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  • Saturday, 21 February, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Workshop - Publish Before You Perish, Toronto, ON
    Organization - Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society
    This half-day course is intended for those who have already done a lot of family history research. It will outline the steps required to publish your family history in a printed book format. Instructor: Nancy Conn
    Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
    For program details, speaker biographies and information on how to register, visit official website

  • Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10 a.m.
    Meeting: Kingston Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Kingsston, ON
    Location: Wilson Room, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St., Kingston
    Title of Talk: Annual General Meeting and Silent Auction
    Contact info: www.ogs.on.ca/kingston

  • February 21, 2015 1 pm - 3 pm
    Meeting - Quinte Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society, Trenton, ON
    A digital presentation by Thomas MacEntee on the topic of "Backing Up Your Genealogy Data. Everyone Welcome, bring a friend
    Place - Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Drive, Trenton, ON K8V 6X5
    For more information visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canqbogs/

  • Sunday, February 22, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    Meeting - Halton Peel Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Oakville, ON
    Talk: Genealogical Resources Available at Halton Region Museum & Archives
    Location: Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario
    Speaker: John Summers, Curator, Halton Region Museum & Archives
    Brief Info: John will also be discussing the Halton Region Museum's new Master Plan for regional heritage preservation and interpretation
    Contact Info: www.haltonpeel.ogs.on.ca

  • February 22, 2015 2pm
    Monthly Meeting & AGM: Brant County Branch OGS, Brantford, ON
    Where: 118 Power Line Road Brantford.
    Program: Speaker Rob Adlam Topic: Brantford's Industrial Heritage. Followed by Annual General Meeting.
    For more information please phone 519 753 4140 or email

    Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 - 1930h (7:30pm)
    Meeting - Ukrainian Genealogy Group National Capital Region, Ottawa
    Program: The Monthly meeting will Feature: Ukrainians in Canada and the United States, Similarities and Differences by Very Rev. Peter Galadza, PhD
    Where: St John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine Hall, 952 Green Valley Crescent, off Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa
    More info: website; eMail: uggncr1@gmail.com; Phone: (613) 731-1870 (evenings)

  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 6:15pm for 120 minutes
    Tracing Your Canadian Ancestors in the First World War, Ottawa, ON
    Where: Ottawa Public Library Rosemount Branch, 18 Rosemount, Ottawa in the Meeting Room
    Information and advance registration

  • March 3, 2015 7pm
    British Study Group Meeting: Brant County Branch OGS, Brantford, ON
    Where: 118 Power Line Road Brantford.
    Program: British Study Group Meeting.
    For more information please phone 519 753 4140 or email

  • March 3, 2015, 2015, 7:30 pm
    Meeting - Durham Region Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Oshawa, ON
    Where: Oshawa Public Library, 65 Bagot Street, Oshawa
    Program: Ruth Burkholder. Hudson Bay Company ...is it just a chain of stores? NO ... there is much history in this company which has been in continuous operation for over 344 years. Started by 2 Frenchmen in 1670 under an English Royal Charter, it is owned by an American Equity firm ... truly a multinational history of a multifacted entity. There are some interesting stories and interesting records to be found regarding this Canadian iconic retailer.
    For more information, visit our website.

  • March 3, 2015, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society, San Angelo, Texas
    Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 YMCA Drive
    Program: Noted genealogist, Randy W. Whited, will be presenting "DNA Tests as Genealogical Sources and Evidence" on Tuesday, March 3. Whited presents case studies highlighting how the three primary DNA tests (Y, MT and autosomal) are used to enhance genealogical research and discover relationships. No experience in DNA research is necessary to learn from this fascinating presentation. . The public is invited and there is no charge. For more information, call (325)-481-3239 or (325)-942-5741 or e-mail or visit our website at http://saghs-tx.org.

  • Wednesdays, 4, 11 and 18 March 2015, 6:15 - 8:15 pm
    Workshop - Using Digital Newspapers for Genealogy Research, Toronto
    Organization - Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society
    This three-week hands-on course will examine the uses of historical newspapers for genealogy research as well as where to find them online. Instructor: Marian Press
    Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
    For program details, speaker biographies and information on how to register, visit official website

  • Saturday, March 7, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Workshop - Using FamilySearch.org, Surrey, BC
    Organization: Surrey Public Library - Cloverdale Branch
    Charge: $10. Presenter Terry Rogers will show you how to use FamilySearch.org to get the best results when researching your family history. Build a family tree or find existing trees, improve search strategies, use the catalogue, use the wiki, or find a gem within a collection of over 100,000 digitized books!
    Where: Surrey Public Library - Cloverdale Branch 5642 - 176A St, Surrey, BC
    To register, Phone Cloverdale Library at 604-598-7327, drop in, or email, website

  • Saturday, March 7, 2015 Time: 10:00 am
    Meeting: London & Middlesex County Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, London, ON
    Location: Westmount Branch, London Public Library
    Topic "New Techniques for Reading Difficult Tombstones".
    Speaker: Dr. David Elliott
    Brief Info: Dr. David Elliott, past Branch Chair, historian, writer & professional researcher, has extensive experience reading & transcribing very old tombstones in Ireland.
    Contact Info: http://www.ogs.on.ca/londonmiddlesex/

  • March 7, 2015, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
    San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society, San Angelo, Texas
    Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 YMCA Drive
    Program: San Angelo Genealogical & Historical Society is "FEATURING MAUREEN TAYLOR, PHOTO DETECTIVE!" on Saturday, March 7, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 YMCA Drive, San Angelo, Texas. Her workshop topic: "Photo Detecting 101: Identifying and Dating Family Photographs", "8 Steps to Preserving Your Family Photographs", "Hairsteria and Mad as a Hatter" and "Google Images and Beyond". Cost of the workshop is $60.00 for non-members and $55.00 for SAGHS members. Registration after February 25 is $65.00 (no lunch available). A home-cooked meal will be provided for an additional $10.00 by the Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection. The meal is a fund raiser for the Friends' many projects including scholarships and record preservation.
    For more information, call (325)-234-8049 or e-mail SASpringWorkshop@gmail.com or visit our website.
    Details: Susan Ball, 325-942-5741, SAGHS.Inc@gmail.com, or www.saghs-tx.org.

  • March 7, 2015 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: Photo Restoration
    SPEAKER: Keith Butler from X-extreme Imaging

  • Monday, Monday, March 9, 7 pm
    Meeting: Essex County Branch OGS, Windsor, ON
    Location: Windsor Public Library, 850 Ouellette Avenue, lower level
    Title of Talk: "How the Scots Built Windsor"
    Name of Speaker: Heather Colautti, Windsor's Community Museum
    Brief Info: Everyone Welcome!
    Contact Info: www.ogs.on.ca/essex

  • Date: Mar. 10, 2015 @ 7:30pm
    Meeting: Lambton Branch Ontario Genealogical Society
    Location: LDS Church, 1400 Murphy Rd. Sarnia, ON
    Title of Talk: "The History of Moore" with curator of Moore Museum
    Name of Speaker: Laurie Mason
    www.lambtonogs.org

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 6:30pm for 105 minutes
    Digitizing and Preserving Family Photographs, Ottawa, ON
    Where: Ottawa Public Library Stittsville Branch, 1637 Stittsville Main in the Meeting Room
    Information and advance registration

  • March 11, 2015 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
    Meeting - York Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society, Richmond Hill, ON
    Program: Webmaster Eric Lescombe will be giving an overview of our new and improved website
    Place - Richmond Hill Public Library, 1 Atkinson Street (Yonge & Major Mackenzie), Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5
    For more information visit http://www.york.ogs.on.ca/

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7 p.m.
    Meeting: Sault & District Branch Ontario Genealogical Society
    Location: 90 Chapple Ave. Sault Ste. Marie
    Program: A guest speaker or mini-workshop of interest to family historians, followed by a social time & brief business meeting. Brief Info: Everyone is welcome. Update available on Website.
    Contact Info: www.ogs.on.oca/saultanddistrict

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 2:00pm for 120 minutes
    Discovering Genealogy Resources, Ottawa, ON
    Where: Ottawa Public Library Napean Centrepointe Branch, 101 Centrepointe in Room 1B
    Information and advance registration

  • March 13, 2015 7pm
    Meeting - Kent County Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Chatham, ON
    Program: THE BALDOON SETTLEMENT. Brian Anderson's ancestors were part of this settlement. He will share his experience in researching the Baldoon Settlers back to Scotland. Open to the public or join us online.
    Where: St. Andrew's Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham
    More information: website

  • March 19, 2015 10am - noon
    Family History Group Meeting: Brant County Branch OGS, Brantford, ON
    Where: 118 Power Line Road Brantford.
    Program: Family History Group Meeting. Everyone is welcome.
    For more information please phone 519 753 4140 or email

  • Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10 a.m.
    Meeting: Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Kingston, ON
    Where: Wilson Room of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St., Kingston
    Program: The speaker is Shirley-Ann Pyefinch of Ottawa and her topic is "Genealogical Information Resources in the National Capital Region".
    Visitors welcome. Further details at www.ogs.on.ca/kingston

  • Sunday, March 22, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    Meeting - Halton Peel Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Brampton, ON
    Talk: Strength?ening Ontario's Heritage Network and the OHS Digitization Project
    Location: Brampton Public Library, Four Corners Branch, 65 Queen Street East, Brampton, Ontario
    Speaker: Ron Leverty, Executive Director, and Alison Little, Program Manager, Ontario Historical Society
    Contact Info: www.haltonpeel.ogs.on.ca

  • March 22, 2015 2pm
    Monthly Meeting: Brant County Branch OGS, Brantford, ON
    Where: 118 Power Line Road Brantford.
    Speaker: John Davis Topic: The Mystery of William D'Aubigny.
    For more information please phone 519 753 4140 or email

  • Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015 7pm
    Meeting: Hamilton Branch Ontario Genealogical Society
    Location: Lincoln Alexander School 50 Ravenbury Dr., Hamilton
    Title of Talk: Researching Irish family from this side of the pond Name of Speaker: Ruth Blair
    Contact Info: www.ogs.on.ca/hamilton

  • Saturday, 28 March 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Workshop - Introduction to Genealogy and Family History, Toronto
    Organization - Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society
    This fast-paced one-day course will introduce some of the types of records and techniques needed to research your family tree, with a focus on vital records, census and probate records, and how to extract and evaluate data. Instructor: Linda Reid
    Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
    For program details, speaker biographies and information on how to register, visit official website

  • Tuesdays, 31 March, 7 and 14 April 2015, 4 - 7 p.m.
    Workshop - Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records, Toronto
    Organization - Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society
    This three-week course is being offered in partnership with the Archives of Ontario. Designed for both family and local historians, it will provide a hands-on introduction to the land granting process in Ontario and the main types of Crown Land records. Participants will work in small groups following actual case histories through the records. Instructor: Jane MacNamara
    Where: Archives of Ontario, York University, 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto
    For program details, speaker biographies and information on how to register, visit official website

  • April 7, 2015, 2015, 7:30 pm
    Meeting - Durham Region Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Oshawa, ON
    Where: Oshawa Public Library, 65 Bagot Street, Oshawa
    Program: Free Websites where to find them and how to use them. Oour members have submitted their favourite "freebies" to share with everyone. Free searches, free downloads, free charts.
    For more information, visit our website.

  • Saturday, April 11, 9:00 to 11:30 am
    Monthly Meeting: British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
    Location: The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.
    Topics: 9:00-9:30: DNA 101 with Bill Arthurs; 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Focus on Sussex, England (Discovery Table); and from 10:00-11:30 a.m. "My Ancestors were all Ag Labs - or Were They?" with Christine Jackson. Christine tackled a longstanding brick wall using a variety of more recent online resources. In this presentation, Christine will recount her search for early genealogical evidence in a variety of lesser-known sources and for a possible link between a 16th-century immigrant French ironworker and her known 17th-century "Ag Lab" ancestors.
    Contact: www.bifhsgo.ca

  • Saturday 11 April 2015
    Workshop: The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto
    Workshop program: "Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors", registration is now open.
    This full-day workshop, co-sponsored with the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library, will help you find out more about the men and women who lived in what is now Ontario before Confederation. During the course of the day, we'll explore the social and economic history of the province between the 1790s and the 1860s with the guidance of nine expert speakers. We'll learn how to make the most of historical maps to understand how Upper Canada took shape and enhance our genealogy research. We'll follow the development of the roads, rivers, canals and railways that connected families and communities. We'll find out how to access and interpret land, church, justice, military and company records. And we'll discover the treasures that can be found in papers of early surveyors-general and petitions of various kinds. The early-bird registration deadline is 14 March, and there is a further discount for OGS members. Click here for an event poster
    Full details about the program, speakers and how to register are available on our Branch website.

  • Saturday April 18, 10:30 am - noon
    Workshop - Finding Your Scottish Roots, Surrey, BC
    Organization: Surrey Public Library - Cloverdale Branch
    Charge: $10. Presenter Lorraine Irving is an experienced researcher who has made several trips to both Salt Lake City and Scotland. This session is aimed at the intermediate level researcher. Topics covered include vital stats, church, census and cemetery records, key websites, wills, sasines and military records. A follow-up Part 2 session is planned for the fall.
    Where: Surrey Public Library - Cloverdale Branch 5642 - 176A St, Surrey, BC
    To register, Phone Cloverdale Library at 604-598-7327, drop in, or email, website

  • Monday, April 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Workshop - Basic Book Repair, Surrey, BC
    Organization: Surrey Public Library - Cloverdale Branch
    No Charge. Free Workshop! Come and join us for a hands-on session to learn the tools and techniques of basic book repair. We will have some "practice books" available, but you can also bring one or two of your own books (paperback or hardcover) to work on. Or just watch and learn. Not limited to Family History researchers - everyone is welcome!
    Where: Surrey Public Library - Cloverdale Branch 5642 - 176A St, Surrey, BC
    To register, Phone Cloverdale Library at 604-598-7327, drop in, or email, website

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10 a.m.
    Meeting: Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Kingston, ON
    Where: Wilson Room of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St., Kingston
    Program: Speaker is Janet Connor and her topic is "Social Media and Internet Sites for Genealogy - for Beginner to Advanced".
    Visitors welcome. Further details at www.ogs.on.ca/kingston

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015
    4th Annual Genealogy Fair, Kitchener, ON
    Produced and sponsored by the Kitchener Public Library
    Info: The first three Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fairs were so successful that we're very excited to announce the 4th Genealogy Fair. It will be held at our newly renovated Central Library at 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, and will feature exhibitors as well as free workshops.
    More info KPL website

  • May 1 & 2, 2015
    Conference - The Kamloops Family History Society, Kamloops, BC
    The Kamloops Family History Society is hosting a conference, FAMILY HISTORY: PAST TO PRESENT.
    WHERE: Calvary Community Church, 1205 Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC
    WHAT: There will be a dinner and meet the speakers social on Friday evening and twelve sessions to choose from at the conference on Saturday. Everyone is welcome. Check our website for updates.
    SPEAKERS: Cyndi Ingle, Lyn Meehan, Claudia Breeland, M Diane Rogers
    CONTACT INFO: www.kfhs.org

  • May 5, 2015, 2015, 2015, 7:30 pm
    Meeting - Durham Region Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Oshawa, ON
    Where: Jane MacNamara, Inheritance Interrupted: WWI reflected in Ontario Estate Files The Great War cut short many lives and disrupted the expected passing of property and goods to the next generation. Laws were changed, society changed, the world changed. Drawing from estate files from across the province, this presentation will show examples of these changes and demonstrate how reading between the lines and understanding the process and implications of inheritance records can enhance your family history--in any era.
    For more information, visit our website.

  • May 09, 2015 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Meeting - Simcoe Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Barrie, ON
    Theme: Family Tree Maker. Rick Roberts shares tips and shortcuts for those using Family Tree Maker software, and answers users' questions about FTM. Please notice that the date has been moved from May 2nd to May 9th
    Speaker: Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com
    Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie
    More info: Simcoe Branch website

  • Saturday, May 9, 10:00 to 11:30 am
    Monthly Meeting: British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
    Location: The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.
    Topic: "Invisible but Audible: Postwar English Immigrants to Canada"
    Speakers: Marilyn Barber and Murray Watson
    The speakers will talk about the findings in their new book about English-born immigrants who settled in Canada in the thirty years after the end of World War II. The talk will explore some of the book's themes which include an exploration of why people chose to emigrate, why Canada was chosen, an examination of the complex process of settling in, creating a home, coping with family separation, finding work and building a career.
    Contact: www.bifhsgo.ca

  • Monday, May 11, 7 pm
    Meeting: Essex County Branch OGS, Windsor, ON
    Location: Windsor Public Library, 850 Ouellette Avenue, lower level
    Title of Talk: "How Newspapers Contribute to Family History Research"
    Name of Speaker: Veronique Mandal, Head of Journalism, St Clair College, Windsor
    Brief Info: Everyone Welcome!
    Contact Info: www.ogs.on.ca/essex

  • Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10 a.m.
    Meeting: Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Kingston, ON
    Where: Wilson Room of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St., Kingston
    Program: Jessica Dunkin of Queen's University and creator of the blog, The Home Archivist, will speak about preserving and organizing genealogical material.
    Visitors welcome. Further details at www.ogs.on.ca/kingston

  • Thursday 28th May - Sunday 31 May 2015
    Annual Convention: United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada (UELAC), Victoria, BC
    Theme: "Loyalists Come West".
    Host: Victoria Branch, UELAC
    Where: Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel and Marina, Victoria BC
    More info: Victoria Branch website

  • June 2,2015 Time 7:30 pm
    Meeting - Durham Region Branch, OGS, Oshawa. ON
    Speaker: Dr. Maurice Gleeson, London England. Program: Supercharging your genealogy with DNA. DNA testing is really easy to do, costs about $125.00 Canadian dollars, and is helping family history researchers break through Brick Walls that they never thought would come down. The technology behind DNA testing has been given a real boost by the Adoption Community who have developed tools and methodologies to facilitate the use of DNA to reconnect adoptees with their birth families. These same technologies have proven to be of real benefit to ordinary everyday genealogists too. Maurice will explain how DNA testing (and autosomal DNA in particular) can help you connect with genetic cousins and solve your own family mysteries He will also explain how to focus the attack on your Brick Walls by testing several targeted family members. He will illustrate his talk with real life examples, including an adoption success story from his own family. Dr. Maurice Gleeson is a Psychiatrist, pharmaceutical physician, some time actor and genetic genealogy convert. He runs several DNA projects at Family Tree DNA, has several blogs, and has a YouTube channel devoted to videos on Genetic genealogy with the aim of making the subject understandable and accessible to the widest audience possible. He was born and grew up in Dublin, is based in London (UK) and lectures on genetic genealogy worldwide.
    Place: Oshawa Public Library, 65 Bagot Street Oshawa

  • Saturday, June 14, 10:00 to 11:30 am
    Monthly Meeting: British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
    Location: The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.
    Topic: "Great Moments in Genealogy" - talks by BIFHSGO members
    Contact: www.bifhsgo.ca

  • August 6-9, 2015
    Convention: The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe (SGGEE), Gatineau, QC
    Theme: Researching Our German Roots in Poland and the Russian Empire.
    Location: Gatineau, Quebec just across the river from Ottawa, Ontario
    See the website for details

  • September 6-12 2015
    Annual Conference - Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Dublin, Derry City & more, Ireland
    Theme: "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors"
    Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is aimed at both the dedicated family historian and those who may prefer to spend more time savouring the enchanting landscape and historic sites of their ancestors. The week will comprise an engaging and entertaining mix of research in the archives with the help of the Foundation's experienced genealogists, talks from acknowledged experts and a variety of tours, all making for a memorable experience. Highlights from the varied programme include visits to Titanic Belfast and the Giant's Causeway, the National Archives in Dublin and the famous Walls of Derry, dinner at Belfast's historic Reform Club and afternoon tea at Barons Court, home to the Duke of Abercorn.
    More information: official website. If you have any queries, please email: enquiry@uhf.org.uk




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