Archive for December, 2012

FYI: More Unregistered Cemeteries sent to Registrar

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Last week there was an article about current OGS activities regarding the registration of cemeteries across the province.

We have an update.

This week we sent to the Registrar the lists of unregistered cemeteries for the counties of Cochrane, Dundas and Durham so that they can be registered and protected.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers who have worked so hard to prepare these lists.

Branch Meetings Reminder

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

As we get rather busy this time of year, here are some reminders for a few upcoming OGS Branch meetings:

Lambton Branch Meeting

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: LDS Church, 1400 Murphy Rd., Sarnia (map)

Topic: Surprises in my research

Speakers: Members and Friends

Contact Info: http://www.ogs.on.ca/lambton/index.html

Sault & District Meeting

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Rosedale Public School, 80 Chappel Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, ON. (map)

Topic: Brief Business Meeting; Meet Researchers; Q&A; Guest Speaker

Contact Info: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onogsssm/

Niagara Peninsula Branch General Meeting

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Thorold Public Library, Chestnut Hall, 14 Ormond St. North, Thorold, Ontario (map)

Topic: Annual Show and Tell, Business Meeting and Elections

For those who can’t make the meeting and can be online – We would like for you to be involved as well. If you have anything you would like to share, please let us know by emailing the branch at niagara@ogs.on.ca and we will make arrangements for you to stream into us.

Contact Info: http://www.ogs.on.ca/niagara/

Waterloo Region Branch General Meeting

Date: Thursday, December 14, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: 10 Lorraine Ave (corner of River Road) Kitchener (map)

Topic: Bring an Ancestor’s Picture Night + It’s election night!  

The executive really need some help.  We’re not scary!  Give it a try!  Only 5 meetings a year!  Be a member at large and come join us!

REFRESHMENTS!

Join us for some heritage cake, cookies and apple cider!

Contact Info: http://www.waterlooogs.ca/contact_us.htm

Kent Branch Meeting

Date: Friday, December 14, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: St. Andrews Residence, 99 Park Street, Chatham (map)

Topic: Christmas Traditions – Please join us to share Christmas treats and your Christmas memories or your ancestor’s traditions.

Everyone Welcome!

Contact Info: http://ogs.on.ca/kent/

Ottawa Branch Meeting

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: City of Ottawa Archives, Room 115, 100 Tallwood Drive, K2G 4R7 (map)

Topic: Perils and Petticoats: Exceptional Women of the War of 1812

Everyone is welcome.

Please arrive by 1:00 p.m. for free refreshments and a chat time (networking)

Contact Info: http://ogsottawa.on.ca/

Note: 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: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/genealogicalstudies/join?id=OttawaOGSMeeting&role=attend&pw=MembersDec2011 

Heritage Photo of the Day: December 7, 2012

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Finlay, deerstalker in the employ of Campbell of Islay, c.1845

Finlay, deerstalker in the employ of Campbell of Islay, c.1845

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Galleries of Scotland Commons (flickr)

Celebrate Hogmanay!

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Ring in the New Year Scottish style by attending one of the various Hogmanay events happening around the province.

Our first stop is at Gibson House in North York for a Hogmanay Dinner.

“Gather at the historic Gibson House for a special evening inspired by the traditions of Hogmanay. Share a scrumptious dinner with familiar and new friends. Be lulled by the fire, and moved by the music. Take an imagined journey through story and drama to a New Year of another time. As the evening closes, come together with us to welcome our First Footer, celebrate our 2012 season and bring luck and best wishes to Gibson House Museum for 2013.”

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $44.25 plus tax per person.

Date: Saturday, December 29, & Sunday, December 30, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Gibson House, 5172 Yonge Street, just north of the North York Centre Subway Stop, North York

Click here for directions around the construction

Paid parking in the area

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-395-7432

email: gibsonhouse@toronto.ca

Our next stop is at Mackenzie House in Toronto.

“Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight. Musicians Gin Lane will perform.”

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Admission: $22.50 plus tax. Please call 416-392-6915 for further details.

Date: Friday, December 28, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, Toronto

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-392-6915

email: machouse@toronto.ca

Scottish Society of Ottawa Inaugural Event and Hogmanay Celebration

Our final stop for this round is the nation’s capital for the biggest Hogmanay celebration and the official kick off of the Scottish Society of Ottawa. This inaugural event captures the spirit of the famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Celebrations, complete with fireworks, bagpipes, highland dancers, and of course, a wee bit of Scotch-tasting to ward off the evening chill. Being in Ottawa, this Hognamany celebration will also include a distinct Canadian flavour:

“Music will come from local folkies Ecosse, Celtic fusion Cape Breton-style from Sprag Session and surprise special guest headline act, whose identity we’ll release closer to the big night. We’ll also have the Sons of Scotland and Glengarry pipe bands, the McCulloch step dancers and the Katharine Robinson Dancers.”

Date: Monday, December 31, 2012

Time: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am

Location: Ottawa City Hall (Outside at Marion Dewar Park)

Contact Info: http://www.thescottishsocietyofottawa.com/

Free Admission

Lang may your lum reek!

Heritage Photo of the Day: December 5, 2012

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Fish Market, Newcastle, c.1880

Fish Market, Newcastle, c.1880

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source

Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums

 

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event at Mackenzie House

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Mackenzie House marks the 175th anniversary of the Upper Canada Rebellion with the presentation of Fight and Flight! – A Rebel Evening of Music, Storytelling and a new Exhibit.

“December marks the 175th anniversary of the Upper Canadian Rebellion. This date saw the defeat of the rebels at Montgomery’s Tavern. Join us and listen to the rousing music of Canadian singer-songwriter Mike Ford and the suspenseful tale of Mackenzie’s escape from Toronto. Enjoy warm cider and baked treats.”

Pre-registration is required $22.50 plus tax.

Date: Friday, December 7, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, Toronto. (map)

Contact Info:
Phone: 416-392-6915

email: machouse@toronto.ca

Exhibit

While you are enjoying the evening of Rebel Music and Storytelling, don’t forget to check Mackenzie House’s new exhibit, Road to Rebellion:

“This new exhibit examines the personalities on both sides of the conflict: Sir Francis Bond Head’s government, determined to preserve the status quo; William Lyon Mackenzie and the Reformers, equally determined to force change. Over twenty years after the War of 1812 had ended, what defined a Canadian patriot? Was it unswerving loyalty to England – or striving for a more independent Canada?”

Included with admission.

Exhibit opens on December 7th.

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

So far we have covered plenty of historic and heritage sites that offer a glimpse into early settler, Victorian and even Edwardian Christmas traditions. Today’s festive heritage event covers the Regency period.

Discover how our Regency era ancestors celebrated the festive season at Todmorden Mills’ Regency Christmas in the Valley.

“Our early 19th-century historic homes are decorated traditionally for the season with real evergreen garlands as well as the “kissing bough” hanging in the Helliwell parlour, complete with apples, candles and mistletoe. Sample period festive desserts such as “Whim-Wham” and “Hedgehog Tipsy Cake.” Families can make Regency-style Christmas decorations as a take-home craft.”

Adults $5.31; Children $2; Youth/Seniors $3 (plus tax).

Dates & Times:

  • Sunday, December 9th, 16th, and 23rd, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Monday, December 24th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 27th to Sunday, December 30th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Monday, December 31st, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 2nd to Sunday, January 6th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Road, Bottom of Pottery Road, East of the Bayview Extension, West of Broadview Avenue. (map)

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-396-2819

email: todmorden@toronto.ca

Holiday Treats from the Past

As part of their Cast Iron Chef historic workshop series, Todmorden Mills is giving you the opportunity to create some of your own Regency era Christmas goodies.

“Prepare and sample tasty Christmas treats on the open-hearth of our Regency Cottage. Based upon authentic 19th-century recipes, these treats will surprise and delight the contemporary palate!”

Pre-registration is required. Adult: $20; Children over 8 years: $15 (plus tax).

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Road, Bottom of Pottery Road, East of the Bayview Extension, West of Broadview Avenue. (map)

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-396-2819

email: todmorden@toronto.ca

Heritage Photo of the Day: December 4, 2012

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Piper and Drummer of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, Edinburgh Castle, 1846

Piper and Drummer of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, Edinburgh Castle, 1846

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source

National Galleries of Scotland Commons (flickr)

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Events

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

To mark the 175th Anniversary of the 1837 rebellion of Upper Canada, Gibson House is presenting two lectures:

A Rebel Evening with Storyteller Bruce Carmody

“Currents of discontent and rebellion are sweeping through the concession roads, farms and inns of Upper Canada. Join rebel leader David Gibson, recreated by master storyteller Bruce Carmody, as he expounds on the ideas and issues fueling the reformers. A farmhouse supper will be served.”

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $40 plus tax.

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Gibson House, 5172 Yonge Street just north of the North York Centre Subway Stop. (map)

Click here for directions for getting around the construction.

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-395-7432

email: gibsonhouse@toronto.ca

Rebellious Women: Teaspoons Raised

“Discover history through the perspective of three women whose lives were touched by the events of the 1837 Rebellion. Join Adrianna Prosser as she portrays Mrs. Gibson, and her guests Mrs. Cummer and Mrs. Sheppard, as they gather for tea in 1851. Includes a Scottish tea in the historic rooms of the Gibson farmhouse.”

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Call 416-395-7432 to register. $27.50 plus tax.

Date: Sunday, December 9, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location:

Location: Gibson House, 5172 Yonge Street just north of the North York Centre Subway Stop. (map)

Click here for directions for getting around the construction.

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-395-7432

email: gibsonhouse@toronto.ca

Heritage Photo of the Day: December 3, 2012

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Turf boats, off Achill Island, Co. Mayo, c.1900

Turf boats, off Achill Island, Co. Mayo, c.1900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source

National Library of Ireland on the Commons (flickr)