Archive for August, 2012

1st Anniversary British Home Child Day in Ontario Event planned for Friday September 28, 2012 at Upper Canada Village.

Friday, August 17th, 2012


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Ontario East British Home Child Family, an organization dedicated to the promotion of the British Home Children story in Canadian History, is pleased to present the 1st Anniversary British Home Child Day In Ontario on September 28, 2012 at Upper Canada Village. While some records show that young British children were sent to North American colonies as early as the middle 1700’s, the vast majority of the British Home Children came to Canada beginning in the 1860’s and ending during the 1930’s. Sometimes referred to as “The Little Immigrants” British Home Children were often orphans or impoverished children who came under the care of a number of different philanthropic organizations such as Barnardo’s, the Catholic Emigration Service or Quarrier’s. This year the event at Upper Canada Village will look at the role of William Quarrier who created a “Children’s Village” in Renfrewshire Scotland to assist orphans and destitute young people. In addition to displays, exhibits, speakers, vignettes and the popular story-telling in Christ Church at the Village there are a number of authors who will be present at the 1st Anniversary British Home Child Day In Ontario. These include Penny Draper author of “Day of the Cyclone”, Sandra Joyce, author of “Street Arab – A British Home Child Story” and Beryl Young who wrote the book “Charlie” which was based on her father’s experience as a British Home Child who was placed in Inkerman, Ontario. As was the case last year, the day will end with a British Home Child Day Dinner at Willard’s Hotel which will be by advance reservation only.

New this year will be a British Home Child Day in Ontario Symposium/Information Session which will be held on September 29, 2012 at the South Stormont Township Hall in Long Sault. This event will begin at 9:30 am with registration and coffee followed by a day full of exhibits, displays, speakers and research information. Cost for attendance at this event is $10.00 which includes refreshments and attendance at the event.

For further information on the events of September 28 and September 29, please do not hesitate to contact Carolyn Goddard at 613 938 2455 or by email at, Jim Brownell at or Tom Brownell at,


Notice for Annual Meeting of Region IX Branches (North Bay and Sudbury)

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Date: Monday September 17, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Parkside Centre, YMCA Bldg, 140 Durham St., Sudbury

Title of Talk: “Secrets of the Mattawa Mountain with Three Crosses.”

Speaker: Ron Jodouin, Chairperson of the Centre for History & Genealogy (C.H.G.S.L – Sudbury Laurentienne)

Please Join Us – Guests are Always Welcome!


Nailing Jello to the Wall: Seeking your Irish Ancestors

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Tracing your Irish roots can be akin to spending every Saturday night in a bingo hall and rarely having the opportunity to fling up your arms and yell BINGO! The cataclysmic impact and mass emigration precipitated by Ireland’s Potato Famine has certainly made it difficult to track elusive Irish ancestors. Compounding the problem is a gaping hole in the usual resource pool that all genealogists rely on; the census returns.

While the census returns for 1901 and 1911 are now available online through the National Archives of Ireland, none of Ireland’s earlier censuses have survived. So, if you want to find records for your Irish ancestors that pre-date 1901, you are going to have to be somewhat more creative in your research methodology. Here are a few resources to get you started, or maybe keep you going!

At the library:


• A Guide to tracing your Donegal ancestors

o Godfrey Duffy, Helen Meehan

o Call # 929.3 41693 Duffy

• A new genealogical atlas of Ireland

o Brian S. Mitchell

o Call # 929.3 415 Mitch 2002

• Basic guide to Irish records for family history

o Brian Mitchell

o Call # 929.3 415 Mitch 2008

• Ireland’s Memorial Records: World War 1, 1914-1918

o The Committee of the National Irish War Memorial

o Call # 137 Com

• Probate Jurisdictions: Where to look for Wills

o Jeremy Sumner Wycherley Gibson, Else Churchill

o Call # 929.3 41 025 Gibso 2002

• Tracing your Irish family history

o Anthony Adolph

o Call # 929.1 094 15 Ado 2009


• Cumann geinealais dhun laoghaire

o From the Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society

• Divelina

o From the Dublin Genealogy and History, Ireland

• Familia

o From the Ulster Genealogical Review, Belfast

• Genealogy Society of Ireland Journal

o From the Cumann Geinealais na hEireann

• North Irish Roots

o From the North Of Ireland Family History Society, Belfast


Belfast Burial Records

Council of Irish Genealogical Organizations

From Ireland

Irish Clans Network

Military Archives

National Archives of Ireland

Roots Ireland (pay per view)

The Gathering, Ireland 2013

Notice for Hamilton Branch Meeting

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Date: Sunday September 16, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Hamilton Room, Hamilton Main Public Library, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Title of Talk: Latter Day Saints/Family Search Website – It’s Present Capabilities and Ongoing Development

Speaker: Gwen Armstrong

Brief Overview: This presentation is to describe the present status of the changes on the Family Search website and the future developments that are anticipated.

Contact Info: 905-318-8086 Or

New Ottawa Branch Publication: BMDs from Early Ottawa Newspapers

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The following death notice appeared on page 2 of the Ottawa Times on April 7, 1868, just a few hours after the “Father of Confederation” was murdered at the front door of his rooming-house on Ottawa’s Sparks Street:

McGEE, Thomas D’Arcy

On Apr. 7 at the door to his lodgings on Sparks St., Thomas D’Arcy McGEE was shot by assassin. 2nd son of James McGEE and Dorcas MORGAN of Co. Wexford, Ireland. Born in Carlingford, Co. Louth on 13 Apr. 1825, named D’Arcy for his godfather Thomas D’ARCY.  Funeral from late residence Sparks st. to the Cathedral, then railway station.

This is just one of the fascinating birth, marriage and death notices that can be found in the new DVD publication of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society: BMDs from Early Ottawa Newspapers (Pub. No. 11-01).  These notices carried in The Ottawa Tribune, The Daily Union, and The Daily News/Ottawa Times between 1854 and 1877 cover a quarter-century of probably the most momentous period in the history of the City of Ottawa. On 1 January 1855, the lumbering village of Bytown was formally incorporated as the City of Ottawa. Just two years later, in 1857, the new city was officially declared to be the capital of the United Province of Canada and a mere decade afterwards, on 1 July 1867, became the capital of the new Dominion of Canada.

Within these notices, one can find names or surnames of many of the most influential men, and a few women, of their time, both locally and nationally. There are surnames such as Wright, Billings, Sparks, McKay, Besserer, Skead, Sherwood and Bell which recall Bytown’s boisterous heyday as the lumbering capital of Canada. As well, in addition to McGee, there are names such as Macdonald and Langevin which resonate with the emerging history of the new dominion. There are notable individual items such as the birth of a son to Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald. The deaths of prominent British and American figures, such as Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, were often listed in these notices rather than or in addition to news items.

The cost is $18 including tax and shipping. You can obtain a copy by submitting an order form, available at or through the OGS e-store at


Dieppe and The Veterans

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

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. 

As we mark the 70th anniversary of The Dieppe Raid on August 19th, it is perhaps fitting, and rather poignant, that 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.

Notice for Kent Branch Meeting

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Date: September 14, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: St. Andrew’s Residence, 99 Park Street, Chatham

Theme: Beginnings to Brick Walls

Join us at our new meeting location, St. Andrew’s Residence, to discuss genealogy; from beginning your family history to your brick walls.  We will have experienced members available to share ideas, experiences, techniques and brain storming.

For more information, please visit

Notice for Waterloo Region Branch Meeting

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Date: Thursday September 13, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: LDS Church, 10 Lorraine Ave., Corner of River Road, Kitchener

Title of Talk: Cultural Heritage Planning in the Region of Waterloo

Speaker: Lucille Bish

Brief Overview: Lucille, the Director of Community Services for the Region, oversees cultural heritage planning as well as the Region owned heritage sites and libraries.

Contact info:

Notice for Ottawa Branch Members: Fundraising Dinner at the Museum of Civilization

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Dear Members of the Ottawa Branch, OGS,

If you are interested in the War of 1812 and the history of Ottawa, I invite you to join the Bytown Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, for dinner and a talk by Victor Suthren on the War of 1812 and the formation of Ottawa. The event is being held on Saturday 8 September, at the Museum of Civilization.

Details are given on the attached poster. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

I do hope you will join us.


Dorothy Meyerhof Library Volunteer, OGS and Registrar,

Bytown Chapter, NSDAR

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Poll #3

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

The response for our first two polls has been fantastic, thanks everyone for participating.  This week’s poll is a big one so read carefully!

How many generations have you been able to go back in your family tree?

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