Want to learn the ins and outs of using Ancestry for your family history research? Join us on Monday, November 8th at 7:00 pm for a Zoom presentation of Getting the Most Out of Researching on Ancestry.
Ancestry is the world’s largest genealogy services company, with record collections from across the globe, DNA testing products, and many more services. This presentation is an overview of how to use and search effectively on Ancestry’s Canadian website, Ancestry.ca, but there are many useful tips and hints for anyone starting out on Ancestry no matter which country you are researching in. A handout will be provided.
Our presenter will be Lesley Anderson, a face and voice well-known to Canadian family history researchers. Lesley has worked for Ancestry for over 14 years as their Canadian Spokesperson, and has done numerous presentations for genealogy societies.
The presentation is free and open to everyone, but you will need to register to attend. Use this registration link. You will be sent a confirmation email with information on how to join the session.
The village of Athens (formerly known as Farmersville) is in the centre of Leeds & Grenville Counties. Henry and Sally Smid’s presentation will include the story of Athens and Area Heritage Society Museum from its beginnings to its continued development. The Museum has provided a variety of exhibits, events, and presentations over the years and has experienced the challenges of being a small rural museum. Innovation and technology have been a part of the COVID years. The Museum has recently begun to upload its extensive archives and looks forward to future activities as pandemic regulations are lifted. To register for this free online presentation, click on this link:
Leeds & Grenville Branch Explores DNA Testing for Genealogy
Have you been wondering what a DNA test could do for your genealogy research? Have you tested but don’t know what to do next? The Leeds & Grenville Branch of Ontario Ancestors is hosting the presentation Genetic Genealogy: DNA Testing Tools & Tips on Monday, September 6th at 7:00 pm using the Zoom platform.
Genealogist Ben Dawson will give us a presentation geared to those new to consumer DNA testing or those who may have received their DNA test results and are looking for ways to analyze the wealth of information that they have been given. This talk will cover some DNA basics, beginner methodology and strategies for getting the most out of your results, using tools provided by both the testing company as well as other third party tools.
Ben Dawson is a life-time resident of London and has deep ancestral roots in the London & Westminster Township area as well as Huron and Bruce County dating back to the early 1800s. Ben took up genealogy in his 20s and has been a member of Ontario Ancestors for the last 4 years. He is currently the Co-Chair for the London & Middlesex branch and has spoken at Ontario Ancestors branch meetings on topics such as cemetery transcription, genealogical software and genetic genealogy. Ben has been very involved in the social media side of Ontario Ancestors and helps run the Facebook page as well as administrating two additional genetic genealogy Facebook groups. Ben serves as a director-at-large on the Board and several committees for the Ontario Genealogical Society.
Ben also has a professional genealogy website called “Family Tree Project”. It includes a blog which offers tips, tricks, and news for the avid genealogist which can be found at www.familytreeproject.ca.
Join the Leeds & Grenville Branch of Ontario Ancestors on Monday, June 7th at 7:00 pm as we hear from Dr. David Shanahan about the Indigenous peoples of what are now Leeds & Grenville Counties. He will help us understand the original peoples who cherished and protected our lands before the arrival of the settlers, and the ongoing relationships between the peoples, the lands, and the settlers. There is a long history, often unhappy, between indigenous peoples and the settler community; but the history of the first peoples goes back much further into the past than we might realize. The clash of cultures that began in the Sixteenth Century goes on today.
David Shanahan has spent more than 30 years working as an historian for indigenous communities across Canada, with particular focus on Ontario. As a native-born Irish person, he also sees the extensive parallels between North American and Celtic indigenous cultures, with a shared history of colonization and struggle.
Join us on Monday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm on Zoom for a Branch presentation on Canadian Copyright and Images.
Many family historians struggle to understand the “do’s and don’ts of copyright” as it applies to their genealogy – photos, digital images, hand-drawn charts! In this session, Elise Cole will discuss what images are, and how Canadian Copyright applies to them. She’ll take us through how to determine if copyright exists, how to apply fair dealing when appropriate, and provide ideas of how to properly use others’ images in our own works.
Elise C. Cole, BAH, MLIS, is the Local Collections Librarian at Oakville Public Library and volunteers as Ontario Ancestors’ Copyright Consultant. She holds multiple certifications in Canadian Copyright law and is a passionate advocate for local and family history.
Everyone is welcome to attend, but registration is required. To register, click this link.
You can also locate the meeting registration link on our website: leedsandgrenville.ogs.on.ca. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting.
Please join us on Monday, April 5th at 7:00 pm as we enjoy a presentation by Sue Warren on The Sweeney Diary.
The diary of Peter Sweeney is the only personal record of a lockmaster on the Rideau Canal. From 1839 until 1850 he faithfully recorded his daily life in South Crosby Township. It remains a great record of life in Leeds County, as well as life in the early days of the canal.
Sue Warren, a graduate of University of Toronto and Queens University, is the retired head librarian of the Rideau Lakes Public Library, as well as the author of two books on Leeds County History. In the early 1980s she worked as a historical interpreter on the Rideau, where she had the opportunity to transcribe the Sweeney journal from the original source.
Please join us online on Monday, March 1st at 7:00 pm for a presentation from military historian Glenn Wright entitled Advance! Suggestions for Researching Our Military Ancestors in 19th Century Ontario.
Advance! is the motto of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and in this presentation, Glenn hopes that his suggestions for researching your military ancestor in the 19th century will lead you to new discoveries. We will look at the most important resources for military events such as the War of 1812-1815, the 1837 Rebellion, the Fenian Raids, 1866-1870, the Northwest Resistance, 1885 and finally, the South African War, 1899-1902. The role and the relevant records of the Militia, the British Army in Canada and Canada’s Permanent Force will also be described.
To register for this presentation, please click here!
Glenn Wright has given numerous presentations at OGS conferences, Gene-o-Rama, local genealogical and historical associations in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia. Subjects have varied from Mounted Police records, pre-1865 immigration sources, Ontario vital records and all aspects of our military history.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.