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:

Announcing October’s OGS Member’s Genealogy Webinar

September 13th, 2014

Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee;
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: 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:

More Information: 1 and 2.pdf
To Register: (2).pdf

Reminder: Save Norfolk County Branch – Call for Volunteers

September 13th, 2014

Alan Campbell
President OGS

This is a reminder that there is a meeting of Norfolk County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society on Sept. 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Delhi Seniors Centre, 418 Queen Street, Delhi, Ontario.

This meeting is being held to vote to become an inactive Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. The vote is being taken simply because new volunteers have not come forward to fill the positions on the Executive and those of Committee Chairs. It would be unfortunate if a Branch that was chartered in October of 1987, were to move to inactive status with the resulting loss of easier access to family history materials by researchers.

Potential volunteers are welcome to contact either Co-chair of Norfolk Branch for more information prior to the meeting:

  • Marie Shull @
  • Shirley Godfree @

How to Research Your Family History: Part 3

September 13th, 2014

We now come to the two most difficult issues that genealogists must grapple with: Proof and Citing your sources.

Prove everything before going back another generation. Otherwise you may discover that you have spent much time developing a magnificent family tree of great value to someone else. The rule of thumb is that you should have three independent sources before accepting anything as fact, although you will quickly learn to judge the reliability of sources. This is because

  • A family story is rather unreliable
  • A family tree found on the internet is quite unreliable
  • Great aunt Minnie’s recollections of her childhood may be unreliable
  • A date of birth given on a tombstone may not be reliable
  • The age of an adult given on a census may be reliable, but be skeptical

Consistent age from several censuses is reliable. The date of a christening found in a church register is usually reliable but a date of birth in the same record may not be. A civil registration certificate is quite reliable and on its own can be regarded as proof.

What happens if you don’t find the evidence you are looking for?

First, remember the rule – Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Ministers sometimes forgot to put the entry in the record book. The person recording the information may have mis-heard the name and written down something else, a problem that often occurred when there was an unfamiliar accent. Becoming very creative about spelling may help you find the document you’re looking for.

For every fact you find – and accept – you should note the source so that someone else can go there to check your data. And of course you will want to return to that source too. You will be surprised how often you will want to re-check something a year or so later.

This rule particularly applies to information gathered from the Internet. Remember:
The Internet is a wide sea, but very shallow.

Unfortunately genealogies supplied on the internet rarely cite sources, so most of the information supplied on the Internet is only a starting point for your own research. The information is an interesting idea, worth slightly less than family legends, but requires you to verify the facts before it becomes valuable data.

Nothing is true until you have proven it true and cited your sources so that others can check your facts.

Notice for Quinte Branch Meeting

September 10th, 2014

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr., Trenton

Speaker: Shelley Respondek

Topic: Lennox & Addington Archives

Contact Info:


Notice for Hamilton Branch Meeting

September 10th, 2014

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

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

Speaker: David Elliott

Topic: Using government documents to put flesh on your ancestors

Contact Info:


Sudbury District Branch Celebrates 35 Years

September 10th, 2014

Help us celebrate 35 years as an OGS branch!

Date: Monday, September 15, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Parkside Ctr, Sudbury YMCA, 140 Durham St, Sudbury

Contact Info:


British Home Child Day in Ontario

September 10th, 2014

On September 28th, Historic Black Creek Pioneer Village will be hosting British Home Child Day in Ontario.

Events include:

  • Performances by members of Barb Perkin’s HOMECHILD Musical, Folk Singer Marion Parsons, as well as Highland and Irish Dancing – and of course, there will be bagpipes and drums!
  • Author Marjorie Kohli will give a presentation on the contribution British Home Children made in the First World War.
  • Rose McCormick Brandon will host an open mike session with British Home Child stories including two British Home Children.
  • A multi-media installation inspired by the lost childhood of British Home Children by international artists Nerea Martinez de Lecea and Michele Woodey
  • BOOK LAUNCH of Belonging, Sandra Joyce’s sequel to The Street Arab – The Story of a British Home Child
  • The British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association’s display of diverse and precious artifacts
  • Genealogists will be on hand to give tips on research
  • MP Judy Sgro, York West, former Minister of Immigration, will also be on hand to help in the celebrations
  • This day will culminate in a SPECIAL DINNER to be held in the Village: reserved tickets, including parking, admission and a three course meal,will be available soon

A special dinner package is being offered to the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association for forty dollars including a three course meal, admission to the day long event and parking. Seating is limited and tickets must be bought in advance. For those not wishing to attend the dinner, admission tickets may be purchased from Black Creek Pioneer Village directly on the 28th. The dinner will be held in the Canada West Room at 5 pm sharp.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Historic Black Creek Pioneer’s website at:

Brickwalls: Seeking info on Charles Boudreau and Theresa Young of New Brunswick

September 8th, 2014

Charles BOUDREAU (B 1872-?) Bathurst, NB, and Theresa aka Tressa, YOUNG (B 1877-?) New Brunswick are my maternal Great Grandparents. My birth mother, Gloria Boudreau-Jennings-Hawley (b 1938 Bathurst NB – d 2010 Oshawa, ON) said her paternal grandmother was Theresa (Tressa) BOUCHER, so I searched vital stats and records for this name and could never find her.

I discovered that there was a Theresa YOUNG, born Saint John, NB who married my great grandfather, Charles BOUDREAU and had my grandfather Alvin “Big Al” Boudreau (birth record states John Elvin, but the date of birth is his). I realized this was the correct family from all the children: Charles, Hubert, Mildred, Violet, Alvin, Walter, Beatrice, Millard (who I think is Willard) and Carl. She spoke a lot about her aunt Beatrice and Uncle Willard. The NB Genealogy Society believes I have exhausted all records and I don’t think I have. I am just stuck!
I believe my GG Grandfather is Louis BOUDREAU (1842-?) and his wife, Marcelline VIENNEAU (1845 – ?). Theresa’s parents are Abraham YOUNG and Isobel WATSON. I am not too sure about these ancestors. There is listed in NB Chas E. BOUDREAU, Chas A. BOUDREAU and Chas L. BOUDREAU all married to Theresa YOUNG around the same dates in NB . I cannot seem to find a birth certificate for Theresa and on some documents BOUCHER is a witness. So I wonder if perhaps she is related to BOUCHER?

Thank you for any and all assistance.
Debby Sinera

If you believe you can assist Debby with her query, please contact her at: