Sunday, March 18, 2018

March Meeting of the DNA Special Interest Group Wednesday Mar 21st

Our March Meeting of the Branch's DNA Special Interest Group will be held on Wednesday, March 21st at 7 pm. It will be held at the Durham Branch Office. See map here.

The new MyHeritage chromosome browser will be demonstrated by Stephen Wood, who will also be chairing the meeting. If time permits, there may also be a video.

All are welcome!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Barber, The Bishop and Lucy - Next Tuesday Night

Our March meeting is next Tuesday night, the 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the Bobby Orr Room at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex, 99 Thornton Rd. S., Oshawa.

I think the title of Dave Clements' presentation is very intriguing and I hope that you will come out to listen. We will also be streaming the session on YouTube. See our website for full details.

Dave Clements will talk about "The Barber, The Bishop and Lucy" - Uncovering the story of the African Canadian Smith family of Bowmanville in mid 19th century.
"At the Clarington Museums, we often receive requests for information on family histories. A request from Michigan has led to the uncovering of the Smith family story. Nehemiah Smith was born in the Niagara district. From about 1842, he lived and moved between Whitby, Colborne and Bowmanville. A barber by trade, he moved to Michigan in the mid 1860's. Dave will tell us the story of this local African Canadian barber and his descendants."

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

DNA Special Interest Group is POSTPONED until Thursday Feb.22


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the DNA Special Interest Group meeting will not be held tonight, Wed. Feb. 21st!

It is postponed 24 hrs to Thursday Feb. 22nd at 7 pm. at our Branch Office.

If you know of anyone who was planning on attending, please let them know!

Thanks and apologies!!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

FindMyPast Celebrates 100 years of Votes for Women

Celebrating 100 years of votes for women, there are free records from until Feb. 8th: access the full details here.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

DNA is the Theme of our February Meeting on Tuesday, February 6th

The Durham Region Branch is meeting this Tuesday, 6 February at 7:30 p.m. This is at our new location in the Bobby Orr Room, Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex, 99 Thornton Rd. S., Oshawa.

DNA is the evening's theme:

Nancy Trimble is presenting "DNA Basics for Genealogists".
She will discuss why you might want to test DNA, what tests are available and the factors that dictate which testing company to use. She will also give you pointers on how to maximize your results and get your cousins to contact you or answer your questions.

The Short Presentation by Karen Church is "How DNA Increased My Family". See how Karen made an surprising connection about a "stray" in her family.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

DNA -SIG January Meeting

Durham Region Branch DNA-SIG meets Jan. 17
Nancy Trimble, Chair, Durham Region Branch OGS
The DNA Special Interest Group of the Durham Region Branch will be meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17th at their Branch Office at the Oshawa Airport.(see our website for a map)

Basic questions will be answered in the first half hour of the meeting and then more advanced questions will be addressed.

All are welcome!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Call for Speakers for the June 23rd, 2018 "Day of Learning"

Call for Papers – Durham Region Branch Day of Learning
Nancy Trimble, Chair, Durham Region Branch

Durham Region Branch will be holding their annual Day of Learning from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Faith United Church, Courtice.

The theme will be “Microcosm to Macrocosm”.

The call for proposals is now open, under the following sub-themes:

  • Beginner’s DNA
  • Intermediate DNA
  • Using the FamilySearch Website: What You Didn’t Know
  • Maximizing the Use of FindMyPast and MyHeritage Websites
Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals may submit up to three proposals electronically at the e-mail address below.  Please include the following information for each submitted proposal: speaker's full name, address, telephone, and e-mail address; presentation title; and a brief, but comprehensive outline. The speaker compensation is at the usual OGS conference rate, but travel compensation is minimal.

The deadline is February 15th. Please send your submissions to: