Archive for August, 2013

Mystery Photo for the week of August 12, 2013

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Here is Mystery Photo #2  from the OGSoldphotos’ flickr page:

OGS Mystery Photo #2











Donated by Mary Nix

Notice for Waterloo Region Branch Meeting

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 10 Lorraine Ave., Kitchener

Topic: “Writing a Family Narrative”

Looking to create a family history without getting bogged down in a huge published work? Discover a variety of ways to share the results of family research. Ideas include: family albums, newsletters, charts and outlines, historical overviews and timelines, Ancestor Walls, 1-or 2-page stories or biographies, larger published works and more. This session will help get your thoughts and materials prepared, give you ideas on how to organize and format your material and address the problem of finding time to write.

Speaker: Shirley Sturdevant, OGS President

Brief Info: Check the Branch website for updated information

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Notice for Niagara Peninsula Branch Meeting:

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Time:7:00 p.m.

Location: Thorold Public Library, 14 Ormond St. North, Thorold

Topic: “Great Revelations – Canada and the 1921 Census”

Speaker: Glenn Wright (Speaker streamed to meeting)

Contact info:

OGS President Addresses Partnership between LAC and Ancestry in Release of 1921 Canadian Census

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Genealogists with Canadian ancestry have been watching Library and Archives Canada (LAC) since they took custody of the 1921 Census of the Canadian population from Statistics Canada on June 1, 2013 after the required 92 years.  The Ontario Genealogical Society, along with many other organizations and individuals, sent letters to Library and Archives Canada, The Hon. Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada, The Hon. James Moore then Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and local Members of Parliament. We advocated for the protection of Library and Archives Canada and our Canadian archival documents and for the timely release of the census.  As President of The Ontario Genealogical Society and its 3500 members I offered to be a part of the consultation process.  Unfortunately all formal communication with parties outside of Library and Archives Canada ceased.  We were eventually told that dialogue was already in progress with a third party and that LAC was committed to making the 1921 Canada Census “rich and complex information accessible and available to all Canadians no matter where they live…”

On Thursday, August 8, 2013 LAC and Ancestry made separate announcements regarding their partnership to make this Canadian census available to the public.  At present, the census images can be browsed for free online at and users are told to return for updates since the collection will be indexed this year. To quote LAC, “Canadians will be required to pay for the extra convenience of doing advanced searches from their home.”  Free access will be available in person at Library and Archives Canada and through hundreds of libraries across Canada subscribing to

Although The Society is very pleased that these images are finally available to the public, we are concerned about its release through a subscription site. The lack of consultation with Canadian heritage organizations ignored their skills, experience and offers of assistance.  Details of the arrangement are still unfolding and we hope that answers to our questions will be forthcoming regarding the arrangement between Library and Archives Canada and Ancestry:

  • Was there no Canadian organization that could handle this?
  • Is this deal exclusive to Ancestry?
  • Has LAC given away its rights to use the digitized images later on their own web page, indexed or not?
  • Might other organizations have access to the images and produce their own indexes as has been done successfully in the past, perhaps then making the information free to all?
  • For how long will there be free access to the raw images or indexed information on the site?
  • Is there a limit to the number of years Ancestry will have the sole rights before the census might appear elsewhere or is this material solely in their hands?
  • What of access to the other census schedules?
  • Why have the microfilms or images not been available at Library and Archives Canada until now?

There are many unanswered questions being asked by our members and others in the heritage community.  We look forward to more details.

The 1921 Canada Census was taken at a very critical time in Canada’s history.  For many family researchers whose ancestors immigrated to Canada after the First World War, this is the first opportunity to have some insight into their families on North American soil.  For many born in other lands, birth and marriage records may be difficult to find.  This census provides a picture of the individuals and families who resided in Canada on June 1, 1921.  Responses to the 35 questions on the population schedule alone will possibly answer many questions about the family and perhaps provide leads to other sources.

Take advantage of these images to investigate your family in 1921.  Continue to be vigilant in helping to safeguard our heritage archival documents.  Together we represent those no longer living to ensure their lives and contributions to our country are not forgotten.  Speak for them whenever you see the need.

Shirley L. Sturdevant, President

The Ontario Genealogical Society


Notice for Lambton County Branch Meeting

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Date:Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Time:7:30 p.m.

Location:1400 Murphy Rd., Sarnia

Topic:“Adventures & Culture on the St. Clair River”

Speaker:Sandra Carlton

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Notice for Oxford County Branch Meeting

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Date: Monday, September 9, 2013

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Woodstock Public Library, 445 Hunter St., Woodstock

Topic:“Using Legacy Family Tree Genealogy Software”

Speaker: JoAnne Wilson

Brief Info: JoAnne has been using Legacy Family Tree for a number of years.

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Notice for Essex County Branch Meeting

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Date:Monday, September 9, 2013

Time:6:00 p.m.

Location:Windsor Public Library, 850 Ouellette Ave., Windsor

Topic:“Copyright and Genealogy/Family Histories”

Speaker:Myra Tawfik, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law

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FYI:Images of the 1921 Census of Canada are now available on

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

At approximately 2:00 pm, EST, images of the 1921 Census of Canada were posted on  At approximately 3:00 pm, EST, Library and Archives Canada posted the following on their website:

“Canadians can now browse the 1921 Census of the Canadian population, free of charge on

Researchers can explore the 197,529 pages of information through an index of districts and sub-districts. will also take the extra step of indexing 8.8 million names, addresses and other information for a searchable database, and developing advanced search tools to go along with it. Canadians will be required to pay for the extra convenience of doing advanced searches from their home. They will do this at their own cost, and will be offered a choice of free or paid access.

  • Free access will be possible in person at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and through hundreds of subscribing libraries across Canada.
  • Free access to raw census records will be available online.
  • Paid access will only be necessary if someone wants the extra convenience of doing advanced searches from home.”

To read LAC’s statement in its entirety, follow this link:

The census images are currently only searchable by geographic location.  If you are searching for your Ontario family members in the census, here is a link to the Ontario Locator to assist you in your search:
If you do not have a subscription to ancestry, follow this link to access the 1921 Census of Canada:

Irish Palatines in Ontario Tour Update: Open Tour Functions

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

The following functions during the Tour are open to those who wish to meet with the persons participating in the Irish Palatines in Ontario Tour 2013. Space at these functions is limited so we ask that anyone who would like to attend advise us in advance in order to reserve your spot. Location information will be given to those who RSVP. Also if a meal is served, there will be a cost, which is noted below. Please note that this list is subject to minor changes.

St. Mary’s Day: Saturday, September 7, 2013

  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm – Lunch in Kirkton with the Doupé family
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Tour of Kirkton Union Cemetery by Roy Doupé

Cost: $10.00

RSVP to: Carolyn Heald – carolyn.heald[@]

Brock Township Day: Sunday, September 8, 2013

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Lunch with Wilfrid, Brock Township, hosted by Shiers and other Palatine families from the Brock Township Are
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Show and Tell of artifacts from the area’s early Irish Palatine immigrants

Cost: $10.00

RSVP to: Dorothy Shier – dkshier[@]

Viamede Day: Monday, September 9, 2013

  • 9:00 – 12:00 pm – Genealogy open house at the Viamede Resort
    • Tips on Researching your family (computer will be available)
    • Meet other Irish Palatines and share family stories and genealogical information

There will also be a presentation by Austin Bovenizer (Director and Chairperson of the Irish Palatine Association in Rathkeale, Ireland).

Lunch will be available at the individual’s cost. The research room will be available all day.

RSVP to: Phyllis Chapmansig-ip2010[@]

Ottawa Valley Day: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • 11:30 – 1:30 pm – Pakenham – meet local Palatines – followed by lunch

Cost: $10.00

RSVP to: Mary Wallaceswitzerdolmage[@]

Prescott Day: Friday, September 13, 2013

  • 3:00 pm – Visit the Blue Church in Prescott, the Cemetery and the Barbara Heck Monument
  • 5:00 pm – Evening talks and dinner in Charlieville, near Maynard.
    • Meet and mix with interested local people and exchange genealogical info
    • Present Irish Palatine story with Prescott emphasis
    • Discuss IPA and the IP materials at Rathkeale museum in Ireland, etc.
  • 6:30 pm – Light Dinner

Cost: $15.00

RSVP to: Myrtle Johnsonmyrtleejohnston[@]

Adolphustown Day: Sunday, September 15, 2013

  • 10:30 – 11:30 pm – Hay Bay Church – Adolphustown – tour of church and a service
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch

Cost: $10.00

RSVP to: Mary Wallaceswitzerdolmage[@]

Notice for Simcoe County Branch Meeting

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013

Time: 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Location: LDS Church, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie

Topic: “Building Your Family Story Using Maps”

Speaker: Sher Leetooze

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