Archive for August, 2012

Notice for Haldimand County Branch Meeting

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Date: October 4, 2012.


Research 1:00 – 1:30 pm

Speaker: 1:30 -2:30 pm

Location: Haldimand County Museum & Archives, 8 Echo Street, Cayuga

Title of Talk: “Pssst, so you want to know about your Ancestors?”

Speaker: Eugene Oakley UEL, Member of the Niagara Branch OGS

Contact Info:

Update for Toronto Branch’s Cemeteries Indexing Project

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

There has been a big new batch of names added to Toronto Branch’s cemeteries project in partnership with  There are a remarkable number of people in these Toronto cemeteries from all over Ontario, for instance:

51 people born in Guelph

15 people born in Chatham

12 people born in Sarnia

37 people born in Barrie

13 people born in Kingston, Ontario (3 from Kingston, Jamaica)

To learn about this and other Toronto Branch projects, just follow the link:

Poll #5

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

As Genealogists we love sharing information, and this week’s poll is all about sharing. DNA testing for genealogical purposes has been gathering a lot of steam over the past several years. If you have followed recent TV shows such as Who Do You Think You Are? or Finding your Roots, then you will have seen how DNA testing has been employed in making ancestral connections and building family trees. However, while the thought of finding your ancestral roots, both geographically and spiritually is certainly appealing, for many of us, taking this step can be quite daunting. So, this week’s poll gives you the opportunity to share your experiences and thoughts regarding the use of DNA testing in family history research:

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As we prepare for Fall, and the return to school, work, etc., we are going to take a short break from the Polls. This will also give those of us who have been otherwise engaged over the summer a chance to catch up. You can easily access all 5 polls by going to the category section on the right hand side of the page and clicking on polls.

See you in a few weeks!

Canadian Post War Military & Dependant Graves

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Those seeking more recent War & Military Veterans in their family tree may find the following site useful. Click on the red tab located on the top right of the page to access the Table of Contents.  You can search by Name or search by Country of burial.


Notice for Wellington County Branch Meeting

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Zehrs Meeting Room -  2nd Floor, 1045 Paisely Road, Guelph

Topic: The Wellington County House of Industry and Refuge

Speaker: Susan Dunlop, Curator of the Wellington County Museum & Archives, will present an account of her M.A. research on the Hollingshead/Everson families of Harriston that traces four generations of family members who lived at the County House of Industry and Refuge over a fifty-year period.

Contact Info:

Notice for Toronto Branch Meeting

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Date: September 24, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto

Title of Talk: What’s Happening in OGS?

Speaker: OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant

Note: There is a $5 charge for non-members of the OGS

Contact Info:

Notice for Halton/Peel Branch Meeting

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Date: September 23, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Oakville Public Library, (second floor auditorium) 20 Navy St., Oakville

Title of Talk: Scottish Research from Afar

Speaker: Ruth Blair, Professional Genealogist and Lecturer

Contact Info:

Periodicals: Europe

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Are you researching ancestors from Continental Europe? Our periodicals collection contains journals and newsletters from several continental locales.  Here is a small sampling:


• Adler

o Heraldisch-Genealogische Gesellschaft “Adler”, Austria


• Bulletin

o La Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d’Héraldique

• L’ intermediaire des genealogists

o Service de centralisation des etudes genealogiques

Eastern Europe

• Feefhs Journal and Quarterly

o Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies


• Arverni bituriges cubi

o Cercle d’etudes genealogique, des families Auvergno-Berrichonnes

• Cercle genealogique d’Alsace

o Cercle genealogique d’Alsace


• Familienkundliche nachrichten

• Pfaelzisch-rheinische familienkunde


• Genealogie

o Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie

• Gens Nostra

o Nederlands Genealogische Vereniging, Netherlands


• Gens

o Towarzystwo Genealogiczno-Heraldyczne, Poznan


• Revista Iberoamericana de heraldica

o Colegio Heraldico de Espana y de las Indias


• Familienforschung Schweiz

o Schweizerische Gesellschaft fur Familienforschung SGFF

Notice for Brant County Branch Meeting

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Date: September 23, 2012

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Branch Library, 118 Powerline Rd., Brantford

Title of Talk: From Research to Story

Speaker: Newspaper columnist Carol Steedman-Goff

Contact Info: or email

Poll #4

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Thanks to all who voted in last week’s poll. Judging from the results thus far, more than a few of you have managed to go back 7+ generations in your family tree. A lot of work indeed! We are going to switch our focus a bit for poll #4 as this week’s question is going to be about webinars.

As you know, we have been testing out the member webinars, ironing out the kinks, etc. We are now at the stage where we can move away from the more technical aspects of webinars and focus on issues that we, as genealogists, are more concerned with.

If you need a refresher on just what a webinar is and how to access one, then sign into the members section of the OGS website and click on the following links: What is a Webinar, Watch a recorded Webinar. You do need to be an active member of the Ontario Genealogical Society to access this service.  Details on the benefits of membership and how to join can be found here.

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