Posts Tagged ‘genealogy’

Call for Speakers – Genetic Genealogy

Monday, 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.

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

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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:

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.

The 4th Research Day at the Archives of Ontario a Great Success

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

On cold and cloudy Nov. 22, 40 OGS members made the journey to the Archives of Ontario for a special day of events available to OGS members only. Attendees were given an orientation to the resources held at the Archives and a tour of the beautiful Reading Room. They attended a presentation on preserving historical documents hosted by a professional Conservator, and the first 18 registrants were granted a half hour one-on-one research session with an Archivist to help make inroads on their genealogical research.

Many thanks to outgoing OGS Provincial Office staff members, Sarah Newitt (Executive Director) and Frances O’Regan (Manager, Library Division/Social Media) for arranging another successful Members only research day at the AO.

The OGS would like to extend a very special Thank You to the staff at the Archives of Ontario for volunteering their Saturday to share their time and expertise with OGS members. It is greatly appreciated!

If you were unable to attend this event, keep an eye on your eAnnounces for the next Research day in Spring 2015.

Index to Families Now Available Online!

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

OGS Members receive our quarterly journal Families as a benefit of membership. Issues of Families contain fascinating genealogical research articles, useful book reviews, and an opportunity to share queries and research information through our long-standing Name Game.

Members are also granted access to our full catalogue of 50 years of back issues in the Families Digital Archive available in the OGS Members Only area. Join OGS to get access to this information.

Now, we have made our Index to Families available on the OGS website. Search the Index to see which articles in the archive will help your own work.

The Ontario Genealogical Society and Its Members Want to see the Long Form Census Reinstated

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

We have a chance to fight to reinstate the long form census. Ted Hsu, Liberal MP from Kingston and the Islands, has introduced a private member’s bill, Bill C-626, that calls for the restoration of the long form census.

In hindsight, it now appears that along with depriving family historians of access to family information in future censuses, the present National Household Survey (NHS) data has been found to be of “inferior and dubious quality” according to Muriaza Haider, a professor of management at Ryerson University. That makes the information of less value; decreases Canada’s chances of remaining globally competitive and makes the creation of public policy more difficult. Added to that is the fact that it was not obligatory to complete it.

What can you do?
Contact your local MP and request that she/he support reinstating the long form census. If you need contact information for your local MP go to the following website for the information

Write letters/send emails to the editors of local papers in your area.

Place messages on your Facebook page or group in order to spread the word and to encourage others to contact their MP and contact local papers.

Send a message of encouragement to Ted Hsu MP at

Alan Campbell
The Ontario Genealogical Society

Bruce & Grey Branch Meeting

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Join Bruce & Grey Branch for Christmas Traditions!

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: LDS Family History Centre, 490 2nd Avenue Southeast, Owen Sound (map)

All are welcome!

Contact Info:

Notice for Halton-Peel Branch AGM and 40th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Join Halton-Peel Branch at their Annual General Meeting and help them celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their Branch.

Also featured will be a presentation by Katherine Barber on “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Word”. Katherine Barber, “Canada’s Word Lady” is an expert on the English language and a frequent guest on radio and television. She is a former editor of the Oxford Canadian Dictionary and will be discussing the origin and use of words relevant to family historians – especially those words found in wills

Contact Info:

Notice for Kent County Branch Meeting

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Date: Friday, December 12, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

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

Topic: ‘Tis the Season!

Brief Info: It is time again to come together to share some stories, fellowship and cheer.

Contact Info:

Notice for London & Middlesex Branch Meeting

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Westmount Branch, London Public Library

Topic:”My Favorite Utilities for Using My Computer & the Internet”

Brief Overview: Members will speak of programs that really help their family history research. This will be a great way to discover aids to make using your computer easier.

Contact info: