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Notice for Haldimand County Branch Meeting

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Date: September 4, 2012

Time: Research 1:00 to 1:30pm. Speaker: 1:30 to 2:30pm.

Location: Haldimand County Museum & Archives, 8 Echo Street, Cayuga

Title of Talk: “Cannery Business”

Speaker: Joseph C. Rider

Brief Info:  The author has been retired for 21 years from Canadian Canners Ltd., the famous packers of Aylmer/Del Monte food products.  Mr. Rider talks about his life, career and his new book, “The Way It Was. My Life Story Including a 40 Year Cannery Career.” 

Contact Information:


Take Part in British Home Child Day

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The first ever British Home Child Day to be held at Upper Canada Village on Sept. 28, 2011

The “British Home Child Day Act” or Bill 185 received Royal Assent on June 1, 2011.  Under this Private Members’ Bill, September 28 of each year is now designated as “British Home Child Day” in Ontario. From the 1860’s to the 1930’s over 100,000 children between infancy and 19 years were brought to Canada by various charitable institutions in hopes of securing a better life for these underprivileged boys and girls.

A group of volunteers, dedicated to recognizing and honouring the contribution of British Home Children to Ontario and Canada, are working with officials at the St. Lawrence Parks Commission in order to commemorate the first British Home Child Day on September 28 at Upper Canada Village.

Plans include the dedication of a maple tree at the Aultsville Station, donated by MPP Jim Brownell, a sponsor of Bill 185 and Home Child descendant; displays from various Home Children organizations; an opportunity for friends and descendants to tell the story of their home child; and a specially planned British Home Child Tour of Upper Canada Village.

The “Just Kidding” theatre group from Metcalfe will perform a sampling of their upcoming production based on a Home Child story, and throughout the day musicians will entertain guests. The day ends with a catered dinner at the Village’s Willard’s Hotel, with the purchase of advance tickets required.

For more information please consult by the beginning of September or e-mail Carolyn Goddard at carol.goddard AT

Carolyn Goddard, Chairperson
British Home Child Day Committee, SD&G

Paul McGrath Memorial Lecture: August 4th

Monday, July 18th, 2011
 Friends and associates of the late Paul McGrath are very pleased to announce the first annual lecture in honour of a remarkable, accomplished and greatly-missed local and family historian.The 2011 Toronto History Lecture

in memory of Paul McGrath

 Rebel Remembered: The Legacy of William Lyon Mackenzie,150 Years After His Death

 Free admission but reservations required

 Thursday, 4 August 2011
7:30 pm sharp (refreshments 6:30–7:30)

City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road, Toronto

 The inaugural Toronto History Lecture in Paul’s memory will feature a colourful and controversial figure from the city’s past.

Don’t miss writer and historian Chris Raible, as he presents “Rebel Remembered: The Legacy of William Lyon Mackenzie, 150 Years After His Death”. Chris is an expert in Upper Canadian history with a particular focus on the career of Toronto’s first mayor. He is the author of four books – two on Mackenzie – and has spoken and conducted seminars for many heritage organizations.

 Join us for refreshments before the lecture to find out more about the Archives and its spectacular collection of records – including 12 million photographs, more than 3000 maps, and records from the townships, villages and boroughs that form Toronto today.

For more information about this special event and to reserve a seat, visit

 The Toronto History Lecture is organized and supported by an informal group of friends and associates of Paul McGrath and the following organizations:

City of Toronto Archives

Ontario Genealogical Society

Ontario Genealogy this Month: October

Friday, October 1st, 2010

 Here are some genealogy activities and events happening around Ontario this month:

 October 9th – Researching Canadian Military Records Using Online and Traditional Resources
Discover which Canadian military records are available for different time frames and for different military conflicts, where those records are, how to access them, plus tips and hints for interpreting Canadian military documents. Case studies, compiled by using internet based and physical records, will illustrate effective strategies, research processes and results.
Instructor:  Rick Roberts
Fee: $15 ($17)
For More information: Toronto Branch Website

 October 9 – 16 - Celtic Quest Research Trip to Dublin, Ireland. If you’ve signed up for genealogist Dick Doherty’s genealogical trip to Ireland, have a fantastic and illuminating journey! If you have not, you can find more information  on the Celtic Quest website and in the brochure

 October 13 – Region 10 Annual General Meeting. This regional AGM is being held in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario

 November 13 & 20 – Publish Before You Perish
This course will outline the steps required to publish your family history in a printed book format. Where do you start? Learn how to plan, prepare and print the story of your family. Topics include: organizing material, designing a layout, creating maps, merging text and images, obtaining an ISBN number and library catalogue entry, choosing a publisher, marketing your book.
Prerequisite: Participants should be familiar with word processing concepts.
Instructor:  Nancy Conn
Fee: $30 ($33)
For More information: Toronto Branch Website

 October 14 – Dinner Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Niagara Penninsula Branch, OGS. This celebratory dinner is being held at Betty’s Restaurant in Niagara Falls and features guest speaker Kevin James of Ancestors in the Attic speaking on “Skeletons in the Closet” and “On the Trail of Dark Family Secrets”
Tickets are $25.00
Contact Niagara Branch by email:

 October 16 – Region I Annual Meeting. This meeting is being hosted by Lambton Branch in Wyoming Ontario. Guest speakers include, Lesley Anderson, Alan Campbell, George Pitfield and Brad Grey.
Check out the description for more information

 October 20 – Beyond the Basics Course (4 sessions). Have you lost momentum in your genealogical research? Struck a “brick wall”? This course will offer you an opportunity to look at your research assumptions and rethink your analysis of problem situations so that you can generate new research goals and tasks. The classes will be discussion-oriented and content will be geared towards the interests and needs of the participants. To that end, we are requesting that you register early and, if possible, submit some of your genealogical problems two or three weeks in advance of the class start date.
4 sessions, Wednesdays, 6:15–8:15 PM Oct. 20–Nov. 10
Instructor:  Ruth Burkholder
Fee: $60 ($66)
For More information: Toronto Branch Website

 October 23 – Hamilton Branch 40th Anniversary Luncheon. Celebrate 40 years of Hamilton Branch at this wonderful afternoon lunch an enjoy guest speaker, Brian Gilchrist.
Tickets: $20
View the invitation for more information

 October 23 – 24 -British Home Children Descendants Reunion. In commemoration of 2010 being the Year of the British Home Child in Canada, the Brant County Branch of OGS is holding a two day open house for descendants of home children and anyone with an interest in the stories of the home children who came to this country. 
For more information, visit
As seen on the blog: Celebrate the Year of the Home Child with Brant County

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Celebrate the Year of the Home Child with Brant County

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Image: Tom Curtis, link below

In commemoration of 2010 being the Year of the British Home Child in Canada, the Brant County Branch of OGS is holding a two day open house for descendants of home children and anyone with an interest in the stories of the home children who came to this country. 

The open house will be held Saturday, October 23rd from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 24th from 1 to 8 p.m.
at Smokey Hollow Estates,
 114-118 Powerline Road,
 Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

Opening ceremonies will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. Admission $2.00 per person.

*Come, meet and talk with other descendants. Renew acquaintances. Make new friends. 

*Put faces to the names on Rootsweb, and wear your t-shirt and a name tag so we’ll know you! – - Everyone welcome! 

*1:00 p.m. on Saturday meet MP Phil McColeman. 

*We’ll have displays, trunks and the Memorial Quilt made by Gail Collins, St Catharines 

*Be sure to bring your research binder or a display. There’s lots of room. 

*There’ll be BHC books and pins for sale. 

*Our adjacent library will be open. 

*Meals will be available both days at $7.00 per person.
              Saturday: lunch 12-2, dinner 4-6 
              Sunday: dinner only 4-6

For more information:
email –
phone – 519.753.4140
Everyone is welcome!
Hope to see you there!

Ontario Genealogy this Month: August

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Here are some of the genealogical events happening around Ontario this month:

August 2 – Online Genealogy Courses from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies 
Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet (Part 3);
Research: Jewish Ancestors-Basic Introduction;
Research: Salt Lake City, The Largest Genealogical Library (Part 2)

August 4 – Huron Branch August Meeting at  the Huron County Museum, North Street, Goderich, ON
 Alan Campbell of Sarnia will speak about writing and publishing your family story
Everyone is welcome; location is wheel-chair accessible
Doors open at 7:00 pm, meetings begin at 7:30 pm and usually run until about 9:30 pm
For more information, visit the web site:  and

August 20Howards of Lynden Reunion - descendants of Barnabas Howard (1791-1835) and his wife Margaret Victoria Moore Howard are invited to a gathering at Lynden United Church across from the cemetery which Barnabas Howard initiated the year before his death. Follow the title link for more information

August 21One World – One Family – A Family History Conference; Brampton Ontario Stake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- Brampton ON. This conference features speakers Paul F. Smart: recently retired from FamilySearch in Salt Lake City, Utah and specialist in British Family History; and J. Brian Gilchrist: one of Canada’s leading genealogical authorities. Follow the title link for more information about this conference.
Genealogical Events can also be found by checking the OGS Calendar and by visiting our Facebook page.
Did we miss any events? Let us know in the comments section.