Thursday, April 29, 2010

Durham Region Branch OGS Meeting - Tuesday, May 4 (7:30 p.m.)

Speaker: Sharon Murphy 
Our Family History - Organized and in Print

Sharon is the founder of TIMELINES Genealogical Research.  She is a professional genealogical researcher with 28 years experience and the author of two books -- Researching Canadian Vital Statistic Records and Researching Canadian Land Records.  She has also designed curricula and serves as an instructor and is also the Head of the Canadian Department for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies Online Courses, University of Toronto.  As well, she has been an occasional guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, giving on-site instruction and tours of the Archives of Ontario, Toronto Reference Library and North York Public Library.  The Library Archives Canada is also on this list of tours.

One of her recent projects, closely related to the topic at our meeting, is the part she played in the preparation of former Cobourg Mayor Angus Read's new book "Don't Tell Me It Can't Be Done".

Change in Meeting Location for 6 April, 4 May and 1 June - Kingsview United Church 
- 505 Adelaide Ave. East - SW corner of Adelaide and Wilson - Oshawa 
- directions...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Saturday May 1, 2010  For example . . .

Brooklin Royal Canadian Legion, Year Built: 1882-83

56 Baldwin Street, Brooklin
Hours Open: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Originally built as The McQuay House in 1882-83, this building operated as a hotel until 1964. An early advertisement notes that it was built “with a view to supplying the best accommodations for the travelling public.” Known also as The Temperance House and The Brooklin House, it was purchased in 1967 by Branch 152 of the Royal Canadian Legion and reopened as a Legion hall in 1970.

Experience Whitby’s rich and varied heritage!  For a complete list of participating sites and local maps, contact The Town of Whitby.

Telephone: 905-430-4306, ext. 2317

Genealogy and Genetics presented by Ken Ackles

For those who are interested, Ken left materials about his DNA presentation on 6 April 2010.

   1.  A reprint of his Powerpoint Slides
   2.  A reprint of an article of the same topic which he published in the York Branch Newsletter.

Theses are available for reading at our branch office.

Many thanks to Ken for his most informative presentation and the donated resources.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Preserving Family Documents and Photographs

Monday, May 3rd @ 7:00 pm
Save the past for the future!
• Preserve family photographs and documents
• Organize your paper-based collections
• Safely store precious documents
• Protect papers from environmental hazards
• Share your family history
 Whitby Central Library
405 Dundas Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Room 1A/B
Registration Required
Visit the 2nd Floor Reference Desk or
Call 905.668.6531 ext. 2020 or

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Just Starting Genealogy?

The Durham Region Branch Ontario Genealogy Society is presenting a spring workshop series to help begin your search for ancestors.
There are three workshops. This is the first time the Branch will offer workshops at its office in Oshawa.  The workshops start at the absolute beginner level and increase in depth as the series continues.  There is limited enrolment to provide ample opportunity for attendee questions.  Enrol in one or two or ALL.  There are discounts for registering for a complete series and for OGS members. Low introductory pricing!  Register soon for this first series!
Who’s Your Grandpa? Selected topics: searching your home; talk to family; pedigree; family data; research cycle; repositories; Internet; organizations; descendants’ chart; and more.
Beginner1  Thurs. Apr. 22, 2010 @1:00 – 3:30 pm

Base Camp for Family History  Organizing ideas; other researchers; places to find family histories; military records; online histories; family; queries and message boards; search engines; genealogy software and more. 
Beginner2  Thurs. May 6, 2010 @1:00 – 3:30 pm
Vital Statistics: Births, Marriages, Deaths This workshop’s content is more focussed and will go into greater detail. Selected topics: sources; search techniques; documenting and much more.
Intermediate1 Thurs. June 10, 2010 @ 1:00 – 3:30 pm
View the map or download an application form(PDF) or visit

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

OGS Region VII Annual General Meeting 2010

(and Quinte OGS Branch Meeting)
Saturday April 17, 2010
9.30 am     Registration
10.00 am   AGM
11.00 a.m. Provincial OGS Update 
Pot Luck Lunch
1.00 pm     Presentation -
Peter Johnson, UE
                A Perilous Trip to Rebellious New York & New Jersey 
                   (Quinte Links)
Venue: Christ Church Parish Hall, Glen Miller, Ontario
770 #33 Hwy. North, R.R. 5, Trenton, Ontario K8V 5P8

Directions: Take Exit 526 (Glen Miller Rd.) north toward Glen Miller & Frankford 1.5 km. At stoplight turn left to cross bridge. The church is opposite where you come off the bridge at the stoplight (Exit #525 will close March 22nd because of the widening construction).

Friday, April 2, 2010

One World - One Family Conference

Brampton, Ontario - August 21, 2010 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Discover Your Family Roots" -$15 (includes boxed lunch)


  • Paul F. Smart

  • J. Brian Gilchrist

Workshops (see website for details)