Archive for August, 2012

Notice for Lambton County Branch Meeting

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Date: Tuesday September 11, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: LDS Church, 1400 Murphy Rd, Sarnia

Title of Talk: Baby Point Settlement

Speaker: Cliff Roy

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Branch Event: Oxford County Branch and Oxford Historical Society Annual Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Date: September 11, 2012

Title of Talk: Oxford Involvement in the War of 1812

Speaker: Glen Stott

Location: South Gate Centre, 191 Old Wellington Street South, Woodstock


Social: 6:00 pm (Cash Bar)

Turkey Dinner: 6:30 pm

Speaker: 8:00 pm


Dinner and Speaker- $25.00

Speaker only- $15.00

Tickets available at The Governor’s House, 83 Light Street, Woodstock

Contact Info: 519-421-1700 or check the branch website:

Registration must be received before September 7, 2012.

Please mail registration cheque to:

Oxford County Branch OGS

Box 20091, WoodStock ON N4S 8X8

Notice for Simcoe County Branch Meeting

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Date: September 8, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: LDS Church, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie

Title of Talk: “I’ve Got a Home in Gloryland.”

Speaker: Karolyn Smardz Frost

Simcoe Branch Website:

Creating an Index to a Family History?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

“Genealogists enter family histories through the back door, through the index. If a book has no index, that door is closed” – Patricia Law Hatcher in Producing a Quality Family History.

When you create and index to your family history, consider formatting it so it can be easily added to The Ontario Name Index (TONI). TONI is a project of the Ontario Genealogical Society to create a single index of all the names in Ontario genealogy. Family histories are an important resource for genealogy so we want to include indexes to as many as possible.

The essential requirement of TONI is that we be able to extract the last name and first name separately. To do this, ensure that your index contains three or more clear columns:

Last Name         First Name          the rest (e.g. page number)

 Brown                Samuel                          42

We can solve any other problems but if you want to make the conversion easier, contact for further hints.

Poll #2

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

First off, a big Thank you to all who took the time to participate in our first poll. Are you surprised at the results thus far? If there are other regions you would like the opportunity to vote for, then let us know and we can post another poll.

Now, on to our next Poll topic: Records. Remember, you can choose as many choices from the list as you wish. To view the results after you have voted, simply refresh the page.

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If you have uncovered a bit of family history in an unexpected place, we would love to hear about your experience.

The office will be closed on August 6th.

Have a fun and safe long weekend!

Highland Games: A little bit of Scotland in Ontario

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Whether they are held in Fergus Ontario, Antigonish Nova Scotia, the States, or Edinburgh Scotland, summer is high season for Highland Games and Clan Gatherings. If you are already a member of or affiliated with a Scottish clan, then chances are you already have the place, date and times for the next Gathering marked on your calendar. For those of us with no clan affiliations, but would still like to inject a wee bit of Scotland into our summer, here are a few ideas to help point you in the right direction:

Notice for Haldimand County Branch Meeting

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Date: September 4, 2012

Time: Research 1:00 to 1:30pm. Speaker: 1:30 to 2:30pm.

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

Title of Talk: “Cannery Business”

Speaker: Joseph C. Rider

Brief Info:  The author has been retired for 21 years from Canadian Canners Ltd., the famous packers of Aylmer/Del Monte food products.  Mr. Rider talks about his life, career and his new book, “The Way It Was. My Life Story Including a 40 Year Cannery Career.” 

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