Sunday, January 15, 2017

DNA Special Interest Group Meeting Wednesday Jan. 18th

Our next meeting of the DNA Special Interest Group will be held this coming Wednesday at 7:30 pm. We will convene at the Branch Office, which is in the NavCanada tower at the south end of the Oshawa Airport.

See the Map here

Parking is available and everyone is welcome!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Truth About Ancestry's Hints

I should have known that there were drawbacks on such an easy-to-use service, such as Ancestry's shaky leaf hints, but I didn't know what they were!

The truth has surfaced, thank to Amy Johnson Crow's post on her blog posted on January 4th.

Check it out here !

There's also some good pointers in the comments.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DNA Special Interest Group meets Dec 21st!

The Durham Region Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society's DNA Special Interest Group meeting will be on Wednesday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the Branch Office, found at the base of the NavCan tower, Stevenson Road, Oshawa (must come from Rossland Rd. There is no access from Taunton Rd). There is some construction occurring and part of our parking lot has been taken over, but there is still enough parking available.

Nancy will be live demonstrating how to take a file from FamilyTreeDNA and upload it to GEDmatch.

Hope to see you there. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Family Tree Webinars 2017 Lineup Now Available

Registration is now open for the 2017 webinar season at They've got an AMAZING lineup
this coming year (76 classes). All the details are in the announcement here. Here's the link to sign up for multiple webinars at once.

If you attend live, the webinar is free, and for a few days afterwards!

If you have a subscription, then you can watch and re-watch the webinar at any time that you want to, as well as the 446 classes already in the archives. Many other benefits are mentioned in the announcement.

Here's an extra hint from me:
There are many archived webinars on this site that remain free for viewing forever. Several are sponsored by other companies like Genealogy Bank, FindMyPast, Scrapbooking,, Legacy Family Tree etc. To find these webinars, just click on the link at the top of the home page called "Webinar Library" and choose "View All - Free".

What a way to boost your education and learn more about many topics!

Monday, December 5, 2016

BREAKING NEWS! FREE Find My Past Starter subscription!

OGS is giving its 2017 members the Starter Package subscription at Findmypast - for FREE! That’s a value of US $34.95 (that's almost Cdn. $50!!) included with your individual membership fee, AND - If you join or renew before December 31st, the OGS individual member fee could be $31.50 - see 

To see some of the categories of records available on Findmypast in this offer, visit our website and click on the Grow our Family button or click here: !!

Members for 2017 will be sent an email with instructions for subscribing to Findmypast. Instructions will also be posted in the Members Only section of our website. SO JOIN OGS NOW for 2017 and get started exploring all of these records!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Meeting - Bring & Brag/Show & Tell

This coming Tuesday night at 7:30 will be our annual Christmas "Pot-Luck" get-together. This will be in our usual location in the Auditorium of the Oshawa Public Library on Bagot St., Oshawa. Please bring a plate of goodies to share with the others. Water, juices and hot chocolate will be supplied.

The programme will be composed of attendees bringing family items of significance to brag about, or they will tell of a pivotal genealogy "experience" they wish to share with everyone. If you wish to share your favourite website that would also add to this celebration of Genealogy and Christmas!

Our meetings are streamed on YouTube starting at 7:30. Our channel for streaming is channel/UCiHiKL0pfzXzG- G9YARS8Sg/live . It is indeed unfortunate that we won't be able to share the cookies with you, but we can raise a virtual cup of hot chocolate to wish all who attend on-line a "Happy Holidays".

Don't forget to renew your membership for 2017 at and don't forget the savings you could receive using the "Growing Our Family" campaign!

All the best to you and yours at this time of year,
Nancy Trimble, Chair

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Ancestry DNA Sale until Monday Nov. 28th

If you are interested in get an Ancestry DNA kit, here is a good sale reducing the cost to $79 each. This is for an autosomal DNA test. Ancestry DNA does not carry tests for Y-DNA or mt-DNA. Shipping is an extra $19.99.