Ontario Ancestors OGS Conference June 2019

A reminder that the Ontario Ancestors’ 2019 Annual Conference and Family History Show, presented by The Ontario Genealogical Society, will be held at the London Convention Centre, London, Ontario, June 21-23, 2019. The 2019 event provides a great opportunity for family historians to get together, learn new stuff, see what’s available in the genealogy Marketplace, catch up with old friends and make new ones, all while pursuing the hobby we love and enjoy!

Questions? Call us toll free at 1-855-MYROOTS (1-855-697-6687) ext: 260 or email Registrar Conference 2019.

June 2019 Meeting

Finding Your Ancestors with FamilySearch.org

June 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Brockville Museum

Shirley-Ann Pyefinch

Wondering how to find your ancestors in FamilySearch and manage your Family Tree?  Learn what free resources about your ancestors are available for you at FamilySearch.  Learn how to use other free tools like Family Tree, and Memories to preserve your family history for generations.

Our presenter, Shirley-Ann Pyefinch, has been researching her family history for over 40 years, and has taught workshops on family history and preservation throughout Ontario.  She volunteers at the Ottawa Family History Centre and works as a professional Records Manager for the Canadian federal government.

April 2019 Meeting

Bob Dawes

On Monday, April 8th at 7:30 pm, the Leeds & Grenville Branch of Ontario Ancestors (The Ontario Genealogical Society) will learn about The Family History Reno Project (the easy do-over) from speaker Bob Dawes.

If you’ve ever wanted to clean up your family history file, this is the easy way to approach it. Normally, a Do Over involves re-entering all of your family information from scratch while this approach allows you to continue using your file for research while cleaning it up. It also allows you to take advantage of everything you’ve learned over the years as well as new resources and tools.

Bob Dawes is a past chair of Quinte Branch and currently responsible for their database and computer maintenance. Bob and his wife, Barbara, have traveled extensively throughout North America and the United Kingdom in search of their ancestors and enjoy using technology to enhance their research.

Location: Brockville Museum

Archives Closed March 20 – 25, 2019

Our Archives will be closed from Wednesday, March 20th until Monday, March 25th inclusive. The Brockville Museum will be doing some renovations to improve the insulation and heating in our space. We are sorry for the inconvenience but believe the improvements will make using our Archives more comfortable for both our volunteers and our visitors. Thank you.

March 2019 Meeting – Evaluating Evidence

Mike MoreOn Monday, March 11th at 7:30 pm the Leeds & Grenville Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society will learn about Evaluating Evidence with a presentation by Mike More. Guidelines and some examples will help in “Determining the significance of the information we’ve found.” There is plenty of information available to genealogists but we need to examine it and determine if it is useful and correct.

Mike More retired from the Canadian Forces in 2004 after 32 years service. He volunteers with the Ottawa Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society where he currently co-chairs their Program Committee, and is the Provincial Coordinator for The Society’s Indexing project, The Ontario Name Index (TONI). Mike has been tracing his roots for thirty years, using computers and the Internet to help with his research for much of that time.

Meeting Location: Brockville Museum

December 2018 Meeting

Days Gone ByAt the Brockville Museum on Monday, December 10th at 7:30 pm, the Branch welcomes Dave and Sandra Wells, introducing their new book Days Gone By, containing stories and pictures of Mallorytown and Front of Yonge Township. This third book on the history of the area is sure to be a welcome Christmas gift for anyone with ties to Front of Yonge.

The Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society meets at the Brockville Museum, 5 Henry Street, and meetings are open to everyone. Come out and learn some fascinating history – you may even discover ancestors you didn’t know you had!

Requests for Research – New Policy

Effective December 1st, 2018 the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will respond to requests for research with as much information as we can locate within our Archives. There will be no minimum charge or advance payment required. We instead ask for a donation to the Branch to help offset our operating costs, with donations being collected through the Canada Helps link on our website.

Join or Renew Your Membership Today!

It’s time to renew your membership in the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Leeds & Grenville Branch! Not a member? Join us.

All memberships expire on December 31, 2018.  Renew now to prevent any lapse in benefits or Member’s Only Access. Not a member? New memberships will be effective immediately upon joining, and continue until December 31, 2019.   Not sure what to expect? Check out the reasons to join the Ontario Genealogical Society HERE.

“Grow Our Family” Returns

Our highly successful Grow Our Family membership program is returning for another year. The program permits any renewing member to “partner” with any new member at the time of renewing/joining and BOTH receive a 50% discount on their Society membership ($31.50 instead of $63!). The new member must not have been a member in either 2017 or 2018. You can take advantage of the Grow Our Family discount between November 1 and 5 pm on December 15. So put your thinking caps on and invite a friend, relative or colleague to join you in belonging to Canada’s largest family history organization. Details HERE

Passing of David Mackenzie

The Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society was saddened to learn of the passing of David Mackenzie on Thursday, October 4th in Brockville, Ontario. David was a former Branch Chair and former President of the Society.  David’s contributions to family history in Leeds and Grenville and Ontario will be honoured for years to come. Our condolences go out to David’s family.