Archive for September, 2013

OGS Honorary Membership Awarded

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

At its September Board Meeting, the Board of Directors of the Ontario Genealogical Society granted Susan Munro an Honorary Life Membership in recognition of her work with the Society’s Seminar and Conference for many years.

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Congratulations Susan!

Notice for Kent County Branch Meeting

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Date: Friday, October 11, 2013

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: St. Andrews Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham, ON


Speaker: Reg Johnston.

Brief Overview: Mr. Johnston with share the history and the people involved with building the curling club.

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Notice for Hamilton Branch Meeting

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2013

Time: 2:00 p.m (Office Library opens at 1:00 pm for research)

Location: Library, Lincoln Alexander School, 50 Ravenbury Dr., Hamilton (map)

Topic: “How Did History Affect Our Ancestors’ Lives and Decisions?”

Speaker: Ron Dale

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Notice for Region 1 Annual General Meeting

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

This year’s Region 1 AGM will be hosted by Lambton County Branch, OGS.

Date: October 19, 2013

Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: John Knox Christian School, 4738 Confederation Road, Wyoming, Ontario (map)

Topics and Speakers:

  • Searching the Past with the help of the .com
    • Steve Fulton, Technical Support and Innovations Committee Chair, OGS/Chair, Niagara Peninsula Branch OGS
  • Going Totally Off-line-Almost/On-Site Researching in Libraries and Archives
    • Alan Campbell, Newsletter Editor and Past Chair, Lambton County Branch OGS
  • Finding the Secrets of the Archives
    •  Heather Lavallee, Archivist, Lambton County Archives, Wyoming, Ontario

Advance Registration [Includes Lunch] – OGS Members $30.00 CDN – Non Members $35.00 CDN – Registration at the Door $35.00

Click here for the AGM Registration flyer.

To register online, click here.

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Notice for Quinte Branch Meeting

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton

Topic: “Cemeteries”

Speaker: Diane Clendenan

Everyone welcome, bring a friend, free admission

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OGS/Dundurn Publications:Genealogist’s Reference Shelf Series

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Education HiistoryEducation and Ontario Family History

Marian Press


Many family researchers with Ontario roots discover they have ancestors who were teachers. Those with no teachers in the family may have ancestors who were part of the Ontario education system as students. Today there are numerous varied resources available to find information on teachers, pupils, schools, textbooks, and curricula in historical Ontario.

Education and Family History outlines the resources available for education from about 1785 to the early twentieth century, not only for genealogists, but also for other historians with an interest in educational records. Many historical resources are currently being digitized, and Ontario and education are no exceptions. These electronic repositories are examined in author Marian Press’s book along with traditional paper and archival sources.

2011 169p illustrations

Click here to buy this book from the OGS eStore

Announcing the Inaugural Members Only OGS Genealogy Webinar: Genealogy in Your Genes

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Update: October 4, 2013

This webinar is now full. Not to worry though, it will be archived in the Members only section of the OGS website sometime next week. A notice will be posted once it is up.

Many thanks to all of our Members for the enthusiastic response for this event.

All OGS Members are invited to attend our first Members Only Genealogy Webinar

Date: Saturday October 5, 2013

Time: 4:00 pm EDT

Via: Adobe Connect

Guest Speaker: Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist

Topic: Genealogy in Your Genes

The key to so many genealogical secrets may be locked inside your genes — but today those secrets can be unlocked through DNA testing. Learn about the three major test types — YDNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the new autosomal DNA testing — and what each offers to the genealogist.

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, ranging from the interplay between genealogy and the law to the way DNA tests can be used in genealogy.

Ms. Russell is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous state societies, and on the faculty of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

OGS Webinars allow you to expand your genealogy knowledge from the comfort of your own home.

This event is open to OGS members only and is free as a benefit of your membership. For more information about Webinars, visit the Webinars link in the OGS Members Only area.

To receive access to this Webinar, please pre-register for the event by contacting Brenda Halliday at Attendance is limited.

Mystery Photo for the Week of September 16, 2013

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Do the folks in Mystery Photo #7 look familiar?

Mystery Photo #7

Donated by Mary Nix

Notice for Essex County Branch Meeting

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Time:7:00 p.m.

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

Topic: “Getting Started in Genealogy – Personal Experiences”

Speaker: Council, Essex Branch OGS

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Profile:OGS Heritage Societies:Centenary Club

Friday, September 13th, 2013

CentenaryThe Centenary Club is open to anyone who can show direct descent from a person who resided in what is now Ontario for at least one hundred years prior to the date of application. Every person in the descent from that ancestor to the applicant must have lived at least part of their lives in Ontario.


The Club has been divided into three sectors:

  • GOLD: Two hundred years or longer
  • SILVER: One hundred fifty to one hundred ninety-nine years
  • BRONZE: One hundred to one hundred forty-nine years

There is one application form–we will determine which level fits.

Click here for full details and an application form for the Centenary Club.

If you require more information or assistance with your Centenary Club application, please contact our membership coordinator at:

Want to give someone special a Centenary Club Certificate for Christmas? Get your application into our Membership Co-ordinator by mid-October to have it assessed and the certificate sent out to you in time for the Christmas season.