Category: Ontario Ancestors

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

eWeekly Updates and Archive

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

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.

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

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

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.