Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Digitization Days - This Week!

Sarah Ferenz, Archives Digitization Technician, Whitby Public Library sent this message to the Branch. 
I just wanted to let you know that the Whitby Archives is hosting a scanning day this Thursday from 1-8 and Saturday from 9-4. The point of Digitization Days is for Whitby residents to bring in Whitby-related historical photographs and I will scan them and add them to our Our Ontario website. The photographs can be any subject, date, type (colour, b/w, negatives, prints, etc.). 
There will be a story in This Week, Wednesday or Friday.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Our Next OGS Durham Region Branch Meeting is at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, October 5th

Life and Times of Dr. Barnardo
Our presenter this month is Ivy Sucee, the daughter of a Barnardo Home Child and the founder and president of the Hazelbrae Barnardo Home Memorial Group.  She is the only honorary Barnardo Girl in Canada - a title given to her by the Barnardo Society in England a few years ago. 
Ivy will discuss her own dramatic personal research, and also the life and times of Dr. Barnardo.  She is very passionate about the stories the thousands of Home Children who came to Canada.
Note our meeting location for 5 Oct, 2 Nov, and 7 Dec.
Kingsview United Church, 505 Adelaide Ave. East, 
SW corner of Adelaide and Wilson) 

Long Form Census Survey Back in the News

Is this an issue you are concerned about and want to read more?  Go to the Provincial OGS Blog to learn about a possible new private members Bill to revive the long form and make it compulsory again.   At the same time while you are there, browse OGS's Blog.  Another place besides Durham Region Branch Blog for current genealogy news.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Links for Researching Your Dutch Ancestors

Here are the two links Stephe Wood demonstrated at the September Durham OGS Branch meeting . . . .

Genlias - Research your Dutch genealogy


and here are two more  . . . 



Enjoy your Dutch research.

Knowledge Ontario matters . . .

Knowledge Ontario (http://www.knowledgeontario.ca/) is an umbrella structure which makes many information databases available to Ontarians, young and old, students or researchers,  employed or unemployed.

There are a  a large list of data bases, which KO supports, makes Ontario a richer learning environment within which to grow, learn, research and work.

When you go to the above link, besides experiencing KO's many services, you have the opportunity to comment on Knowledge Ontario's value and the need to for it to continue.  (bottom left)

Below you can explore several of the online services available.

Some of the beneficiaries are:
Some of the digital solutions delivered are:  

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Norfolklore XXXIV

Attention Family Historians! NORFOLKLORE XXXIV, Canada's oldest and original genealogy fair will take place again in Simcoe on Saturday September 25th between 10am and 4pm at the Simcoe Seniors Centre and the Eva Brook Donly Museum & Archives.

Organized by the Norfolk Historical Society, NORFOLKLORE –the Grand Daddy of all Genealogy Fairs-- is celebrating 34 years of sharing resources and information with the family historian.

Some 20 exhibitors from around Ontario will participate this year, including Ontario Genealogical Society branches from Kent, Oxford, Elgin, Haldimand, Hamilton and Niagara. United Empire Loyalists, book publishers and authors will also have booths. There will be demonstrations and displays, rare and out-of-print books for sale, and new resources for the professional and amateur family historian.

Admission for this One Day Event is only $5 per person and that includes entry to both the Genealogy Fair and to the extensive archival holdings of the Eva Brook Donly Museum & Archives -- that's half price off the regular research fee!

The Simcoe Seniors Centre is located at 89 Pond Street in downtown Simcoe, just two blocks from the Museum which is found at 109 Norfolk St. S. For more information visit www.norfolklore.com or call 519-426-1583.

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Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library present
Strategies and Resources for Researching Female Ancestors.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
North York Central Library Auditorium

Gain a deeper understanding of the circumstances that governed the lives of our female ancestors. Enjoy an exciting day of learning at this workshop where we will explore new and varied approaches to researching those often elusive women in our families.
For details: http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/women.html

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Next OGS Durham Region Branch Meeting is at 7:30 p.m.,on Tuesday, September 7

What's On at the PO!
Fraser Dunford 
Fraser Dunford, OGS Executive Director 
What is available to members at the OGS Provincial Office? The Provincial Office has been incubating a number of ideas for new services to members. 
Come on out to see what is new for YOU!
Short Topic
Steve Wood has learned strategies Researching Original Dutch Records online. He will demonstrate and share these.
NB All remaining meetings in 2010 will be held at: 
Kingsview United Church 
505 Adelaide Ave. East (SW corner of Adelaide and Wilson)
Oshawa - directions...