Archive for May, 2011

OGS Directors Approve new British Home Child SIG

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

 It’s official. 

At Conference 2011 the OGS Directors approved the establishment of the British Home Child Special Interest Group (BHC-SIG). An organization meeting was held on Friday May 13, 2011 and sufficient interest was expressed to proceed. The executive positions are being filled but we do need a volunteer for Secretary/Treasurer.

Over the coming months we will be finalizing our goals, establishing projects and putting together our first newsletter. If you have an interest in British Home Children then join us in making this SIG a success.

The cost to join the SIG is $5.00. If you are already an OGS member just mail in your $5.00 cheque to the OGS provincial office indicating that it is for 2011 membership in the BHC SIG. You may also call the office or email Marsha, our Membership Co-ordinator at  to add this branch.

For those not currently OGS members note that the OGS is launching a partial year membership option for brand new members starting June 1, 2011.  If you choose this option then  you will be given the opportunity to add the BHC-SIG to your membership when you join online or by mail. The cost will still be $5.00 for the SIG.

Phil Ellis
Chair, BHC-SIG

Doors Open Toronto: May 28th

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Next Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th, the City of Toronto is once again presenting its annual Doors Open Toronto event. The theme of this year’s event is “photography and architecture.”

Around the city, 150 buildings of historical or social significance will open their doors to visits from the public for these two days. You may view the list of open buildings to choose where to visit.

The offering includes several churches and cemeteries as well as the City of Toronto Archives and the Archives of Ontario.

TONI Launched at AGM

Friday, May 20th, 2011

As part of the Annual General Meeting at Conference 2011, we were delighted to officially launch The Ontario Name Index (TONI) and its associated Pay Per View service.

 TONI is a name index created with the eventual goal of indexing all the names of all the people who were ever recorded as spending time in Ontario. The index will then link a researcher to where the record(s) of a given name can be found. If the record is available through pay per view then the researcher will have instant access to the facts around that name.

 TONI and pay per view have been available in beta form for the past month.

 Check out TONI

116th Haviland Family Reunion

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Calling all Havilands!

Here is your chance to connect with your family again.

The 116th Haviland Family Reunion will be held July 9th 2011 at Waterford North Conservation Area  in Waterford Ontario.

Saturday’s events will start at 1:00 a.m. with registration, followed by a 12:00 noon pot luck buffeet meal at the Pavilion. There will be afternoon activities for all ages: baseball, volleyball, genealogy sharing, renewing of acquaintances, viewing group photographs and the “Canadian Haviland Family Genealogy” books, and face painting.

Captian John Haviland, a United Empire Loyalist, having served the British as an artificer in the American Revolution, moved from Haviland’s Hollow on the NY/CT state line and settled in 1803 at Townsend Township, Norfolk County, near Brantford. Descendants have held a reunion annually since 1896.

For information contact:  
David Haviland
PO Box 269
Otterville, ON N0J 1R0

Moore Family Reunion

Monday, May 16th, 2011

If you’re looking for your Moore relatives. This could be your chance:


Moore Family Reunion

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Norwich and District Museum
89 Stover Street North, Norwich Ontario

A Reunion of descendants of Samuel Moore of Massachusetts and New Jersey, born 1630, and his great-grandson, Samuel Moore of New Jersey, born 1742, from across Canada and the USA.

Mark the date on your calendar now and plan to attend!

For more information:
Donna Moore, UE, OGS member

OGS Announces Partial Year Membership

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

OGS memberships run for the calendar year January to December, but genealogists are inspired to join at all times of the year and they shouldn’t have to wait for the end of the year.

This summer OGS is launching a partial year membership option for brand new members. From June onwards, anyone who wants to join OGS for the first time will be able to take out a membership for only $35.

 New members who take advantage of this offer will receive Families and Newsleaf starting from the date they join (no back issues) and will have access to all the benefits of OGS membership from that date forward. New members who would like to receive the back issues of Families and Newsleaf should take out a full year membership.

 The half year membership for new members will be valid until the end of December of that year when the new member will have the option to renew their membership for a full calendar year.

 If you know someone who wants to join this summer, let them know that they don’t have to wait, they can become a member now and try us out.

 This offer is valid for brand new OGS members or for those whose membership has lapsed for two years or more. Welcome back. We’re happy to see you again.

British Home Child SIG – Organization Meeting

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

For those who are able to attend the upcoming Conference 2011 in Hamilton, there will be a meeting to discuss the organization of the British Home Child SIG. The objectives of this meeting are to solicit input into the formation of this group, establish an executive and to determine how many people intend to join. I have included a short presentation on finding my British Home Child ancestors.


Subject: British Home Child Special Interest Group – Organization Meeting
Date: Friday May 13, 2011
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Location: OGS Conference 2011, Hamilton Convention Centre, located in downtown Hamilton, Ontario (See

Room: Albion ‘A’
Sign in sheet to be sent around room.


1. Introductions (5 min.) – Shirley Sturdevant (Vice President, OGS) 2. Status of the SIG (10 min.) – (current number of potential members / executive positions etc.) – Shirley Sturdevant 3. Presentation (15 min.) – “In Search of My British Home Child Ancestors” – Phil Ellis 4. Open discussion (15 min.) 5. How/when to join – Shirley Sturdevant


If you are unable to attend the meeting and plan to join this special interest group, please send an email to Shirley Sturdevant, OGS Vice-president at prior to the conference.

Hope to see you there.

Phil Ellis