Archive for October, 2013

Submitting corrections and/or feedback for the 1921 Census of Canada

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

This was first posted back in August, but with the release of the indexed 1921 Census, it bears repeating:

“1. When you’re viewing an image from the Census, click on “Tools” in the upper right corner of the image viewer (see below). Select “Report problems”. Then select the type of issue to report from the drop-down, and fill out the rest of the information. The most frequent issue reported at this time will probably be “Problem with an image (missing, wrong, unreadable)”. The other may be “Inaccurate information”.

2. Or, contact our member services team directly by phone at (800) 958-9073.

Thank you for your interest in providing feedback and helping us improve this collection as best we can.”


If you do not have a subscription to, here is a direct link to the 1921 Census page:

Note: If you are accessing from a Canadian IP address, you can search the fully indexed 1921 Census of Canada for free. You will still be required to set up an account however.


Mystery Photo for the Week of October 28, 2013

Monday, October 28th, 2013

An intriguing pose from the mystery woman in Photo # 12:

mystery photo #12











Donated by Dorothy Jones

OGSoldphotos flickr page

Attending Next Year’s OGS Conference? Conference 2014 Needs Your Opinion

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

As we are busy preparing for conference, we have come to the spot where we have to decide about which tours to offer. We know what we like for the tours but we really would like to know which ones you like. We are also thinking about offering tours on Thursday and Friday, comments are welcome.

Please visit Conference 2014 website at: If you select Tours Survey, you can view and read about the five tours and make your opinion count with the poll on the webpage.

Thanks for being involved and your opinion.

-The Conference 2014 Committee

Attention OGS Members: Wanted – An Energetic Individual to Chair the OGS Publishing Committee

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Publishing genealogy resource books is a central part of the OGS mandate and the Publishing Committee has been fulfilling that mandate for many years now. The committee is now seeking an energetic individual interested in the world of Canadian genealogy to chair the OGS Publishing Committee. We are looking for someone with an understanding of the publication process, and a vision for the future of OGS publishing.

The position would involve taking on a leadership role among a committee of four dedicated volunteers and a professional Editor and working with that team to do the following:
- determine current needs with regards to genealogical publications and work to develop publications to fulfill these needs,
- receive and develop publication proposals with possible authors,
- establish and follow budgets for the titles being published,
- develop marketing plans for titles

If you are interested, please contact the OGS Executive Director at: to discuss your skills and ideas.

FYI:OGS Members Only Resource: Inaugural OGS Genealogy Webinar has now been Archived

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Good news! Genealogy in your Genes is now up and available for viewing in the Members Only section of the OGS website. The feedback for this webinar has been very positive indeed, well worth making the time to sit down and view it.

Don’t forget that our November Webinar, You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools – presented by Thomas MacEntee – is fast approaching: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST

Mr. MacEntee is offering this Webinar using his own online system: Go To Webinar. If you wish to sign up for this Webinar, you may do so using the link provided on the invitation. If you are an OGS Member, but did not receive the invitation, please contact Provincial Office at: and confirm your membership to receive a copy of the invitation.

Please note that OGS is NOT handling registrations for this webinar.

OGS Publications: A Better Place – Death and Burial in Ninteenth-Century Ontario

Friday, October 25th, 2013

betterplaceSusan Smart


A Better Place describes the practices around death and burial in nineteenth-century Ontario. Funeral rituals, strong religious beliefs, and a firm conviction that death was a beginning, not an end, helped the bereaved through their times of loss in a century where death was always close at hand.

The book describes the pioneer funeral in detail, as well as the factors that changed this simple funeral into the elaborate etiquette-driven Victorian funeral at the end of the century. It examines the sources of various funeral customs, including the origins of embalming that gave rise to the modern-day funeral parlour. The evolution of cemeteries is explained with the beginnings of cemeteries in specific towns given as examples.

An understanding of these changing burial rites, many of which might seem strange to us today, is invaluable for the family historian. In addition, the book includes practical suggestions for finding death and burial records throughout the century.

Click here to purchase this book from the OGS eStore

Notice for Kingston Branch Meeting

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Wilson Room, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St., Kingston

Topic: “Great Expectations: Canada, Canadians and the 1921 Census”

Speaker: Glenn Wright, retired archivist and historian with Library and Archives Canada and president of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO)

Contact Info:

Notice for Toronto Branch Meeting

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Date: Monday, November 25, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

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

Topic: “Great Moments in Genealogy”

Speakers: Various

Brief Overview: A series of 5-minute presentations by various Branch members on “great moments” in their genealogy research.

Contact Info:

FYI:Upcoming Heritage Event:Inaugural Meeting of the Beach & East Toronto Historical Society (BETHS)

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The newly reconstituted Beach & East Toronto Historical Society (BETHS) is holding it’s inaugural public meeting at the Beaches Library, this Tuesday, October 29, to inform the neighbourhood of it’s activities, goals and to encourage participation and membership by residents of the local community.

BETHS is honoured to have Gene Domagala presenting at this inaugural meeting.

If you are interested in the history and heritage of the Beach and East Toronto, you are sure to find these events very informative and interesting.

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Time: 7:00-8:15 pm

Location: Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E, Toronto (map)

(P parking available on the East side of Lee Ave., just South of Queen St.)

Speaker: Gene Domagal, Beaches Historian

Gene Domagala Poster

Free Admission. All Welcome

Notice for Brant County Branch Meeting

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Date: Sunday, November 24, 2013

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location : OGS Brant Branch Library, 118 Powerline Rd., Brantford

Topic: “The Bell Homestead”

Speaker: Brian Wood, Curator of Bell Homestead