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Vivid-Pix BOGO Buy One/Gift One for Free – Great Gift for the Holidays

Just in time for holiday planning, Vivid-Pix not only has this great BOGO offer, they are also offering online education to help us plan for our holiday gatherings this year.  See the article below for details.  You can 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? 

to our American readers!

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 Stephen Young:
“In August 1979 I was informed by a long-time friend of my parents that soon after the death of my mother in 1967 (when I was eleven years old), my father deposited many of her books and papers in some boxes in their backyard shed. Over the intervening twelve years no one had remembered them, and I certainly had no idea they were there. In sorting through those mildewed books and files I found my mother’s early attempts at genealogical research. She was born and raised in England so her family included ancestors I knew very little about; plus, she had researched my father’s lines in Ontario as well. But the real treasure was finding her handwritten personal history about growing up in England through the end of the Second World War.
I had only recently started my own attempts at family history research, so these discoveries added fuel to the fire. Within a couple of years I was fully engrossed and even changed the path of my university studies and earned a BA degree from Brigham Young University in Family and Local History in 1985. Prior to starting to work for FamilySearch in 1988 I earned an MA degree in History from Bowling Green State University. The intervening thirty-two years have been a wonderful career in being involved with promoting the preservation and access to historical records for genealogical use all over the world, including an unforgettable four year assignment in England supervising the British 1881 Census Indexing project (1992-1996). During this next year I will retire and I can continue my own research efforts on my own family.”
Thank you, Stephen, 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!

Quinte Branch Virtual Presentation TODAY!

In the search for our family histories, we all experience “great moments”, some not so great, some good, some bad and a smidgen which is mostly inspirational! Can’t wait to hear them! Our virtual meeting awaits. Great Moments research stories are usually a lot of fun but they can be tragic at the same time if honesty prevails.
Join us today, November 21st, at 1:00 pm, when we bring you some great Genealogy Moments!  To register, click the link here:
New Project at Archives of Ontario
Jay Young, Outreach Officer, Strategic Stakeholder Development
The Archives of Ontario is excited to announce the launch of its GLAM Wiki project!
Like many other Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) across the globe, we’re enhancing our presence in the Wiki ecosystem by sharing digital materials on Wikimedia Commons, encouraging editors to use our resources for writing articles and improving metadata, and other forms of collaboration.
We’ve added more than 300 images to the Wikimedia Commons to make our records more accessible to researchers and to encourage knowledge creation. We’re planning to upload images from two more collections in the next few weeks, bringing the total to more than 1,750 images.
Explore these initiatives by checking out the Archives of Ontario’s GLAM Wiki page.
Toronto Branch Presents Great Moments in Genealogy

Join us on Monday, November 23rd at 7:30 pm for our Branch meeting.  In keeping with tradition, a number of Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations. This year because of the global pandemic we have reached out to our more distant members to share their great moments. It should be a blockbuster of an evening! Here are the speakers and topics so far:
  • Goodwillie’s Home: Ann Brown
  • My Scandalous Brick Wall: Beth Adams
  • Timelines Reveal Relationships: Janice Nickerson
  • Johnny, We Hardly Knew You: Carol Ufford
  • The Surgeon of Montreal: Dawn Kelly
  • Lord Love (Luv?) a Librarian!: Heather Iannou
  • The Wrong Father: Georgie Kennedy
  • Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness: Cathy Quinn McNamara
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree? Camerons or McPhees?: Margaret Kipp
Click here to register in advance for the meeting.
Gathering Traditions
Rick Voight, Vivid-Pix
At Vivid-Pix we understand that the holidays are not going to be the same this yearwith families and friends unable to get together or share holiday traditions physically due to social distancing guidelines and travel quarantine restrictions.
Vivid-Pix has an answer to help stay connectedhold these events virtually and create time capsules with Vivid-Pix’s “Gathering Traditions,” easy-to-implement tutorials at: to relive past holiday gatherings and for future reminiscing.
Vivid-Pix is partnering with Kenyatta D. BerryReunions MagazineDearMYRTLE, and Cousin Russ to provide free, valuable how-to information.  “These tools will help families during the holidays and create time capsules for past and future connectedness,” said Rick Voight, CEO, Vivid-Pix. “By working with reunion and genealogy experts, this education series can be used for virtual reunions and gatherings, as well as creating genealogy interviews and capturing traditions to hand down to future generations.”
Wellington County Branch Presentation
Julia Loncke, Publicity Coordinator, Wellington County Branch

Please note this meeting is online via ZOOM.  Click on the link below to register.  You will receive an email confirmation with details.
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:  Essex (Windsor), Timiskaming (Haileybury), Haldimand (Cayuga), Wentworth (Hamilton), Grey (Owen Sound), Renfrew (Pembroke).
We received two questions this week from members regarding using the OnLand system, and they were answered as follows by Cat Bufalino at the Ministry.
  1. I cannot seem to order a document that I want, I get confused trying to find the right prefix.  What am I doing wrong?
    Once you have the instrument number from the abstract index, you need to find the proper prefix.  Search the county prefix list, locate the township and the years, select the correct prefix.  When entering your information, include the prefix followed immediately by the instrument number.  Do not include any suffix.  So, for instrument 4789c in Port Arthur, Thunder Bay - the entry would be PAC4789 - PAC being the prefix from the prefix list for Thunder Bay.
  2. Has everything been digitized from the land registry offices and can I access it all via OnLand?
All documents for every Land Registry Office can be accessed through the Document images feature on the OnLand site.  If the document is not available for viewing, you can follow the system prompts to request it, and it will be uploaded within 24 hours.  If ever you need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us through General Questions available through the OnLand Help Centre.
Storytelling Tips for Family History Photo Books
Sunny Morton, The Genealogy Insider from Family Tree Magazine
Powerful storytelling is a top priority for many genealogists. We want our loved ones to “meet” our ancestors and learn their stories. But how do we write stories that our non-genealogist relatives will enjoy?
Two words: Picture books! When a child starts to read, we give them entertaining picture books. They can look at the pictures, read a few words, and enjoy the story. And then they’ll want to read more. We can do the same when introducing family history to relatives: tell stories and give them plenty to look at.
The “picture book” version of family history is a digital photo book. These three strategies for creating a photo book are the same kinds of strategies a successful children’s picture book writer follows:
1. Choose ONE story to tell. Talk about one ancestor, or one theme (like migration or jobs), or one pattern on your tree (such as common names). This may be the hardest part of the whole process for you!
2. Know your audience. Before you start designing your book, identify who you’re writing it for. That way you can highlight things they’ll care about and write in a voice they’ll understand and enjoy.
3. Show, don’t tell. Your well-chosen images will drive the storyline and hold the reader’s interest. After all, it’s a photo book! If the captions weren’t there, your readers should still get the gist of the story and feel its power.
eWeekly Survey

On November 14th we asked you about your Winter Holiday Traditions.  We received 165 responses – thank you!
An overwhelming majority of respondents feel it is very important to keep up family traditions that have originated from previous generations, although many of you indicated that celebrations this year would be different and that it would be more challenging to maintain those traditions. 
Many of you are already passing down winter holiday traditions, or intend to do so, including foods associated with Christmas dinner and stories regarding Christmas tree (and other) decorations.  One respondent highlighted drinking sherry while cooking the Christmas dinner – the only day of the year when it is consumed!  Other traditions include stockings, Christmas cards, and the playing of special Christmas music!
When it comes to preserving your winter holiday memories, the responses were fairly “old school”:  oral storytelling, paper files or albums, and handing down heirlooms.
You can see the full results of the survey here!

Our 2021 Conference Co-Chairs, Kathryn Lake Hogan and Vito Giovannetti, want some input from you about our 60th Anniversary conference.  Please respond to our Survey with your suggestions to make this event an outstanding one!  The Survey will be open until midnight, Wednesday, November 25thCLICK HERE to start the Survey!
Updates from our Favourite Bloggers
Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy participated in a new episode of Historic Niagara.  You can read about it, and get a link to the video, here!
At Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections John D. Reid told us about Widening Horizons Webinar Series.
Getting into the holiday spirit?  Cindi Moynahan of My Moynahan Genealogy Blog has for several years posted a Family Tree Christmas Tree.  She has now created a tutorial so that we can all get into the spirit!  Check out Deck the Halls:  Create a Family Tree Christmas Tree here!
Gail Dever of Genealogy à la carte laments the slow response by LAC for military files in Much patience required when ordering WW2 service files from Library and Archives Canada.
At Genealogy Quebec the latest blog post is about the 42,057 new headstones on their site.  Read the post here!
DiAnn Iamarino at Fortify Your Family Tree asks How Good is Your Census Fact-Gathering Routine? – and then shares hers!
At My Genealogy Life Patricia Greber writes about a FamilySearch webinar covering Quebec Notary Records.  Armed with new information, Patricia posted 4 Steps for Finding Quebec Notary Records Online.
Dick Eastman has some “buyer beware” advice in Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.  Check out Pssst! Want to Buy Your Family’s Coat of Arms?
At The Family History Writing Studio Lynn Palermo is offering Storylines Video Lessons.  Check them out here!  You can also have them delivered to your inbox by signing up for them here!

Now more than ever museums are changing to meet the needs of their customers.  At Treasured blogger Erin Hynes gives us Three reasons why its time for museums to go digital!

Want to know more about DNA Inheritance paths?  Read Legacy Tree Genealogists post The Journey of DNA’s Inheritance Paths:  X-DNA and Autosomal DNA.
Ottawa Branch Virtual Presentation

Join Ottawa Branch members on Saturday, November 28th at 1:00 pm for a presentation on Genealogy and the Canadiana Collections.  Presenters Émilie Lavallée-Funston and Francesca Brzezicki from the Canadian Research Knowledge Network will share genealogical research possibilities for the Canadiana collections. They will present a brief overview of the history and materials in the collections before diving into possible research avenues and approaches for both Canadiana (digitized historical publications, published prior to 1921) and Héritage (Library and Archives Canada’s most popular archival collections).
For more information visit the Ottawa Branch website here!  Advance registration is required – to register, click here!
Letter to the Editor
“Regarding Sudbury’s Military Family.  It’s about time everybody includes women lost in Military families.
Who do I contact to get this moving across Canada, and then hopefully across the world.
There were many women pilots during WWll, flying planes into dangerous zones.  Why don’t we acknowledge and praise the women who lost their lives?”
Rachel Steinhouse
Editor’s Note:  While the advertisement for the Sudbury presentation made no written reference to gender in the text, the photo chosen to illustrate included men only.  Rachel’s enquiry prompted this Editor to think about how we ensure that we are being gender sensitive in the material we present.  I welcome views from readers on what we – individually and collectively – can do to present a balanced perspective.

Youth Advisory Council – Now recruiting across Canada!
Library and Archives Canada is currently looking for dynamic, creative young people aged 19 to 25 from all regions of the country to join its Youth Advisory Council (YAC). For the first time, we are broadening eligibility to include not only candidates in the National Capital Region but also those across the country to ensure a greater representation of youth perspectives from coast to coast to coast. Members will be appointed for a 5-month period from February to June 2021, with the possibility of extending their mandate until June 2022.
Through virtual meetings held on a monthly basis, YAC members will discuss a variety of topics related to Canada's documentary heritage and contribute to LAC management decisions by providing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas. Among past topics discussed by the YAC are special events, social media, podcasts, crowdsourcing, physical facilities, public programming, and adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Candidates do not need to have a background in the history, library or archival fields to apply. In fact, we are looking to create a council made up of young Canadians from diverse backgrounds and life experiences who are not afraid to challenge the status quo.
To learn more about eligibility criteria and to apply for this volunteer opportunity, please visit The call for applications will be open until November 30, 2020.
If you have any questions, please email us at
Editor’s Note:  If you are within this age group, or know someone with a family history interest who is, we encourage you (or them) to apply!




November 20-26 – Canada History Week
Sat., Nov. 21st – 10:00 am – Kingston Branch Virtual Presentation
Sat., Nov. 21st – 10:00 am – BIFHSGO Scottish Genealogy Group
Sat., Nov. 21st – 2:00 pm – Quinte Branch Virtual Presentation
Sun., Nov. 22nd – 3:00 pm – Halton-Peel Virtual Presentation
Tues., Nov. 24thOttawa Branch Virtual Genealogy Drop-In
Wed., Nov. 25thInternational Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Wed., Nov. 25th16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (until Dec. 10th)
Thurs., Nov. 26th – Thanksgiving (U.S.)

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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