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

March 20: DNA-Law Enforcement-Privacy

This presentation will look at DNA testing with an overall backdrop of privacy in the digital age. How exposed are we already, how will our privacy be impacted by sharing our DNA results with others and potentially sharing it with law enforcement agencies? We will explore Canadian privacy laws and the security of your DNA.

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 “” 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.

The Ancestor Hunt

A vast collection of historic newspapers, obituaries, birth, marriage and death records, historic photos, high school and college yearbooks and city directories for those researching family history in the province of Ontario. All of these resources have been collected into a single pool for easy online access. Check out “The Ancestor Hunt” resources for Ontario!

May 5: Research Logs-Key to Organization

Research logs are the key to tracking negative and positive searches so you can make progress in your research. Learn about various types of logs, then follow a case study showing how the research log was key to solving the problem. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

County Atlas Project Searchable Index

Between 1874 and 1881, approximately forty county atlases were published in Canada, covering counties in the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec. Thirty-two of these atlases were produced for Ontario. In total, forty Ontario counties were covered by these thirty-two atlases. Identify your ancestor’s county, township, concession and lot.

The CABHC Patch (March)

The Community Archives is open to residents of Green, Yellow and Orange public health zones in Ontario. If you are outside Ontario or in other zones, please contact us by telephone or email and we will do our best to help you from a distance. Check our catalogue or Flickr account for materials of interest!

March 24: For A Better Life

The Hastings County Historical Society and the Belleville Public Library will be presenting by Zoom on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. “For a Better Life: Post-War Dutch Immigration to Canada” by Napanee author, John Immerseel. Beginning in 1947, almost 500 000 Dutch emigrants left the Netherlands. Nearly 200 000 later arrived in Canada.

Unsung Heroes Award: Ontario Ancestors

The Unsung Heroes Grant program is designed to provide a scanner and software to facilitate genealogical societies, historical societies, and museums making images available to the genealogy community. The grant includes a high-quality scanner, software to save and back up images, and two copies of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software. The package value is $500. Congratulations OGS.

50+ Centre Newsletter (March)

We’re all hoping that the warm weather comes quickly along with all those outdoor adventures, but until then we would like to help you find something new to do with the QSWC. Let’s make this spring a memorable one and make new friends, learn new things or find a new hobby.