November 14, 2020
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Vivid-Pix BOGO Buy One/Gift One for Free – Great Gift for the Holidays

In order to relive past holiday memories and provide a great gift for yourself and loved ones, Vivid-Pix is offering a Buy One/Gift One Promo for Vivid-Pix RESTORE photo and document restoration software. With the purchase of RESTORE Windows/Mac software at the OGS discounted price of USD $39.99, Vivid-Pix will send a free gift coupon of the software so you can send to a friend or family member and together you can share the gift of memories for the holidays. Who’s on your gift list? 

Introducing Your Ontario Ancestors Board of Directors
We thought it would be fun to introduce you to our new Board of Directors by asking them each a simple question:  “What makes genealogy fun for you?”
This week we hear from Director at Large Colleen L’abbe:
“Genealogy is full of puzzles, and I love solving puzzles.  I received some old photos found in the attic at our family farm.  With help from my dad, we theorized the people were from my paternal great grandmother’s family.  I was able to find a newspaper article that proved my 2x great grandmother had lived at the farm for a time after she was widowed, which supported our theory.  I focused my research on that family line and I was rewarded when I found my 4th great aunt who had married and moved to Minnesota.  Her Ancestry profile picture was exactly the same as one of the old photos.  If that isn’t fun puzzle solving, I don’t know what is!”
Thank you, Colleen, for taking on the challenges of leading our family history family!  Don’t lose sight of the “fun” in genealogy!
To contact any member of our Board of Directors, check the Contacts page on our website here!
BIFHSGO Virtual Presentation
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

Join us on Saturday, November 14th at 10:00 am for our presentation Going Down of the Sun.
Philip G. Winkelaar searched school records, memoirs, official histories, church and military records to document the lives of those remembered on brass plaques at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa. He will talk about his research and how he brought to life those who are generally unremarked but who are remembered every Remembrance Sunday. These stories allow us to solemnly declare: “At the Going Down of the Sun, and In the Morning, We Will Remember Them.”
Philip was a physician, served in the regular and reserve armed forces and has attended Knox Presbyterian Church Ottawa for 24 years. This research resulted in publication in 2018 of a book titled Going Down of the Sun. More information on the 
events page. To register, click here.
Sudbury District Branch Presentation
Nancy Vaillancourt, Program & Social Media Coordinator, Sudbury Branch

This meeting is open to all, but preregistration is required at:
Land Registry Office Closure Update

This week's update for Ontario Records includes:
  • Residual records have been picked up this week in the following areas:  Halton (Milton), Waterloo (Kitchener), Hastings (Belleville) and Victoria (Lindsay). These records will be scanned and then returned to the local offices.
  • OGS and Ministry officials will be hosting a webinar via Zoom on December 9th, 2020.  This hour-long session is geared towards anyone interested in learning how to find and access documents through the ONLAND portal.  Registration is mandatory at the following link:
As we continue to work with Ministry officials we will keep you posted on developments.
Kingston Branch Presentation
Bill Cookman, Chair, Kingston Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Join Kingston Branch members on Saturday, November 21st at 10:00 am for our monthly meeting and presentation. 
Our speaker is Michael Onesi, and his presentation title is "The Ultimate Black Sheep: What Happens When You Discover a Serial Killer in Your Family Tree".  
This is a true story, wherein Michael actually did discover a serial killer (5th Great Uncle) in his family tree. 
You will need to register in advance for this meeting,
using the link here!  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Barrie Public Library Genealogy Programs
Nancy Leveque, Chair, Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Ancestors
The Barrie Public Library will host their first Genealogy Meet Up session online this Saturday, November 14th at 2:30-3:30 pm. This program will recur monthly alternating between Saturdays and Tuesdays. The next Meet Up date will be Tuesday, December 8th from 2:30-3:30 pm.
The Library is also offering another "Genealogy Coach" program, whereby Library staff will provide one-on-one help with basic research. The program is open to everyone and will launch in November. Sessions will be available in-person, by phone, or Zoom Conference on Tuesdays at 11:00 am. Those interested can register online through the Libraries Events Calendar
( call (705) 728-1010.
eWeekly Survey
On November 7th we asked you about your top Canadian genealogists, historians and authors.  Thank you to everyone who responded.
Those you have most enjoyed hearing from include Lesley Anderson, Michael Bliss, Ruth Burkholder, Alan Campbell, Linda Corupe, Bob Dawes, Jennifer deBruin, Gail Dever, Jacques Gagné, Paul Jones, Mags Gaulden, Kathryn Lake Hogan, Brian Laurie-Beaumont, Brenda Dougall Merriman, Jane MacNamara, Lorine McGinnis Schulze, Ken McGoogan, Ken McKinlay, Janice Nickerson, Dave Obee, Lynn Palermo, Marian Press, John Reid, Sylvie Tremblay,  Penny Walters, Christine Woodcock, and Glenn Wright!  What an impressive list of Canadian family historians!
What you liked about their presentations included exceptional and relevant information, level of knowledge, interesting examples, ease of understanding, humour, and attention to detail.  You also appreciated the variety of topics and their ability to delve into and break down challenging topics to make them understandable.

You can see the full results of the survey here!

This week we’re asking you about your Winter Holiday Traditions.  The Survey will be open until midnight, Wednesday, November 18th
CLICK HERE to start the Survey.
Quebec Genealogical eSociety Virtual Conference
“Art” is something intuitive, imprecise, and subjective, a skill cultivated through practice and imagination.  “Science” is something researched, measured, and objective.
Learn techniques, resources, and strategies to sharpen your Quebec family history skills.
All presentations are live, and delivered in either English or French.  For a complete list of presentations, visit the conference website here!
Registration starts 16 November 2020!
Halton-Peel Branch Presentation
Lori Kay, Publicity and Social Media, Halton-Peel Branch
To register for this event, please click here!
Updates from our Favourite Bloggers
John D. Reid of Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections reports that
BIFHSGO adds 20 soldier biographies to CCCS databaseOn the same day, he reported on The National Archives Webinars for November
At Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter Dick Eastman gives us OCR Explained, a post about optical character recognition.  He also gives us some advice for Fighting Information Overload on the Web.
Legacy Tree Genealogists gives us a post called Hidden in Plain Sight:  A Guide to Image-Only Record Collections.
Gail Dever of Genealogy à la carte reminded us that there are Two virtual conferences this weekendGail also told us about Webinars on African slaves and Chinese immigrants in Ontario and the Toronto Workers’ History Project.  
Ken McKinlay in Family Tree Knots provided a list of the resources he uses in Second World War:  Researching the Fallen – ResourcesThanks, Ken.  Excellent presentation.
At Olive Tree Genealogy, Lorine McGinnis Schulze advised us how to Access Canadian WW2 Military Service Files in a Few Easy Steps.
At Are You My Cousin? Lisa Lisson tells us why Genealogy Can (& Should) be a Multi-Sensory Experience

Guy Berthiaume awarded the IFLA Medal

On November 5th, Mr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada Emeritus, received the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Medal.
The IFLA Media is awarded to a person or organization that has made a distinguished contribution either to IFLA or to international librarianship.
This honour was bestowed in recognition of his energy, expertise, commitment and outstanding contribution to IFLA, as well as for his achievements as National Librarian, and for the important role he has played in promoting partnerships with the broader documentary heritage community.
Editor’s Note:  To read the full announcement,
click here! Congratulations, Mr. Berthiaume, from your many friends and admirers at Ontario Ancestors.



Sat., Nov. 14th – 2:00 pm – Ottawa Branch Virtual TMG User Group
Sat., Nov. 14thWorld Diabetes Day
Mon., Nov. 16thInternational Day for Tolerance
Tues., Nov. 17th – 2:00 pm – Ottawa Virtual Genealogy Drop-In
Tues., Nov. 17th – 7:00 pm – Sudbury Branch Presentation
Wed., Nov. 18thMickey Mouse birthday
Thurs., Nov. 19thInternational Men’s Day
Fri., Nov. 20thWorld Children’s Day
Fri., Nov. 20th – 7:00 pm – Niagara Branch Speaker Series
Sat., Nov. 21st – 10:00 am – Kingston Branch Virtual Presentation

FREE WEBINAR:  Janice Nickerson - Religious Newspapers - Not Just for Clergy

Thursday, December 3rd – 7:00 PM ET

The church played an enormous role in the lives of our ancestors, but we rarely give much thought to how we can learn about this aspect of their life histories, beyond locating their baptism, marriage and burial entries in church records. Religious newspapers to the rescue.

Did you know that religious newspapers published different versions of our ancestors’ obituaries? Or that they printed lists of subscribers, letters to the editor and news about Church Bazaars, Sunday School Festivals and Camp Meetings? Want to know what your ancestors’ denomination thought about dancing, Sunday streetcars and why young married couples shouldn’t live with their parents?

Check out our Global Events Calendar on the our website to see the meetings and events coming up soon. Many of our events are webcast so you do not have to live nearby in order to attend.
Some Branches also stream their monthly meetings and speakers’ presentations. Check out your favourite Branch/SIG website for further information, and if they offer this service, be sure to watch them from the comfort of your own computer! Branch or SIG events will appear in the Calendar on the Ontario Ancestors website if it is included on the events calendar of the Branch/SIG website.
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