Notice for London & Middlesex County Branch Meeting

October 28th, 2014

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Westmount Branch, London Public Library

Speaker: Sheila Johnson, Executive Director of Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Topic: Have You Heard? Getting the News in London and Middlesex County,  1790 – 1840

Brief Info: Communication in the early days of Middlesex County plus annual silent auction of genealogy books.

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FYI: Important News from Niagara Peninsula Branch

October 23rd, 2014

Due to multiple conflicting schedules the Niagara Branch Program Committee has decided to move its October 25th Fall Seminar to March 2015.

Saturday, October 25th is an incredibly busy day as far as many other OGS Branch presentations are concerned and the target audience is divided. The low number of pre registered attendees for this event means that not many Genealogists would benefit from the excellent speakers and presentations.

We have NOT cancelled the event. Instead we have moved it to the Spring of 2015, to be held on Saturday, March 14th. The format of the event will change to a mid morning “pancake breakfast”, a Branch AGM, and a slightly shorter day.

We apologize for the short notice of this change. There was hope for an increase in registration closer to the date, but that has not occurred. For anyone who has registered, a refund will be coming to you.

Details regarding the Spring event will be available shortly. Look to our Branch Website and Facebook Group for updated information.

As always, Thank you for your continued support,
The Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Contact Information for Niagara Branch can be found here:

All OGS Members Invited to our November Webinar

October 19th, 2014

Do I Have That Book? Keep Your Library on Your Portable Device
Speaker: Nancy Waters Lauer;
Saturday Nov. 1, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.

Learn how to have your books catalogued in a transportable book database for logging, searching, and organizing publications and authors on your iPhone or portable device for easy access. No longer will you purchase the same book over and over again.

Nancy Waters Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author. She has extensive speaking experience throughout the Maryland — Virginia area. She has presented at national and regional conferences. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, certified Microsoft Professional, and member of APG, GSG, ISFHWE (Secretary), NGS, Maryland Historical Society, American Society for Quality, and International Society of Six Sigma Professionals.

Up to 100 people can access this webinar at one time. The room will open 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to start. It is no longer necessary to pre-register for webinars but if you would like a personal reminder, please contact the provincial office at:

If you wish to check that your computer and network connections will work well with Adobe Connect, you will find more detailed access instructions visiting: and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Intrigued by the OGS Genealogy Webinar Program? Become a member of OGS for full access to our webinar series – including those that have been archived. Join – or renew – for 2015 starting on November 1st. For more information on the benefits of becoming an OGS Member, please contact our membership coordinator at:

OGS Oxford Branch now on Facebook!

October 18th, 2014

Our Oxford Branch has now started a group on Facebook. Join this group to get the latest news from Oxford.

OGS has a significant Facebook presence. On top of our OGS page, many Branches have a page or a group there.

See if your branches are on Facebook.

Bruce and Grey Branch OGS: Annual Fall Event

October 18th, 2014

Join the OGS Bruce and Grey Branch as they welcome the President of the Quebec Family History Society – Gary Schroder.

Date: Oct. 25, 2014

Time: Registration opens at 8:30 am

Location: Durham & District Community Centre, 451 Saddler Street West, Durham, Ontario




Registration Fee: $40.00 per person before Oct. 10. $45.00 at door.

Lunch is included in fee.

See website for registration form:

Click here for more details

OGS Represented at New Archives of Ontario Speaker Series

October 18th, 2014

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the Archives of Ontario is hosting a series of engaging talks designed to connect Ontario residents with archival records related to the war. Admission is free. These talks are for Scholars, family historians and history buffs as a valuable aid for further exploration of the Archives’ extensive resources related to the First World War.

The first speaker is Jane MacNamara. Jane is an OGS member, an author, and a genealogy instructor. She will be presenting Inheritance Interrupted: WWI reflected in Ontario Estate Files on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

The Great War cut short many lives and disrupted the expected passing of property and goods to the next generation. Drawing from estate files from across the province; this presentation will show examples of these changes and demonstrate how reading between the lines and understanding the process and implications of inheritance records can enhance family and local history — in any era. For more information and to register, visit the Archives of Ontario website:

Notice for Quinte Branch Meeting

October 9th, 2014

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Quinte West Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton

Speaker: Geoff Rasmussen

Topic: “Timelines & Chronologies: Secrets of Success”

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NOTE: Change of Speaker and Topic for Essex Branch October Meeting

October 8th, 2014

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm (note change of day for Thanksgiving holiday)

Location: Windsor Public Library, 850 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON

Speaker: Debra Honor

Topic: “The Enrolled Pensioners of Amherstburg”

Brief Overview: During the 1850’s the British government did not need as many soldiers to protect her empire. So the government came up with a plan to have old soldiers with good conduct be settled in areas of the colonies where they might be needed to defend the settlers. Some plans failed but the one in Amherstburg and Penetanguishene were successful. Join us and find out why.

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Notice for Kingston Branch Meeting

October 6th, 2014

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time: 10:00am

Location: Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St., Kingston

Speakers: Jane Foster and Shelley Respondek

Topic: Newly Reopened Lennox and Addington Museum and Archives

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Notice for Hamilton Branch Meeting

October 6th, 2014

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Lincoln Alexander School, 50 Ravenbury Dr. Library, Hamilton, ON

Speaker: Ruth Burkholder

Topic: Finding Land Petitions Online

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