Posts Tagged ‘genealogy’

Join the OGS First World War Society

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, OGS has launched a new Heritage Society.The First World War Society is a lineage Society open to anyone who can show descent from a person who served in a documented capacity on the Allied side of the First World War.

To qualify for this Society, your research must show that your named ancestor(s) fits in the category above, and then show the line of descent from that ancestor(s) to you or the person you wish named on the certificate.

For more information and an application form visit the Heritage Societies area on the OGS website:

FYI: OGS Partial Year Membership Now Available

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

If you, or someone you know is thinking of joining OGS for the first time, now is a perfect time to do it.

Our partial year membership launched June 1st and we welcome new members to join us for the rest of 2014 for $35.70, rather than waiting till the New Year. Partial year Members receive all the benefits of Individual membership including our quarterly mailing for August and November.

This offer is also available to those who have not been an OGS member since 2011 and would like to rejoin the OGS family. To take advantage of the half year membership, please visit the OGS website at:

Notice for Elgin County Branch Meeting

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Date: Monday, June 23, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location:  Old St. Thomas Church, 55 Walnut Street, St. Thomas
Speaker: Jeff Booth
Topic: The Old St. Thomas Church – Its History and Its Military Connections

Notice for Quinte Branch Meeting

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Quinte West Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton

Speaker: Kathryn Lake Hogan

Topic: “How to make the Most of Canadian Census Records”

Brief Overview: Learn Strategies and techniques on how to get the most out of the Canadian census records in order to gain a better understanding of your ancestors.

Contact Info:

Branch email –

Notice for Niagara Peninsula Branch Meeting

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: First Grantham United Church, 415 Linwell Rd., St. Catharines

Speaker: Myra Tawfik

Topic: “Genealogy and Copyright”

Brief Overview: Myra Tawfik is a professor and author, who teaches copyright law at the University of Windsor. This presentation is being streamed into the meeting.

Please visit our website to connect to the meeting online:

FYI: Wellington County Branch Special Event

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Wellington County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is recognizing The 12th Field Regiment R.C.A. (1940-1945). The programme consists of two presentations: a) Family and Military History and b) A Remembrance Service for the Honour Roll of 74 fallen men.

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Ontario Legion, 281 George St. Arthur (map)

Guest Speaker: Glenn Wright

For more information on this special event, please visit the Wellington County website:

Contact Info:

FYI: Correct Date for the OGS June Webinar

Monday, May 26th, 2014

The correct date for the upcoming June webinar is Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm ET – not June 4th as reported in the last eWeekly:

Special Guest Speaker: Jess Posgate, OurDigitalWorld

Topic: Searching Ontario’s Family History with OurDigitalWorld
This session will introduce ODW (previously OurOntario), our portals and local collections. We’ll talk about how to use our online collections to find genealogical resources and trace family histories. We will introduce you to the search options and millions of objects in the portal including oral histories, photographs, documents, full-page newspapers and more.

OGS Webinars are offered using Adobe Connect software and all members are invited to attend for free. Access to the webinar is available from the OGS Members Only area. The virtual room will be open 20 minutes before the webinar starts. All webinars will be archived in the OGS Members Only area so those unable to attend will be able to view them after the fact.

Brickwalls: Seeking Information for Cameron John Campbell and Elizabeth McLauchlan of Scotland

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

I am searching for records for Cameron John Campbell in Scotland and for Elizabeth’s parents.
Cameron John Campbell b. April 18, 1832 in Scotland, married Elizabeth McLauchlan b. September 10, 1832. I cannot find a marriage record. They had children John Cameron, Duncan, Jessie, Archibald, Marwood and Euphemia. I found a birth record for John Cameron Campbell b. September 19, 1832 to Captain Moses Campbell’ Achendale and Jessy Cameron at Kilmonivaig. I do not know if this is the correct person because I cannot find any other records. Finding the correct record for a Campbell in Scotland is a daunting process.
I know that Elizabeth McLauchlan Campbell’s father was John and her mother may have been Euphemia. All of them lived in Mosa Township and Ekfrid Township in the mid 1800′s according to the census. The McLauchlans apparently were born in Scotland but I cannot find any records for them either.
Any help that you can give me would be appreciated.
Shirley Crampton

Brickwalls: Seeking Information on Mary Ann Murphy of Dundas and Hamilton, Ontario

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

I have hit a brick wall trying to find my Great Grandmother Mary Ann MURPHY’S family. Mary Ann was a Roman Catholic and everything points to her being born in Canada. Maybe someone reading this will be able to help me. As we all know this is a very common name. I have found the names of (3) three different sets of parents for her in the registration records.
My great grandmother, Mary Ann MURPHY, was born possibly in Dundas, ON, or Dundas County, Ontario sometime between 1857 and 1862. Of course this is too early to find a birth record. I tried sending for the marriage certificate, but was told that it was unavailable. Marriage: Ontario Registration gives this information: Married 24 August 1874 in Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Mary Ann MURPHY age 17, to William Norris WORRON, age 23. Mary Ann’s parents are listed as William & Mary Ann MURPHY. Married by Rev. Wm HERRIDGE, (the Church of England) Witnesses: William AUSTIN & Emma PENNELL. I have been told that the Ontario registration information is not the original, but copied. It was William and Mary Ann who were getting married so I’m thinking maybe the person copying the information made an error in the names. It also says she was born in Canada.
Death: Ontario Registration gives this information- Died the 20th July 1920 age 58 in Hamilton, parents listed as Michael MURPHY and Bridget DEMPSEY, both born in Ireland. When Mary Ann died her son Jas. WORRON, filled out the papers, so he could have made an error on her parents names. I also have the Obituary from the Hamilton Spectator, but it gives no clue as to her parents. Another family contact suggested that her parents were Jeremiah MURPHY & Bridget DEMPSEY. This family member found these names in an old family Bible and they could be the next generation even. Another thought that I had while writing this is that these names could be Jeremiah & Bridget DEMPSEY? This is the message I received from him, “Here are some other names to go by: Maryann MURPHY Born 1857, Michael MURPHY, Jeremiah MURPHY, Ellen MURPHY, and Johanna MURPHY, children of Jeremiah MURPHY Sr. and his wife ?? DEMPSEY, Hastings Ont, this appears in our family Bible. “ Mary Ann MURPHY Married: William Norris WORRON, who was born 22 July 1851 in Chatham, Kent, England, he came to Canada 1870. William died in the house of Refuge in Hamilton, January 8, 1931. I have his birth Certificate, death registration and Obituary from the Hamilton Spectator.
Mary Ann & William WORRON had 10 Children-All born in Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario:

  1. Mary Ann 1875-1939- M: Joseph JACKSON & John P. KELLY
  2. Silas James 1876-1968 – M: Mary T. O’NEIL
  3. Ellen 1878-1879
  4. William 1881-1953 – M: Isabella HILL
  5. Frederick J. 1883-?
  6. Estelle 1884-1934 – M: James H. GRICE
  7. Edmund 1888-1888
  8. Catharine (Twin to Edward) 1888-1958 – M: John J. MCSWEENEY
  9. Charlotte 1890-1939 – M: Felix A. MCSWEENEY
  10. Joseph M. 1896-1980 – M:Lillian V. HILL


Brickwalls: Seeking Information on John Heard of Angus, Ontario and Reginald Lorenzo Heard

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Brickwall #1 -

John Heard/Hurd b abt 1921 England (parents listed on marriage certificate Thomas & Sarah Heard) with possible middle name of Freeman. Have never found arrival date or origins of birth in England. Heard is too common a name. Marr #1 Sarah Jane Thompson 18 Oct 1875 parsonage Barrie = 15 children. Marr #2 Rebecca Harvey born USA 2 Mar 1847 Whitby Ontario = 6 children. John Heard died 30 Dec 1895 Angus Ontario, will probated 1898 and on son William’s death 1933 it says father born Plymouth, mother born Ogdensburg New York (have traced this family) but can find no proof of John Heard & Plymouth. Anyone know which way to go on this one?

Brickwall #2 -

Heard, Reginald Lorenzo born 5 Nov 1913 Essa Twp. Registered 8 Jan 1914 (my copy dated 28 Apr 1982) no
parents named but genealogy of the family – his parents were Wilfred Charles Heard and Ida May Alexander
of Simcoe County. Reginald married Edith Elizabeth M. M. Barker (7 Sept 1912-28 Apr 1975) on 2 Jan 1937 in
Oshawa, Ontario = 3 children lived, twins died at birth. Reginald had no siblings.

Have a card re: War Service Badge GS 1070441 for Heard, Reginald Lorenzo with rank & serial numbers
issued June 26, 1985. For years city directories listed him as soldier, and for some he lived with his
mother Ida May Heard in Oshawa.

Family information from late daughters – Reg married Elizabeth Mae DeAmbroise using name Reginald
Larribee Hurd 9 Oct 1943 & had 3 children.

From copy of marriage certificate Reg then married Jean Murray Stover as Reginald John Heard 8 Aug 1964
in village of Sombra County Lambton by license as a divorcee. Here is the questioning part – statement says his
parents were Wesley Duncan Heard and Mary Alice Lander both born Texas as was he ? (He had an uncle named Duncan Wesley).

Reg died 11 March 1983 Edmonton Alberta not long after his daughters found him. So who was this man really?
I could find no connections on Ancestry & Family Search to this American family. Any suggestions?

If you think you can help Marie-Jeanne, she may be reached directly at: