Archive for December, 2012

Notice for Elgin County Branch Meeting

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: St. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis St., St. Thomas (map)

Topic: Research Assistance

Brief Overview: Members of the Elgin County OGS will offer assistance with research

Contact Info:

Heritage Photo of the Day: December 17, 2012

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Queenstown, aka Cobh, Ireland, c.1890

Queenstown aka Cobh, Ireland, c.1890










National Library of Ireland on the Commons (flickr)

Heritage Photo of the Day: December 14, 2012

Friday, December 14th, 2012

“Mush-Fakers” and Ginger-Beer Makers, Clapham Common, London, 1877

Don’t know what a “Mush-Faker” is?  Follow the Source link below and read the full description for this photo on the LSE Library’s Photostream.

"Mush-Fakers" and Ginger-Beer Makers, Clapham Common,London, 1877












LSE Library Photostream (flickr)

Notice for Waterloo Branch Meeting

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: LDS Church, 10 Lorraine Ave., Kitchener (map)

Topic: The Story of Levi Caroll

Speaker: Joanna Rickert-Hall

Brief Overview:  Levi Carroll was a black slave who lived in the old log school that is now in Waterloo Park, and was once near WCI high school. The talk covers Levi’s life, his genealogy, and black settlers of Wellesley Township.

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Heritage Photo of the Day: December 12, 2012

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

London Street Life, Covent Garden Flower Women, 1877

London Street Life, Covent Garden Flower Women, 1877












LSE Library Photostream (flickr)

Heritage Photo of the Day: December 11, 2012

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The Temperance Sweep, London, England, 1877

The Temperance Sweep, London, England, 1877












LSE Library Photostream (flickr)

New Year, New Slate of OGS Branch Meeting Notices, 2013

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Sault & District Branch Meeting

Date: Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Time: 7: 30 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Rosedale Public School 90 Chapple Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, ON (map)

Description: Brief business meeting; Meet researchers; Q & A; Guest Speaker

Contact Info:

Oxford Branch – Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers

Date: Monday, 14 January 2013,

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Woodstock Public Library, 445 Hunter Street, Woodstock ON (map)

Topic: Election of Officers and vote on updating Branch Manual. Plus, a presentation by Marilyn Whyley “The Language of Fans”

Speaker: Marilyn Whyley

Contact Info:

Ottawa Branch Meeting

Date: Saturday, 19 January 2013

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

• 1:00-1:30: Free refreshments (cookies, tea, coffee) and networking

• 1:30-3:00: Shipwrecks and Sorrows: Maiden voyage of the 100th Regiment

Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Room 115 (map)

Topic: Shipwrecks and Sorrows: Maiden Voyage of the 100th Regiment

Speaker: Kurt Johnson

Brief Overview:

Shipping out to Canada in 1805, the new 100th Regiment of 900 Irish soldiers aboard five troopships met with maritime disasters in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only seven survived one shipwreck off Newfoundland while 340 men, women and children on that tall ship died. Two other troopships were wrecked off Nova Scotia. This talk will be presented by historical researcher, and Board Member of the Goulbourn Museum, Kurt Johnson.

This meeting may be simulcast for members who can’t join us in person. We will be using Live Meeting 2007 which is compatible with Windows PCs. Use this link ( for information on how to connect. Then connect to the meeting room itself at:

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Toronto Branch Meeting

Date: Monday, 28 January 2013

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Gold Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto (map)

Topic: Writing for Publication: Tips on how to get your family history research published

Speaker: Ed Zapletal, Editor and Publisher of Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy

Mini-presentation: Donna Di Lello: How to index old books for Genealogical Societies

$5 charge for non-members of OGS.


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Heritage Photo of the Day: December 10, 2012

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Irish spinner and spinning wheel. County Galway, Ireland, c.1890

Irish spinner and spinning wheel. County Galway, Ireland, c.1890












Library of Congress Photostream (flickr)

Celebrate Twelfth Night!

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Seasonal celebrations don’t have to come to a screeching halt on January 1st!  Extend the festive merriment by celebrating Twelfth Night.  Our first Twelfth Night event is in Cambridge, Ontario. 

Twelfth Night, An Ancient Midwinter Celebration

The Mill Race Folk Society and the City of Cambridge have joined forces to present an evening of midwinter revelry.  Highlights include, traditional English folk dances from Orange Peel Morris, Oakville Ale & Sword Dancers, and Wolf at the Door Molly Dancers.  There will also be a traditional Cornish Mummers play, St. George and the Dragon.

Tickets are only $15 and will be available at the door. HOWEVER, the event regularly sells out so it is better to purchase tickets beforehand. Advance tickets are available at:

  • Cambridge City Hall & the Cambridge Centre for the Arts ( 50 & 60 Dickson St) 519-740-4681 ext. 4565

  • Grand River Books 70 Dickson Street 519-624-9842

  • The Best of British (in the Southworks Outlet Mall), 64 Grand Ave S.  519-622-2993

  • Nature’s Vibe, 20 Ainslie St N.  519-622-0770

  • The British (United Kingdom) Club 519-623-6580

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2013

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: The United Kingdom Club of Cambridge, 35 International Village Drive, Cambridge (map)

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Twelfth Night Dance Party

Enjoy an evening of Regency era revelry at JaneAustinDancing’s Twelfth Night Dance Party:

“Step into the atmosphere of times gone by. Explore the holiday customs of Old England — dance by the fire to traditional live music, enjoy a delicious supper and seasonal treats, play games and tour this fascinating historic Inn by candlelight, in all its festive decorations.”

Tickets $50 (Seniors/Students $40)

Space is limited — be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets and event details available at:

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2012


Workshop at 4:30 p.m.

Cold Supper at 6 p.m.

Ball at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Historic Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas Street West, Toronto (map)

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Advocate for Archives: Share your Story on the Usefulness of Archives

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

The Archives Association of Ontario has shared the following request with the research and archival community. As archives are a major source of information for genealogists, you may have a story you wish to share as well. If you do, please send an account of your experience to the President of the AAO at .

Here is their unabridged message:

“I have been contacted by the office of NDP MP Pierre Nantel, the Official Opposition Critic for Heritage, in order to gather evidence to advocate for a government commitment to archives. I have summarized the request I received from Mr. Nantel’s office below.

Quebec’s TVA network recently started reporting on the cuts to archives and are covering Mr. Nantel’s related questions in the House. Essentially they are looking to make the issues at hand as understandable as possible to the public. For example, he cites the following story from a TVA news report ” Library and Archive’s website shows internationally-renowned Quebec artists Luc Plamondon accepting a Juno, with a subtitle that says “an unidentified man with a Juno”! ( This is an easy-to-understand issue for the media and the public, and can be directly attached to the Harper Govt’s cuts.”

Mr. Nantel would like positive examples of historically significant items or documents that have been discovered by archivists or in archives. Things that would not have been discovered or celebrated if it wasn’t for archives/archivists (ie. if we’re all suffering cuts, there won’t be anyone to discover, interpret, or preserve this material). As a bonus, if you can provide an example of something related to the War of 1812 this would allow Mr. Nantel to “demonstrate that the Government’s interest in 1812 is all about show and no substance – and that real investment in our history has to involve the professionals that do the research.”

Please don’t limit yourselves to projects that were accomplished through NADP although these examples are still relevant. You can send me your examples by responding to this email ( There is some urgency to the matter as Mr. Nantel’s office wants to continue the wave of support generated from the TVA.”