Happy 2019! A new year full of new genealogical possibilities!  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.

January 27th – Cemeteries: Making Them Sing

Are you looking for that elusive grave that just can’t be found? Dowsing is a method employed in attempts to locate ground water, metals, gemstones, gravesites and many other objects and materials without the use of scientific apparatus. Join us and discover how Steve Fulton, President of the Ontario Genealogical Society, uses this method to locate “missing” and/or unmarked graves in a cemetery. Maybe you can become a dowser too!

Sunday, January 27th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Brampton Public Library, Four Corners Branch, 65 Queen Street East.

Genealogy Resources and Events in Halton and 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 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 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 OGS 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 OGS 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 OGS credentials then a simple click on “Visit Branch Members Only” will take you right to our BMO page.

OGS Webinars  (Members Only)

On Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m.,  Janice Nickerson of Upper Canada Genealogy on will give a talk on “Tackling Research Challenges: The Genealogical Proof Standard In Practice”

The Genealogical Proof Standard isn’t just a way to measure the reliability of your research after the fact. It’s actually a excellent way to help you work your way through tough research problems. In this lecture, Janice will show you how to apply the GPS to a typical early Ontario research challenge, step by step.

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