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Upcoming Heritage Event: Genealogy Workshop

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Heritage Mississauga and the Halton Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society are pleased to present:

Searching for First World War Ancestors

Date: Saturday February 8th, 2014

Time: 10am-3pm

Location: Historic Robinson Adamson House, 1921 Dundas St. W., Mississauga, ON L5K 1R2 (map)

(one block west of Mississauga Road at Sir John’s Homestead)

Featuring: Professional Genealogist and Lecturer Ruth Blair

Fee: $25.00, Covers both sessions

Fee must be prepaid to reserve seat

Coffee and Tea will be served.

Please make your own arrangements for lunch.

Call to reserve your seat today.

905-828-8411 ext.”0″

Space is limited so call and make your booking early.

Brief Overview:

Session 1: “In Search of Your First World War Ancestors”

Was your ancestor in the First World War? Resources to find military records will be presented whether he be from Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or the United States. If your First World War ancestor was a woman we will also be discussing resources to find service records for women who served at home or on the front.

Session 2: “You Won’t Find it All in Your Ancestor’s First World War Military File”

We will be discussing other resources to help you find out more about your ancestor’s experience in the First World War. You won’t find it all in the military file. These resources will help you build a better picture of what your ancestor and his family went through during the First World War.


FYI: Important Information Regarding the Canadian Archives Summit

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

“Towards a New Blueprint for Canada’s Recorded Memory”

A National, Regional and Online Discussion

OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant, recently received the following communique from Ian E. Wilson, former Librarian and Archivist of Canada:

The leaders of the Association of Canadian Archivists, the Council of Canadian Archives, L’association des Archivistes du Quebec and the Committee on the Archival System Task Force (CAST) have been planning a special Canadian Archives Summit, to be held at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, on January 17, 2014.  This is a unique opportunity for the Canadian archival community and our key partners to discuss, envision and create the archival services Canadians need and expect as we become a digital society.

The proceedings will be live streamed to 15 or 20 locations across the country where regional groups will listen to the series of 7 minute presentations and form their own discussion circles to feed ideas into the national conversation.  We see this as one step in a longer term process to develop consensus and allies on the future of archival services.  The proceedings will be kept live online for a month or two with a moderated discussion to allow all who are interested to voice their views; then we will prepare a report for consideration at annual meetings of various constituencies in May-June.

Genealogists and Family Historians are a key stakeholder group throughout Canada’s Archival community. As such, we have a vested interested in the future of our Archives. The OGS continues to be in close communication with the Summit’s organizing group, and will participate where opportunity permits.

Here are some links should you wish to learn more about this important Archival Summit:

The Canadian Archives Summit Program: 

The Association of Canadian Archivists:

The Archives Association of Ontario:

OGS and The Ontario Heritage Fairs Association: Looking to the Future to Perserve Our Past

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Although our raison d’etre is genealogy, the OGS also works with and supports other non-profit organizations whose mandate is to preserve and make accessible Ontario’s heritage. One such organization is the Ontario Heritage Fairs Association.

Every year, this Ontario non-profit works with schools across the province to hold regional heritage fairs,where students in grades 4 -10 research and create heritage projects. OGS supports this initiative by providing a prize for the best genealogical project at each regional fair, with the aim of encouraging our future genealogists and historians.

This year’s Provincial Fair is in need of funding and to this end, the OHFS is running a crowdsourcing campaign. If you wish to support the work of the Association and to fund another Provincial Heritage Fair in the spring of 2014, please visit them at:

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event: Meeting of The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society is pleased to present Jane Fairburn, author of Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto’s Waterfront Heritage.

The theme of Jane’s talk will be, The Beach: New Insights into a Time Honoured Neighbourhood. This is sure to be an interesting lecture and quite possibly a full house, so it would be best to arrive early. Jane will also have autographed copies of her book for sale in advance of the talk.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time: 7:00 – 8:15 pm

Location: The Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E, Toronto.

Contact Info: 416-393-7703

Admission is free. Everyone Welcome

Jane Fairburn Poster4

Dieppe and the Veterans

Monday, November 11th, 2013

If you have been researching your family’s military past, then you might find the video documentary series The Veterans, of interest.  This project is oral history at its best, consisting of interviews with Veterans of WWll through to Afghanistan.

The first interview of the series (included below), was with Pte. Jack Bennet, who was among the first wave of Canadian troops to hit the beach at Dieppe.

Reminder for the 3rd Annual Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Beginners and experts alike are invited to KPL’s third annual Genealogy Fair. Attend workshops, speak with experts and enjoy more than 25 exhibits and vendors.

OGS will be there as well so drop by and check us out.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013

Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, 200 King Street W., Kitchener (map)

Speakers include:

  • Genealogy and the Law in Canada with Professor Margaret Ann Wilkinson,University of Western Ontario
  • Ontario Wills and Estate Files for Family Historians with Jane E. MacNamara,
  • Do Local History & Family History Mix?with Ruth Burkholder, RMB Genealogical Services
  • Roll Up Your Sleeves! A Trip to the Archives with Amanda Hill, Archives Association of Ontario

Free admission. No registration required – simply drop by and enjoy the day!

Please visit the Kitchener Public Library website for more information.

FYI:Upcoming Heritage Event:Inaugural Meeting of the Beach & East Toronto Historical Society (BETHS)

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The newly reconstituted Beach & East Toronto Historical Society (BETHS) is holding it’s inaugural public meeting at the Beaches Library, this Tuesday, October 29, to inform the neighbourhood of it’s activities, goals and to encourage participation and membership by residents of the local community.

BETHS is honoured to have Gene Domagala presenting at this inaugural meeting.

If you are interested in the history and heritage of the Beach and East Toronto, you are sure to find these events very informative and interesting.

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Time: 7:00-8:15 pm

Location: Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E, Toronto (map)

(P parking available on the East side of Lee Ave., just South of Queen St.)

Speaker: Gene Domagal, Beaches Historian

Gene Domagala Poster

Free Admission. All Welcome

Reminder for Ottawa Branch Special Event: Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture and joint sessions sponsored by Ottawa Public Library and BIFHSGO

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013,

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Location: Ben Franklin Place (former Nepean City Hall), 101 Centrepointe Drive, in the Council Chambers

Speakers: Glenn Wright, Ken McKinlay, Andrew Godefroy

Brief Overview: This full-day event which is jointly sponsored by the Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa Branch OGS and BIFHSGO, will include sessions on “Researching your Military Ancestors at LAC,” “Case studies of Military research,” and “Canada’s contribution to the Great War”. Attendees are also invited to bring World War I artifacts for identification by experts.

Contact Info:

FYI: Milton Public Library Announces Launch of New Digitial Newspaper Archive

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Cultural and historical information about Milton and its people will soon be more accessible.

The Milton Digital Newspaper Archive will launch at the Milton Public Library Thursday, Oct. 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. Mayor Gord Krantz will be there to welcome everyone.The new resource enables people to fully access digitized copies of The Canadian Champion newspaper dating back to 1862. It makes the paper, previously available on microfilm only, accessible from anywhere at any time. This includes announcements, news, photographs, obituaries and other ancestry-related information from the local area.

The launch event falls on the heels of National Newspaper Week (October 6 to 12), which serves as a reminder of how much newspapers continue to matter in people’s lives.

For more information about the launch of this exciting new resource, visit the Milton Public Library website at:

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event: Celtic Studies Speaker Series, University of Toronto

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Date: Thursday, November 14

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Charbonnel Lounge, St. Michael’s College, 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto (map)

Topic: “Creative Tensions: The Irish of the Ottawa Valley”

Speaker: Sean Conway, former MPP and Minister for Education, instructor with the Celtic Studies Program

This is a free event – no registration required.

Contact Info:

For more information about this and other St. Michael’s College Celtic Studies events, please visit their website: