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    Friday February 19, 2016
    Annual Dinner - North Lanark Historical Society/North Lanark Regional Museum, Almonte, ON
    Meal: Beef dinner with all the fixings. Meet and greet from 6-7pm. Dinner is at 7pm.
    After dinner speaker: Rick Roberts from GlobalGenealogy.com, discusses the assisted emigration program that relocated Lanark Society Settlers from Scotland to Lanark County Ontario in 1820-21. Using one family as an example, Rick shares much detail about the scheme, including a list of resources that researchers can use to access information about individual settlers.
    Where: Almonte Legion, 100 Bridge St, Almonte, ON
    More information: website

    Saturday, Feb 20
    Annual Genearal Meeting - The Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Kingston, ON
    Where: Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St.
    program: Annual Genearal Meeting. Visitors welcome.
    Details at www.ogs.on.ca/kingston

    Feb 20, 2016 1 pm - 3 pm
    Meeting - Quinte Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society, Trenton, ON
    Program: "Scotland from Abroad" by Bob Dawes who will explain and demonstrate how to use both free and paid websites to trace your Scottish ancestry. Everyone Welcome, bring a friend
    Place - Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Drive, Trenton, ON
    For more information visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canqbogs/

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 - 1930h (7:30pm)
    Meeting - Ukrainian Genealogy Group National Capital Region
    Program: Documenting my Ukrainian Ancestors by Donna Law
    Where: St John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine Hall, 952 Green Valley Crescent, off Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa
    Information: website, eMail, Phone: (613) 731-1870 (evenings)

    Sunday, February 28, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    Meeting - Halton Peel Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Oakville, ON
    Talk: Putting Your Family Tree Online, What Choice Should You Make?
    Speaker: Marian Press, Retired Academic Librarian. This presentation will cover the various options available for family historians to choose from: the use of major genealogy sites like familysearch.org or Ancestry.com; wiki sites such as WikiTree; blogs; or building your own web site. The simpler and free options will be emphasized.
    Location: Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville

    Thu/Mar 03 7:00pm-8:30pm
    Lecture - Taking Your Irish Ancestors Back Over the Pond, Oakville, ON
    Researching your Irish Canadian ancestors can be a frustrating when the census and vital statistics records only provide Ireland as a place of birth. Professional Genealogist Ruth Blair will help you begin researching your Irish family history in Canada. Oakville Public Library, Central Branch
    Age: 18Y and up Cost: $8/1 Class
    Register through iris with Course Code: 210793. All programs are listed on our website at: http://www.opl.on.ca/blog/type/genealogy/

    Saturday, March 5, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Workshop - Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, ON
    Workshop Title: Ulster Historical Foundation North American Tour 2016: Finding Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots
    Keynote Speakers: Fintan Mullan, Gillian Hunt
    Venue: North York Civic Centre, Memorial Hall, Burgundy Room, North York Civic Centre, 5110 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
    More information: website

    Mar 5th, 2016 2 - 4 pm
    Meeting - Simcoe County Branch OGS, Barrie, ON
    LOCATION: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie, ON
    TOPIC: Show and Share
    SPEAKER: Members are invited to share their research stories

    Saturday, March 5th, 2016, 1:30 pm
    Meeting - The Lanark County Genealogy Society, Carleton Place, ON
    Location: Beckwith Council Chambers, 1702 9th Line, Carleton Place (Black's Corners)
    Speaker: Speaker: Rhodena Purdon Bell; The story of the Purdon family's 1840s farm that evolved into one of Lanark County's Seven Wonders - the Purdon Conservation Area.

    March 08, 2016 7:30pm
    Meeting - Lambton Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Sarnia, ON
    Program: The Power of FamilySearch.org.
    NAME OF SPEAKER: Gordon Hillman, a retired educator and consultant at the Sarnia Family History Center.
    BRIEF INFO: Many people use the basic features of FamilySearch and miss the many resources available to the user. Gordon will show us some lesser used but powerful features of the FamilySearch website.
    Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1400 Murphy Road, Sarnia, Ontario
    Information: Website

    Thu/Mar 10 7:00pm-8:30pm
    Lecture - Researching Your Irish Family History from Canada, Oakville, ON
    This lecture will show you what online resources are available to help you research your Irish family history. Professional Genealogist Ruth Blair will show you the available records relating to the Irish in Canada and Ireland and how to access repositories along with other sources that could help you with your research.
    Oakville Public Library, Central Branch
    Age: 18Y and up Cost: $8/1 Class
    Register through iris with Course Code: 210786. All programs are listed on our website at: http://www.opl.on.ca/blog/type/genealogy/

    March 11, 2016 7pm
    Meeting - Kent Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Chatham, ON
    Program: THE LEGACY. Virginia Travis will discuss the Black History Legacy Project the First Baptist Church embarked upon to preserve the stories of local black histories. Open and free to the public or join us via youtube channel
    Where: St. Andrew’s Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham
    Information: Website

    Monday, March 14, 2016
    Meeting - Essex County Branch – Ontario Genealogical Society, Windsow, ON
    Speaker: Goldie Howes. After coming into possession of a 150-year-old manuscript, Goldie Howes set out to find descendants and discovered a Belgian spy! Join us to hear all about it.
    If you can’t join us in person, join us online: Essex Branch YouTube Channel
    Where: Central Branch of the Windsor Public Library, Lower Level , 850 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, Ontario.
    Information: Website

    Saturday, March 19
    Meeting - The Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Kingston, ON
    Where: Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St.
    Program: Speaker is Ruth Blair from Oakville - "Taking Your Irish Ancestors Back Over the Pond or Researching Your Irish Family History From This Side of the Pond". Visitors welcome.
    Details at www.ogs.on.ca/kingston

    Sunday, March 20, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    Meeting - Halton Peel Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Brampton, ON
    Talk: The William Perkins Bull Collection
    Speaker: Jim Leonard, Regional Archivist, Peel Art Gallery and Museum and Archives (PAMA) Learn all about this fantastic collection, which includes research notes that are alphabetically arranged by family name, newspaper clippings, cemetery and other records collected in the 1930s on more than 2,000 families in the Peel County region.
    Location: Brampton Public Library, Four Corners Branch, 65 Queen Street East, Brampton

    1-2 April 2016
    Gene-O-Rama, Ottawa ON
    Organizer: Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
    program: Speakers include Lesley Anderson, Robert Grandmaître, Romaine Honey, Shirley-Ann Pyefinch, Rick Roberts, Louise St Denis, Nicole Watier, Glenn Wright. John Reid is the banquet speaker.
    More information: Official website. Brochure. Registration form
    NOTE: GlobalGenealogy.com will be at this event. Let us know if there any specific products that you would like to see at this event and we will be sure to bring them along.

    Saturday, April 2, 2016, 1:30 pm
    Meeting - The Lanark County Genealogy Society, Drummond Center, ON
    Location: 1920 Concession 7 Rd, Drummond Centre, Lanark County
    Speaker: Karen Prytula speaks about our disappearing heritage landscape and uses the Darou house as an example.

    April 08, 2016 7pm
    Meeting - Kent Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Chatham, ON
    Program: FABULOUS FIVE. Members of our branch will share some of their favorite family research tools, tips and resources. Open and free to the public or join us via youtube channel
    Where: St. Andrew’s Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham
    Information: Website

    April 9th, 2016 2 - 4 pm
    Meeting - Simcoe County Branch OGS, Barrie, ON
    LOCATION: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie, ON
    TOPIC: British Home Children
    SPEAKER: Lori Oschefski

    Monday, April 11, 2016
    Meeting - Essex County Branch – Ontario Genealogical Society, Windsow, ON
    Speaker: Cathy Knight. Join us to learn about ‘dit names’, frequently encountered and often confusing for many in french family history research.
    If you can’t join us in person, join us online: Essex Branch YouTube Channel
    Where: Central Branch of the Windsor Public Library, Lower Level , 850 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, Ontario.
    Information: Website

    April 12, 2016 7:30pm
    Meeting - Lambton Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Sarnia, ON
    Program: Searching Your Ancestors in Western & Eastern Europe.
    NAME OF SPEAKER: Gordon Hillman, a retired educator and consultant at the Sarnia Family History Center.
    BRIEF INFO: Gordon has 50 years of experience in researching ancestry in many countries of the world. He will help us use the vast resources available in both Western and Eastern Europe.
    Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1400 Murphy Road, Sarnia, Ontario
    Information: Website

    Saturday, April 16, 2015, 9:00am to 4:30
    Workshop - Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, ON
    Workshop Title: Quebec Family History Workshop. This workshop will discuss the beginnings of New France from the time of its first trading posts and then the establishment of early settlements along the St Lawrence River up to the present day creation of major cities in modern Quebec. The sessions will cover the ways in which to find the Church, Civil, Probate and other valuable materials as well as those that exist in the Quebec National Library and Archives. Speakers: Gary Schroder, Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne, Dan Horner
    Venue: North York Central Library, Auditorium
    More information: website
    NOTE: GlobalGenealogy.com will be at this event. Let us know if there any specific products that you would like to see at this event and we will be sure to bring them along.

    Saturday, April 23, 2016
    International Genealogy Conference - Qualicum Beach Family History Society on Vancouver Island, Parksville, B.C.
    Program: International Genealogy Conference, Unlocking the Past 2016. Colleen Fitzpatrick, Forensic Genealogist from California and Chris Paton from Scotland, a specialist in Scottish and Irish family history research are the featured speakers at this all-day conference.
    Where: The Beach Club Resort, Parksville, B.C., Canada
    Details: www.qbfhs.ca

    Sunday, April 24, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    Meeting - Halton Peel Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Oakville, ON
    Talk: Belonging - The sequel to The Street Arab
    Speaker: Sandra Joyce, Author. Sandra speaks about her latest book which details British Home Child Robert Joyce's struggles as an adult because of his upbringing as an indentured farm worker in Canada
    Location: Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville

    May 7th, 2016 2 - 4 pm
    Meeting - Simcoe County Branch OGS, Barrie, ON
    LOCATION: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie, ON
    TOPIC: New England Research
    SPEAKER: Fran Murphy

    Monday, May 9, 2016
    Meeting - Essex County Branch – Ontario Genealogical Society, Windsow, ON
    Speaker: Dierdre Erin. Hear about cross-border family history research.
    If you can’t join us in person, join us online: Essex Branch YouTube Channel
    Where: Central Branch of the Windsor Public Library, Lower Level , 850 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, Ontario.
    Information: Website

    May 13, 2016 7pm
    Meeting - Kent Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Chatham, ON
    Program: NEWSPAPERS – A FAMILY HISTORY GOLDMINE. Veronique Mandal from the School of Journalism at St. Clair College will discuss the important role newspapers play family history research. Open and free to the public or join us via youtube channel
    Where: St. Andrew’s Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham
    Information: Website

    Sunday, May 15, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    Meeting - Halton Peel Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Georgetown, ON
    Talk: HPB Genealogy Roadshow. Has your family tree got you stumped? Are you having difficulty deciding how to get started? Do you need pointers on the different software programs available? Join our event and check out some of the resources and experts available to help you trace your family tree. Ask an expert - one-on-one; See how Ancestry.ca works! Compare different family tree software programs. Get tips on reading old documents. Bring your questions and see if we can help solve the problem!
    Location: Halton Hill Public Library, 9 Church St., Georgetown, Ontario

    3-5 June 2016
    Conference - Genealogy on the Cutting Edge, Toronto, ON
    Members of all 32 branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society and other family historians from across North America and around the world will meet in Toronto in June 2016 for three days of inspiring lectures, workshops, displays, and other learning opportunities. Don't miss it!
    Information: https://www.ogs.on.ca/conference/
    NOTE: GlobalGenealogy.com will be at this event. Let us know if there any specific products that you would like to see at this event and we will be sure to bring them along.

    June 10, 2016 7pm
    Meeting - Kent Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Chatham, ON
    Program: INTERESTING PEOPLE YOUR ANCESTORS MIGHT HAVE MET. Jim and Lisa Gilberts take us back in time and tell us of interesting people our ancestors may have met. Open and free to the public or join us via youtube channel
    Where: St. Andrew’s Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham
    Information: Website

    June 11th, 2016 2 - 4 pm
    Meeting - Simcoe County Branch OGS, Barrie, ON
    LOCATION: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie, ON
    TOPIC: Quebec Research
    SPEAKER: Marie-Chantal Hogue

    Monday, June 13, 2016
    Meeting - Essex County Branch – Ontario Genealogical Society, Windsow, ON
    Speaker: Sandra Joyce, British home children.
    If you can’t join us in person, join us online: Essex Branch YouTube Channel
    Where: Central Branch of the Windsor Public Library, Lower Level , 850 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, Ontario.
    Information: Website

    June 18, 2016 from 1 -5 pm
    2016 Conference - Ottawa Stake Family History Centre, Ottawa, ON
    Program: Voices from the Dust (more information to be added when available)
    Where: Ottawa Stake Family History Center, 1017 Prince of Wales Dr. Ottawa
    Information: 613-800-4250

    September 1-3, 2016
    International black Genealogy Summit, Arlington, Virginia
    Where: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA, USA
    Theme: "Oral History Reflections-What Does the Story Mean to Me?" 32 workshops; Networking Reception; Luncheon on Friday; Banquet on Saturday; Vendors and Exhibits. You won't want to miss the banquet speaker this time around, Regina Mason, will be presenting The Raw Truth: The Life of a Runaway Slave which is a compelling re-enactment of her great, great, great grandfather's diaries. When you come away from her presentation, you will be excited to write your own stories.
    Information: Official website will carry details of conference

    September 09, 2016 7pm
    Meeting - Kent Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Chatham, ON
    Program: INTERESTING MOMENTS IN GENEALOGY. Let’s explore interesting and humorous family history stories that made us stop and smile. Open and free to the public or join us via youtube channel
    Where: St. Andrew’s Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham
    Information: Website

    9, 10 and 11 September 2016
    22nd Annual Family History Conference - British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO), Ottawa
    Where: Ben Franklin Place in Centerpointe, Ottawa, ON
    Program: The two primary themes of the conference are: Ireland – family history; and DNA in genealogy.
    More information: official website
    NOTE: GlobalGenealogy.com will be at this event. Let us know if there any specific products that you would like to see at this event and we will be sure to bring them along.

2017
    16-18 June 2017
    Conference - Your Family: Building a Nation, Ottawa, ON
    The Ontario Genealogical Society’s annual Conference provides for members and the public to learn and share information about the hobby. There are tours and workshops, lectures and Marketplace, awards, a Research Room, the annual Banquet, displays and special events. Ottawa Branch has hosted five times, in 1972, 1977, 1988, 2000 and 2007. The 150th birthday of Canada is 2017 and Ottawa Branch will again host the OGS Conference.
    Information: to be announced
    NOTE: GlobalGenealogy.com will be at this event. Let us know if there any specific products that you would like to see at this event and we will be sure to bring them along.




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