Friday, January 23, 2015

Celebrate Irish Family History Day with a Special Offer from FindMyPast

FindMyPast has invited us to celebrate Irish Family History Day with a Special Offer!

FindMyPast has an excellent collection of Irish records just waiting for you to discover, including the following:
Birth, Marriage & Death Records 1845 - 1958
Irish Court & Prison Records
Millions of historic Newspaper Articles
Census & Land Records

And, they have a Special Offer for you: a 1 month World Subscription for ONLY $5.00 USD. Click here.

Hurry, this offer expires at midnight Jan. 27th!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Genealogy Education on the Internet

Here are the links from last night's Mini-presentation on "Genealogy Education - Videos"

Family Search Learning Center

Key Words: Ancestry, WDYTYA, Genealogy Gems, Maurice Gleeson, Genetic Genealogy, DearMyrtle, Legacy Family Tree, Roots Magic, any other interests you have.

Southern California Genealogical Society
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Recorded Webinars for OGS Members only (best if signed in first)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gifts from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies

NIGS has been a valued associate of the Ontario Genealogical Studies since 2011. Below is an announcement from NIGS:

Celebrate 15 Years of Online Genealogy Education with 
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Seventeen years ago, The National Institute for Genealogical Studies <> was founded. On October 4, 1999 'Methodology-Part 1: Getting Started' was the first online course offered to students. Three weeks ago, on December 1st, 15 years later, it started for the 185th time.

We are celebrating! In honor of our birthday we are giving away presents! Now's the time to sign-up for those courses you always wanted to take. What present will you receive? You choose:

From now until December 31st, 2014 take 15% off ANY course package. Use code 15party15 at the registration checkout.
Are you already taking courses and want to convert to a package of courses to save more money? Give us a call toll free at 1-800-580-0165 ext 1 to learn more or for help with any registration.
NOTE: we have a payment plan (no interest, no service fees). Payments can be spread over several months and can start on February 1st, 2015.

Add a comment on our website <> (click on menu item INFORMATION, then click on COMMENTS BY STUDENTS, and scroll down to the bottom of the page) or on our blog <>. Afterwards, claim 50% off the registration fee for any one course using code 15comment50 at the registration checkout.

Get social with us on Twitter, Facebook, or our blog <> and be entered to win a nine course package (a $1,000 value). Enter on Twitter by following us at @GeneaStudies, retweeting our tweets, or mentioning us in a tweet. On Facebook <> leave a comment, like, or share our posts. Or subscribe to our blog by email. Winners will be announced Monday January 5th, 2015 on our blog.

We also have promotions for bloggers or for those who want to write blog articles for The Institute's blog. Contact us for more information:

After reading the information below, if you would like more help, send an email to:

To follow us on our Blog: Go to and scroll down. On the right hand side of the page you will see Subscribe to Blog via Email. In the text box, enter your email address and click on the Subscribe button. Once subscribed, you will receive an email each time we post an article.
Each blog article includes a link to write a comment or share via a social media. Look for these options at the end of each blog post.

To follow us on Twitter: Once signed into your Twitter account, search for us on Twitter by our Twitter name @GeneaStudies. On our Twitter page, click on the Follow button to subscribe to our tweets. Not a member of Twitter? No problem, just go to Twitter <> and join. Membership is free.

To like us on Facebook: To follow us on Facebook you must be a member. To join Facebook go to and sign up. Find us on Facebook at <> and click on the Like button on the top right of our page.

Hope to read your comments online!

In closing, from the team at The Institute, MERRY CHRISTMAS or HAPPY HANUKKAH, to you and your family...

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for over 17 years (15 years 100% online). We now offer over 200 courses in genealogical studies to help enhance researcher's skills.
For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and a Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 ext 1 or email us at

Sunday, December 21, 2014

OGS Members - Welcome to our First Webinar of 2015


From the Ontario Genealogical Society's e-Weekly Update:
In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Christine Woodcock: 
While many people want to know more about their Scottish heritage,
they don't know where to begin. Fortunately, researching our Scottish
ancestors is a fairly easy task. Knowing where to look is usually where
we get tied up. This talk will get you started in researching your Scottish
ancestry as well as how to make the most of your research.

Christine Woodcock was born in Scotland and raised in Canada. She is
a genealogy educator with a particular expertise in Scottish records. She
is also a lecturer, writer and blogger with a focus on Genealogy, Using
Online Resources, Connecting through Social Media, and, of course,
Scottish ancestry. She runs Scottish research trips to the Scottish
Archives in Edinburgh to help genealogists discover their Scottish heritage.

OGS webinars are free to OGS members. Up to 100 people can access
this webinar at one time. The room will open 10 minutes before the
session is scheduled to start. It is no longer necessary to pre-register
for webinars but if you would like a personal reminder, please contact
Brenda at

The Webinar is accessed through the Members Only area of the OGS
website by using the following method:
1. Go to and Log In
2. Click on Members Only on the extreme right side of the green menu
bar that stretches across the top of the home page.
3. Choose Webinars, then Upcoming Webinars.
If you have never connected to a webinar with Adobe Connect, there
are complete instructions at the bottom of this page. It is a good idea
to do this a couple of days ahead of time!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

December Meeting - Come Early for the Special Webinar!!

Come to the Durham Region Branch meeting on Tues, Dec 2 at 7 pm in the Basement Auditorium at the Oshawa Public Library, Bagot St, Oshawa (just south of the City Hall). We will be joining the OGS webinar (see description below). NOTE: This is ½ hour earlier than usual.

After the webinar, we will be having a "Show & Tell / Bring & Brag" session, followed by "pot-luck" Christmas goodies. Coffee, tea and apple cider will be provided.

Everyone is welcome!

The Write Stuff: Using Nonfiction Writing Techniques to Write a Better Family History
Tuesday December 2, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Speaker: Lisa Alzo 
As genealogists we often focus on facts and uncover so much that our
research produces nothing but lists. But do you really know what happened
between the dashes of your ancestors’ lives? This presentation will discuss
how to using nonfiction writing techniques to produce a “can’t put down”
family history that will keep the pages turning for generations.


DNA holiday sale time!

DNA testing has become a hot topic in the genealogy world lately. Are you ready to take the plunge??

Well, Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, just let the news out 2 days ago on her blog: Family Tree DNA has announced a sale on all their DNA tests for the entire month of December.

Maybe you know a genealogist who wants a really neat Christmas present. Or maybe it's the time to treat yourself. Now's definitely the time to order!

See Judy's blog post at:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The British Newspaper Archive reaches 9 million pages

There are now 9 million historical newspaper pages to explore at The British Newspaper Archive ( after the website reached a major milestone this week. 
Product Director Ian Tester commented, ‘We’re thrilled to have reached 9 million pages and have already started chasing the next big milestone. Customers tell us that they’re making amazing discoveries every day, whether they’re researching their family history, the First World War or the history of their local area. Our focus on local titles means that you can find stories from all around the UK and with the recent addition of more Irish titles, we’re becoming a more useful resource all the time’.
The British Newspaper Archive has grown massively since it was launched in November 2011. 282 British and Irish newspaper titles are now online, covering 1710-1954.
45 newspaper titles added so far this year
Thousands of pages are added every week, so coverage will just keep getting better. More than 2 million pages and 45 new titles have been added to The British Newspaper Archive so far this year, including the Daily Mirror, Daily Record, Dublin Monitor, Lancashire Evening Post, London Evening Standard and Sports Argus.
Register for free at to receive monthly updates about what’s being added to the website.
Vote for the newspapers you’d like to see online
Is there something you’d like The British Newspaper Archive to digitise? You can now suggest titles and vote for other people’s suggestions on the website’s feedback forum:

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership project between the British Library and Findmypast. From November 2011 to 2021, up to 40 million pages from historical newspapers across the UK and Ireland (spanning the period 1700 to 1954) will be uploaded to
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection.