Saturday, September 5, 2020

FamilySearch Announces RootsTech Connect 2021: A Free Global Virtual Event

FamilySearch has announced that their 2021 RootsTech Conference will be a FREE virtual event.

It will be held on Feb. 25 - 27, 2021 and you can register for it now! The recorded sessions will be available for viewing after the event as well.

See the full details in their press release at

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

September 8th Virtual Meeting is a "Breeze"


Our Tuesday, September 8th,2020 Zoom meeting is at 7:30 p.m. [Please note the date change]

The Cruise of the Breeze book

Marc Seguin - "The Cruise of the Breeze: -

The Journal, Art and Life of a Victorian Soldier in Canada" is the title of Marc's book - about a British soldier, Henry Baines, sent to Canada to be one of the protectors of this 'almost' new nation, at a time of great strife in the United States... an internal war with potentially dangerous consequences for our ancestors. His 1863 summer voyage, circumnavigating Lake Ontario in a sailboat, yielded many insights into those times, and into significant shoreline communities in both countries, all gained from his drawings and journal writings.

Here is the registration link for the September 8th meeting:

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Genealogy 101: The Basics - Webinar from the Whitby Public Library

Genealogy 101: The Basics

Wednesday July 15, 2020
1:30 PM until 3:30 PM

Come learn the basic steps for launching your family history experience. Learn from Nancy Trimble as she gives you advice on interviewing your family, searching attics, recording & organizing what you find, Internet searching and offline help, and groups. Learn to avoid some common pitfalls in your quest, as she shares some hard-learned lessons. 
Nancy Trimble, PLCGS has been doing genealogy since she was a teenager. She earned her diploma in Canadian Records in 2004 and is currently the Chair of the Durham Region Branch, Ontario Ancestors. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Free Webinar Weekends for June - from Legacy Family Tree Webinars

They are bringing you both 1) brand new webinars and 2) unlocked webinars from the members-only library. You will have free access to these throughout each weekend. 

Each weekend they will bring to you a different track of classes:
  • Technology, June 12-14, 6 classes
  • Great Britain, June 19-21, 6 classes
  • African American, June 26-28, 6 classes
To participate, register for the live introductory webinar at which will give you instructions for viewing the classes.
Also, see their blogpost for further details.

DNA Talk was Very Successful!

Nancy's talk on DNA: Tools for the Next Steps was very well received. All our Zoom seats were filled and many people were too late to get in to the Zoom meeting. Demand far exceeded our expectations!

The handout and the link to the recording are now available on the Durham Region Branch's website . Just go to the June meeting write-up and the links are at the bottom of the description.

No-one has asked me about the illustration that I used for the DNA talk! 3 years ago at the Rootstech conference, I took a workshop about DNA tools. We actually extracted DNA from strawberries and hanging from the toothpick are my results! Did you know that strawberries have 8 strands of DNA! Humans only have 2 strands. It's humbling to know that we are less complicated than strawberries.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

June's Virtual Meeting is Coming Soon with DNA: Tools for Next Steps

“DNA: Tools for the Next Steps” with Nancy Trimble, PLCGS on June 2nd at 7:30 pm

You’ve had your autosomal DNA test done, but what are your next steps? This talk will focus on the tools available to you on Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, MyHeritage and DNA Painter. We will discuss Match Lists, centiMorgans (cM), chromosome browsers, and other useful tools. You will leave with enough information that you can easily implement some next steps in utilizing your DNA matches.

Come join the Durham Region Branch on Tues. Jun 2, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) in a virtual meeting. This is open to the public. We have 100 seats, but the recorded meeting will be available afterwards on our YouTube channel.

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please note that we only have 100 seats for this particular meeting. You must register, but I advise you to join about 15 minutes early & wait in the "Waiting Room" in order to assure your seat.

If you can't get in, the recording of this session will be uploaded to our YouTube channel at several days afterwards. The handout will be available on our website after June 2nd.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

The May meeting video is now available for re-play!

Just a note to let you know that the recording of our May Meeting featuring Bob Dawes on "Connecting English Ancestors" is now available in our YouTube Channel.