Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DNA Special Interest Group Meeting Tonight

Tonight (Wednesday, June 15) at 7:30 will be the meeting of the DNA-SIG at the Branch Office.

We will be discussing members' experiences at the OGS Conference 2016. We will also decide whether we are holding meetings during the summer.

I hope to see you there!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Tales from Pine Grove Cemetery on Tuesday June 7th

Durham Region Branch will meet at 7:30pm Tuesday June 7th in the Auditorium of the Oshawa Public Library on Bagot Street (just south of City Hall).

Our next meeting features author & raconteur Paul Arculus as he brings to life "Tales from Pine Grove Cemetery". Paul has written a new book "Pine Grove Cemetery" which is a fundraiser for the Scugog Shores Historical Society. Not only has Paul written about 80 stories about notables who are buried in this Prince Albert Cemetery, he conducts themed tours of the cemetery twice a year.

Metroland's Chris Hall has written an article about Paul and his new book at the following link.
Scugog author Paul Arculus pens overview of who’s who in Prince Albert cemetery

Photo by Chris Hall

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Last Minute News From OGS Conference 2016

Thanks to the great support from OGS branches and their members, Conference 2016, “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge”, will be at or near record attendance. DON’T FORGET TO TAKE YOUR LETTER OF CONFIRMATION TO FACILITATE YOUR CHECK-IN AT THE REGISTRATION DESK.
Even if you haven’t registered yet, there may still be time to sign up to attend on June 3-5. Online registrations for workshops, tours and lectures will be accepted, space permitting, until May 27 and possibly later. Just check online at As always Conference will also accommodate walk-ins for any or all of the weekend. Just bring your chequebook or your Visa or MasterCard. Sorry, no cash. The venue is the International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Road, Toronto. (Driving and public transit directions are available on the website.)
Anyone attending an OGS Conference for the first time is encouraged to participate in the First-Timers’ Gathering on Friday, June 3 at 4:30 pm. You’ll receive helpful advice from old-timers (who were once first-timers themselves) and have an opportunity to socialize with your fellow rookies. A similar event last year in Barrie was a big hit, and we look forward to a similar success.
The Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group of OGS Toronto Branch is interested in hearing from any OGS members who are intermediate to advanced students of genetic genealogy and who might be interested in attending a special seminar on endogamy in DNA research. This event, hosted in affiliation with the Conference, will also be held Friday, June 3 at 4:30 pm. Admission is by invitation only. To inquire, please contact Elizabeth Kaegi at
Attendees at Conference 2016 will have an opportunity to “Ask an Expert” – 15 minutes to seek advice on a problem.  Those interested have been asked to send their queries in advance to OCAPG, which is administering the program.  Some of these queries pertain to local Ontario records or to the area a SIG covers.  Can you help?  If so, please send an e-mail describing your particular expertise to
Last but by no means least... Pretty much everything you do at Conference 2016—from planning your schedule to finding your way around—has become a whole lot more cutting-edge. The enthusiastically reviewed Conference Mobile App is live and available to you to download now to your smartphone or tablet free of charge. Go ahead. Set up your profile. Search for friends. Start exploring! Begin here:

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Organizing Your DNA Matches

The May meeting for the Durham Region Branch's DNA Special Interest Group will take place on Wed. May 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the Durham Branch Office, 1000 Stevenson Rd. N., Oshawa (in the NavCanada building)
see Map Here

We will be discussing how to organize our DNA matches and how to contact them.

Heritage Plaques for 2 Pioneer Cemeteries in Columbus

The City of Oshawa and Heritage Oshawa will be unveiling 2 more pioneer cemeteries' heritage plaques. This will take place on Tuesday, May 17th in Columbus, just north of Oshawa.

At 11 a.m. the Bible Christian Cemetery at 46 Columbus Rd. W. (just ½ block west of Simcoe St.) will be commemorated.

At 10 a.m. the Methodist Cemetery at 65 Columbus Rd. E. (about 1 block east of Simcoe St.) will have it's heritage plaque unveiled.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sign Up for OGS Conference 2016 by May 15th!

If you’re already registered for Conference, or if you sign up by May 15, you’ll be eligible to win a deluxe genealogy giveaway courtesy of our very generous sponsors. We can’t reveal the details just yet, but thinkAncestryMyHeritageGlobal Genealogy and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. And that’s just a start.

Don’t delay, make the commitment and register onlinetoday.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Census Reminder!

You have only three days left to complete this year’s Census.  Its due on May 10th.  Remember to check the “Opt in” box to allow your descendants access to this important genealogical information source.  And ask your relatives, friends and neighbours to do the same!