Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September Meeting is on "Research at the Oshawa Family History Centre"

Christine Ferguson, the Director of the Family History Centre in Oshawa, will be speaking tonight about the services that are available online and at their facility, along with some major innovations.

When: 7:30 pm Tues. Sept. 6th
Where: Oshawa Public Library on Bagot St, just south of the Oshawa City Hall. We meet in the basement Auditorium.

Everyone is welcome, and parking is free after 6 pm.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Final Days for the BEST DNA Sale at Family Tree DNA!

I've never seen such low prices for a Family Finder kit - The prices are in US dollars and there is a $12US shipping charge as well.


As the kids and grandkids head back to school, summer is coming to an end...and so is Family Tree DNA's incredible Summer Sale! You have until midnight (CST) on Wednesday, August 31st, to get sizzling hot savings on our Family Finder test and special DNA bundles!

      Our lowest price ever...ends soon!           
Our signature autosomal DNA test is at our lowest price ever, so order now while there's still time to save big and discover, match and connect more dots on your family tree!      

 And don't miss out on our exclusive  
 Bundles that don't cost a bundle! 

Remember, this Wednesday at midnight (CST) is your last chance to get unheard of savings on Family Finder and our exclusive DNA testing bundles. So hurry and be sure to tell your family and friends to take advantage of this incredible offer before it's gone! With prices this hot, you can't afford to miss the final days of our Sizzling Summer Sale!

The Family Tree DNA Team

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

One World - One Family Conference August 20th

The venue of the LDS Conference "One World - One Family" to be held on August 20th has been moved from Brampton to Etobicoke. This is the 7th year that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) has held this one day conference. They bring in excellent speakers from Salt Lake City and from Ontario as well.

For details of the lectures and a map showing the new location, find the information here.

The early bird pricing of $22.00 (includes box lunch) will end on July 16th. More details here.

This conference is very enjoyable, and the registration fee is nominal! I would recommend it for beginners through advanced genealogists.

Friday, July 8, 2016

DNA Group Will Meet Through The Summer

The DNA Special Interest Group (DNA-SIG) of the Durham Region Branch will continue to meet on the 3rd Wednesday evening of the month at 7:30 pm throughout the summer.

The next meeting will be on July 20th and everyone is welcome. Discussion will continue on GEDmatch and the dashboards on the testing companies' websites.

The meetings are held at our office at 1000 Stevenson Rd. N. in Oshawa.
get map here

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Toronto Branch Courses for the Fall now Open for Registration

Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

A great way to improve your research skills is to take courses, attend lectures and conferences.

Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has many members who are great lecturers and teachers. The Branch's education committee is a dedicated, knowledgeable group of people who put on great courses. In fact, the Toronto Branch has just hosted one of the best OGS Conferences to occur in many years.

Many courses are intended for beginners or those still learning the basic techniques of genealogy while some courses are aimed at people who have many years of experience who are looking to fine-tune a specific skill, enhance an area of knowledge, or just keep up-to-date. Each year Toronto Branch’s education committee plans a mixture of courses that will enable everyone to find something of interest.

The Fall courses have just been posted online and include:

Hands-on Ancestry.ca Library Edition
Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Putting Your Family Tree Online

I recommend you register early, since the courses fill up fast. For more information, or to sign up for a course, go to:


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Walking Tour of Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert on July 3rd

Photo by Chris Hall

If you are looking for something to do on the holiday weekend and will be near Port Perry or Prince Albert, you will enjoy listening to tales about the famous and infamous people buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery as you get some exercise!

Our June speaker, Paul Arculus, will be leading a guided walking tour of Pine Grove Cemetery in Prince Albert this coming weekend, in support of the Lake Scugog Historical Society

On Sunday, July 3rd at 2 pm., please meet Paul at the south end of the cemetery. The walking tour is free and will go ahead "rain or shine". Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footgear.

Event Details:

Paul Arculus hosts a walking tour of Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert; in support of the Lake Scugog Historical Society.  Donatations accepted.  The walk takes place rain or shine, and copies of Paul's book about the cemetery will be available after the walk.
Meeting point is Jeffrey St. entrance, off Old Simcoe St. S. of Highway 7A


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Free Access to FindMyPast's Military and Census Records This Week

On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Findmypast want to give you the chance to remember the military heroes in your family. This week, all of their world military records plus all their UK and Irish censuses are free to search, so you can track your ancestor's journey both before, and during the war.
Explore FREE military & census records