Thursday, November 21, 2013

Branch Genealogical Research Courses - Clarington Library

"Who Do You Think You Are?" -  Clarington Library, at the corner of Church and Temperance Streets in Bowmanville - " November 11, 18 and 25 - 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The final topic, "Census Records", was presented by Nancy Trimble on Monday, November 25th. LINK for more...

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Google ITGenealogy has one main activity, searching!   So many say, Google It!  This is easy if your quest has only ONE answer.  Without basic search strategies you will be deluged with many possible answers and none may the correct, best, or desired answer.  I am a fan of most things Google.  The steps in using the different tools offered by Google are neither complex nor many. So if you are new to Google searching I suggest that you make use of Google’s help pages.  Three links to get you started are below. Take time to read and practice these strategies which will lead to more successful searches.   Later the concepts are transferable to advanced searching in genealogy specific websites such as or Family Search or Mocavo or Scotland’s People, and so on.

    Good luck and have fun,

Basic Search Help 
Search Operators
Google Advanced Search
Look for my next post which will provide more Google search hints.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mapping with Google Free Course

From Linda Reid's Toronto Branch e-bulletin:

Mapping with Google
Mapping with Google will be offered from June 10 - June 24. It is a self-paced, online course where you will watch videos (or read text lessons) and apply the skills you learn.During this course, you will be able to collaborate with a worldwide community of learners and experts in the class forum, Hangouts, and via Google+.
Course completion requires an internet-enabled desktop or laptop computer.
It's free!

Monday, April 29, 2013

May 7 - Tuesday - 7:30 p.m. - Oshawa Library (main branch)

Dorothy Shier - The Home Children/Barnardo Children

Tens of thousands of children, who could not be supported by parents in England, were sent to Canada by Dr. Barnardo. Many intakes of children, especially of girls, occurred in nearby Peterborough, where a stop-over house maintained a boarding operation from 1886 to 1922. This may be just one of Dorothy's topics. But, she is also a direct descendant of a Barnardo child.  
Refreshments during the break. All are welcome.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

April 2 - Tuesday 7:30 - Oshawa Library (Main)

Date corrected!!

Peter Johnson - A Perilous Trip Into the Rebellious State Of New York: delving into various aspects of New York State - some history, some sources, lots of pictures - with a dip into New Jersey and Vermont briefly too.
Peter points out that his recent return, as a 'Loyalist', into once hostile territory, could, by a long stretch, be regarded as "perilous".

We will also cover the same short topic as for the March Meeting - dating photos based upon clothing style.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Early Bird Special ends March 31

Save money by registering for the Conference by March 31. Save a few dollars!
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada - Durham College and the Ontario University Institute of Technology
Online payment with PayPal does not require a PayPal account. It is secure and safe. Alternately, mail a cheque with the completed paper registration form. The OGS office is there to help by phone.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

5th March 2013 - Ruth Burkholder

Ruth Burkholder Railways and Genealogy:

Come and hear how these two topics can be linked.

The Mini-talk - Dating photos based upon clothing with the aid of a womens' fashion cataglogue (spanning 100 years) and some Internet resources.

Please note: Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, will cover this topic in greater detail in her Conference 2013 session.