Sunday, 31 July 2011

177 Years of FREEDOM – Emancipation Day

On August 1, 1834, slavery was outlawed in the British Empire, which included Canada. This was 30 years before slavery was outlawed in the United States (with the Union victory in the Civil War). Following the abolition of slavery in Canada, 770,280 blacks crossed the border to freedom. Canada was the last stop on the “Freedom Train” as blacks took the long, dangerous journey on the Underground Railroad in an attempt to live as free human beings. 

Of course, the Underground Railroad wasn't an actual railroad, it was a system of routes that slaves had to journey through in order to get to the Northern United States. From here, “Conductors” would assist them to safely cross over the border into Canada and into a life of Freedom.  Harriet Tubman is one of the more famous of these “Conductors.” Harriet made 19 trips to the southern states and led more than 300 people to their freedom.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Do You Have Ancestors from Six Nations?

If you do, you are invited to attend a meeting at the Ohsweken Genealogy Society for a journey of discover on the first Sunday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00.

Meetings are held at the Ancestral Voices Healing Centre
1721 Chiefswood Road
Iroquois Village Plaza
Ohsweken Ontario

For more information e-mail us

Descendants of Irene Mable May Massecar-Bradshaw-Herriman Reunion

All family and descendants of Irene Mable May Massecar-Bradshaw-Herriman are invited to our first ever Family Reunion

Saturday August 13th, 2011 
Smokey Hollow Estates, 114 Powerline Road, Brantford.
Time: 1:00 - 6:00

Attendees are asked to bring:
  • a main dish to share for a pot luck dinner. (The rest will be supplied.)
  • photos to share - a scanner is available so that copies can be made and shared
On-site activities include mini-golf, shuffleboard and darts

Calling All Miseners!

The 108th Misner/Mizener-Misener Reunion is fast approaching.


The reunion will be held at Smokey Hollow Estates
114 Powerline Road
Brantford Ontario

Registration: 9:30
Genealogy: 10:00
Pot Luck: 12:00 - 1:00
Program: 1:00

Presentation of 3 Canes (oldest Misner/Misener Male & Female & oldest non-Misner Male)

For more information, contact Donna Kemp ,  Joe Misener or Janet Fear

Monday, 25 July 2011

A Celebration of Family History

For information e-mail us
On Wednesday August 17th, at 7 pm. we will be showing the inspiring DVD

 "A Celebration of Family History"

The DVD was created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A ball of yarn is used as the thread that winds through the program, weaving together the story of how three different families have had an impact on future generations through their family history research. The narrators are renowned author and historian David McCullough and President Henry B. Eyring LDS church. The music on the DVD is by the Mormon Tablernacle Choir and Orchestra.

The event is free but we would like to suggest a donation to our Library. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend.   

We're Planning A Road Trip!

We are planning a genealogy road trip to the Ontario Archives on November 18th. We will travel by coach from the Brant OGS library to the Archives for a full day of research. Spaces are limited both on the bus and at the Archives, so best to book early. The cost is $45. I hope you will join us.

For more information, e-mail me

Happy Searching!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Global Genealogy 19th Anniversary Sale on NOW

In honour of their 19th anniversary, Global Genealogy is having a sale. 15% off everything. When you are ready to make your online purchase, enter the PROMO code 1992 in the Coupon Code box, and click "apply" Now is the time to get those books or CDs you have been wishing for.

Here's the link to Global:

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Was Your Ancestor a Selkirk Settler?

Library and Archives Canada recently announced the release of a new version of the online database

From their website:
"Immigrants to Canada. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Red River Colony (or Selkirk Settlement) in Manitoba, more than 4,000 references to names of settlers found in the Thomas Douglas, Earl of Selkirk fonds have been added to the existing database. Many staff members contributed to the success of this project, and their efforts are much appreciated."

Search the collection at:

Friday, 15 July 2011

Do You Have Irish Ancestors?

If you are researching Irish Ancestry, you may want to have a look at the National Library of Ireland blog at:

British Military and Naval Records Now Available at Library and Archives Canada

From Library and Archives Canada Website:

Ottawa, July 14, 2011 - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the addition of 484 digitized microfilm reels representing 1,125,141 new images regarding British military and naval records (RG 8, "C" Series) to its website. These records include a wide range of documents related to the British army in Canada, Loyalist regiments, the War of 1812, the Canadian militia, and more. Both microfilm reels for the nominal card index and the archival documents have been digitized and are now accessible online. Through the research tool "microform digitization," you can browse the microfilm reels page by page. The tool is available

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Digitized Burial Records for Belfast Cemeteries

Belfast City Council has digitized 360,000 burial records from three city cemeteries:  Belfast City Cemetery, Roselawn Cemetery and Dundonald Cemetery. Each record contains the following information: full name, age, sex, last place of residence, date of death, date of burial, grave section and number and type of burial.

Guiness Brewery Employee Records Available Online

The Guinness Brewery in Dublin has digitized historical employee records from the brewery spanning the period from 1759 to the present. Some 20,000 individual employee files have gone online, which represents about 80% of all employees who worked at the historic brewery. A typical file lists the employee’s name, date of birth, date of death, employee ID number, date joined the brewery, date left, occupation and department that the employee worked:

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Ancestry Offers Free Access to Welsh & English Probate Calendar

From June 30 - 8th July, Ancestry is offering free access to the English and Welsh probate calendar. You can log in at:, search the indexes and view the original historical documents. All for free during this special offer, so act quickly to take advantage of the chance to find more on your elusive ancestors.