Saturday, January 12, 2019

Durham Region Branch's DNA-SIG meeting Tuesday Jan. 16th

Our meeting on Tues. Jan 15th will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the 
3rd floor "Boardroom", 
Northminster United Church, 
676 Simcoe St.N., Oshawa. 

This is now the Branch's Library library and office, and we will be meeting there from now on. 

The room is accessible with a lift - the door is right off the parking lot - just use the intercom beside the door. 

Also, please park on the street, unless you have an accessibility permit. Parking is very limited and we share with the cubs and scouts that night. Parking is also available in the school parking lot at the south-east corner of Simcoe and Rossland.

Agenda:  Q&A period
                A new 3rd party clustering tool called "Genetic Affairs" will be shown

Everyone is welcome!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Durham Region Branch’s January Meeting this Tues. Jan 8th

Durham Region Branch will be starting 2019 off in our newly renovated office and library! 

We’re not totally unpacked yet, but on Tuesday January 8th at 7:30 pm, we will be holding our meeting in our new location on the 3rd floor of Northminster United Church, Oshawa, for the very first time! 

Our topic will be “Busting Down Brick Walls” through the brainstorming and crowd sourcing of our members.

Northminster United Church,
3rd Floor Boardroom,
676 Simcoe St.N.,
Oshawa, ON

Come early at 7 pm and browse the library section. The meeting will be held in the same room, starting at 7:30. Everyone is welcome.

Check our website for parking information. Please save the spots in the church parking lot for those who have permits.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Show & Tell and Christmas Treats Potluck on Tues. Dec. 4th

This coming Tuesday night at 7:30 will be our annual Christmas treats "Pot-Luck" get-together. This will be in our usual location in the basement meeting room of the Northminster United Church, 676 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa. Please bring a plate of goodies to share with the others. Drinks 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 p.m. 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 cider to wish all who attend on-line a "Happy Holidays".

Don't forget to renew your membership for 2019 at the Society webpage here before Dec. 31st [there is no  January grace period] and don't forget the savings you could receive using the "Growing Our Family" campaign before Dec. 15th at 5:00 p.m. Information here.

All the best to you and yours at this time of year,
Nancy Trimble, Chair

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Love Those DNA Sales

ALL these sales end November 22nd

Just 2 more days in’s early Christmas sale! Only $89 CAD + shipping costs
See the post on DNA Bargains at

Family Finder (autosomal) from FamilyTreeDNA is only $49 USD. Other tests are also on sale.

MyHeritage is only $79 CAD + free shipping if you order 2 kits.

Durham’s DNA Group to Meet This Tuesday

The DNA Group will be meeting Tuesday, November 20th at 7 p.m.

We will be meeting at:
The Oshawa Family History Centre,
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,
632 Rossland Rd North, Oshawa

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, November 5, 2018

A World War I Journal Featured at our November Meeting

Tues., November 6th, at 7:30 p.m. at Northminster United Church Basement Auditorium (enter off Rossland)

Featuring Bryan Davies telling the tale of the World War 1 Soldier, Pte. Manuel, who kept a journal of all his experiences.

For more details, see our website.

This meeting will also include our Annual General Elections, also, details of the OGS 50% off membership and Early Bird renewal prizes.

Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

October Meeting Features Ted Barris, Author



Dam Busters:Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany by Ted Barris

It was a night that changed the Second World War. The secret raid against the hydro-electric dams of Germany’s Ruhr River took years to plan, involved an untried bomb, and included the best aircrews Allied Bomber Command could muster – many of them Canadian. The raid marked the first time the Allies tactically took the war inside Nazi Germany. It was a mission that became legendary.
On May 16, 1943, 133 airmen took off in 19 Lancaster bombers on a night sortie. The crews flew at treetop level from England to the heartland of Nazi Germany’s military industrial complex.
Of the nineteen bombers outbound, eight did not return. Based on personal accounts, flight logs, squadron war diaries, maps, and photographs of the Canadians involved, Dam Busters recounts the dramatic story of these young Commonwealth bomber crews tasked with the high-risk operation against an enemy prepared to defend the Fatherland to the death.

Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and his blog The BarrisBeat features commentary and narrative from his travels/experience. Among his eight previous bestselling non-fiction books: JunoBehind the GloryDeadlock in KoreaVictory at Vimy, and Breaking the Silence. In June 2014, his book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story won the Libris Non-Fiction Book Award of the Year

TUESDAY OCTOBER 2, 2018, 7:30 PM
 (Corner of Rossland Rd W. and Simcoe St. N.) 

Everybody is welcome. See for further information.

Parking is available on side streets behind the church and across the road in the school parking lot. 
We request that the church parking lot be reserved for those with Accessibility (Handicapped) Permits, please.