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:

Ontario Land Registry (OnLand) - New Website! (First Phase)

From the OGS e-Weekly of Jan. 13, 2018 comes some exciting news:

"Ontario Land Registry Access (OnLand) is Here!
The Ontario Genealogical Society
Our Facebook Groups lit up this week with the announcement that access to the Ontario Land Registry information was now available online!  The announcement, sent out from the new service, reads:  Teranet, in partnership with ServiceOntario, has built this web portal to deliver key statutory services relating to land and property ownership in Ontario to land registry professionals and the public.

The first phase of the web portal offers customers the opportunity to test out the historical land registration book search and view option only. Customers will still be required to visit a land registry office to print any records. For more information on Historical Books, please click here.

They went on to say that the organization would provide an update when full search capabilities are available on OnLand in late 2018.  When fully implemented, OnLand will allow users to search historical and current property records, anywhere in the province, from the convenience of their home or office, instead of visiting a land registry office."

I couldn't 
resist playing with the new site for a few minutes and very quickly was able to browse to my 2x gt-grandfather's land Lot 13, Concession 9 in Clarke Township. Here's a screenshot:

I don't think that I am exaggerating when I say that this access will revolutionize the way we do research in Ontario! May this site progress to it's full capability quickly!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Census War is now over!

Check out John D. Reid's information and comments at:

Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections: The Census War is now over!

So relieved that future censuses will NOT have the dreadful question of whether to permit access after 92 years! Genealogists and historians must celebrate.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Breaking Down Brick Walls - January Meeting

January meeting is tonight, January 2nd, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Our NEW general meeting location has changed, to the Bobby Orr Room of the Oshawa Civic Centre (99 Thornton Road South). Parking is free.

Overcoming Brick Walls  
We will be exploring strategies and anecdotes for overcoming research dead-ends.
DON'T GIVE UP!! Join us tonight as we brainstorm solutions or at least make suggestions on how to overcome those blocked avenues of research.

Our meetings are often streamed on YouTube starting at 7:30. Our channel for streaming is . 

All are WELCOME! See you there!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Time! DNA Special Interest Group Meets Wed. Dec. 20th

The December meeting of the Durham Region Branch's DNA Special Interest Group will start at 7 p.m.

This was suggested by those attending the last meeting and make sense at this time of year.

The meeting will be held at the Branch Office at the base of the old NavCanada tower on the south field of the Oshawa Airport. Access is from Rossland road and turn north on Stevenson Rd. (There is no access from Taunton Rd.)

At the beginning of the meeting, there will be a general discussion on beginning DNA for the benefit of newcomers. This will be followed by more advanced discussion for our long-time members. Time permitting, a DNA webinar will be viewed.

All are welcome!

Monday, November 6, 2017

"Grow Our Family" Campaign Opened Nov. 1st

The Ontario Genealogical Society's membership season has begun, and for the second year we're trying to Grow Our Family by matching renewing members with new recruits ( or at least those who haven't been a member for two years). 

Any member of the Ontario Genealogical Society renewing their membership can receive a 50% discount other membership fee simply by bringing in a new member with them. And the new member gets the same great deal - Society membership for $31.50!! Branch fees are extra.

So, if you're already a member, invite someone to join you.

If you want to become a member, come to our meeting this Tuesday, Nov. 7th at 7:30 at our NEW location: Bobby Orr Room at the Civic Recreation Complex, 199 Thornton Road S., Oshawa. One of our members will be very willing to sponsor you and save 50% at the same time! See the previous post for topic & speakers details.

If you can't come to our November meeting, save the date of Dec. 5th for our December meeting, same time, same place, but with Christmas "goodies".