Heritage St. Clair launches ‘Men of World War I’

September 20th, 2014

The Township of St. Clair has compiled the names of all of the 400 men who, from a population of 5000 at the time, joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War. Many of these men joined the Lambton 149th Battalion and 36 made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

If you have ancestors from the former townships of Moore and Sombra in Lambton County, they may have made this list.

For more information, visit their website at: http://www.twp.stclair.on.ca/world_war_i.htm

Reminder for Kawartha Branch Special Event: ‘Getting Here,’ a 1-day conference

September 20th, 2014

On Saturday Oct. 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. join Kawartha Branch at Peterborough’s Northminister United Church for a full day exploration of four of the emigration schemes that brought many of our ancestors to Ontario from Great Britain. Cost is $35 including lunch.

Registration information will be posted on the Kawartha Branch website: www.ogs.on.ca/kawartha

For more information, see the flyer.

How to Research Your Family History: Part 4

September 20th, 2014


Location is one of the most important things to determine, since so many records are location based. Tax and census records are clearly location based, but so are church registers and many wills. Always identify, as closely as possible, exactly where an ancestor lived, and when.

When you know the location, one of the handiest things you can have is a contemporary map. Unfortunately, old maps are not easy to find and usually do not show what you want to see. Probably the best source of Ontario maps are the county atlases. These large books were produced in the 1870’s and 1880’s for most –  but not all –  Ontario counties. Many were reprinted as a historical project in the 1970’s and 1980’s. They contain excellent township and community maps and often include some of the names of the more prominent members of the community. Check out your community library as well as they tend to have local atlases.

You can find a number of county atlases on line at In Search of Your Canadian Past: The Canadian County Atlas Project.

Other online sources of maps include:

Map of the Province of Upper Canada – 1800

District Maps Of Canada West/ Upper Canada /Ontario – 1836 and 1845

A gazetteer will provide the location of every named feature. There are a number of them, some more complete than others, and of course old ones will provide old names that are no longer in use. A good modern one the Canada Gazetteer Atlas. If you are researching locations in Ontario, check out the Ontario Locator.

Natural Resources Canada’s website Querying Geographic Names of Canada offers a search name of present and past names. For current Ontario locations, use the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s online road maps.

OGS Monthly Webinar Series for 2015

September 18th, 2014

OGS Members, here’s your chance to have your say about the topics for the 2015 OGS Monthly Webinar Series.

Take the short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PMTT5TC

Ottawa Branch and British Isles Family History Society of Ottawa Team up for Special Event

September 16th, 2014

Date: November 2, 2014,

Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Woodroffe United Church Banquet Hall, 207 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa ON


1. Searching for Names: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous
2. Solving Problems Through Family Reconstruction

Speaker: Kirsty Gray

UK Rockstar Genealogist Kirsty Gray will give two lectures in Ottawa on Sunday November 2nd. A sought-after lecturer, Ms. Gray’s knowledge and her energetic and infectious personality wows audiences around the world. Appointed as Director of English Studies with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (University of Toronto, Canada) in 2011, Kirsty has more recently been awarded Superstar Genealogist (Gold Medallist in the Rockstar Genealogist Awards 2013) for the UK/Ireland by fellow family history professionals: Rockstar genealogists are those who give “must attend” presentations. Signed copies of her book “Tracing Your West Country Ancestors” will be available at the presentation.

The lectures, sponsored by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO), will be held at the Woodroffe United Church Banquet Hall (207 Woodroffe Ave) from 2-5pm.

Admission is $10 per person at the door.

A break with light refreshments will be held between the two lectures.

Contact info: http://ogsottawa.on.ca/

Notice for Brant County Branch Meeting

September 15th, 2014

Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Brant County Branch Library, 118 Powerline Rd., Brantford

Speaker: Sharon Murphy

Topic: Sharon’s Top Ten Tips in Genealogy

Contact Info: http://www.ogs.on.ca/brant/

Notice for Toronto Branch Meeting

September 15th, 2014

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto

Speaker: Guylaine Petrin

Topic: The Widow Cathy Brown: Proving a Family Story

Brief Info: Archival recors and oral history reveal the story of a strong woman who had to re-invent herself and fight two governments

Contact Info: http://torontofamilyhistory.org/

Introductory Membership Grants Access to Webinars

September 13th, 2014

OGS Webinars are open to members only and now is the perfect time to join for the first time.

Our partial year membership launched June 1 and we welcome new members to join us for the rest of 2014 for $35.70 rather than waiting till the New Year. Partial year Members receive all the benefits of Individual membership including our quarterly mailing for August and November, as well as the upcoming OGS Research Day at the Archives of Ontario scheduled for November.

This offer is also available to those who have not been an OGS member since 2011 and would like to come back.

Join now: http://www.ogs.on.ca/integrated/integrated_account_new_step1.php

Announcing October’s OGS Member’s Genealogy Webinar

September 13th, 2014

Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee; hidefgen.com/
Thursday Oct. 2, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.

Do you have trouble planning a genealogy research strategy? What if you had an automated way to lay out concepts, variables and actions? Mind mapping can help you create an effective research plan as well as help you connect data points once the research is completed. Learn about automated mind mapping tools that let you see your research data in a new light.

Thomas MacEntee built his genealogy business after 25 years in the information technology field. A blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, and network builder, he is the founder of the GeneaBloggers community, and a very popular speaker on genealogy and technology.

Up to 100 people can access this webinar at one time. The room will open 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to start. Sign in to the Members Only area right now to attend today’s webinar live.

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: http://www.ogs.on.ca/membersonly/mem_webinar_upcoming.php and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Kawartha Branch Special Event: Getting Here, Emigration Schemes from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales

September 13th, 2014

Date: Saturday Oct. 4, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Location: Northminster United Church, 300 Sunset Blvd. Peterborough


  • Salvation Army- Archivist Col. John Carew
  • Corsley Emigration 1830s- Alan Brunger
  • Cumberland Emigration-Elwood Jones
  • Peter Robinson Emigration 1823-25–Peter McConkey

Cost: $35 including snacks and lunch
Contact event Registrar: www.ogs.on.ca/kawartha

More Information: http://www.ogs.on.ca/kawartha/Conference-Page 1 and 2.pdf
To Register: http://www.ogs.on.ca/kawartha/Conference-Registration (2).pdf