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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.

 

 

Closed For The Holidays

Credit: Library and Archives Canada / Acc. No. 1991-12-46 / Gift of Joan and W. Ross Murray, Whitby, Ontario.

Merry Christmas from Leeds and Grenville Branch.  Our Archives will be closed Monday, December 24th, re-opening Wednesday January 3rd, due to the closure of The Brockville Museum during that time.

We wish you all the blessings of the holiday season, and a happy, healthy and successful New Year!  Enjoy time with family and friends, and make some family history memories to cherish!

Brockville Museum and Branch Archives Closed Sundays

Archives

Our host facility, the Brockville Museum, will no longer be open on Sundays, and so we must reduce our schedule of access to the Branch Archives.  We will be open Monday – Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm from Victoria Day until Labour Day.  After Labour Day we will be open Monday – Friday 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  We may be able to make arrangements for visits outside those hours, as long as the Museum is open and we have a volunteer available.

Closure Over Christmas

Our Branch Archives and Library, located at the Brockville Museum, will be closed from December 22nd, 2016 to January 2nd, 2017 inclusive.

We wish all of our website visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Brockville Rifles 150th Anniversary in 2016

The Brockville Rifles 150th Anniversary - 1866-2016The Brockville Rifles will be celebrating their 150th Anniversary in 2016. They are inviting the public to join them in their celebration of 150 years with the community, comrades and country. For more detailed information about their planned events for the year review the website www.thebrockvillerifles.com or write to The Brockville Rifles, 144 King Street East, Brockville ON K6V 1C2.

The City of Brockville has proclaimed 2016 the ‘Year of the Rifles’.

Family History Lesson Plans for the Ontario Provincial Curriculum

OGS Family History Lesson PlanThe Provincial Office of the Ontario Genealogical Society has recently developed Family History Lesson Plans, to be used by Ontario elementary and secondary school educators as educational resources for their classrooms which integrate family history into the Ontario Provincial Curriculum. With the generous support provided from the Archives of Ontario, each lesson plan includes primary resources for students to work with and learn from.

Eight lesson plans have been developed to align with the provincial curriculum. These lesson plans will increase awareness of and interest in genealogy and family history through student-driven learning with historical thinking concepts. Where grade appropriate, social media and online curation tools have been included, as well as communication activities that encourage students to make connections to current events, and their own family histories.

These lesson plans are cross-curricular in nature, and aim to increase knowledge and curiosity of social provincial history in Ontario to students with a wide variety of skills and interests. Creating learning environments where students can explore the histories and importance of where they live, and how their personal histories contribute to our history making, will ultimately provide students with the tools to be empathetic and active historians.

The family history lesson plans are available on the Ontario Genealogical Society’s website at https://www.ogs.on.ca/lessonplans. These lessons can be downloaded in PDF format for free and used by teachers in classrooms across Ontario.