Tuesday, May 8, 2018

NEW Meeting Location & Day for our DNA Special Interest Group

We have a new HOME  & a new DAY for the DNA Special Interest Group!

As announced at the May 1st general branch meeting, we will be meeting at 7 p.m.:

The Oshawa Family History Centre,
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,
632 Thornton Road North, Oshawa
(corner of Thornton and Rossland Roads)

We are booked there for the 3rd TUESDAY night of each month for our future meetings, thanks to our ViceChair Nick Post.

We will start with basic questions for any newcomers and then move on to Intermediate questions for our seasoned members.

Remember to park behind the church [off Rossland Rd] and go in the south-west door of the building. The Family History Centre will be on the right when you go in. 

Parking is free and all are welcome!

Monday, April 16, 2018

DNA Quest from MyHeritage DNA - Now Goes Global

I just got an e-mail from MyHeritage announcing that their DNA Quest program for reuniting adoptees with their biological families has now gone global. 

Hi, Nancy
Last month we launched DNA Quest, a new pro bono initiative to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing. The initiative, initially launched in the USA only, received an amazing response. More than 10,000 applications were submitted so far to receive free DNA kits, from the quota of 15,000 free DNA kits pledged by MyHeritage, worth more than one million dollars.

Being that the deadline for submissions is the end of April 2018 and there are still about 3 more weeks to go, and in light of the many requests we received from the community to expand DNA Quest worldwide, we decided to increase the scope of the project, from USA-only to global. This means that people are now eligible to participate in DNA Quest regardless of their place of residence and regardless of where the adoption took place.

Please help us spread the word on social media, especially with the news about DNA Quest going global, and include a link to the www.dnaquest.org website to make this dream a reality for families around the world. Read more here.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Meeting to Feature Jane MacNamara

Life on the Farm: Your Ancestor's Place in Ontario Agriculture

Speaker: Jane MacNamara

We often think of farming as a traditional occupation—something that hasn’t really changed much. But that is not and was never the case. Farmers had to react and adapt to changing conditions like climate, technology, economics, new markets and new competitors. Some farmers did more than adapt. They set out to be the most productive by innovating with new techniques and processes, products, and marketing. Farm journals and business records survive in many archives. Farmers may have had help and encouragement along the way from agricultural associations, community groups, government agencies, or private patrons. Digitization of many of the records of these pro-agriculture organizations has made them a viable source to help us understand the changes that were happening around our farming ancestors—and whether they were leading the way or following the pack. Jane's blog is "Where The Story Takes Me".

See our website for details about streaming our meetings.

April 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Stephen Wood - "My April Fools - The Hillier Dilemma"

Free to all and free parking is on the east side of the building. Please come and bring a friend!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

March Meeting of the DNA Special Interest Group Wednesday Mar 21st

Our March Meeting of the Branch's DNA Special Interest Group will be held on Wednesday, March 21st at 7 pm. It will be held at the Durham Branch Office. See map here.

The new MyHeritage chromosome browser will be demonstrated by Stephen Wood, who will also be chairing the meeting. If time permits, there may also be a video.

All are welcome!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Barber, The Bishop and Lucy - Next Tuesday Night

Our March meeting is next Tuesday night, the 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the Bobby Orr Room at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex, 99 Thornton Rd. S., Oshawa.

I think the title of Dave Clements' presentation is very intriguing and I hope that you will come out to listen. We will also be streaming the session on YouTube. See our website for full details.

Dave Clements will talk about "The Barber, The Bishop and Lucy" - Uncovering the story of the African Canadian Smith family of Bowmanville in mid 19th century.
"At the Clarington Museums, we often receive requests for information on family histories. A request from Michigan has led to the uncovering of the Smith family story. Nehemiah Smith was born in the Niagara district. From about 1842, he lived and moved between Whitby, Colborne and Bowmanville. A barber by trade, he moved to Michigan in the mid 1860's. Dave will tell us the story of this local African Canadian barber and his descendants."

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

DNA Special Interest Group is POSTPONED until Thursday Feb.22


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the DNA Special Interest Group meeting will not be held tonight, Wed. Feb. 21st!

It is postponed 24 hrs to Thursday Feb. 22nd at 7 pm. at our Branch Office.

If you know of anyone who was planning on attending, please let them know!

Thanks and apologies!!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

FindMyPast Celebrates 100 years of Votes for Women

Celebrating 100 years of votes for women, there are free records from FindMyPast.co.uk until Feb. 8th: access the full details here.