Posts Tagged ‘FYI’

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:

OGS Members invited to November Webinar with Thomas MacEntee

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Our October Webinar was a great success and all OGS Members have received an email invitation to attend our next Webinar.

Title: You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST

We’ll review a group of familiar apps and websites that are being used in creative ways by the genealogy community. You’ll also learn how to think outside the margins and start re-purposing other apps and sites for your genealogy research.

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 a OGS Member, but did not receive the invitation, please contact Provincial Office and confirm your membership to receive a copy of the invitation.

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event: Celtic Studies Speaker Series, University of Toronto

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Date: Thursday, November 14

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Charbonnel Lounge, St. Michael’s College, 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto (map)

Topic: “Creative Tensions: The Irish of the Ottawa Valley”

Speaker: Sean Conway, former MPP and Minister for Education, instructor with the Celtic Studies Program

This is a free event – no registration required.

Contact Info:

For more information about this and other St. Michael’s College Celtic Studies events, please visit their website:

OGS Members:The Archives of Ontario Seeks Real Genealogy Stories of WWl

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Do you have an ancestor who fought during World War I?

The Archives of Ontario is offering OGS Members a chance to share their WWI family research through two exhibition cases (34″ x 58″ in size) located in their Reading Room.

More information and application forms are available in the OGS Members Only Area.

An Open Letter to the City of Toronto: Please Ensure the Preservation of the Fegan Home

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

OGS, along with the broader genealogical and heritage community, has learned that the City of Toronto has a current interest in the site of the former Fegan Boys Distributing Home at 295 George St. in the City of Toronto. The structure was damaged by fire in 2012. Many of the boys passing through these walls left their mark by way of inscribing their names and the dates of their stays on the bricks. These names are still visible.

We have written a letter that requests that the City of Toronto seriously consider the historic significance of this treasure and find a way to preserve it. Click here to view the letter on the OGS website.

FYI: Early Canadian Cookbooks

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Want to cook like your pioneer ancestors? Check out this great website created by Anje Merkies on Early Canadian Cookbooks:

If you want more information on the Culinary History of early Canada, visit the University of Guelph’s Archival & Special Collections site:

If anyone is up for the challenge of trying one of these heritage recipes, let us know how it turns out. You can even send us a photo of your creation. Send it to: librarian[at], and we will post it on the blog.

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.

Click here for photo.

Congratulations Susan!

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.

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.