Sunday, December 28, 2008

January 6 Meeting - Storing and Preserving Old Photographs

Tuesday January 6, 2009

Krista Jorgensen
Librarian Archivist
Whitby Public Library

Her subject is "Storing and Preserving Old Photographs" .

For more information our website is:

Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month except July and August, at 7:30 p.m. in the Oshawa Public Library Auditorium 65 Bagot Street, Oshawa. Visitors are always welcome.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Some 'Ancestors in the Attic' Episodes on Global

Ancestors in the Attic is usually broadcast only on History Television, a cable channel, but Global Television is going to be showing some episodes over the next four weeks.

Wednesday December 17th at 10pm: One-hour Cenotaph Special.
Two students go in search of the true stories behind the names of two soldiers on their high school Cenotaph.
Sunday December 21 at 7pm: Mary.
A Korean-Canadian returns to her homeland to find the birth parents she never knew.
Sunday December 28 at 7pm: Missing Pieces.
A Japanese-Canadian goes to Japan for the first time in search of his father's family.
Sunday January 4 at 7pm: Autograph Book.
In 1917 a British nurse and a native Canadian soldier signed their names in an autograph book. This is the story of the love story that bound them and the search for their descendants.

These are in addition to the usual showings at 8 pm on Saturdays on History Television.
Thank you Linda Reid from the Toronto Branch for this information.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Staff Genealogist Required

Ancestors in the Attic – History Television’s Gemini-nominated family history documentary series – is searching for a staff genealogist for its fourth season.
Part personal drama, part forensic investigation and part historical revelation, Ancestors in the Attic provides unexpected, emotional and often life-changing answers to the genealogical questions of ordinary Canadians.
Using the tools of genealogy and family history, the program takes ordinary Canadians on a journey of discovery to solve family mysteries and make emotional connections with relatives, family members or ancestors. In the process, we also examine Canadian history from a very personal and intimate perspective.
The role of the staff genealogist is twofold: assist our research team with the extensive genealogical and historical investigations required to solve the stories we air each season; and appear on-camera with our host, Jeff Douglas, to help our submitters solve their family mysteries.
To succeed, candidates must have experience in the field of family history, be skilled in advanced historical research methods and have experience with online and primary genealogical resources both here in Canada and also, preferably, in the United Kingdom. Candidates must have an intense curiosity, be highly organized, computer literate and capable of thinking outside the box. The successful candidate must also be passionate about family history and genealogy, a talented communicator, and excited about conveying detailed genealogical findings in a simple, accessible and credible way to a television audience.
While experience as a genealogist is an advantage, Ancestors in the Attic is also interested in hearing from anyone in related fields that meet the criteria. And, while our preference is to find one person to fill both research and on-camera roles, we are flexible.

If you are interested in becoming part of the successful Ancestors in the Attic team please send your resume by mail to:
Dugald Maudsley, Producer, Ancestors in the Attic, Primitive Entertainment
585 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON, M6G 1K5
Or via email to:

Election Results for 2009 Executive

Durham Region Branch
Ontario Genealogical Society
Chair - Guy Lafontaine
1st Vice-Chair - Todd Shrigley
2nd Vice-Chair - Lillian Buhl
Secretary - Vacant
Treasurer - Don Tebble
Past Chair - Don Hinchley

Retired Firefighter Donald A. Heard Dies

HEARD, Donald A. - retired First Class Fighter #76 - Oshawa Fire Department (February 25, 1935 to December 3, 2008) peacefully at Lakeridge Health, Oshawa due to a lengthy illness with cancer, at the age of 73 years. Beloved husband of Ruby (nee Hockley) for 50 years. Loving father of Robyn Daniels (Jim) of Whitby, Scott Heard (Carol) of Oakwood, Donna Short (Kelly) of Bowmanville. Beloved papa of Justin Daniels, Jessica and Aaron Heard, Holly and Becca Short. Dear brother of Bev Heard (Doris deceased) of Oshawa; Ruby Norton (Bill), both deceased, of Oshawa; Irene Nemis (Bill) of Lindsay; Ina Pomery (Don), both deceased, Lorne Heard (Evelyn) of Oshawa; Shirley Wallis (Gord) of Whitby; and twin Ronald (Betty) of Oshawa. Relatives and friends paid their respects at the COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1587 Highway #2 (King St. E.), Courtice, 905-432-8484 on Saturday December 6th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service was held at Trull's Road Free Methodist Church, 2301 Trull's Rd. S., Courtice on Monday December 8th at 11 a.m. Donations made in memory of Don to the Durham Regional Cancer Centre or Trull's Rd. Free Methodist Church would be appreciated by the family. Thanks to Doctors and Nurses of 6F Lakeridge Health, Oshawa for their loving and special care. Cremation will follow the Funeral Service with interment of cremated remains in the spring. On-line condolences or expressions of sympathy may be made at

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New ONTARIO Births, Marriages, & Deaths INDEX Microfilms added to Whitby Public Library Collection

These reels are the indexes of the B,M,D's for Ontario and are up to date as per what is available. These reels do not have actual event documents.
The local Family History Centre may have all the up to date index reels. They certainly have some (but not all) of the reels of the actual records to go with the indexes. The Archives of Ontario will have all of them. Always check online before striking out for Toronto.
The benefit the reels we have locally is that you can go through the indexes at your leisure and then either order the pertinent B,M,D reels on inter-library loan, or be prepared when you visit the Archives of Ontario in Toronto or the local LDS FHC.
1910 Reels 22 & 23
1911 Reel 24
1925 Reel 23
1926 Reel 24
1935 Reel 23
1936 Reel 24
Ancestry is about two years behind on what they have available online in this area.
Thank you Stephe Wood for providing this information.