Archive for September, 2012

Heritage Photo of the Day

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Straw harvesting by hand, c.1897, Ireland

straw harvesting by hand, c.1897, Ireland












Notice for Wellington County Branch Meeting

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Date: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Zehrs Meeting Room – 2nd Floor, 1045 Paisley Road, Guelph

Topic: Researching Ancestors through trips to Sweden, England and Utah.

Speaker: Eva Marshall

Brief Overview: Eva Marshall has considerable experience in researching her ancestors in Sweden and those of her husband in England.  She has been to the Mormon Genealogy collection in Utah on a number of occassions and she will relay her research experiences in those places.

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Notice for Toronto Branch Meeting

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Date: 22 October, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Topic: ” The War of 1812: Why Canada is Not a U.S. State.”

Speaker: Ken Weber

Brief Overview: The story of the War of 1812 is one of myth, mixups, bravery and some utterly stunning incompetence on the part of military leaders. Who won? Everybody…..and nobody.  Our speaker explores how this war shaped the way Canada and the U.S. relate to each other today.

$5 charge for non-members of OGS

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Heritage Photo of the Day

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Tory Island cottage and its inhabitants, c. 1892

Tory Island cottage and its inhabitants, c. 1892







FYI: Announcing a New Certificate Design Competition

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Create a design for a new Heritage Society certificate for The Ontario Genealogical Society.

As an addition to our current heritage clubs and societies, OGS is developing the Fathers of Confederation Society for those who can prove they are descended from one of Canada’s iconic Fathers of Confederation.

We need a striking certificate for members of the Fathers of Confederation Society to proudly display.

Prize: $500

(donated in memory of Mike Brede)

Design Criteria

  • Each 8.5” x 11” certificate design must have,
  • The OGS logo present somewhere on the certificate (.jpg of the logo may be obtained by contacting OGS provincial office
  • Space for the name(s) of applicant(s)
  • Space for the name of qualifying ancestor
  • Space for the date of issue and signature of the OGS president
  • Room for the OGS seal measuring 5.5 cm in diameter

To view examples of our other heritage certificates, please visit the OGS website:

While you may submit your entry in a format of your choice, please be aware that the OGS office is a PC environment.

Deadline: January 31, 2013

The winner will be contacted in March 2013 and the certificate will be launched at The Ontario Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference May 31st – June 2nd 2013

Please submit entries and any questions you may have to

FYI: Word on the Street 2012

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The fabulous Word on the Street is back for another year.  We have two Words in Ontario this year, both held this Sunday, September 23.  Click on the links below for more details.



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Heritage Photo of the Day

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Collection Car arriving in Eyre Square, Galway, c. 1880

Collection Car arriving in Eyre Square, Galway,c.1880







Notice for Hamilton Branch Meeting

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm

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

Topic: “Full-text books online: Where are we in 2012?”

Speaker: Marian Press

Brief Overview: This Lecture examines the current state of full-text books online – including such issues as the Internet Archives’ Toronto connection and the future of Google Books now that the U.S. Google Book settlement is about to be reached – as well as looking at what is planned for the future in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and continental Europe.

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Heritage Events for the Weekend of: September 22, 2012

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

There are more of the popular Doors Open events happening this weekend in the following areas: (click on the links for details specific to that area)


East Elgin:





Walkerton and Area:

Heritage Photo of the Day

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

butcher in Amsterdam, c. 1917