Sunday, May 30, 2010

SIG Meets - Writing Our Family Histories

Members of this new SIG will hold their second meeting on Wednesday, June 2 at the Durham Region Branch Office at 7:00 p.m.
Any branch members interested in writing their family histories or stories are welcome to attend.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Just Starting Genealogy?

The final presentation of the three part series is on Thursday June 10th,  1:00-3:30 p.m..

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.

View the latest, detailed information and a map visit the Branch website:

The dates for the fall series will be announced later this spring.  
REGISTRATION FORM  [ down loadable pdf ]

Durham Region OGS Meeting: Seeking Your German Ancestors

NOTE  Meeting Location for June 1st
Kingsview United Church - 505 Adelaide Ave. East - SW corner of Adelaide and Wilson - Oshawa -

7:30 p.m.  Tuesday,  June 1
Seeking German Ancestors
Speaker: Eileen Wilson

Eileen will discuss genealogical research in Germany and the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, focusing on the geographical changes in those areas  of Europe that make research more difficult. 
In 1867, the Austrian House of Hapsburg agreed with the Kingdom of Hungary to jointly rule their respective territories. This Dual Monarchy lasted for 51 years.  Research difficulties arose from the extensive national boundary changes after World War One.

URGENT:  We need new volunteers to serve refreshments.

1901 Irish census coming June 3

1901 Irish census coming June 3
The National Archives of Ireland has announced that:
1901 Census material, with all data transcribed, will be launched before on 3 June 2010. The data for every county will be launched all at once rather than in tranches as with 1911.
As with the 1911 Irish census-- it will be free at .
Thank you Linda Reid, Toronto Branch

Early Records of the French in North America: Archives de France, LAC, & BAnQ

Archives Canada-France
Michael J Leclerc had an interesting research recommendation in the New England Historic Genealogical Society eNews this week for those searching their French-Canadian roots.  “The Archives de France, in cooperation with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) has put together a valuable website for those researching their French-Canadian roots. Archives Canada-France makes available images of almost 40,000 documents pertaining to the history of the French in America.  Besides the LAC and BAnQ, documents come from several branches of the Archives de France - the main archives in Paris, the departmental archives of Charente-Maritime, Gironde, Pyrénées-Atlantique, and the Archives nationales d’outre-mer.  Among these records are the records of ministerial departments, records of the Admiralty, the Sovereign Council of Québec, notarial records from France, private papers, and more. You can see an alphabetical list of all of the collections online, or look at one grouped by subject…  You can print the image, or download a PDF or ZIP file to your computer.”  To search the database, go to .

Thank you to the  Toronto FHC Bulletin 18/2010, Week of May 6, 2010, for this information.
The Editor is Helen Billing
If you wish to subscribe to this very informative,  free, weekly e-resource please email your request to

Friday, May 7, 2010

OGS Now has a Members Only Message Board

May 3, 2010
OGS Message Board 
The OGS website now has a Message Board, where Members can discuss items of interest about the Society or genealogy in general. The Message Board currently has two threads:
  • Maximizing the Value of Old Newsletters
  • Virtual Community and Family History Research
You are welcome to read and to comment on these threads - or to start a new thread. Sign In to the Members Only Section, then click on "Message Board" on the left menu.

Update About Print on Demand Publishing

At our Branch meeting on May 4th,  Print on Demand (POD) was discussed.  Here are some follow up details from our presenter.
She mentioned and also There are so many companies out there offering this service.  When you Google POD publishing you will see.  She recommends that individuals should explore the many options to see what works best for them and their project. When beginning a project, try to review what might be appropriate for you.