Year at a Glance – 2023

January 21, 2023 – OnLand: A Genealogy Perspective / Ken McKinlay
February 18, 2023 – Religion: What’s That Got to Do With the Rebellion / Jane Simpson
March 18, 2024 – Peter Robinson Settlers / Cheryl Levy PLCGS

Year at a Glance – 2022

January 15, 2022Crouse Wanamaker Lecture / Janice Nickerson UE
February 19, 2022Pinterest: GenPins and Research Boards / Cheryl Levy PLCGS
March 19, 2022 – Software for Genealogists / Bob Dawes
April 16, 2022 – Living in Interesting Times: Two Loyalist Families in York / Rick Hill
May 21, 2022 – Second World War: Researching the Canadian Fallen / Ken McKinlay
June 18, 2022 – Ontario’s Records of Inheritance on FamilySearch / Jane MacNamara
September 17, 2022 – All the Daniels / John and Mary Lou Walker
October 15, 2022 – How to Use the Community Archives / Amanda Hill
November 19, 2022 – Great Moments / Rick Hill – Jane Simpson – Wayne Wickson

Year at a Glance – 2021


Monthly “Virtual” Meetings

January 16, 2021 Crouse Wanamaker Lecture / Cheryl Levy, PLCGS

February 20, 2021Portable Genealogy: You Can Take It With You / Bob Dawes

March 20, 2021DNA Testing, Law Enforcement and Your Privacy / Terry Maurice

April 17, 2021Where Your Ancestors Lived / Linda Corupe

May 15, 2021Fifty Overlooked Genealogical Resources / Diane Richard

June 19, 2021Understanding and Analyzing the UK Censuses / Dr. Penny Walters

September 18, 2021Exploring Our Evolving Canadian Story / Jennifer DeBruin

October 16, 2021Digging Up the Graveyard at St. Thomas / Jane Simpson

November 20, 2021Great Moments Goes Virtual / Volunteer Presenters

Year at a Glance – 2020

Monthly Meetings
January 18, 2020 – Crouse Wannamaker Lecture / Cheryl Levy, PLCGS
February 15, 2020 – The Ins and Outs of FamilySearch / Nick Post 
March 21, 2020 – Finding Your Family History with OurDigitalWorld / Jess Posgate 
April 18, 2020 – Early Quakers in the Bay of Quinte Area / Randy Saylor 
May 16, 2020 – Searching Digital Newspapers in Ontario and Beyond / Walter Lewis
* June 20, 2020 – Early Quakers in the Bay of Quinte Area / Randy Saylor
* September 19, 2020 – Finding Your Family History with OurDigitalWorld / Jess Posgate  
* October 17, 2020 – Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research / Thomas MacEntee 
* November 21, 2020 – Annual General Meeting / Great Moments


Branch Council Meetings
January 9, 2020
February 13, 2020
March 12, 2020
April 9, 2020
May 14, 2020
June 11, 2020
September 10, 2020
October 8, 2020
November 12, 2020


2019 – A Year in Review

Annual General Meeting/Great Moments
Participation by the Quinte Branch OGS
[November 16: 1:00-3:00 pm]

To start off the afternoon, our 2019 AGM will focus on the election of officers and the appointment of volunteers to Branch Council Committees. Following, we’ll share Great Moments in the search for family history: good, bad and mostly inspirational! Bring your best stories. Can’t wait to hear them!

Shades of Allegiance: The Gerow Family
Presentation by Jane Simpson
[October 19: 1:00-3:00 pm]

The speaker traces the Gerow Family from south western France as they flee from religious persecution as Huguenots to New York City at the dawn of the 18th century. The family flourishes in the New World until seeds of discord infect the populace … and allegiances are tested.

Discover the Humanity in the History
Presentation by Jennifer DeBruin, UE
[September 21: 1:00-3:00 pm]

Discover how Jennifer DeBruin, UE uses her research and writing to journey with her ancestors in an effort to “discover the humanity in the history”.

Archives of Ontario
Presentation by Danielle Manning
[June 15: 1:00-3:00 pm]

This presentation, “Doing Research from a Distance“, by Danielle Manning, is well suited to researchers who are unable to travel to Toronto to visit the Archives of Ontario in person.  Learn how to use the Archives of Ontario’s website and Microfilm Inter Loan Program to access collections – particularly records that are helpful for genealogical research. The speaker will also explain which services are available from anywhere in Ontario and provide a guided tour of the Archives’ website. 

The Wonders of WikiTree
Presentation by Leanne Cooper
[May 18: 1:00-3:00 pm]

In this presentation, Leanne Cooper will provide an overview of WikiTree and its key features, and explore the various ways that WikiTree supports finding and collaborating with distant cousins and other genealogists.

Leanne Cooper is an active member of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) and blogs at

Organizing Your DNA Matches
Webinar by Diahan Southard
[March 16: 1:00-3:00 pm]

This digital presentation will explain various methods for keeping track of your DNA matches – especially your autosomal matches.  The kind of information you need to keep track of and why will be covered using Excel, Word, email folders and correspondence.

Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information.

Family History Reno Project (The Easy Do-Over)
Presentation by Bob Dawes
[February 16: 1:00-3:00 pm]

If you’ve ever wanted to clean up your family history file, this is the easy way to approach it. Normally, a “Do Over” involves re-entering all of your family information from scratch while this approach allows you to continue using your file for research while cleaning it up. It allows you to take advantage of everything you’ve learned over the years as well as new resources and tools.

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