Sunday, 5 October 2014

Genetic Genealogy-Fall Workshop

Genetic genealogy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Genetic genealogy is the application of genetics to traditional genealogy. Genetic genealogy involves the use of genealogical DNA testing to determine the level and type of the genetic relationship between individuals. This application of genetics became popular with family historians in the first decade of the 21st century, as tests became affordable. The tests have been promoted by amateur groups, such as surname study groups, or regional genealogical groups, as well as research projects such as the genographic project. As of 2013 hundreds of thousands of people had been tested. As this field has developed, the aims of practitioners broadened, with many seeking knowledge of their ancestry beyond the recent centuries for which traditional pedigrees can be constructed.
Brant County Branch of OGS presents: 
 October 25, 2014 
"Understanding DNA"
presented by
Dave Naylor
9:30am to 4:00pm
Cost of $30.00 includes lunch
Space is limited , pre-register by October 21,2014

Dave's photoFirst, I'll introduce myself.  My name is David Naylor.  I am retired from designing computer systems for the telecommunications industry.  Currently I'm spending lots of time doing those things for which I previously never had time (and still don't).  My interests are cactus and other succulent plants, genealogy, genealogical DNA, photography, astronomy, metaphysics and, of course, computers; and I teach some of these subjects at local Seniors' Centres.  I also give talks on these subjects to interested groups.  I'm one of the founding members of the Toronto Cactus & Succulent Club.  I'm also a Project Administrator for various genealogical DNA research projects and a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.
Now I realize that doesn't tell you much about me, but what were you expecting...  a complete biography!?

Monday, 4 August 2014

A snippet of WW1

Our Brant County Branch of OGS is interested in collecting snippets of information about WW1.  Many times when people are asked for stories they think I can't write an article or page or maybe even a paragraph but I just think that a snippet is possible.  Perhaps just the name and how you are related to that person.  Or do you have a brief memory to share?  We are gathering the information to include in our Fall newsletter.
To perhaps spark ideas. My grandfather Thomas Walton was never able to go to bed after returning from the war.  He sat and slept in a big leather chair.  Just a small snippet from my childhood.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Planning Ahead

Brant County Branch,OGS

To help you plan ahead for our Fall Activities

September 28,2014
Open House

Sharon Murphy


10 Top Tips on Researching

October 25,2014
Fall Workshop

Dave Naylor


Overview and Understanding of DNA

$30.00 with lunch
space will be limited

November 23,2014

presenter to be announced

World War One

Complete information will follow

Moving Forward

Brant County Branch of OGS invites you to view our newest advances in communication.  Our new updated website: now includes PayPal for purchases including books,workshops and research activities.

For those unfamiliar with PayPal the explanation from Wikipedia is:
"PayPal is an international e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Online money transfers serve as electronic alternatives to paying with traditional paper methods, such as cheques and money orders. It is subject to the US economic sanction list, and subject to other rules and interventions required by US laws or government."

We also encourage you to visit and join our Facebook page at /Brant County Branch OGS.  We currently have 70 members signed up and welcome everyone else to join.  

Monday, 2 June 2014

BBQ and Strawberries Fund Raiser

BBQ and Strawberries and friends, does it get any better!

Everyone is invited to join us at the fund raiser for Brant County OGS.

The annual BBQ and strawberry social will be held on

Friday, June 27, 2014 

5:00pm socialize

5:30pm BBQ begins

Cost is $15.00 per person

To pay on line please visit our web page at

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Storyteller Extraordinaire-Marsha Skrypuch

Brant County Branch of OGS guests and members had the privilege of sharing a Sunday afternoon with an exceptional storyteller and writer.  Marsha Skrypuch has been honoured on many occasions and recently won the Silver Birch Award for the second year in a row.  This award must have special meaning since 250,000 children from Ontario voted for their favourite non-fiction book, this year One Step at a Time:A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way was the winner.  Marsha discussed her trilogy of books:  Stolen Child, Making Bombs for Hitler and Underground Soldier and that they have entered into new arenas that have not been written about previously.  She talked about how children can identify with her characters by realizing that tragedies can be overcome in ones life and that you can survive the unthinkable.  Children will ask if the story content is real since so many of the children books are fantasy. Marsha explains that her research is intensive and accurate and that she strives to take you into the moment even including the weather of the day if possible. Often during her presentation she would ask if we had heard of certain events before and the response seemed to be "no, we did not know that".  These stories have been hidden for years, so many events that happen during a war never see the light of day.
 Marsha is a rare writer that wants us to have the knowledge of those events in the hope that history will not repeat the mistakes and that from misery heroes are born.

The Brant County Branch of OGS continually provides, by many avenues, connections to the past. 

We welcome all to attend our Fall meetings. 
Please visit our website: for upcoming notifications.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Loyalist Day-special event Simcoe

By order of the Government of Ontario, June 19th is Loyalist Day in Ontario. As well, 2014 is the Centennial Year of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada. 

Therefore, the Grand River Branch UELAC, is planning a special celebration and flag raising ceremony at Governor Simcoe Square, 50 Colborne St., S, Simcoe, Ontario. The celebration will begin at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 14th 2014 with the raising of the Loyalist Flag and some brief remarks by loyalist descendants and some of our local dignitaries. 

Following the flag raising ceremony all are welcome to recess across Court Street to the Trinity Anglican Church Hall for a special presentation by the Cottonwood Brass. This renowned group plays music of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries using antique brass instruments. Following their one hour presentation refreshments will be served. 

You are cordially invited to attend this special celebration and presentation.