Posts Tagged ‘genealogy’

Mystery Photo for the Week of October 1, 2013

Monday, September 30th, 2013

We have a lovely family group for Mystery Photo #8:

mystery photo #8










Donor, Mary Nix

Link to image on OGSoldphotos, flickr site:

FYI: Niagara Peninsula Branch Announces Limited Edition Publication

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The Niagara Peninsula OGS Branch has compiled a limited-edition book to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. When Thomas Jefferson made his infamous prediction that, “the acquisition of Canada this year… will be a mere matter of marching,” he underestimated the courage and determination of the men and women of Upper Canada, including their First Nations allies.

Our book, More Than A Mere Matter of Marching, contains the fascinating stories of over 60 families whose experiences during the War of 1812 may never have been in print before. The book is 323 pages, contains both colour and black-and-white images, and an index of over 1700 names.

PRE-PUBLICATION PRICE (available Oct. 1 – Oct. 31, 2013): $25.00 shipping and handling

PUBLICATION PRICE: $30.00 shipping and handling

For further information, please visit the Niagara Peninsula OGS Branch website:

Notice for Toronto Branch Meeting

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Date: Monday, October 28, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

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

Topic: What Really Happened? A Genetic Genealogy Success Story


  • Elizabeth A.R. Kaegi
  • James F.S. Thomson

Brief Overview: Find out how our speakers used new genetic genealogy tests together with traditional family history techniques to solve a six-decade-old mystery.

Contact Info:

OGS/Dundurn Publications:Genealogist’s Reference Shelf Series

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Standards OGS DGenealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians

Brenda Dougall Merriman


“… should be considered a must-read by anyone doing family history research in Canada. This easy-to-read book makes it simple to understand the different record sources, and the limitations and possibilities of each one.” –Dave Obee, Times Colonist

Genealogical evidence is the information that helps us to identify an individual or the relationship between individuals. In describing how we establish or argue points of identification through the use of various sources, we often use such words as “evidence,” “proof” or “documentation.”

Brenda Dougall Merriman takes readers through the process of research and identification, along the way examining how the genealogical community developed standards of evidence and documentation, what those standards are and how they can be applied.

As a supplement to courses, workshops and seminars, this book provides both an in-depth and inexpensive reference, perfect for compiling and checking research notes.

2010 116p illustrated

Notice for Sudbury District Branch Meeting

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Date: Monday, October 21, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Parkside Ctr, 140 Durham S., Sudbury

Topic: “The Shouldering of Arms”

Speaker: Gary Peck

Brief info: A number of military signposts prior to World War I will be examined, with the intent to help better appreciate ancestors in the context of the times.

Contact Info: 

Advocate for Archives: Share your Story on the Usefulness of Archives

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

The Archives Association of Ontario has shared the following request with the research and archival community. As archives are a major source of information for genealogists, you may have a story you wish to share as well. If you do, please send an account of your experience to the President of the AAO at .

Here is their unabridged message:

“I have been contacted by the office of NDP MP Pierre Nantel, the Official Opposition Critic for Heritage, in order to gather evidence to advocate for a government commitment to archives. I have summarized the request I received from Mr. Nantel’s office below.

Quebec’s TVA network recently started reporting on the cuts to archives and are covering Mr. Nantel’s related questions in the House. Essentially they are looking to make the issues at hand as understandable as possible to the public. For example, he cites the following story from a TVA news report ” Library and Archive’s website shows internationally-renowned Quebec artists Luc Plamondon accepting a Juno, with a subtitle that says “an unidentified man with a Juno”! ( This is an easy-to-understand issue for the media and the public, and can be directly attached to the Harper Govt’s cuts.”

Mr. Nantel would like positive examples of historically significant items or documents that have been discovered by archivists or in archives. Things that would not have been discovered or celebrated if it wasn’t for archives/archivists (ie. if we’re all suffering cuts, there won’t be anyone to discover, interpret, or preserve this material). As a bonus, if you can provide an example of something related to the War of 1812 this would allow Mr. Nantel to “demonstrate that the Government’s interest in 1812 is all about show and no substance – and that real investment in our history has to involve the professionals that do the research.”

Please don’t limit yourselves to projects that were accomplished through NADP although these examples are still relevant. You can send me your examples by responding to this email ( There is some urgency to the matter as Mr. Nantel’s office wants to continue the wave of support generated from the TVA.”

Periodicals: The United States

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

If you have branches on your family tree that stretch into the United States, our collection hosts several excellent publications dealing specifically with American genealogy and family history research, such as:

1. Daughters of the American Revolution

• From the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

2. Family Tree Magazine (US)

For those of you researching ancestors in Michigan, New York and New England, we have a number of publications from these regions. Here are just a few:

1. Michigana

o From the Western Michigan Genealogical Society

2. The New York Researcher

o From the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

3. Western New York Genealogical Society Journal

o From the Western New York Genealogical Society

4. American Ancestors

o From the New England Historic Genealogical Society

5. American – Canadian Genealogist

o From the American – Canadian Genealogical Society of New Hampshire

Our collection also contains publications from California, Illinois, Minnesota, and even New Mexico. For more information on these and other United States specific resources in our collection, please check out our catalogue.

Next week: The United Kingdom and Ireland.