Update: The speaker for the February 13th meeting of the Leeds & Grenville Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society has had to cancel her appearance due to family illness. Instead, the meeting will feature a Show and Tell of genealogy stories. If you would like to tell us one of your stories, please come prepared to speak for about five minutes. If you have photos or books to illustrate your story, please bring them along. Refreshments will follow the presentations.
North Elmsley Township – Doorway to the Past
The Leeds & Grenville Branch, OGS will meet on Monday February 13th in the Brockville Museum beginning at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Shirley Jones-Wellman, co-author of the book North Elmsley Township Doorway to the Past. Shirley, a retired librarian, is one of four volunteers with a love of history who banded together to research and write a history of early Elmsley Township north of the Rideau. She will speak about the hardy settlers and their families who took up land and made it their home. Refreshments will follow, with a chance to speak with local genealogists about your research.
A reminder that the Ontario Genealogical Society’s annual conference is being held in Ottawa, June 16 -18, 2017. Registration is now open! Read all about the conference here: https://conference2017.ogs.ca/.
And, while you’re in Ottawa, attend some of the events celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday! Read more here: https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa2017/.
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.
Unfortunately, our speaker for the December meeting of the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has had to postpone his presentation due to personal and business obligations. Brent Collett will speak to us in spring 2017 about Willis Chipman, one of the early surveyors of Leeds and Grenville Counties. We will advertise and post the rescheduled event on our website and Facebook group.
Because of this postponement, there will be no December meeting for the Leeds and Grenville Branch. We will be announcing our speaker line-up for next year early in January, and hope to see everyone out for our February 13th meeting.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a happy, healthy New Year.
December 12th, 2016
Brent Collett, local land surveyor and mapper, has been invited to speak. His company was founded in 1881 by Willis Chipman. He has a library of old records from several Ontario land surveyors as well as surveying tools and documents over 150 years old.
November 10th, 2016
Pepper Mintz, owner of Get it Done Photo Solutions, has been invited to present. Her company deals with photo organizing and management from the shot to the finished production of photo books, displays & gifts.
October 17th, 2016
Kathleen Burtch will give a presentation on Grenadier Island.
This is also our Pot Luck dinner at 6:30. Bring a dish to share, a plate and your cutlery. Drinks are provided.
Summer vacations are over and fall is approaching. Also approaching is a return to the regular meetings of the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
The new season starts on Monday, September 12th at 7:30 p.m. in the Brockville Museum.
Our guest speaker will be Bill Boulton on his latest book, “Village Streets & Country Lanes: Lansdowne Then and Now.”
Do come out and join us & bring a friend.
Meeting, Monday, June 13th, 2016, 7:30 PM
Terry Findley – Ancestors with Unknown Military Service
Many people have ancestors who served in the military and their service is unknown to their descendants. Learn some tips, tricks and sources to find those ancestors and discover what they did. Featured case studies are: an ancestor who fought in the Rebellion of 1837-1838; and some relatives who fought in the First World War.
Terry Findley, BSc, MBA, a native of Ottawa, served in the Canadian military for over 36 years. A past BIFHSGO Director Programs & Conference, he has written and lectured extensively on basic and advanced genealogy research, photo restoration and tracing Irish roots. Currently he and his wife Tad publish a new magazine called Many Families.
Meeting, Monday, May 9th, 2016, 7:30 PM
Ken McKinlay – Chipping Away at the Brick Wall
We all have them, those road blocks that prevent us from finding out the answers to our family history research questions. Some of these brick walls are self-imposed due to assumptions we make and hold on to or our by our own preconceptions. Yet there are also those research brick walls not of our own creation. By using real-life examples we will look at various common brick walls and possible ways to work around them.
Ken McKinlay‘s foray into his family tree research started with three simple family stories that he wanted to confirm or refute. He has now been researching his family tree for over 15 years making use of the Internet as his primary means of locating relevant documents and also discovering new cousins. He has given talks for the Ottawa branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, BIFHSGO, and the Ottawa Public Library. His talks generally focus on methodologies and providing the skills needed to help solve those brick wall problems.