Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Upcoming Genealogy Events Around the Region

November promises to be a busy month. Here are some events happening around the region:

Saturday, November 3: KPL presents the Second Annual Genealogy Fair. This is free and offers the following topics: 
Discovering Your Scottish Roots
Deciphering German Script
Care of Genealogy Documents
Census Surfing
Researching UEL
Using Archives Online
Genealogical Research in Ireland
Researching Czech Parish Registers

Tuesday November 06, 2012
London OGS
"What's New on FamilySearch.org"
 Speaker: Pat Draper, London Family History Centre. 

Thursday 8 November, 2012
Waterloo OGS
Marj Kohli

Saturday November10, 2012
Waterdown-East Flamborough Heritage Society presents the 22nd Annual Book Fair. The event takes place at St. James United Church Waterdown. Free Admission  

Monday, Nov 12, 2012
Oxford OGS
Speaker: Rick Shaver
Topic: Archaeological Dig at Oakland 

Durham Branch OGS Fall Workshop
Getting Started in Genealogy
Three Part Series
Wednesday November 7, 2012
I. Who’s Your Grandpa?
Where to begin, searching your home, talk to family, family data, research cycle, repositories, Internet, organizations, pedigree chart and family group sheets & descendants’ charts and more.
Wednesday November 14, 2012
II. Base Camp for Family History
Organizing ideas, other researchers, places to find family histories, military records, online histories, familysearch.org, queries & message boards, search engines, genealogy software.
November 21, 2012
III. Vital Statistics: Births, Marriages, Deaths
This workshop’s content is more focussed and detailed. Selected topics: sources; search techniques, documenting and more. 

Wednesday 14 November, 2012
Lost Children and General Meeting
Founding Wheels: Donna Dilello
Early Guardianship and Adoption: Susan Smart
Saturday November 17, 2012
"Introduction to Genealogy"
This workshop is geared to people who are getting started in genealogy. Learn basic research skills, what records are available, where to find information, searching on the internet and staying organized.
The instructor, Carol Bossenberry holds a Basic Certification in Canadian Studies from The National Institute For Genealogical Studies and has been teaching genealogy classes for 3 years. Carol has been researching her own family for 20 years and she will share some of the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.
Sunday November 25, 2012
BrantCounty Branch O G S Library
Floyd Doctor of Smokey Hollow to Speak “The Battle of Brant’s Ford
November 25th, 2012
Brampton OGS Annual General Meeting.
Speaker: Brian Gilchrist
"I Can't Find Anything about my Family on the Internet.  Why not?"
Noted genealogist and Reference Archivist at Region of Peel Archives Brian Gilchrist will discuss the pros and cons of using on-line data as well as tips for being more successful at finding what is (and what was!) there.  Some genealogical information will "never" be found on-line, some information you have to dig for, and some of us with extra-terrestrial ancestry will ever only find the location of the crop circle where the spacecraft landed. 

26 November 2012
Toronto OGS
Great Moments in Genealogy
Donna Di Lello Winding Roads (Ontario)
Judy Gauthier Tombstone Management- two different experiences (Ontario and Quebec)
Ken Godfrey Buried Treasure: Rescuing Valuables from the Trash! (England, Ireland, Scotland, Ontario)
Joanne Green My Eagle Eye: the Eagle Family Hotel in Weston (Toronto)
Elizabeth Kaegi A late, very late, birth registration (England)
Paul Jones Will the real Moses Levine please stand up! (Canada and US)
Don Hall - What's the real story?: When did my grandparents immigrate? (England and Canada)
Greg Marlatt Missing Cadavers or How I Learned to Love Cemetery Transcriptions (Ontario and Michigan)
Gwyneth Pearce Queenie’s Secrets (Montreal and Newbury, Berkshire)
Marian Press Finding a Memoir: A Great-Great Aunt’s Story Fills in the Gaps (Scotland and Australia)
27 November 2012
Wellington OGS
The Hotel Visitors' Book: Secrets, Lies and Everyday Jottings 
Speaker: Dr. Kevin James, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph. In this talk, Kevin explores the value of the hotel register as an historical source, drawing on surviving books from Victorian Ireland to show how they illuminate infidelity, modes of travel and the social regimes of the hotel.
Please contact the Society involved for more information.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Fairview H-S Learns About Micro-Wave Communications

An article published in the Brantford Expositor regarding a meeting of the Fairview Memorial School's Home and School Association meeting for the year 1958-59 reads, in part, "'Radio and TV Night' of the Fairview Home and School Association featured Mr Don A, representative from the Bell Telephone Company of Canada, as guest. He spoke about the expanding services of his company and showed construction of the micro-wave towers which permit direct, long-distance dialing. He said 138 of these towers girdle Canada at 30 mile intervals. Television programs are also beamed through the micro-wave medium. A program from Montreal would be relayed to Vancouver 1/50 of a second later. Mr A's talk was illustrated by a film, full of glorious Canadian scenery, titled 'A Nation in Touch'"

Wonder what the committee thinks now of our instantaneous system of fibre-optics? It is amazing to see the advances in technology in 50 years! Wonder what the next 50 will bring. 

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Researching in Our Library is FREE!

More than 40 people attended the Doors Open event at our library on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012. Nine volunteers from the Branch were on hand wearing bright yellow t-shirts to greet our visitors. Several publications were on display on tables. Our computerized Surname database was up and running for people to look for Brant County ancestors. Our visitors found family members whose names appeared in our publications. Some just wanted to talk about family stories and events, which are the basis of any genealogy.

Others saw an opportunity to do research for writing on Brant history.

A couple from the southern U. S. who were on a genealogical fact-finding trip found themselves in the midst of all this commotion but were still able to gather a considerable amount of information.

People were surprised to see what a large collection was available for research. They were also pleasantly surprised to see that our library was open to everyone. We are not a closed group – we are here to help and to share information and expertise. We are pleased to see a couple of Doors Open visitors returning to do further research.

So many asked how much we charge  for a day of research if they were to return on a day that wasn't Doors Open. OUR LIBRARY RESOURCES ARE FREE FOR EVERYONE - MEMBER AND NON-MEMBER ALIKE TO COME AND DO THEIR FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH. Of course, we are always happy to take a donation.

You are welcome to use our photocopier (we do charge for copies) or you can use your camera to take pictures of whatever you find. We always have volunteers available to help if you need it. There are lots of tables and chairs so you can find a place to spread out and do your research. We have washroom facilites and lots of parking. So, come one, come all. We are open Mondays - Thursdays 10am - 4 pm. And Saturdays from 1pm - 4 pm. We are closed Sundays and all holidays. 

Take advantage of the church records, the obits, newspaper articles, cemetery records, the Women's Institute Tweedsmuirs, LDS microfiche, Native American books and so much more.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Fall Workshop October 27th

Our Fall Workshop is just over a week away. Our guest speaker for the morning is Zig Misiak, author of "Hooves of Thunder”. Zig will be speaking about the Six Nations in the War of 1812. 

Our afternoon speaker will be John Sietsma who 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

The cost for the workshop is $25, including lunch if registered by October 24th. If you register after October 24 or purchase your tickets at the door, the fees are $30+$5 for lunch

To register, call us at 519-753-4140  or e-mail us at brantogs@bellnet.ca

Hope to see you on the 27th!!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Canadian Voters Lists Now on Ancestry

Ancestry.ca has added the Canadian Voters Lists from 1935-1980 to their database. This is an additional 88 million records to make searching for your ancestors easier.
John Reid of the blog Anglo-Celtic Connections has a very good write up on this new database. His blog can be accessed at:

To access the voters list database, click on this link:

Free Access to 1911 Census

Ancestry is offering free access to their 1911 census records for England, Wales and the Isle of Man from now until November 2.


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Using Google Alerts for Genealogy

Let your computer do your searching for you.Here's a great little how to video from FamilySearch on setting up Google Alerts.


Monday, 1 October 2012

October Is Family History Month

October is Family History Month. Do you have a mobie app for doing your family history on the go? On your Apple, Tablet or Android? Check out My Heritage for a FREE software download.