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.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Growing Our Family - Get 50% off!!

eAnnounce to OGS Members
REMINDER: Membership renewal season has begun, and you could take advantage of our Grow our Family promotion to save 50% off your OGS membership fee.  Details are on our website.  Don’t know any potential new members?  Send an email to and we’ll try to match you with a potential new member.

Want to be a member at the reduced rate, send your request to the above e-mail and hopefully they will match you! We had a successful pairing at our last Branch meeting - to the satisfaction of both people.
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Also, the November editions of Newsleaf and Families are now available to read or download from the Members Only section of the OGS website.
Both publications contain stimulating and enlightening articles – enjoy!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Last Chance to Sign up for the "British Isles Research From Afar" workshop

You're running out of time: Our British Isles Workshop is this coming Saturday! Sign up by the 25th and you will get your lunch included! Join us at Faith United Church in Courtice, just east of Oshawa. We start with coffee and check-in at 9 a.m. and our Opening Remarks will be at 9:30 a.m.

We have 2 great speakers for you: 

Ruth Blair of Oakville and Stephen Wood of Whitby

We have 4 great talks for you:

Researching Your English and Welsh Ancestors
Taking Your Irish Ancestors Back Over The Pond
Particulars and Peculiarities of Scottish Research
Researching Your Scots-Irish Ancestors: Canada and Beyond

or send us an e-mail to

November Meeting is on Nov. 8th

Just a quick reminder that, due to library scheduling, we are booked into the Auditorium on Tuesday November 8th, NOT Tuesday, Nov. 1st!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Introducing ... Our Workshop Speakers: Stephen Wood

Stephen Wood is a long-time genealogist, having been a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society for over 40 years. He is a founding member of the Durham Region Branch and has headed up the Research Committee for almost as long, as well as serving several terms as branch chair. Stephen has ancestral roots in Scotland, the Netherlands, England and also Quaker families from Pennsylvania. His own family research includes families in Perthshire and he will share his Scottish research expertise with us with his presentation on "Particulars & Peculiarities of Scottish Research"

For more information on our workshop, see