Archive for May, 2013

Notice for Simcoe County Branch Meeting

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: LDS Church, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie

Topic: Toronto Carrying Place

Speaker: Madeline McDowell

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WWl & WWll Canadian Service Records

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Many of us have family members who served in the World Wars. If you are seeking the service records for someone in your family, the Library and Archives Canada blog has posted a two part article with tips on how to search for WWl and WWll service records.

Follow this link for information on WWl records:

From Enlistment to Burial Records: The Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War

If you are seeking records from WWll, part two of the article is a must read. Records for anyone who served after 1918, are considered to be private. Therefore, there are very specific protocols you must follow when seeking access to these records:

Follow this link for information on WWll records:

From Enlistment to Burial Records Part II: The Canadian Forces in the Second World War

FYI: Notice from the East European Genealogical Society about their 2013 Seminar

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

“Family History Library Resources and Research in the Former Russian Empire”

The Seminar promises to be a great experience, both from what you will learn from Kahlile Mehr and from the networking with other attendees.   There will be opportunities to use the Family History Library, as well as to locate your ancestral village.  You will have free time during the lunch hour and before dinner for these activities.  At an extra cost, you can attend the dinner buffet by Ludwick Catering (one of the best in the city), with Perogies, Cabbage Rolls, Meatballs, Chicken (lightly baked), Scalloped Potatoes, and much more.  The dinner will be followed by Kahlile’s last presentation.

This full-day seminar will feature presentations by internationally renowned authority, Kahlile Mehr  from Salt Lake City. The presentations will focus on two distinct subjects namely, “Family History Library Resources” and “Research in the Former Russian Empire.” The first subject includes information for the former Russian Empire but is also relevant for other areas of eastern Europe such as Poland and Ukraine (including Galicia & Bukovina). The former Russian Empire was comprised of modern-day Russia, the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, & Estonia), Belarus, Poland (northeastern), Ukraine (central & eastern including Black Sea), & other former Soviet republics.

Date:   June 1, 2013 (full day and evening)

Place:  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), 45 Dalhousie Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Ø      Getting the Most out of FamilySearch

Ø      Online Databases of the Polish State Archive

Ø      Finding Places in the Former Russian Empire

Ø      The Baltic Edge of the Former Russian Empire

Ø      How Records are Acquired by FamilySearch from the Former Soviet Sphere

The EEGS website now accepts on-line payments for the seminar, memberships and purchasing back-issue of The East European Genealogist.

Registrations are pouring in!  DON’T MISS THIS SEMINAR.   Family historians are coming from Connecticut, Wisconsin, Minnesota, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Cost:    EEGS Members $60.00; Non-members $65.00 (includes lunch); Dinner $28.00 each

Registration forms OR Register and pay-online at 

For additional info:

(Venue provided by the LDS, Dalhousie Ward, Winnipeg, MB)

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Notice for Quinte Branch Meeting

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Drive, Trenton (map)

Topic: “What’s New in Genetic Genealogy?”

Speaker: Dr. John D. Reid

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Free admission, everyone welcome. Refreshments will follow.

FYI:Upcoming Heritage Events for the Weekend of: May 11, 2013

Monday, May 6th, 2013

If its spring it must be time for another season of Doors Open Ontario.  This weekend we are off to Norfolk and Richmond Hill.


Along with architectural treasures such as the Lynnwood Campbell/Reid house and La Salette Historic Church, Norfolk is also showcasing its rich heritage in the Arts.  Simcoe Little Theatre and Lighthouse Festival Theatre are just two of several venues that will be opening their doors to the viewing public. Click here for more details and a full list of Norfolk Doors Open venues.

Richmond Hill:

Burr House and Guild Hall, Cober-Johnson General Store and Thomas Boynton House are among the approximately 20 heritage and cultural sites participating in Richmond Hill’s Doors Open event.  A full list of all the Richmond Hill sites can be found here.

Happy Touring!

Notice for Huron County Branch Meeting:

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Huron County Museum, 110 North Street, Goderich

Topic:Encore Presentation on Photographs. Want to know more about your family photographs and how to store them safely? Attend a presentation offered by Jenna Leifso.

Bring up to two photos, a USB drive or blank CD and have them scanned for free! Also, “June Brides”: meeting attendees will have the chance to visit the display of wedding dresses in the Museum gallery.

Speaker: Jenna Leifso, Archives Research Assistant for the Huron County Museum.

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Notice for Halidmand County Branch Open House

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Haldimand County Branch is holding an Open House to announce the awarding of a Trillium Grant that made it possible for them to purchase microfilms from the Dunnville Chronicle & Dunnville Gazett

Date:Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Time:1:30 p.m.

Location: Haldimand County Museum & Archives, 8 Echo Street, Cayuga

Speaker and Special Guests include:Shirley Sturdevant, President OGS, MPP Toby Barrett, Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt, and Trillium Grant Foundation representatives Karen Richardson & Traci Collins

Brief Overview:This open house will showcase the materials that Haldimand County Branch OGS holds in its Library Collection.

Every one is welcome to attend.

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OGS is changing, and we want your help!

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

The OGS Board is calling for a few enthusiastic members to form a Communications Task Force to help the Society improve communications – between and among Society members, Branches and Special Interest Groups, the Board of Directors, the Provincial Office staff and others outside the Society.

We are seeking 5-6 volunteers for this small, short-term committee, tasked with specific outcomes. We are looking for individuals with communications expertise and experience; you do not need to be a Board or Branch Executive volunteer to take part. If you have been told you are a great communicator we need your help to steer the organization to a clear and well-defined process that will allow the Society to improve its relations at all levels.

For more information, please visit the Members Only section on the OGS website, and look for the Communications Task Force Mandate. If you are interested, please contact OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant at by May 21, 2013, and share with her your interest and the skills and experience you can bring to this task force. 


Heritage Photo of the Day: May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, about 1890

Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, c.1890










Musée McCord Museum’s Photostream

Heritage Photo: May 1, 2013

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Sugaring-off party, Eastern Townships, Quebec, c.1870

Sugaring-off party, Eastern Townships, Quebec, c.1870










Musée McCord Museum’s Photostream (flickr)