December 26, 2020
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Vivid-Pix’s new version improves a wider variety of image formats; metadata tagging for research, transcription, and sharing of family stories; and Crop/Recalculate.
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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!

Happy Kwanzaa
According to Wikipedia, “Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1 each year, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually held on the 6th day”.  Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, the holiday, now celebrated in the United States and worldwide by peoples of African descent, the festival is based on seven principles:  Unity (Umoja), Self-Determination (Kujichagulia), Collective Work and Responsibility (Ujima), Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa), Purpose (Nia), Creativity (Kuumba) and Faith (Imani).  Participants celebrate with music, dance, poetry, narratives and feasts, ending with a day dedicated to reflection and recommitment to the seven principles.
To learn more about this celebration of family, community and culture, visit the official Kwanzaa website here.  To our readers celebrating this holiday, Happy Kwanzaa.

Happy Boxing Day
The day after Christmas (or the second Christmas day as celebrated in parts of Europe), Boxing Day originated in England as a holiday to give gifts to the poor.  It is celebrated as a holiday in countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, and is often better known as a shopping holiday, although not in Ontario in 2020!  In these challenging pandemic times, perhaps it is time to return the holiday to its roots and give to those less fortunate than ourselves.

London & Middlesex Branch Online Special Presentation
London & Middlesex Branch, Ontario Ancestors
Please join us for our monthly special presentation on Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at 10:00 am:  The 1939 UK Register:  Why is it Invaluable? with presenter Dr. Penny Walters.
The UK 1939 Register was used to produce 40 million Identity Cards during World War II when rationing was introduced. It provides a huge bridge between the last published census (1911) and 1939. People were more ‘honest’ in their information-giving, providing exact date of birth and relationships, as they wanted their rations. From 1948 the Register was used as the National Health Service Register, and was updated until 1991, giving women’s new surnames when they got married, hand written above their name.
The online UK 1939 Register is a relatively unknown tool for genealogists from outside the UK.  Dr. Penny Walters offers invaluable insights into the depth and breath of the Register, how to find it, what it covers and other sources from the time period. This is a presentation not to be missed. 
This presentation will be hosted by the branch virtually. Registration is required. Please visit to register.  A confirmation email will be sent with the meeting link and details.  You can download Zoom to your computer or mobile device or join via web browser. (
Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 30 years in Psychology and Business Studies. Penny's interest in genealogy started after having her first child and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was adopted.  Penny lectures internationally and writes articles about a variety of genealogy topics including ethical dilemmas, the psychology of searching, ethnicity and identity, adoption, and Irish heritage.
Holiday Fun
In our Christmas Fun survey you told us about favourite Christmas songs, decorations, food, movies and TV shows.  When it came to telling us why, the most thoughtful responses were evoked by the music you remembered.
In describing O Come All Ye Faithful as one of your favourite Christmas songs, several people mentioned that it suited their alto voices!  But one respondent had a different take:  “because the hymn book had alternative lyrics in Latin. One year, my brother, sister & I started singing it in Latin just for fun while everyone around us sang in English - and we kept it up every year for that one song until the church bought new books, and alas, no more lyrics in Latin.”
Ave Maria becauseI love the peacefulness of this song. And I learned that my mother used to sing it in her church when she was a teenager. I never heard her sing growing up, so this is a special bit of information for me. After her death I found programs and newspaper articles about the church choir.”
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear because “it reminds me of the cold, crisp, clear, wintry nights coming back to the warm house from doing chores in the barn.”
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. “My cousin had just learnt how to play it on the violin, We put on a concert for our parents. They clapped. It was a good thing that my cousin played the violin because the singing was not very good. We were about ten or eleven years old. Now that my cousin and I are both retired, It is a treasured memory.”
I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas. “It is just a happy song & reminds me of holidays past. How when the kids were little and didn't really know what they wanted and asked for anything and everything!”

When it comes to favourite decorations, the range is from the sublime to the – well, you know! 
“Vintage glass ornaments, some used my grandparents on their trees.”
“A Christmas village that my granddaughter has helped me put up since she was very small.”
“A special candle I bought 60 years ago in Oberndorf bei Salzburg. It has a replica of the Silent Night Memorial Chapel commemorating the 1818 composing of everyone’s favourite carol, Silent Night or “Stille Nacht.”
“A quacking/singing duck whose beak moves and “quacks” three carols. It drives everyone crazy but has been part of our Christmas forever.”
“My mother's glass ornaments from England.”
“The Christmas tree all aglow. It brings back childhood memories of getting up early and turning the tree lights on. Then I would just sit there and take in all the presents before anyone else got up and disturbed them. I did believe that Santa was real and had come to our house.”
Thank you for sharing your memories of holidays past.  Just think of the stories we’ll be able to tell about the “pandemic holidays”!

Updates from our Favourite Bloggers
Lorine McGinnis Schulze of Olive Tree Genealogy announced her NEW revised site for Naturalization Records!  She also announced that Chasing Waterfalls, a Historical Niagara video, has won a Best Documentary award in the United Kingdom.
At Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections John Reid gives us News from BAnQ in Gatineau about divorce files, land requests from militiamen of the War of 1812 and much more!  He also posted Breaking News from MyHeritage DNA.
The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, asks Find a Grave for “a waiting period please” in her post Now More than Ever.
Dick Eastman at Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter is Counting Down to 1925 in the Public Domain.
At Genealogy à la carte Gail Dever writes about the sacrifices of her ancestors in If my grandfather, father and others could be away from heir family at Christmas during WW1 and WW2, we can do the same.  Good advice Gail.  She also told us that Home Access to Ancestry through Libraries has been extended until March 31, 2021
Ken McKinlay at Family Tree Knots writes about Ontario Township Papers on FamilySearch, what they may contain and what you need to know to get started.
At The Ancestor Hunt Kenneth Marks has posted about Historical U.S. and Canada Free Online Catholic Newspapers,  as well as updated BMD links for the Territories, British Columbia, Quebec, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island.
DiAnn Iamarino at Fortify Your Family Tree reminds us Your Ancestor’s Location is Critically Important.
eWeekly Survey

Last week we told you we would share your stories about some of your most memorable Christmas presents.
“Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls.”
“My first bike when I was 5 years old. My Grandparents gave it to me. It was red. My grandmother taught me how to ride it.”
“At about age 10, I received a shiny red bicycle. I rode it all winter in our unfinished basement, carefully slaloming around the support posts and quickly ducking when approaching the stairs. Finally, when spring came to northern Ontario, my father carried my bike up the basement stairs to a world waiting to be discovered.”
“Hopalong Cassidy complete outfit.”
“We kids got a new big toboggan from Santa on a year when Dad said not to expect much. It was awesome!”
“A seven-seater toboggan that our parents got us so we could go toboganning in the snow.”
“Family toboggan. About 1952, while we 4 children were excitedly opening our stockings hung on chairs in the farm house kitchen/dining room, it somehow appeared in the corner. Over many years, it was ridden down many snowy hills by more than one generation.”
“A toboggan. We three girls finally had a snow toy that we could all use at the same time!”
“A 3-dimensional picture that my dad made for me of a person fishing. After genealogy, fishing is my next favourite activity.”
“When I was six, the only thing I wanted for Christmas was a Tiny Tears Doll. I woke up very early, around 4am and crept down to the tree, very quietly so as not to wake my parents. Would Santa remember me? Did he come by? As I got closer, I could see all the presents laid out, and there, there was the Doll. I was in heaven.”
“One year Santa left me and two of my four sisters dolls (we 3 were the youngest) and each doll had the hair colour of each of us - mine was brunette, Judy's was blonde, and Nancy's was a redhead. We thought that was very clever of Santa.”
“A 3’ tall bride doll (that cost a whole $11 in 1955) which was such a totally hopeless wish I mentioned it only once. Somehow my parents made it happen!”
“My first Canon camera which inspired me in nature and wildlife photography!”
“I had wonderful Christmas presents. But my most vivid memory is of the one I didn't get - the Madame Alexander Marybel doll. She came with crutches, arm and leg casts, bandaids and spots to mimic measles or chicken pox. Saw one once at a collectibles show and pointed it out to my Mom, who didn't recall the trauma this lack caused.”
“My son was stressing about what to get me, so I told him all I wanted was for him to play a tune on his accordion for me. He played a fabulous song, and when I asked what it was, as I hadn't heard it before, he said it didn't have a name yet because he wrote it himself! Fortunately we were able to capture the moment on video!”
“The one I received a few days ago. A genealogy colleague who I have never met in person sent me a stuffed Quokka, an Australian animal that I admired because it always looked like it is smiling. His name is Edward and he will be my guest for Christmas Dinner.”
“The gift of family is the only one that counts for me.”
Thank you for sharing these Christmas memories with us!
Ring out 2020 and look onward with hope to 2021.  Our final survey of this year looks at the coming year!  What are your genealogy goals and challenges for 2021?  The Survey will be open until midnight, Wednesday, December 31st
CLICK HERE to start the Survey!  

Quinte Branch Meeting on Saturday January 16th, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Kathryn Potter, PLCGS, Quinte Branch Programs/Communications

The Quinte Branch Crouse Wanamaker Lecture, which honours the founders of the Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors, will be presented on January 16th, 2021. It was originally scheduled for January 2020 but had to be cancelled because of bad weather.
Presentation: 40 Years of Genealogy: Look How Far We’ve Come!
Tracing our family’s history is a lifelong journey. From the simple question, “Who is in my family?” to its current popularity, genealogy has experienced major transitions in 40 years.
Researching her own heritage since the early 1970s, Cheryl Levy will share the process of recording the many stories she has discovered along the way. She will talk about researching “the old way” and explore currently available resources and methodology.
Date & Time: January 16th, 2021 at 1:00 pm.
Location – Zoom. Registration link:
Our presenter, Cheryl Levy, PLCGS, of Footprints to Heritage, is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, where she earned Professional Learning Certificates for Methodology and Canadian Records. She currently hosts their monthly Canadian virtual chats.
Her focus is genealogical research and education through lectures and workshops. She is a member of several genealogy groups and societies, including the Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors, where she holds the executive position of Social Media Coordinator. Cheryl’s roots are in Nova Scotia and Colonial New England.

Hudson’s Bay Company: 350 Years of Archives
Anik Laflèche, Archivist, Reference Services Division
The year 2020 marked the 350th anniversary of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). Founded on May 2, 1670, HBC is one of the oldest still-operating companies in the world.
While HBC’s longevity is a feat on its own, this company stands out for another reason: a very large portion of its historical records has survived, kept, for most of its history, in London, England. Considering that the documents survived centuries of existence, life in the Canadian wilderness, trips across the Atlantic, poor conservation conditions, fires and floods, and two world wars, it is amazing that so many records can still be consulted today.

This document, a minute book in which the first entry was made on October 24, 1671, is the oldest surviving record in the Hudson’s Bay Company archives. The minute book includes the records written during the first 18 months of the company’s existence. King Charles II granted the HBC charter on May 2, 1670. (MG20-A1, file A.1/1, Microfilm reel HBC-1)
To read the blog about the history of the records, click here for the complete post by Anik Laflèche.

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.


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!
Wed., January 6th – 7:30 pm – Durham Region Branch Presentation

Wed., Jan. 6th – 7:30 pm – Huron County Branch Presentation
Sat., Jan. 9th – 10:00 am – London-Middlesex Branch 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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