Canada (1984-2012).

2. Lanark Society Settlers 1820-21

Rick Robert's passion for genealogy and history led to the founding of Global Genealogy. Rick is especially interested in the historical events that infulenced the lives of his ancestors. What pushed them to make the decisions they made... and what pulled them to the lives they led.

3. Commuted Pensioner Scheme 1831-32

Dennis Carter-Edwards, retired military historian with Parks Canada, past president of the Ontario Historical Society, current chair of the City of Peterborough Arts, Culture, and Heritage Advisory Committee.

4. Enrolled Pensioner Scheme 1851-58

Timothy Dubé - as Military Archivist for the Public Archives of Canada / National Archives of Canada / Library and Archives Canada (1984-2012), he had a role in bringing copies of much of the military documentation to Canada.

5. Useful Records for Military Settlers

Ron Dale, retired from Parks Canada after a 38 year career as the Manager for the Agency's War of 1812 commemorations and prior to that was the Superintendent of Niagarga National Historic Sites, a complex of historic places including Fort George and Brock's Monument.

(Registration is Essential. Cost $35.00 - includes snacks and lunch. Registration )

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AGM-Annual General Meeting - November - Date, Location and Time TBD - To Be Decided

December Seasonal get together - Ricky's Restaurant - Date and Time - TBD - To Be Decided

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Kawartha Branch Projects


Earlier this year Kawartha Branch started a new outreach program through the online newspaper MyKawartha . There are two sets of monthly articles with one set scheduled to come out early each month and the other set to come out mid-month:

Families of the Kawarthas (aka Founding Families at the online address) will give brief histories of some of the early settlers in this area. The articles to date are:

NOTE: If you would like to write about your ancestors for the series above, let us know at kawarthaprojects@ogs.on.ca

The Amateur Genealogist which introduces people to the basics of genealogy. The articles can be found at the following links:

2) Family History Name Index

The Branch library has many family histories. We are creating a name index for each history and will put the index in TONI (The Ontario Name Index - the three million and growing name index created by OGS). If you would like to help, this is another project you can do in your own home. We send you a digitized copy of the family history, you read it, and you enter each name you find into a spreadsheet. If you want to help - please contact us at: kawarthaprojects@ogs.on.ca



Kawartha Branch, OGS 40th Anniversary Fall 2015

Upcoming Events

Lang Pioneer Village Museum - Historic Literary Walks of Lang|: Words from the Wilderness taking place - September 10, 11, 17, 19, 24 & 25 at Lang Pioneer Village. NOTE: Advance Booking is required. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $18 for students/seniors. For more information, please visit their website at www.langpioneervillage.ca .

Smith Ennismore Historical Society invites you to join them on the 18th of September for a bus tour to Cobourg, Trenton Air Force Museum and the Best of Prince Edward County. For more information please call Bernice at 705-742-7390.

Check out - British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa - Family History Conference - 18-20 September 2015. www.bifhsgo.ca


Access to our Library Collection at de la Fosse Library is by Appointment Only. Please contact the Branch Librarian to book a day and time.

    Our Branch Newsletter "The Bulletin" - Next issue November 2015.


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