October 24, 2020
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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?”
Director at Large Kathryn Lake Hogan tells us:
It’s the thrill of discovery through challenging research that makes genealogy so much fun for me. I enjoy putting together all the little details from records and documents, and sometimes, visits to the ancestral location, to get a sense of the life my ancestors lived. I love that I’m always learning something new.”
Thank you, Kathryn, 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!
Land Registry Office Closure Update
Heather McTavish Taylor, President, Ontario Ancestors
Just because the land registry offices have officially closed does not mean that the work surrounding land records has stopped.  There are many things going on behind the scenes, and each week we will try to keep you posted on what is happening.
  • Coming up in the next few weeks, some residual records will be picked up from offices in Cochrane, Dundas, Kenora, Northumberland and Stormont.  These records will be scanned and then returned to their respective land registry offices soon thereafter.
  • Representatives from the Fort Erie Museum will be allowed to visit the closed St. Catharines Land Registry office to make copies of the Abstract Indexes.  Currently the Museum has many of the old historical documents (instruments) but have been unable to reference them without the indexes.  The Ministry has agreed to grant the Museum access so that the documents can become more accessible to the public.
  • This past week, ONLAND added the book film logs to its database.  They can be found at the following link:
Halton-Peel October Presentation
Lori Kay, Publicity, Halton-Peel Branch
Click on the poster or the link below to register.  You will receive a follow-up confirmation email.
Canadian Genealogical Virtual Research Institute Call for Proposals
Christine Woodcock and Kathryn Lake Hogan have partnered to create a new genealogical research institute in Canada offering a virtual program for July 19-23, 2021.
The Canadian Genealogical Virtual Research Institute is currently accepting calls for proposals for courses and class presentations. CGVRI is planning to offer at least two different tracks of Canadian topics for 2021. By "Canadian" we mean topics like a course on provincial records, a Prairie provinces course, Maritimes course, or a "Canadian" lands course, researching French-Canadian ancestors. Something that is specific to researching genealogy within Canada. With each course having 18 classes, there is room to teach some methodology as well. The level of student we are aiming for is intermediate researchers.
Presenters and instructors are welcome to submit a class presentation or two for consideration to be added to a course curriculum.
More details can be found on our website:
The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2020.
Toronto Branch Presentation This Monday
Publicity, Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday, October 26th, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).  It will be entirely online and open to all—but you must register in advance.
Tracing the history of ancestors who went into service in World War I with an arm of the British forces can be challenging but, as historian David Fuller will explain, also very rewarding. In his talk, Researching Imperial Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the First World War, David will outline the different paths Canadians could take in an Imperial military career and show us how to trace them in archival records.
We invite you to stay with us after the presentation… and have your say. We’ll be setting up virtual “break-out rooms” so that you can talk with your fellow attendees in small groups. Bring a cup of tea or the beverage of your choice and let’s chat!

Find out more and register here!
After registering, you’ll get an email message with a link to join the webinar. This link will be unique to your registration.
British Columbia Genealogical Society Will Celebrate 50th Anniversary with a Cruise
Darlene Austin, Member, BCGS
eWeekly Survey
On October 17th we asked you about global genealogy societies and connections to Ontario Ancestors.  We received 148 responses.  Thank you!
Surprisingly, 34% of respondents do not belong to other genealogy societies.  Of those that do, many belong to one or more other provincial or state organizations.  BIFHSGO was often represented on the “other” list, as were various family history organizations in the U.K. and Ireland.  A number of you belong to county-level organizations in both Canada and the U.S.
If you expressed an interest in a collaboration with other societies, the main focus of your interest was in the U.K., Ireland and Europe.  Many also spoke of the desire for a national organization in Canada.
In a moment (or a week!) of genealogical serendipity, one respondent shared the following ‘great experience’:  “When my wife and I were in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire last fall we were able to staff the Family History Society of Buchan's office for a week while their manager had much needed surgery. Otherwise, they would have closed to the public. It was a thrill to be able to work with their volunteers and to help visitors who dropped in for genealogy help although we did get some strange looks when they heard our Canadian accents.”  What a great way to get involved in the community!
You can see the full results of the survey here!

This week we’re asking you about family memorabilia.  The Survey will be open until midnight, Wednesday, October 28th
CLICK HERE to start the Survey.
National Trust Announces Recipients of Cornerstone Awards
National Trust for Canada
Each year the National Trust is pleased to recognize Transformative Projects and Resilient Historic Places across the country.
Of the five projects under the Transformative list, three are from Ontario:  Montgomery’s Inn Museum – Restoration (Toronto), Senate of Canada Building (Ottawa) and Westinghouse HQ (Hamilton).  Three of the six Resilient Historic Places are also in Ontario:  Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (Almonte), Shingwauk Residential School Site (Sault Ste. Marie), and Victoria Jubilee Hall (Walkerton).
Visit the National Trust’s website to see all of the winners and watch a video of the presentations.
Essex County Branch, Ontario Ancestors presents: Exploring DNA Painter
Michele Watson, Essex Publicity Team
Join us on Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30 pm online via Zoom Meetings for a presentation on DNA Painter by Patrick Shaul from the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research.  His presentation will give an overview of this useful DNA tool and explain how it can help you in your DNA family history research.  Free & open to everyone!
Pre-register here:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.
Updates from our Favourite Bloggers
At Olive Tree Genealogy Lorine McGinnis Shulze let us know about family mementoes of the Haight family in Lost and Found.
Gail Dever of Genealogy à la carte reported on a alliance of three genealogy giants in Ancestry, MyHeritage and FamilySearch collaborate to make millions of Norwegian church records searchable online.  And she gives us an update about the town of Asbestos here!
Généalogie Québec (the Drouin Institute) has added some 4208 Protestant records from Quebec to their LAFRANCE collection.  Read about it here!
In Fortify Your Family Tree DiAnn Iamarino deals with the proper format of names, dates and places in How to Use Proper Genealogy Style.
Lisa Lisson loves to explore cemeteries in the fall, and her blog Are You My Cousin? gives us a some helpful hints in 6 Photos to Take Before You Leave the Cemetery.
At Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections John D. Reid points to The Jessup Case and privacy concerns over genetic genealogy.  For a different angle on this story, check out CTV’s A look at genetic genealogy, the science that helped identify Christine Jessop’s killer.
Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter gives us an update on disappearing online information in Why Was the Information Removed from Online?
Family Tree (U.K.) magazine gives us some assistance in oral researching with 20 family history questions to ask your grandparents.  They are equally applicable to parents, aunts, uncles, even older siblings!
Patricia Greber in My Genealogy Life writes about Quebec and Eastern Quebec Poll Books 1814-1841.
And a reminder that for Family History Month in the U.S., Thomas MacEntee of is giving away Cheat Sheets on all aspects of genealogy.  Check them out here, or subscribe to his newsletter and they’ll land in your mailbox!

Interruption of Computing Services at LAC on October 24th


We are updating some of our computer services on Saturday, October 24th from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm (EDT), during which the following services may not be available:
  • Library and Archives Canada websites
  • New France Archives website
  • LAC Direct
We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.



Sat., Oct. 24th – Barrie Public Library Second Annual Genealogical Fair (virtual)
Sat., Oct. 24thInternational Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Sat., Oct. 24thUnited Nations Day
Sat., Oct. 24th – 1:00 pm – Ottawa Branch AGM & Presentation
Sun., Oct. 25th – 2:00 pm – Halton-Peel Branch Presentation
Mon., Oct. 26th – 7:00 pm –
Toronto Branch Presentation
Tues., Oct. 27th – 2:00 pm – Ottawa Branch Virtual Genealogy Drop-In
Tues., Oct. 27th – 7:00 pm – Wellington County Branch Presentation
Wed., Oct. 28th – 1:00 pm – Pathways to Awareness webinar
Sat., Oct. 31st – 2:00 pm – Irish Palatine SIG Presentation

October is
Family History Month (U.S.)
Women's HIstory Month (Canada)
FREE WEBINAR:  Michael Strauss - Researching Your Canadian Ancestors in the First World War

Thursday, November 5, 2020 – 7:00 PM ET
Canada would go on to play a prominent role in the First World War. Then a part of the British Empire in 1914.When Great Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914 the war would automatically involve Canada. Records of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (CEF); including personnel files, Commonwealth war graves, nominal rolls, Americans fighting for Canada, and records of the Royal Canadian Navy will be examined. Additionally, post-war records including soldier’s settlement board, pensions and Canada back home afterwards.
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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