December 05, 2020
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Vivid-Pix BOGO Buy One/Gift One for Free – Great Gift for the Holidays

Take advantage of the Buy One/Gift One Promo for Vivid-Pix RESTORE photo and document restoration software by clicking the link below.  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? 


Exciting news!  Look for an interview on our website early next week with your Editor talking to Rick Voight and Kenyatta Berry about the Gathering Traditions education series hosted by Vivid-Pix.  It is full of ideas for virtually getting together with family and friends to celebrate your family traditions!  In the meantime, check out the Gathering Traditions educational videos offered by Vivid-Pix!  They offer practical suggestions for celebrating the holidays in this pandemic year!

Happy Hanukkah
FamilySearch Now Available in 30 Languages
FamilySearch is now available in 30 languages!  The additional languages will enable FamilySearch to expand its free offerings and fun experiences to more customers worldwide. The latest five languages FamilySearch has added are Fijian, Albanian, Czech, Norwegian, and Mongolian.
FamilySearch customers will now be able to create free accounts, build family trees, explore billions of images of historical genealogical records, and add family memories and artifacts in any of 30 languages. FamilySearch's popular Family Tree mobile app will also be available in iOS and Android if the available languages are supported on a user's device.
Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch International’s CEO, said, “Expanding FamilySearch into additional languages is giving us the opportunity to reach more of our audience worldwide and to enrich their ability to make fun, memorable family discoveries and connections.”
Anyone visiting with a web browser set to one of the new languages will be able to automatically navigate the site in that language. Otherwise, users can easily select their preferred language from the list of choices in the site’s language setting.
FamilySearch receives over 20 million visits per month and is a great place to build and share your family tree and expand family connections using its growing collection of 14 billion records.
Lambton County Branch December Presentation
 Alan Campbell, Editor, Lambton Lifeline

Please join us on Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom to learn about Early “Canada” Records - Pre Confederation [1867] records for Immigration and Military.
Lesley Anderson, a Canadian representative, will show viewers what is available by “walking” through the website.
To register for this free webinar click on this link:
Land Registry Office Records Update
This week's update for Ontario Records includes:
  • Residual records have been picked up this week in the following areas:  Peterborough (Peterborough), Victoria (Lindsay), Frontenac (Kingston), Glengarry (Alexandria), Bruce (Walkerton), Elgin (St. Thomas), Leeds (Brockville), Lennox (Napanee) and Durham (Whitby). These records will be scanned and then returned to the local offices.
As we continue to work with Ministry officials we will keep you posted on developments.
Sudbury District Branch New Digital Publication for Sale
Give the gift of local and railroad history. Florence Howey’s Pioneering on the C.P.R. tells of her experiences as a doctor’s wife during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in Northern Ontario, and of Sudbury’s early days. The publication includes a photo album, and index of people, places and events.
Note: This purchase is a digital .pdf file and will be sent to you as an attachment in a separate email. The file is not to be copied, distributed or published in any format.
Remains of Soldier Found in Belgium Identified:  Private John Lambert
In April of 2016, multiple sets of human remains were found during an archaeological dig near St. Julien, Belgium. The Canadian Armed Forces have confirmed the identity of one of these sets of remains to be those of Private John Lambert, born in Newfoundland and a member of The Newfoundland Regiment.  He died the 16th of August, 1917 at the age of 17.  The remains will be buried at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s New Irish Farm Cemetery in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  For more details about this lost-now found soldier, visit the Government of Canada website here.
Kent Branch New Publication for Sale
The latest publication Canadian Achievement Vol. 2 – The Development of Chatham/Kent County by Rev. Hugh Cowan is now available for purchase.  The publication is from the very rare unpublished writings of Rev. Hugh Cowan, documenting early Kent County history and development between 1701-1920.  This combined effort between the Kent Branch of Ontario Ancestors, the Chatham-Kent Public Library and historian Chris Carter has resulted in a must-have publication for anyone interested in early Kent County history and genealogy.
The price is $35.00 plus shipping.  Books can be picked up in person in Chatham (contact us to make arrangements). Copies are also available for purchase at The Book Brothers Book Store (25 King Street East, Chatham).
eWeekly Survey

On November 28th we asked “How will you celebrate the holidays this year?”  We received 158 responses – thank you!
Most respondents will celebrate with only their immediate household, while 26% of you will use technology such as FaceTime or Zoom to connect with others.  When asked what will be different this year, you noted reduced gathering sizes, not visiting friends and neighbours, and reduced numbers of gatherings.  As one respondent said, “We have two daughters, one son-in-law, two adult grandsons, and two adult granddaughters with whom we usually celebrate. There have been entire families destroyed by Covid-19, and we don’t want that to happen to us. We want our entire family to be here and healthy to celebrate when this pandemic is over. We must each do our part. There are many options this year... We can meet on Zoom, FaceTime or via a phone call to exchange good wishes...”
Many of you are using technology to get together, mostly Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime, but also apps like What’s App, Messenger and Facebook, video chat and the ‘old school’ telephone!  Seems like the activity you most want to capture is gift-opening – seeing the expressions on people’s faces when they open their gifts.  Some of you are using Zoom to do virtual cookie baking sessions and happy hours!
The holiday tradition that most are maintaining this year is to put up a tree and put out decorations that have meaning – made by the kids, collected from travels, or vintage items from years long past.  You treasure the memories those things bring to life!

You can see the full results of the survey here!  

Focusing again on the holiday season, this week we’re asking how your ancestral heritage fits in with your holiday celebrations.  The Survey will be open until midnight, Wednesday, December 9thCLICK HERE to start the Survey!  
Leeds & Grenville Branch December Presentation
On Monday, December 14th please join us at 7:00 pm via Zoom for our first ever Virtual Genealogy Show & Tell.  A number of members will have stories to tell, family heirlooms to show off, or great genealogy adventures to recall.  We would love to have you be part of our show.  You may be inspired by these stories to tell us one of your own!  So grab your favourite winter beverage, and maybe a Christmas cookie or two, and we’ll share family history stories.
To register for this free online presentation, click on this link:

Genealogist Receives Appointment to the Order of Canada
Among the 114 recipients announced on November 27th by the Governor General of Canada, Jacques Légaré of Montreal was honoured “for the unique actuarial perspective of his demographic research on population aging and for his writings that have enriched Quebec genealogy.  Professor Légaré was co-creator of the Programme de recherché en demographie historique (PRDH), a database which is extremely helpful to genealogists with Quebec roots.
To read more about the PRDH, and Professor Légaré, visit Gail Dever’s blog post here.

Don't miss our January 2021 Webinar!
Kim Barnsdale, Webinar Coordinator
Please note the special start time of 6:30 pm ET.  To register:
Updates from our Favourite Bloggers
At Family History Daily Patricia Hartley tells us Why You Need to Stop Adding Names to Your Family Tree.
Gail Dever of Genealogy à la carte writes about a New documentary and website on the Great Irish FamineGail also posted Schedule announced for free virtual Scottish Indexes conference on Sunday.
At Olive Tree Genealogy Lorine McGinnis Schulze tells us that Historic Black DC Cemetery Headstones Wash Up on Potomac River in Virginia.
John Reid at Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections tells us about the British Newspaper Archive November Additions.
At Fortify Your Family Tree DiAnn Iamarino suggests These Genealogy Projects Can Chase Away the Boredom.  DiAnn has published two new genealogy articles each week for 4 years.  She is going to cut back to one a week, starting this week.  Congratulations on 432 articles, DiAnn.  Thank you!
Dick Eastman in Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter posts Create Fantastic Family Tree Charts Using Charting Companion for Windows or Macintosh.
At The Ancestor Hunt Kenneth Marks has updated lists of Free Searchable Canadian Photo Collections.  The newest updates are for Quebec, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Canadian Territories.
And finally, in the spirit of the season, The National Archives (U.K.) blog includes a post about The Christmas Pudding Palaver of 1952!
Huron County Branch Kicks Off the New Year!
Deb McAuslan, Chair, Huron County Branch
Huron County Branch OGS invites you to join us on Wednesday, January 6th at 7:30 pm ET for a webinar on Land Records.  Ontario Ancestors President Heather McTavish Taylor will be sharing with us where we are regarding the closure of Land Record Offices, and where the documents will be going.
Pre- register for this Zoom webinar at

Kahkewaquonaby, the Grand Council, and First Nations Rights
The Discover blog post this week gives us insight into the early struggle for rights of First Nations, as seen through a series of letters exchanged between Sir John A. Macdonald and Dr. Peter Edmund Jones (Kahkewaquonaby).  Kelly Ferguson, with the Science and Governance Private Archives Division of LAC, tells that Dr. Jones was one of the first licensed First Nations doctors in British North America, graduating from Queen’s College in 1866.  In addition to practicing medicine in Brantford, Niagara, and New York City, Dr. Jones also served as Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit.  He also served as part of the Grand General Indian Council of Ontario and Quebec, a body which first met in 1870 with a primary task of reviewing the Indian Act and other pieces of legislation related to the rights of First Nations.

Letter to Sir John A. Macdonald from Dr. Peter E. Jones written January 5, 1887. In the letter, Jones offers suggestions and comments regarding the Indian Act and the Indian Advancement Act. (e007956445)

To read the blog post, click here!



Sat., Dec. 5thInternational Volunteer Day
Sat., Dec. 5th – 10:00 am – London-Middlesex Branch Presentation
Sun., Dec. 6thNational Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Tues., Dec. 8th – 2:00 pm – Ottawa Branch Virtual Genealogy Drop-In
Tues., Dec. 8th – 7:00 pm – Lambton County Branch Presentation
Wed., Dec. 9th – 7:00 pm – An Insider's Guide to Using ONLAND

Thurs., Dec. 10thHanukkah begins at sundown
Thurs., Dec. 10thHuman Rights Day
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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