Thursday, April 21, 2011

Durham Region OGS Branch Meeting - Tuesday 3 May 2011

Breaking Down Brick Walls 
with moderators Stephen Wood, Nancy Trimble and Anne Delong.

Sometimes you can't locate an essential record, or the records may be from another country (in another language), or a person's maiden name may elude you. Our moderators will provide advise, relate anecdotes, and point attendees in the right direction to resolve such dilemmas.
One of our members, Joyce Lintner, will present a bonus, "mini-talk" about her visit to the 14th century St. Edburgha's Yardley Church.

Meeting at

McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Library
(basement auditorium).

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Finding Ontario Ancestors Workshop - Call for Papers

Finding Ontario Ancestors Workshop
Saturday, 6 August 2011
North York Central Library Auditorium

The Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch and the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library will be co-hosting a one-day workshop on sources for Ontario family and local history research.
We are looking for speakers who would like to be part of the workshop.

The theme “Finding Ontario Ancestors” is broad, but presentations should emphasize sources. Your presentation could focus on a single type of record or source, a record group, or demonstrate how several sources can be used together.

You are invited to submit proposals for lectures on any aspect of Ontario genealogical or local history research that fits the above criteria.  Speakers will be paid an honorarium of $100 per lecture, plus modest expenses for travel and accommodation.

For more information about the Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch, please see:
To submit proposals or ask a question about the event, please contact Jane MacNamara at

Monday, April 11, 2011

Volunteer at Conference

OGS Conference 2011 is planned by a volunteer committee but we also need volunteers during the conference to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Volunteering at the Conference is a great way to take part in the festivities if you don’t have the option of registering. Volunteers do have some access to Conference activities simply by being on site while the conference happens.
Also, if you know of or happen to be a high school student looking to get some of the mandatory volunteer hours, this is a great opportunity. We are happy to sign off on volunteer hours for any students who are interested in taking part.
Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to contact the Conference 2011 committee at or to call provincial office at 416-489-0734
Visit Volunteer at Conference for information about the tasks and days available.
Thanks to everyone for helping out.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Durham Region OGS Branch Meeting, 5th April 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Topic: United Empire Loyalists
Presenter: Allan McGillivray

Allan is the past curator of the Uxbridge Museum. Loyalists settled in what was initially Quebec (including the Eastern Townships) and modern-day Ontario, where they received land grants of 200 acres (81 ha) per person.

Also one of our members will present a "mini-talk".