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Call for Lecture Proposals – Ontario Ancestors Conference 2021
Vito Giovannetti & Kathryn Lake Hogan, Conference 2021 Co-Chairs
The Ontario Genealogical Society is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2021.  The Society’s conference will take place virtually June 4-6, 2021, with the theme:  My Roots, Your Roots, Our Ontario Roots.
We are seeking new, unique and enterprising proposals.  Topics under consideration include:
  • the origins of Ontario settlers including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Asian, and Black Canadians;
  • migration into, within, and out of Ontario;
  • immigration;
  • Ontario history, its records, and repositories; land and military records;
  • methodology, analysis, and problem solving in genealogical research;
  • technology;
  • DNA;
  • mobile devices and apps;
  • organization;
  • society management and development; and
  • social media.
Virtual tours of museums, archives and libraries in Ontario will also be considered.

For more information, click here!
BIFHSGO Launches Canadian War Brides of World War II Research Project
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
BIFHSGO is pleased to announce the launch of the Canadian War Brides project.  "1946 was the year that most war brides arrived in Canada, and so it is appropriate to highlight this period of time seventy-five years later.”  The project aims to tell the stories of these women.
There is more information on the BIFHSGO website under Research Projects or by clicking this link.
There is also an introduction to the project here and an initial list of war bride ships and voyages.  Some of the stories, of those war brides with connections to BIFHSGO members, have already been uploaded to the website.  See the table on the first link for a current list.
Congratulations to BIFHSGO for taking on this important and challenging task.  If you would like to volunteer, contact the Society’s Director of Research and Projects.
Thanks to John Reid for bringing this to our attention.
Transcription Tuesday is Back!
Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine
WDYTYA? Magazine is counting down to their fifth annual Transcription Tuesday volunteer event!  Spend Groundhog Day giving back to the genealogy community!  Mark your calendars for February 2nd, 2021!
To get involved, simply choose which of this year’s projects you wish to help, and then follow the instructions on the WDYTYA website.
The Projects
  • FamilySearch – English parish registers
  • Addressing Health – Post Office pension records
  • Every Name Counts – concentration camp inmate records
  • Voices Through Time – Coram Foundling Hospital Records
For more information about this event, its history and what to expect, visit the Who Do You Think You Are Magazine’s website here!
Oxford Branch Brings in the New Year on January 11th
Carol Bossenberry, Program Coordinator & Education Chair
January 11th will be the first Oxford Branch meeting of 2021. Join us at 7:00 pm for the AGM & Elections (that part will be short), a video tour of The Governor's House - Oxford Resource Centre and an "Ask the Experts" Q & A session.  Register at the following link and you will be sent an email with the link to join the meeting,
Everyone welcome!
PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Launching Online Collections
The Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation has announced that on January 21st it will launch “Online Collections – an assortment of digital collections and content that highlight specific themes with our collection.”  This ongoing project will add artifacts and items, including an Artifact of the Week, so after its launch be sure to check back often for updates.
Thanks to Gail Dever for alerting us to this story.
eWeekly Survey
At the end of December we asked you about your genealogy goals for 2021!  We received 122 responses, and we included some of the specific goals in last week’s edition.  Here are some more of the tasks that our readers would like to accomplish in 2021!
I would like to find pictures of some of my ancestors that are not close but maybe someone on the ancestry link might just have an interest and we can connect to share back and forth. I also have not been able to find the one brick wall ancestor's family it is just frustrating!
Launch my book in September 2021 on the story of my grandmother and her sister as British Home Children.
Compiling the branches and twigs into a digital format.
Confirming a family story about my great-great-grandparents and their daughter immigrating to U.S.A. in 1818 and being shipwrecked off the coast of British North America.
I have two big goals. One is to help my 16-year-old granddaughter extend her family tree. Then I have a box labelled "loose pics", my big goal is to scan them, assigning the images to the right family grouping, and backup on my Picture Keeper.
Break down my brick wall, i.e. grt-grt-grandfather b. Ireland 1801, d. Ontario, ca. 1870, on 1861 census but nothing else.
Planning a research trip appears to be out of the question for 2021. Thus I want to get more of the research already accomplished entered into the genealogy program I use. Who knows? I may find I already have more answers and hints to those problematic ancestors than I recall discovering.
Having only just identified my great-great grandmother, I intend to research her family and determine when they came to Canada and from where exactly in Scotland.
I have a great grandfather born in Germany who came to London, England c1870 and keeps changing his name. His first two wives say they are widows in the census but he is living with my great grandmother, and also can’t find a marriage record for them! So I assume he is at least a bigamist, maybe more! I want to tackle him and try to find what the big mystery is about him and his life!
I want to re-start my tree. Go slowly back from generation to generation to make sure I have all the correct documents and info. Then I can start building the story of my ancestors.
If you have suggestions for topics you would like to see surveyed, please send them along to
Thunder Bay District Branch Presentation
Jane Chapman, Membership Chair, Thunder Bay District Branch
Happy New Year Everyone!
Our first meeting of this new year features our member Ellen Giertuga with a presentation "Using Family Search to Find Land Records".  The meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00 pm on Zoom, so please set up a few minutes before that time, to ensure that your device is working properly.
Sue Hughes, our Vice-Chair, will be hosting the meeting on ZOOM.  Here is a link inviting you to this meeting:
Updates from our Favourite Bloggers
At Genealogy à la carte Gail Dever gave us her take – and it’s a very comprehensive one – on What’s in store for Canadian genealogy in 2021.  The lengthy post covers provinces and societies from coast to coast, changes in the genealogical landscape, educational opportunities, and a wish list!
John D. Reid of Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections also gave us his report on the genealogy good news for 2021 and a look back on a year for this blog. Read it in 2021 and 2020 in Review.  John also commented on the proposed merger of DNA companies in FamilyTreeDNA:  Merger or Takeover.
Lisa Lisson posted in Are You My Cousin? her Most Popular Genealogy Posts of 2020, which included several about old family photos. 
In Family Tree Knots Ken McKinlay wrote about the challenges of verifying a date of death from the mid 1700s in Just When did Caleb Howe Die?  June or July 1755?
As pointed out in Gail Dever’s Crème de la crème last week, check out Arlene Stafford Wilson’s Genealogy Tips for the New Year.
At the MyHeritage Blog, Esther gives us 2020:  MyHeritage Year in Review.
Amy Johnson Crow’s latest podcast gives us 5 Things You Might Be Missing on Ancestry.  You can listen or read it here.
At Fortify Your Family Tree DiAnn Iamarino suggests that you Skip a Generation to Fill in the Blanks in your genealogy research.
Dick Eastman at Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter wrote about the 2020 Users Choice Awards from GenSoftReviews.  Their goal is to encourage developers to build genealogy software that their users like.
Lisa Louise Cooke’s Elevenses with Lisa will return on January 14th with “Rate Your Readiness”, giving us the top ten questions we should be asking ourselves as we begin a new research year.  This link will take you to the live event on the YouTube channel.
At Olive Tree Genealogy Lorine McGinnis Schulze writes about some archived Passenger Lists for ships sailing from ports in Canada to USA.  You can learn more here!
In Genealogy Stories, Natalie tells us How to Utilise SMART goals to Trace our Family Tree, including an introductory video and specific examples.
At Hound on the Hunt Ellen Thompson-Jennings explores using eBay for Genealogy.  You can read it here!
And who doesn’t want The 15 Minute Plan for Achieving Your Genealogy Goals in 2021.  Patricia Hartley at Family History Daily tells us how!
Niagara Peninsula Branch January Educational Session
Join us on Friday January 15th, 2021 starting at 7:00 pm - Jeanette Sheliga will be speaking on New York State Vital Records.
New York State can sometimes be described as a difficult place to research your ancestors in. This program will teach you when modern Vital Records of Birth, Marriage, and Death began to be kept, the information they contain, where to locate them, and how to order copies of them. Many examples of documents will be included, along with indexes, and where to find online record collections. (This program will not include New York City as they have a separate Vital Records system.)
Jeanette Sheliga lives in Lockport, NY where she is the Chairman of the Board and Vice President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, the organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club, and the Registrar for the Niagara Falls Chapter of the DAR. She is a member of many organizations including the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, and the Virtual Genealogical Society. Jeanette has been a genealogy educator, librarian, and guest lecturer for many organizations and libraries since 2011.
Please Visit:  for further information and to register for the events.
Sudbury District Branch Presentation
Nancy Vaillancourt, Program Coordinator, Sudbury District Branch
Sudbury District Branch is pleased to present Thomas MacEntee as speaker at our January 2021 online meeting. This will be good!! Everyone is welcome to join us.
Pre-registration is required at:
Land Registry Office Records Update
Here are the records being picked up this week:

Name of LRO Retail/Land Pick-Up Dates Comments
Huron (Goderich) Co-Located Jan 19-22 Request changed from Nov 16-20
Nipissing (North Bay) Co-Located Jan 25-29 Request changed from Nov 23-27
Victoria (Lindsay) Co-Located Jan 11-15 Request date changes from Nov 9-13
Kent (Chatham) Stand-Alone Jan 25-29  
Rainy River (Fort Frances) Stand-Alone Jan 11-15 Mounted Board plans and residuals
Peel (Brampton) Co-Located Jan 19-22  
Perth (Stratford) Co-Located Jan 25-29 Nov 30-Dec 4; need more time moved to new year
Sudbury (Sudbury) Co-Located Feb 8-12  
York Region (Aurora) Stand-Alone Jan 11-15 Date changed from Dec 7-11; needs more time
Ottawa (Ottawa) Stand-Alone Feb 8-12  
Niagara North & South (St. Catharines Stand-Alone Feb 22-26 Dec 14-18; needs more time moved to new year
Thunder Bay (Thunder Bay) Stand-Alone Feb 8-12 Dec 14-18; needs more time moved to new year
Toronto (Toronto) 20-Dundas Stand-Alone Feb 22-26  
Records from Minden were picked up this week.
Please visit our land records page on our website for answers to the questions that were posed at the ONLAND webinar and demonstration held on December 9th.  This page has been updated to include more of the questions posed that evening.  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.

Travelling Exhibition
​​Hiding in Plain Sight:  Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada

Maxime Marion a Métis guide (1872)

This travelling exhibition was developed by Library and Archives Canada in collaboration with the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Métis National Council, with the support of the Government of Canada.
The exhibition encourages you to:
  • discover the great variety of archival documents in our collection about the Métis Nation
  • explore the portrayal of Métis Citizens—some of whom are "hiding in plain sight"—in art and photographs
  • obtain a better understanding of the history and the culture of the Métis Nation
The exhibition will be in Smoky Lake, Alberta from January 4th to September 6th, 2021, hosted by Métis Crossing and Métis Nation of Alberta.
If you can’t get to see the exhibition in Alberta in person, you can continue exploring by visiting the Virtual Exhibition:
The Métis Nation
Symbols and Terminology
Portraits of known and possible Métis
Related Themes
The Métis Nation
The Métis emerged as a distinct people or nation in the historic Northwest during the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. This area is known as the "historic Métis Nation Homeland," which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, extending into the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Ontario, Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota.
Want to learn more about our first peoples?  This week’s Discover blog post is about The Art of Dene Handgames / Stick GamblingYou can read it here!


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
Mon., Jan. 11th – 7:00 pm – Oxford County Branch Presentation
Mon., Jan. 11thSir John A. Macdonald Day
Mon., Jan. 11thHeritage Treasures Day (U.K.)
Mon., Jan. 11thNational Clean Off Your Desk Day
Tues., Jan. 12th – 2:00 pm – Ottawa Branch Virtual Genealogy Drop-In
Tues., Jan. 12th – 7:00 pm – Lambton County Branch Presentation
Tues., Jan. 12th – 7:00 pm – Thunder Bay District Branch Presentation
Wed., Jan. 13th – 7:00 pm – BIFHSGO British Colonial America SIG
Fri., Jan. 15th – 7:00 pm – Niagara Peninsula Branch Presentation
Fri., Jan. 15thHat Day (reminding us that we all wear multiple hats)
Sat., Jan. 16th – 10:00 am – Kingston Branch Presentation
Sat., Jan. 16th – 10:00 am – BIFHSGO Scottish Genealogy Group
Sat., Jan. 16th – 1:00 pm – Quinte Branch Presents Crouse-Wannamaker Lecture
FREE WEBINAR:  Serge Paquet

Thursday, February 4th at 7:00 pm EST 
From Petition to Patent:  Crown Land Records at Archives of Ontario

If your ancestors came to Upper Canada (now Ontario) in the late eighteenth century or in the first half of the nineteenth century, there is a good chance they received or bought land from the Crown. In this webinar, learn how they did it, what records exist to document it, and how to find these records in the Archives of Ontario’s collections. You’ll be surprised to discover what information may exist, even if your ancestors were unsuccessful in obtaining land from the Crown!

Registration Link coming next week!  Or check the website for updates under Education.
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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