Sunday, May 25, 2008

1866 and 1896 Ontario County Directories Scanned

The old, Ontario County Directories (Indices) for 1866 and 1896 have been scanned and posted on the Durham Region Branch website in the section devoted to RESOURCES.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008's US Military Collection Free Till May 31st

Ancestry released a formal press release today regarding their partnership with NARA. The agreement, which will be signed today at the NARA headquarters in Washington, D.C. and celebrated with a military theme in honor of this Memorial Day, allows for the ongoing digitization of a wealth of historical content, including immigration, birth, marriage, death and military records.

The press release also says that,

To commemorate the agreement on the eve of Memorial Day, is making its entire U.S. Military Collection — the largest online collection of American military records — available for free to the public. From May 20 through May 31, people can log on to to view more than 100 million names and 700 titles and databases of military records, the majority of which come from NARA, from all 50 U.S. states.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Whitby Archives 40th Anniversary Open House

The Whitby Public Library Board
cordially invites you to the
Whitby Archives 40th Anniversary Open House
Thursday, June 12th, 2008

6:00 -8:00 p.m.

Whitby Archives, Whitby Central Library

405 Dundas Street West, Whitby

RSVP to Rhonda Jessup at (905) 668-6531 x2033
or by May 30, 2008

Mr. Halvor Moorshead - acclaimed historian, publisher

Meetings on the first Tuesday of each month except July and August,
at 7:30 p.m. in the Oshawa Public Library Auditorium
65 Bagot Street, Oshawa.
Visitors are always welcome.

Tuesday June 3, 2008

Mr. Halvor Moorshead
"The Internet 2008"And how it can be best used to research genealogy
Mr. Moorshead is the recently retired editor and publisher of
Family Chronicle, History Magazine, Internet Genealogy, and
Discovering Family History. (new)

For more information our website is:

Also, a short mini-talk by Dan Delong about RSS Feed Readers - Automatically receive blog postings using a feed reader, like Feed Demon, to receive every new blog posting without needing to visit the blog site itself. Many other web sites offer such feeds).

Thursday, May 15, 2008

All Families Back Issues On OGS Website

All 45 years of Families are now up on the Members Only part of the website. Thanks to webmaster Grace Jewell for getting all this material up.

Our next item will be a database, likely a few thousand strays. I hope to have that up this month but it does depend on our web tekkie since we need a front end for it.

Dr Fraser Dunford, Executive Director

The Times (UK) Newspaper Archives Free for 3 months

Lynn Heale & Bob Dawes from Quinte Branch share a free website (originally from Lynn in Australia):

Over the weekend I went to the "Who do you think you are" genealogy fair
in London (England). At the fair it was announced that the Times has now made
available its archives online. You can now search from 1787 to 1987 online
free for the next 3 months. The web address is

You do have to register with them but they did not ask for a credit card
number. You have 72 hours to confirm your email address with them or
you must begin the process again.

Lynn put in the name HEALE and there were 2095 hits.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Paul McGrath speaks at Uxbridge Genealogy Group

The Uxbridge Genealogy Group meets tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at the Uxbridge Public Library.
(there is parking behind the Library)

The speaker is Paul McGrath from "Ancestors in the Attic"

His topic is "Beyond the Death Certificate: Other Resources Available to the Researcher"

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Start Writing Your Family History

Want to learn how to turn your family research into readable stories? The Ontario Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists (OCAPG) announces "Writing A Narrative Family History," a day-long seminar with John Colletta, popular speaker, educator and author. Co-sponsored by the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library, this is a day that will motivate and inspire your own family history writing: Saturday 27 September 2008 at the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto. Visit the OCAPG website at for full details of the day's schedule, how to register, information regarding book sales, directions to the event and nearby accommodations for out-of-towners.

A faculty member of the prestigious Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (Samford University, Alabama) and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, John Colletta has planned the day around all the facets of good writing and good storytelling. One of John's own family accounts, Only A Few Bones, is a model for narrative writing but he is also known for They Came In Ships and Finding Italian Roots. Register early to ensure your space!

Date of Easter Tues in 1934?

That was the question that haunted me for years. How would I find out the actual date when my great-grandmother died?
John Reid in the latest Global Genealogy newsletter points us to a great website for calculating dates. It's called Ian's English Calendar.
And the date of Easter Tuesday in 1934 was April 3rd!