Archive for April, 2013

Celebrate Ontario’s Heritage and Mother’s Day at Ireland House in Burlington

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Looking for something different and unique to do for Mother’s Day this year? Museums of Burlington’s Ireland House, is holding a special Mother’s Day Downton Abbey Tea & Springtime Celebration:

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Ireland House, highlighting the life and times of the women who inhabited the Historic House through the generations! Enjoy FREE ADMISSION throughout the grounds and museum, take in historic cooking, gardening and craft workshops, artisan demonstrations and other outdoor activities such as our new nature trail!

The Mother’s Day Tea will include premium tea and Edwardian refreshments such as Gougeres, savoury fig tarts, finger sandwiches, also served will be scones with cream and preserves and other sweets such as Madeira Cake, Treacle Tarts and Wellesley Fudge, among other recipes and themes inspired by Downton Abbey, all with a special surprise host from the past! Don’t miss it!

Tea Tickets: $20/Adults, Child (5-12yrs) $15, (under 5yrs free)
 Tickets for tea times must be purchased in advance. Tickets may be purchased by credit card over the telephone by calling 905-332-9888 or in person at Ireland House Museum.
         Tea runs at hourly intervals, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Limited Spaces. Group maximum is 28 people.  

Call to register and to purchase tickets in advance for Tea Time.

For more information, please contact:  
Sylvia Hentz, Special Events Programmer
P. 905-332-9888  E:

Valerie Amaral, Special Events Assistant

P. 905-332-9888  E:

FYI: Ireland Reaching Out holds first ever ask an Expert session on April 30, 2013

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Those of us immersed in the all consuming hunt for our Irish ancestors likely already know about this, but for those who may not, there is a huge movement going on right now to reconnect Ireland’s diaspora with their ancestral roots.  Ireland Reaching Out has been set up as the go to resource for those researching their Irish ancestors.  Along with an army of volunteer parish liaisons spread throughout the country as the main point of contact for researchers, Ireland Reaching Out has announced their first ever online Expert Ireland family history Q&A session.

While Ireland Reaching Out is hosting the event, those wishing to participate and post queries should go the Ireland Family History facebook page:  Details about the event may be found here as well.

Please note: According to the instructions posted on Ireland Family History, the start time for the Q&A session is precisely at, or after, 13:30 (1:30) pm GMT and runs until 18:30 GMT.

If you do post a query, please consider sharing the response and/or your experience with us.

Notice for Toronto Branch Meeting

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Date: 27 May 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto

Topic:“Inheritance in Ontario: Estate Files and Beyond”

Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara

Brief Overview: This presentation will review how to find an estate file and how it can lead to other sources both inside and outside the court system.

Additional short presentation by Jean McNulty: “A Photographic Puzzle”.

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Notice for Ottawa Branch Meeting

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Date: May 25, 2013

Time:1:30-3:00 pm

Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Room 115, Ottawa

Topic: The Life of Jack Couture

Speaker: Michael MacDonald

Brief Info: Couture was a journalist, activist, storyteller and poolroom operator who originally hailed from Deseronto, Ontario. The presentation will trace his poverty stricken beginnings and concentrate mostly on his colourful contributions to life in Aylmer, Quebec including his many contributions to the Ottawa daily newspapers in the 1940s to 1950s.

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FYI: News Release From Heritage Toronto

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

“Heritage Toronto is excited to announce the launch of its 2013 Tours program!


We will be kicking off a fantastic tour season on Sunday April 28th – and there is something for everyone!


Many Torontonians know how great our walking tours are – we’ve been putting them on for 19 years. Heritage Toronto Tours in 2013 will be a bit different. It’s not just walking tours that we’ll be offering – we’re excited to be expanding our usual walking tour program to include bus, bike, family and boutique tours too!


This year’s Tours program will run from the end of April until October and have 58 in total, including 26 new tours.


You will be able to reserve a spot for our new paid and pre-registered tours via our website


Join us on a tour – we’d love to show you some hidden gems, tell you about some fascinating stories and share with you Toronto’s amazing heritage!”

Contact Info:

Click here for a brochure of the 2013 Tours Program


Notice for London & Middlesex County Branch Meeting

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Westmount Branch of London Public Library, 3200 Wonderland Road (map)

Topic: “Jewish Genealogy”

Speaker: Bill Gladstone

Brief Overview: Bill, a Toronto-based journalist, author, publisher, public speaker and noted genealogist, researched and wrote “A History of the Jewish Community of London Ontario” in 2011.

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FYI: Genealogy Canada makes Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 List

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Elizabeth Lapointe, long time member of the Society and editor of the OGS newsletter, has had her blog, Genealogy Canada, named to Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Blogs for 2013.

Congratulations Elizabeth!

Click here to see the full list of the top 40 blogs.  You will find Elizabeth’s blog under the category Heritage Help.

Notice for Lambton County Branch Meeting

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: 1400 Murphy Rd., Sarnia

*Note: This meeting will also be available online via “Live Meeting”

Topic: Diary of Henry Jones 1832

Speaker: George Bice

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Notice for Simcoe County Branch Meeting

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: LDS Church, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie (map)

Topic: Using DNA to Confirm Relatives and Relationships

Speaker: Linda Reid

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Notice for Kingston Branch Meeting

Monday, April 15th, 2013
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Wilson Room, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St., Kingston (map)
Topic: “The Fair Fugitive: Harriet Powell’s Life and Legacy”
Speaker: Joanne Stanbridge
Visitors Welcome!