Archive for January, 2013

Heritage Photo of the Day: Trades & Professions: Sellers and Dealers: January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Second Hand Furniture Dealer, London, 1877

Second Hand Furniture Dealer, 1877 London













Library of the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE) Photostream (

Reminder for Essex County Branch Meeting

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Date: Monday, February 11, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Windsor Public Library, 850 Ouellette Ave., Windsor (map)

Topic: “Tour with Tom”

Speaker: Tom Vajdik, Windsor Public Library

Brief Overview: Come for a tour of the Windsor Public Library’s genealogical resources and learn how to access other resources from there.

All Welcome!

Contact Info:

Reminder: Simcoe County Branch of the OGS is Celebrating their 30th Anniversary

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

 Simcoe County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

Cordially Invites you to their

30th Anniversary Celebration

Open House

February 2, 2013

11am – 4pm

Official Ceremony 1:00 p.m.

79 Ferris Lane, Barrie

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


How to start your family tree

History and other Resources

Breaking Down the “Brick Walls”

Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 892, Barrie, Ontario, Canada L4M 4Y6

Contact Info:

Heritage Photo of the Day: Trades & Professions: Sellers & Dealers: January 29, 2013

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Dealers in Fancy-Ware, London, England, 1877.

Dealers in Fancy-Ware, London, 1877










Library of the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE) Photostream (flickr)

Heritage Photo of the Day: Trades & Professions: Sellers & Dealers: January 28, 2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Continuing with the Trades & Professions theme for our heritage photos, this week we are going to focus on Sellers and Dealers.

Our first photo makes a rather neat segue from last weeks Fishing theme:

The Cheap Fish of St-Giles, 1877.

The Cheap Fish of St-Giles, 1877












Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Photostream

Heritage Languages Under Threat

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

If you could go back in time and visit some of your ancestors, would you be able to communicate with them?

Many of the languages and dialects our ancestors spoke have either disappeared or are under threat. On the Isle of Man for example, the last native Manx speaker, Ned Maddrell, died in 1974. Although great efforts are underway to revive it as a living language on the Island, fluent Manx speakers are in the minority. Two other Celtic languages, Cornish and Breton, are fighting for their survival as well. An interesting article posted on the Celtic League’s website in 2010, FOINSE FOCUS ON MANX, BRETON AND CORNISH LANGUAGES, highlights efforts being made to save these languages in their respective countries.

Click here if you wish to read the article.

UNESCO’s Atlas of World Languages maps out areas where the indigenous language has been flagged as endangered. Click here for a link to UNESCO”S Atlas to see if any of your “heritage” languages are on the list.

If you are interested in heritage languages and their preservation, you might find these groups of interest:

  • Intergroup for Traditional Minorites, National Communities and Languages:



  •  EuroLang:



  • Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity



FYI: York Region Branch Profiled in Local Newspaper

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

As the interest in genealogy grows, reporters are starting to seek out genealogy groups. Recently, a reporter from the Newmarket Era profiled the York Region Branch of OGS in the January 24th edition of the paper.

Read the article York group helps you learn about your past.

Congratulations to York Region branch for raising the genealogy profile in their community!

FYI: Leeds and Grenville Branch Instrumental in preservation of local cemetery

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

OGS Leeds and Grenville has been working with the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, as well as the Leeds and Grenville Genealogy Society, to determine and mark boundaries for the House of Industry Cemetery near Athens, Ontario.

Their work is profiled in Project marks lost cemetery in the Brockville newspaper, the Recorder and Times. Many thanks to Leeds and Grenville for their hard work on this worth cause!

FYI: NewsLeaf Vol. 43 now online

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

NewsLeaf Vol. 43, no. 1 – February 2013, is now available to be viewed online in the Members Only section of the OGS website. Sign in here.

NewsLeaf Electronic is a green initiative started in 2012. The digital version of NewsLeaf is a full-colour PDF document that is available online for OGS Members with live clickable links to allow for easy exploration of the sources and resources shared in the publication.

Everyone who has registered an email address with OGS will receive email notification when the file is available to be downloaded from the Members Only area.

Please be assured that if you requested to continue receiving paper copies of NewsLeaf, they will be delivered to you with your issue of Families as before. Also, be assured that OGS members who do not have an email address registered with us will continue to receive paper copies of NewsLeaf as before.

We hope you enjoy the benefits of NewsLeaf Electronic and thank you for your participation in this new initiative.


Heritage Photos of the Day: Trades & Professions: Fishing: January 25, 2013

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Boats and fishermen in Lysekil, Sweden, c.1880

Västra Götaland, Lysekil, Lysekil, Bohuslän, Övrigt-Arbetsliv










Swedish National Heritage Board Photostream

Fish cleaning at Klädesholmen, Tjörn, Sweden, c.1862

Fish cleaning at Klädesholmen, Tjörn, Sweden, c.1862










Swedish National Heritage Board Photostream