Archive for January, 2013

Notice for Kent County Branch Meeting

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Date: Friday, February 8, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Topic: “The Thompson Family”

Speaker: Anne Fisher

Brief Overview: Anne will tell the tale of her grandfather, W.G. Thompson of Blenheim.

Everyone Welcome!

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

Heritage Photo of the Day: January 5, 2013

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

London Nomades, 1877.

For the background and a full description about this photograph and the photographer, please follow the source link located below the picture.

London Nomades, 1877

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Library’s Photostream (flickr)

FYI: Township Papers

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

The Township Papers (Archives of Ontario RG 1-58) are a large collection of documents that date from c.1783 to c.1870. The documents include copies of orders-in-council, location certificates and tickets, assignments, certificates of settlement duties, correspondence and some wills. The records are arranged by township, town, or village and, within each township, by concession and then lot number. When a document dealt specifically with a particular piece of property and did not appear to fit within another records series, it was placed within the Township Papers. Once you know the particular lot of land the settler was granted, it is worth looking at the Township Papers since there may be information about the settler.

There are 540 reels of Township Papers with 528,000 pages of information, held by the Archives of Ontario. An index to these would be a tremendous resource for Ontario genealogists but it is a HUGE job. The best indexers would be people who know the township and have an interest in the people therein. Since most of the material is hand written, everything has to be proofed, i.e. two people have to read the whole file looking for names.

OGS is considering a project to index the Township Papers of Ontario. We will need a number of volunteers to do the work but first we need somebody to lead the Ontario Township Indexing Project. Are you up to the challenge? Would you like to be part of the team that brings these resources to light?

For more information or to offer your services, contact Mike More at: vp@ogs.on.ca.

FYI: Conference 2014 Call for Speakers

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

The committee for Conference 2014 has launched their Call For Speakers. If you would like to speak at this Conference, please follow the instructions below for making your application. The Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will host the Society’s annual conference, May 1-4, 2014 at Brock University. The conference theme is GENEALOGY WITHOUT BORDERS.

Although borders are an important aspect in defining a country, they also often delineate an area of genealogical study. In the past, genealogists often had to travel across borders to complete family histories in their genealogical area. Today’s genealogist can often cross these borders while sitting at a desk. We can trace the movement of settlers from European countries from the American states and other provinces to Ontario.

We invite seminar proposals with this theme in mind.

Our Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th seminar sessions are generally fifty minutes in length with ten minutes for discussion. We also have workshops on Friday, May 2nd, which are of three hours duration. We invite lecture and workshop submissions on a broad range of genealogical topics which will help to solve family history problems by any of the following methods:

  1. Use of technology in genealogy (DNA, internet, software etc.)
  2. Records at a distance (especially Eastern USA and European)
  3. War records, 1812, W.W. 1
  4. Land records, census, directories,
  5. Early Ontario records, prior to 1869 and their repositories
  6. Proposals are also solicited for the broader genealogical categories including the histories associated with the War of 1812, methodology, analysis and problem solving used in genealogy

Each proposal should include the following information:

  1. Speaker’s full name, address, telephone and e-mail address
  2. Title of the presentation, not to exceed fifteen words, and a brief but comprehensive outline
  3. Lecture summary, not to exceed twenty-five words, to be used in the program registration brochure
  4. Identification of the audience level; beginner, intermediate, advanced or all levels
  5. Speaker biography, not to exceed twenty-five words
  6. Resume of recent lectures by the speaker
  7. Presenters may submit any number of proposals. Complete proposals should be emailed to conference2014@ogs.on.ca by May 15, 2013

If using a Power Point presentation, then the image should be easily read at a distance of 20 metres or 65 feet.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified in early summer and we will request that you provide a 4 page summary of your talk or workshop for our syllabus by Dec. 31st, 2013. This should include references and web addresses mentioned, sample screen images etc. It will be submitted electronically (in Word, RTF or PDF format).

Please include your approximate travel costs, economy class to St. Catharines, Ont. Canada. Besides remuneration, food and lodging will be based upon the number of lectures given and transportation expenses will depend upon the speaker’s home address. Workshop fees may be negotiated. Questions can be directed to conference2014@ogs.on.ca.

Please Note: We are looking for speakers who would be open to their presentation being broadcast live from the Conference to those individuals who cannot travel but still wish to join us. As well, we are looking for speakers who may be interested in speaking but cannot travel as we can stream you in to the conference.

Notice for Bruce & Grey County Branch Meeting

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2013

Time: 1:30 pm

Location: LDS Family History Centre, 490 2nd Ave. South East, Owen Sound (map)

Topic: “Breaking Down Brick Walls.”

Speakers: Kathleen Szakall and Roberta Clark

Brief Overview: Everyone seems to have that brick wall. Come and let Kathleen and Roberta try to help you.

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

Heritage Photo of the Day: January 4, 2013

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Clock House, Mallow, Ireland, c.1901

Clock House, Mallow, Ireland, c.1901

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Library of Ireland on the Commons (flickr)

Notice for Sudbury Region Branch Meeting

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Date: Monday, January 21, 2013

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Parkside Centre, Sudbury YMCA, 140 Durham St. S., Sudbury (map)

Topic: “Meanderning Roots”

Speaker: Michael C. Kelly

Brief Overview: We know that not every genealogical search brings ancestors from some home country right to our back yard.  Some wander – and these can be tricky to follow. The purpose of this presentation is to outline the routes our roots take.  In it, we will tour some mighty projects, visit Quebec City a month before the Plains of Abraham, and take a moment to reflect on a postmortem wedding celebration. 

Contact Info: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onogs/ogs.htm

Notice for Essex County Branch Meeting

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Date: Monday, January 14, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm

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

Topic: “The Development and Importance of Mills in the Development of Essex County and Ontario.”

Speaker: Herb Colling

All Welcome!

Contact Info: http://www.ogs.on.ca/essex/default.html

Notice for Kent County Branch Meeting

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Date: Friday, January 11, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: St. Andrew’s Residence, 99 Park Street, Chatham (map)

Topic: “Kent Branch OGS presents the IODE Dresden Chapter”

Speaker: Marie Carter

Brief Overview: Marie Carter will share the history and role of the Dresden’s Catherine McVean Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire.

Everyone Welcome!

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

Heritage Photo of the Day: January 3, 2013

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Harbour and Castle Rushen, Castletown, Isle of Man, c.1897

Harbour and Castle Rushen, Castletown, Isle of Man, c.1897

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Maritime Museum (flickr)