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 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! OUR FALL 2021 MEETINGS WILL BE FREE, VIRTUAL AND OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Sunday, September 12th at 2:00 p.m.: Finding your Female Ancestors

Finding your female ancestors in early Upper Canada records can be daunting. This presentation will highlight the pathways and resources available to add to your family tree.

Although the names of men are undeniably dominant in the early records of our province, there are still some ways in which women can be traced. This presentation will suggest 15 different methods of doing so, such as petitions, various legal documents and records, voters’ lists and consumer ledgers, along with examples of each. Also Included are the changes in legislation throughout the years that enabled women to take a more prominent part in day-to-day life and leave their marks behind.

To register for the meeting, please click here

Speaker: Linda Corupe


Linda Corupe is a member of Ontario Ancestors (OGS) and the United Empire Loyalists (UEL), and has published over 50 books and guides and has been researching genealogy and family histories for over 40 years.

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Sunday, October 24th at 2:00 p.m.: My Ancestors in the Hudson Bay Fur Trade

Before there was a country called Canada, First Nations people were trading furs, food and labour with men from England and Scotland who came to the “New World” as employees of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The archives of the Hudson’s Bay Company at the Provincial Archives of Manitoba are vast and rich with information about this history. Much of their records are now accessible online. In this lecture Janice will introduce you to her ancestors, and the records she used to discover their stories.

To register for the meeting, please click here

Speaker: Janice Nickerson

Sunday, November 28th at 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

Details to follow

Open to everyone, please register here

Speaker Jane McNamara

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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