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

Monday, August 10, 2015

20 % off Ancestry DNA Kits

Thomas MacEntee, who spoke at our OGS Conference in May, has pointed out a big savings in the Ancestry DNA Kit on his blog "Geneabloggers". This offer is through his affiliate program with, and hopefully will also work for those of us in Canada. It is in US dollars.

The offer can be found here. This offer expires August 17th.

If you remember our June speaker, Maurice Gleeson, mentioned that to fish in 2 of the biggest pools of DNA results, you need to test on Ancestry, then download your raw data from Ancestry, upload it to Family Tree DNA for a minimal cost ($39 USD when I last checked), and then you will see matches in both databases (the most economical way).

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Free until July 1st

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

Free access to Canadian records at

Over the long Canada Day weekend there's FREE ACCESS to all Canadian records on
The records are open until July 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You will need to register for free with 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


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. " Sopwith Camel