Thursday, June 30, 2022

Durham Region Branch's Research Room Re-opens

Our Research Room and Library, at Northminster United Church, will be open for researchers on the 2nd and 3rd Fridays of each month, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Northminster United Church is at 676 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, Ontario and our library is located in the "Boardroom" on the upper floor.

The number of people will be limited to 2 (not including staff) and advance registration is required. We will be reassessing the situation over the summer. Masks will be by choice. 

Appointments by email to Stephen Wood at

Watch our (under 3 minute) tour of the library, research room and office: -

Friday, June 17, 2022

Durham Branch’s Virtual Library Monthly Drop-In this Thursday June 23rd

Welcome! You are invited to join “Durham Branch's Library Drop-In”. We have a permanent day and time now: 4th Thursday at 11 am via Zoom. Drop-in and let’s talk genealogy!

We have booked Zoom meetings from June to October, it is one link and you can book all dates at the same time or pick and choose which meetings to attend.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.
Kindly register at:

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Exploring AncestryDNA™ with Nancy Trimble at our June 15th DNA Special Interest Group Meeting


Have you tested your DNA with®? Are you confused with the results and don’t know where to look on the site?

Join the DNA Special Interest Group of the Durham Branch on Wednesday, June 15th at 7 pm as Nancy Trimble, PLCGS, guides us through an exploration of’s DNA portion of the website. We will explore the DNA Story, DNA Matches and the Thru-Lines areas of the website in detail, showing how you can glean hints from each as you explore what your DNA is telling you.

Currently the Chair of Durham Region Branch, Ontario Ancestors, as well as Co-Chair of the branch’s DNA SIG, Nancy Trimble is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She is very interested in the uses of DNA as a tool in our genealogical toolbox.

Kindly pre-register at:

Sunday, May 29, 2022

An Introduction to GEDmatch, with Mags Gaulden at Durham Branch's June Meeting


Join Durham Region Branch, Ontario Ancestors as Mags Gaulden presents “An Introduction to GEDmatch”.

Tuesday, June 7th @ 7:30 pm EDT via Zoom

We will talk about all the things you need to know before your sign-up, terms of service and privacy updates (changes in the last month!) and the things you can do once you are registered. It's all about uploading your DNA data and using the tools and analysis available to discover new DNA cousins and hopefully make exciting discoveries in your family tree.

Mags Gaulden is a Professional Genealogist and the founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. She is an international Genetic Genealogy lecturer, blogger and social media maven. She serves as admin of various Facebook groups including the ISOGG Facebook group. Mags' non-profit work includes Wiki-Tree and

Kindly register for the meeting at the following link:

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Durham Branch Library First Drop In!!

 Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Durham Branch Library Drop In. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

General questions, specific questions, library book lookups - we have it all! Join Stephen Wood and Nancy Trimble for our first Durham Region Branch Library Drop-In!!

Here is the link for Thursday, May 19th at 11:30 am.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

May 3rd Meeting - Scotland From Abroad: The Next Level with Bob Dawes


Please register at the following link:
This is a presentation for moving beyond the basics of Scottish research. It covers some of the harder to find records and some new resources for locating those records. Specifically, this presentation drills down into the newly released kirk session records and land tax records. It also explains how to use maps to find the croft mentioned on your ancestors’ documents. Finally, it takes a new look at some basic Scottish research resources.

Bob Dawes Bio
Bob is a retired technology industry executive who got turned onto genealogy in the early nineties. He enjoys combining technology and travel to research his family. Bob and his wife, Barbara also an avid genealogist, have traveled throughout North America and the United Kingdom in pursuit of their ancestors. Their most recent trip was to Scotland for thirty-five days in 2019 where they filled in for the staff at the Buchan Family History Centre, in Peterhead, for a week. Bob is a past chair of Quinte Branch - OGS and has given presentations to many branches and conferences.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Canadian Resources Review - April 5th Durham Branch Meeting

Come and join Durham Region Branch on Tues., Apr. 5th @7:30 pm when we host Sher Leetooze as she takes us on a tour of online Canadian Resources.

Sometimes, when we are researching our families, one of them goes missing. Before you jump to conclusions and check death records, why not check out other provincial archives. Here in Ontario land was taken up at a rapid rate by the first wave of incomers, so when the sons and daughters were ready to take up land, there was precious little left. In order to make a life for themselves they went farther afield. Sher has found many Ontario people out west in the later 1800's. Manitoba has a wonderful online BMD site for researching the whereabouts of relatives. And if you are researching in Quebec, Quebec Genealogy/Drouin is one of the best genealogy sites Sher has ever used.
From coast to coast, we have great archives - provincial archives, university archives, county / regional / district archives, libraries who specialize in genealogical material, historical societies, genealogical societies - the list goes on and on and she will try to present a good cross-section to you - giving you url's &/or e-mail addresses.

Sher Leetooze started her genealogy when her children were small, so you can imagine that she didn’t find much time to put into it in those days. But nearly 50 years on she is still digging into the family’s past and finding great material that just wasn’t available 50 years ago. 
In 1994, Sher decided to write about the township in which she lives for the bicentennial celebrations. She went on to write the history of all the townships in the old Durham County. While doing her genealogy she discovered her ancestors were staunch Bible Christians, and so wrote a trilogy about the Bible Christians - the people, the chapels and the preachers.  From WW1 Nurses and Clarington Home Children, to gardening and the study of wild plants, and now a foray into fiction, Sher has continued to produce books about the things that interest her,
Today’s presentation is a culmination of her research experiences, both genealogical and historical.

Everyone is welcome!  Kindly pre-register at: