Friday, April 14, 2017

DNA Special Interest Group Meeting on Wednesday April 19th

Wednesday, April 19th at 7:30 pm. will be our DNA Special Interest Group. It will be held at our Office, 1000 Stevenson Rd. N., Oshawa (at the base of the NavCan Tower)

See the map here.

All are welcome who share our interest in DNA for Genealogy.

Because of construction, parking is against the fence on the right hand side as you approach the tower.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Legacy Family Tree Webinars - Free this Weekend

From Linda Reid's Toronto Branch Electronic Bulletin:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Legacy Family Tree Webinars are all free this weekend (from Friday to Sunday).  There are 500 to choose from. Presenters include prominent genealogists such as Judy Russell, Blaine Bettinger and Lisa Louise Cooke. For those who want to learn about genetic genealogy, for example, there are lots of choices.

From their Facebook page, comes the information that this Friday will be their 500th webinar! Congratulations, Legacy Family Tree Webinars!
What a wonderful opportunity to explore everything that they have to offer.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

"What Am I?" - Meeting Tonight, Tuesday April 4th at 7:30 pm.

Paul Jones - "I am not a Jones, but what am I?"

Paul will tell the story of researching two generations of 'father unknowns' and his true surname. This involved 25 years of research, including family oral history (often proven wrong) along with some usual and not so usual documents. Finally, a puzzling Y-DNA test, and an autosomal DNA test yielded solutions.

Come and join us to hear Paul's story. Everybody is welcome. Our meeting is held in the basement Auditorium at the Oshawa Public Library, Bagot Street in Oshawa (across from City Hall). Library parking is free after 6 p.m.

Mini-talk: Methods for backing up records

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

“This program is not sponsored by the Oshawa Public Library and does not carry any responsibility for its content”

Monday, February 27, 2017

Victory at Vimy - March 7 - Ted Barris - 7:30 p.m. - Oshawa Library Main Branch

“Victory at Vimy” – Story of the birth of a nation
What the world witnessed that Easter Monday morning – April 9, 1917 – was a near miracle of ingenuity, co-operation and courage among volunteers of the Canadian Corps. That day, 80,000 of them – fighting for the first time as a national army – swarmed up that strategic ridge in north-central France and in a matter of hours accomplished what no Allied army had, in nearly three years of blood-letting in Europe. They seized Vimy from an entrenched German army. Some say those young citizen soldiers also breathed life into a fledgling nation – Canada.
In a talk/visual presentation, based on his book Victory At Vimy: Canada Comes of Age, April 9 – 12, 1917 Ted Barris reconstructs the blow-by-blow moments of that historic four-day operation, that some say changed the momentum of the war. It put Allied troops in control of the strategic Vimy heights for good. For the first time, it sent the most powerful army in Europe into full retreat. It also firmly established the four Canadian Infantry Divisions as the most effective fighting force on the Western Front. Archived on YouTube:
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“This program is not sponsored by the Oshawa Public Library and does not carry any responsibility for its content”

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DNA Special Interest Group Meeting Wednesday

We have a DNA SIG meeting this Wednesday, Feb 15th at 7:30 pm.

The meeting will be held at our Branch Office. For a map, Click Here

Nancy will be discussing some items she got at the RootsTech conference.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Maps and Mapping for 21st Century Genealogists

Our speaker for our February meeting will be James F. S. Thomson who will be discussing "Maps and Mapping for 21st Century Genealogists"

Maps are an essential tool in family research. James will discuss how to locate both print and digital maps that are relevant to your research and then how to select those most appropriate to your needs. Finally, he will discuss how to go about creating maps and selecting the best tools to use when preparing maps. James has spoken at OGS conferences and is always a well-informed, excellent speaker.

This meeting will only stream out the business portion. The links mentioned by James Thomson will be posted in our "Members Only website". Those in attendance will hear James' presentation and receive a handout.

Mini-talk: Anne Delong – Backing up your files: – strategies. 

Date: Feb. 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Oshawa Public Library, 65 Bagot St., Oshawa (across from City Hall), downstairs Auditorium
Parking is free after 6:00 p.m.

“This program is not sponsored by the Oshawa Public Library and does not carry any responsibility for its content”.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Land of Canaan - OGS Webinar February 2nd

February OGS Webinar

Guylaine Petrin
Guylaine Petrin - Land of Canaan: Researching Black Ancestors in Canada before Confederation.
Thu, Feb 2, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

In 1793, the Government of Upper Canada approved a law that ensure that any slave coming into its territory was automatically freed.  Upper Canada became a haven for African Americans seeking freedom and political rights.  This correspond to a difficult period researching genealogy. While this webinar will use examples from Black genealogy, many of the sources used are useful for anyone who has ancestors who lived in Upper Canada during the same time period.