With the half-price fee, you will be entitled to a half-year membership at $35.70 CDN and you will receive all the benefits of Individual membership including their quarterly mailing for August and November – the journal Families, the newsletter Newsleaf, and e-Newsleaf, and weekly updates.
This offer is also available to those who have not been an OGS member since 2011 and would like to rejoin the OGS family.
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 journal Families
has issued its November issue, and here are the papers included in Part II.
first paper MoreThan Dates: Lives Revealed Through Ecclesiastical Records by Ellen
Paul, the 2nd place Keffer Writing Contest winner.
addition to the story she tells of Jean Baptiste Cotton, she demonstrates how
to use the Drouin Collection when proving genealogy.
surname keywords are Archambault, Beaudry, Cotton, DeGuay, Débussat, Dussault, Gauthier,
Gauthier dit Landreville
“Up to Rawdon”
is a paper by Daniel B. Parkinson in which he explains how he came to write his
2-volume set of genealogies about the people from Rawdon, Quebec and their
migration to such Ontario counties as Wellington, Huron, Grey, Bruce and Simcoe
“Feathers in the
Family”: The Story of Magdeleine Pewadjiwonokwe by Lynne Duigou
is the story of a ‘county marriage’ between Charles Denys de Laronde
Thibaudiere and Magdeleine.
The surname keywords are Croteau, Pewadjiwonokwe, Laronde, Gaucher, piot, Langevin, Missosikwe, Tessepatikokwe, Gradmotagne, Okajagaw, MacFie, Douglas, Robinson
I Am a GOON: The Willox Search by Cathie Blackburn is the influence that the Guild of One-Name Studies has had on her study of her family name – the Willox.
The surname keywords are Willox, Cole, Harper, Legge
Postscrpt: 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
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
American genealogist blogger and speaker Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, will give the first OGS Webinar - Genealogy in Your Genes on Saturday October 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm EDT via Adobe Connect. This Webinar is for Members Only.
They say that “The key to so many genealogical secrets may be locked inside your genes -- but today those secrets can be unlocked through DNA testing. Learn about the three major test types -- YDNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the new autosomal DNA testing -- and what each offers to the genealogist.
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, ranging from the interplay between genealogy and the law to the way DNA tests can be used in genealogy.
She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous state societies, and on the faculty of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.
OGS Webinars allow you to expand your genealogy knowledge from the comfort of your own home.
This event is open to OGS members only and is free as a benefit of your membership. For more information about Webinars, visit the Webinars link in the OGS Members Only area.
Gwyneth Pearce, Secretary,Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, sent us this notice –
More than 32,000 names now in Toronto school memorials database
It’s that time again… when children, parents and teachers launch into a new school year!
And to mark the start of classes for 2013, the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has added more than 2,700 new names and eight more schools to its on-line database of school memorials commemorating Toronto students and staff who volunteered for active service in the two World Wars and other military conflicts.
The newest schools in the For King and Country database include Essex Street, John English, Rose Avenue, Lambton Mills, Lansdowne, Humewood Public and Runnymede Collegiate Institute.
We’ve also added our first independent school – St. Michael’s College School – a Catholic middle and high school with a rich history dating back to 1852. The database now contains more than 32,000 names and 88 schools, with transcriptions and photographs of school war memorials, historical background and links to other useful school and community websites.
This press release was just received from the OGS -
"Create a design for a new Heritage Society certificate for
The Ontario Genealogical Society.
As an addition to our current heritage clubs and societies, OGS is
developing the First World War Society for genealogists who
can prove they have one or more ancestors who served with the allied forces in
the First World War.
We need a striking certificate for members of the First
World War Society to proudly display, particularly as we commemorate
the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War next year.
Each 8.5" x 11" portrait format certificate design must
logo present somewhere on the certificate (.jpg of the logo may be
obtained by contacting OGS provincial office firstname.lastname@example.org)
the name(s) of applicant(s)
the name of qualifying ancestor
the date of issue and signature of the OGS president
the OGS seal measuring 5.5 cm in diameter
Please visit the OGS site to view examples of our other
certificates. We are looking for a design that will fit into our collection.
Multiple entries are welcome.
While you may submit your entry in a format of your choice, please
be aware that the OGS office is a PC environment.
Deadline: December 31, 2013
The winner will be contacted in March 2014 and the certificate
will be launched at The Ontario Genealogical Society's Annual Conference May
1st - 4th 2014
Gwyneth Pearce, Secretary of the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, let us
know this morning that registration is now open for Tracing Forward - Searching for Relatives in Recent Times, a special fall event
co-sponsored by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the
Canadiana Department of North York Central Library.
says to “Join expert speakers and fellow family history enthusiasts for a full
day of lectures designed for researchers interested in expanding their family
trees to find living relatives. Find out why we all should build
“tracing forward” into our family history research, and discover new tools,
techniques and strategies for tracing people who are either still alive or
recently deceased. Learn how to navigate privacy and access rules and how to
connect with “DNA cousins”, pick up tips from professionals who locate people
for a living, and prepare to be inspired by stories of how family history
mysteries have been solved”.
will be held on Saturday, 26 October 2013 at the North York Central Library,
2nd floor Auditorium, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto.
Ontario Genealogical Society has, at present, four Special Interest Groups
SIG is a permanent group of OGS Members with an interest in some other topic,
such as a geographic location outside Ontario (e.g. immigrants from a
particular country), an ethnic or cultural group (e.g. natives or a particular
fraternal organization), or an event (e.g. a particular emigration scheme).
The Spring/Summer 2013 edition of The Ottawa Genealogist has been released, and it contains an interesting article, and index. It is published by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
The article is by John Patton and it is called the Ballad of Syd and Annie: A Genealogical Mystery, and it is a story of two people, whose story is totally unbelievable. Sydney Frank LEWER (1892- c.1925), is an Englishman who immigrated to Canada in 1909. He gave so many birthdates, it is difficult to understand exactly when he was born. And the plot thickens when he meets Annie HOSKO. There was apparent deception in an adoption process of a son, unusual evidence in a his First World War military record, prison sentence because of a bigamy charge, and on and on it goes. Their life together was turbulent, to say the least, ending with the fact that he possibly may have died in 1925 – at least his wife declared herself a widow at that time.
This article shows that good research can go a long way in resolving these genealogical mysteries such as this.
The index of Early Bytown Settlers Index in this issue go from the letter D to the I. It gives the name, reference and page number, and some information, such as where they lived, their occupation, their age.
The reminder of the journal is filled with news of the Ottawa Branch of the OGS, Interesting Web Sites, Branch Library Additions, and Gleanings from Newsletters in the Ottawa Branch Library.
There are two updates to the Conference 2013 agenda, and they are –
There will be free access to online databases at OGS Conference 2013.
The OGS Conference is opening up three online organizations to research. They have agreed to allow OGS Conference registrants to access their databases free of charge in the Research Room during the conference.
These are Ancestry.ca, Find My Past, and the British Newspaper Archives.
And the second update concerns the workshops on Friday.
The workshop by Richard Doherty called The Scots-Irish: Origins, Emigration, Religion, and Research Sources to be held on Friday afternoon is full.
So, a second session will be designated as A-5, and it will be held Friday morning from 9:30 to 12:00. If you have already registers for Friday afternoon, but would like to change it to the afternoon, please e-mail the OGS Provincial Office at email@example.com or phone 416-489-0734.
The latest issue of Families (the journal of the Ontario Genealogical Society, of which I am the editor) has just been released to the members of the society.
There are the articles in this issue –
Conserving, Preserving, and Restoring Your Heritage by Kim Kinnis. This is an excerpt from a book that was jointly published in 2013 by Dundurn Press and the OGS, that take you through the “saving” process ar home. This book is also reviewed on page 33 of Families.
Mrs. Teepell’s Tale by Anne Rahamut is exactly that – a tale about how a number of houses were exported to make room for the Old City Hall Building in Toronto, that you see on the cover.
The surnames mentioned in the article are BAILEY, BROOMFIELD, CORBOULD, TEEPLE.
This article by Anne Rahamut was the third place winner in the 2011 Keffer Writing Contest.
An article by Brooke Findlay Skelton What Was the Cow Worth? War of 1812 Losses and Claims is on page 10. This article is the latest on the War of 1812, and it takes a looks at the Board of Claims for the War of 1812 Losses “ held at the Library and Archives Canada.
The surnames mentioned in the article are CHISHOLM, COOK, CORWIN, CUDDLE, CUMMINGS, FITZGERALD, LUNDY, LYON, McCLURE, MISENER, SHANNON, SILVERTON. Willam Poole: Rebel or Relative? by Brian Latham, and he had a brick wall - where was William Poole. Read the article and see how he solved it.
The surnames are ANDERSON, BARCLAY, BEILLY, BOND, CARMAN, CARNEY, CLARKE, CORRIGAN, CUMETT, ELTON, FISHER, GOUR, HARRISON, HAWLY, HILLBORNE, JOHNSON, LAMB,LAWRENCE, MACKENZIE, MARCH, MARSHALL, MATTHEWS, MCPHADDEN, MONTGOMERY, NICKALLS, PORTER, ROBIN(S), ROGERS, RUMMERFELT, SCOTT, SKINNER, SLY, STPLES, VAN NOSTRAM, WTSON, WATTS, WILKE, WIXSON. Scrathings, Across Cultures: A Memoir of Denial and Discovery is a book by Stephen Heeney. The part that was published in this issue was Chapter 7 of the book Squire and Jane Davis in Onondaga in Brant County, Ontario.
The surnames are DAVIS, BURR, JOHNSON, MARTIN, NORHELEMA.
The last article is Marguerite Brien – “Fille Naturelle” by Bill Amell tells about his Aboriginal ancestor, nd her life in Northern Ontario.
The surname areBRIEN dit DESROCHERS, FLEURY HAMEL/AMELL, PAQUIN, PROULX/PRUE, TURCOTTE. If you wish to receive a copy of Families, go to http://www.ogs.on.ca to become a member.
The OGS has started Heritage Photos: Trades and Professions: Farming this week on their site.
They say on the blog that “Over the past few months, we have searched out heritage photos that depict where and how our ancestors lived. Now we are going to use heritage photos to try to get a sense of the trades and profession our ancestors would have been involved in.
Our photo collection this week is all about Farming. Chances are you have at least one, if not several, farmers in your family tree.
Over the coming week, we are going to start the year off by looking at any photos that we can find of the trades and professions our ancestors may have been involved in.
If you have any trades or professions that you would like to suggest, and if we can find photos for them, that have no copyright issues of course, then let us know and we will see what we can find.
As always, if you have photos you would like to share, let us know”.
There has been an update on the termination and replacement of the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services at the Library and Archives Canada from OGS President Shirley Sturdevant.
You can read the full update on their blog at www.ogs.on.ca/ogsblog/?p=2794, but it more or less says that although she offered to be a part of the discussion, that offer wasn’t accepted. This is rather unfortunate, since Shirley might have been able to present the “genealogical point of view”, which has been missing from the discussion so far.
The answer that she received from the LAC said, in part, that “Although my offer was not accepted, I was promised by M. Grandmaitre (of the LAC) hat we would receive the same documentation as the other participating parties for further discussion with or distribution to our members”.
In the meantime, she says that “The Ontario Genealogical Society shall stay its course in advocating for open and equal access to our Canadian archival documents”.
This a great idea for Ontario Genealogical Society members –
If you're a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society Centenary Club and you're looking for a last minute holiday gift (or just starting your shopping like some of us), consider a supplemental Centenary Club certificate for your relatives. They can be members of the Centenary Club because you've already proved that you are.
Supplemental certificates are only $10 each for OGS Members ($20 for non members) and make a great stocking stuffer.
To purchase one, simply download the application form and fill out Section 1 indicating your name and contact information, the number of certificates you are ordering and the names of the relatives you are buying for. No need to provide evidence, it is already on file here.
Please make sure your request reaches us by December 7th so that we can make sure your certificates reach you in time for the 25th.
(Ottawa, 29 October 2012) GenealogyCanada.blogspot.com — a daily blog that has covered Canadian genealogy, heritage, and history news since 2006 — will again publish a series of posts during this year’s Veterans’ Week by focussing on all aspects of the Canadian military, highlighting events occurring from coast to coast to coast.
“Veterans Week, which takes place this year from November 5th to the 11th, is a very important resource for readers of this blog. It allows us to remember those who fought in Canada’s wars, starting with the Boer War (1899-1902) to the War in Afghanistan (2002–2011), and to say ‘Thank you’ to those who gave so much for Canada”, says Elizabeth Lapointe, of GenealogyCanada.blogspot.com.
Recently, Elizabeth became the newest addition to Thomas MacEntee’s GeneaBloggers website and newsletter www.GeneaBloggers.com. Her column on Canadian genealogy news and resources for those seeking their Canadian roots has just been launched, and with the column, Elizabeth will continue to offer her breadth of knowledge on Canadian genealogy, and on cross-border migration between Canada and the U.S.
“I am very happy to write a column for GeneaBloggers, and to work with Thomas MacEntee, a world-renowned genealogy blogger. The second column will be ‘Canadians in the American Civil War,’ she says.
The blog, www.GenealogyCanada.blogspot.com, has been covering Canadian genealogy, heritage, and history since the first of over 800 posts was first published in January, 2008.
At the www.GenealogyCanada.com website, there are over 30 monthly newsletters covering news on Canadian genealogy, heritage, and history, including the famous “Website of the Month”.
Elizabeth Lapointe is the editor of Families, the journal of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
Please visit our site - www.GenealogyCanada.com
There is lots of Canadian genealogy news to browse through, so please drop in for a spell.
There are also Canadian heritage and history news items, and the "Website of the Month" - always a surprise treat.
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Booklet #1 - The War of 1812: Canada and the United States
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.