Saturday, May 23, 2009

To Help You Get Started

Thanks to London Branch OGS for this information.


JOHNSTONE - VIZNIOWSKI family research
 PO Box 32, Arva, Ontario, N0M 1C0

Monday, May 4, 2009

British Newspapers 1800 to 1900 Online

The blogs (Eastman's and Anglo-Celtic Connections) report that a selection of 19th century British newspapers are online at This is a joint venture of the British Library, Gale and Cengage Learning. There are 49 newspapers covering both London and the regions, including Scotland and Ireland, and the range of years for each title varies. You require a subscription to see the full text of everything except Penny Illustrated Paper and The Graphic. You can, however, search for free and see a small window of text that includes your search term that will help you determine whether the article is relevant.

Genealogy Summer Camp:

There's still time to join the group. We're just past the May 1 application date, and there are still a few spaces available for the 14th Genealogy Summer Camp, June 7 to 12, 2009, which will include time at the new Archives of Ontario.
You'll find more information at: <>.

Please get in touch quickly if you would like to attend.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Archives of Ontario - Send Feedback

Archives of Ontario - New Location, New Hours
There are concerns in the research community about the reduction in the hours of operation of the Archives of Ontario, namely:
1. Prior to the move, the AO Reading room (with microfilm collection) was open during the day and also from 5 pm to 10 pm Monday -Friday, and Saturday 10-5.
2. Now the AO is open only 9-5 Monday to Friday. Security is an issue of their concern. . Also the have moved and not everything is 'unpacked'. The NEW location will cause researchers to revise the AO visit Strategies.
A suggestion:
If you wish to state your opinion, emails are welcome. Send to Susan McIntosh at the Archives of Ontario.
The AO can better accommodate clients needs and new research patterns with this kind of feedback. Tell AO when you need/want to do your research.

More flies are caught with a drop of honey than with a barrel of vinegar. ... Danish Proverb.

Exciting Happenings in Family History!

LDS Family History Presentation in Toronto, Sunday May 31
Don't say that you're too tired after the OGS Conference for another family history talk. The presenters from Salt Lake City will have been at the conference too!

Exciting Things are Happening in Family History!
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 24 Ferrand Drive (Don Mills & Eglinton)
Sunday, 31 May 2008
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Stephen C. Young was born and raised in London, Ontario, and earned his Bachelor’s degree at BYU and a Master’s degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He has worked for the Family History Department since 1988, and supervised the British 1881 Census Project in England. His genealogical research accreditation in English Canadian research has been active with ICAPGen since 1989, and he specializes in English, United Empire Loyalist and Ontario research and history. He has presented at genealogical conferences internationally and published many articles, the most recent being in the February 2009 issue of Families, the Ontario Genealogical Society quarterly. He now serves at the Project Manager, FamilySearch.
Rex Peterson has worked for the Family History Department for 20 years. He has been a Spanish Cataloguer, Cataloguing Supervisor, International Reference Supervisor, User Systems Specialist, User Guidance specialist, and is now Collection Management Specialist over Canada and several other countries. He is also an accredited genealogist in Netherlands research.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bill-149 . . Still Not to Late to Contact MPP.

Durham Region MPP Contact Information by Riding
Government of Ontario MPP Alpha List Site

Ajax - Pickering,
Joe Dickson, 905-427-6976,,

Brock, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes
Rick Johnson, 705-324-6938, (no email address found),

John O'Toole, 905-697-1506,,

Jerry Ouellettte, 905-723-1054,,

Pickering - Scarborough East,
Wayne Arthurs, 905-509-0334,,

Whitby - Oshawa,
Christine Elliott, 905-430-1840,,

(See earlier post on this blog, April 14, for more in formation about Bill-149).

PM announces appointment of new Librarian and Archivist of Canada

24 April 2009
, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today the appointment of Daniel J. Caron as Librarian and Archivist of Canada, effective April 25, 2009.

Mr. Caron, currently Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management and Horizontal Integration Sector, Library and Archives Canada, replaces Ian E. Wilson, who is retiring from the Public Service after a very distinguished career.

The Prime Minister also announced that, upon his retirement, Mr. Wilson will hold the title of Librarian and Archivist of Canada Emeritus as President of the International Council on Archives.
The Prime Minister took the opportunity to thank Mr. Wilson for his creative contributions and dedication to public service over his ten years at Library and Archives Canada. The Prime Minister wished Mr. Wilson all the best in his future endeavours.
Dr. Caron has served at Library and Archives Canada since its creation, most recently as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister. In addition to his years at Library and Archives Canada and before that at the National Archives of Canada, he has held numerous positions in his 27-year career within the federal public service.