Thursday, September 25, 2008

OGS reminder

2008 O.G.S. - Region 7
Annual Meeting
Saturday, Oct 4, 2008

Northminster United Church,
300 Sunset Blvd., Peterborough MAP
9:30 a.m. Registration & BranchTables
10:00 a.m. Annual Meeting (business, reports, and elections)

11:30-12:30 Pot Luck Lunch & Branch Tables

12:30 p.m. Speaker: Catherine Dibben ,
Topic: The Roy Photographic Collection, a collection of old photographs covering most of the Region 7.

Everyone welcome. Hosted by Kawartha Branch O.G.S.
Janice Carter and Catherine DibbenJanice Carter thanks Catherine Dibben

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

You Could Win a Limited Edition Heritage Print

The Whitby Public Library is giving you the chance to win a limited edition heritage print signed by the artist and a $50 gift certificate towards framing from Imagine That Art Gallery in Whitby.

Local artist Leanne Amyotte used photographs from the Whitby Archives collection to create this print which depicts architectural details from seven historic Brooklin & Whitby buildings. The artist generously donated this print to promote the digitization of historical photographs.

Ballots at the Library!
Go to for more info. Good luck.

Scottish Studies, 40th Anniversary Fall Colloquium, September 27

Scottish Studies, 40th Anniversary Fall Colloquium at the University of Guelph,
Featuring: Duncan Macniven, Scotland's Registrar General, "Scottish Genealogy, the Census, Scotlands People". See poster for full speaker list.
Birthday Cake, Book Sales, Piping, Raffle and Awards Ceremony
$45 for non-members
Advance registration requested
519-824-4120, ext. 53209
More details - see the poster at:

Something NEW from LDS Family Search

One of our branch councillors gives us this recommendation. Try it out.

The LDS organization has a new 'pilot website*' with lots more info.

This is only a pilot (test) website so sometimes it is busy and hard to get into. I accessed it today and what it does is find information on other sitess and sends you to them. It also has soundex and I found out why I could not find my Great family on the 1841 UK census. It was spelled Graet. Joyce

*Record Search is still under development. This release is considered a PILOT. This means that at times Record Search will not be available while we add additional records and improve some features. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to receiving your feedback.

Overview of Four Genealogy programs for the Mac

Dick Eastman has just published a newsletter about Overview of Genealogy Software for the Mac at

Extracts from the Eastman article . . .
"I would contend that Macintosh has MORE genealogy programs available than does Windows. There are four well-known genealogy programs well-known genealogy programs written for the Macintosh:

Reunion 9 appears to be the most popular Macintosh genealogy program in North America. It works on both Intel and PowerPC Macs. It will also export data to an iPod so that you can carry your database with you in a shirt pocket. Reunion focuses on couples, or "family units".

iFamily for Leopard (formally for Tiger) is an excellent genealogy program developed by Keith Wilson in Australia. As Keith wrote on the program's web site, the program "is a family tree program with a difference because Apple users think differently." Unlike most other Macintosh genealogy programs, iFamily for Leopard focuses on individuals, not couples.

MacFamilyTree 5 is perhaps the most popular Macintosh genealogy program in Europe and has a growing customer base in North America as well. Developed in Germany, this program is available in German, English, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Dutch Swedish, Dansk, and Italian. MacFamilyTree includes a 3D Virtual Tree that has to be seen to be appreciated.

Personal Ancestry Writer II is a very popular, free genealogy program that does the basics. However, it lacks many of the more sophisticated features found in today's commercial programs. However, you certainly cannot argue with the price. Free is good! Personal Ancestry Writer II is an excellent selection if you only want the basic record keeping functions and can skip all the multimedia scrapbooks, mapping programs and other whiz-bang features of commercial programs. MacWorld reviewed this program last year.

Census of Canada, 1881

Library and Archives Canada ( LAC ) is pleased to announce the launch of a new online database, Census of Canada, 1881. Through this online database researchers can access digitized images of original census returns featuring the name, age, country or province of birth, nationality, religion, and occupation of Canada's residents at the time of the 1881 Census. The database is available at: The 1881 Census marked the first regularly scheduled collection of national statistics in Canada. Information was collected for Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and the North-West Territories (which at the time covered much of modern-day Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, northern Ontario, northern Quebec, Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut).

1891 Canadian Census on

  • 4.5 million names and 90,000 images of historical records.
  • covers all of Canada as it existed on the 6th of April 1891. Alberta, Saskatchewan and northern British Columbia were enumerated as territories. Newfoundland was not part of Canada at the time.
  • in 1891 is information about the place of birth of the individual's mother and father.

United States News and FamilySearch, the two largest online family history resources, announced today they will exchange records and resources to make more historical records available online. FamilySearch is digitally converting master microfilm copies of the original U.S. Federal Censuses from 1790 through 1930 and, under this agreement, will give these improved images to All census images and indexes will be available on for subscribers. As projects are completed, images will be available for free in NARA reading rooms and FamilySearch's 4,500 Family History Centers.

United Kingdom News
FamilySearch Teams with and Others to Broaden Access to All Censuses for England and WalesFamilySearch announced today that it is joining forces with, The Origins Network, and Intelligent Image Management—companies that specialize in providing online access to British family history resources—to make significant British historical record collections more broadly available online. The first joint initiative seeks to publish online indexes to censuses for England and Wales from 1841 to 1901. The 1841 and 1861 Census indexes are the first targeted under the agreement and are accessible now at and

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Employment Opportunity at Provincial OGS Office

September 6, 2008
The OGS Provincial Office has an opening for a part-time Membership and Branch Co-ordinator, 3 days/week, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please see the position posting on the OGS website for complete details.

Monday, September 1, 2008

2008 Annual General Meeting and Conference
Canadian Friends Historical Association
Saturday September 20, 2008
Grey Roots Museum and Archives, Owen Sound
Contact: Ruth Jeffery-Maclean,
The program includes:
Annual General Meeting & Museum Tour
Bus Tour of Black Heritage Sites in Owen Sound
Exploration of local Quaker history and heritage
Evening Documentary
"Speakers for the Dead"
and discussion with Les MacKinnon,
Jennifer Holness & Karolyn Smardz Frost