Archive for March, 2011

OGS British Home Child SIG

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The OGS has been working on setting up a new Special Interest Group (SIG) on the topic of British Home Children. There has been considerable interest but we don’t quite have enough potential members yet to proceed. This BLOG post is intended to get your input on what you would like to get out of such a group. A few early discussions have produced the following tentative goals:

  1. To bring together genealogy researchers who have like interests in British Home Children (BHC) to share their research experiences.
  2. To encourage possible descendants of BHC to investigate their ancestry.
  3. To raise awareness of the history and contribution of the BHC in Canada.
  4. To identify resources for research on individual BHC.
  5. To identify resources for research into the social conditions in the UK and Canada which influenced the lives of the BHC.

Here are a few possible projects which members could contribute to:

1. The newsletter (electronic) would include stories of members BHC ancestors. These could be as simple as a few paragraphs of text or a complete research article  with photos, genealogy trees etc.

2. Once the group has been established and has some resources we could gather together the stories published in the newsletter and issue it in the form of a booklet or book (depending upon the number available and the finances). This has been done before by other groups but this effort would be specific to our SIG members.

3. We would compile and maintain a comprehensive list of resources available for researching BHC and include this on the members only portion of the OGS web site. New books and CD’s are published regularly on BHC and there are older ones which are now out of print but may be available through libraries. Note that the OGS ‘Links’ web page already includes useful web sites on this subject.

Please post your thoughts on this group, suggest interesting projects that could be taken on and state what you would hope to get out of it.

- Phil Ellis

Houston Lecture: J. Brian Gilchrist

Monday, March 28th, 2011

The countdown is on for Conference 2011. Our Golden Anniversary Conference will take place May 13 – 15 at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton Ontario. On top of being a gala celebration of 50 years of the Ontario Genealogical Society, this conference is proud to feature 21 expert genealogical speakers.

Houston Lecture: J. Brian Gilchrist

Brian Gilchrist is one of Canada’s most knowledgable, informative and entertaining speakers on the subjects of genealogy, family history and heritage.

He is a fourth generation Torontonian and ninth generation Canadian being descended from families of English, Irish, Scottish, Germanic and American backgrounds.

With over forty years of genealogical research experience, he has been a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society since 1971 and he founded several of our Branches. He is also a member of the Ontario Historical Society; the Association of Canadian Archivists; a founding and charter member of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History; a member of Salt Lake City’s Association of Professional Genealogists, a charter member of the Ontario chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists; a founder, charter member and director of the Board of The Friends of The Archives of Ontario; and the reference archivist at the Region of Peel archives in Brampton, Ontario.

Brian is the author of many publications including the nationally significant Genealogy and Local History to 1900 and Index to Canadian Parliamentary Divorces, 1867-1930. Brian is a popular guest on radio and TV shows, and he has spoken in several Canadian provinces, many states and has papers presented at various international symposiums.

We are delighted to have Brian join us as Houston Lecturer at our 50th Anniversary Conference.

He will address the history and future of genealogy (within OGS and beyond) as he sees it.

Brian will also share his expertise in the following sessions:

304: It’s not all on the “Internet” – yet!
704: Does Your Research Make Sense?

Check out the Military History Tour

Friday, March 18th, 2011

There are lots of fabulous speakers and sessions at this year’s conference, but there is also another way to spend your morning on Friday May 13, 2011 in Hamilton.

We are offering a Military History Tour.

For $45, you can experience some of Hamilton’s best known heritage destinations.

The tour will leave by bus at 8:30 am from the Hamilton Convention Centre.
The first stop will be the Canadian War Plane Heritage Museum where knowledgeable volunteers will lead the group on a guided tour of the centre and the planes. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and hear the stories the guides have to tell.

The next stop on the tour is the HCMS Haida: an internationally recognized museum and National Historic Site. The Haida one of 8 Tribal Class Destroyers used by the Canadian Navy in World War II. In preparation for D-Day, the Haida is credited with destroying more enemy vessels than any other ship in the Royal Canadian Navy.

After your walk through Canadian military history, the bus will return to the Hamilton Convention Centre  by 12:30, just in time for lunch.

You may then either rest or take part in the afternoon workshops and lectures (afternoon workshops and lectures are a separate option on the registration package: $45)

Sign up for the Military Tour on your conference registration form.

Barbara Wall La Rocque at Toronto’s Northern District Library

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Barbara Wall La Rocque is the author of Wolfe Island: a legacy in stone, an historical book about the history of Wolfe Island. The book is in the OGS provincial library collection.

Barbara will lead a presentation sharing highlights from her book and discussing her family’s history in Wolfe Island, Ontario this Thursday March 17, 2011 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Northern District Branch of Toronto Public Library (right above our provincial office).

If you’re in Toronto on Thursday you are welcome to visit the library to hear her talk – and you are welcome to drop by the office and say hi, as well.

Brian Gilchrist featured on CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Image: Salvatore Vuono, credit below

Genealogy is placed front and centre on CBC Radio One this weekend as Definitely Not the Opera looks at the theme of Family Secrets.

Genealogical expert and OGS Conference 2011 speaker will be interviewed about his research experiences and the ways in which we all need to be prepared to find more than we were looking for when we start to track down our ancestors.

The show runs Saturday March 12, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on CBC Radio One (find your local frequency)

Image: Salvatore Vuono /