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December 12, 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?  https://vivid-pix.com/bogo-restore?pop_code=3ONTARIOBOGO 
 
Tune in to our video chat with Kenyatta Berry and Rick Voight about using technology to keep our family traditions alive this holiday season!  Click on the Stay Safe and Connected post to learn more great ideas for virtually getting together with family and friends to celebrate your holiday customs in a new way this year!

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?”
 
Ray Wright is the Society’s Vice-President of Finance.  Here’s his response:
 
“It’s the excitement of discovery!  That may sound a bit hokey, but it’s a thrill that keeps happening as we discover new “finds”.  I was lucky enough to know all four of my grandparents, and through them to discover my eight great-grandparents, who are all buried in Brant County.
 
A visit with my father in 1985 prompted me to talk with him about family history, and we started to draw up a genealogy chart, which I then used to track down one great-grandparent.  I was given a family bible from 1874 which contained a wedding certificate signed by all parties, and I was off to the races!
 
Another element of fun is what I call genealogical serendipity! While searching for the final resting place of my gr-gr-grandfather, in a visit to the Toronto Family History Centre I was  reminded by Linda Reid that St. James Anglican Cemetery in Toronto was a separate entity from Mount Pleasant, and that opened up a whole new avenue of research.  It resulted in not only the discovery of the burial place of Charles, but produced a copy of the will of his father, Joseph!  Through this find I was able to help a third cousin in Seattle identify the sitter of a photograph as one of Charles’ brothers.
 
On my maternal side, working on my mother’s mother’s family back in Scotland, I discovered them in the 1851 Census of Scotland.  But, hold on!  They were also in the 1851 Census of Canada West. The 1851 Census in Canada West was not actually taken in 1851, but was started on January 12, 1852.  So I could narrow their date of arrival in Canada to a period of months. 
 
Those serendipitous moments, and the excitement that comes with each new discovery, are what makes genealogy fun for me!”
 
Thank you, Ray, 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 TODAY!
Andrea Harding, Publicity, BIFHSGO
 
Join us Saturday, December 12th at 10:00 am for Great Moments in Genealogy Online. 
 
Jamey Burr will tell the story of his mother’s family, who came from the east coast of Scotland to start a significant family fishing business on Lake Huron. We’ll hear about tales of international travel on the jute trade route, early political activity in Upper Canada, lighthouse keepers, the Klondike, family losses and a sad role related to the greatest tragedy in Great Lakes history.
 
After the Irish famine, Hugh Reekie's forebear William Maxwell, a civil engineer and architect, was very involved in designing houses, farms and factories. Hugh will take us on a grand tour of Ballinasloe, Ireland, telling us the history of the town and area, finishing up with a family gravestone - in a very interesting location!
 
Michael MacNeil’s great-great-grandmother was believed to have survived a shipwreck in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on her way to Canada from Ireland sometime between 1830 and 1833.  Learn how Michael discovered that false news is not a recent phenomenon, but can be enduring.
 
The meeting will feature a virtual take on our Christmas Social. Bring along your favourite holiday tradition or memory to share during the social breaks between presentations. Do you have a Christmas decoration that hung in your great-grandmother's house or a recipe that has been passed down the generations? Could you serenade us with a traditional carol?  Or, simply come along and catch up with (friends and familiar faces in the holiday tradition) fellow genealogists.
 
Registration is required – https://bifhsgo.ca
Ontario Ancestors Congratulates Winners of the Fred Landon Award
 
All members of the Ontario Genealogical Society join the Sudbury Branch in congratulating Sudbury member Dieter Buse and his partner Graeme Mount on receiving the 2019 Fred Landon Award bestowed by the Ontario Historical Society.
 
The Fred Landon Award recognizes the best book on local or regional history in Ontario, and the book which prompted the award is titled Untold:  Northeastern Ontario’s Military Past, Volumes 1 and 2, published by Latitude Publishing.
 
In announcing the award, the Ontario Historical Society said “Untold: Northeastern Ontario’s Military Past, in two volumes, brings to print for the first time stories of Ontario’s “Northeasteners” as seen through the lives of men and women who served in the Canadian military, principally in the two world wars.”
 
“The authors, Dr. Dieter K. Buse and Dr. Geaeme S. Mount, retired
professors of history at Laurentian University in Sudbury, have a passion for local history writ large. They recognize that less attention has been given to this region by military historians because its volunteers and conscripts (while they did enroll locally) more often than not served in units that are associated outside of the region, in populated centres of southern Ontario, or elsewhere. Their research work is as broad as the region, and offers a thoughtful framework to understand it.”
 
To read more about this, visit the Sudbury District Branch website under Announcements!
Genealogy Webinar for Beginners:  Library and Archives Canada Resources
Andrew Lowe, Services Specialist, Toronto Reference Library
 
Genealogy research involves exploring many different types of records. Find out what online sources are available at Library and Archives Canada and other institutions and how to access them.
 
This session will be informal and participants can bring pursuits they are interested in for discussion. The instructor will also have a few working examples to draw from to show what to look for on the website.
 
Registration is required by Tuesday, December 15th at 9:00 am:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/genealogy-webinar-for-beginners-library-and-archives-canada-resources-tickets-132584767609
 
Prior to this session participants will need to download WEBEX software at https://www.webex.com/downloads.html
Land Registry Office Records Update
 
Here are the offices we are tracking this week…some are carried forward from past weeks.
Victoria (Lindsay) Dec 7-11 Date changed from Nov 9-13
Frontenac (Kingston) Dec 7 - 11 Date changed from Nov 30-Dec 4;
Glengarry (Alexandria) Dec 7-11  
Rainy River (Fort Frances) Dec 7 - 11  
Bruce (Walkerton) Dec 7 - 11 Date changed from Nov 30-Dec 4;
Elgin (St. Thomas) Dec 7-11  
Lanark (Almonte) Dec 7 - 11  
Durham (Whitby) Dec 7 - 11 Date changed from Nov 30-Dec 4;
Prince Edward (Picton) Dec 7 - 11  
 
At this time, 36 of the 54 land registry offices have had their land records retrieved for scanning.  The balance will be going out over the next few months.  Starting in the new year, these records will be returned to the land registry offices for storage as the inventories are finalized and the archival appraisal begins.
 
We held a very successful webinar on Wednesday evening entitled "An Insider's Guide to using ONLAND".  The recording of the session can be found on our website here: 
https://ogs.on.ca/land-records/
 
There were too many questions to answer during the session so we will be adding a "question and answer" section to the link above next week.  Check back to our website regularly for updates.
 
We have also found a link to some short tutorials on how to use OnLand, which may be helpful to many who are new to the system.  Follow this link to see what is available: 
https://help.onland.ca/en/video-guides/
Ottawa Branch December Presentation
 
Join us on Saturday, December 19th at 1:00 pm (ET) for an online presentation entitled What Family Historians Need to Know About Canadian Copyright, with presenter Elise Cole.
 
Every year, materials like photographs, books, and other creations move into the public domain, but which ones? For family historians, like other researchers, knowing if items can be used and/or reproduced can be difficult to determine.
 
Elise will review what copyright is and what it protects, and when you need to ask permission to use an item under copyright, no matter the format, including print or digital. She will also discuss how to ensure your own creations are protected by copyright.
 
Finally, Elise will explore how to apply Fair dealing, and offer suggestions of other resources to use, like Creative Commons, in place of materials under copyright.
 
You will need to register in advance:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcumrrDMqHtY9ViqBPnaM-FYcrfaeJAkq
 
All Ottawa Branch monthly presentations are open to the public at no charge.
Announcing the 2020 Prince of Wales Prize Recipient
National Trust for Canada
 
Each year, the National Trust's Prince of Wales Prize recognizes communities and their local governments for the successful heritage stewardship of a town, city, First Nations reserve or community, rural region, or district.
 
Congratulations to:
Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario)
 
Recognized for its sustained commitment to heritage conservation, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a compelling example of resilience grounded in built heritage.
 
Please join us in celebrating the 2020 recipient of the prize!
 
Watch the Video – Meet the 2020 Recipient

 
Winter Traditions
 
Recently we asked our readers to tell us about an annual winter holiday tradition.  Here are a few of the responses:
 
“Christmas dinner always included at least one guest from outside the family. Often these were students far from home, or our parents workmates unable to go home for Christmas. They were not always Christian either. We learned a lot about the traditions in other families, other countries, and other religious festivities.”
 
“Being Scottish, New Year's ("Hogmanay") was actually a bigger holiday for us than Christmas. We don't do it any longer, but when I was growing up my mother would clean the house top to bottom, any debts had to be paid off before the new year, and at midnight on the 31st we would throw open all the windows to let the new year in. Fond memories.”
 
“Cross country skiing on Christmas morning, weather permitting and trimming the tree will watching the long-standing Lions Christmas Telethon on TV the first Saturday in December. I've been following this since I was a small child. :)”

Image by aalmeidah for Pixabay.
Staying Safe and Connected!
Patti Mordaswicz, Editor, eWeekly Update
 
Even before the pandemic began we had readers who expressed their lack of knowledge and comfort with using technology in order to attend webinars.  Then in March the world changed and suddenly we were in isolation, unless we could adapt to take advantage of the technology available to us.  There was a clamour for help in how to use various platforms to keep in touch with loved ones and to benefit from the multitude of educational materials being given to us.
 
Recently our partner Vivid-Pix launched a new series of instructional videos in the Education section of their website.  Vivid-Pix partnered with genealogists like Dear Myrtle and Cousin Russ to produce a series of videos to help us use Zoom to get together virtually with our friends and family over the holidays.  The series walks us through setting up Zoom, scheduling and inviting others, how to run the live session, adjusting the sound and picture, the various views and how to use them, how to share photos, recording, and security. These are short, fun instructions that should ease the concerns of those adapting to the online world.
 
But they didn’t stop there!  In another series called Gathering Traditions, Rick Voight talks with genealogists Kenyatta Berry, Dan Earl, and Maureen Taylor about using technology to help us connect with family and friends in this very different holiday environment, and how we can build our family history knowledge and preserve our traditions even when we can’t hug!
 
I had the opportunity to sit down with Kenyatta and Rick last week in a virtual chat to talk about these tools and how they can help us stay connected while staying safe.  The video of that chat is posted on our ogs.on.ca website, linked through a post on the home page.
 
Thank you to Vivid-Pix for reaching out to the family history community with these timely and helpful lessons.   This week we’ll post another video chat, this time with Rick and me, to explain how to use Vivid-Pix software to improve the clarity of your photos and documents and add data to their digital files to enhance their usefulness as genealogical documents. 
eWeekly Survey

On December 5th we asked about “Your Heritage in the Holidays”.  We received 151 responses – thank you!
 
Most respondents practice traditions from their ancestral heritage as part of their holiday celebrations. 
 
The cultures represented were an interesting mix, predominantly British Isles and Ireland, followed by Germany and France, Europe and indigenous peoples.  Left out of our choices were the United States, Caribbean, The Middle East and Asia, and for that we apologize.
 
For many of you the most important tradition was having the family all together!  Since that likely won’t be possible this year, please check out the video chat with Kenyatta Berry and Rick Voight for some how-to tips for using technology to keep those traditions alive.
 
Other meaningful traditions included trimming the Christmas tree (especially with ornaments passed down from previous generations), using recipes handed down from others, Plum pudding (alight and served with “hard sauce”), Christmas carols, attending religious services such as Advent, Christmas Eve carol services and mass, and Christmas Day, and celebrating Hogmanay.
 
You can see the full results of the survey here!  

Focusing again on the holiday season, we’re going to have some Christmas Fun.  The Survey will be open until midnight, Wednesday, December 16th
CLICK HERE to start the Survey!  
 
Updates from our Favourite Bloggers
 
Not a blog post, but an interesting article in the Globe and Mail last week:  Surprise, you’ve got siblings!  DNA results more than I expected, written by Virginia Ashberry.  The cousin referred to in the article is OGS member and respected family historian Linda Reid.
 
And still outside the ‘blog’ category, Thomas McEntee wrote about creating Christmas ornaments using old family photos.  You can see his posts on Facebook.

Gail Dever of Genealogy à la carte writes about D-I-V-O-R-C-E – Two new databases on BAnQ’s website.  Gail also brought us up-to-date on New Quebec family histories (from July) and War of 1812 militiamen’s land requests – both at BAnQ.
 
At Fortify Your Family Tree DiAnn Iamarino shows us Inside My Digital Genealogy Toolbox
 
Chris Paton wrote about Highland Archives catalogue goes online in Scottish GENES.
 
John Reid at Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections provided some interesting research into Educational Records. John also wrote about a new virtual exhibit at the Canadian War Museum in Forever Changed – Stories from the Second World War.
 
At Are You My Cousin? Lisa Lisson writes Help! My Genealogy Research is Stuck!, giving us 7 reasons why and telling us what we can do to get un-stuck.
 
At Irish Roots John Grenham gives us Grenham’s Third Law of Irish Genealogy.
Ken McKinlay at Family Tree Knots posted about a presentation he gave recently to BIFHSGO:  Ontario Land Records Made Easy.  He has posted the handout from the session on his website.  BIFHSGO had made the video and handouts available to members and non-members until December 19th under Resources and handouts.
 
At Legacy Tree Genealogists their latest post is A Step-by-Step Guide to Researching Historical Newspapers
 
Amy Johnson Crow provides some advice and ideas for Family History Activities for When You Can’t Focus.  These are things that could be used to bring your family into the picture this holiday season!
 
Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine posted an article from their Tutorials collection.  Autosomal DNA, Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA tests:  what’s the difference.
Qualicum Beach Family History Society Presentations in January
Ernst Stjernberg, Qualicum Beach Family History Society
 
The Qualicum Beach Family History Society is excited to announce that Chris Paton will be our guest speaker on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021. He will be speaking via Zoom from Scotland.  Chris is a well-known Genealogist who has presented at many genealogy conferences around the world.
 
Chris is originally from Northern Ireland and has both Scottish and Irish roots.  He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies and works as a professional genealogist, running the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service.  As well as teaching Scottish based courses, he has also tutored for the University of Strathclyde’s Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme.  He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
Times & Topics
10:00 am (PST) (1:00 pm (EST):     British and Irish Newspapers
11:30 am (PST) (2:30 pm (EST):     Using the internet and PRONI for Northern Irish Research.  (PRONI is Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.)
 
These talks will be FREE to all members of the Qualicum Beach Family History Society (QBFHS).  If you are not already a member of the Society, you may join by going to our web page: QBFHS.ca.  Instructions to join are easy.  For an annual fee of $25 per person, or $40 for a family / associate membership, you will be able to access all of our speakers for 2021, including the presentation by Chris Paton.

Special Holiday Schedule: Public Service Points Closed from December 24th to January 1st
 
L​ibrary and Archives Canada’s (LAC) facilities located in Ottawa and Vancouver will be closed to the public from December 24th, 2020, to January 1st, 2021, inclusive. This will also apply to Halifax and Winnipeg, should they have reopened. During this period, except for December 25th and 28th and January 1st, remote services will remain available.
 
Contact us by using our Ask Us a Question or Ask Us a Genealogy Question forms, or by calling 1-866-578-7777 (option 8; toll-free in Canada and the United States).
 
Visit our Reopening Library and Archives Canada web page and follow our social media accounts for an overview of services available and region-specific details.

  CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 
Mon., Dec. 14thLeeds & Grenville Presentation
Tues., Dec. 15thOttawa Branch Virtual Genealogy Drop-In
Thurs., Dec. 17thAnti-Bullying Day
Sat., Dec. 19thOttawa Branch Presentation
Mon., Dec. 21stWinter Solstice (Yule)
Tues., Dec. 22ndOttawa Branch Virtual Genealogy Drop-in
Thurs., Dec. 24thChristmas Eve
Fri., Dec. 25thChristmas
Sat., Dec. 26thBoxing Day
Tues., Dec. 29thOttawa Branch Virtual Genealogy Drop-In
Dec. 26-Jan. 1 - Kwanzaa
Thurs., Dec. 31stNew Year’s Eve
Fri., Jan. 1stNew Year’s Day – Welcome 2021!
 
FREE WEBINAR:  Dr. Penny Walters - Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy

Thursday, January 7th at 6:30 pm EST (NOTE:  Special time)

Researching and devising a family tree traditionally involved asking relatives about their lives, devising a tree and undertaking a paper trail. However, it now involves finding previously inaccessible records and dealing with others, who are often strangers, via the internet. 

Ethical dilemmas in genealogy came to the forefront since law enforcement utilized information from GEDMatch to apprehend a suspected serial killer. This created a division in the genealogy field about invasion of privacy. However, other ethical dilemmas may be closer to home. Have you asked any family members if it’s ok to include them on your tree?

 
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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