Archive for the ‘Branch Activities’ Category

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

Tuesday, 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:

Notice for Brant County Branch Meeting

Monday, 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:

Notice for Toronto Branch Meeting

Monday, 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:

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

Saturday, 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

Saturday, 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 @

Notice for Quinte Branch Meeting

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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:


Essex County Branch is Celebrating 35 Years

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Whether you are new to family history or a seasoned researcher, we hope you will join us to discuss family history research, tour our library collection, hear about the branch history and our plans for the future, meet other members of our branch, other branches and other Essex County family history driven organizations, and of course enjoy some cake and good company!

Date: Monday, September 8, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm (note time change from usual 7:00 meeting time)

Location: Central Branch of the Windsor Public Library (WPL), Lower Level , 850 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON.

Contact Info:

Help Oxford County Branch Celebrate 35 Years

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

OGS Oxford Branch is 35 years old and is celebrating this milestone with a dinner meeting in cooperation with the Oxford Historical Society.

The event will take place at the South Gate Centre in Woodstock on September 30, 2014 and will be the highlight of the Oxford Branch 35th Anniversary celebrations with tributes to many volunteers for the accomplishments of the past 35 years, a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and a guest speaker.

Carolyn Blackstock will talk about “Cooking the Books — Using Local Historic Cookbooks.”

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available at the resource center at 82 Light Street Woodstock. Call us at 519-421-1700 to reserve your ticket. Tickets for the speaker only are $15 and the talk starts at 7:45 p.m.