Archive for October, 2012

Notice for Ottawa Branch Meeting: The Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Date: Sunday, November 18, 2012

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Library and Archives Canada Auditorium, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa 

Topic: Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Kyle J. Betit

Overview: Kyle J. Betit BS (Biology) is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a co-editor of the popular journal The Irish At Home and Abroad, and is co-author of A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Irish Ancestors. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the National Writer’s Union, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.

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Heritage Photo of the Day

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Catch of the Day, Galway, Ireland, c.1905

Four “fish wives” making their way up along Long Walk to the fish market, on the Spanish Arch side of the Claddagh in Galway City.

Catch of the Day, Galway, Ireland, c.1905










National Library of Ireland on the Commons (flickr)

Notice for Halton-Peel Branch Annual General Meeting

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Date: Sunday, November 25, 2012

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Four Corners Public Library (Auditorium), 65 Queen Street East, Brampton

Topic: “I can’t find anything on the internet about my family. Why not?”

Speaker: Brian Gilchrist, Region of Peel Archives

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Notice for Brant County Branch Meeting

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Date: Sunday, November 25, 2012

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Branch Library, 118 Powerline Rd., Brantford

Topic: The 1812 Battle of Brant’s Ford

Speaker: Floyd Doctor, co-owner of Smokey Hollow Estates

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Heritage Photo of the Day: October 24, 2012

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Broad St., Adare, Co. Limerick, c.1880

Broad St. Adare, Co. Limerick, c.1880










National Library of Ireland on the Commons (flickr)

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event in Mississauga, Genealogy Day at the Grange

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The Halton-Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and Heritage Mississauga invite you to attend a Genealogy Workshop.

Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: The Grange, 1921 Dundas Street West, Mississauga (map)

Workshop: “Breaking down the walls”

Guest Speakers:  Co-Star of television’s “Ancestors in the Attic,” Fawne Stratford-Devai, and noted Halton-Peel OGS genealogists Dorothy Kew and Jane Watt.

Registration fee: $10 (must be pre-paid to reserve your spot).

Please note, you must make your own accommodations for lunch.

For more information or to reserve space, please contact Heritage Mississauga at 905-828-8411 ext.0

or email


Space is limited so reserve your spot now!

Notice for Perth County Branch Meeting

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Stratford Public Library, 19 St. Andrew Street, Stratford

Topic: Family War Stories, WWl & WWll

Speaker: Lynn Matheson

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Heritage Photo of the Day: October 23, 2012

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Widow Macnamara in her Fortress.

This is the home of eighty year old widow, Margaret Macnamara, from Bodyke, Co. Clare, who was evicted on 2 June 1877.

Widow Macnamara in her fortress, 1877.










National Library of Ireland on the Commons (flickr)

Heritage Event for the Weekend of: October 27, 2012

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The Vankleek Hill Family History Weekend is taking place this Saturday, October 27th through to Sunday the 28th.  The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be in attendance with some OGS publications and maybe an answer or two for some of your genealogical queries. Other activities to choose from include:

Antiques Appraisal at St. John Anglican Church Hall. 

  • Two Sessions:
    • Morning 10:00 am – Noon
    • Afternoon, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Appraiser: Janet Carlile, an independent, Sotheby’s-accredited antiques appraiser, best known for her tours with the Canadian Antiques Roadshow
  • Pricing: As a fundraiser in support of the Vankleek Hill Museum, $10 per item for a maximum of 3 items per person. With three items you get free entry to Sunday’s paper conservation workshop!
  • Tickets: Tickets for Janet Carlile are available at Scotiabank, Vankleek Hill or at the event door. Can’t make it to the Bank? Call the Museum to reserve: 613-678-2323.

Harold MacMillan brings ‘the Gaelic’ to life!

  • Saturday, October 27, 2012
  • Location: Musée Vankleek Hill Museum
  • Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Overview: Harold returns to the Vankleek Hill Museum to introduce you to the unique history of this language in our region, and to teach you familiar Gaelic phrases.

Paper & Photo Preservation Workshop

  • Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
  • Time: 1 :30 p.m.
  • Location: Vankleek Hill Community Centre
  • Pricing: For $10, bring your paper-based treasures to learn more about care, keeping and preservation methods. 
  • Overview: Kyla Ubbink, an accredited and certified conservator who has helped restore art by Picasso and Warhol, will be at the Community Centre. This is a 90-minute workshop presentation on how to preserve your photos, albums, scrapbooks for future generations. It finishes with a question period.

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More information will become available as the weekend activities develop.

Heritage Photo of the Day: October 22, 2012

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Today’s heritage photo is from Wales:

Eliza, the baker’s carrier, Tal-y-bont (Cardiganshire?), c.1885


National Library of Wales (on flickr)