Thursday, June 30, 2016

Toronto Branch Courses for the Fall now Open for Registration

Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

A great way to improve your research skills is to take courses, attend lectures and conferences.

Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has many members who are great lecturers and teachers. The Branch's education committee is a dedicated, knowledgeable group of people who put on great courses. In fact, the Toronto Branch has just hosted one of the best OGS Conferences to occur in many years.

Many courses are intended for beginners or those still learning the basic techniques of genealogy while some courses are aimed at people who have many years of experience who are looking to fine-tune a specific skill, enhance an area of knowledge, or just keep up-to-date. Each year Toronto Branch’s education committee plans a mixture of courses that will enable everyone to find something of interest.

The Fall courses have just been posted online and include:

Hands-on Library Edition
Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Putting Your Family Tree Online

I recommend you register early, since the courses fill up fast. For more information, or to sign up for a course, go to:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Walking Tour of Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert on July 3rd

Photo by Chris Hall

If you are looking for something to do on the holiday weekend and will be near Port Perry or Prince Albert, you will enjoy listening to tales about the famous and infamous people buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery as you get some exercise!

Our June speaker, Paul Arculus, will be leading a guided walking tour of Pine Grove Cemetery in Prince Albert this coming weekend, in support of the Lake Scugog Historical Society

On Sunday, July 3rd at 2 pm., please meet Paul at the south end of the cemetery. The walking tour is free and will go ahead "rain or shine". Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footgear.

Event Details:

Paul Arculus hosts a walking tour of Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert; in support of the Lake Scugog Historical Society.  Donatations accepted.  The walk takes place rain or shine, and copies of Paul's book about the cemetery will be available after the walk.
Meeting point is Jeffrey St. entrance, off Old Simcoe St. S. of Highway 7A


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Free Access to FindMyPast's Military and Census Records This Week

On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Findmypast want to give you the chance to remember the military heroes in your family. This week, all of their world military records plus all their UK and Irish censuses are free to search, so you can track your ancestor's journey both before, and during the war.
Explore FREE military & census records

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DNA Special Interest Group Meeting Tonight

Tonight (Wednesday, June 15) at 7:30 will be the meeting of the DNA-SIG at the Branch Office.

We will be discussing members' experiences at the OGS Conference 2016. We will also decide whether we are holding meetings during the summer.

I hope to see you there!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Tales from Pine Grove Cemetery on Tuesday June 7th

Durham Region Branch will meet at 7:30pm Tuesday June 7th in the Auditorium of the Oshawa Public Library on Bagot Street (just south of City Hall).

Our next meeting features author & raconteur Paul Arculus as he brings to life "Tales from Pine Grove Cemetery". Paul has written a new book "Pine Grove Cemetery" which is a fundraiser for the Scugog Shores Historical Society. Not only has Paul written about 80 stories about notables who are buried in this Prince Albert Cemetery, he conducts themed tours of the cemetery twice a year.

Metroland's Chris Hall has written an article about Paul and his new book at the following link.
Scugog author Paul Arculus pens overview of who’s who in Prince Albert cemetery

Photo by Chris Hall