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Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day
 
The Canadian Government has designated November 5-11 as Veterans’ Week – a time when we honour those who have served Canada, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace.  This year’s theme is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.  Take some time to visit the dedicated website and read about the key milestones and battles that led to the conclusion of the major conflict, an important part of Canada’s rich military history.
 
To learn more about the poster and the couple featured, click here!
 
On November 11th please take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by all of our veterans.  Attend a virtual Remembrance Day presentation or watch the ceremony – a much scaled-back version respecting COVID protocols – at the National War Memorial.
 
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month –
we will remember them!
 

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?  https://vivid-pix.com/bogo-restore?pop_code=3ONTARIOBOGO 

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?”
 
Here’s Director at Large Ben Dawson’s answer:
 
“When I first started researching my family, I treated it in the same way I did my comic book collection as a child. I had to search for everyone to complete the collection. As I came to learn, that was an impossibility, so I started to focus on the stories behind each of my ancestors and, also like my comic collection, I found that much more enjoyable.
 
More recently, I’ve enjoyed sharing my passion with others and helping others research their family history as I have, and getting the most out of the vast resources available. I have also become fascinated by the science behind our genetic connections and have made DNA a large part of my research, which has helped to verify the accuracy of my documented research over the years.”
 
Thank you, Ben, 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.
Remembrance Week Offerings
 
It is heartening to see recognition being given to military service in this Veterans' Week. Some of the offers available for genealogists are listed below.
Image courtesy Royal Canadian Legion
 
Library and Archives Canada is offering a webinar “In the Trenches” which will explore digitized First World War Records held by LAC.  This introductory webinar demonstrates how to access Canadian Expeditionary Force service files online, and explores key documents from one service file in particular. 
 
Come prepared with your questions and staff will try to answer as many as possible.
 
The webinar will be offered online with Facebook Live on Tuesday, November 10th in English at 12:00 noon, and in French at 2:00 pm.
 
For details see the LAC Facebook page!
 
Findmypast is offering free access to its Photo Collection and its World War Two Canadian Photograph Collection, among others!  All FMP military records are free until November 12th.
 
Ancestry offers free access to its global military collections until November 11thFor details, click here!  You can also read about Ancestry’s marketing survey showing that most Canadians know more about WW2 European operations than efforts on the home front.  There are articles at both Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections and Genealogy a la carte!
 
Sponsored by MyHeritage, Thomas MacEntee will be doing a LIVE Instagram presentation 10 Tips for Using Military Records with Thomas MacEntee.
London Branch Presentation This Morning

Join London Branch members on November 7th at 10:00 am for a presentation by Jonathan Vance entitled “Liberating Europe from Within:  The Resistance in France in 1945”. 
 
2020 marks the anniversary of 75 years since the end of WWII. In remembrance of those who fought and died in service to Canada in that war, and in honour of those who contributed in meaningful ways on the homefront, we dedicate our November presentation.  Jonathan will be discussing the liberation of Europe from the perspective of the resistance.
 
For details, visit the Branch website here!
 
Registration is required for this Zoom platform event.  Register for this event here!  A confirmation email will be sent with the meeting link and details.
Toronto Reference Library Offers Beginners Webinar Series
Andrew Lowe, Services Specialist, Toronto Reference Library
 
Toronto Public Library’s Reference Library will again be offering a webinar series for beginners in four parts, on Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, starting November 12th and running through December 3rd.
 
You will find all of the details, and the link to register, at the Eventbrite website here!  Registrants will be invited to the sessions the Wednesdays before each week.
Thunder Bay District Branch November Presentation
Jane Chapman, Membership Chair, Thunder Bay District Branch
 
Dawn Kelly will be our presenter at our Virtual Meeting on Tuesday Nov 10th at 7:00 PM EST.
 
Dawn Kelly has been a radio newscaster for 35 years and landed her first job in Thunder Bay.  She has won national and international awards during her 22 years on the air as a national newscaster at The Canadian Press.
 
In 2012, Dawn started a serious search for her Irish ancestors, only to discover she has deep French-Canadian and Acadian roots.
 
Please join us, via ZOOM, as we learn about Dawn's travels and discoveries while searching for her ancestry.
 
Please register in advance for this meeting, using this link!
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  Remember to check your Spam file just in case the confirmation email ends up there.
Lambton County Branch November Presentation
Alan Campbell, Lambton County Branch
 
Please join us on Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at 7:00 pm via Zoom to learn the methodology for researching the Canadian fallen in the Second World War. Our presenter, Ken McKinlay, notes that his presentation, Second World War-Researching the Canadian Fallen, “will deal with the situation that researching our relatives and ancestors who fought for Canada in the Second World War can be a challenge, especially since many of the records are not yet available online. In this talk we will be looking at the various resources to help you in researching those that ultimately gave their life in the service of Canada in the Second World War. We will also touch upon additional resources to help you in your research of those that survived that conflict.”
 
To register for this free webinar click on this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErdeChpzgrEtYhvdoSv4BLy8w74-qHUIKl
eWeekly Survey
 
On October 31st we asked you about preserving your family history through the next generation.  We received 210 responses!  Thank you!
 
85% of respondents plan to pass on their materials to the next generation, but only 16% have organized the details in their estate planning!
 
In responding “other” to the first question, one respondent’s reply stood out as thoughtful planning!  “I have and am actively contributing items, once photographed and archived, to relevant organizations. My mother's CGIT uniform (Christian Girls In Training), circa 1947-1953, was accepted by a chapter in Alberta that was organizing physical artifacts from Western Canada's history with CGIT. My paternal grandfather's war medals, documents, cap and several photos from WW1 were accepted by a war museum in London, England that is amassing documentation/artifacts from as many veterans as possible. My father's Cdn Navy artifacts (1945-1950) have recently been accepted by the Canadian War Museum for their collection. I am continuing to consider various family artifacts that would be better suited to public collections than with family. More personal items, and there are few of interest to family, are listed in my estate planning.”
 
85% plan to pass on paper files, binders and albums, but only 40% have digitized diaries, manuscripts and books.
 
You can see the full results of the survey here!

This week we’re asking you about your Top Canadian genealogists, historians and authors.  The Survey will be open until midnight, Wednesday, November 4thCLICK HERE to start the Survey.
Kent County Branch Presentation
 
Join us on Friday, November 13th at 7:00 pm for a presentation by Rev. Jeff Hawkins called Rooted in Kent & Beyond. 
 
Rev. Hawkins has deep roots in Kent through his Shaw, Crowe, Everett, Blackburn and other family lines as early as 1796. Besides researching his Kent ancestors, Rev. Hawkins has extensive experience as an archivist & researcher outside of Chatham-Kent.
 
Click on the link here to register. A confirmation email will be sent to you to join the presentation.
Updates from our Favourite Bloggers
 
The GenealogyQuebec site posts Slavery as witnessed through New France’s parish registers.
 
At The Ancestor Hunt Kenneth Marks asks “Did You Know That Ancestry Has 1,087 FREE Collections!
 
DiAnn Iamarino in Fortify Your Family Tree gives us some advice on How to Improve Old Photos and Genealogy Documents.
 
FamilySearch wrote about their photo collections, specifically Celebrating Music, and asked Why Save Your Photos on FamilySearch?  Their reasons are that they will save your photos at no cost, you can easily create and share albums with relatives (with no account required for relatives to view shared albums), and that users can easily tag photos with dates, people, places, and events.  You can even add stories or audio clips for enhanced memories.
 
At Are You My Cousin? Lisa Lisson gives us a post on How to Research “Out of the Box” Genealogy.
 
Legacy Tree Genealogists has an interesting post about Seven Overlooked Irish Genealogy Resources You Should be Using.
 
Gail Dever of Genealogy à la carte told us about a webinar on TODAY on Researching Your French Canadian Ancestors.  It starts at 1:00 pm.
 
At Finding Your Canadian Story, Candice McDonald explores Manitoba Ancestors:  Issues of “The Commercial” on Canadiana.
 
Amy Johnson Crow’s Generations Café podcast gets us started thinking about Christmas with 5 Easy DIY Family History Gifts.  You can listen to the podcast or read the post.
 
John D. Reid of Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections praises The National Archives (U.K.) for rising to the challenges of COVID-19 with When they go low, we go high
 
At Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter Dick Eastman posts History Repeats Itself – Comparing the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 to Today’s COVID-19 Pandemic
 
Patricia Greber in My Genealogy Life continues her exploration of Military Resources:  Vancouver Gunners
 
The National Archives (U.K.) has announced its online programme of Christmas presentations. You can check them out here!
Oxford County Branch Presentation
 
Join us on Monday, November 16th, 2020, for a presentation by author Al McGregor entitled “Fighting the Phoney War”.  The presentation is based on the research from his latest book, titled "An Angry Sky", a novel of the Phoney War. The story is based around events, both here at home and overseas between 1939 and early 1942, the years before World War 2 became a global conflict.
 
This will be an online ZOOM meeting.  Register here
 
Everyone is welcome.

News from Library and Archives Canada
 
​​​Computing Services Interruptions on November 7th, 2020
 
There will be an interruption to our computing services on Saturday, November 7th, from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm (ET), during which time some digital images and PDF documents may not be available on:
  • LAC Web sites
  • Aurora
We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.
 
Reopening Library and Archives Canada – Book Your Visit in Ottawa Now!
 
​Further to our previous announcement regarding the reopening of our Ottawa public service point, you can now make a reservation using Eventbrite! See the Book your visit in Ottawa web page to start planning your visit to Library and Archives Canada for the period from November 17th to 20th, 2020.

  CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

November 5-11 – Veterans’ Week
Sat., Nov. 7th – 9:30 am – Ottawa Branch DNA Interest Group
Sat., Nov. 7th - 10:00 am - London-Middlesex Branch Presentation
Mon., Nov. 9th – 7:00 pm – Leeds & Grenville Branch Presentation
Tues., Nov. 10th – 2:00 pm – Ottawa Branch Virtual Genealogy Drop-In
Tues., Nov. 10thEssex County Branch Presentation
Wed., Nov. 11thRemembrance Day
Thurs., Nov. 12thLambton Branch Zoom Webinar
Fri., Nov. 13th – World Kindness Day
Fri., Nov. 13th – 7:00 pm – Kent County Branch 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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