What a year it has been – one that saw our ability to meet in-person curtailed and libraries/archives closed. But it’s also been a year of innovation for our Branch as we’ve moved our meetings online, until we can meet in person again.  We’ll be carrying on with our online meetings for the first half of 2021 too and welcome you to join us for our webinars on the 4th Sunday of January, February, March,  April and May. And, of course, we maintain an active presence on Facebook and Twitter.

We’re a community of people who have a fascination of exploring our family trees, sharing what we’ve learned, helping others break down brick walls and preserving records that could help you discover your family’s roots in Halton or Peel Regions.

Branch Meetings

Our virtual meetings will replace our usual in-person sessions that alternatively take place at libraries in Oakville (Halton) and Brampton (Peel). Everyone is welcome to join us for the wide range of topics that are discussed between the months of January-May and September-November. Our meetings run from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meetings are free, virtual and open to everyone with  a love of exploring the lives and mysteries of their ancestors.

Mark your Calendar! Our Winter & Spring meetings will be virtual and open to everyone

Sunday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m.:   Commonwealth Graves Commission

To Register for this free meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMldOCurDMsHtxZBa3VgUzxo40Ed_66eNMX

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was established during the first world war to honour and manage the gravesites of Commonwealth Soldiers. It now maintains 23,000 sites in over 150 countries and commemorates 1.7 million Commonwealth men and women who lost their lives in both WWI and WWII.

This session will provide an overview of the history and the future of the commission, the types of information and records for both the locations and the fallen soldiers commemorated by the commission, and the ongoing work to ensure that none of the those who sacrificed their lives for the Commonwealth will be  forgotten.

Speaker: Coral Harkies

Sunday, March  21st at 2:00 p.m.:   Researching your 20th Century Ancestors

To register for this free meeting:


Did your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents live most of their lives in 20th century Canada? Long closure periods of records make finding information about these more recent ancestors difficult. Finding information after 1939 can be tricky but there are resources available if you know where to look. Discover where to find more recent records that will help you add details to your 20th century Canadian family

Speaker: Kathryn Lake Hogan

Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, PLCGS is a Canadian professional genealogist who revels in teaching people how to find their ancestors in Canada. She is the founder and owner of Looking4Ancestors.

Genealogy Happenings in Halton-Peel

Due to COVID-19, in-person Genealogy Meet-Ups have been moved online. Please visit their websites for more details.

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: For more information, please see their Family and Local History page for details about the ‘Genealogy Meetup‘ sessions 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 Past-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

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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