Tuesday, July 10, 2018

DNA Special Interest Group July 17th Meeting


Durham Region Branch's  DNA Special Interest Group will be meeting on Tuesday July 17 at 7 pm at the:

Oshawa Family History Centre,
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,
632 Rossland Rd North, Oshawa

We will start with basic questions for any newcomers and then move on to Intermediate questions for our seasoned members.

Remember to park behind the church [off Rossland Rd] and go in the south-west door of the building. The Family History Centre will be on the right when you go in. 

Parking is free and all are welcome!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

New Project for Missing Allied Soldiers from World War I

Press Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (June 25th 2018)


Do you have a missing soldier from World War I?
A new project aims to commemorate the 338,000 allied soldiers who are still missing from World War I. Of the 1.1 million allied soldiers who were killed in The Great War, only about half were ever identified and received a decent burial. The remaining soldiers lie where they fell, on the field of battle, whether it be Gallipoli, the Western front, or elsewhere. These soldiers in particular deserve to be commemorated.

Pick a Soldier, Plant a Tree
The new project encourages people to pick a soldier from a list of the known missing soldiers and build a family tree for that soldier going back several generations (using their own family knowledge or available genealogical records). The tree can then be “planted" on the EveryOneRemembered website (https://www.everyoneremembered.org) by simply attaching a commemorative “story" to the soldier in question and posting it on the website.

The new project will be of particular interest to family historians and genealogists, but everyone is encouraged to participate, even school children. It is hoped that family trees will be planted for all 338,000 missing soldiers.



DNA Testing
The project is in two parts. The first part (described above) is simply called “Pick a Soldier, Plant a Tree”. The second part of the project encourages relatives of the soldier to do a DNA test in commemoration (using any of the commercially available tests), and leave the DNA kit number or contact details on the EveryOneRemembered website.

Why do DNA testing? Every year about 30 to 60 sets of remains are discovered during routine farm work or building activity in Northern France and Belgium. Previously, these unidentified soldiers would be buried in a grave with a headstone that simply stated “a soldier known unto God“. But in recent times, DNA has helped identify some of these soldiers. And more may be identified in time as DNA testing technology advances.

This second part of the project is called “One in a Million“ to emphasize that the chances that someone's DNA will help identify one of the missing soldiers is “One in a Million“. This helps manage the public's expectations of what DNA can and cannot do. However it also emphasizes that each one of those soldiers was “One in a Million“ to somebody, somewhere, sometime.

For further information on the project, visit the Commemorating the Missing website at https://commemoratingthemissing.blogspot.com/p/home.html

Monday, June 18, 2018

DNA Special Interest Group Meeting on Tuesday June 19th

The DNA Special Interest Group will be meeting on Tuesday June 19 at 7 pm at the:

Oshawa Family History Centre,
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,
632 Rossland Rd North, Oshawa

We will start with basic questions for any newcomers and then move on to Intermediate questions for our seasoned members.

Remember to park behind the church [off Rossland Rd] and go in the south-west door of the building. The Family History Centre will be on the right when you go in. 

Parking is free and all are welcome!

Also, don't forget that there is still time to sign up for our "Day of Learning" this coming Saturday, June 23rd. We are having 2 lectures on DNA given by 2 experts: Sherilyn Bell and Ellen Maki.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

9 Days Left Until Durham Region Branch's "Day of Learning"on June 23rd



We would like to reveal that our Door Prize Sponsor is Family Tree Maker and that they have donated a copy of the latest Family Tree Maker Softwareas our Door Prize! We are certainly indebted to them for their generosity.

Due to the vigorous registration last weekend, we have ordered a few extra lunches. These will be available on a first come basis. If you didn’t quite get registered by the food deadline, you still have a chance. Don’t wait!

Durham Region Branch’s Day of Learning will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 9 am – 3:45 pm at Faith United Church, 1778 Nash Road, Courtice. This year’s theme is: “From DNA Connections to Database Giants”

Registration and coffee is from 9:00 am to 9:30 am and parking is free and plentiful

Speakers and topics include:

Sherilyn Bell about “Ancestry in a Tube: Using DNA to Pick Up the Genealogical Trail” 

Nick Post presenting “The Ins and Outs of FamilySearch, and What’s New”

Ellen Maki talking about “Autosomal DNA: Next Steps”

Nancy Trimble + Panel on “The Genealogy Giants’ Databases” + Panel Discussion

Registration links and more information are at http://durham.ogs.on.ca/workshops/
Cost is only $35.00.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Durham Region Branch's June Meeting features Danielle Manning

Our usual general meeting will be held at the Bobby Orr Room of the Oshawa Civic Centre (99 Thornton Road South) on Tuesday, June 5th at 7:30 p.m.

Danielle Manning, an Outreach Officer at the Archives of Ontario, will give us a "tour" of the Archives via PowerPoint, in her presentation: 

An Introduction to the Archives of Ontario
Danielle Manning - archives of ontario
  
Learn what the archives has to offer genealogists and how to access the records. 


All are welcome and the parking is free.





Mini-Talk - OGS Conference 2018 highlights, from members who attended.

Our meetings are often streamed on YouTube starting at 7:30. Our channel for streaming is http://www.youtube.com/ channel/UCiHiKL0pfzXzG- G9YARS8Sg/live .


The DNA SIG (DNA Special Interest Group), within our branch, has been meeting monthly. The June meeting will be held at the Oshawa Family History Centre (LDS) on Tuesday, June 19th, at 7 p.m. (632 Thornton Rd N, Oshawa, Ontario).

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

NEW Meeting Location & Day for our DNA Special Interest Group

We have a new HOME  & a new DAY for the DNA Special Interest Group!

As announced at the May 1st general branch meeting, we will be meeting at 7 p.m.:

The Oshawa Family History Centre,
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,
632 Thornton Road North, Oshawa
(corner of Thornton and Rossland Roads)

We are booked there for the 3rd TUESDAY night of each month for our future meetings, thanks to our ViceChair Nick Post.

We will start with basic questions for any newcomers and then move on to Intermediate questions for our seasoned members.

Remember to park behind the church [off Rossland Rd] and go in the south-west door of the building. The Family History Centre will be on the right when you go in. 

Parking is free and all are welcome!


Monday, April 16, 2018

DNA Quest from MyHeritage DNA - Now Goes Global

I just got an e-mail from MyHeritage announcing that their DNA Quest program for reuniting adoptees with their biological families has now gone global. 

Hi, Nancy
Last month we launched DNA Quest, a new pro bono initiative to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing. The initiative, initially launched in the USA only, received an amazing response. More than 10,000 applications were submitted so far to receive free DNA kits, from the quota of 15,000 free DNA kits pledged by MyHeritage, worth more than one million dollars.

Being that the deadline for submissions is the end of April 2018 and there are still about 3 more weeks to go, and in light of the many requests we received from the community to expand DNA Quest worldwide, we decided to increase the scope of the project, from USA-only to global. This means that people are now eligible to participate in DNA Quest regardless of their place of residence and regardless of where the adoption took place.

Please help us spread the word on social media, especially with the news about DNA Quest going global, and include a link to the www.dnaquest.org website to make this dream a reality for families around the world. Read more here.




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