Archive for March, 2013

Notice for Halton-Peel Region Branch Meeting

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Oakville Public Library, (second floor auditorium) 20 Navy St., Oakville

Topic: “New Strategies in Irish Parish Register Indexing

Speaker: David R. Elliott

Brief Overview: David R. Elliott is a professional genealogical researcher, historian and author of Researching your Irish Ancestors at Home and Abroad.  He has spent several summers recording church records in Ireland.

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Heritage Photo of the Day: March 26, 2013

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Shrewsbury, Butcher’s Row, c.1880

Shrewsbury, Butcher's Row, c.1880













National Media Museum’s Photostream (flickr)

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event: Ontario Women’s History Network Conference

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The Ontario Women’s History Network is holding its 22nd annual conference.  This year’s theme, “Women’s Foodways: Enticing Entrees to Women’s History,” includes a visit to the Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum on the Friday afternoon, as well as a visit to the  Oxford County Museum School. Among the presenters will be university professors and historic cooks from Fort York, including noted author and food columnist Elizabeth Baird.


Friday, April 5, and Saturday April 6, 2013


Elmhurst Inn and Spa,

415 Harris Street, Ingersoll:

For more information please contact: Gail Cuthbert Brandt at:, or click on the links below.

Conference Poster:

Conference Program:

Conference Registration Form:

Heritage Photo of the Day: March 23, 2013

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Shrewsbury, Street View – Pride Hill and New Market, c.1880

Shrewsbury, Street View - Pride Hill and New Market, c.1880










National Media Museum’s Photostream (flickr)

Are you researching ancestors from Continental Europe?

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Our periodicals collection at the North York Central Library contains journals and newsletters from several continental locales.  Here is a small sampling:


• Adler

o Heraldisch-Genealogische Gesellschaft “Adler”, Austria


• Bulletin

o La Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d’Héraldique

• L’ intermediaire des genealogists

o Service de centralisation des etudes genealogiques

Eastern Europe

• Feefhs Journal and Quarterly

o Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies


• Arverni bituriges cubi

o Cercle d’etudes genealogique, des families Auvergno-Berrichonnes

• Cercle genealogique d’Alsace

o Cercle genealogique d’Alsace


• Familienkundliche nachrichten

• Pfaelzisch-rheinische familienkunde


• Genealogie

o Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie

• Gens Nostra

o Nederlands Genealogische Vereniging, Netherlands


• Gens

o Towarzystwo Genealogiczno-Heraldyczne, Poznan


• Revista Iberoamericana de heraldica

o Colegio Heraldico de Espana y de las Indias


• Familienforschung Schweiz

o Schweizerische Gesellschaft fur Familienforschung SGFF

Notice for Bruce & Grey County Branch Meeting

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Topic: “History of Funeral Homes”

Speaker: Bruce Tannihill

Brief Overview: A look into the history of funeral homes and traditions

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Heritage Photo of the Day: March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Dartmouth, The Butterwalk From The Quay, c.1880

Dartmouth, The Butterwalk From The Quay, c.1880












National Media Museum’s Photostream (flickr)

Notice for Toronto Branch Meeting

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Date: Monday, April 22, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Topic: “A Brick Wall and a Chisel – The Cluster Research Project”

Speaker: Ruth Blair

Brief Info: Find out how to organize and start a cluster research project to help you break down brick walls in your family history.

Additional short presentation by Elayne Lockhart: “My DNA-the Genealogical Gift that Keeps on Giving”

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Heritage Photo of the Day: March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Arcade, New Tipperary, c.1890

Arcade, New Tipperary, c.1890










National Library of Ireland on the Commons (flickr)

*Curious about just exactly what and where New Tipperary is?  Click here for more info on the area.

FYI: Did you know………

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

….. that our collection at the North York Public Library also includes an extensive selection of periodicals? If you are tracing your Ontario roots, we not only have all of the periodicals from the various OGS branches, but others from Ontario as well, such as;

  • The Loyalist Gazette, published by the United Empire Loyalists Association, Toronto
  • Ontario History, published by the Ontario Historical Society.

Check our catalogue on the OGS website for a full listing of our Ontario periodicals.

Looking a bit further a field?  Each Canadian province is also represented in our periodicals collection.  Tracing some Maritime roots?  We have Newfoundland, as well as Labrador covered with 2 publications:

  • The Newfoundland Ancestor
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogical Society Newsletter

Prince Edward Island:

  • P.E.I. Genealogical Society, Inc. newsletter

 Nova Scotia:

  • The Nova Scotia Genealogist
  • South Shore Genealogical Society News
  • Genealogical Newsletter from the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society
  • Nova Scotia Historical Review
  • The Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly

New Brunswick:

  • Generations from the New Brunswick Genealogical Society

 Quebec is well represented with the following titles:

  • L’Ancetre from the Societe de Genealogie de Quebec
  • Connections from the Quebec Family History Society
  • L’Estuaire Genealogique
  • Memoires from the Societé Génealogique Canadienne-Francaise,Montreal
  • Entre nous, les martin from the Societe Genealogique des Martin (La), Pierrefonds, QC
  • Entraide genealogique from the Societe de genealogie des Cantons de l’Est

Heading out west, we have the Prairie Provinces covered as well:

  • Generations from the Manitoba Genealogical Society
  • The New Leaf from the Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc., Brandon, MB
  • Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Bulletin
  • The Root Cellar from the Kindersly Branch of the SGS
  • Heir Lines from the Prince Albert Branch of the SGS
  • Grassroots from the Grasslands Branch, SGS, Mankota
  • Chinook : the Journal of the Alberta family histories society
  • Relatively Speaking from the Alberta Genealogical Society
  • The Tree Climber from the Red Deer and District Branch of the AGS
  • The Clandigger from the Edmonton Branch of the AGS
  • Lines of Decent from the Fort McMurray Branch of the AGS
  • Yesterday’s Footprints from the Lethbridge and District Branch of the AGS
  • Saamis Seeker from the Medicine Hat and District Branch of the AGS

British Columbia:

  • British Columbia Genealogical Society
    • Vancouver Branch
    • Prince George Branch
    • Quesnel Branch
    • Richmond Branch
  • Family Footsteps from the Kamloops Family History Society
  • Ancestree from the Nanaimo Family History Society
  • Abbotsford Genealogical Group Newsletter
  • Link up from the Chilliwack Branch of the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada
  • Splitting Heirs from the Vernon and District Family History Society

This list is by no means exhaustive; there are many more Canada specific titles in our collection.

Good luck with your research!