Wednesday, November 25, 2009

View Full Episodes @ the History Channel Online

Can't wait until January for Ancestors in the Attic????
Twenty seven full episodes from seasons 1-3 are available to view online at
Choose Ancestors in the Attic from the list on the left, select an episode, sit back and enjoy.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Celebrating Genealogy and the Holiday Season

Show & Tell / Bring & Brag
Tuesday, December 1 (7:30 p.m.)
in the Oshawa Public Library Auditorium (basement),
65 Bagot Street,
just south of City Hall.

At this meeting we celebrate the season with
  • Genealogical breakthroughs,
  • Special stories,
  • Favourite websites, interesting documents or other artifacts, etc.
  • Members are invited share their 'ah-ha' moments.
Attendees are invited to bring festive snacks to share (optional).
Our break will be extended to ensure opportunity to chat and taste.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

New Resource at National Library of Ireland Website

Thank you to Toronto Branch's Linda Reid for this 'info'.

Marian Press (Toronto Branch) has discovered that the National Library of Ireland has launched a wonderful new resource. See:

Sources: A National Library of Ireland database for Irish research, contains over 180,000 catalogue records for Irish manuscripts, and for articles in Irish periodicals.

You can search across:

* All of the National Library's manuscripts catalogued up to the 1980s
* Irish manuscripts held in other libraries and archives in Ireland and worldwide, listed between the 1940s and the 1970s
* Articles, reviews and other content that appeared in over 150 Irish periodicals (download a full list of the journals) up to 1969

Article records give details of the author, the title, and the citation, as well as information about how to access the periodicals in the National Library of Ireland or elsewhere. Manuscript records provide key details about the manuscript including the title, in addition to where it is held and its manuscript number. All records have subject headings, which can themselves be used as searches.

Record contents generally represent the decisions taken during the original cataloguing and indexing project, and reflect the holdings of libraries and archives as they were when that work was carried out. Read more about the history of Sources.

Irish researchers will recognize this has the online successor to Hayes' Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish Civilization and Sources for the History of Irish Civilization: Articles in Irish Periodicals.

Remember that this is "just" a catalogue (but what a catalogue!). You can't click through to see actual documents but you can order copies of manuscripts that are in the National Library of Ireland collection. Details available on the website.

Come to Our Office Saturday 21 Nov. 2009

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Members and visitors welcome.
Many, many genealogical resources for Durham and beyond
are available in our office for family history research.

Featuring today
Six additional 'new to us' computers now available
for research on the Internet - high speed!
Software includes Firefox, Safari, Adobe Reader, and more .
Help available for computer use.
Come in and we can help you get started
on your family history/genealogy.

Thank you to TVOntario for donating
these iMac computer systems to the Branch.

The Durham Region Branch OGS office is located in the
Tower building, Oshawa Airport, South Field
Enter via Rossland/Stevenson Rds.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Military Records on Ancestry and have announced that most of their military collections will be available to search for free until November 13. This is in honour of Remembrance Day (Canada) and Veterans' Day (U.S.).