Archive for September, 2013

Mystery Photo for the Week of October 1, 2013

Monday, September 30th, 2013

We have a lovely family group for Mystery Photo #8:

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Donor, Mary Nix

Link to image on OGSoldphotos, flickr site:

FYI: Early Canadian Cookbooks

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Want to cook like your pioneer ancestors? Check out this great website created by Anje Merkies on Early Canadian Cookbooks:

If you want more information on the Culinary History of early Canada, visit the University of Guelph’s Archival & Special Collections site:

If anyone is up for the challenge of trying one of these heritage recipes, let us know how it turns out. You can even send us a photo of your creation. Send it to: librarian[at], and we will post it on the blog.

FYI: Niagara Peninsula Branch Announces Limited Edition Publication

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The Niagara Peninsula OGS Branch has compiled a limited-edition book to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. When Thomas Jefferson made his infamous prediction that, “the acquisition of Canada this year… will be a mere matter of marching,” he underestimated the courage and determination of the men and women of Upper Canada, including their First Nations allies.

Our book, More Than A Mere Matter of Marching, contains the fascinating stories of over 60 families whose experiences during the War of 1812 may never have been in print before. The book is 323 pages, contains both colour and black-and-white images, and an index of over 1700 names.

PRE-PUBLICATION PRICE (available Oct. 1 – Oct. 31, 2013): $25.00 shipping and handling

PUBLICATION PRICE: $30.00 shipping and handling

For further information, please visit the Niagara Peninsula OGS Branch website:

Notice for Toronto Branch Meeting

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Date: Monday, October 28, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

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

Topic: What Really Happened? A Genetic Genealogy Success Story


  • Elizabeth A.R. Kaegi
  • James F.S. Thomson

Brief Overview: Find out how our speakers used new genetic genealogy tests together with traditional family history techniques to solve a six-decade-old mystery.

Contact Info:

OGS/Dundurn Publications:Genealogist’s Reference Shelf Series

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Standards OGS DGenealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians

Brenda Dougall Merriman


“… should be considered a must-read by anyone doing family history research in Canada. This easy-to-read book makes it simple to understand the different record sources, and the limitations and possibilities of each one.” –Dave Obee, Times Colonist

Genealogical evidence is the information that helps us to identify an individual or the relationship between individuals. In describing how we establish or argue points of identification through the use of various sources, we often use such words as “evidence,” “proof” or “documentation.”

Brenda Dougall Merriman takes readers through the process of research and identification, along the way examining how the genealogical community developed standards of evidence and documentation, what those standards are and how they can be applied.

As a supplement to courses, workshops and seminars, this book provides both an in-depth and inexpensive reference, perfect for compiling and checking research notes.

2010 116p illustrated

Mystery Photo for the Week of September 23, 2013

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Mystery Photo #8:

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Donated by Mary Nix

Special Announcement on Behalf of Mike More

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

With sadness and with the permission of OGS Vice President, Mike More, we share the following information with OGS members.

One of the six victims of the September 18 bus accident in Ottawa Ontario was Mike More’s son, Rob. Rob brought joy to the lives of his family and friends and will be sorely missed by all.

OGS is sharing the grief of Mike and his family and will be represented at the service on Thursday.

It is not usual OGS policy to share detailed information about the passing of family members of OGS members. However, Mike has granted permission for this information to be shared with our members and he invites all who wish to share their condolences and memories of Rob to contact him.

Condolences may be shared online. Cards may be mailed to OGS Provincial Office and will then be forwarded to Mike and his family. Should anyone be considering making a donation in Rob’s memory, visit the Capital Memorial Gardens webpage, click on Contribute and scroll down to Donations.

On behalf of Mike, we also share the following links to stories and memories of Rob.

Rob More: He loved to laugh and shock his friends

OC Transpo bus crash victim Rob More had ‘dry wit’

Ottawa bus crash victims include students, public servants

Notice for Sudbury District Branch Meeting

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Date: Monday, October 21, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Parkside Ctr, 140 Durham S., Sudbury

Topic: “The Shouldering of Arms”

Speaker: Gary Peck

Brief info: A number of military signposts prior to World War I will be examined, with the intent to help better appreciate ancestors in the context of the times.

Contact Info: 

Notice for Oxford County Branch Meeting

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Date: Monday, October 21, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m.

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

Topic: “OGS Around the Province”

Speaker: Shirley Sturdevant

Brief Info: Shirley is the President of the Ontario Genealogical Society and former Chair of Kent Branch.

Contact Info:

Opportunity to help shape the future of our Ontario Genealogical Society.

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Are you an outgoing person with good communication skills? Do you know others in The Society who have the skills to lead OGS in the 21st Century? Can you contribute to building a strong board and a strong Society?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then joining the Nomination Committee might be just your cup of tea! OGS needs members who will help find others to lead OGS into the future.

Contact the Chair of the Nomination Committee at: pastpresident[at] – to inquire about this opportunity to help shape the future of our Society.