Archive for August, 2013

FYI: Availability of other 1921 Census Schedules

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Have you been wondering about schedules other than the personal population schedule for the 1921 Census? We certainly have. To this end, OGS President Shirley Sturdevant contacted LAC to find out when, and if, other 1921 Census schedules, such as the Agricultural Census, might be released. According to LAC, they only received the schedule that is now online, i.e., the personal population schedule, from Statistics Canada. They are now following up with Stats Canada to see if any additional schedules have been microfilmed and will update us when they have more information.

OGS will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates when we get them.

Profile: Completed OGS Projects: Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Registers

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Beginning in 1843, Wesleyan Methodist ministers kept a book of entries for births and baptisms and submitted each year’s book to the Conference Office. Entries were then copied into the General Register, arranged by township, town, village and circuit. Records of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and its subsequent evolutions go from 1826 to 1910.

The Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Registers transcription project was initiated by Dorothy Martin and Sandra Moore and became a project of the Society in November 2000. Transcriptions of the microfilmed baptismal records have been compiled and submitted to the United Church of Canada Archives who hold copyright on these records. The United Church has allowed the Ontario Genealogical Society to transcribe and sell these records through its thirty Branches located throughout Ontario.

To obtain copies of these baptismal record indexes, contact the Branch in the area in which you are doing your family research.

FYI:Discuss your Family History Research on Facebook

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Did you know that OGS has a Facebook page? OGS Provincial Office and several branches have pages on Facebook and they are becoming very popular places to share information and make queries about family members. If you’re a Facebook user, check out our Provincial Office page for general queries, or get more local knowledge from one of the OGS branches -  Essex County, Halton PeelHamiltonNiagara PeninsulaOttawaPerth, Toronto, Wellington County. There is even a facebook page for OGS Conference 2014, hosted by Niagara Peninsula Branch.

“Like”any of our pages to follow the conversations and share your knowledge with your fellow researchers. Look for the “recent posts by others” section on the right hand side of the page.

Profile: Current OGS Projects: Cemeteries

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

One of the longest running OGS projects, 30 years and counting, has been transcribing and documenting the inscriptions in Ontario cemeteries. We are also indexing the names on the inscriptions. There are a couple of ways you may access the information generated by this project:

Ontario Cemetery Locator

  • The locator is a directory of cemeteries in Ontario. Volunteers have endeavoured to identify all marked, unmarked and abandoned cemeteries.
  • Where available, transcriptions may be viewed in the OGS Provincial Library Collection, located in the Canadiana Department at North York Central Library.
  • Most transcriptions may be purchased through the respective OGS Branch. Some however, are available for sale on the OGS E-store.

TONI – The Ontario Name Index

TONI shows where information on a particular name may be found.  It contains:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Record type (birth, marriage, death, obit, tombstone, newspaper article, etc)
  • Date of event, at least to the decade
  • Location of event, at least the county
  • Where the full information may be found (does not include the information itself, just the source of it).

As TONI grows, it will incorporate the information currently in the Ontario Cemetery Ancestor Index. The TONI database receives frequent updates so come back often to see what has been added.

Notice for Toronto Branch Meeting

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto

Topic: How to Plan a Fabulous Family Reunion

Speaker: Cathy McNamara

Brief Info: This presentation will take you through the ABCs of planning a reunion, big or small, from start to finish and how to have some fun along the way.

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Notice for Elgin County Branch Meeting

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Carnegie Room, St Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis St, St. Thomas

Topic: “Elgin County Postcards & Postal Memorabilia”

Speaker: Martin DeKeyzer

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Notice for Brant County Branch Meeting

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Branch Library, 118 Powerline Rd., Brantford

Topic: “Archive Storage and Use at the Grand Erie Board of Education Archives”

Speaker: Dan Walker, Grand Erie Board of Education Archives

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OGS Publications

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Whyte CDDictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation, Volumes 1 to 4 (CD-ROM)

Donald Whyte



These volumes (1-4) document thousands of fur traders, explorers, bankers, railway builders, politicians, farmers, teachers and journalists who came to Canada before 1867. Donald Whyte consulted numerous sources, printed and manuscript, and by extensive correspondence, gathered much information that would not otherwise have been saved for posterity. A must for anyone searching for Scottish ancestors, these volumes also provide a bibliography of genealogical periodicals.


• An introduction to the CD

• The text of all four volumes in PDF

• The appendices from Volumes 2, 3 and 4 in PDF

2008 CD

Click here to purchase this from the OGS eStore.

Profile: Completed OGS Projects: Upper Canada Land Books Index

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

The Upper Canada Land Books record minutes of the meetings of the Land Board’s Executive Council, which were held between the years 1791 and 1847. During this period, the Executive Council had the authority over land granting or selling of crown lands in Upper Canada. Petitioners would have been settlers, military claimants, and Loyalists.

There are 24 Land Books with approximately 72,000 names of Ontario pioneers. The index includes every name located in the records as well as residence, petition number, the location of the land, the Land Book and page number.

The Upper Canada Land Books Indexes are available in CD format and may be purchased through the OGS eStore.

If you would like to view digitized images of the Upper Canada Land Books, they may be found on the website as part of their Héritage Collection. Please note that these images are not indexed.

Notice for Bruce & Grey Branch Meeting

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Time: 1:30 pm

Location: Greenwood Cemetery, 190 1st St., SW, Owen Sound

Topic: Tour of Greenwood Cemetery

Speaker: Terri Jackson

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