Durham's January Meeting will host "Researching Your Female Ancestors"
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Friday, December 4, 2020
As mentioned in the Nov. 28th Ontario Ancestors eWeekly Update:
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
For many years it has been Durham Region Branch's tradition to get together at our December meeting to enjoy personal family history stories, along with tasty seasonal treats and hot apple cider.
We have celebrated members' special stories, interesting documents or artifacts, and genealogical breakthroughs.
This year is different - requiring physical separation; yet this is an opportunity to gather together - with the aid of modern technology.
Zoom is useful, but it has a drawback, in that holding items up to a web camera is often not clear enough for all participants.
So, if possible, when planning to show a web site, or document, or physical item, sending a link or photo to me, would be extremely helpful. My email is: - firstname.lastname@example.org . I will put your photo in my PowerPoint and ask you to unmute and tell us the story at the appropriate time.
Refreshments are optional - Bring your own!! Relax in a comfortable chair and prepare to be amazed at what your fellow genealogists have discovered about their families and online research during all their free time this year.
Register to join us at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 by clicking this link:
Saturday, November 7, 2020
OGS and Ministry officials will be hosting a webinar via Zoom on December 9th, 2020 at 7 pm EST.
Friday, November 6, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Durham Region Branch's October 6th Meeting via Zoom
Habits of a Highly Organized Genealogist
Saturday, September 5, 2020
FamilySearch has announced that their 2021 RootsTech Conference will be a FREE virtual event.
It will be held on Feb. 25 - 27, 2021 and you can register for it now! The recorded sessions will be available for viewing after the event as well.
See the full details in their press release at
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Our Tuesday, September 8th,2020 Zoom meeting is at 7:30 p.m. [Please note the date change]
The Journal, Art and Life of a Victorian Soldier in Canada" is the title of Marc's book - about a British soldier, Henry Baines, sent to Canada to be one of the protectors of this 'almost' new nation, at a time of great strife in the United States... an internal war with potentially dangerous consequences for our ancestors. His 1863 summer voyage, circumnavigating Lake Ontario in a sailboat, yielded many insights into those times, and into significant shoreline communities in both countries, all gained from his drawings and journal writings.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
The handout and the link to the recording are now available on the Durham Region Branch's website durham.ogs.on.ca . Just go to the June meeting write-up and the links are at the bottom of the description.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Just a note to let you know that the recording of our May Meeting featuring Bob Dawes on "Connecting English Ancestors" is now available in our YouTube Channel.
Saturday, May 9, 2020
The article goes on to give direct links to many of the best databases recommended by Peter Calver, the owner of Lost Cousins.
You must be logged in to ancestry.co.uk to have the free access.
And if you have English ancestors and do not subscribe to the "Lost Cousins Newsletter", why not??
https://www.lostcousins.com/ You can set up a free account.
"The best genealogy newsletter - and it's FREE!
"Thanks again for the fabulous Lost Cousins newsletters - they are crammed with invaluable information."
"Many thanks for your informative and interesting newsletters. I really look forward to them and when I spot them in the inbox they are the first thing I scroll to."
I got distracted by this "Bright, Shiny Object" and started searching for photos that could represent some of my father's experiences. F/Lt. D. S. Brown RCAF served with the 10 Squadron RAF based at Melbourne, Yorkshire. He flew Wellington and Halifax Bombers over Germany 1943-1945. While these photos are not of the actual planes he flew, they are of the Handley Page Halifax Mark III type that he did fly.
Friday, May 8, 2020
The link for non-members is at https://ogs.on.ca/past-webinar-recordings/
All the webinars are listed, but only those where presenters have given permission will have live links. But keep checking back, since more permissions may come and more live links will appear.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Scottish Indexes Conference - 1 May 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Check it out here.
FYI, The Whitby Library also has the Ancestry Library edition
available from home, as long as you have a library card, and they can
do new library cards if you need one. Tip from Stephen Wood
Thursday, March 26, 2020
I believe that genealogists and other solo hobbyists (like woodworkers, miniature railway enthusiasts, knitters, etc.) have a leg up on the general public in have a way to distract our whirling minds!
Maybe, you are looking at finally organizing all your family photos!
Here is a blog at "The National Archives" [UK] website with a downloadable guide for you:
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Regretfully, we have to postpone all of our April face to face meetings. We are looking at virtual solutions for our meetings. Please check out our Durham Region Branch Facebook Group and our Durham Region Branch blog, as well as the Durham Region Branch website for further updates, and also suggestions on what is online to keep you occupied during this era of social distancing.
1. Go to the OGS website and log-in. If you are not an OGS member, you can create a free account in order to access the OGS Marketplace (e-Store) in the upper right corner.
2. Click on the "Marketplace" tab.
3. Click on the "Books, CDs and More" tab, then choose "eBooks".
Friday, March 20, 2020
Many people around the world are staying home and at a safe distance from each other to slow the spread of COVID-19. This is a crucial time to combine our efforts to build and strengthen meaningful connections. We have an opportunity to provide comfort and healing to those who may feel vulnerable or alone.
Sharing common experiences with others can bring us closer. FamilySearch provides a number of simple activities for all ages that are designed to bridge the distance between loved ones. These activities can be done with those closest to us at home or through social media.
We will continue to add new activities to help inspire you and those you love. I invite you to check FamilySearch.org regularly to see what’s new.
We wish you peace and joy as you connect with those closest to you.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Jennifer Weymark, Archivist, Oshawa Museum will be presenting
"Letters from the Trenches: Oshawa’s WWI Soldiers" at the Durham Region Branch's meeting Tuesday, Feb. 4th at 7:30 pm.
Come join us at Northminster United Church, 676 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, ON L1G 4V7 (NW corner of Simcoe Street North and Rossland Road West)