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 rest of 2021 too and welcome you to join us for our webinars in September, October and our AGM in November. 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.


Sunday, November 28th at 2:00 p.m.: AGM (Branch members only)

3:00 p.m. The Curious Case of Dr. Henry Gray (Open to everyone!)


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. : Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Halton-Peel Branch will be held online before the regular programme of the November meeting. This hour is for members only. The AGM is for the purpose of electing officers, receiving reports of officers and committees, and for any other business that may arise. Vacant positions are Vice-Chair, Secretary & Treasurer. Anyone interested in standing for office should contact Lori Kay, Past Chair, at haltonpeelpastchair@ogs.on.ca

Branch Members Onlyplease register here

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – The Curious Case of Dr. Henry Gray – Open to everyone

The year is 1891. An adventurous young doctor from Toronto heads west to Montana meets an untimely demise, and is returned to Toronto for burial. Or did he die? Who was the Oklahoma doctor of the same name to die under mysterious circumstances in Kansas City in 1914? Who is buried with Dr. Gray’s family in Toronto?.

Open to everyone, please register here

Speaker Jane MacNamara

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.

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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