Saturday, 29 September 2012

Fall Workshop October 27

Be sure to join us on Saturday, October 27, 2012 for our Falll Workshop. Our morning speaker is Zig Misiak who will talk about Six Nation in the War of 1812. Following lunch, John Sietsma will teach us about using Picasa. This is a free download that helps you to organize, edit and store your photos.

The workshop runs from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm in the Brant County Branch
OGS Library, 11-118 Powerline Rd Brantford

Cost is $25 with lunch if registered by October 24th. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $30+$5 for lunch

To register, call us at 519-753-4140  or e-mail us at

Hope to see you on the 27th!!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

We Have Lots Planned for This Weekend

On Saturday September 22, the Brant OGS Library is taking part in the DOORS OPEN BRANT event. The Library is open for research from 10 am until 4 pm. Volunteers will be on hand to give you assistance with researching your Brant County ancestors. We will have native crafts for sale, refreshments and clean bathrooms for your use.

On Sunday September 23, the Brant OGS will be holding its regular monthly meeting in the OGS Library at 2 pm. Our guest speaker will be Carol Steedman-Goff who will speak on getting from "Research to Story" There is time for coffee and research following the talk.

Admission to both events is free and you are welcome to bring a guest.

We are located at 114-118 Powerline Rd in Brantford

Be sure to drop by. We'd love to see you.

We Have a New Web Address

The Brant OGS has migrated over the the OGS server and our new address is:

Have a look at our newly re-vamped website. And while you are there, check to see if your ancestor is listed in our surname database.

Saturday, 8 September 2012


A reminder that the Brant OGS Library will be open during the DOORS OPEN BRANT event on Saturday September 22. The Library will be open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Washrooms and refreshments are available. Volunteers will be at the Library to assist you with your genealogy research. Come and learn about our new database.
Admission is FREE.

Canada -US Border Crossings

Ancestry has updated its Canada-US border crossing database, adding another 5 million records. The time period for these new records is between 1895 and 1954.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

FamilySearch Indexing

Last weekend, I attended the One World, One Family conference. This year's conference was in Kitchener. These conferences are well organized, well attended and offer great value for the money ($20 for a full day of workshops and a boxed lunch!)

I have read a lot about the FamilySearch indexing and wanted to know more about it. FamilySearch volunteers indexed the entire 1940 US census and have it freely available on their website at

I went to the workshop that was offered on indexing. This was not the best part of the day. The workshop was chaotic to say the least and really more of a Q&A, except that the questions were from people unfamiliar with indexing who were too impatient to wait for the presentation.

Undaunted, I came home and went to the website and watched the indexing video. It was really very well done, in spite of what was said about it at the workshop, and was also quite detailed. The video was everything that the workshop wasn't. So, I decided to "give it a try"

The indexing is remarkably easy. All of the items are graded and the beginner levels are all given a 1. These are the best ones to start with. The other plus of the interface is that if you download a batch you really wish you hadn't - you can simply send it back for someone else to tackle. No fuss, no stress, no obligation. 

The records are generally downloaded in batches of 25 at a time and take less than half a hour to index. It doesn't take a full time commitment and really can be something you do just a couple of hours (or less) each week. And it works on your schedule.

One of the other great things is that indexing can be counted as required community hours for students who need 40 hours of volunteer time to graduate from high school. This is also a great way to get the next generation involved in family history and genealogy.

Here's the link:

You need to download software, but that only takes a minute and will make your next attempt that much faster.

Give it a try. If you like it, awesome. If not, no worries, just send the batch back and carry on with your other family history initiatives.