Archive for October, 2012

Notice for York Region Branch Meeting

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Time: 7:15 pm

Location: Richmond Hill Central Library, 1 Atkinson St., Yonge & Major MacKenzie, Richmond Hill (map)

Topics: Lecture and Annual General Meeting

Lecture Topic: Lost Children

Speakers: Donna Dilello and Susan Smart

Brief Overview: Donna will speak on Foundling Wheels, Then & Now. Susan will speak on Guardianship & Adoptions at the beginning of the 20th century.

Contact Info:

Heritage Photo of the Day

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow. Close, No. 46 Saltmarket. 

Close, No. 46 Saltmarket, from Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow













National Galleries Scotland

FYI: Apparently Saltmarket was awash in pubs.  Click here to see the list.

Notice for Lambton County Branch Meeting

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: LDS Church, 1400 Murphy Rd., Sarnia

Topic: Finding My Family in Belarus

Speaker: Janice McCahill

Contact Info:

Heritage Events for the Weekend of: October 13, 2012

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This is the final weekend for Doors Open events in Ontario.  Huron closes out the year with a variety of events and historic venues you can visit.  For all the details you need to plan your day, just click on the link:

If you are looking for something to do in the Toronto area this weekend, there is a unique event happening at Toronto’s first Post Office, located at 260 Adelaide Street East.  To wit:

Quill-writing workshop and tea

The inaugural meeting of the


and the

YRS Letter-writing Club

will be held at

Toronto’s First Post Office

(260 Adelaide Street East,

phone 416 865-1833)

on Sunday, October 14th, 2012, 1 – 4 p.m.

Learn how to write letters with a quill, just as they did in the early City of York (the 1812 era). Mail your own letter at Toronto’s First Post Office museum, complete with sealing wax! Enjoy afternoon tea, explore the museum, and meet other history enthusiasts. The meeting also includes admission to this gem of a small museum as well as afternoon tea and the chance to browse in the enchanting little gift shop stocked with many unusual items, including antique inkpots.

Admission for the workshop-meeting on October 14 is $20. This event is open to the general public: you do not need to be a member of the YRS to attend. However, tickets are available by pre-registration only.

 For information on registration and access to payment options click on the link:

Enjoy your weekend!

Heritage Photo of the Day

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This is the final photo in our salute to Oktoberfest and German Heritage, hope you enjoyed them.

Today’s photo is of:

Giessen, Germany. Peasants at market, 1890.

Giessen, Germany. Peasants at market, 1890.










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Heritage Photo of the Day

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Today’s Heritage Photo is of:

German Bed, in Zum Einhorn, Giessen, Germany. Porcelain Stove On Right, c. 1890

German Bed, in Zum Einhorn, Giessen, Germany. Porcelain Stove On Right 1890









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FYI: TONI is now over 1 Million!

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The Ontario Name Index (TONI) has surpassed the 1 million name mark. TONI was begun by OGS in 2010, as one of the 50th anniversary projects. At the Annual General Meeting at Conference 2011 in Hamilton, TONI was officially launched on the OGS website (

TONI reached the 500K mark in time for Conference 2012 in Kingston and volunteers have been working hard over the summer to double that number. With an upload of another 50,000 named this week, TONI reached the one million entry mark.

TONI provides a single index of Ontario names, indicating where information about that person can be found. It includes any source that includes an Ontario personal name. TONI points researchers in the right direction to locate information about their person of interest in Ontario. The location may be a Branch document, a web site, a microfilm, a family history, an archive, etc. The index is available on the public part of the OGS website so that anyone can access it. TONI should make OGS and Branch resources more visible.

If you or your Branch/SIG would like to help push TONI to the two million mark, contact me at

Notice for Oxford Branch Meeting

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Date: Monday, November 12, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Woodstock Public Library, 445 Hunter St., Woodstock

Topic: Archaeological Dig at Oakland

Speaker: Rick Shaver, Curator of the Canadian Military Heritage Museum in Brantford

Contact Info:

Heritage Events for the Week of October 8th, 2012

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

If you are looking for a nice diversion on a fall afternoon, why not take a tour of Benares Historic House and enjoy Afternoon Tea afterwards.  The next Tea event at Benares is on October 14, 2:30 – 4:30 pm.  Information about reservations, costs and location can be found here:

Heritage Photo of the Day

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

3 days remaining in Oktoberfest: 3 more German heritage photos.  Today’s photo is of:

Gleiberg & Castle, Hessian Peasants – Giessen, Germany, 1890

Gleiberg & Castle, Hessian Peasants - Giessen, Germany, 1890
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