Monday, November 16, 2015

Family Tree DNA Year End Sale

Family Tree DNA's year end sale has been announced.

The Autosomal DNA test "Family Finder" is now $89 US instead of $99 US. There are savings on Y-DNA and mt-DNA as well.

Details are at

Friday, October 23, 2015

Durham Region Branch Elections - Nov. 3rd

Durham Region Branch Elections will be held at our regular meeting on Nov. 3rd.

Elections will be held for the following positions:


Please consider helping out your branch!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bible Christian Connexion in Durham Region

We had a most entertaining talk last night at our October Meeting. Jim Bowen talked about the female itinerant preachers of the Bible Christian Connexion church, including his collateral ancestor Elizabeth Cory (nee Courtice - a very familiar family name in Darlington Township). Notably, in the mid-1800's, Durham Region was one of the premiere areas settled by this sect (about 21% of the inhabitants). The other areas with large numbers included Huron County & Northumberland Co.

In addition, he had great suggestions on where to find research resources if your ancestors were Bible Christian.

The whole presentation is posted on YouTube on the Durham Region Branch OGS Channel, and can be found HERE.

One link that Jim mentioned is a digitized publication, "A Jubilee Memorial", published in 1865 for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Bible Christian Connexion Church by Wiiliam (O'Bryan) Bryant. It gives a very good history of this sect.
The downloadable book can be found at:

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Female Preachers - the Hot Topic for Tuesday's Branch Meeting

We will be live steaming the meeting. Check back on our website for the link.

Jim Bowen will be speaking on "She was What??" - Early 19th Century Travelling Female Preachers - Dedication, Heroics, Scandal and Tragedy 

We think of travelling preachers as male in the early time frame, but this was not so. Jim will be talking about early female preachers, with an emphasis on the Bible Christian Connexion and their Early Female Itinerant Preachers - about 60 of them. Jim has a multitude of stories that will enrich our knowledge of these early travelling preachers and their trials and tribulations.

Time allowing, the meeting will include TONI Tidbits (w.r.t. the huge OGS name and resource index), and a Brick Wall Bomb (suggested solutions to a stubborn genealogical problem from an audience member).

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

FindMyPast Free Weekend!

It's time to explore British, Irish, US records on FindMyPast! Also includes newspapers and military records!

As announced on the FindMyPast newsletter:

If you are not a subscriber to FindMyPast, they have announced a free weekend 18 - 21 September. If you are a subscriber, they will extend your subscription by 3 days!

For more information, go to FindMyPast Free Weekend.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Durham Region Branch September Meeting - September 8th

 Tues., September 8th (2nd Tuesday this month only)

Topic: Solve Genealogical Problems by Creating a Timeline (recorded webinar)
Timelines are very useful ways of visualizing data. Timelines give you an order of and context for events, or to show what kinds of events were happening around your ancestors. Using Excel spreadsheets, this webinar will show how to solve different types of genealogical problems by using timelines.

Beth Foulk

Beth was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and currently lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. She has been interested in family history since grade school. Her dad, who built a small family tree that Beth found fascinating, is credited with infecting her with the genealogy bug. Without the exposure to his interests and work, she would never have started down the genealogy road. Beth’s ascent into full-blown “junkie-dom” occurred in 1998 when she learned that genealogy software could build a family tree database.

Beth Foulk maintains a website, Genealogy Decoded.

Sample Timeline

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

That Camera Icon at FamilySearch

John Reid on his blog Anglo-Celtic Connections has posted the following article about the 2 different camera icons found on when you look at record collections:

Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections: That Camera Icon at FamilySearch

Who knew? I certainly found this to be a great tip!

An Example of Ontario Records at