COVID-19 Update

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At Ontario Ancestors the health and safety of our members and guests is our priority. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) and in the best interest of our members and guests, all Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Ancestors public meetings and volunteer activities have been cancelled until the end of the year. The first scheduled meeting date for 2021 is February 6th. Please watch the Branch website, or Branch Facebook site for updates regarding meetings in 2021.

On the Road …

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Late in 2019, the Simcoe County Branch decided to take some of their 2020 meetings on the road.

The first of our Road Show meetings will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 2 to 4 pm when the Branch welcomes Guylaine Petrin to talk about Political Migration after the War of 1812 in the Zima Room at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library, 425 Holland St. West, Bradford Ontario.

On Saturday, April 4th from 2 to 4 pm we welcome Linda Corupe to talk about Making her Presence Known at the Orillia Public Library, 36 Mississauga St. West, Orillia Ontario.

And join us on Saturday, Oct. 3rd from 2 to 4 pm at the Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie St., Collingwood Ontario.

With the exception of these three dates, and the months of July and August, the Branch will host their meetings at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie, Ontario.

Details of all meeting dates and speakers can be found on the Meetings page of the Branch website.

There is no cost and everyone is welcome. We look forward to meeting with you.

OGS is now Ontario Ancestors

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On Feb. 27th, the Ontario Genealogical Society announced that it is re-branding itself as Ontario Ancestors, with a new logo which will be rolled out throughout the Society and its publications and on-line presence in the coming months. The goal of the re-branding is to better connect with the family history user community throughout Canada, the United States and the world. The name Ontario Ancestors provides a more immediately recognizable name to the family history community.

While continuing to serve the Ontario genealogical community, the Society is focused upon reaching new members in the United States, where by some conservative estimates, approximately 50 million to 75 million Americans have Canadian Ancestry. The name change will also assist to reduce confusion to which the widely used OGS acronym is susceptible when the Society is marketing itself, with the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Oklahoma Genealogical Society and the Oregon Genealogical Society, and others, all using the same acronym.

The new name and logo will appear on the Society’s websites, correspondence, social media and other communications. The legal name of the society remains The Ontario Genealogical Society.

Now Open … 2020 Membership Season

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The 2020 membership season is now underway. All current memberships expire on December 31st, so renew early to avoid any lapse in benefits or Member’s Only Access. New memberships will be effective immediately upon joining, giving up to 14 months of membership benefits.

Back for another year, Ontario Ancestors is once again offering their “Grow Our Family” membership program. Current members and new members who “partner” each pay only ½ the usual price for the OGS portion of their membership, a $31.50 saving for each!

The new member must not have been a member in either 2018 or 2019. You can take advantage of the Grow Our Family discount between November 1st and 5 pm. on December 15th. Invite a friend, relative, colleague or acquaintance to join you in belonging to Canada’s largest family history organization, or simply sign someone else up with you as a gift!

Hop on over to the OGS website to register.

Simcoe County Remembers

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In time to help us remember, today the Simcoe County Archives launched a new database. The Simcoe County Remembers database is a a fully searchable database memorializing the service men and women from Simcoe County, who perished during the First World War.

Information has been obtained from many sources, but as with all things, additions or corrections may be needed. The Archives ask you to contact them at 705-726-9331 or if you have any information to contribute to this project.

Search their database here: Simcoe County Remembers

Settlers Database back online

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For all those who have missed the Simcoe County Branch Settlers database, I am pleased to let you know that it is now back online. Navigate the menu above (Resources -> Branch Resources -> Settlers Database) to search, or click on the button to the right.

Search fields are located on the right of the screen. Depending on your device, you may have to scroll down the page a bit to find them. The “Columns” icon located to the left of the Print/Copy/PDF icons will allow you to select or deselect which columns you would like to view, and which ones to disregard. When you click on the icon, a drop down of column names appears. Click each column name to toggle (on or off) the columns you would like to see. You can choose how many entries you would like displayed on the page using the Show (#) Entries drop down box. The default value is set to 10, however, you can choose to view more if you prefer. Clicking on the arrow in the column title box will sort the column for you. As well, the Print/Copy/PDF icons allow you to print, copy, or save the list of entries for future research.

When you find an entry

Contact the Publications Chair with the Surname, Page Number (Set), and Source (Book Set) for information about how you can obtain the details for the entry. There is a small charge for this service, with proceeds being used to offset the cost of providing this service. Please use “Settlers Database Query” in the subject line of your message.

The Settlers database is updated regularly so be sure to check back from time to time. You never know when you will find something really helpful.

Happy searching …

Welcome to the new Simcoe County Branch, OGS website

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Welcome to the new Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society web site. We hope that you will find information on this site that will help expand your family history project.

If you are ever in the Barrie area consider joining us at one of our monthly meetings. Meetings start at 2 pm and we host a variety of speakers. The list of speakers and dates can be found here. We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your project.

Should you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to email the Branch Chair or leave us a message at (416) 489-0734 Ext. 328 or toll free at 1-800-My Roots (1-800-697-6687) Ext. 328.