Barrie Public Libraries First Annual Genealogical Fair

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Join us on Saturday October 26th at the Downtown Branch of the Barrie Public Library as the Library hosts their First Annual Genealogical Fair. Janice Nickerson will kick off the event with her keynote talk “Fun with Family History” at 10 am. Nine other speakers will offer their expertise throughout the remainder of the day. Check out the full schedule for details.

Besides speakers, a variety of exhibitors will be on hand, and experts will be available to help answer your questions in the COLLAB space. Activities for children will take place on the Children’s Floor throughout the day.

Have you have thought about taking a DNA test? If so, here is your opportunity. Ontario Ancestors working with Global Genealogy are offering Ancestry DNA kits for just $89.00. Complete the pre-order form online and pick up your kit at the Ontario Ancestors table at the Barrie Public Library’s First Genealogical Fair on Saturday Oct. 26th. Note: You must pick up your kit in person at the Library on Oct. 26th. Kits will not be mailed out.

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.

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.

2019 Membership Season now open

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The Ontario Genealogical Society is offering their highly successful Grow Our Family membership program for another year. The program
permits any renewing member to “partner” with any new member at the time of renewal/joining and BOTH receive a 50% discount on their
Society membership ($31.50 instead of $63 for an Individual membership!). The new member must not have been a member in either
2017 or 2018. You can take advantage of the Grow Our Family discount between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15 at 5:00 pm EST. So put your thinking
caps on and invite a friend, relative, or colleague to join you in belonging to Canada’s largest family history organization.

As an added incentive, all new and renewing members who are registered by 5 pm on Nov. 30th will be entered into an Early Bird
Registration Prize draw. All prize winners will be notified by Dec.7th by email. Prizes include:

    2 x Family Tree Maker programs
    2 x Ancestry subscriptions
    2 x Ancestry DNA kits
    1 x MyHeritage Complete subscription
    1 x MyHeritage DNA kit
    1 x FindMyPast subscription
    2 x MyHeritage Library Edition access for 2019

Check out the OGS website for details, or contact the Simcoe County Branch Membership Coordinator for assistance.