Archive for September, 2013

OGS/Dundurn Publications:Genealogist’s Reference Shelf Series

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Crime and PunishmentCrime and Punishment in Upper Canada

Janice Nickerson


Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada provides genealogists and social historians with context and tools to understand the criminal justice system and locate sources on criminal activity and its consequences for the Upper Canada period (1791-1841) of Ontario’s history

2010 242p illustrated

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FYI: Toronto Branch now has more than 32,000 names in their Toronto school memorials database

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

It’s that time again… when children, parents and teachers launch into a new school year!

And to mark the start of classes for 2013, the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has added more than 2,700 new names and eight more schools to its on-line database of school memorials commemorating Toronto students and staff who volunteered for active service in the two World Wars and other military conflicts.

The newest schools in the For King and Country database include Essex Street, John English, Rose Avenue, Lambton Mills, Lansdowne, Humewood Public and Runnymede Collegiate Institute. We’ve also added our first independent school – St. Michael’s College School – a Catholic middle and high school with a rich history dating back to 1852. The database now contains more than 32,000 names and 88 schools, with transcriptions and photographs of school war memorials, historical background and links to other useful school and community websites.

Explore this growing collection now at

To find out more about the For King and Country project, and how you can help, contact co-ordinator Martha Jackson at

And if you happen to be one of the many heading back to school this month, take a moment to remember the past generations of students and staff who went to war.

Notice for Quinte Branch Meeting

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

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

Topic: “British Home Children”

Speaker: Sandra Joyce

Everyone welcome, free admission.

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Notice for Niagara Peninsula Branch Meeting

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: First Gratham United Church at 415 Linwell Rd in St Catharines

Topic: “What’s New in Genetic Genealogy”

Speaker: Dr. John D Reid (Speaker streamed to meeting)

Brief Info: Gaining insight into your deep ancestry through autosomal DNA tests

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FYI:Update on the Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Marriage Finder

Monday, September 9th, 2013

This update was sent to us from Ireland over the weekend:

The Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Marriage Finder has now reached 50,000 names. It’s unique and is fast becoming an invaluable source for references to pre-civil registration marriages in Ireland.

It comprises information gathered from an array of unusual and under utilised sources. Chancery bills, diaries, deeds, marriage settlements, memorial inscriptions, wills, family letters and newspaper cuttings are just a few of the many sources consulted.

The database is online and free to use on the website of the IGRS. Founded in 1936, the Society is the world’s oldest dedicated to the pursuit of Irish family history.

Profile: Current OGS Projects: The Ontario Name Index (TONI)

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Officially launched at the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Annual General Meeting on May 14, 2011, the Ontario Name Index (TONI) shows where information about a particular name can be found. The number of records in the TONI database currently stands at 2,401,406, and counting.

So, just what is TONI, what does it contain and what does it do?:

  • TONI is an indexing program and NOT a digitization program. Unlike some of our commercial and non-commercial colleagues, we are not limiting TONI to digitized sources and indexing them
  • The Ontario Name Index (TONI) is a mega-index of names with the goal of including every name found in any publication relating to Ontario
  • Indexes, particularly name indexes. These are the most valuable thing a genealogical society can produce
  • The index will point people to the location of the information about that name. The location may be a Branch document, a web site, a microfilm, a family history, an archive, etc
  • TONI will be on the public part of the OGS website so that anyone can access it

Working on TONI includes:

  • Converting and importing the existing electronic indices at both the Branch and Society level i.e., Ontario Cemetery Ancestor Index, Ottawa Branch Name Index
  • Digitizing and importing existing hard copy indices
  • Indexing existing electronic and hard-copy documents and importing them, e.g.,  family histories
  • Branch publications such as cemeteries, census, newspapers and other transcriptions that they have done
  • Indexes to digitized documents produced for other organizations as part of the scanning project, e.g., the Tweedsmuir Histories, could be included with permission of the owner

What do we want to include in TONI?

  • Any source that contains a name in Ontario. You know the type and range of documents that genealogists and family historians are seeking. Think about how an index would have helped you locate those documents faster and easier
  • All Branches and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are invited to take part in the TONI project

If you have questions or want to get involved, contact the TONI Provincial Coordinator at:

Click here to search TONI.

Mystery Photo for the Week of September 9, 2013

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Does anyone recognize the person in Mystery Photo #6?

mystery photo #6











Donated by Mary Nix

Notice for Lambton County Branch Meeting

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: 1400 Murphy Road, Sarnia

Topic: “French Research”

Speaker: Gord Hillman

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OGS/Dundurn Publications: Genealogist’s Reference Shelf Series

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Conserving259Conserving, Preserving, and Restoring Your Heritage

Kennis Kim


“We all have archives of one form or another, and need to know the best way to keep them intact.… will help just about everyone.” –Dave Obee, Times Colonist

History surrounds us, in museums, in our community and in our homes. Whether objects were bought, found or inherited, these artifacts offer glimpses into the past — a time, place, event or person we wish to remember and share with the future.

As custodians of pieces of our history, we are faced with how to maintain these items. Professional conservator Kim tells us how. Topics discussed include:

  • Creating an accession list
  • What are conservation, restoration and preservation?
  • Deciding on display, storage or using the artifact
  • Common threats, such as light, humidity, insects and rodents
  • When to call in a professional

Here’s all you need to determine what you can do yourself to preserve your precious things for future generations.

2010 171p glossary appendices illustrations

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Notice for Simcoe County Branch Meeting

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013

Time: 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Location: Steckley-Goodeerham Funeral Home, 201 Minet’s Point Rd., Barrie, ON

Topic: “Inheritance in Ontario: Estate Files and Beyond”

Speaker: Jane MacNamara

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