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• at the December 2019 Meeting•

Christmas images

Show and Tell / Bring & Brag

At this meeting we celebrated the season together, along with any genealogical breakthroughs, special stories, favourite websites, interesting documents or other artifacts brought to this gathering.

Members were invited share genealogy 'ah-ha's and edible holiday treats.
An editted version of the Christmas Meeting video stream is here: - https://youtu.be/Pzk3bfHqldA It includes both meeting announcements and members' "show and tells".


Our meetings are often streamed on YouTube starting at 7:30. Our channel for streaming is http://www.youtube.com/ channel/UCiHiKL0pfzXzG- G9YARS8Sg/live . Should the stream fail during the broadcast, try refreshing the browser or closing the connection and reconnecting. In any case, an editted version of the meeting will be posted here, on the same channel, about one week after the meeting.

• at the November 5, 2019 Meeting

Rush to Danger cover

NEW BOOK "Rush to Danger" — presented by author, Ted Barris

Two YouTube videos are available from this meeting: -

1. The business portion of the meeting, which includes the election and announcements: - https://youtu.be/yiHLgLMdY-0

2. Ted Barris, speaking about his latest book: - https://youtu.be/YK6rCtgdgl4

Thriftbooks offers up 12 of Ted's books on the site's first page: https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/ted-barris/413168.

Once again, member Robert T Bell has shared his Flickr Album photos of this meeting: - https://www.flickr.com/photos/roberttbell/albums/72157711759686087


• at the October 2019 meeting •

Ruth Burkholder

Finding Great-Grandma’s Grandchildren: How do you find people of your parent’s generation? —Ruth Burkholder

Whether they were of the immigrant generation, thus born elsewhere, or the family had been here forever, finding people in the 1900s is hard work. This discussion will present some ideas to use to find them. Ruth Burkholder has successfully educated family historians for many years. She is well known for her ability to explain both simple and complex research activities in an easy to understand way. Most of all, Ruth has a knack of keeping the fun in it while providing proper methods and advice that comply with accepted genealogical research and recording practices.

The Mini-talk and business portions of our meeting, along with a 'teaser' for Ruth's talk, are now on YouTube: - https://youtu.be/5SU6byHMCHA

Member, Bob Bell, has shared his Flickr photo of this meeting: - https://www.flickr.com/photos/roberttbell/sets/72157711241021711/

Our meetings are often streamed on YouTube starting at 7:30. Our channel for streaming is http://www.youtube.com/ channel/UCiHiKL0pfzXzG- G9YARS8Sg/live .

at the September Meeting

Happy Daisies - growing in polluted land

Attendees to the September 3rd Meeting (7:30 p.m., at Northminster United Church, in Oshawa), were encouraged to bring along a URL, or several URLs, of favourite genealogical websites. Here is a link to abbreviated video coverage of the September Meeting: - https://youtu.be/Mhwhwhbxt9U. Member, Bob Bell, shared his photos and slide images, hosted on Flickr.

Our usual general meeting location has changed, to Northminster United Church (676 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, ON L1G 4V7 (nw corner of Simcoe Street North and Rossland Road West).

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at the June 2019 Meeting

Easy-Do-OverBob Dawes - The Family History Reno Project (the easy do-over)

Why should a genealogist perform research again, on subjects already covered? Genealogy has changed considerably in the recent decade. Bob Dawes will show how doing so helped to improve his results, just as surely as it will do the same for you. Bob's handout: - Bobs Bytes The Easy Do-Over Click for Bob's presentation on YouTube: - https://youtu.be/xSMzlukLHNU Some of President Nancy Trimble's slides are shown at the end of the video, with announcements of upcoming dates and events. (The video recording had quit too soon for her all of her follow-up comments to appear here.)

Our meetings are often streamed on YouTube starting at 7:30. Our channel for streaming is http://www.youtube.com/ channel/UCiHiKL0pfzXzG- G9YARS8Sg/live .

The DNA SIG (DNA Special Interest Group) within our branch continues meeting monthly, on the 3rd. Wednesday of each month. Next mtg. - June 19th, in our new office at Northminster United Church.

• at the May 2019 Meeting


Sandra McNamara -Two Topics: Researching Through Face Book and the Tricks and Trades of a Genealogy Sleuth

Sandra McNamara graduated from York University in 1983 as a Geophysicist. She oversaw digitization of African Airbourne Magnetic Maps and worked on the compilation of Ontario Aeromagnetic Maps. For the past twenty-five years she has been a stay at home mom, focusing her research on the genealogy of her father’s side of the family, keeping in mind her Grandmother saying, “I come from a strong Loyalist stock.” Her latest endeavour is researching into The Declaration of Dependence, for which she has started a closed Facebook group, “LD1776”, for descendents of those signers. She is an administrator for “Revolutionary War Research” and the initiator of “Loyalist in depth study." https://allthingsliberty.com/author/sandra-mcnamara/


• at our April 2, 2019 Meeting.

Sher Leetooze

Research experiences - On The Road Again.

Sher Leetooze has been researching her family for just over 40 years, but still has a long way to go.  In the process of doing research, Sher has gone right to the source in Great Britain and found some GREAT stuff!  Some of these things she will share with you on April 2nd.

Our meetings are often streamed on YouTube starting at 7:30. Our channel for streaming is http://www.youtube.com/ channel/UCiHiKL0pfzXzG- G9YARS8Sg/live .

Mini-talk - Stephen Wood, with a Brick Wall Update, concerning identifying a relative via the US 1850 census, even though she was born in Canada. A slightly editted version of the April 2019 meeting is available on YouTube: - https://youtu.be/NrFfmnNwx2k

• at the March 5, 2019 Meeting

Bob Dawes Step One

Bob was unable to speak, as the 401 became impassable that day. He has re-scheduled for the June meeting. Nancy pinch-hitted with a report about her recent, week-long visit, to ROOTS TECH, followed by Anne's "Organizing a Family Reunion". Here is a slightly editted recording of the March meeting: - https://youtu.be/KhKbsO_HB_w

 Bob Dawes: - The Family History Reno Project (the easy do-over) If you've ever wanted to clean up your family history file, this is the easy way to approach it.  Normally, a Do Over involves re-entering all of your family information from scratch while this approach allows you to continue using your file for research while cleaning it up. It also allows you to take advantage of everything you've learned over the years as well as new resources and tools. [Click on the image for Bob's handout summary.]

Bob Dawes is a past chair of Quinte Branch and currently responsible for database and computer maintenance.  Bob and his wife, Barbara, have traveled extensively throughout North America and the United Kingdom in search of their ancestors and enjoy using technology to enhance their research.

• at our February 5, 2019 Meeting

Jennifer Weymark

 Our Feb Meeting featured Jennifer Weymark from the Oshawa Museum. She took us on a virtual tour of the museum, with emphasis on records of interest to genealogists. Here is a slightly editted video of the meeting [https://youtu.be/of6aJJ1mN88 ], which also includes the business portion of the meeting, and a mini-talk, by Stephen Wood - "Using Signatures in Old Documents", to zero in on ancestors.

• at the January 8, 2019 Meeting

Crack in brick Wall

Durham Region Branch will be starting 2019 off in our newly renovated office and library! We’re not totally unpacked yet, but on Tuesday January 8th at 7:30 pm, for the very first time, we will be holding our meeting in our new location on the 3rd floor of Northminster United Church, Oshawa!
Our topic will be “Busting Down Brick Walls” through the brainstorming and crowd sourcing of our members.

An editted video of the January 08, 2019 meeting, with a tour of our new office, is at: https://youtu.be/n9HMgaylTlI .