We look forward to seeing you at one of our Branch meetings, on Facebook or Twitter, and on our website! And if you find yourself in the Brampton area, you may want to stop in at the Four Corners Branch of the Brampton Public Library to see our genealogy collection.

Branch Meetings

We look forward to seeing you at our meetings! 

As we cover both Halton and Peel Regions, our meeting locations alternate between Oakville and Brampton. Everyone is welcome to join us for the wide range of topics that are discussed between January-April and September-November, and our Annual Genealogy Roadshow held in May. Our meetings run from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meetings are free and open to the public.

We’re really excited about our Fall line-up and know you will be too!

Sunday, September 22nd – Halton County Beginnings

Our speaker will be David Hobden who’s with the Oakville Public Library. Halton County is a bit of an anomaly, with Toronto Township to the east being the last section of land facing the United States between Montreal and Detroit to be surveyed. Early settlement made use of 10,000 year-old Indigenous trails while establishing and adopting the surveyed township layout. While remaining untouched physically by the War of 1812, the main transit road between York and Niagara bisected the county about where the Queen Elizabeth Highway now stands and has provided some interesting remains with a definite postal connection.

This presentation is the culmination of many years work looking into the difficult, pre-Post Office records period of Halton history.

The meeting will be held between 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville.

Sunday, October 27th – Join us for a talk by Kristen den Hartog, author of “The Cowkeeper’s Wish” and the “Occupied Garden”

Kristen den Hartog will be speaking about the books she and her sister have written on their family history, one focused on life in London, the other about her grandparents in the Netherlands during World War II. There will even be a book signing!  Stay tuned for more details.

The meeting will be taking place between 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville.

Sunday, November 24th – our AGM & 45th Anniversary – Join us for a talk by Janice Nickerson on Genealogy and Games

Genealogy Happenings in Halton-Peel

We are fortunate to be in an area where our local libraries are truly supportive of genealogical pursuits and regularly schedule courses to upgrade our skills and broaden our horizons.

Oakville Public Library has an exciting line-up of new events. For more information, please see their Family and Local History page for details of new monthly ‘Genealogy Meetup‘ sessions, Oakville’s 2nd annual Family History Fair, and new Genealogy Workshops.

Burlington Public Library has a comprehensive Local History page, and also runs a popular Genealogy Club on the 2nd Monday of every month between 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Genealogy Club is led by Ontario Ancestors President Steve Fulton. This free session is a fun, 90-minute session for beginners and seasoned pro’s alike and really acts as a forum to raise questions, share ideas and get some inspiration.

Brampton Library offers a Genealogy and Local History page.
Milton Library also has a Genealogy and Local History section

Halton Peel Branch of Ontario Ancestors also supports Heritage Mississauga in presenting Genealogy Workshops through the year

To find out more on any specific event, please visit our Events Calendar for more genealogy-related meetings happening in the communities of Halton and Peel. There’s lots going on to help you build your family tree. We will post meetings and workshops as we receive them.

For Branch members: If you have been having problems accessing our Branch Members Only (BMO) Page, please take note of the following change in the access procedure. After clicking on Members Only on the header above, you will see a new Log In box on the right-hand side. Sign in here with your Ontario Ancestors email and password credentials then a simple click on “Visit Branch Members Only” will take you right to our BMO page.

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