Archive for January, 2013

FYI: Heritage Photos

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Heritage Photos will be back on January 15th.

We are going to start the year off by looking at any photos that we can find of the trades and professions our ancestors may have been involved in.  Some are fairly obvious and photographs of them easier to find, for instance, farming, fishing and blacksmiths. Some however, continue to elude us, an Ale Conner for example. We have yet to come across a photo for that!

If you have any trades or professions that you would like to suggest, and if we can find photos for them, that have no copyright issues of course, then let us know and we will see what we can find.

As always, if you have photos you would like to share, let us know.

FYI: OGS makes the Top 100 Genealogy Websites

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

GenealogyInTime Magazine has just released the annual review and ranking of the top 100 genealogy websites from around the world and the OGS website has made the list for the first time, coming in at #77.

You can read the article here: Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2013 by GenealogyInTime Magazine.

We continue to work to improve our website and web presence.

OGS Conference 2013 – May 31, June 1 and 2, 2013 Durham College/UOIT, Oshawa, Ontario

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

OGS Conference 2013 is now ready to receive paper registrations.

If you’ve never attended one of the Ontario Genealogical Society’s annual conferences, you are in for a treat! There will be workshops, lectures, special interest group meetings (SIG’s), a large Marketplace, free genealogical help, a tour, and inexpensive accommodation.

Register before March 31 and save money with our Early Bird Special price.

OGS members also receive a discount.

To register, visit the conference web site at and download the conference brochure. You can fill in and mail the registration form, located on page 7, to:

OGS Conference 2013

40 Orchard View Blvd., Suite 102

Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4R 1B9


Online registration will be available soon. 

General inquiries about Conference 2013 may be forwarded to:

Questions regarding registration may be forwarded to:

FYI: National Archives of Ireland’s Digital Resources

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Did you know that the National Archives of Ireland has put some digital resources online? These include the 1901 and 1911 Censuses for all 32 Counties.  For more details on other digital records you can find on this site to help search for your Irish Ancestors, follow the link:

Fiach Sásta (Happy Hunting!)

Notice for Oxford County Branch Meeting

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Date: Monday, February 11, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Woodstock Public Library, 445 Hunter St., Woodstock (map)

Topic: “Researching Scottish Records”

Speaker: Christine Woodcock

Brief Overview: Christine will speak about Scottish research from home and abroad.

Contact Info:

Notice for Essex County Branch Meeting

Friday, January 11th, 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:

FYI: Webinar on Indexing for the OGS TONI project

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Another webinar on Indexing for the OGS TONI project is being held for Ottawa Branch volunteers but we welcome all other interested members to join us. This session will include a short description of the project and then a demonstration on how to index a document in order to add it to The Ontario Name Index (TONI).

The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday 22 Jan 2013 at 7:30pm and will be hosted in the Ottawa Branch Live Meeting Room.

Live Meeting 2007 is compatible with Windows PCs. For information on how to connect, use this link: ( Then connect to the meeting room itself at:

Please do so in plenty of time to join before the webinar is scheduled to start.

Please direct any queries to:


Notice for Hamilton Branch Meeting

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Date: Sunday, January 20, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Hamilton Room, Hamilton Main Public Library, 55 York Blvd., Hamilton (map)

Topic: Billy Green and the War of 1812

Speaker: Doug Green

Brief Overview: Presentation will centre on the role of Billy Green in the Battle of Stoney Creek and other families such as the Van Wagners who were in the Wentworth area.

Contact Info:

Reminder for Upcoming Ottawa Branch Meeting

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

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:

Contact Info:

FYI: Upcoming Ottawa Branch Special Event: A Day at the Archives

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Want to learn more about the collections in the libraries of the Ottawa Branch, the Sir Guy Carleton Branch UELAC, the British Isles Family History Society and the corporate Archives of the City of Ottawa?

This is your chance to have some one-on-one time with a specialist (limited to one question based on availability), or just listen to specialists speak about their area of expertise in response to others’ questions.

Date: Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa (map)

Contact Info: or