Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ancestry.ca Free until July 1st

John Reid in his blog Anglo-Celtic Connections has posted the following:

Free access to Canadian records at Ancestry.ca

Over the long Canada Day weekend there's FREE ACCESS to all Canadian records on Ancestry.ca.
The records are open until July 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You will need to register for free with Ancestry.ca with your name and email address. Once registered a user name and password will be sent by email. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Supercharging Your Genealogy with DNA & DNA Kit - Missing Paperwork

NOTE: When Dr. Maurice Gleeson & I were packing up the DNA kits last night, we found a sheet from a DNA "takeaway" kit that someone is going to be missing!!

Since it was not filled out, the only identifier we have is the kit #  412883

IF you are missing the paperwork from your "Takeaway" kit, please contact me at durhamchair@ogs.on.ca


We had an absolutely GREAT TURNOUT for our meeting!! Thanks to everyone who came.

Our speaker was Dr. Maurice Gleeson and he made understanding and using DNA so very easy for us. He has obviously kissed the Blarney stone as well and charmed us all! We learned the pros and cons of the various DNA tests and testing companies. Using many examples, he led us through many scenarios for using DNA for adoption and brick wall cases. 

Afterwards, we had a mass "swabbing" session for those attendees who purchased one of the discounted DNA kits Dr. Gleeson brought with him.

Dr. Gleeson will be posting our meeting session on his YouTube channel when he gets back home. So be patient!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Supercharging Your Genealogy with DNA

Tuesday, June 2nd 7:30 p.m. in the Oshawa Public Library Auditorium, 65 Bagot St., Oshawa (just South of City Hall)  Location Map  Everyone is welcome! Parking is free. Plan to arrive after 7 p.m. since there is a parade starting from this location at 6 p.m. on that evening.

This meeting will be live-streamed as well. Join by clicking here at 7:30 p.m.

DNA testing is really easy to do, costs about $125 Canadian dollars, and is helping family history researchers break through Brick Walls that they never thought would come down. The technology behind DNA testing has been given a real boost by the Adoption Community who have developed tools and methodologies to facilitate the use of DNA to reconnect adoptees with their birth families. These same technologies have proven to be of real benefit to ordinary everyday genealogists too. Maurice will explain how DNA testing (and autosomal DNA in particular) can help you connect with genetic cousins and solve your own family mysteries. He will also explain how to focus the attack on your Brick Walls by testing several targeted family members. He will illustrate his talk with real life examples, including an adoption success story from his own family.

Brief Biography 
Dr Maurice Gleeson is a psychiatrist, pharmaceutical physician, some time actor, and genetic genealogy convert. He runs several DNA projects at FamilyTreeDNA, has several blogs, and has a YouTube channel devoted to videos on genetic genealogy with the aim of making the subject understandable and accessible to the widest audience possible. He was born and grew up in Dublin, is based in London (UK), and lectures on genetic genealogy worldwide. 

Dr. Gleeson has just given very successful and popular lectures and workshop at the OGS 2015 Conference in Barrie.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hazardous WW1 Flight Training in Oshawa

During our discussion period, mention was made of the Royal Flying Corps and how hazardous flying was at that time.

Jane MacNamara, our speaker this past Tuesday night, has sent a link for us to view.

"This article might be of interest to some of your members, in view of some of the discussion the other night.
http://niche-canada.org/2015/05/07/a-terrible-fright-a-short-history-of-early-aviation-in-oshawa-ontario/ "

http://www.airwar1.org.uk/rfc%20aircraft2.htm Sopwith Camel

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Our May Meeting Will be Streamed Live!

Our general meeting location is at the Main Branch of the Oshawa Library (basement auditorium), 65 Bagot Street, just south of City Hall, at 7:30 pm.

Jane Macnamara
Jane Macnamara - Inheritance Interrupted: WW1 reflected in Ontario Estate files The sudden deaths of so many young Canadian sons (and daughters) changed the normal patterns of inheritance. However, the accompanying records are extremly useful for genealogy. http://wherethestorytakesme.ca/inheritance-interrupted/

Jane is a well-known genealogist and an entertaining speaker. She is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and Other Records for Family Historians, published by Dundurn and the Ontario Genealogical Society in 2013.

Also, at this meeting we will have the following items:
Brick Wall Bomb - a 10 minute brainstorming session on a problem from the audience 
Mini-Talk (10 minutes) - free software for auto creation of citations

Jane has graciously given permission for her session to be live streamed. The link will be posted on our website (just above the notice of the meeting) shortly before the meeting begins. The session will not be recorded.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

ScotlandsPeople Credits

With special thanks to both the Scottish Special Interest Group & the Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, whose e-mails pointed me to the following post at ScotlandNow:

SCOTLAND NOW, the website for Scots everywhere, has teamed up with ScotlandsPeople to give you the chance to help you trace your Scottish ancestry for free.
With this great offer you will receive 20 Free credits worth £4.50. It costs five credits to view an image, and one credit to view a page of search results so there will be plenty to search this offer.
With images of over 100 million indexed births, marriages, deaths, censuses, wills and other documents, including records of some of Scotland’s most famous figures such as Rob Roy, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson, www.ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk contains the most comprehensive official online set of family history information for any country in the world. As one of the largest single information resources online, ScotlandsPeople provides an easily accessible route to the unrivalled store of official Scottish records.
The ScotlandsPeople website is a partnership between the National Records of Scotland, a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Government, and the Lyon Office, enabled by Findmypast.
How to redeem the offer.
Register at www.ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk if you are new user, or log in using your username and password if you already have an account.
• New users will be required to complete a registration form.
• Once logged in, click on Buy more credits on the top right hand side of the page.
• You will be taken to a page where you should enter the promotion code. The promotional code is: scotlandnow. You will then be allocated 20 FREE credits worth £4.50
• It costs five credits to view an image, and one credit to view a page of search results.
• Your 20 FREE credits voucher must be redeemed by April 30, 2015. Your 20 FREE credits will then be valid for one year after you redeem the voucher.
For further help with redeeming a voucher code, please see the Voucher Help page.
Terms and conditions.
You must register at scotlandspeople.gov.uk in order to take up the offer and in so doing you agree to the terms and conditions of use for the ScotlandsPeople website. The free credit offer is restricted to one offer per individual. The offer codes must be validated at scotlandspeople.gov.uk before or on April 30, 2015. Your free credits will be added to your account, which will expire after one year or when they have been used up, whichever is the sooner. Credits are required to view the indexes and images on the website. The cost of viewing each different type of record can vary.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Live Streaming of Our April 7th Meeting

For all of our members who cannot make it to our April Meeting, we will be trialling broadcasting our meeting live!

Go to this LINK just before 7:30 pm EDT. This presentation will not be recorded.

This particular service is supposed to pace itself to match the bandwidth of both the send and receiving devices. It should create a viewing window sized appropriately for the device and connection speed.

Feedback is CRITICAL! Please send your comments-- complaints and compliments to durhamchair@ogs.on.ca
Please comment on both picture, & sound and what computer and browser you used. I would really appreciate if someone with a Mac computer would comment on how the live streaming worked on that platform.