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November 20: Looking for Speakers

Do you have a genealogical moment (good, bad, funny, sad) to share with Quinte Branch members? November 20th – the Quinte Branch will celebrate Great Moments! At our last meeting of the year in November, Quinte Branch members will share “great moments” in their family history research. While searching for our family histories, we all
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November 6: A Soldier’s WW2 Experience

Captain (Ret’d) Michael O’Leary and Sarah Coates will speak to the unique and individual experiences of second world war soldiers. Depending on an individual’s role and where they were stationed, the story of their service could vary dramatically. We try to “fill the gaps” to get a better understanding of their individual experiences.  
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October 14: Sport and Wellness Centre

The Recreation, Culture and Community Services Department is pleased to share the recreation program activities available for Fall Session “B”. Registration will kick off on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. for City Taxpayers and on Thursday, October 21, 2021 for Non-City Taxpayers. Registration will be available online through the QSWC website, by telephone
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eWeekly Update and Archive (October)

Our free weekly email newsletter includes news on Ontario Ancestors, our Branches and Special Interest Groups, updates on family history initiatives and events, and heritage information from across the province.  eWeekly Update is available to anyone with email and you do not need to be an OGS member to subscribe. CLICK TO VIEW PAST ISSUES
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September 30: Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday. The day recognizes the colonial legacy of residential schools, honour Indigenous survivors, and is vital to the ongoing reconciliation process. This statutory holiday means federally regulated sectors such as banks will be closed in observance of the national day. As of yet,
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October 2: Beginning Scottish Research

 “Beginning Scottish Research” with speaker Emma Maxwell. Emma Maxwell is a genealogist based in Central Scotland. She runs the popular Scottish genealogy resource website www.scottishindexes.com with her husband and fellow genealogist, Graham Maxwell. Their website offers free indexes to Scotland’s Criminal Database, Scottish Mental Health Records, the Scottish Paternity Index and more. We all have to start somewhere …
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QWPL: Energize Your Research with Images

Quinte West Public Library (QWPL) in Trenton, Ontario has been awarded Affiliate Library status by the FamilySearch organization. This means that files that could only be viewed in an LDS Family History Centre (FHC) can now also be viewed in the Quinte West Public Library. READ MORE!
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CABHC: Ralph Morton Collection

The Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County hosts many documents useful to family historians. Recently I was browsing and found my yearbook, the “Elevator”, from my BCIVS days, in the Ralph Morton Collection. Shown below is the “Elevator” from 1913. This is a source of individuals, businesses and social groups existing at that time.
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QWPL Now FamilySearch Affiliate Library

Quinte West Public Library (QWPL) in Trenton, Ontario has been awarded Affiliate Library status by the FamilySearch organization. This means that files which could only be viewed in an LDS Family History Centre (FHC) can now also be viewed in the Quinte West Public Library.   Congratulations, Bob!
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September 18: Our Evolving Canadian Story

Using her own family story, Jennifer explores how many people and cultures contribute to the Canadian story. From Indigenous peoples to recent immigrants, the often complex interactions weave new perspectives, traditions, and opportunities into the fabric of Canada.  
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QWPL: Hours of Operation

Welcome to the Quinte West Public Library where we inspire you to learn, read, create and connect! Through its staff, resources and facilities, the Quinte West Public Library enables all members of the community to benefit from self-directed, lifelong learning and recreation. The library offers a variety of materials and services in Frankford and Trenton.
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50+ Centre Newsletter (September)

September is a bittersweet month for many; the heat of summer is over, most of the bugs are gone and we have the beauty of fall leaves to look forward to seeing, but it also means that in the not too distant future we will be bundling up and scraping frost off our windshields.
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September 18: Exploring Our Evolving Canadian Story

Using her own family story, Jennifer explores how many people and cultures contribute to the Canadian story. From Indigenous peoples to recent immigrants, the often complex interactions weave new perspectives, traditions, and opportunities into the fabric of Canada.    
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September 11: Cross-Border Cousins

Steve is Past President of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Chair of the Niagara Peninsula Branch since 2009 and Chair of the OGS Technical Support and Innovation Committee (TSIC). Steve’s passion and enthusiasm for genealogy and the concept of paying it forward has brought together many groups for the benefit of family history, building bridges and meeting new people.
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September 18: Our Evolving Canadian Story

Our Canadian story is complex and ever-changing. For some, Canada has been home for generations, while for others, their story here is just beginning. As with all compelling stories, there are plot twists and turns, tragedies, and triumphs, heroes, and heroines – these are the foundation of our Canadian story. Let’s explore our unique story.
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QWPL Now FamilySearch Affiliate Site

Quinte West Public Library (QWPL) has been awarded Affiliate Library status by the FamilySearch organization. This means that any files which could only be viewed in an LDS Family History Centre (FHC) can also be viewed in the Quinte West Public Library. This is great news for Quinte genealogists and for visitors in the area.
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Genealogy Research Library Opens

Under Stage 3 of the provincial “COVID-19 Reopening Plan”, the Quinte West Public Library is now fully open. Some protocols are still in place, such as providing names and phone numbers at the door, disinfecting, wearing masks, socially distancing and room occupancy limits, which for the Genealogy Research Library is 3 people at one time.
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The CABHC Patch News (August)

The Community Archives keeps documentary materials of all kinds relating to Belleville and Hastings County, Ontario, and makes them available for research. Our archives was established in 2010 as a partnership between the City of Belleville, County of Hastings and Hastings County Historical Society The Community Archives collects and shares information about the Quinte area.
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50+ Centre Newsletter (August)

Our July summer session has been a great success with lots of wonderful feedback from participants enjoying the beautiful park locations! We are looking forward to holding our August classes outside as well before moving inside for the fall.
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Volunteers Needed

  If you like being ‘part’ of a group and you like genealogy, then we may have a position for you!  We offer training and coaching to everyone. Maybe you have the skills for one of our positions but are worried that you don’t know us, don’t be.  Talk to our Chairperson and then decide. 
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New Volunteers for a New Beginning

As our world slowly emerges from pandemic lockdown, the Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is looking to find a “few good volunteers” to fill open positions on the Branch Council. A lifetime of family research is not a requirement although most Branch Council members have spent many hours researching their own family history.
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The CABHC Patch News (July)

The Community Archives keeps documentary materials of all kinds relating to Belleville and Hastings County, Ontario, and makes them available for research. Our archives was established in 2010 as a partnership between: City of Belleville, County of Hastings and Hastings County Historical Society The Community Archives collects and shares information about the Quinte area. CHECK OUT THE VARIOUS COLLECTIONS
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July 14: DNA Online Drop-In

This will be an open discussion session for anyone who is new to using commercial DNA testing to compliment their traditional genealogy research. The format will be primarily a Q&A where all participants share knowledge and expertise. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to ask questions and share their DNA stories, tips, tricks and experiences.
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50+ Centre Newsletter (July)

Summer has arrived and it is making sure we know it is here! I hope yours gardens are growing in all this sun and rain and that your fans or air conditioning are working! We are very excited to be able to offer fitness classes in our beautiful parks this summer as well as on Zoom!
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June 21: Genealogy 101

Have you ever wondered who your ancestors were and where they came from? Bob Dawes, of the Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors, will present an overview of the genealogy hobby and how to get started. He will teach you where to look for records, how to track your information on both paper and a computer.
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June 19: UK Censuses 1801 to the Present Day

Each census will be examined in turn, deconstructing the information that is available, revealing tips and hints for lateral thinking, which give clues for further research. We will also look at what could be considered census substitutes, such as the 1939 Register because there was no census taken in 1941 due to World War II.
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June 18: Natives and Settlers/Amanda Hill

Join Amanda Hill for “Natives and Settlers: The View from the Archives” a look at relations between Indigenous Peoples and settlers in our region as revealed by written records and physical artifacts held in archives and museums around the world. Friday, June 18 at 2:00 pm.
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June 12: Your DNA Impacts Family History

Diahan Southard is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing from her position as Founder of Your DNA Guide. Diahan teaches internationally, consults with leading testing companies and forensics experts. Southard’s company, Your DNA Guide (YourDNAGuide.com), deploys a team of scientists who provide one-on-one genetic genealogy education and research services.
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50+ Centre Newsletter (June)

June is Seniors Month in Ontario! It’s a time to recognize our amazing older adults and all the contributions you’ve made here and in communities across Ontario. I know our 50+ programs wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful volunteers and I thank you for taking the time to make a difference in so many lives!
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The CABHC Patch (June)

The Community Archives keeps documentary materials of all kinds relating to Belleville and Hastings County, Ontario, and makes them available for research. Our archives was established in 2010 as a partnership between: City of Belleville, County of Hastings and Hastings County Historical Society The Community Archives collects and shares information about the local Quinte area.
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June 16: The Discovery of Insulin

The discovery of insulin by Frederick Banting is one of the most significant events in the history of Canadian medical science. Grant Maltman’s presentation will provide an overview of the pre-Banting era, the discovery period, the legacy of insulin, and the importance of place that the Banting House National Historic Site represents here in London.
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Richard Hughes-Local Historian and Innovator

YOURTV (Belleville) Producer J. P. Lemieux shares his thoughts on his personal hero and mentor, Richard Hughes, a noted local historian in Quinte. Richard and the Historical Society have helped create a series of programs on a variety of local historical topics. Tune into YourTV for full episodes on Cogeco HD 700 and Epico 100.
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Online Family Trees – BUYER BEWARE

An astute and concerned member of the Quinte Branch, Mary Culloden, pointed out a pitfall in researching approach that can easily lead new family history researchers astray. That trap is the ease with which many online sites provide a simple way to grow one’s new family tree by simply “adding details from existing online trees”
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May 15: Fifty Overlooked Genealogical Resources

Many valuable and overlooked databases don’t make headline news. Every day new ones are being created. In this presentation, Diane explores some juicy gems. The websites are grouped as follows: New to Me, Hot off the Press, Crowdsource Platforms, World, African American, and United States. Learn from the best as Diane tracks them down.
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Peter Wayne Johnson

It is with sadness that the Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society notes the passing of Peter Wayne Johnson, a former member of the Branch Executive almost three decades ago. Peter served as Vice Chair of the Branch in 1994 and Chairman in 1995, guiding the Branch in some of its most formative decisions.
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May 12: Transcribe-A-Thon (UWO)

Yearning to visit your local archives? Want to help make archival material more accessible to researchers? Here’s a way to volunteer by assisting on a project from your computer at home! Learn about our new transcription site, current collections available for transcription, and tips and tricks for transcribing and tagging archival material. Start transcribing now!
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50+ Centre Newsletter (May)

I am starting to see lots of flowers popping up and making the world a more beautiful place. Thank goodness for April showers! Also, with the weather getting nicer we can spend more time outside working on our yards and gardens and enjoying nature.
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The CABHC Patch (May)

The Community Archives keeps documentary materials of all kinds relating to Belleville and Hastings County, Ontario, and makes them available for research. Our archives was established in 2010 as a partnership between: City of Belleville, County of Hastings and Hastings County Historical Society The Community Archives collects and shares information about the local Quinte area.
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May 1: Sisters of St. Joseph in London and Hamilton

The presentation will provide an overview of orphan care by the Sisters of St. Joseph in London and Hamilton, and of the records which we keep in our archives. In London, the Sisters founded and administered Mount Hope which became Mount St. Joseph Orphanage, and later Fontbonne Hall. In Hamilton, they founded St. Mary’s Orphanage.
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ZOOM Like An Expert – No Worries

For over a year Family History Societies have embraced ZOOM as a way to stay connected to their members. Many allowed non-members to also enjoy the talks. If you are someone who struggles with new phones, social media or “virtual communication” on the Internet, this tutorial is for you! DOWNLOAD ZOOM
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April 27: Family History Reno Project

A genealogy Do-Over is hard work and requires re-visiting a lot of sources and re-entering your family data.  The Family History Reno project preserves your original work file and provides a methodical way to find errors and omissions and to make corrections.  This allows you to carry on with current research while cleaning your tree.
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April 18-24: National Volunteer Week

Ontario Ancestors, like many charitable organizations, owes its very existence to dedicated volunteers. National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to reflect on the thousands of volunteer hours supporting family history throughout Ontario. The Quinte Branch recognizes in particular Rod Green and Dick Hughes who have sustained our Branch research effort in these difficult times.
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April 26: Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy

Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy – Monday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. This online workshop featuring Dr. Fraser Dunford will cover the basics including getting started in genealogical research and useful records. Topics covered: family trees, family records, relationships, the importance of birth, marriage, and death records, and recording dates.  
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April 17: Where Your Ancestors Lived

Linda is a member of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada, the Ontario Genealogical Society, and the Ontario Historical Society. The focus of this presentation is on changing boundaries in Ontario. Unless you are aware of what province, county and district your ancestor’s home was considered to be in, you may miss important information.
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April 14: Virtual Genealogy Class

Participate [11:30 am] in an online introduction to the library version of Ancestry.ca and learn about the databases maintained by the Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. The presenter will be the noted speaker and family historian, Bob Dawes, a former Chair of the Quinte Branch. REGISTER: 613-394-3381 or kristar@quintewest.ca. CLICK TO CHECK OUT
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April 6: Durham Branch – Portable Genealogy

Bob Dawes, a retired technology executive and avid family historian has developed the presentation “PORTABLE GENEALOGY-YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU” for genealogists who want to take their family history research with them when they travel or visit research repositories. Bob, a past chair of the Quinte Branch, discusses GEDCOMs and synchronizing files between computers.
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The CABHC Patch (April)

New owners of old houses in Belleville and Hastings are often interested in finding out who built the property and when, or who has lived in it since. Taxation records can be a useful source of information for this. Municipalities need to know who owns all the lots of land in their jurisdiction.
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50+ Centre Newsletter (April)

We are excited to be able to offer in-person fitness classes for our spring session! If you prefer Zoom, don’t worry as most of the older adult fitness classes will be offered both in-person and over Zoom to ensure everyone is comfortable attending. We will also continue to offer a variety of free zoom programs.
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FIND-IT: Research Finding Aid

The shelves of the Quinte Branch Research Library hold research materials ranging from individual family trees to large institutional collections of births, marriages and deaths, including cemetery transcriptions for most of the cemeteries in the Quinte area. FIND-IT, the research finding aid, can locate what you want in the library in a few mouse clicks.
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FIND-IT: A New Finding Aid for Research

In 2006, when Quinte Branch relocated its research library to the Quinte West Public Library a finding aid was ready to assist researchers to find individuals and related surnames in the resources. Many enhancements have been added in the intervening years such as major indexing additions and new features like resource location and titles. Last
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Find A Real Treasure: S-I-L Updated

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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March 25: Genealogy Escape Room

You are trapped in an old speakeasy in Hamilton, Ontario. To escape, you MUST complete your research on Bessie Starkman, notorious bootlegger and gangster. Prove that Bessie, killed at Hamilton, Ontario on 13 August 1930, was the wife of infamous Canadian gangster Rocco Perri – the “brains” behind their bootleg liquor business during the 1920s.
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February 20: Portable Genealogy

Bob Dawes, a retired technology executive and avid family historian has developed the presentation “PORTABLE GENEALOGY-YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU” for genealogists who want to take their family history research with them when they travel or visit research repositories. Bob, a past chair of the Quinte Branch, discusses GEDCOMs and synchronizing files between computers.
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Branch News: London and Middlesex

The London & Middlesex County Branch hosts Family History related programs at 10 a.m., the first Saturday of each month from September to June.  Presentations are held at the London Family History Centre, 1139 Riverside Drive, London, unless posted otherwise. All presentations are open to the public. CHECK OUT THE LONDON & MIDDLESEX WEBSITE
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March 22: Tragic Loss of the Speedy

In October 1804, a British gunboat, the Speedy, disappeared in a storm on Lake Ontario near Presqu’ile Point south of Brighton, and all 20 on board were lost. To this day, the circumstances surrounding this tragic chapter in the history of Upper Canada remain shrouded in mystery. PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE WITH THE TORONTO BRANCH
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March 20: DNA-Law Enforcement-Privacy

This presentation will look at DNA testing with an overall backdrop of privacy in the digital age. How exposed are we already, how will our privacy be impacted by sharing our DNA results with others and potentially sharing it with law enforcement agencies? We will explore Canadian privacy laws and the security of your DNA.
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Branch and SIG Zoom Meetings

These Zoom-based webinars cover many topics of interest to family historians from “Researching Military Ancestors”, to exploring how to use the “FamilySearch.org” website, to discovering religious records, to considering the implications of using DNA for research to “Understanding Ontario’s Crown Land Records”. These presentations represent a wealth of education for Ontario genealogists.
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The Ancestor Hunt

A vast collection of historic newspapers, obituaries, birth, marriage and death records, historic photos, high school and college yearbooks and city directories for those researching family history in the province of Ontario. All of these resources have been collected into a single pool for easy online access. Check out “The Ancestor Hunt” resources for Ontario!
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May 5: Research Logs-Key to Organization

Research logs are the key to tracking negative and positive searches so you can make progress in your research. Learn about various types of logs, then follow a case study showing how the research log was key to solving the problem. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
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County Atlas Project Searchable Index

Between 1874 and 1881, approximately forty county atlases were published in Canada, covering counties in the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec. Thirty-two of these atlases were produced for Ontario. In total, forty Ontario counties were covered by these thirty-two atlases. Identify your ancestor’s county, township, concession and lot.
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The CABHC Patch (March)

The Community Archives is open to residents of Green, Yellow and Orange public health zones in Ontario. If you are outside Ontario or in other zones, please contact us by telephone or email and we will do our best to help you from a distance. Check our catalogue or Flickr account for materials of interest!
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March 24: For A Better Life

The Hastings County Historical Society and the Belleville Public Library will be presenting by Zoom on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. “For a Better Life: Post-War Dutch Immigration to Canada” by Napanee author, John Immerseel. Beginning in 1947, almost 500 000 Dutch emigrants left the Netherlands. Nearly 200 000 later arrived in Canada.
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Unsung Heroes Award: Ontario Ancestors

The Unsung Heroes Grant program is designed to provide a scanner and software to facilitate genealogical societies, historical societies, and museums making images available to the genealogy community. The grant includes a high-quality scanner, software to save and back up images, and two copies of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software. The package value is $500. Congratulations OGS.
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50+ Centre Newsletter (March)

We’re all hoping that the warm weather comes quickly along with all those outdoor adventures, but until then we would like to help you find something new to do with the QSWC. Let’s make this spring a memorable one and make new friends, learn new things or find a new hobby.
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March 6: Writing/Publishing a Family History

David Bellhouse is a retired professor of statistics from the University of Western Ontario, where he has taught for 41 years. He has self-published three books about his family history and has also published two family histories on the Internet. His interest in family history has continued to the present day. FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED  
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Bob’s Bytes

For the last fifteen years Bob Dawes has been providing computer advice for his fellow genealogists in the Quinte Branch and beyond, from his article on “Using a Spreadsheet to Record Research Findings” in the March 2006 edition of The New Searchlight to his advice on “Capturing Images for Genealogy” in the most recent edition.
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Grappling With Grave Markers

Peter Johnson UE,  a former Chair with the Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors, has authored a fascinating column in the Quinte Searchlight newsletter for many years producing over forty articles, each highlighting a specific tombstone or other grave marker. Peter includes background on the individual grave and provides information on the specific cemetery being researched.
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Qualicum Beach Family History Society

Welcome: Qualicum Beach Family History Society strives to promote the study of genealogy and family history through accurate, ethical and thorough research principles and techniques. We maintain an expanding library of relevant genealogical books, magazines and research material; publish a quarterly journal; and provide regular workshops, courses and speakers to assist you with your research.
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50+ Centre Newsletter (February)

There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourselves during a chilly February. You can challenge yourself to learn new things, find a new hobby or social group with virtual programs through the QSWC, cook on your own or with family and friends. Try something new or return to something you really enjoyed in the past.
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Online Genealogy Webinars

These webinars provide a wealth of potential learning for family historians. Ontario Ancestors has a particularly strong emphasis on material relevant to the Ontario researcher. Webinars from Legacy Family Tree, FamilySearch and RootsTech present many other offerings which are also of significant value, especially in their respective Canadian sections. CHECK ONTARIO ANCESTORS FOR UPCOMING WEBINARS
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February 12-15: Open House

Starting on Friday February 12th at 5 pm till Monday February 15th at 5 pm, select Branches will be opening their Members Only sections, which are full of one-of-a-kind and local resources, for you to explore. See what is available and you may decide a membership to our Society is very much worth the investment.
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February 25-27: RootsTech Connect

For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Celebrate shared connections with people from around the world. Connect with friends, your family, your past, and your heritage and homelands—all from the comfort of your home and in your browser. FREE REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW
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Join Ontario Ancestors/OGS

As a bonus service to its members, Ontario Ancestors has negotiated an agreement with MyHeritage that will provide access for members of the Ontario Genealogical Society to MyHeritage “Library Edition”.  This access will come from Ontario Ancestors in an email containing a confidential URL and an individual “key code” upon confirmation of membership in OGS.
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February 1: The GEDCOM Toolkit

Bob Dawes, a retired technology executive and a past Chair of the Quinte Branch, who has presented to many societies, branches and conferences will explain the GEDCOM format and develop strategies for applying this misunderstood and underutilized genealogical tool to your genealogy research. Bob is presenting to the Leeds & Grenville Branch of Ontario Ancestors.
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Ancestral Circle of Stepping Stones

The Ancestral Circle of Stepping Stones at the Old Sidney Town Hall Park in Wallbridge is a project to commemorate former residents of Sidney Township. The project is completed except for the formal dedication ceremony which will be held sometime next spring. However, donations of engraved stones will continue indefinitely with installation annually in September.
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January 24: Family History Reno Project

A workshop developed by Bob Dawes for the Halton Peel Branch of Ontario Ancestors … If you’ve ever wanted to clean your family history file, this is the best approach. Normally, a “Do Over” involves re-entering all your information from scratch but this approach allows continued use of your file for research while cleaning it
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January 16: Crouse Wanamaker Lecture

The Quinte Branch Crouse Wanamaker Lecture, which honours the founders of the Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors, will be presented on January 16, 2021 starting at 1:00 pm. Cheryl Levy, PLCGS, of Footprints to Heritage, a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, is our presenter for this informative lecture. Share Cheryl’s lifelong journey.
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January 16: 40 Years of Genealogy

The Quinte Branch Crouse Wanamaker Lecture, which honours the founders of the Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors, will be presented on January 16, 2021 starting at 1:00 pm. Cheryl Levy, PLCGS, of Footprints to Heritage and a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, is our presenter for this informative lecture. Share Cheryl’s lifelong journey.
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A New Year: 2021

On New Year’s Day, when the singing, fireworks and champagne toasts are over, many of us become more serious about life. We take stock and plan new courses of action to better our lives. This is seen in one of the most popular customs and the key to the meaning of New Year’s: making resolutions.
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A Pioneer Christmas

The Christmas holiday in Canada has come a long way from the days of pioneer Canada. However, although the tree wasn’t loaded with gifts, those small log cabins were filled with love. British families had a custom of hanging greens. This was more appropriate in the cabins of Upper Canada. [In Praise of Canadian History]
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Dr. Brearley Collections

Donald Brearley is a native of Belleville, son of Dr. and Mrs. Guy Gage Brearley, and a graduate of Queen’s University Medical School in 1970. He established his practice of his life’s work in his hometown where he has practiced his profession for 40 years. Dr. Brearley welcomes any additional information for these unique databases.
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Renew Membership in Ontario Ancestors/OGS

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. Members can also join Branches and Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
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Ontario Township Papers at FamilySearch

Through an agreement with the Archives of Ontario, FamilySearch is making Ontario’s Township Papers available on their website for free. In order to access them, you must sign into or create a free account with FamilySearch.  Please note that these records have not yet been indexed or transcribed, but hold a real wealth of information.
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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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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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December 5: Ontario Land Records Made Easy

Join Ken McKinlay on Saturday, December 5th, 10:00 am-noon, for a BIFHSGO Workshop: Ontario Land Records Made Easy. The workshop is free to attend but registration is required. Many of our ancestors settled in Ontario but the closing of Land Registry Offices has many of us struggling to find the land records of our ancestors.
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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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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. CLICK to ACCESS FIND-IT,
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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.
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