Gwyneth Pearce, Secretary of the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, has sent the winter meeting schedule, and it is -
Tracing Your African Heritage in the British West Indies Saturday, February 1, 2014, 1 – 5 p.m. This half-day course will cover the basic principles of research, how to read and interpret slave registers, what to look for in vital records, church records, parish registers and much more. Instructor: Pooran Bridgelal Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
The Social History of Medicine in 19th Century CanadaTuesdays, February 4 & 11, 2014, 2 – 4 pm This two-part lecture series will examine life and death and the role of medicine in Canada in the nineteenth century, as well as the revolution in Canadian medical education from 1875 to 1920 that extended life span and professionalized medicine and medical training. Instructor: Dr. Marianne Fedunkiw Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
Making the Internet Work for GenealogyWednesdays, February 12, 19 & 26 & March 5, 2014, 6:15 – 8:15 pm This four-week course is aimed at those who have considerable experience already with using the Internet for genealogy, but who are interested in learning how to fine tune their search abilities and how to take advantage of the social networking opportunities the Internet provides. Instructor: Marian Press Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Tracing Your East Indian Heritage in the British West IndiesSaturday, February 15, 2014, 1 – 5 pm This half-day course will cover the basic principles of research, how to understand indenture contracts, what to look for in vital records, church records, parish registers and much more. Instructor: Pooran Bridgelal Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
The Social History of Dress in 19th Century CanadaTuesdays, February 18 & 25, 2014, 2 – 4 pm This two-part lecture series is intended as a primer to the social history of dress seen in 19th century photographs, with a special emphasis on Canadian history. The course will cover the period from 1840 to 1910. Instructor: Ingrid Mida Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10 am – 3 pm A fast-paced one-day course that introduces some of the type of records and techniques needed for researching your family tree. It highlights vital records (civil and church), census records and probates (wills), showing how to extract and evaluate data. Instructor: Linda Reid Where: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
They are parented by the OGS and the North York Central Library.
Global Genealogy has just made the announcement that they have almost completed work on a book and CD called Genealogical Extracts from the Perth Courier Newspaper 1834-1929.
Global Genealogy says that "It will be an 8 volume set of genealogical extracts from the Perth Courier newspaper that were published between 1834 and 1929 (known as the Bathurst Courier in its early years).
They say that the series will be available in a coil-bound printed edition, and as books on CD (searchable pdf). Buy individual volumes (sorted by year of publication) or save by purchasing a complete set.
The series includes 3618 pages of extracts of births, marriages, deaths, silver and golden anniversaries and other information of genealogical interest - about 40,000 extracts in all. All are extensively indexed including cross referencing and females listed by both maiden and married names when known.
They say that they will announce the release date in an early January newsletter. A complete online index will be provided at that time . This collection will be a valuable addition to every genealogical reference library that has a Canadian section".
The fall issue of the Connections journal has been sent out by the Quebec Family History Society located in Montreal.
There are many short articles in this issue, and they are –
The Farnsworth/Phaneuf Connections by Rene E. Peron in which the author writes about the connections between the two families going back 300 years.
Captives Carried to Canada During the French and Indian Wars by Dawn Miller Quellette in which she talks about the Farnsworth family as it is related in the book New England Captives Carried to Canada – 1677 – 1760 by author Emma Lewis Coleman.
Pilgrimage for Bert: Remembering the 1st Anti-Tank Regiment, 1st Canadian Divison by Shelia Snow Wilkins in which Wilkins writes about the trip she and her husband took to Sicily this past summer to visit the places where her father fought in the Second World War.
Filles du Roi: Brides of New France by Dawn Miller Ouellette writes about the young women who came to New France looking for a husband. One thing new I learned that if they did not find a suitable suitor in Quebec City, they would travel on to Three Rivers, and then to Montreal, if they did not find a man to marry.
Ouellette also has written an article on The Battle of Chateauguay (the cover has the photo of the painting of the battle) as it has been 200 years since the Canadians fought the Americans on the shores of the Chateauguay River in October 1813.
Genealogical Society invites members and non-members to join in an online
discussion with President, Shirley Sturdevant. Ask questions and
make comments about the changing face of OGS and volunteer opportunities with
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
More information will follow.
This forum is open
to anyone who is interested but you may express your interest and receive a
reminder and your own copy of the login information by contacting the OGS
provincial office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2013 edition of The Nova Scotia Genealogist with the lovely photo of the
painting of the West Hants Historical Society Museum in Windsor, Nova Scotia is
on the cover.
article entitled Visit to West Hants Historical Society by J. Fralic-Brown on
page 19 of the edition tells you all that you want to know what the museum holds
on its shelves and in filing cabinets.
main article is The Putman Family of Massachusetts and Nova Scotia by D. Armauda.
author says that the complete Putman family history has never been written to
his knowledge, and we just get a glimpse of his work in this article.
has everything sourced, and a very good genealogy explained in very easy to
understand terms as he traces them from England, to Massachusetts to Nova
have included the latest books in the Reference Department of the Spring Garden
Road Memorial Library, at the GANS Office Library, and the Scotiabank Family History,
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax.
One of our readers recently sent me information about
the Conversion List from the old street numbering
system to the new street numbering system on the Halifax Regional Archives.
Already the reader says that he has found
it very useful and have already looked at several ancestors' houses on Google
Street View using the modern address.
He continues on to say that “A lot of
my family research focuses on Halifax. Whether using City directories, deed
indexes, or death certificates, the civic address of my research subject is
often listed and can be used for many helpful purposes. Between 1958-1965
however, the City of Halifax renumbered all civic addresses from a 2-digit to a
4-digit number, so if you're interested in locating the current site of a
pre-1958 ancestor's residence you were out of luck”.
So take a look at the site and the list.
I had fun this afternoon looking at
their Virtual Exhibit which featured photographs, maps,
and anniversary events that have taken place in Halifax-Dartmouth over the years.
Thanks to Neal for sending
me information on this site.
You will have to know the name of the person you are looking for in this instant.
The ledgers provide photographs (mug shots) of inmates and information such as name; alias; age; place of birth; physical description; occupation; crime committed; and date, place and length of sentence.
Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa are offering a
special Holiday Season Membership Gift to you.
you sign up for a standard membership, you will receive an extended Membership Level Membership, and your membership will be extended by one extra month. If you
purchase a Plus Level Membership, your membership will be extended by two extra
in the promotional code AC138 in the printed copy of the sign-up form, and
bring it to the box office, or you can call the box office at 819.776.7100.
Steve Fulton, the Chair of the 2014 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference that will be held.May 1 to May 4, 2014 at Brock University in the Niagara region of Ontario, has posted an interview he had had with the keynote speaker – Hank Jones Jr.
His speech which is entitled How "Psychic Roots" became an "Unsolved Mystery" will be presented on Saturday evening at conference banquet.
Two things which struck me was that he said “Genealogists are story tellers”, and “Document everything”. Family history is a series of family stories and we must document everything we write - that should be our mantra as genealogists.
Postscript: Conferences are held every year in Ontario, and as a member of the OGS you are entitled to special discounts for the conference. December is membership month at the OGS. For the yearly rate of $61.20, you can join the provincial society.
Ontario Genealogy Society issued its journal Families for November, and
here are the papers included in Part I this issue. Part II will continue tomorrow.
2014 being the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the papers
about the people who fought in that war are starting to come into Families to be published.
two papers are
Hart Leech: “A
dog-gone good soldier … doing hid blooming job” by Catherine
Whiteley tells the story of Hart Leech from Winnipeg, who, like so many others,
went off to war as a young man, and like so many others died because of the war.
while he was fighting in the war, he earned the praise of his superiors, and
when he died helping his fellow soldiers, he was given a burial in the Oville British
Cemetery in France.
mother received the Memorial Cross.
keywords in the paper is Leech.
ship on the front cover of Families
and is the SS Olympic. It is shown in Halifax as it disembarked
Canadian soldiers coming back from the First World War.
Blacks in the
Great War by
Jerry Hindis a paper which recounts
the role that Blacks played in the First World War.
men from the Chatham-Kent area who entered the 1st Contingent of the
Canadian Expeditionary Force and the discrimination that they faced.
go with the Families paper, there is
a website called
December is the yearly membership drive
by the OGS. This year the basic membership is $61.20 which is a deal for all
the benefits that you can receive from the Members Only pages athttp://www.ogs.on.ca/index.php
Have you been involved in doing Ontario research lately, and have come across a town, and you are having a hard time to find what county it is in - where it is located? Now, you can go to the Ontario location website at http://www.ogs.on.ca/branches/ontariolocator.php. It lists every municipality in Ontario (city, town, village, township, regional municipality) and all of the geographic townships which have belonged to a municipality. You can find the township, and there are two types of townships –
1.A geographic township (G Twp) is a piece of land. You need to know this to find land records and to find where people lived.
2.An administrative township (A Twp) is a form of government, often administering several geographic townships. You need this to find local records.
And you can find out what county you are in, and the Ontario Genealogical Society Branch the municipality is in.
We are in the middle
of the first major snowstorm of the season here in Ottawa today, and the Museum
of Civilization will soon open its exhibit about snow which will run from
December 6, 2013 to September the 28th 2014.
The exhibit will
feature some 300 articles, and more than 400 photos that Canadians have taken
The York Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) has just issued its November newsletter, and in this issue they have an article A View of Markham Township in 1799 in which Surveyor Augustus Jones lists the people in the township and the land they held.
There is also an article on the Early Lutheran Deaths in the Twp of Markham (1834 – 1841), and Confirmations in the Lutheran Church 1834 and 1836.
There is the family tree of John Stiver and Mary Ann Shutz, and a list of Tavern Licenses Granted from 1855 to 1860, and a list of innkeepers for Whitchurch Township from 1803 to 1841.
Postscript: December is the yearly membership drive by the OGS. This year the basic membership is $61.20 which is a deal for all the benefits that you can receive from the Members Only pages at http://www.ogs.on.ca/index.php
The PEI Genealogical Society will hold its next general meeting on Saturday November 23 at 2:00 pm at Beaconsfield's Carriage House, located at the corner of Kent and West Streets in Charlottetown.
Guest speaker Dr. Ed MacDonald will present a talk on Our Fathers: A Brief Introduction to PEI's Fathers of Confederation. He will answer the question - Who were the PEI Fathers of Confederation? The public is invited to attend and find out more than just a name.
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The booklet, “The War of 1812: Canada and the United States”, gives a synopsis of the causes of the War, and details the battles that took place (who, where, and when), and which included British forces, Blacks, and Aboriginal warriors who fought on both sides of the conflict.
Booklet #2 – Migration: Canada and the United States
These headings offer good examples of those who came to Canada, or of Canadians who left for the U.S, and why. The booklet gives a synopsis of what records to look for, the books written on the subject, where to find online resources, and a bonus list of some famous Canadians who migrated to the U.S.