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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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