Monday, January 19, 2009

Next Durham Branch Meeting - Tuesday, Feb. 3

Nicole Patterson (Genealogy and Local History Librarian for the Oshawa Public Libraries) will discuss "History Online at the Library".

Discover local library resources valued by genealogists.

Researchers may find treasures on the Oshawa Public Libraries' website as well as in the library.

These include scanned local history books and photographs and indexes for articles and BMD notices appearing in local papers. For more information our website:

Meetings are 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.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Next Toronto Branch Meeting - January 26

Monday, January 26, 7:30 pm
North York PL, Library Auditorium, 2nd floor

Getting the Most Out of
Our speaker, Lesley Anderson, is Partnership Development and Content Specialist at and is coming to us from Ottawa. This is our opportunity to hear someone who is on "the inside" and is also a keen genealogist.

The mini-presentation will be from Guy Lafontaine speaking about "Web Page Not in Your Language? You Will Need Help for Your Research to Continue".

Visitors are welcome but we will be charging all non-members of OGS $5. Please tell your genealogy friends who aren't members of Toronto Branch about this meeting.

You can always check our website for program information: (and click on "meetings")

French-Canadian Fore- and Surnames

French-Canadian Names
If you have a French-Canadian branch on your family tree, you might be interested in this web page from the American-French Genealogical Society on French-Canadian names:
For surnames it lists the French-Canadian names, the variants, the "dit" names, and the Anglicization.
It also lists given names and for some of them provides the English and Latin versions.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) Catalogue Online

The eCatalogue is a fully searchable database containing over one million catalogue entries relating to PRONI’s archives.
The Electronic Catalogue for Northern Ireland (eCATNI) project was a five year project to convert PRONI’s paper catalogues into an electronic 'searchable' database. The eCatalogue went live onsite in the PRONI Search Room in November 2008 and on the internet in January 2009.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Preserving Photographic Materials By Krista Jorgensen

On January 6th Krista Jorgensen was our featured speaker at the Durham Branch of O.G.S. She presented a very interesting and thorough survey of photography which included handling, archiving, and restoration suggestions for both negatives and photographs; from Daguerreotype photos on glass to paper photos to colour slides. Her presentation was very well received by her audience. The audience had the opportunity to ask Krista questions about some of their preservation challenges which she addressed.

References from her lecture:

Clark, S. (1999). Preservation of photographic material. National Preservation Office: UK.
Clarke, G. (1997). The photograph. Oxford History of Art. New York: Oxford University Press.
Hoy, A.H. (2005). The book of photography: the history, the technique, the art, the future. Washington: National Geographic.
Johnson, H. (2004). Mastering Digital Printing, 2nd edition.
Lav├ędrine, B. (2003). The Preventative Conservation of Photograph Collections. LA: Getty Conservation Institute.
Long, J.S. & Long, R.W. (2000). Caring for Your Family Treasures: Heritage Preservation.
Messier, P. (2008). Preserving your collection of film-based photographic negatives. Retrieved 22 December 2008 from:
National Park Service. (1993). Chronology of photographic processes. Conserve O Gram 14/3.
National Park Service. (1997). Caring for photographs: special formats. Conserve O Gram 14/5.
National Park Service. (1998). Caring for photographs: special monochrome Processes. Conserve O Gram 14/7.
National Park Service. (2004). Caring for cellulose nitrate film. Conserve O Gram 14/8.
Oles, L. (2006). Digital Photography for Busy Women: How to Manage, Protect, and Preserve Your Favorite Photos.