Thursday, September 27, 2012

Announcing a New Certificate Design Competition

Create a design for a new Heritage Society certificate for The Ontario Genealogical Society.

As an addition to our current heritage clubs and societies, OGS is developing the Fathers of Confederation Society for those who can prove they are descended from one of Canada’s iconic Fathers of Confederation.

We need a striking certificate for members of the Fathers of Confederation Society to proudly display.
Prize: $500
(donated in memory of Mike Brede)

Design Criteria
Each 8.5” x 11” certificate design must have:
  • The OGS logo present somewhere on the certificate (.jpg of the logo may be obtained by contacting OGS provincial office
  • Space for the name(s) of applicant(s)
  • Space for the name of qualifying ancestor
  • Space for the date of issue and signature of the OGS president
  • Room for the OGS seal measuring 5.5 cm in diameter
To view examples of our other heritage certificates, please visit the OGS website:
While you may submit your entry in a format of your choice, please be aware that the OGS office is a PC environment.

Deadline: January 31, 2013
The winner will be contacted in March 2013 and the certificate will be launched at The Ontario Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference May 31st – June 2nd 2013
Please submit entries and any questions you may have

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

6 Nov 2012 Branch Meeting, A.G.M., Election 2013 Exec.Comm.

Notice from Nominations Committee

The Durham Region branch has been served by many dedicated volunteers since 1982.  They have been answering queries, organizing meetings, collecting local genealogical information, providing assistance to members, operating our office, organizing/presenting workshops/conferences and much, much more. During the last few years members’ volunteerism has been decreasing.  For these and other services to continue we encourage you to volunteer for the Executive or any Council Committees.  Volunteering rewards you and your fellow members.  Two members may share a role.

Durham Region OGS Branch AGM - 6 Nov 2012
And Election of 2013 Officers
(Announced at 4 September 2012 Branch Meeting)

We have an URGENT need for members to run for Executive Officer positions.
Please email the Nominations Committee your interest in any Executive Officer Positions or Council Committee Chair positions.
The Executive Officer positions:
        First Vice-Chair (Vacant)
        Second Vice-Chair
        Recording Secretary (Vacant after AGM)
We also urgently need volunteers for each of the following Branch Committees:
        Publicity Coordinator,**
        Publication Sales.
Committees always appreciate volunteer help:  Cemetery, Correspondence, Education, Heritage Papers, Library, Membership**, Newsletter**, Office Management, Places of Worship, and Program**.
** You do not need to be resident in Durham.

The regular Branch Meeting will follow immediately with Guest Speaker Fraser Dunford,

Thank you,
Guy Lafontaine,
Nomination Committee / Current Past Chair
Information: Articles 4 and 5 in
Bylaws on our Website under Membership.
Election questions?  Contact Guy .

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Latest Heredis Genealogy Software

Heredis is from France.
It has reinvented itself with its latest PC and Mac versions.  
The  software interface is in English or French.

Two reviews . . 
Dick Eastman's Blog review a must.

Read a review of the Mac OS and iOS version on Page 14 of the September 2012 edition of MaUsE's DoubleClick newsletter. (download (pdf) it here.)  Though the review is of the Mac version (Lion/Mountain Lion) there is a Windows version and French language versions too.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Durham OGS Monthly Genealogy Meetings Return

Researching your family genealogy?  Come and Join Us.

Tuesday, 4 September    19:30hrs (7:30 p.m.)
General Meeting of Durham Region Branch of OGS
Oshawa Public Library - Main Branch

Join us to find out ways you can learn more strategies and skills for researching.
Speaker:  Louise St.Denis
Topic:      Education for Genealogists  
                 Louise is the  Managing Director of  the National Institute for Genealogical Studies  and one of its faculty members.  Louise has many years of genealogical research experience. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

July & August - Summer Vacation . . .

2012 Fall Meeting Presentations

Provided by
Program Chair Joyce Lintner and  
Publicity Chair Garry Holland.
Tuesday, 4 September    19:30hrs (7:30 p.m.)
General Meeting of Durham Branch
Oshawa Public Library - Main Branch
Speaker:  Louise St.Denis
Topic:      Education for Genealogists  
                 Louise is the  Managing Director of  the National Institute for Genealogical Studies  and one of its faculty members.  Louise has many years of genealogical research experience.

Tuesday, 2 October    19:30hrs (7:30 p.m.)
General Meeting of Durham Branch
Oshawa Public Library - Main Branch
Speaker:  Marian Press
Topic:      Newspapers Online for Genealogists          
                Marian is a recently retired librarian, formerly at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, where she worked in the rapidly expanding universe of electronic access to information.

Tuesday, 6 November    19:30hrs (7:30 p.m.)
General Meeting of Durham Branch
Oshawa Public Library - Main Branch
Speaker:  Dr. Fraser Dunford
Topic:      T.O.N.I. (The Ontario Name Index) This O.G.S. project is creating an Index based on the collected O.G.S. data bases.  It shows where information about a particular name can be found.  TONI will quickly become large – perhaps as many as fifty million entries.  Currently available records are abou 546,356.  Note that this is an index – it does not contain the information, just tells you where to find the information.  TONI will be on the public part of the OGS website.  Fraser is a retired engineer and university administrator who has been involved in genealogy for about 25 years.  He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  For many years Fraser was the Executive Director of OGS.

Tuesday, 4 December    19:30hrs (7:30 p.m.)
General Meeting of Durham Branch
Oshawa Public Library - Main Branch
Show and Tell  
Member Volunteers take turns making 5-10 minute presentations about an interesting facet of their Family History quests.   A discovery or a unique artifact or an interesting location or a surprise family connection  . . . And followed by
Sharing Finger food treats brought by the attendees and refreshments provided by the Branch.
Festive Celebrations of the Season
e.g. Christmas - Hanukkah - Kwanzaa - Winter Solstice and others.
Happy Holidays!

Please visit us at: for additional and evolving information about these Fall presentations.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

JUNE Durham Region Branch Meeting

Tuesday - June 5, at 7:30 p.m.
30th Anniversary Celebration

Nancy Trimble:   Look to the Future - Social Networking
Janis Carter:       Remembering Our Branch History
Slide-Show and the Anniversary Cake
30th Anniversary Durham Region Branch 
Bring along your family trees. 
You may discover unexpected ancestor connections with others while at this celebratory meeting.  Our general meeting location is the usual,McLaughlin/Main Branch of the Oshawa Library (Basement Auditorium).

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Genealogy Summer Camp

Toronto, 12-17August 2012
Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Genealogy Summer Camp is a unique program (for adults) that brings out-of-town family historians to Toronto for an intensive week of tutorials and hands-on research at the many archives and reference libraries in the city. If you have ancestors from Toronto or other parts of Ontario, there are many resources here for you. Local family historians are also welcome to participate as “day campers”.

We take full advantage of Toronto’s great public transit system, and we keep the group small to allow lots of help from our local experts.
We’ll help you spend more time finding information about your ancestors —and less time finding the archives.
This will be our 16th Summer Camp. More than 125 participants from England, right across Canada and many US states have attended the 15 previous Summer Camps—some more than once!
Genealogy “Summer Camp” 2012 will take place from August 12-17. The Summer Camp fee for 2012 is $230 (Cdn), which covers approximately 7 hours of lectures and tutorials, 25 hours of hands-on instruction and all worksheets and handouts.

For details as to venues, resources, tutorials and accommodation, and to download an application package, visit, or contact Jane MacNamara at
Applications should be received by 11 June 2012.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Family Tree Maker from Beginner to Trickster

Durant's Right-hand Man by Paul Arculus
 Durham Region Branch OGS 
Next Meeting
Tuesday - May 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Rick Roberts 

Benefit from dozens of hints and tips that will help you improve your results using Family Tree Maker 2012 (FTM) Rick provides an overview of FTM to demonstrate the software's design and abilities for recording and sharing information both on paper and digitally. His talk will Include an introduction to new features in FTM 2012, including TreeSync™ which allows you to easily update your tree online from your desktop, your laptop, even your iPhone or iPad -- and then simply click to sync so your tree is always up to date, no matter where you access it next.
Rick operates his online store at Global Genealogy (materials will be available for sale). If you email him a request he can bring it if it is in stock. This will avoid shipping costs.

Our usual general meeting location is the Mclaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Library (basement auditorium).

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bessie Gannon 1920-2012

Bessie Gannon, a founder and longtime valued member of the branch, died on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 91.
Visitation is 2-4 and 7-9 on Tuesday - funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the Oshawa Funeral Home.
We will post photos/video soon, on the main page of the branch website.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Bay of Quinte Branch UEL - Loyalist Roots Workshop

The Bay of Quinte Branch will be presenting a workshop to help people find their Loyalist Roots on SATURDAY APRIL 21st, 2012 at the Adolphustown Township Hall in Adolphustown, located on old Highway #33, the Loyalist Parkway. We invite anyone doing research on their Quinte area ancestors to come out for help with their Loyalist links, and to bring along any other individuals who may be interested to discover their Loyalist connections.

The program begins at 10:00AM and runs throughout the day until 3:00PM. People may feel free to come at any time throughout the day. Those in attendance will receive several handouts, including application forms and tips for Loyalist Lineage, a list of UEL names for the Bay of Quinte area, examples of acceptable proofs and where to find them, and a certificate of participation. There will also be tours of the UEL Museum, research library and the park including a visit to the UEL Cemetery and site of the original Loyalist Landing.

There will also be a series of short talks on researching your links during the morning by Linda Corupe, Peter and Angela Johnson, and Brian Tackaberry. We will also have them available later to give you one-on-one assistance with your family search. There will also be books for sale to help with your Loyalist research.

The cost for the day is $10 which will include the handouts, coffee/tea/water and certificate. You are asked to bring along a bag lunch for the day. If you wish to attend the workshop, please complete the registration form and send to Angela Johnson, or email myself or Angela

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Preserving Family History - April 4 - Oshawa

Are you the unofficial family archivist?
Join the Durham Region Area Archives Group in celebrating Archives Awareness Week from April 2 to 6.
The group will be offering a 'Preserving Your Family History' event from 2 to 8 p.m. on April 4 at the Northview Branch of the Oshawa Public Library, 150 Beatrice St. E.
Professional archivists and local history librarians will be on hand to answer questions about genealogy, document and photograph preservation, digitization, and document repair.
There will also be digitization and encapsulation demonstrations and helpful tips on how best to store your family collection.
Residents are encouraged to bring along their family photos and documents.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Quinte Branch OGS - English Probate Records - March 17, 2012

Quinte Branch OGS - Linda Reid
March 17th 2012 - Trenton, Ontario

Archives of Ontario Bus Trip

April 25th - 2012

Kawartha Branch OGS

Archives Bus Trip

Pick-ups include Oshawa

@ the Stevenson Rd Swiss Chalet lot

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Canadian Emigration: Parliamentary Papers 1826

“Return of the Assessed Value of the Townships in the Newcastle District" in Western Canada, which were settled by Pauper Emigrants from Ireland, between the years 1825 and 1828 at the public expense: Of the number of various Emigration Societies formed in Canada in 1840, by Canadian Proprietors desirous of Settling Emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland upon their Estates. (1848)”.

In total around 260 plots are covered, giving details of over 700 people. While this is a short publication, it is an essential migration resource for those who became known as the Robinson Irish settlers and indeed anyone in Southern Ontario with an Irish family history.

For more info . . .

Thank you to Clare L K.

Monday, January 16, 2012

• Next Meeting - Tuesday - February 7, at 7:30 p.m. • Wayne O'Connor (Eoghan O'Conchobhair) - Irish Genealogy (mostly Southern Ireland)
Wayne (a previous Durham Branch newsletter editor), has investigated many resources while researching his own family. During the presentation he will re-visit websites he found useful, demonstrating their strengths and weaknesses. Wayne signs his e-mails with "Slan go foill", so he must know his field quite well. He is open to questions from the audience.
The meeting location is the Main Branch of the Oshawa Library (basement auditorium).