28 September 2014

Special Presentation - Speaker Kirsty Gray



Special Presentation


Speaker: Kirsty Gray

Sunday, November 2, 2p.m. – 5p.m.
Woodroffe United Church, Banquet Hall (207 Woodroffe Ave.)

UK Rockstar Genealogist Kirsty Gray will give two lectures in Ottawa on Sunday November 2nd.  The lectures, sponsored by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO), will be:

1. Searching for Names: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous
2. Solving Problems Through Family Reconstruction

This event will be held at the Woodroffe United Church Banquet Hall (207 Woodroffe Ave) from 2-5pm.  Admission is $10 per person at the door.  A break with light refreshments will be held between the two lectures.  Signed copies of Kirsty's book will be available.

Kirsty's first involvement in family history came at the tender age of seven years with her maternal grandfather’s tree in hand.  Obsessed with her great-grandmother’s maiden name of Sillifant, Kirsty began a one-name study on the name in 1999, publishing tri-annual journals on the surname for more than ten years.  Kirsty took up genealogy professionally while training to be a teacher in 2002.  Running Family Wise Limited, Kirsty ‘finds people’ and has conducted research for private individuals, solicitors, academics and companies worldwide.  As an author, Kirsty has written for many international publications on various topics for beginners to more advanced levels and her first book, Tracing Your West Country Ancestors, was published in March 2013 by Pen and Sword with her second, Tracing Your Industrial Ancestors, due out in early 2015.  A sought-after lecturer, her knowledge and her energetic and infectious personality wows audiences around the world.  Appointed as Director of English Studies with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (University of Toronto, Canada) in 2011, Kirsty has more recently been awarded Superstar Genealogist (Gold Medallist in the Rockstar Genealogist Awards 2013) for the UK/Ireland by fellow family history professionals: Rockstar genealogists are those who give “must attend” presentations.

18 September 2014

Friends of Library and Archives Canada - Giant Book Sale

Books! Books! Books!
Used and New, English and French, Vinyl LPs, CDs and much more!

Join Friends of Library and Archives Canada (FLAC) for their 20th Annual Used Book Sale

Saturday and Sunday
September 20 & 21, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

NEPEAN SPORTSPLEX
1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa
HALL F, via entrance # 2 (rear of building)

See map at http://www.friendsoflibraryandarchivescanada.ca/en/news/whatson.php

For more information call: (613) 943-1544

13 September 2014

The Ottawa Citizen, Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1879-1885.
Ottawa Branch Publication No. 14-02. ISBN: 0-7779-5014-2. $25.00


This new Ottawa Branch publication by Dolly Allen and Joan McKay includes all birth, marriage and death notices published in The Ottawa Citizen from 1879 through 1885. It bridges the gap between previously published birth, marriage and death collections for Ottawa newspapers. As the capital of the new Dominion of Canada grew quite rapidly in the years following Confederation, this publication contains a wealth of vital data, particularly for most prominent politicians, both local and national. As usual at the time, the death notices provide interesting reading on their own. The publication is available online through the Ontario Genealogical Society e-store at http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogsnewcart/ or by mail order through the Ottawa Branch catalog at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/publication-price-list/.

11 September 2014

The Ottawa Citizen, Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1879-1885.

The Ottawa Citizen, Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1879-1885.
Ottawa Branch Publication No. 14-02. ISBN: 0-7779-5014-2. $25.00


This new Ottawa Branch publication includes all birth, marriage and death notices published in The Ottawa Citizen from 1879 through 1885. It bridges the gap between previously published birth, marriage and death collections for Ottawa newspapers. As the capital of the new Dominion of Canada grew quite rapidly in the years following Confederation, this publication contains a wealth of vital data, particularly for most prominent politicians, both local and national. As usual at the time, the death notices provide interesting reading on their own. The publication is available online through the Ontario Genealogical Society e-store at http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogsnewcart/ or by mail order through the Ottawa Branch catalog at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/publication-price-list/.

06 September 2014

OGS Webinars


 



This morning, from the comfort of my house and with about fifty other OGS members, I attended the twelfth webinar give by the Society. That completes the first year of offering this service, which has included talks by Lisa Alzo, the Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, Thomas MacEntee of High-Definition Genealogy, Linda Woodward Geiger and Daniel Horowitz. This morning, Kathryn Hogan of spoke on How to Use Social Media in Your Family History.

The webinars have been recorded to allow OGS members to listen in...but there is a time limit. They can only be made available for one year, so they will soon disappear. Check the OGS Members Only site to watch and listen to the previous webinars.

Next month will feature Thomas MacEntee again with a talk on `Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results'. It will be held on Thursday October 2, 2014 @7:00 pm:
  • Do you have trouble planning a genealogy research strategy? What if you had an automated way to lay out concepts, variables and actions? Mind mapping can help you create an effective research plan as well as help you connect data points once the research is completed. Learn about automated mind mapping tools that let you see your research data in a new light.

02 September 2014

Ottawa Branch September Presentation


 
With the summer months over and the kids back in school, Ottawa Branch resumes it schedule of monthl presentations:


Resources at the Leeds & Grenville Archives
When: Sat, 13 September, 1pm – 3pm
Where: City of Ottawa Archives, Room 115
1:00-1:30: Networking - tea, coffee, juice, cookies 
1:30-3:00: Resources at the Leeds & Grenville Archives. Patti Mordasewicz will describe the vast resources available at the Leeds & Grenville Archives in Brockville. Patti is the Vice President of the Ontario Genealogical Society as well as the Chair of the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the OGS.

Everyone is welcome and there is no admission fee.

This meeting will be simulcast for members who can't join us in person. To join the meeting, go to: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/ottawaogs/ 
If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before: Test your connection: hhttp://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html 


Following the presentation, the Computer Special Interest Group will hold its September meeting.

29 August 2014

Amherst Island Heritage House Tour September 27, 2014

Amherst Island was settled during the Loyalist Period and has pretty much remained unchanged since, so quite unique to those interested in Loyalist history, besides, its an island.

The ferry leaves on the half hour and can be most efficiently reached as follows...
West on 401 to exit 593 west of Kingston (Wilton Road)
Then south to Highway 33 (Loyalist Parkway)
Then a right turn (West) to the ferry dock

The return ferry fair is $9.00.

Don Galna U.E.
Col. Edward Jessup Branch