Friday, October 17, 2008

Directory of Marriage Notices Appearing in Lindsay Ontario Newspapers Including Parental Information 1900 – 1925

October 8, 2008

For Immediate Release: New Edition of a Popular Local Reference Tool. Hot off the press is a new edition of the most frequently consulted set of index books in the City of Kawartha Lakes Library reference collection.

The latest release,
Directory of Marriage Notices Appearing in Lindsay Ontario Newspapers Including Parental Information 1900 – 1925,
is one of a series of directories that index the birth, death and marriage notices from Lindsay and area newspapers.

The authors, Lois Magahay and Ian Wilson, have been labouring for more than 10 years at indexing The Post, Watchman Warder, Bobcaygeon Independent, Fenelon Falls Gazette, Woodville Advocate, Beaverton Express and Ontario Gleaner (Cannington) notices for various time periods resulting in the publication of 18 different directories. The newspaper notices are indexed in detail and many of the entries have been supplemented with additional information found when the authors compared the information found in the newspaper notices with that of the vital registration records of Ontario.

Lois Magahay and Ian Wilson, both of Lindsay, deserve a medal for their efforts, not just for the amount of work entailed in the production of each directory, but for the lasting contribution these directories will make to our community. Our avid local genealogical researchers are very aware of the existence of these directories and use them often, as will generations to come.

The value of these publications can also be noted by the steady stream of non-resident family historians that journey to our community to consult these publications. Although the directories were created to benefit this particular group of researchers they are very useful in a wide variety of ways for conducting local historical research. The directories are available to purchase from the author or they can be consulted in the reference collection of the Fenelon and Lindsay branch libraries.

To help celebrate
Ontario Public Library Week
Lois Magahay will be conducting
Genealogy Workshops in the
Bethany (Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 2 pm),
Little Britain (Monday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 am) and
Woodville (Friday, Oct. 24 at 11 am)
branch libraries.

Lois is very knowledgeable in this field. She is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and 5 genealogical societies. No matter what your level of expertise you will find her workshops worthwhile.


For further information, please contact: Diane Lansdell, South Area Supervisor 324-9411 x265,
Communications Officer
City of Kawartha Lakes
26 Francis St., P.O. Box 9000
Lindsay, ON K9V 5R8
705-324-9411 ext. 355

Monday, October 6, 2008

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OGS News about NEW Branch

The Ontario Genealogical Society has established a Special Interest Group for Irish Palatines. They will have the same status as a Branch but will not be tied to a specific geographic region. With the inclusion of the Irish Palatines the OGS has a total of 31 Branches aross Ontario. Anyone interested in this SIG should e-mail

Library and Archives Canada (LAC )

Digitized images of passenger lists 1865-1922. This is a great source if you know the name of the ship, the port and the date of arrival.

Finding your Scottish Ancestors LINKS

Thank you Stephe Wood!
He provided us with great research hints and excellent web resources to assist anyone researching their Scottish families. Here are the links he referenced in his presentation at our September branch meeting.

If you would like the same list with explanatory notes on each of these links click on the following link: Stephe Wood's recommended Scottish Genealogy Links

If you would like more genealogy resource links click on the following link to visit that section on our website: Durham Branch Resources