Welcome!

We look forward to seeing you virtually at one of our 2020 Branch meetings, as well as 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. Due to COVID-19, please make sure that the library is open before going.

Branch 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, virtual and open to the public.

Our Fall slate of meetings will be virtual and will begin on Sunday, September 27th

September 27th at 2:00 p.m.:  “Tracing Your Ancestors Through Social History”

Speaker:  Barbara J. Starmans, PLGCS

Researching your family using social history resources will help trace your ancestors back to the times in which they lived. You may remember that this was going to be our talk in March and we thank Barbara Starmans for delivering her talk this month!

Barbara is a genealogist and free lance writer. She’s also the author of “Tracing Your Ancestors’ Lives” and is an instructor in social history at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies.

This free session is open to all. Please register in advance to participate in our Zoom meeting. After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

October 25th at 2:00 p.m. “Canada Land of Opportunity” Why did Scots leave their land to emigrate to Canada?

Speaker Christine Woodcock

This presentation gives an overview of government schemes that encouraged them to emigrate. Included is a discussion on Ontario Land Grants – Huron Tract; Nova Scotia Settlements; St John’s Island PEI and Red River Settlement.  Christine is Scottish-born and raised in Ontario. A professional genealogist who is well known for her presentations on Scotland, she is the founder of Genealogy Tours of Scotland.

November 24th at 2:00 p.m.:  Halton-Peel’s Annual General Meeting, followed by a talk : “Did I Get Everything? Creating A Checklist for Genealogy Research”

Speaker: Thomas MacEntee

Learn how to assemble a genealogy checklist so that you can move to the next level of your research by including: genealogy networks and going beyond online.  Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist, educator, author and blogger and a “Tech” guy. He is the founder of High Definition Genealogy and shares many of his articles for free at GenealogyBargains.com After living in Northern California for 20 years, he currently resides in Chicago.

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 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.

The Milton Public Library has its own Genealogy Meetup! Prior to Covid-19, meetings take place in the Teal Program Room, Main Branch, 1010 Main Street, Milton. Whether you are new to genealogy or a seasoned pro, meetups are great opportunities to learn, meet others, or just share some of your recent discoveries.

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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