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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.

Discover the Community Archives

Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre: Learn how to navigate the Belleville Community Archives with this free ZOOM program on Tuesday, July 21 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Pre-registration is required. Call 613-966-4632 or visit www.qswc.ca to register for this event. Amanda Hill, Archivist, will explore the resources at the Belleville Community Archives.