Durham Region Branch’s “Day of Learning”

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Durham Region Branch is offering a Day of Learning to be held on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm at Faith United Church, Nash Road, Courtice. 

The theme is From DNA Connections to Database Giants. Four speakers will be featured throughout the day along with a Panel Discussion, so you won’t have to decide who to hear.

Speakers and topics are:

  • Ellen Maki presenting Autosomal DNA: Next Steps
  • Nick Post presenting The Ins and Outs of FamilySearch, and What’s New
  • Sherilyn Bell about Ancestry in a Tube: Using DNA to Pick Up the Genealogical Trail
  • Nancy Trimble comparing The Genealogy Giants’ Databases


Registration is now open! More information can be found at http://durham.ogs.on.ca/workshops/

Cost is only $35.00 and includes lunch if you register by June 8th.


Come out and help us celebrate

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35th sparkler candles

On February 12th, the Simcoe County Branch celebrated a milestone birthday. Join us and help celebrate our 35th Anniversary on Saturday, May 5th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie Ontario. Our guest speaker will be Sher Leetooze who will talk to us about Devon and Cornwall research. After, we will celebrate with cake and refreshments. We hope you will join us and share your genealogical stories with us.

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.