2023 Events Calendar

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Researching Your Family History Series: Researching Family History through Newspapers

Time and Location: 2:00-4:00 pm at the Guelph Public Library – Main Library (100 Norfolk Street, Guelph)

Newspapers can provide a wealth of information for family historians. While we typically search for details related to a death in an obituary, many other family details can be found in newspapers articles such as notices of court actions, probate notices, social columns, coroner’s inquests, missing persons, church news, community events, etcetera.

In this workshop, participants will learn why newspapers are important in researching ancestors, how to determine what newspapers to look for and where to find them online and offline. A number of tips and resources to help make your newspaper research successful will be explained.

Join members of the Wellington County Branch, Ontario Ancestors as they partner with the Guelph Public Library’s Archivist to deliver a series of workshops to help you discover your family’s story. Register for one or for all the sessions at https://www.guelphpl.ca/en/services/events-and-programs.aspx. Registration will open approximately 6 weeks prior to each session.

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Introduction to the Family History Guide

Speaker: Bob Taylor, Director of Development, The Family History Guide
Time and Location: 7:00 p.m. virtually (on Zoom).

Join us as Bob Taylor describes how The Family History Guide, a best-in-class website, can help make your genealogy research easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. The guide includes information, tips and resources for those just getting started in their research as well as those who are quite experienced.

Please register for this virtual event.

 

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Researching Your Family History Series: Researching Your British Home Child Ancestor

Time and Location: 2:00-4:00 pm at the Guelph Public Library – Main Library (100 Norfolk Street, Guelph)

Beginning in 1869, over 100,000 children were sent from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to Canada as part of a child migration program. It is now estimated that 1 in 10 Canadians are descended from a British Home Child although many are not aware of this heritage.

Are you interested in learning more about British Home Children?  Perhaps you recently learned that an ancestor was a British Home Child.  Join this workshop to learn what led to the development of the child migration program, how children became involved and the major organizations involved in sending children to Canada. What happened once the children arrived in Canada and the resources available for researching British Home Child ancestors will also be discussed.

Join members of the Wellington County Branch, Ontario Ancestors as they partner with the Guelph Public Library’s Archivist to deliver a series of workshops to help you discover your family’s story. Register for one or for all the sessions at https://www.guelphpl.ca/en/services/events-and-programs.aspx. Registration will open approximately 6 weeks prior to each session.

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Outside the Gate: The True Story of a British Home Child in Canada

Speaker: Carol Newall, Author
Time and Location: 7:00 p.m. virtually (on Zoom).

Carol Newall spent ten years researching the details for her recently released biography of her grandmother, Winnie Cooper. Winnie was a British Home Child who arrived in Canada in 1911 along with approximately 400 other children aboard the SS Sicilian. Carol will discuss her grandmother’s story, her link to Wellington County, and how she researched the people and places in order to gather the material required to write “Outside the Gate”.

Please register for this virtual event.

 

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Squiggly Lines and Spit: How DNA is changing family history research

Speaker: Dave Obee, genealogist and author
Time and Location: 7:00 p.m. virtually (on Zoom).

So you have spit into a tube — now what? Genetic genealogy is a natural progression from what family historians have been doing for years. Here are some genetic genealogy success stories, backed by documented research. These examples might give you ideas for different ways to research your own ancestry or inspire you to do a DNA test. It includes a basic summary of research using DNA and offers pointers on how to get more value from your tests.

Please register for this virtual event.

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Postcards as windows on old times, places, and people

Speaker: Cameron Shelley
Time and Location: 7:00 p.m. in person at the Wellington County Museum & Archives (0536 Wellington County Rd 18, Fergus, ON N1M 2W3)

Postcards can provide interesting and informative glimpses into the lives and relationships of people in bygone days.  Cameron will provide an overview of the history of postcards and what they can tell us about the lives of people, including our ancestors.  Examples will be drawn especially from Guelph, which is Cameron’s own area of interest.

Please register for this in person event.

 

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

A Quest for History

Speaker: Edward Butts, author
Time and Location: 7:00 p.m. in person at the Wellington County Museum & Archives (0536 Wellington County Rd 18, Fergus, ON N1M 2W3)

Ed Butts is the author of more than thirty published books and hundreds of articles. He has also written for the Canadian Encyclopedia. Most of his work is historical nonfiction and Ed’s book, Wartime: The First World War in a Canadian Town, won the Ontario Historical Society’s J.J. Talman award. Ed will be sharing anecdotes from his experiences as a researcher that prove two particular points. 1. History is full of surprises: you never know what you’re going to find. 2. Not everything can be found online.

Please register for this in person event.

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Legends of the Morgeti

Speaker:  Jerry Prager, author
Time and Location: 7:00 p.m. virtually (on Zoom).

Jerry Prager has written several books related to the growth and history of organized crime and mafia connections in Guelph, Ontario’s Italian community. Jerry’s books include details related to crimes such as bootlegging, theft, murder and assault as well as Italian family connections and their relations to each other. Jerry will discuss how important it was to ensure that the genealogy was accurate when writing these books as it not only helped him to stay alive but also allowed him to help family members who never understood why their families were so broken.

Please register for this virtual event.

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Family History Resources at the Museum of Dufferin

Speaker: Museum of Dufferin Staff
Time and Location: 7:00 p.m. virtually (on Zoom).

The Museum of Dufferin is the County’s memory – a living collection of personal, business and municipal government records illuminating Dufferin’s history and identity. The archives collect documentary records and papers, photographs, oral history and newspapers that highlight the history of the County and its people. Learn what resources are available to the family historian and how to access the Museum’s collections including the digital archives and online collections.

Please register for this virtual event.

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Five Fundamentals for Scottish Genealogical Research

Speaker: Melanie McLennan, Ancestral Tapestry
Time and Location: 7:00 p.m. virtually (on Zoom).

Join us as Melanie McLennan, a professional genealogist specializing in Irish, United Kingdom, and Canadian records, discusses the fundamentals of Scottish genealogical research. Through the use of an emigration timeline and an explanation of the groups of people represented in the migration patterns, Melanie will focus on the questions to ask, the strategy for research, and the relevant resources, repositories, and records.

Note: This meeting will also include the Wellington County Branch Annual General Meeting.

Please register for this virtual event.

 

 

 

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