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Early Bird Draw – Ontario Ancestors/OGS

Join before November 30 to be entered for a draw. Bring a new member when you join and you both receive 50% off your OGS membership. Membership in the Ontario Genealogical Society comes with benefits and advantages, including free access to our webinar series, discounts on hotel and car rentals and special prices on Conference.
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December 9: Insider’s Guide to OnLand.ca

All documents for every Land Registry Office can be accessed through the Document images feature on the OnLand site. If the document is not available for viewing, you can follow the system prompts to request it, and it will be uploaded within 24 hours. Registration is required for this webinar. PREPARE BY WATCHING TUTORIAL VIDEOS
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1871 Hastings County Assessment Rolls

A new project from the Community Archives might be of interest to you. We have scanned the 1871 Hastings County assessment roll and would like your help in making the names in it available to the public. Each municipality in the county of Hastings regularly sent a copy of its assessment roll to the county authorities.
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November 21: On the Trail of “Great Moments”

 In the search for our family histories, we all experience “great moments”, some not so great, some good, some bad and a smidgen which is mostly inspirational! Can’t wait to hear them! Our virtual meeting awaits. Great Moments research stories are usually a lot of fun but they can be tragic at the same time.
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November 21: “Great Moments” Goes Virtual

Quinte Branch members volunteer to share short stories about a variety of experiences from getting over, around, or under a brick wall, to a new connection made, or tips and tricks that others may find useful! In the search for our family histories, we all experience “great moments” and, at times, some not so great.
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November 18: Research Canadian Ancestors

These sessions are FREE and you do not have to be a current or past student to attend. No USER NAME or PASSWORD required. Please type in your first name and surname initial, along with your geographic location; then click “Enter as a Guest”. Come out and enhance your research skills with Canadian records.  
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November 10: L-A-C Webinar-In the Trenches

Library and Archives Canada is offering a webinar “In the Trenches” which will explore digitized First World War Records held by LAC.  This introductory webinar demonstrates how to access Canadian Expeditionary Force service files online, and explores key documents from one service file in particular.    
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Community Archives for Research

The newspaper collection is only one of the many resources for family history research found at the “Archives” … and the newspaper collection is searchable. Check out these (some sad) articles of family history related to my grandfather I  found in the “Weekly Ontario and Bay of Quinte Chronicle” newspaper.    
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November 1: OGS Membership Renewals

Membership in the Ontario Genealogical Society comes with many benefits and advantages, including free access to our webinar series, discounts on hotel and car rentals, special prices on Conference, and the option of joining Branches and Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Visit our website for more information about “Membership”.  
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November 21: “Great Moments” Goes Virtual

 In the search for our family histories, we all experience “great moments”, some not so great, some good, some bad and a smidgen which is mostly inspirational! Can’t wait to hear them! Our virtual meeting awaits. Great Moments research stories are usually a lot of fun but they can be tragic at the same time.
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Need A Genealogy Road Map

Getting started in Family History research can be both daunting and extremely rewarding. Where do you start, how do you keep track of everything and how can you get help? The Quinte Branch with the help of Bob Dawes has started this Genealogy 101 basic instruction guide on the website to help you get going.
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Quinte Branch Needs Volunteers

Normally, we canvas for volunteers around the time of our Annual General Meeting (AGM) since voting in a new Executive and appointing new Committee Coordinators is preferably done in a public facing meeting. This year we are adjusting our approach. We will fill positions through the Branch Council and confirm at the AGM in 2021.
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Find A Real Treasure

The SIL is comprised of family surnames of interest to our members, past members and library contacts (AKA the providers), based on their research focus in Hastings, Prince Edward, and neighboring Counties. Download the files and check out the possibility that one or more of our SIL providers have similar surname research interests to you.
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November 1: Grow Our Family

Ontario Ancestors’ Grow Our Family membership campaign will return once again for the 2021 year.  Any member of the Society renewing their membership can receive a 50% discount on their membership fees simply by bringing in a new member with them.  And the new member gets the same great deal – Society membership for $31.50!!  
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Ontario Ancestors October “Explosion”

You can see that Ontario Ancestors and its Branches and SIGs have embraced the online presentation process to stay in touch with their members, and hopefully attract new ones! Check the Calendar section at the bottom of eWeekly for links to register for these events, or visit the Society website ogs.on.ca.
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Marilyn Mae Harry

It is with profound sadness that the Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society notes the passing of Marilyn Mae Harry, a charter member of the Branch for many years. Marilyn served in a number of roles with the Branch including Treasurer, Branch Librarian and acting as Branch President in 2000-2001 and again in 2003.
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Resources for Ancestors Across Ontario

The original interactive Ontario map on the OGS website is linked to each of the Ontario Ancestors Branches. To identify and to open the website of a branch, simply click on the name of the county or region on the map below. A new window will open for the website of the relevant Branch.
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Travel in the Age of Steamers

One hundred years ago, the steamship Brockville was a regular sight on the Bay of Quinte. The steamship was initially based in Brockville and the Thousand Islands but in June 1908 she was purchased by the Quinte Navigation Company for $10,000 and registered in Picton. CHECK OUT THE COMMUNITY ARCHIVES OF BELLEVILLE AND HASTINGS COUNTY
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October 31: Irish Palatine S-I-G

Roger Shier will speak about his research into the Shier family of Brock Township and their cousins in other parts of North America. Roger will cover their emigration to Canada, their moves to other states and provinces, their business activities and successes, their military contributions and some of the challenges and successes he has had.
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September 19: Quinte Branch “Virtual” Meeting

The Quinte Branch is hosting our second virtual presentation. Be sure not to miss “Finding Your Family History with OurDigitalWorld Online Newspapers” by Jess Posgate. This will be a Zoom Virtual presentation. Please find information links below if you need help with Zoom.
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September 19: OurDigitalWorld/Jess Posgate

OurDigitalWorld is a not-for-profit that is dedicated to providing an innovative and sustainable digital platform for community collections. We provide tools and services built upon collaboration and the belief that discovery and access to community content and to our shared cultural assets are the foundation of identifying and enriching a community’s sense of identity. http://www.ourdigitalworld.net/
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Quinte Branch Volunteers

The Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors/OGS is excited to announce our new volunteers! Rose McClanahan, Beth Phieffer and Kathryn Potter have recently joined the Quinte Branch in its work supporting the genealogical community. Additional volunteers are always needed to carry on the vital work of the Quinte Branch, including transcribing documents for future research.
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February 25-27: RootsTech Connect “Virtual”

Discover your story at RootsTech Connect. Join the world’s largest family celebration for free to unlock your family’s history and learn how to preserve the stories of your life. For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Get ready to celebrate shared connections with people
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Free Hosting of Family Trees

Your Family Trees/Genealogy hosted AT NO COST! Users can view and search but cannot download your GEDCOM. The software hides ALL data on living people. You may have your GEDCOM removed at any time and Ontario Ancestors/OGS reserves the right to refuse any submission. This is a great place to upload your GEDCOM for safe-keeping.
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New Treasurer Elected

Rose McClanahan was elected Treasurer at the Quinte Branch Council Meeting of July 30. Rose brings with her a wealth of knowledge and will begin her duties as Treasurer on August 1, 2020. Welcome Rose!  
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Phase 3: Quinte Branch OGS

This week, the Ontario Genealogical Society announced that all Branch and Special Interest Group meetings should continue on for the balance of the 2020 calendar year as virtual or online meetings. “Read more” to understand the effect of “Phase 3” on the Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors/OGS.
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Quinte Branch Online Finding Aid “Update”

To celebrate our 40th anniversary as a branch of Ontario Ancestors/OGS the Quinte Branch “Online Finding Aid” is getting an update. The number of records will increase to over 1,516,000 thanks to the efforts of our volunteer indexers. That’s an increase of over 166,000 records available for you to search online.
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Volunteers Needed

The Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors/OGS needs volunteers … badly. This does not have to be a grand commitment of time or labour. Mentorship is available and “there are no tests”. Several positions exist on the Branch Council which meets once a month and in support roles like transcribing, proof-reading and maintaining the research library.
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Researching Early Quakers in Upper Canada

Members of the Society of Friends or Quakers arrived in Upper Canada before 1800 from New York, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and settled in Prince Edward County, the Niagara area and the Toronto area. They left a rich record in their minute books, registers and other ephemera for both the genealogist and social historian.
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Half-Price Memberships in OGS

Join (or renew) starting June 1 and for only $37.00 you’ll gain access to all the member advantages, eResources, Families, and more.  Quinte Branch is an additional $10.00/year.  For more information about becoming a member for half the year at half the price – and a link to join!
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June 20: Quaker Settlement in the Quinte Area

In this “virtual meeting” on Saturday, June 20 starting at 1:00 pm, noted local genealogist, Randy Saylor will provide background and comment on early Quaker settlement in the Quinte area. “READ MORE” to access instructions on how to connect with this exciting workshop.          
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COVID-19 Moving Forward

The Quinte West Public Library and the Quinte Branch Genealogical Library are closed until May 5, 2020, and probably longer. The next announcements with likely be made prior to 5 May. Opening or continuance of the closed status of these facilities at 7 Creswell Drive will be announced by the Municipal Government of Quinte West
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CANCELLATION: Vision 2020 (June 5-7)

– CANCELLATION – Ontario Ancestors/OGS Conference VISION 2020 – REFUNDS ARE IN THE WORKS – REGISTRATION FEES CAN BE DONATED WHOLE OR IN PART TO ONTARIO ANCESTORS/OGS – CONTACT  MEGAN [ ed@ogs.on.ca ] TO ARRANGE DONATIONS –  TAX RECEIPTS WILL BE ISSUED FOR DONATIONS < STAY SAFE >
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CLOSED: Due to Corona Virus

Until further notice, Library Services at 7 Creswell Drive Trenton, QWPL and Quinte Branch Genealogical Library are closed until at least 5 May 2020. In addition, the Branch Council Meeting scheduled for  Apr 9, 2020, if held, will be a virtual meeting online. Further advice is pending regarding the Ontario Ancestors conference on June 5-7.
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CLOSED: Genealogy Research Library

The Quinte West Public Library locations in Trenton and Frankford are closed to the public effective at 12:00 pm on Monday, March 16, 2020. The Quinte Branch OGS Genealogy Research Library will be closed also, as it is located in the Quinte West Public Library in Trenton.   CHECK OUT “QUINTE NEWS” FOR DETAILS  
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CANCELLATION: Saturday, March 21 Meeting

In order to support public health initiatives and to reduce any possible exposure to the coronavirus, the Quinte Branch OGS meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 pm in the Quinte West library complex has been cancelled. Check the  Quinte Branch OGS on Facebook and Coronavirus Information from the Government of Canada  
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March 21: Finding Family History with OurDigitalWorld

OurDigitalWorld hosts a wide range of community collections from Ontario and beyond, including one of the world’s largest newspaper sites – all freely accessible to the public. Jess Posgate is the Projects Coordinator for OurDigitalWorld.   Quinte Branch OGS Website Quinte Branch OGS on Facebook  
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February 15: The Ins and Outs of FamilySearch

Nick Post will be explaining how FamilySearch came about and the benefits of using it. He will take the group through signing in to the program and discuss the different areas within the site; providing examples from his own Family Tree. Nick will also outline partnerships with other Family History sites, indexing and additional programs.
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WELCOME 2020

Contact the Quinte Branch if you need some help with your research – or even better – come out to a meeting, like the presentation by Nick Post on February 15 (1:00 pm) at the Quinte West Library complex, and get acquainted with the workings of the Quinte Branch OGS in person.  
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January 18: Crouse-Wanamaker Lecture – Cancelled

UPDATED: The Crouse-Wanamaker Lecture for 18 Jan 2020 has been CANCELLED. This decision by Quinte Branch has wisely been made for the safety and well being of our members and occasional community attendees. The storm is currently advertised by the Weather Network and Environment Canada as the biggest storm for Ontario this winter and is
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Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas to All from the Quinte Branch of OGS, including its Branch Council, Members and Volunteers. All the best of the festive season as we look forward to 2020, our 40th Anniversary Year!
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GEDmatch Bought by Verogen

A DNA Firm That Caters to Police Just Bought a Genealogy Site … On Monday afternoon, GEDmatch announced it was being taken over by a new owner, the forensic genomics firm Verogen. The San Diego-based company spun out of sequencing giant Illumina two years ago, specializing in next-generation DNA testing services catered to law enforcement.
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January 18: 40 Years of Genealogy

< Crouse-Wannamaker Lecture > This presentation will be RESCHEDULED 40 Years of Genealogy Look How Far We’ve Come “Tracing our family’s history is a lifelong journey …” Cheryl’s media presence and background in genealogy can be found on her websites, Footprints to Heritage, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  
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Quinte Branch Still Needs Volunteers

The Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society/Ontario Ancestors still needs volunteers and coordinators for “Photography”, “Publicity” and “Research Library” Contact us if you would like greater involvement in the local genealogical community and the satisfaction that volunteerism brings. [HOME OF THE QUINTE BRANCH OGS RESEARCH LIBRARY] >>quintechair@ogs.on.ca<<  
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Grow Our Family Campaign

Ontario Ancestors’ Grow Our Family membership campaign has returned once again for the 2020 year. Any member of the Society renewing their membership can receive a 50% discount on their membership fees simply by bringing in a new member with them. And the new member gets the same great deal – Society membership for $31.50
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Membership Renewal Time

Membership Renewals for 2020 Begin on November 1 Check out what the Quinte Branch OGS offers its members! HELP US GROW THE OGS FAMILY – CLICK HERE FOR A “REAL DEAL”
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Barriefield Battalion 155

Barriefield Battalion #155 – July 6, 1916 The 155th (Quinte) Battalion, CEF was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Based in Barriefield, Ontario, the unit began recruiting in late 1915 in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. After sailing to England in October 1916, the battalion was absorbed into the 154th Battalion, CEF and 6th Reserve Battalion on December
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RootsTech Video Archive

Weren’t able to get to RootsTech … many sessions were videotaped and archived for your viewing over several years. Watch past sessions from RootsTech saved in the RootsTech Video Archive
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Surname Interest List

Boost your research … participate in our Surname Interest List, a Helping Hands Outreach Program of Quinte Branch OGS. The database of surnames is on our webpage or accessible via the following link. The Surname Interest List was developed to facilitate research collaboration, brick wall demolition, and cousin finding. It is not necessary to be a current member to participate. You may
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Cemetery Transcriptions on CD-ROM

Accelerate your research through “cemetery transcriptions”. The following items can be purchased by mail order from the Quinte Branch OGS using the convenient Mail Order Form for payment by cheque or money order.