Archive for the ‘At the Library’ Category

Plan your next family reunion at the library

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

One benefit of genealogy is that the researcher often comes across new family members. And even if they don’t, learning family stories can leave a genealogist with the desire to get the whole family together and talk about the history.

If you’re considering planning such a family reunion, the OGS provincial library has books to help you organize an event that runs smoothly and is fun for all involved.

The Family Reunion Sourcebook. By Edith Wagner. 1999.
This is a ten chapter book describing the process of organizing a family reunion. The author addresses topics such as food, venues and activities and advises planners not to work alone. the book also touches on more difficult topics such as determining who should be invited and how the event should be paid for. Planning and budgeting resources are included in the appendix.

Family Reunion Handbook: a complete guide to reunion planning. Tom Ninkovich. 1998.
This book offers detailed advice for organizing a family reunion. With chapters labelled “Keeping Records”, “Mailing/Postage”, and “Special Places for Family Reunions” the book includes diagrams and visual examples of planning and publicity tools. At the back of the book are stories of successful family reunions.

Your Family Reunion: how to plan it, organize it and enjoy it. By George G. Morgan. 2001.
This book focuses on the pre-planning of a reunion describing what to expect from different sixed families and touching on topics such as budgeting, publicity and permits and licenses for the event. The book shares web resources and strategies as well as offline ones. Two chapters describe activities for the reunion including advice on the pursuit of genealogy during the event. A series of worksheets at the back of the book are designed to help the planner through the process.

Find these books in our Library Catalogue and then request them at the library.

Artistic Family Histories, at the library

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

One of the most common ways genealogists present their research is by writing a book. The library has many books on the subject of writing your family history, but this is not the only way to share the fruits of your research.  The provincial library has a few books covering other creative ways to present your family history to others.

Scrapbook Storytelling: save family stories and memories with photos, journaling and your own creativity. By Joanna Campbell Slan. 1999.
This book offers instructions and tips for presenting your family history as a story scrapbook. It has a workbook component to help you create a plan and describes what items to save and include as well as techniques on how to craft your book.

The Art of the Family Tree: creative family history projects using paper art, fabric and collage. By Jenn Mason. 2007. 
This book shares ideas and techniques for visually displaying your family history through the use of 3 dimensional trees, decorative journals and collages. Many examples of artistic expression are shown to inspire the family tree artist in all of us: tree mobiles, topiary family trees, wreaths, sculpture, and more. If you’re looking for an alternative way to present your family tree, this book is for you.

Crafting Your Own Heritage Album. By Bev Kirschner Braun. 1998.
 Like the first book, this book is a guide to sharing your family history as a carefully crafted scrapbook. This book focuses more on organizing your materials and using archival quality supplies to preserve and store the records of your family heritage. It also shares creative presentation techniques and general genealogical advice.

Find these books and more at the OGS Provincial Library

Gems in the stacks

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

There are many straightforward  genealogical resources in the OGS library, but we also have materials other than census and vital statistics, or passenger lists and cemetery transcriptions. Over the years, the provincial library has collected books that tell historical stories. Reading these hidden gems may help you flesh out your family history and show you more about the type of life your Ontario ancestors lived.

By the Labour of their Hands: the Story of Ontario Cheddar Cheese
by: Heather Menzies

This book relates the history of cheesemaking in Ontario. It describes dairies and the process of cheesemaking, using accounts that begin around 1864, and carries through to the industrialization of cheese. The process of making cheese is described in detail as well as the sideline crafts of cheese presses and moulds. The book goes on to describe the growth of the cheese factory into the hub of rural communities in Ontario and its subsequent decline after World War II.

Through the discussion of specific companies and family anecdotes, the book puts a human face on the Ontario cheese industry and the mark it has left on the province.

By the Labour of their Hands: the story of Ontario cheddar cheese
By: Heather Menzies
338. 1

Request the book at the provincial library, or find it at your local library

Figuring out your photos at the library

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

We all have them, those photos full of strangers who might be our relatives…or maybe just their friends. The Ontario Genealogical Society has amassed such a collection of mystery photos, we’ve even started a Lost Photographs Service.

But we also have books to help you at least sort out WHEN these photos were taken even if they are less helpful in letting you figure out WHO is in them.

Dating Old Photographs, 1840 – 1929 and More Dating Old Photographs, 1840 – 1929
By Andrew J Morris, published by Family Chronicle Magazine
These two volumes show examples of photos from different time periods allowing you to compare your mystery photos with the clothing and hairstyles of the dated photos.
The second volume has an introduction by Maureen Taylor, noted conference speaker and author of Preserving Your Family Photographs

Dating Twentieth Century Photographs ~ By Robert Pols, Published by the Federation of Family History Societies.
This book focuses on photography in the 20th century and offers tips for dating photos with regards to the evolution of film technology, fashion, and changing trends in photography practices.
It includes dating charts to help the reader date their own photos. Some of the information supplied is very England centric.

Understanding Old Photographs ~ By Robert Pols, published by Boyd Publications.
This publication goes in to more depth about photographs. The process of sitting for a photo is explained as well as details of the creation of the item itself. The book also suggests ways to analyse photos in order to determine more about the people in them than just when they lived.

Photography for Family Historians ~ by Robert Pols
Now that you’ve sorted out your mystery photos, this book gives advice on how to become a great photographer and take family history photos of your own. It also suggests methods to document your photos and details to include in your descriptions so you avoid leaving mystery photos to your descendants.

Find these books and more by searching the Library Catalogue

New At the Library – September

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

They Became Americans: finding naturalization records and ethnic origins
By: Loretto Dennis Szucs
Published 1998 by Ancestry Incorporated

Received as part of a donation to OGS, this book describes and explains the history and process of naturalization in  the United States and offers information on how to find naturalization records in publications and in the National Archives.

One of the annual publications we receive is the Dutch Language Jaarboek (yearbook) from the Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie containing articles about Dutch genealogy.
This year’s book is entitled Rampspoed and Tegenslag and it is volume 64. OGS owns the full set.
If you’re researching your Dutch ancestry and can read Dutch, check it out.

Visit the OGS Provincial Library to request these books and more.

Great Grandpa was a what?? – At the Library

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The census is a major source of genealogical information. Not only can it tell you your ancestors’ names and where they lived, but it can also give other details, like what they did for a living.

Sometimes, though, the profession listed on the census doesn’t make much sense to the modern day genealogist.

Imagine the confusion of discovering that an ancestor was a Buttocker or a Garthynere or a Plumassier.

At the library we have several books that can help you figure out what those strange job names actually mean.

An Introduction to Occupations: a preliminary list – By Joyce Culling

Londoners’ Occupations: a genealogical guide - by Stuart A. Raymond

Trades and Occupations shown on rubbings of English monumental brasses from the 14th to 18th centuries – by Jane Plante

With books like these, you can learn that a Buttocker is a  pick-using coal miner, a Garthynere is a gardener, and a Plumassier made or sold ornamental feathers.

Visit our Library Catalogue to find these books and more. Then request them at the Provincial Library

Huguenots at the Library

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Could you be descended from a Huguenot?

The Huguenots were French Protestants who were forced to flee from religious persecution in France during the 17th century. They fled to other parts of Europe and many eventually wound up in North America.

Many people with Huguenot ancestors belonged to the Huguenot Society of Canada. Unfortunately, the Huguenot Society of Canada ceased operation in 2006. Since then, their library collection has been on semi-permanent loan to the OGS provincial library. We hold books and journals that cover topics in Huguenot heritage and genealogy.

We also hold a series of Huguenot Family Papers that can be viewed by appointment at the provincial office.

Our collection of Huguenot Journals including the following:

1. Huguenot Trails – Published by the Huguenot Society of Canada, Hamilton
    We have occasional issues of this publication going back to 1966

2. Huguenot & Walloon Gazette – Published by the Huguenot & Walloon Gazette Association, England
We have issues from 1986 – 1989

3. On Huguenot Street – Published by the Huguenot Historical Society, New York
 We have issues from 1999 – 2001

4. Hugenotten (German language) - Published by Deutschen Hugenotten-Vereins e.V.
We have issues from 1968 – 2006

5. Transactions of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina – The Society, South Carolina
We have issues from 1990 – 2004

6. Huguenot Society of South Africa Bulletin – Published by The Society, South Africa
We have issues from 1967 – 1991

7. We also have select Publications, Proceedings and Quarto Series from the Huguenot Society of London

Visit the library to request any of these items.

Also check out our Library Catalogue to see what other Huguenot materials we have!
Search “Huguenot” in the subject field.

At the Library: DNA testing in genealogy

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Are you considering DNA testing as part of your family history research?

DNA tesing has been a popular topic in genealogist circles over the last few years. In this month’s issue of Families, Paul Caverly has written an article about his own experiences using DNA testing in his genealogy research. The article can be found on page 6 of the August 2010 issue.

Caverly’s article mentions some of the resources he used to learn more about DNA testing and genealogy. Some of the books and magazines he mentioned are part of the provincial library collection.

DNA and Family History: how genetic testing can advance your genealogical research
By: Chris Pomery
Toronto: Dundurn Press
Pomery 2004

He also refers to articles in the following magazines:
Family Tree Magazine,
Family Chronicle
APG Quarterly.

We subscribe to these three magazines and you are welcome to visit the library to read the articles he has referred  to.

To find other books on DNA research, visit our library catalogue.
You can use the following words in the SUBJECT field:

New At the Library – August

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Trying to trace your family in England?

The provincial library has subscribed to a brand new British magazine called Tracing Family History: The magazine is monthly and discusses the most recent issues in genealogy as well as offering advice on researching your family across the pond.

Visit the library to take a look at this publication.

At the Library: Local Histories

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Generally when we think of useful resources for genealogists, we think of the census, or vital statistics (births, marriages, deaths). These are the important sources. They help a genealogist track down the facts about his/her ancestors, and the OGS Provincial Library has all of these things in its collection. We have more in our library though and one thing we have that has not been mentioned so far is a local history collection.

We collect local history publications of towns all across Ontario. We have these books in the library for several reasons:

1. They’re useful for genealogical research: The history of a town is never complete without also talking about the people who lived there. If you’ve pinned your ancestors down to a particular area, you may find they have been mentioned in a book about that area. These brief details may give you enough clues to carry your investigation forward.

2. They make the past come alive: Local histories describe the lives led by the people living in the community over the years. Even if you don’t learn any details about your specific ancestors, a local history will give you a stronger sense of how they lived and what their community was like.

3. They can be rare: Local histories are often publications of community historical groups and committees. Their print runs can be very small which means that after awhile, it can be difficult to find a copy of the book.

The provincial library is the place to come for a rare history like that. You can find our local history collection by visiting our library catalogue  and searching in the TITLE or SUBJECT for the name of the town you want to know more about.