Oxford County Branch Celebrates 35 Years

October 1st, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OGS President Alan Campbell presents Oxford County Branch Chair Marilyn Whyley with a 35th anniversary certificate at their anniversary event, Cooking the Books with special guest presenter Carolyn Blackstock.

Oxford Anniversary Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good time was had by all!

Notice for Kent Branch Meeting

September 30th, 2014

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

Meeting: Kent Branch, OGS

Location: St. Andrew’s Residence 99 Park St., Chatham, ON

Presenters:  The Chatham Railway Museum

Topic: All Aboard!!

Brief Overview: Take a trip back in time as we explore the history of the railway in Kent County and its impact on local families.

Everyone is welcome.

Contact Info: http://ogs.on.ca/kent/

Notice for London & Middlesex County Branch Meeting

September 30th, 2014

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Westmount Branch, London Public Library

Speaker: Dennis Mulligan

Topic: So You Think You Have Completed Your Research in Middlesex County

Brief Overview: Dennis Mulligan reviews new ways to access local research sources.

Contact info: http://www.ogs.on.ca/londonmiddlesex/

Toronto Branch Issues Call for Speakers – Pre-1867 Ontario

September 29th, 2014

Toronto Branch is planning a day-long workshop on 11 April 2015 on Upper Canada and Canada West Research, and they are looking for speakers who would like to take part. Do you have expertise in pre-Confederation Ontario family history or local history research that you’d like to share? If so, Toronto Branch would love to know about it.

Potential speakers are invited to submit proposals for lectures on sources, research techniques or historical background that may be helpful to researchers. Sessions may be targeted at beginners or at more seasoned family historians. You’ll find a detailed call for presentations at http://torontofamilyhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Call-for-Speakers-Ontario-Workshop-April-11-2015.pdf.

Please note that the deadline to submit a proposal for this workshop is Saturday 15 November.

For more information please contact Toronto Branch directly at:info@torontofamilyhistory.org

 

Toronto Branch Reaches a Project Milestone!

September 29th, 2014

Toronto Branch has reached a milestone in its project to index war memorials in the city’s schools.

The number of schools in the For King and Country database now stands at 100. The latest additions are The Bishop Strachan School, Davisville Public School, Eastern High School of Commerce, George Syme School, Humbercrest Public School, Keele Street School, Maurice Cody School, Roselands Public School, Victoria College, and York Memorial Collegiate Institute.

That’s 10 more schools… and 3,378 more names of students, former students and teachers who volunteered for active service in the World Wars and other conflicts.  The database now contains a total of more than 38,000 names, along with descriptions and transcriptions of memorials, photos and school histories, all fully searchable on-line.

Visit Toronto Branch’s For King and Country pages at http://torontofamilyhistory.org/kingandcountry/ to explore this growing collection.

OGS is now on Pinterest!

September 27th, 2014

The OGS provincial office has now joined the Pinterest community www.pinterest.com.

What will you find there? Our Librarian has created 14 boards — so far — including:

• Welcome to OGS
• OGS Branches (those on Pinterest)
• OGS Special Interest Groups
• OGS Conference 2015 – Tracks Through Time
• OGS Publications
• Interesting Articles
• Historic maps
• Heritage photos
• Ancestral lands

Pins are for sharing — pin our stuff to your boards, pin your stuff to some of our boards. Share your heritage photos. Have you travelled to your ancestral lands? Taken photos? Pin them to our Ancestral Lands board — maybe find some new neighbours. Search for us under The Ontario Genealogical Society.

Happy pinning!

Reminder: OGS on Facebook

September 27th, 2014

Have you liked the OGS Facebook page yet?: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ontario-Genealogical-Society/259163438258

Find us on Facebook and “Like” our page to get the latest OGS news and genealogical information delivered to your Facebook newsfeed.

Many of our branches are already quite active on Facebook; Niagara Peninsula, Quinte and Nipissing are but a few.

Click here to view other branches on Facebook.

Reminder for Kawartha Branch Special Event: ‘Getting Here’ – 1 Day Conference

September 27th, 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 is posted on the Kawartha Branch website: www.ogs.on.ca/kawartha.

For more information, see the flyer.

Genealogy and the Law in Canada

September 27th, 2014

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The September issue of e-Newsleaf had a very interesting editorial on how copyright laws may affect the sharing of electronic files. It mentioned the book Genealogy and the Law in Canada.

This book was published jointly by OGS and Dundurn Press and is part of the Genealogist’s Reference Shelf series. The author, Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson, is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario who has taught, written and spoken widely about intellectual property, privacy protection and legal ethics.

The book explores Canadian law and how it pertains to copyright, information found in cemeteries, genealogy and libel, and the publication of genealogical material. For individual family historians or professional genealogists, the book contains a wealth of information.

It is available through the OGS e-store.

How to Research Your Family History: Part 5

September 27th, 2014

Now that we have laid the ground work on the How of starting your family history research – it’s now time to look at the Where.

Records:Where to Look

Vital Stats, Land Records, Wills and Probate Records, Military Service Records – the list goes on. With so many records to hunt down – just where does one start? In a word – Archives! Start with your local Archival Institution – not just for the records, but for the invaluable assistance you will receive from the Archivists. Yes, you could go online and start your search there, especially if accessing an Archive is not easily accomplished. Just keep in mind though, you might not know what – or who – you are looking for BUT you do need to know what – and who – you have found. This may be the most important distinction between doing your research solely on-line vs utilizing an Archive or even a Library: Guidance. Archivists and Librarians not only know their collections – they know how to search – consulting these professionals will save you time, effort and perhaps even money.

Being the Ontario Genealogical Society, our primary focus is on Ontario records. For these, your point of reference will be the Archives of Ontario. Here is a basic guide of the genealogical resources you will find here:

Ontario Births:

  • Prior to 1869
    • Civil registration for births in Ontario did not come into effect until 1869, so you will have to rely, where possible, on church records.  The Archives of Ontario (AO) website offers some tips on how to search for church records.
  • 1869-1913
    • Reading Room at the Archives of Ontario
    • Local Library, Archives or Family History Centre
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • Microfilm reels – index and registration –  may be purchased through the Ontario Genealogical Society (Pending approval of the Archives of Ontario)
    • familysearch.org (free genealogy website)
    • Paid subscription to genealogy website (check your local library to see if they subscribe to any of these sites)
  • 1914-1916
    •  Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1917
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1917 births available in microfilm format sometime in late 2014.

Ontario Marriages:

  • Prior to 1869
    • As with births, the civil registration of marriages in Ontario began in 1869. The Archives of Ontario has some marriage registrations dating back to 1780, but the collection is not extensive.  As with pre-1869 births, you will have to rely on church records for early Ontario marriages where possible.
  • 1869 -1928
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario
    • Local Library, Archives or Family History Centre
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • Microfilm reels -index and registration –  may be purchased through the Ontario Genealogical Society (pending approval of the Archives of Ontario)
    • familysearch.org
    • Paid subscription to genealogy website
  • 1929-1931
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1932
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1932 marriages available in microfilm format sometime in late 2014.

Ontario Deaths:

  • Prior to 1869
    • Deaths were not registered in Ontario before this date. Your best bet is to try to locate Estate Files from the Surrogate and Probate Courts. For more information on how to search for and locate these records, follow this link to the Archives of Ontario’s pathfinder page for Ontario Court of Probate and Surrogate Court Records: Wills and Estate Files.
  • 1869-1938
  • 1939-1941
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service , provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1942
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1942 deaths available in microfilm format sometime in late 2014.

Vital Stats are of course not the only sources genealogists may use when documenting their family histories.  Crown Land and Land Registry records, as well as divorce records and of course newspapers, are but a few of the resources available to genealogists and family historians.

The Archives of Ontario is your best resource for accessing all of these record collections. Click here for the Research Guides and Tools page on the AO website. Don’t forget to check out the Citing Archival Records guide-book as well.

Contact Information for the Archives of Ontario:

Mailing Address:

The Archives of Ontario (map)

34 Ian Macdonald Boulevard

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

M7A 2C5

Email Address:

reference@ontario.ca

Telephone

1-800-668-9933 Toll-Free Number (Ontario only)

416-327-1600

Website

http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/index.aspx 

If you are searching for service records for Canadian Soldiers of the First World War, Library and Archives Canada has digitized many of the records and continue to do so as part of the Government of Canada First World War commemoration initiative. You can find out more about this initiative, and access the database by visiting the Library and Archives of Canada website.

If you are researching ancestors from a specific region in Ontario, you will find that nothing beats local knowledge. OGS has 33 branches and special interest groups spread across Ontario. Click here to see if we have a branch in your region of interest.