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Announcing Our 2021 Meeting Dates

For the first half of 2021 we will be holding our meetings virtually using the Zoom platform provided by OGS.  We will be meeting on the first Monday of each month beginning February 1st (no January meeting).  We will post information about each meeting as it becomes available.  Please check back here for links to register for our meetings.

February 2021 Meeting

Please join us on Monday, February 1st at 7:00 pm to learn about The GEDCOM Toolkit.

Bob Dawes
Presenter Bob Dawes

The GEDCOM format file is a largely misunderstood and underutilized genealogy tool, according to presenter Bob Dawes.

It can be used to migrate a genealogy family file into other genealogy software programs to take advantage of their unique features while keeping your own program. GEDCOM can be used for building on-line trees quickly or to transfer your file to a portable device like a tablet or smartphone. GEDCOM can also be used for matching with cousins much like DNA does by comparing your file to other GEDCOMs.

This presentation will explore the many benefits of using a GEDCOM for more than creating simple back up files.

To register for this presentation, please click here! 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtc–grjguHdXqaunTMYhl1xDCM_yC_pB1

Bob Dawes is a retired technology industry executive who got turned onto genealogy in the early nineties. He enjoys combining technology and travel to research his family. Bob and his wife, Barbara also an avid genealogist, have traveled throughout North America and the United Kingdom in pursuit of their ancestors. Their most recent trip was to Scotland for thirty-five days in the fall of 2019 where they filled in for the staff at the Buchan Family History Centre, in Peterhead, for a week. Bob is a past chair of Quinte Branch – OGS and has given presentations to many societies, branches and conferences. He currently manages Quinte’s IT and research databases.

Brockville Museum Feasibility Study

Brockville Museum
Brockville Museum

The Brockville Museum, home to the Archives of the Leeds & Grenville Branch, is undertaking a feasibility study to plan for a new Museum, and as part of that study is asking for input!  If you use the Leeds & Grenville Branch Archives, or participate in our programming, we are asking you to take a few minutes to tell the consultants about your vision and needs for a new Museum space.  You can find out more about the study at the Museum’s website here:  www.brockvillemuseum.com/aboutus.

The community consultation process includes an online survey, open until the end of the year, which asks questions about usage, needs (and wants) for a new facility.  Please take a few moments to share your thoughts on the Museum’s future by answering the survey questions

Our Branch’s vision for a new facility includes an integrated research space that would combine the Museum’s research materials with ours, and with resources from the City of Brockville.  This would allow researchers to access the resources they need to build their family history, as well as meeting space and adequate safe storage space.  What is YOUR vision.

December 2020 Meeting – Online

On Monday, December 14th please join us at 7:00 pm via Zoom for our first ever Virtual Genealogy Show & Tell.  If you have a family history story to tell, a family heirloom you would like to show off, or just a great genealogy adventure to talk about, we would love to have you be part of our show.  You can participate with either live oral storytelling (microphone only), or with a video clip you submit in advance, or by sending us a photo or photos of your heirloom which we will display while you talk about them.  This will require some advance planning, so if you are interested please contact us at leedsgrenvillechair@ogs.on.ca to work out the details.  Then on December 14th, grab your favourite winter beverage, and maybe a Christmas cookie or two, and we’ll share stories.

To register for this free online presentation, click on this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcod-GtqjwrGtHNNTdx9fDc3SC2CVqbe9_D

November 2020 Meeting – Online

Please join us on Monday, November 9th at 7:00 pm via Zoom to enjoy a presentation by Brockville Museum Public Program Coordinator Peggy Hause.  In keeping with a November Remembrance Day theme, Peggy’s program, On the Homefront, delves into what was happening on the local homefront when the soldiers were overseas. This talk will explore the hardships, changes, and sacrifices that the citizens of Brockville faced with a focus on World War Two.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Peggy joined the Brockville Museum in early 2018 as the Interpretation and Public Program Coordinator, having gained her museum experience from working at a number of museums from large provincial museums to small rural museums.  She believes that museum programs allow visitors to engage in ways that help them gain a deeper connection to history.

October 2020 Meeting – Online

Online Presentation to the Leeds & Grenville Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, on Friday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm.

Please note that this presentation will take place on a Friday rather than a Monday, our traditional meeting day. 

Join the Leeds & Grenville Branch as they hear from Susan Warren about “The Irish and the Rideau Canal”.  The Irish not only helped build the Rideau Canal but contributed significantly to the development of Leeds and Grenville. Using original paintings and original documents this presentation will explore those themes.

September 2020 Meeting – Online

Online Presentation to the Leeds & Grenville Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, on Monday, September 14th at 7:00 pm

The oldest house in Perth, the Old Red House, is undergoing a metamorphosis, thanks to its owner, James Forrester.  The building has been in James’ family since 1923, and has served a number of different functions over its 200+ years – military building, Officer’s Quarters, inn, tavern, church, school, meeting place, printing office and dwelling.

James will share the story of the Old Red House Project, with its link to Brockville, and a focus on the relationship between architecture and family history, in an online presentation to the Leeds & Grenville Branch of Ontario Ancestors on Monday, September 14th at 7:00 pm.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

James Forrester worked as a systems administrator at OCAD University, before returning to graduate school from 2014 to 2016 in the Public Texts MA program, of the Trent University English Department. He previously graduated in History from the University of Ottawa, Film Studies at Queen’s University and Library Information Science from Western University.

James grew up in Westport and attended both Rideau District High School, as well as Perth & District Collegiate Institute. He and his wife, Stephanie Ford Forrester, undertook a number of log and timber frame reconstructions. His training in archival documentation has been useful in undertaking the Old Red House Project.

June 2020 Meeting: What’s in the Leeds & Grenville Branch Archives?

Leeds & Grenville Branch ArchivesOur next Leeds & Grenville Branch online meeting will take place on Monday, June 8th at 7:00 pm, using Zoom technology (see invitation below).

With the success of our May meeting, we have decided to close out our spring season with a presentation about us!

What’s in the Leeds & Grenville Archives? will walk you through our space and tell you what resources we have for discovering more of your family history. We will also tell you about our digitization project, and let you know what we’re planning for our Branch website (leedsandgrenville.ogs.on.ca) in the coming months.

We hope you will join us and learn about the amazing collections we have in our Archives – land record books, family histories, local newspapers, obituaries, local history books, church records – and so much more! And we hope that we will be able to return to our Archives in the not-too-distant future!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jun 8, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you! Hope to ‘see’ you on June 8th!