Archive for August, 2013

Profile: OGS Heritage Societies: Fathers of Confederation

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Fathers of Confederation Hertiage CertificateThis lineage society, established by the Ontario Genealogical Society, is open to anyone who can prove descent from one of these 36 officially-named Fathers of Confederation:

Sir Adams George Archibald, George Brown, Sir Alexander Campbell, Sir Frederick Carter, Sir George-Etienne Cartier, Sir Edward Barron Chandler, Sir Jean-Charles Chapais, Sir James Cockburn, George Coles, Robert B. Dickey, Charles Fisher, Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt, Col John Hamilton Gray, Sir John Hamilton Gray, Sir Thomas Heath Haviland, William Alexander Henry, Sir William Pearce Howland, John Mercer Johnson, Sir Hector-Louis Langevin, Andrew Archibald Macdonald, Sir John A. Macdonald, Jonathan McCully, William Alexander McDougall, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Peter Mitchell, Sir Oliver Mowat, Edward Palmer, William Henry Pope, John William Ritchie, Sir Ambrose Shea, William H. Steeves, Sir Etienne-Paschal Tache, Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, Sir Charles Tupper, Edward Whelan, and/or Robert Duncan Wilmot.

Click here for full details and an application form for the Fathers of Confederation Society.

If you require more information or assistance with your Fathers of Confederation Society application, please contact our membership coordinator at:

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event: Russell Heritage Festival 2013

Friday, August 30th, 2013

On Sunday, September 22, 2013, join in the fun and help celebrate the history of Russell and Area (1827-2013) at the Russell Heritage Festival. Activities include:

  •  Bronze casting demonstration by Gary Briggs, Sculptor, Leyline Studio
  •  Quilting demonstration by Victoria Quilts
  •  Wagon Rides & Historical House Tour
  •  Algonquin Awareness Exhibit, by Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation

Don’t forget to visit the Keith M. Boyd Museum and check out their Historical & Genealogical Resources, as well as their local Family Histories.

Click here to download the official Russell Heritage Festival Poster

For more information about the Festival and to contact the Keith M. Boyd Museum, visit their website at:

FYI: Reminder for the upcoming BIFHSGO Family History Conference

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa will be holding their annual Family History Conference from September 20-22, 2013.

For information about the conference, the conference program, and online registration, please visit the BIFHSGO website at:

BIFHSGO Family History Conference Poster

OGS/Dundurn Publications

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Inheritance in OntarioInheritance in Ontario – Wills and Other Records for Family Historians by Jane E. MacNamara

Jane E. MacNamara


Whether your ancestor left hundreds of acres of land, money or a few modest belongings, the records created when those legacies were distributed can provide valuable clues to family connections, relationships, and just how your ancestors lived.

Inheritance in Ontario will help you determine whether your relative’s will was proved in the Court of Probate, surrogate courts, or another court, and navigate the finding aids to locate surviving estate files and other complementary records at the Archives of Ontario, local courthouse or archives, or through Not every Ontario estate was handled by a court, however, and land records, newspapers, and manuscript collections can also help you discover “who got what.”

Jane E. MacNamara is a long-time member of the Ontario Genealogical Society. She teaches and speaks about family history to groups throughout Ontario and is the organizer of the Genealogy Summer Camp, a program attracting out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a week of hands-on research. Jane lives in Toronto and encourages readers to visit her website,

Click here to buy this book on the OGS eStore

FYI: War of 1812 Graveside Project

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Do you have a War of 1812 Veteran in your family tree?  If so, then you will probably be interested in the Graveside Project: Honouring the War of 1812 Veterans. For information about the project, follow the link to their website:

Reminder for Huron County Branch Meeting

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Huron County Museum, 110 North Street, Goderich

Topic: “Antiquated Medical Terminology – the Key to Unlocking Your Family Medical History”

Speaker: Colleen Maguire

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OGS Publications

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

McCabecoverThe McCabe List – Early Irish in the Ottawa Valley

Bruce S. Elliott, index by DeAlton Owens


‘Lieutenant Colonel By, Commanding Royal Engineer, Rideau Canal. Humbly Sheweth – It is our candid & sincere opinion that the description of Poor in Ireland alluded to would be highly benefited by being sent to Canada on the Conditions proposed; Most of Us have Relatives residing in that Country in impoverished circumstances’

So begins The McCabe List, published with the permission of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, a most important genealogical document on the Ottawa Valley. It provides the signature or mark, county, parish, and townland of origin, number of male and female children, and names and addresses of relatives in the homeland for some 700 mostly Irish families who were in the vicinity of Bytown on 5 February 1829. A richer genealogical goldmine on early Irish immigrants can scarcely be imagined.

The list was discovered by John McCabe, the well-known Belfast genealogist, while researching at the Public Record Office in England. He readily agreed to its publication and the British government granted permission to reproduce it. Bruce Elliott obtained a complete photocopy, transcribed it and wrote the introduction; the index was prepared by DeAlton Owens.

The Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to once again offer this valuable tool in a new, easy-to-read format. The list should help resolve countless long-standing research deadlocks for those in eastern Ontario and western Quebec with Irish ancestry. Hundreds of familiar Valley names appear.

2002, 86 pages, nominal index

Click here to order This book from the OGS eStore

Mystery Photo for the week of August 27, 2013

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Can anyone help with Mystery Photo #4?:











Donor, Mary Nix

Reminder for London and Middlesex County Branch Meeting

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Time:7:00 p.m.

Location: Westmount Branch, London Public Library

Topic: “Not all Information is in London – The Family History Resources of the Middlesex County Library System”

Speaker: Chris Harrington

Brief Overview: Chris is with the Local History Area, Strathroy Public Library

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Reminder for Haldimand County Branch Meeting

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Time: 1:30 p.m.

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

Topic: “The Battle of Nanticoke”

Speaker: Karen Richardson

Brief Overview: Ms. Richardson is the curator at the Haldimand County Museum & Archives. Her talk deals with the War of 1812 – the Battle of Nanticoke plus other events that happened due to the battle.

Contact Info: