Posts Tagged ‘update’

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

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.

Irish Palatines in Ontario Tour Update: Open Tour Functions

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

The following functions during the Tour are open to those who wish to meet with the persons participating in the Irish Palatines in Ontario Tour 2013. Space at these functions is limited so we ask that anyone who would like to attend advise us in advance in order to reserve your spot. Location information will be given to those who RSVP. Also if a meal is served, there will be a cost, which is noted below. Please note that this list is subject to minor changes.

St. Mary’s Day: Saturday, September 7, 2013

  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm – Lunch in Kirkton with the Doupé family
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Tour of Kirkton Union Cemetery by Roy Doupé

Cost: $10.00

RSVP to: Carolyn Heald – carolyn.heald[@]

Brock Township Day: Sunday, September 8, 2013

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Lunch with Wilfrid, Brock Township, hosted by Shiers and other Palatine families from the Brock Township Are
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Show and Tell of artifacts from the area’s early Irish Palatine immigrants

Cost: $10.00

RSVP to: Dorothy Shier – dkshier[@]

Viamede Day: Monday, September 9, 2013

  • 9:00 – 12:00 pm – Genealogy open house at the Viamede Resort
    • Tips on Researching your family (computer will be available)
    • Meet other Irish Palatines and share family stories and genealogical information

There will also be a presentation by Austin Bovenizer (Director and Chairperson of the Irish Palatine Association in Rathkeale, Ireland).

Lunch will be available at the individual’s cost. The research room will be available all day.

RSVP to: Phyllis Chapmansig-ip2010[@]

Ottawa Valley Day: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • 11:30 – 1:30 pm – Pakenham – meet local Palatines – followed by lunch

Cost: $10.00

RSVP to: Mary Wallaceswitzerdolmage[@]

Prescott Day: Friday, September 13, 2013

  • 3:00 pm – Visit the Blue Church in Prescott, the Cemetery and the Barbara Heck Monument
  • 5:00 pm – Evening talks and dinner in Charlieville, near Maynard.
    • Meet and mix with interested local people and exchange genealogical info
    • Present Irish Palatine story with Prescott emphasis
    • Discuss IPA and the IP materials at Rathkeale museum in Ireland, etc.
  • 6:30 pm – Light Dinner

Cost: $15.00

RSVP to: Myrtle Johnsonmyrtleejohnston[@]

Adolphustown Day: Sunday, September 15, 2013

  • 10:30 – 11:30 pm – Hay Bay Church – Adolphustown – tour of church and a service
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch

Cost: $10.00

RSVP to: Mary Wallaceswitzerdolmage[@]

FYI: More Unregistered Cemeteries sent to Registrar

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Last week there was an article about current OGS activities regarding the registration of cemeteries across the province.

We have an update.

This week we sent to the Registrar the lists of unregistered cemeteries for the counties of Cochrane, Dundas and Durham so that they can be registered and protected.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers who have worked so hard to prepare these lists.

FYI: Update on Cemeteries Act Petitions

Friday, November 30th, 2012

There have been some questions as to what happened to the Cemeteries Act Petitions in May 2011 when the Ontario Legislature was prorogued. The answer is: they died!

But – OGS and The Ontario Historical Society (OHS) received a life line from Jim Brownell, then retiring Member of Provincial Parliament for Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry. He arranged for us to meet John Gerretsen, then Minister of Business Services – the Ministry in charge of cemeteries registration.

We presented Minister Gerretsen with a list of more than 1500 unregistered cemeteries across the province and had a first hand opportunity to tell the Minister about the lack of protection and high risk of removal for unregistered cemeteries. As a result, we received a letter of undertaking from the Registrar of Cemeteries, Michael D’Mello. The Ministry plans to register unregistered cemeteries! To this end, we have been asked to submit the data county-by-county and to include modern identifying information such as GPS, street addresses, directions, etc.

It isn’t too late.

The joint OGS and OHS Cemetery Registration Committee has been resuscitated and, with assistance from many hardworking branch cemeteries committees, is working to compile the necessary information and send it to the Registrar. To date the data for four counties – Algoma, Brant, Bruce and Carleton – have been forwarded to the Registrar of Cemeteries. Any new information for these counties will be also forwarded as it is discovered.

The OGS Cemetery Locator is being updated as we move along by county, with the goal of making it as complete a record of cemeteries in Ontario as possible.

None of this can happen without the co-operation of our branches and our genealogical and historical friends who have first hand knowledge of their areas. We ask that people check out the Cemetery Locator to see what is on record for your county or region.

We invite anyone with cemetery information, particularly little known or abandoned cemeteries to contact us. This week we learned about three unregistered small family burial grounds from surprising sources.

Please help the OGS/OHS Cemetery Registration Committee remain alive! We look forward to hearing from the friends of cemeteries. We plan to keep you posted as we send the government further information.

FYI: Update about our facebook page

Friday, November 9th, 2012
Thanks to the Kitchener Public Library for the heads up about this:

If you like to follow our Facebook page but have noticed that you don’t seem to be seeing our posts in your news feed as often these days, here’s why and how to fix it.

Facebook now requires page administrators to pay to promote their updates, which means…you’re seeing less and less of the great content we’re posting in your news feed!

To keep RECEIVING ALL POSTS from us, you have to click on the little gear button next to the “Like” button on our page. Select “ADD TO INTEREST LISTS” from the drop-down menu, then create an interest list to add us to, such as all of your favourite pages.

Now, when you select that interest list, you will see ALL of our posts and you won’t miss anything important!

We recommend that you follow these instructions for any Facebook page you care about, so you can continue seeing all the posts from the pages you love!