Saturday, April 26, 2014

ScotlandsPeople to Restore Expired Credits

Did you have leftover credits on Scotlands People? And, did they expire before you were able to use them all up? Well, good news! See the announcement from Scotlands People below:

Reactivate your expired credits!
image of the scotlandspeople websiteWe are pleased to announce that for one week only, you can reactivate any expired ScotlandsPeople credits at no cost. The validity period at purchase is 365 days, so any credits purchased over a year ago can now be reactivated by entering the special promotional code spring2014. 

To reactivate your expired credits, please enter spring2014 into the 'voucher code' box on the Shopping Basket page. Pleaseclick here for a step-by-step guide to reactivating your expired credits. This promotional code will be valid up until midnight (BST) on 30/4/2014.

Friday, April 18, 2014

English Records Free on for the Easter Weekend

from the Toronto Branch's e-Newsletter:

Click on the  link to see which records are free this holiday weekend.

Happy searching!

Great Deal on British Newspaper Archives

from The British Newspaper Archive blog:

Unlimited access for under £10 for 1 month!!

The new subscription is less than half the price of our old 30 day package and you can view more newspaper pages.
The new 1 month subscription is great value for money, giving you unlimited access* to all of our historic newspapers.
Take a look at how it compares to the old 30 day package:

1 month subscription

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Archives Week at the Archives of Ontario

Last Thursday, the Archives of Ontario held a great event celebrating Archives Week. There were upwards of 40 people registered and they were treated to lectures on Photography, Preserving Heirlooms, Genealogical Research, and Historical Film. After the lectures, they participated in a tour of the Archives holdings.

The Ontario Genealogical Society was one of three official partners involved in the event. Also included were The Archives Association of Ontario and the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections based in the Scott Library on the York University Campus.

Manning the Ontario Genealogical Society's table, I had some great in-depth conversations with many of the attendees. Some were interested in the Society, some were members of the Society and many had questions on where to take their research. What a bonus to be at the Archives, where so many of my suggestions could be implemented right away!

After the event, I stayed to do some of my own research in the reading room. While there, one person spoke to me that one of my suggestions had hit pay-dirt for her! So pleased that I could help. [ I used Brenda Merriman's book, Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records, which was featured on our table. It still is the go-to resource for Ontario records. ]

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Free Civil War Documents on Fold3

For those of you with American ties, has FREE access from April 14 - 30th to their Civil War Collection.

The link is at

You will have to create an account, or sign in if you have created an account in the past. Once you have signed in, the above link will take you to the free content.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Join OGS for Archives Awareness Week at the Archives of Ontario

I have been asked to help man the OGS table at the Ontario Archives this Thursday - so I will be able to represent Durham Region Branch too!

The Archives of Ontario is pleased to be celebrating Archives Awareness Week in partnership with the Archives Association of Ontario, the Ontario Genealogical Society, and York University’s Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections. We’ve got a great day of on-site activities planned for Thursday, April 10th from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Visit the Archives of Ontario where you can:

• learn about our collections and services
• explore our partners’ information tables
• attend presentations on archival research and preservation
• tour the building

Admission is free! You can register online at 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

OGS Conference 2014 - Branch Table

Durham Region Branch will have tables in the Marketplace at St. Catherines!

However, we need VOLUNTEERS to man the table!

Just looking for an hour or two! No experience needed. Just some knowledge of old Ontario and Durham Counties.

SO, please check which lectures you are attending and see if you can help out.

Thanks everyone, 

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