Welcome!

We hope you enjoy the new look for the Halton-Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society’s (OGS) website.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions about our site and would encourage you to please contact us at: haltonpeel@ogs.on.ca.

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.

January 28, 2018: Brampton Public Library, Four Corners Branch, 65 Queen Street East, Brampton

Esquesing Family History Resources: Mark Rowe

Mark Rowe, Archivist for the Esquesing Historical Society’s Collection at the Halton Hills Public Library in Georgetown will speak on what is available in the Archives for the areas of Georgetown, Acton, northern Milton and what is now known as Halton Hills. He will also speak about the online resource, “Halton Images”, which contains photographs and digitized/indexed newspapers for all of Halton.

February 25, 2018: Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville

Mining Databases for Every Nugget of Information – by Marian Press

Join us as Marian Press discusses how to get the most from a database by knowing both the general principles of online searching, as well as database-specific methodologies: concepts such as Boolean operators, truncation, wild cards, synonym searching, word order and simple versus advanced search. Whether results can be exported and analyzed will also be covered. Internet search engines will be discussed, along with major genealogy databases such as Ancestry, FindMyPast and FamilySearch.

March 25, 2018: Brampton Public Library, Four Corners Branch, 65 Queen Street East, Brampton – Snakes and Ladders: Genealogy Pitfalls and Strategies to Overcome Them: Linda Corupe

Common pitfalls (snakes) in genealogy research, and strategies (ladders) to overcome them. 

April 22, 2018: Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville

Think like a genealogist: Creative research techniques to help you follow the right ancestral trail: Jane E. MacNamara

Family history research is all about following clues and creativity—imagining what records might exist around a life event, figuring out how to find the records, gleaning every bit of information from them—and letting those records lead you logically to the next source. Whether you are new to genealogy, or you have been at it for a while, this session will reinvigorate your research with new tactics and techniques for analysis.

See Events Calendar for more information

Upcoming Genealogy Events in Halton and Peel

We are fortunate to be located in an area where our local libraries are very supportive of genealogical pursuits and regularly schedule courses to upgrade our skills and broaden our horizons.

Oakville Library kicks off the New Year with a Ruth Blair lecture on the Genealogy Proof Standard. Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 pm.

Burlington Library continues its Genealogy Club meetings on the 2nd Monday of every month.

See Events Calendar for more information on the above.

OGS Webinars  (Members Only)

The line up of speakers and topics has been announced for the 2018 OGS Webinar Series.  The 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm ET. You can register in advance for the webinars of your choice. You will receive an e-mail confirmation with your own personal link to join the webinar. Automated reminder e-mails are set for 3 days prior, and 1 hour prior to the live presentation.

Attendee Help Guide: GoToWebinar Attendee Guide (PDF)

For those new to this member benefit,  you can now also catch up on Webinars from 2017 and Webinars from 2016

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