Archive for September, 2010

Upper Canada Society

Friday, September 10th, 2010

On February 10, 1841, Upper Canada and Lower Canada (Ontario and Quebec) were united into one province known as Canada. Upper Canada then became known as Canada West and Lower Canada became Canada East.

If your ancestors lived in Ontario before this date, you are invited to apply for membership in the Upper Canada Society.

Visit the Upper Canada Society section of our website to learn more about this opportunity and to download an application form.

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.

Labour Day Holiday

Monday, September 6th, 2010

As is the Labour Day tradition, the provincial office staff are not at work today. Hopefully you are having a lovely long weekend as well.

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Happy Labour Day!

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Interview with a Volunteer: Jeanine Avigdor

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Without the hard work of volunteers all across the province, OGS would simply cease to exist. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. This feature is designed to introduce you to some of them and let you know about the work they’ve been doing.

Jeanine Cameron Avigdor (née MacDonald) is a member of OGS and the following branches: Toronto, York and Simcoe

How long have you been involved with OGS? 
Member since early 80s

 What hats do you wear / have you worn?
Since 2001, I have catalogued books for our  collection at the North York Central Library. I also manage the Cemetery Locator data base.  Some of my articles and book reviews have been published in Families, and others are being posted on the “Simcoe’s Gentry” web-site.

 What project or event has been a highlight of your work with OGS?
Nothing stands out.  I’m happy to contribute  my skills.

How did you become interested in genealogy?
I became interested in my family history from my aunt’s stories, which led me to explore my Scottish heritage and my connection to the Sharon Temple.

 Would you like to share a favourite genealogical adventure you have had or tell us about a part of your family history that you particularly enjoyed learning?
My most exciting discovery was that all of my maternal  grandmother’s ancestors had been in the Thirteen Colonies by the mid 1600s, and that her mother was descended from a United Empire Loyalist.

Many thanks to Jeanine for all the work she has done for us!

OGS NEWSFLASH!: New Families Editor Appointed

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

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As released to OGS members in an e-Announce, August 14, 2010

The Board of the Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Lapointe as editor of the Society’s journal Families.  

A graduate of Acadia University, Elizabeth is an author, journalist, and blogger.  She has been editor of the OGS newsletter NewsLeaf since 2006 and is the founding editor of its electronic sister publication e-NewsLeaf.  She is a Past President of the Ottawa Chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, and a Director of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.  She is the author of several books on genealogy and of hundreds of newspaper and online articles on genealogy and local history.  

She is the guest editor for the August issue of Families and will assume full editorship with the November issue. 

Become a member to receive e-announces and know the latest news first.

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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