Welcome!

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, April 18th at 2:00 p.m.:  In Search of Home: Migration into, out of, and within Canada

To register for this free meeting: Halton-Peel webinar – April 18th

Understanding the flow of people will help you understand how your family fits in the history of the country. In some cases, records are available in Canada and in other countries, but in other cases researcher will need to consider social history and traditional migration routes to underst the lives of their ancestors. Includes a look at the social history of the arrival of the railway, which helped bring massive development to the four western provinces. The railways brought settlers, and helped them get their goods to markets. The railway companies had a keen interest in bringing settlers , and ran colonization schemes designed to entire people to the West.

Speaker: Dave Obee

Dave has been writing books and speaking on genealogy and local history for 20 years. From British Columbia, he is also Editor and Publisher of “The Times Colonist” in Victoria, British Columbia.

Sunday, May 16th at 2:00 p.m.:   Ontario’s Township Papers for Halton-Peel

Details to follow

Speaker: Bev MacCulloch

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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