2022/2023 Events Calendar

Saturday, October 15, 2022
Researching Your Family History Series: A Closer Look at Family History Records

In this session, the various types of records which can provide insight into our ancestor’s lives will be discussed. Documents such as civil registration and vital records, census data, parish and cemetery records, wills and probate, land and property records, maps and atlases, military records, immigration and naturalization records will be discussed. Reference will be made to records from Canada, Ireland and England.

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 the session here: https://guelphpl.libnet.info/event/7220880?fbclid=IwAR3CLaKHgNaJFJO02MF2a9NLAEZKpNN98HadzdGPDmAqzm0Ln7rPyfD-D7A. Register for future sessions at https://www.guelphpl.ca/en/services/events-and-programs.aspx.

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Proudly She Served: Canadian Women at War, 1885-1945 
Speaker: Glenn Wright

Many women assisted and then served with our military forces from the War of 1812 through the Second World War. Glenn Wright will discuss who these women were as well as the roles they played and the contributions they made. Wellington County examples will be included along with some unique research sources.

This event will be held virtually. Please click here to register. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the required details for joining the meeting on Zoom.

 

Saturday, November 19, 2022
Researching Your Family History Series: Finding your Ancestor: Canadian Military Records and Sources

Most of us have ancestors who served in the military either during a time of conflict or a time of peace. You may have photographs or medals or heard stories about your ancestor’s experiences but have wondered if there are more details available that would help you to better understand his or her time in military service. But where do you start? What records and resources are available? What information could be contained in the records? How can they be accessed? Were detailed records really created during a time of crisis?

In this workshop, the records and sources available for finding your Canadian ancestor in military records will be discussed.  These records often hold valuable information for the family history researcher and can lead to new discoveries as well as providing insight into military service in a specific time period. During this session records and resources pertaining to the War of 1812, the South African War (1899-1902), the First World War (1914-1918), World War Two (1939-1945), and the Korean conflict will be reviewed.  Discussion will also focus on militia records and sources and Permanent Force records 1871-1914.

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, November 15, 2022*
Guelph Museums and the Story of John McCrae 
Speaker: Guelph Museum Staff

McCrae House was designated a national historic site in 1966 for its architectural history and as the birth place of John McCrae. While most of us are familiar with McCrae’s iconic poem “In Flanders Fields”, Guelph Museum staff will provide a glimpse into other aspects of the doctor’s life as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth. Resources available through the Guelph Civic Museum which showcases Guelph’s history will also be highlighted.

*Note: This meeting is being held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month as our usual date is not available. Before the presentation commences, the Wellington County Branch’s Annual General Meeting will take place.

This event will be held virtually. Please click here to register. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the required details for joining the meeting on Zoom.

 

 

Saturday, February 18, 2023
Researching Your Family History Series: Researching Family History through Newspapers

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.

 

 

Saturday, March 18, 2023
Researching Your Family History Series: Researching Your British Home Child Ancestor

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.

 

 

 

Our meetings are open to everyone and we look forward to welcoming our members and friends.

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Research queries can be sent to wellingtonresearch@ogs.on.ca and general questions to
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