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Durham Region Branch January Presentation
Nancy Trimble, Chair, Durham Region Branch
Please join Durham Region Branch on Tuesday, January 5th at 7:30 pm as Linda Corupe, U.E. presents "Researching Your Female Ancestors".
Trying to locate information on a female ancestor in early Upper Canadian records can be a daunting task for a genealogist, but there are many avenues to pursue that can help.  This presentation will highlight many of those pathways, and will also discuss the resources made increasingly available as the fight for women's rights proceeded.
Linda Corupe has been researching family history for over 40 years.  She started out with her own family, United Empire Loyalists from the Quinte area of Ontario, but as her interest and familiarity with genealogical resources grew, she began to self-publish resource books, including transcriptions of census or vital statistics, court registers, heir and devisee claims, and bastardy oaths.  Linda is a graduate of McMaster University, and a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society, the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada, and the Ontario Historical Society.  One of her favourite places to be is at the Archives of Ontario, where she has spent countless hours over several years, working for both herself and clients.  She says she learns something new on almost every visit, and is really looking forward to being able to safely return when it is once again open.
This meeting will be on-line using the Zoom platform. Please register at the following link:
Congratulations, Dr. Berthiaume
This week’s announcement of Order of Canada appointees included a name familiar to most family historians in Canada – “Guy Berthiaume, C.M. – for his leadership in the preservation of our collective heritage and for making it more accessible to all Canadians.”
Dr. Berthiaume, the former Librarian and Archivist of Canada, was responsible for the amalgamation of the two previously separate entities, and for laying the groundwork to make the national treasures held by this institution more available to Canadians wherever they live.
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

A Year of Canadian Genealogy in Review
Gail Dever, Genealogy à la carte
A synopsis of this review can’t do it justice – Gail covers topics such as online learning, old and new connections, and research, in a month-by-month review of what was happening from coast to coast to coast.  The post ties our field in with the realities of the global pandemic, with a little humour along the way!
Please take time to read Gail’s post 2020:  A year of Canadian genealogy in review.  And we look forward to her upcoming post What’s in store for Canadian genealogy in 2021!  Let’s see what’s in her crystal ball!  Thanks, Gail.
A 21st Century Challenge – Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy
Even before the middle ages people were compiling histories about their families and origins – some of them oral, some written in hieroglyphs or ancient languages – some of them accurate and detailed, many fanciful and “stretching of the truth” – but all honoured by the descendants of those peoples.  Here In the 21st century, as Dr. Penny Walters says, “ethical dilemmas in genealogy came to the forefront”.  In the kick-off to our 2021 Ontario Ancestors webinar series, Dr. Walters explores some of these dilemmas and helps us to become more aware of ethics in our genealogy journey.
Join Dr. Walters on Thursday, January 7th at 6:30 pm as she explores this emerging field.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars Announces ‘O Canada’ Series
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
As part of its announcement of 2021 webinars, Legacy Family Tree Webinars announced two brand-new webinar series, and one of them is O Canada.  The O Canada series will take place on the third Friday of each month, beginning January 15th, 2021.
The series features eight Canadian presenters, tackling twelve topics:
  • From Grandmother to First European Landowner in Canada – Lianne Kruger
  • How to Locate an Ancestor in Ontario, Canada West or Upper Canada – Janice Nickerson
  • Tracing Your War of 1812 British Soldier – Paul Milner
  • An African Canadian Family History Mystery – Mags Gaulden
  • Researching Canadian Nurses, Pilots and Sailors in the First World War – Kathryn Lake Hogan
  • Online Sources for Scottish Genealogy Research – Christine Woodcock
  • Following The Irish Trail to Canada & Beyond – Tammy Priolo
  • Early Ontario Research – Janice Nickerson
  • A Toboggan Ride Through Canadian Records, eh! – Lianne Kruger
  • My Ancestors were Irish – or were they? – Natalie Bodie
  • Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada – Christine Woodcock
  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website – Paul Milner
The other new series is African Diaspora, taking place on the first Friday of each month and delivering educational webinars created for African-ancestored people in the U.S. and around the world.
In addition, Legacy Family Tree Webinars will be continuing their monthly webinar series for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the MyHeritage webinar series, the Down Under series focused on Australia and New Zealand, and the very popular Tech Zone series of short (ten-minute or less) videos focused on tech topics.
You can print off a calendar brochure of all of their upcoming webinars for 2021, or you can get more information, and register, at
eWeekly Survey

Last week we asked you about your genealogy goals for 2021!  We received 122 responses – thank you!
By far the most popular goals were to organize our paperwork and organize our family photos, with organizing our digital files trailing slightly.

 Among those pursuits that we didn’t include in our list, the first listed was “writing my own life story as part of our family history” – and that is one that we should all consider!  One respondent will use Clooz to file the mound of paper so that they can find the next lead.  Another needs to enter data into their family tree software – in this case Family Tree Maker – and one reader wants to know the best online family tree programs to use that don’t come with a cost!  Several had specific research goals, while one needs to prioritize which ancestral lines to deepen.
We also asked what you would like to learn more about…
Again, in Other we had one respondent who wants to learn about “using all the tools on GEDmatch most effectively, individually and in concert”, and specific topics of British Military in Canada and Researching loyalist ancestors.
Our last question was more open-ended:  Tell us about specific genealogy tasks you plan to tackle in 2021.
Many are specific:
  • Find the parents of my gg grandfather – a four decade quest
  • Find my Irish connection to Ayrshire
  • Learn to use Evernote to better advantage
  • Organize my husband’s lines
  • Stop creating FREE family trees and start charging for my work
  • Visit at least three local cemeteries to take more gravestone photos
  • Find evidence/proof of the death of my great grandfather’s cousin
  • Write up the story of each of my great-great grandparents
  • Update my research plans in preparation for (fingers crossed) research trips
  • Write a biography of my now deceased grandmother. Daunting as she is considered a saint in my family!
And some need to practice setting SMART goals – goals like “organize all the info I already have, and fill in some of the many blanks” – or “locate and organize all family photos” – need to be made Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely!
You can read more of these goals in an article further down in this newsletter.
We’re taking a break again this week from asking new questions.  If you have suggestions for topics you would like to see surveyed, please send them along to
BIFHSGO Presentation on January 9th
Andrea Harding, Communications, British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
Join us on Saturday, January 9th, 2021 for our presentation Researching British Home Children from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Gloria Tubman will offer an overview of British home children and the various resources available to research this topic. She will relate stories of individuals using the information discovered in various resources in Canada and in Britain. You may look at your own family research differently.
Online - registration required.
Gloria Tubman, granddaughter of a home child, has researched this topic for over 28 years and authored A Genealogists’ Guide to Researching BRITISH HOME CHILDREN. The areas of genealogical and historical research include British home children, Quebec, the Ottawa Valley, and has led to research for “Who Do You Think You Are?” She is a co-instructor of a genealogy course at the Ottawa Stake Family History Centre and a volunteer at the Genealogy Drop-In co-hosted by the Ottawa Branch Ontario Ancestors and the Ottawa Public Library. She is a member of Ottawa Branch Council, Ontario Ancestors, and BIFHSGO.
A Winter of DNA Virtual Conference
Family History Fanatics
On Saturday, January 30th, 2021 Family History Fanatics will host their third annual conference.  The event begins at 9:45 am EST.
Speakers will be talking about the following:
  • DNA & Law Enforcement - Marian Woods
  • GEDmatch Basics - Kitty Cooper
  • Tracing Ancestral Lines in the 1700s Using DNA - Tim Janzen
  • A Guide To Chromosome Browsers & DNA Segment Data - Michelle Leonard
Join in an engaging virtual conference where the emphasis is on interactivity and learning about genetic genealogy!
You'll SEE the difference in this conference as your presenters will open the live chat throughout their sessions and turn on their cameras!
Recordings of the sessions will be available for 30 days after the virtual conference, so even if you can't make the live session, register so that you can watch the recordings.
As with past events there will be a fifth hour panel discussion where you can ask questions about any of the topics or even anything else related to genealogy and research.
Early bird registration is only $19.99 USD until January 22nd. The regular registration price is $24.99 USD.
Learn more at the website ( and register today.
Lambton County Branch of Ontario Ancestors Webinar Announcement
Stephen Young, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch and member of the Ontario Ancestors Board, will be speaking on the topic of Exploring Ontario Records on for Lambton County Branch’s webinar January 12th, 2021.  The webinar begins at 7:00 pm.
Register for the webinar using this link:
Updates from our Favourite Bloggers
At Genealogy à la carte Gail Dever posted about a Documentary about the Irish Famine on YouTube.  This story of the Irish Famine, called The Hunger was broadcast on Irish television network RTÉ, and has a companion website.  Visit Gail’s post for links.  Gail also posted that we could Transcribe records from the 1917 Halifax Explosion.
The Drouin team says they have had a productive year, with over 500,000 new files and images added to their collections.  They are also beginning a new blog series entitled The omission of women in family trees – Part 1 appeared this week.
At Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections John Reid took a break from his Yuletide R&R to give us Human sex ratio in Ancestry’s 1911 Census.  Interesting findings, indeed!
Dick Eastman at Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter updates an earlier post with The Mystery of Deceased Hiker ‘Mostly Harmless” is at Long Last Solved!  Dick also posted a story about Texas High School Students Using Technology to Restore Cemeteries’ History.
At they have posted their Free Family History Classes and Webinars for January through March 2021.  You can check out the classes through this link.
Legacy Tree Genealogists lists their Top 10 most popular blog posts of 2020.  Interestingly they are split 50/50 between DNA subjects and non-DNA research.
Lorine McGinnis Schulze of Olive Tree Genealogy announced an update to her The Genealogy Spot website.  She invites us to check it out and let her know if we spot any problems.
At Family History Hound, Ellen Thompson-Jennings favours planning over resolutions for the new year – you can read her plan here!  And with apologies I missed Ellen’s Visions of Christmas Past – you can check it out here!  And thanks for the recipe, Ellen.  Happy New Year!
The Ancestor Hunt with Kenneth Marks has FamilySearch New and Updated Collections Dec 1-31 and Ancestry New and Updated Collections Dec 1-31, as well as an interview with the CEO of a new app, Whoowe, “a fascinating new app for saving your legacy”.
And finally, want to know what genealogy research will look like in 2050?  The Hidden Branch, a genealogy organization for teenagers and young people has a blog post about that.  And who knew there was a genealogy group for teenagers and young people – the clever Gail Dever, of course!
Kingston Branch Invites You to Come to our January 16th Meeting Virtually!
Our speakers will be Carol Ufford and Dawn Kelly, speaking on “The Bachelorette New France (Les Filles à Marier et Les Filles du Roi) Bigamy, Incest, Witchcraft and Murder”.
All you need to attend the meeting is a computer/tablet/smartphone or even a regular wired landline phone (although if you use the last choice, you will get only audio and not get to see the speaker’s powerpoint presentation). You need to have speakers attached to your computer, but you do not need to have a microphone or webcam; in fact, we will ask that you mute your mic and camera so that we do not place a strain on the allotted bandwidth.
You must register in advance using the link below. You will then receive an email confirmation with further information and the link to click on the 16th before 10:00 am. We suggest that you check in a bit before that, particularly if you do not yet have Zoom (free app) installed on your computer or device. The first time you go to use it, you will be prompted to download Zoom, which only takes a minute to do and it’s a one-time install: you don’t have to do it again.
Here is the registration link for Saturday, January 16th at 10:00 am:
Everyone welcome!

Have You Checked Out LAC’s Social Media Sites?
On its Facebook site there was a recent post about the 1942 Ice Storm in Ottawa which brought the city to a standstill.  It linked to a video on their YouTube channel, and provided an interesting view of sections of the city, clearing the streetcar tracks, and a skier on Bank Street.  My family spent an interesting hour identifying landmarks that we could remember!  There was also newsreel footage of Canadian troops receiving gifts and letters overseas.  For other ‘blasts from the past’ check out LAC’s social media sites here.

LAC Ottawa: Public service point closed starting December 26
Because of new public health measures in Ontario, Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) Wellington Street facility in Ottawa will be closed to the public starting on December 26th. We will reopen our public service point as soon as this is allowed by health authorities. Until then, enhanced 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.
Genealogy Goals for 2021?
In last week’s survey we asked you to tell us about some specific goals you have for your genealogy in 2021.  Some of the results are included in the Survey article above, but there were many more to choose from.  Here’s a sampling!
I want to continue to volunteer at the Archives I now volunteer with. I enjoy it and I hope good health will allow me to continue this activity in 2021. The bonus with this activity, helping others with their research usually ends up adding to my own family tree.
Complete a photo ancestry book about my Mother's ancestors and their home towns, churches, and farms. I also want to organize and preserve in proper storage all my Mother's photos and letters from her cousins and aunts and uncles in northern England.
I’m hoping to transcribe some family documents to electronic form so that they can be shared with others. Some date back to early 1800s late 1700s, which is a challenge to read, thus requiring lots of patience. Need to be in the right mindset!
Finish writing up my mothers family history, edit it, do any needed final research, select illustrations for it and get it printed for my family.
I need to document details I already have into a program so I can empty the shoe box.
I am interested in finding Wills for a few ancestors and perhaps a land deed of when my great-grandfather first acquired his land in Nottawasaga Township. I know where he settled and when he came to Canada.
I currently am taking classes in genealogy and intend to use this 'lock down' time to further the studies. Within that, as noted above, I will be tackling the somewhat overwhelming job of organizing all that I have collected over the past 40 years. Looking forward to it!
  1. Publish a book about my wife’s Great Grandmother who left her family and took her youngest (two years old) to Canada from England in 1914. They ended up in the Vancouver area and whilst there maybe have been communications in the early days with family back in England, this appears to have stopped in the 1930s.
  2. Transcribe 2500 pages approx of notes left by a relative on the Family History - not just ours but other related families (which are held by the SOG in London), mainly from Essex and Herts in the UK. Also a possible family link (same surname but connection not proven or otherwise as yet) to Sudbury, Ontario.
  3. Tidy up Trees etc. and make sure I have the right proof in each case.
I plan to write a family history book on one of my family lines. This family lived in Ontario, New Jersey and Germany ... they were originally Palatines.
Continue researching my husband's line as well as my own. I alternate weeks. Finish organizing family photos with related stories, preparatory to giving each of my children (6) & grandchildren (17) a thumb drive with the information as a 2021 Christmas gift.
My goal this year is to go to an archive and do some in-person research. I have only done internet researches so far, but I think I’m ready to research in-person now.
I hope/plan to not spend so much time going down rabbit holes though they are fun it slows down the main search of finding my Boyce family prior to coming to Canada from the USA.
I would like to scan and organize all our slides, negatives and pictures. Also to clean then up and many are dusty, moldy or fading colors. I have the equipment to do it but need to commit myself to doing it.
 It looks like I will be moving in the coming year so I want to get my genealogical paperwork in order before I move it.
We moved in 2019. My parents moved into retirement homes in 2020 and their home was sold. They kept EVERYTHING (want to know about gas mileage for a 1964 Volvo? How about hydro bills for Deep River in 1962? Love letters from 1899? How about 1932? Or 1961?) in 2021, I need to sort, digitize and decide what happens to the originals. Wish me luck!
 And from our survey about cultural traditions:
Going outside on New Year's Eve and banging pots & pans to ward off evil spirits for a good New Year.
Scottish "first-footing" of a dark-haired male (my father) on New Year's Day.  In the Editor’s house, this was a task assigned to my boyfriend every year (good thing I only dated “dark-haired gentlemen”) – and he had to carry in a lump of coal to give the household warmth for the coming year!
Wishing good luck to all of you who have specific genealogy goals you wish to accomplish.  We’ll showcase more next week!
In the meantime, we hope you all get your new year off to a GREAT start by discovering a gem in your family history research!  Be well, stay safe, and have a wonderful year ahead!


Mon., Jan. 4thWorld Braille Day
Tues., Jan. 5th – 2:00 pm – Ottawa Branch Virtual Genealogy Drop-In
Tues., Jan. 5th – 7:30 pm – Durham Region Branch Presentation
Wed., Jan. 6th – 7:30 pm – Huron County Branch Presentation
Thurs., Jan. 7th - 6:30 pm - Ontario Ancestors January Webinar
Sat., Jan. 9th – 10:00 am –
London-Middlesex Branch Presentation
Sat., Jan. 9th – 10:00 am – BIFHSGO Presentation
Sat., Jan. 9th – 4:00 pm – Ottawa TMG User Group
Sat., Jan. 9th – 2:30 pm – Barrie Public Library Genealogy Meet-Up
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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