Posts Tagged ‘FYI’

Mennonite Archives of Ontario Launches Guide to Ontario Mennonite Peace History

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

“Spanning the years 1786 to the present, this guide highlights the rich collections in peace history held at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. Listings range from 19th-century militia exemption papers and First World War correspondence with government, to interviews with Second World War conscientious objectors and efforts to raise awareness of Central American conflicts in the 1980s. A series of short articles set the context for Mennonite peace activities in Ontario. New listings will be added continually as peace-related records make their way to the Archives.”

For more information about this wonderful new research guide, please visit the Mennonite Archives of Ontario website at:

OGS Strays Database Updated

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

The OGS Strays Database was updated on Nov. 16th and now contains 23,356 records. Now is a great time to check and see if any of them are your ancestors.

Log in to the OGS Members Only area to explore the database

Announcing Our Next Member’s Only Webinar: Mapping Your Ancestors’ Footsteps

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

The next OGS Genealogy Webinar will be held on Thursday Dec. 5th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. with Speaker Kathryn Hogan.

Imagine walking a mile in your ancestors’ footsteps. Maps can help you do that. Discover why maps are important to family historians, explore different types of maps, and learn how to use maps in your family history, including Google Maps and Google Earth.

Kathryn Hogan, P.L.C.G.S is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has been helping others find their ancestors since 2007 when she opened her business Looking 4 Ancestors. She has spoken at Conferences and meetings in Canada and the United States covering family history topics that are useful to genealogists the world over. She is currently the OGS Webinar Coordinator.

This Webinar is available to all OGS members and will be hosted via Adobe Connect webcasting software. To sign up for this Webinar and receive connection information, please contact Brenda at Provincial Office Adobe Connect has a 100 attendee capacity so be sure to connect 20 minutes before the Webinar is scheduled to begin in order to secure your spot.

Another Successful OGS Day at the Archives of Ontario

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

RDOGS Day at the Archive, Nov #2

On Saturday, November 16, approximately 40 OGS Members, along with Sarah Newitt, Executive Director, and Frances O’Regan, Manager of the Society’s Library Division & Social Media, took over the Archives of Ontario for the second time this year.

OGS Day at the Archive, Nov #3Learning preservation,Nov 16Pres Session, Denise Nov 16

The good news is that the AO is going to allow us to do it again. It has now been confirmed that our members can look forward to 2 Member’s Only Days at the AO next year, one in the spring and another in the fall. Once the exact dates have been confirmed, all current OGS members will receive an invitation via email. As usual, registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. And yes, we do keep wait lists that are diligently checked if any cancellations come in.

Thank you to all of our Members for such an enthusiastic response for this event. Your support has ensured that OGS Day at the AO will be carried forward into the near future!

The OGS would also like to extend our deepest appreciation and thanks to the staff at the Archives of Ontario for their support and assistance in making our 2nd Member’s Only event at the Archive another great success. We look forward to the next event in Spring 2014.

All photos courtesy of Anna-Louise Richardson, Tree of Life Video

Epigenetics: The Ghost in your Genes

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

If you are interested in the application of DNA testing for genealogical research, then you may find The Ghost in Your Genes, a documentary about Epigenetics to be of interest:

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event: Meeting of The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society is pleased to present Jane Fairburn, author of Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto’s Waterfront Heritage.

The theme of Jane’s talk will be, The Beach: New Insights into a Time Honoured Neighbourhood. This is sure to be an interesting lecture and quite possibly a full house, so it would be best to arrive early. Jane will also have autographed copies of her book for sale in advance of the talk.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time: 7:00 – 8:15 pm

Location: The Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E, Toronto.

Contact Info: 416-393-7703

Admission is free. Everyone Welcome

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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

Attention OGS Members: Want to help OGS spread knowledge and cultivate future members?

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

We are seeking OGS Members from across Ontario to join the Education and Youth Committee. Help propose and develop initiatives to assist genealogists in building skills and to encourage young people to explore their family history.


Please contact OGS Executive Director Sarah Newitt at: to share your background and ideas.

FYI: Canadian Army Overseas Honours and Awards (1935-1945) Scanned Images

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Do you have any WWII veterans in your family tree? Did you know that the Directorate of History and Heritage has a database of scanned images of Canadian Army Overseas Honours and Awards for WWII?

To give you an idea of what these images look like, and the information they contain, here is a link to the scanned image we found for a Major Edward Marshall Smith, who received a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 1944:

Even if you do not have a WWII vet in your family tree, this is still a treasure trove of Canadian History well worth your time in exploring.

OGS Applauds Huronia Regional Centre Cemetery Settlement

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

OGS Secretary, Bob Crawford, on behalf of the Society, penned a letter applauding the recent settlement concerning the Huronia Regional Centre, where the Ontario Government promised to maintain the cemetery attached to the Centre and create a registry of those who are buried there.

The letter is available on the OGS website: