December 19, 2020
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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!

The Fall 2020 Issue of Families is Available!
With an interesting collection of stories, mysteries, and solid genealogical research, there is something for everyone!
Want to learn about how we reunited photos of a British Home Child with her birth family?  Read Maggie’s Family.
Discover the genealogical tracks followed to verify the story of a former slave who lived to 111 years of age, quarried stone for the White House, and built a life for himself and his family in Essex County – that is the story of John Hedgman.
Beware of Bad Company tells the story of the Hanging of Thomas Corner in Milton, Ontario in 1858!  And follow the history of the Vanderburgh family and its connection to the county gaol in Whitby. And learn more about the wonderful collection of books and research notes of J. Brian Gilchrist which are now in the Society’s collection.
In the NewsLeaf section we hear from President Heather McTavish Taylor, update readers on the advocacy the Society has undertaken regarding the closure of Land Registry Offices, share some ideas to spark your research using unusual records, and provide information on World War 1 research of those who weren’t “soldiers”.
To read the fall 2020 edition of Families, visit our website here!  Remember, this is a member benefit.  If you’re not a member, why not join now and reap all the benefits of joining our family!
We’re looking for an Editor for Families.  If you want to learn more, contact our Executive Director, Megan Houston, at
Family History Activities
Have some kids (or grandkids) to entertain over the holidays?  Want to get them interested in family history?  The FamilySearch website has a whole sack full of ideas – and many of them can be adapted to “physically distanced” settings.
Under the general headings of
  • Where am I from?
  • Famous Relatives
  • All About Me
  • Compare – a – Face
  • Record My Story
  • Picture My Heritage
  • In-Home Activities…
you will find suggestions for many fun activities!
So if you have some family time to share this holiday season, visit the FamilySearch website here and discover activities for the whole family!
Irish Palatine SIG Publishes New Book
Phyllis Chapman, Communications, IP-SIG
The Irish Palatine Special Interest Group is proud to announce that our newest book, We Remember, has been printed and is available for purchase.
We Remember is a compilation of information about Irish Palatine men who perished while serving in the Canadian Forces during the First World War. The book is 120 pages long and contains a 2-page write-up for each of 46 Irish Palatine soldiers we were able to identify who made the ultimate sacrifice.
You will find an excerpt of the book (containing the cover page, the foreword, a list of soldiers’ names, and an index of all Irish Palatine names noted in the book) as well as information on how to order your copy on the SIG Activities page of our website. 
The Gift of Family History
Linda Stufflebean, Empty Branches on the Family Tree
In a recent blog post, Linda describes the gifts genealogy has given her (click on the link above).  In the same post, she goes on to quote from the Bible “It is more blessed to give than to receive”.  Her suggestions for how each of us can give back are worth listing here, in the hopes that they will inspire in each of our readers the desire to contribute!
Linda’s list includes:
  1. Join your local genealogical society and contribute to its health.
  2. Help with indexing in FamilySearch (or Library and Archives Canada)
  3. Join a genealogy group on Facebook and offer to help others.
  4. Saving vintage photos and reuniting them with family members.
  5. Making a financial contribution.
Linda’s post describes each of these in more detail, but we wanted to motivate our readers to give back to their family history family!
Land Registry Office Records Update
 Here are the records being picked up this week:

Victoria (Lindsay) Dec 14 -18 Request date changed from Nov 9-13
Kent (Chatham) Dec 14 -18  
Bruce (Walkerton) Dec 14 -18 Date changed from Nov 30-Dec 4
Durham (Whitby) Dec 14 -18 Date changed from Nov 30-Dec 4
Huron (Goderich) Dec 14 -18 Request changed from Nov 16-20
Nipissing (North Bay) Dec 14 -18 Request changed from Nov 23-27
These will be the last pick-ups for 2020, the remainder will be picked up in 2021.  We should start to see records being returned starting in the new year.
Please visit our land records page on our website for answers to some of the questions that were posed at the ONLAND webinar and demonstration held on December 9th.  The link can be found here:
If the information has been helpful and you would like to see us continue to advocate on your behalf, please consider making a donation. This publication and our land records advocacy work is being spearheaded by volunteers, who would be most grateful for your support. To make a donation, visit our website and click on the Donate Now button.
eWeekly Survey

On December 12th we asked you some holiday trivia to have some Christmas Fun.  We had 140 responses – thank you!  Your editor spent an enjoyable afternoon reading your responses, and compiling the results.
Your Favourite Song produced a list of fifty songs, with carols such as Silent Night and O Holy Night topping the list, and surprising to me, Good King Wenceslas in third place!  Your reasons for choosing a particular song as your favourite were also varied, but in many cases you spoke about the song evoking memories of your childhood.  Many of you commented that Silent Night is usually sung at the end of your church’s Christmas Eve service, when the only illumination is from the candlelight in the sanctuary.  As one put it “not just the words but the music is calming”.  There were many secular songs on the list as well – more about those next week!
When it comes to favourite Christmas food, turkey topped the list with more than double the others, with stuffing and Christmas pudding (or plum pudding) in second and third places!  Many of you use handed-down recipes to make your stuffing, and the pudding was accompanied by a variety of sauces – hard sauce, caramel sauce, even a tart lemon sauce!
When it comes to Christmas movies, it was a close tie between A Christmas Carol (the original black and white version with Alastair Sim) and It’s a Wonderful Life.  In both cases your reasons were clear:  they both embodied the spirit that this season evokes – and both had superb acting!  White Christmas was a respectable third!

In the category Christmas TV Shows and Specials, the clear frontrunner was A Charlie Brown Christmas, with How the Grinch Stole Christmas! In second place.  One respondent had this to say about Grinch:  “This 1966 classic embodies the idea that all lives can be transformed...even the Grinch! As a minister, I like this...that even ones who the world deems are unlikeable, unloveable, harmful, hurtful, mean...can be transformed by the power of love! This message never gets old.”  Many of you mentioned Christmas music specials, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas concerts, Natalie McMaster and her family Christmas specials, performances of Handel’s Messiah, and more recently Michael Bublé.
Christmas trees and lights were your favourite decorations, with many highlighting the treetop star or angel, and vintage decorations handed down through the family.  Greenery in the form of wreaths and garlands, candle collections, and nativity or crèche scenes were also high on the list.
Since you can’t “see” the results with a survey link, I’ve given you the highlights above.  In next week’s edition we’ll share some of the stories about each of these entries and why they are special to you.  We’ll also share your responses to the Christmas presents that stand out in your memories.
We’re going to skip the Survey for this week, but we’ll be back next week to ask about your genealogy New Year’s resolutions!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their stories and memories!
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 Loyalists' 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:
Updates from our Favourite Bloggers
The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, provides an honest and ethical opinion on freeloaders in TNSTAAFL!  Go ahead, look it up!
A timely post by Melissa, Barker, The Archive Lady (via Genealogy Bargains$), sharing tips on preserving and organizing years’ worth of Christmas cards from family members.
At Are You My Cousin? Lisa Lisson explores the 12 Days of Christmas Genealogy Records.
Ken McKinlay at Family Tree Knots posted A Land Records Challenge resulting from his recent workshop.
DiAnn Iamarino at Fortify Your Family Tree tells us How to Break Through to New Generations.
At The Ancestor Hunt Kenneth Marks has posted about New Brunswick Birth, Marriage, and Death (BMD) Record Links, as well as those for Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Alberta.
Legacy Tree Genealogists gives us the Secrets of Murder:  Uncovering a Family History Mystery.
Dick Eastman at Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter writes about Bringing Genealogy to Low-Income Families.
Legacy Family Tree gives us 7 Ideas to Turn Your Christmas Card into a Genealogy KeepsakeEditor’s Note:  I have difficulty with links from Legacy Family Tree, but opening it in an incognito window seems to work!
Lisa Louise Cooke has another Elevenses with Lisa video – Provenance:  The Story Behind Your Genealogy Records.  You can watch the video or read the show notes with the above link.
At Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections John Reid does his annual comparison in Financial Health of Canadian Genealogical Societies 2019.
Gail Dever at Genealogy à la carte posted about a YouTube video – Hidden Tools on Ancestry.

Co-Lab Challenge: Canadian National Land Settlement Association
Many people are looking for information about their ancestors. When those ancestors are immigrants, it can be hard to find! The information may be in archival files whose relevance is not immediately obvious.
This is the case, for instance, with the archival records of the Canadian National Land Settlement Association. They contain official documents created by Canadian National to promote immigration and colonization in Canada, a program that also had significant negative impacts on First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation.
For this Co-Lab challenge, we have specially digitized many pages from the Association’s archives, covering the period from 1925 to 1963. You can also read more in our blog post on this topic.
As Andrew Elliott, an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, notes: “The personal records of immigrants are particularly interesting. They include an application form indicating the nationality, language, religion and age of the person and their family members; identity cards; documents indicating services provided to the family, including the name of the shipping company and the ship on which they came to Canada; receipts; records of their place of settlement in Canada; and miscellaneous correspondence. It should be noted that in the 1920s and 1930s, many immigrants came from Eastern Europe, particularly the Ukraine.”
By participating in this Co-Lab challenge, you can help to make the files of these people searchable in our research tool. Indeed, all of the content that you transcribe, translate, describe or identify will be accessible within 24 hours to those seeking to discover more about their roots.
Now is the time to lend a hand!

Temporary Closure of LAC’s Halifax Public Service Point Due to Renovations
Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) Halifax public service point, located inside the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, will remain temporarily closed until April 2021, as the museum will be undergoing renovations. See the Museum’s website for more information on this project.
Due to these renovations, it will not be possible to meet LAC’s specialists on-site. Rest assured that we will continue to offer enhanced remote services by email, telephone or through virtual meetings. For more information, or to ask one of our reference specialists a question, contact us by email or call 902‑426‑4031.

Holiday Traditions
We’ll close out this edition with some more of our reader contributions.  In an earlier survey we asked readers to tell us about holiday traditions that they will maintain this year (in spite of – or perhaps because of – the challenges) and their significance.  Here are some of the responses:
“We will put up our decorations because there are ornaments that bring back so many memories (both happy and sad). The season brings a time of reflection, and gratitude. The lights give us a lift as the days get shorter. I will at least make a batch of shortbread just because....”
“Even though only my husband and I will see them, I still plan to decorate indoors for the holidays. Holiday traditions are important even if it is only for the two of us. Besides, seeing my holiday ornaments will remind me of past (more social) Christmases!”
“Continuing to have a traditional German Christmas Tree with REAL candles and enjoying German cookies.”
“Every year we have a sing-a-long of Christmas songs and carols. Everyone plays an instrument - or if not, there are bells to jingle and a triangle to chime. We continued this tradition after my father died a few years ago; this year my mother may be accepted into a Long Term Care residence before the holidays. Regardless, we will have our cacophony of music with the belief that they will be with us in spirit.”
“I will hang a stocking for Santa's visit.”
“We will drive around on Christmas eve and look at the lights, although there aren't near as many now as there were when I was a child. This is something I remember doing with my parents and grandparents and we continued the tradition with our children and plan on continuing to do so with our grandchildren. There is something very magical about driving through the snow and looking at all the lights and the displays.”
“We will continue to have tourtiere for Christmas morning breakfast, using the recipe that my grandmother used and that was passed on from my French-Canadian ancestors who arrived in Quebec in the 1600s. The recipe has been used for generations.”
“We will share the tradition of a turkey dinner, a gift, a prayer, good wishes, a glass of wine and enjoying the beauty that surrounds us. We now have time to truly focus and think about our priorities, and the important things in life. Some of us can jump off the Merry-go-round of giving up our life to work constantly to buy more “things” we don’t need, and instead enjoy simpler things that feed our soul…. There is something deeper and better to reach for, like a clean planet, pursuing what our hearts need, maintaining our health, having time to enjoy what we already have.”
And with "visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads", the eWeekly Team wishes each and every reader,

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night.”
                                                                                 C. Clement Moore


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

Wed., Jan. 6th – 7:30 pm – Huron County Branch Presentation
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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