Monday, August 31, 2015

Durham Region Branch September Meeting - September 8th

 Tues., September 8th (2nd Tuesday this month only)

Topic: Solve Genealogical Problems by Creating a Timeline (recorded webinar)
Timelines are very useful ways of visualizing data. Timelines give you an order of and context for events, or to show what kinds of events were happening around your ancestors. Using Excel spreadsheets, this webinar will show how to solve different types of genealogical problems by using timelines.

Beth Foulk

Beth was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and currently lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. She has been interested in family history since grade school. Her dad, who built a small family tree that Beth found fascinating, is credited with infecting her with the genealogy bug. Without the exposure to his interests and work, she would never have started down the genealogy road. Beth’s ascent into full-blown “junkie-dom” occurred in 1998 when she learned that genealogy software could build a family tree database.

Beth Foulk maintains a website, Genealogy Decoded.

Sample Timeline

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

That Camera Icon at FamilySearch

John Reid on his blog Anglo-Celtic Connections has posted the following article about the 2 different camera icons found on when you look at record collections:

Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections: That Camera Icon at FamilySearch

Who knew? I certainly found this to be a great tip!

An Example of Ontario Records at

Monday, August 10, 2015

20 % off Ancestry DNA Kits

Thomas MacEntee, who spoke at our OGS Conference in May, has pointed out a big savings in the Ancestry DNA Kit on his blog "Geneabloggers". This offer is through his affiliate program with, and hopefully will also work for those of us in Canada. It is in US dollars.

The offer can be found here. This offer expires August 17th.

If you remember our June speaker, Maurice Gleeson, mentioned that to fish in 2 of the biggest pools of DNA results, you need to test on Ancestry, then download your raw data from Ancestry, upload it to Family Tree DNA for a minimal cost ($39 USD when I last checked), and then you will see matches in both databases (the most economical way).