Call for Speakers – Genetic Genealogy

December 15th, 2014

Toronto Branch is planning a one-day workshop on 6 June 2015 on Genetic Genealogy and its uses in family history research.

We are looking for speakers who would like to be take part. The workshop will deal with the main types of DNA testing that are used by genealogists as well as how the results from genetic testing are used in conducting or supporting genealogical research. We hope to offer lectures for audiences at the beginner level as well as for people with a more advanced level of knowledge who have used DNA testing. You’ll find our detailed call for presentations at

The deadline to submit a proposal for this workshop is Saturday, 17 January 2015.

Message from OGS President: Vigilence is Needed to Preserve Ontario Cemeteries

December 13th, 2014

In My Own Backyard!

Vigilance is necessary regarding unregistered cemeteries. I was reminded of this recently when bulldozing of a stand of trees on a farm at 8947 Petrolia Line, Brooke Township, right in my own county of residence, Lambton, resulted in damage to a pioneer cemetery. Dana Thorne, Archivist at the Lambton County Archives, provided the following article about this Methodist Episcopal Cemetery for the Lambton County Branch of the OGS newsletter, Lambton Lifeline [December 2014 issue].

Alan Campbell President

Click here for the full article.

National Genealogical Society’s 37th Annual Family History Conference

December 11th, 2014

Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s 37th Annual Family History Conference – Crossroads of America, which will be held 13–16 May 2015 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 150 lectures, given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics. The conference will open with The Tales of Pioneer Paths: Rivers, Roads & Rails given by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, a full-time professional researcher and educator, and former APG president.

Continuing NGS’s goal of providing quality educational opportunities to its participants, the conference will feature a variety of lectures for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Lecture topics covered at the conference will include: researching in many Midwestern states; national and regional migration paths; land, military, immigration, and naturalization records; ethnic and religious groups including African American, German, Irish, Jewish, Native American, Polish, and Scots-Irish; methodology, analysis, and problem solving; and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and websites useful in genealogical research. The Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Skillbuilding track will again be an integral part of the conference and presented over the four days of the event.

Registration is currently open. To register online, visit the NGS website at and complete the registration form.

The online searchable program is available at and the PDF brochure is available at The brochure includes an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates, as well as general conference and hotel details. Attendees are urged to visit the conference blog, which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities as well as things to do in and around St. Charles and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

All OGS Members Welcome to Our First Webinar of 2015

December 6th, 2014

In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Christine Woodcock:

While many people want to know more about their Scottish heritage, they don’t know where to begin. Fortunately, researching our Scottish ancestors is a fairly easy task. Knowing where to look is usually where we get tied up. This talk will get you started in researching your Scottish ancestry as well as how to make the most of your research.

Christine Woodcock was born in Scotland and raised in Canada. She is a genealogy educator with a particular expertise in Scottish records. She is also a lecturer, writer and blogger with a focus on Genealogy, Using Online Resources, Connecting through Social Media, and, of course, Scottish ancestry. She runs Scottish research trips to the Scottish Archives in Edinburgh to help genealogists discover their Scottish heritage.

OGS webinars are free to OGS members. 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.

Volunteers Wanted: Guaranteed Access to OGS Webinars for Volunteer Technical Hosts

December 6th, 2014

In preparation for our 2015 Webinar series, we are working to grow our team of Technical Hosts.

Webinar Technical Hosts work alongside the Webinar Co-ordinator to run each Webinar. They arrive early to set up the Adobe Connect virtual room and make sure the Speaker and Co-ordinator are set up online. They assist members as they sign on for the Webinar and they are present for the talk and work with the Co-ordinator to mute and unmute microphones for questions.

If you are interested in assisting with this, please contact the Executive Director at

Full training will be provided. No one will be expected to handle all webinars.

More Unregistered Cemeteries Sent to the Registrar

December 6th, 2014

OGS, spearheaded by our unsinkable provincial cemeteries committee, has been advocating for many years for the registration of all cemeteries in Ontario

The joint OGS and OHS Cemetery Committee continues to compile comprehensive information about all Ontario cemeteries and then to send our records of unregistered cemeteries to the Registrar of Cemeteries, Michael D’Mello whose department is charged with working to get these cemeteries registered.

Registration is the highest form of protection a cemetery can have in the current environment.

This week we sent to the Registrar details of unregistered cemeteries for the counties of Halton, Hastings and Huron so that they can be registered and protected.

Many thanks also to all of the Branch Cemetery Volunteers who have worked so hard to add to our records.

We are working through the Ontario Counties alphabetically.
The modern information we seek includes:
• Street addresses
• GPS coordinates
• Property ownership information

For more information about the Ontario Genealogical Society’s continued efforts to identify and protect Ontario’s cemeteries, please visit the Unregistered Cemeteries section of our website at:

If you have information about local cemeteries, please share this information with your local branch chair or branch cemeteries committee.

Notice for Niagara Peninsula Branch Meeting – Streaming

December 4th, 2014

Join Niagara Peninsula Branch for a Wonderful night of sharing Family History Stories and getting back to the basics of Genealogy. There will also be finger foods and time to socialize with those who share a passion for Genealogy.

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: First Grantham United Church, 415 Linwell Road, St. Catharines, ON

Contact Info:

Notice for Sault & District Branch Meeting

December 4th, 2014
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 7:30 -10:00 pm
Location: Rosedale Public School, 90 Chapple Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, ON (map)
Activities: Brief business meeting; Meet researchers; Q & A; Guest Speaker

Brickwalls: Seeking Information on Margaret Lamarche (nee Dorian/Dolan)

December 1st, 2014

I have been looking for years for the birth and death information of my ancestor Margaret Dorian/Dolan. According to census information, she was born in Ireland around 1812. She married Louis Bricault dit Lamarche on November 11, 1833 at Notre Dame Basilica in what was then Bytown but has since become Ottawa, Ontario. Unfortunately there is no information about parents of the couple in the church marriage record. Census information from 1851, 1861 and 1871 indicate she was born in Ireland and living in LaPasse / Westmeath, Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada. This county was originally called Bathurst and she and her husband were among the earliest settlers in their area through a land grant. Her husband, Louis Lamarche died in 1852 but she continued to live in the village with her children and in and 1871 she was living with her son John (Jean-Baptiste) Lamarche. Louis and John are buried in LaPasse cemetery but there is no record of her death or burial at the church (Our Lady of Mount Carmel, LaPasse); this was confirmed by Father O’Connor in the 1980s and I have also read the church register in detail online. I have been looking into their other children – perhaps she moved with one of her daughters to another place after 1871 but have not found any useful leads. I have found a Margaret Dorian listed in the 1881 census of St-Bridget’s Asylum in Quebec city but I cannot find the 1891 census for this institution for the elderly and do not know how I would confirm that this is the same woman. Would someone know where to find the death records for patients at this institution.

According to an article from Le Droit newspaper by Fr. Jos. Gravelle, dated August 26, 1963 and entitled “Les Origines de LaPasse” she came to Canada in 1824 along with Mary McCarthy (b. 1817) who later married Joseph Labine and also lived in LaPasse, Ontario. I have looked into the names of Peter Robinson settlers but these two women do not match and they seem to be off by a year from the two settlement waves.

I would welcome any information that could help me in my search.

Pauline (


OGS Members Invited to December Webinar

November 29th, 2014

The Write Stuff: Using Nonfiction Writing Techniques to Write a Better Family History
Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Lisa Alzo;

As genealogists, we often focus on facts so much that our research produces nothing but lists. But what happened between the dashes of your ancestors’ lives? This presentation will discuss using nonfiction writing techniques to produce a family history that will keep the pages turning for generations.

Lisa Alzo was raised in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, and lives Ithaca, New York. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Lisa teaches online genealogy courses for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is the recipient of the 2002 Mary Zirin Prize from by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.

OGS webinars are free to OGS members. 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:

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