Monday, 19 January 2015

Humorous approach for name record keeping

As printed in "Family Tree" November 1993, an excerpt from "An Introduction to...Planning Research" by M Gandy

A perception of how the records of the names that we are so diligently searching evolved.


Don't insist on certain spelling forms.  Say the name out loud in the accent of the area,then pretend you're an old gaffer with no teeth.  Now be a deaf,indifferent clerk who doesn't come from the area and thinks he doesn't have time to waste on yokels.  His pen scratches and blots and he's got the beginning of arthritis.  Then let the ink fade for 200 years and get the register transcribed by a beginner, typed up by someone who was watching television, and spot checked by someone who thought it was probably all why bother checking.  A computer with a blip prints it out and ---"Bob's Your Uncle"-- the name is lost forever.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Dates of Upcoming Events

Get out your new 2015 calendars and mark down these not to be missed dates:

Sunday Jan 25th at 2:00 pm 

“Share Your Ancestral Treasures”

You are invited to bring your favourite memory pieces to share with the group

Monday Feb 16th  at 10:00am

 ‘Family Day Open House”

Sunday Feb 22nd at 2:00pm

 “Brantford’s Industrial Heritage presented by guest speaker Robert Adlam

These events are free 

Brant County Branch praised

In the editorial of December 2014 eNewsleaf written by Joyce Fingland,editor, Brant County Branch is well praised for assistance to her personal query. Below is an excerpt of her comments specific to our office and Heather Ibbotson.

My recent success started with a query to the Brant County Branch. They offer a query form on their web site and an easy way to pay for the research. Before long, I had a response from Brant County Branch member Heather Ibbotson.

Do you have a brick wall that you just cannot get past? Have you considered submitting a query to the Branch in the area of interest? A donation to the branch in question may be the best investment you could make. Does your branch's web site make it as easy as Brant's does to submit the query and make a payment?

Congratulations, also to our web master Linda Rush-Sleeth who has designed a user friendly page that makes queries and PayPal payments easy.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Annual Turkey Dinner Fundraiser









tickets should be purchased by December 2, 2014

WW1 the 100th anniversary


    SUNDAY NOV 23,2014
    AT 2:00 PM
    The 100th Anniversary of World War1

    Vince Ball is a graduate of the Master's journalism program at the University of Western Ontario and Glendon College, York University, Vincent Ball has been a reporter at The Expositor for the past 25 years.  Vince is working on a project detailing the contributions of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations to the First World War.

    This is a free event, all welcome

    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.