Saturday, July 1, 2017

LostCousins – Free subscriptions for new Canadian members – Limited Time Offer

LostCousins is a UK website, but as Peter mentioned, many Canadians have UK cousins and vice versa. I have found a few myself as I added both Canadian and UK census records to make connections. I echo Peter in hoping that a lot more Canadians will enter data, and maybe I'll get more connections too. This site works best if you put in aunts, uncles and cousins as well as your own direct line> Nancy

by Peter Calver, LostCousins (originally posted on the OGS e-weekly update 1/7/2017)

There are over 5,000 LostCousins members who live in Canada (and thousands more who have Canadian relatives, including me), but it's not very many for a country with a population of over 35 million. So far only 55,000 of the more than 4 million Canadians recorded on the 1881 Census have been claimed!

So to encourage more family historians to join I'm offering 6 MONTHS FREE to new members in Canada who have ancestors recorded on the 1881 Canada census or any of the other censuses we use at LostCousins. To take advantage of this offer the new member should enter the code CANADADAY in the offer codes box at the bottom of the registration page. This offer is not open to existing members, but I do have a complementary offer for them - see below.

For the benefit of potential new members reading this page the address of the LostCousins website is:  https://lostcousins.com/

There's no catch - you won't be asked to provide credit card or bank details, and after your 6 months is up you'll still have access to all the information you've entered, and all the connections you have made with cousins around the world. Of course, you'll receive an invitation to renew your subscription, but you will be under absolutely no obligation to do so.
Most people who buy a LostCousins subscription do so because they want to support the LostCousins project, and help LostCousins stay independent.

If you're already a LostCousins member you won't be able to take advantage of the offer for new members, but I have an equally good offer for you. When you enter the code HALFPRICECANADA on the Subscribe (or Renew Subscription) page you'll be able to buy a 12 month subscription for half-price, which means that you too will be getting 6 months free. You can do this even if you have an existing subscription, just so long as it doesn't have more than a year to run.

This offer is to thank you for telling potential new members about the LostCousins site - which you can do using your My Referrals page or by posting on blogs or forums. Remember to tell them about the 6 months free and give them the code (or else provide a link to this page).

Both of these offers WILL EXPIRE JULY 10TH, SO ACT NOW!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

FindMyPast Free Access to British & Irish Records

FindMyPast has announced on their home page that there will be free access to their British and Irish Records from June 22nd to Jun 26th.

Monday, June 19, 2017

DNA Special Interest Group - June Meeting

DNA Special Interest Group Meeting will be held on Wed., June 21st at 7:30 pm in the Branch Office. 


Topics for discussion will include MyHeritage's Ethnicity Analysis, Nancy's results from "Living DNA" and answering members' questions. All are welcome.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Super sale on Ancestry DNA kits at OGS conference next week


Gail Dever posted about a wonderful opportunity for purchasing Ancestry DNA Kits at the Ontario Genealogical Society's Annual Conference in Ottawa June 15 - 18. See her original post on Genealogy a la Carte.
There will be an exclusive super sale on Ancestry DNA kits at the event. Instead of the regular price of $129 CDN plus shipping, conference delegates will be able to purchase a kit for $69, including shipping. No limit to the number you may purchase.
Visit Global Genealogy in the Marketplace at Algonquin College to buy your kits.
Visit the conference website to learn more about the program, times, and location. Walk-in registrations are available at the door.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

DNA Interest Group Meeting on May 17th


The May meeting of our Special Interest Group on DNA will be held on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m.

For a map to our meeting place at the Branch Office, click here. Remember to park against the right hand fence, due to construction in the parking lot.

We can answer your questions, and we will show a webinar about DNA for this meeting.

Everyone is welcome.


Monday, May 1, 2017

May Meeting - Lynde House Museum


Trina Astor-Stewart, Executive Director for Whitby Historical Society at Lynde House Museum in Whitby, talks about the importance of Lynde House from an historical viewpoint and the genealogical relationships of the Lynde family in this area as representational of some early settlers to Southern Ontario. One of the most loved homes in Durham Region, Lynde House has been moved twice in order to preserve it and its story for future generations. Thousands of people lined the streets for each of its moves, most recently in 2015 from Cullen Gardens. The stories surrounding Lynde House during the war of 1812 provide a romantic portrayal of the times and now that it is being operated as a museum housing thousands of artifacts, the tales this house can tell grow daily. Come and discover more and find out why this house and the lives of those who lived here make an impact on us even today.

Mini-talk: Deborah Wilbur - "The Princess Mary 1914 Christmas Gift" to WWI soldiers, with family artifacts.

We meet at the Oshawa Public Library, downstairs Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.

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

Library parking is free after 6 p.m. 
“This program is not sponsored by the Oshawa Public Library and does not carry any responsibility for its content”

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.