Wednesday, 29 August 2012

FamilySearch Genealogy Research Communities on Facebook

If you enjoy using social media and would like to connect with others researching in the same record sets as you, or if you are looking for some help in your genealogy research, why not join a FamilySearch Genealogy Research Community?

Here is the list of all of the GRCs that FamilySearch offers. Find the one(s) of interest to you, “like” the page and post your brickwalls to get the help you need in finding those elusive ancestors.

Happy Connecting!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Brant Assizes Spring 1882

Spring Assizes
The Indian Wife Murder Cast at Brantford

Proceedings at Whitby and Walkerton - Second Day of Brant Assizes


Brantford, April 11 - The case of Jonas Froman (Indian), charged with the murder ofhis wife last fall, was heard. The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter. The prisoner was sentenced to penitentiary for ten years.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

KPL Presents Second Annual Genealogy Fair

The Kitchener Public Library is holding its Second Annual Genealogy Fair on Saturday Nov 3 at Kitchener City Hall. This is a FREE event and is open to everyone. Here's the line up of speakers and topics for the day:

Ruth Burkholder - Finding Grandma's Great Grandchildren
Karen Ball-Pyatt - Genealogy 101
Ed Zapletal - Researching Czech Parish Registers
Christine Woodcock - Researching Scottish Ancestry
Lutzen Riedstra - Deciphering German Script
Dr David Elliot - Genealogical Research in Ireland
Lesley Webb & Sheryl Tilley - Using Archives Online
Carolyn Bart-Riedstra - Care of Genealogy Documents
Melissa Ellis - Census Surfing
Doris Ann Lemon - Researching the United Empire Loyalists

There will also be a workshop by the Waterloo Region Branch of OGS called Ask the Experts and a workshop by the Kitchener Family History Centre called FamilySearch, Where Generations Meet

There will be a Marketplace with a number of Sponsors in attendance.

This promises to be another fantastic day of learning and inspiration for genealogists everywhere.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

One World One Family Conference

Just a reminder that the 3rd Annual One World, One Family conference is next Saturday in Kitchener, Ontario. The cost for a full day of genealogy workshops and lectures is only $20 and this includes a boxed lunch. You can't beat a bargain like that and the information is always well presented and transferrable to your own research.

For more information or to register:

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The Haldimand County Branch OGS

The Haldimand County Branch of the OGS is holding their general meeting on Tuesday, September 4, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Haldimand Co. Museum & Archives, 8 Echo Street, Cayuga

Guest Speaker is Joe Rider who will talk on “The Way It Was”: A 40 year cannery career

Come discover the story of the disappearing Canadian Canner Plants and learn WHY they are disappearing.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Monday, 6 August 2012

One World One Family

Just a quick reminder that the One World One Family Conference (third annual) is taking place in Waterloo this year on August 25th. This conference is offered through the LDS and provides incredible value for the money. The Conference is a one day event. There are a number of workshops with very skilled speakers that you can choose to attend. The full day fee is $20 and that includes a box lunch!

Here's the info from Waterloo OGS:

OGS Blogs

The OGS has re-instituted their blog. They are averaging a fairly steady posting schedule. On this blog, they are posting about some of their resources that are available to assist you in your research as well as posting updates for their Branches. It is worth having a look. Here's the link:

Other OGS Branches with Blogs are:

Elgin (fairly inactive)

These resources are worth checking out. They may just contain the info you need to start chipping away at your brickwall.

If you would  like to stay up to date with new postings, you can use your RSS feed to do so. Here's how:

Once you are on the blog's home page, look at the upper right side of your tool bar. If you see this symbol (in orange - if it's grey the RSS feed isn't working):

Click on this and "subscribe to this feed"

Then, when you want to see what's new, check your feed reader:

Click on "Favourites" and you will see:

Click on "Feeds" and if the line for the blog's web address is bold, you know that there has been an update. Click on the bold wording and it will take you directly to the blog.

Happy Reading!

Adding Branch or SIG Memberships

Finally the OGS has created a way for you to add Branch or SIG memberships after your renewal. If you decide to add a SIG or Branch to your memberships part way through the year, you can now do so in the Members Only area of the OGS website. This saves calling the Provincial Office and having them process the additions for you.

Don't forget the OGS has a new SIG - the Scottish Special Interest Group. Membership is $5 a year. Other SIGs are Irish, Irish Palatine and British Home Children.

Happy Searching!