Saturday, April 11, 2015

ScotlandsPeople Credits

With special thanks to both the Scottish Special Interest Group & the Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, whose e-mails pointed me to the following post at ScotlandNow:

SCOTLAND NOW, the website for Scots everywhere, has teamed up with ScotlandsPeople to give you the chance to help you trace your Scottish ancestry for free.
With this great offer you will receive 20 Free credits worth £4.50. It costs five credits to view an image, and one credit to view a page of search results so there will be plenty to search this offer.
With images of over 100 million indexed births, marriages, deaths, censuses, wills and other documents, including records of some of Scotland’s most famous figures such as Rob Roy, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson, contains the most comprehensive official online set of family history information for any country in the world. As one of the largest single information resources online, ScotlandsPeople provides an easily accessible route to the unrivalled store of official Scottish records.
The ScotlandsPeople website is a partnership between the National Records of Scotland, a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Government, and the Lyon Office, enabled by Findmypast.
How to redeem the offer.
Register at if you are new user, or log in using your username and password if you already have an account.
• New users will be required to complete a registration form.
• Once logged in, click on Buy more credits on the top right hand side of the page.
• You will be taken to a page where you should enter the promotion code. The promotional code is: scotlandnow. You will then be allocated 20 FREE credits worth £4.50
• It costs five credits to view an image, and one credit to view a page of search results.
• Your 20 FREE credits voucher must be redeemed by April 30, 2015. Your 20 FREE credits will then be valid for one year after you redeem the voucher.
For further help with redeeming a voucher code, please see the Voucher Help page.
Terms and conditions.
You must register at in order to take up the offer and in so doing you agree to the terms and conditions of use for the ScotlandsPeople website. The free credit offer is restricted to one offer per individual. The offer codes must be validated at before or on April 30, 2015. Your free credits will be added to your account, which will expire after one year or when they have been used up, whichever is the sooner. Credits are required to view the indexes and images on the website. The cost of viewing each different type of record can vary.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Live Streaming of Our April 7th Meeting

For all of our members who cannot make it to our April Meeting, we will be trialling broadcasting our meeting live!

Go to this LINK just before 7:30 pm EDT. This presentation will not be recorded.

This particular service is supposed to pace itself to match the bandwidth of both the send and receiving devices. It should create a viewing window sized appropriately for the device and connection speed.

Feedback is CRITICAL! Please send your comments-- complaints and compliments to
Please comment on both picture, & sound and what computer and browser you used. I would really appreciate if someone with a Mac computer would comment on how the live streaming worked on that platform.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Free Genealogy Websites - April 7th Meeting

There are more genealogy websites out there besides the subscription databases - and quite a few of them are free!

Come to our meeting as some of our members demonstrate a few of their favourites. A list of some of these sites has been uploaded to our Facebook Group in our member Stacy's post.

The meeting is held at 7:30 pm in the Oshawa Public Library Auditorium (basement), 65 Bagot Street, Oshawa, 1 block south of the City Hall.

Our meetings are free and visitors are always welcome. Come and bring a friend!

Join Our Facebook Group!

Did you know that the Durham Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society now has a Facebook Group? This allows our members more ability to communicate with each other, as well as with the Branch leadership.

There are many areas to explore in the Group once you have been added to the members: Check out the links to Files, Photos, Events and Members.

Announcements of meetings, handouts, surnames list and many other items are posted to the Group.

This join button is found in the lower right corner of the Facebook group's cover picture.
Once you have been added to the group, you have more options in that area, including the ability to get notifications of new postings.

Don't delay - Click the Join button now at the Durham Region Branch Facebook Group

Free Weekend at Ancestry UK

FREE ACCESS EASTER WEEKEND! Free access to starting today through Monday, April 6th. For those of you who don’t have a World subscription, this might be a good way to access those UK records. Visit for more information.

Hope you find some of your British relatives!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What IS TONI All About?! (Saturday March 21st)

We are holding a TONI (The Ontario Name Index) Indexing Workshop this weekend! This provincial project is needing help at the local Durham Region level. (Indexing can be done from home, so our distance members can certainly participate - contact to find out how)

Some items we will cover:

  • What is the hype all about?
  • Who should do the indexing? (everyone, we hope!!)
  • Why should I care about indexing for TONI?
  • How can I do this from home in my PJ's?
  • What's in it for me? (we'll feed you!!)
  • I don't think I have the skills, so how can I help? (come to our workshop & we'll show you how easy it can be)

Stacy & Nancy will be at the Durham Region Branch Office this Saturday March 21st from 10am till 2 pm (or longer if needed) to help you learn how easy the indexing is with hands-on training. The office address is 1000 Stevenson Rd North, Oshawa. Access from Rossland Road, not from Taunton. We are in the building at the base of the NAVCAN control tower. Lots of parking is available. Here is a map.

Coffee and Timbits will start our day, and lunch will be provided. Extra bonus - Stephen & Deb will be there to show off our office resources.

Bring your LAPTOP or TABLET and we will show you how to get started on a very exciting way to give back to the genealogical community. (We have some computers at the office if you don't have a portable one.)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Explore Hudson's Bay Company at our March Meeting!

Ruth Burkholder is our speaker for this meeting. Her topic is "The Hudson's Bay Company" just a chain of stores? Hudson Bay Company records are some of the earliest documents recording native peoples and overseas immigrants, particularly those from Scotland. There is much history in this company which has been in continuous operation for over 344 years. Started by two Frenchmen in 1670 under an English Royal Charter, it is now owned by an American Equity firm....truly a multinational history of a multifacted entity. 

New to our meetings - TONI Tidbits from this huge database of over 3 million genealogical entries

Brick Wall Bomb - a 15 minute brainstorming session on a problem from the audience