Category: Ontario Ancestors

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

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.

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.

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.

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
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