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• at our December 7, 2021 Meeting

Christmas 2021

“Bring & Brag” Durham’s Christmas Event

This is your opportunity to show a discovery, a website, a family heirloom and tell us it’s story. Come and join Durham Region Branch, as we celebrate with our virtual re-creation of our end-of-year Christmas event.

For decades, our end-of-year highlight event has brought us together – in a real room – to enjoy personal family history stories, along with tasty seasonal treats, hot apple cider, and a very unstructured sharing evening.
Last year’s virtual event was a great success followed by a wonderful sharing session. This year was no exception.
A Zoom recording of the meeting is at the link below.


• at our November 2nd., 2021 Meeting

Glenn Wright

Glenn Wright presented “Proudly They Served: Researching Canadian Men and Women in the Second World War, 1939-1945”.

Researching the men and women who served in uniform during the Second World war can be a challenging, yet rewarding, experience for those interested in family history. It was an extraordinary six years in many ways, both overseas and at home, and by researching our own personal connections to the war, we can more fully appreciate the significance that the war had in the lives of our ancestors.

This presentation focussed on the major sources of information and what we can learn from them, including a) service records and how to retrieve them; b) interpreting these records; c) researching unit war diaries (for the Canadian Army) and operations record books (for the RCAF); d) war dead; and e) essential websites and more.

Glenn has kindly consented to re-run his Zoom presentation on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/ont2epw62xY

Following graduation from the University of Toronto, Glenn worked as a researcher for Pierre Berton before joining the Public Archives of Canada in 1975. During his public service career that spanned more than 30 years, Glenn worked as an archivist, historical research officer and, for many years, assistant historian with the RCMP.

A frequent speaker at family history and genealogical events, especially the OGS, Glenn has a special interest in Canada’s military history. He has published widely in family history, genealogical and historical magazines and journals and has also published 2 books.

• at our meeting on Tuesday, October 5th., 2021

Leslie Anderson

Leslie Anderson

Search Tips – Researching Women on Ancestry

This session will provide strategies for searching for women in the Ancestry databases, including methods to uncover females using name variations and other search techniques. Famous or interesting women will be highlighted wherever possible using the new Ancestry databases from around the world, as well as the core record groups. The presentation will appeal to new and experienced researchers alike.

Lesley Anderson has worked for Ancestry.ca for over 14 years as their Canadian Spokesperson and has done numerous presentations for genealogy societies and conferences across Canada as well as TV and Radio appearances.

Leslie's Zoom presentation will appear in the Members Only Area; find the Business Portion of this meeting and Nancy Trimble's "Finding Un-indexed Records on Family Search" here: - https://youtu.be/00fwd_ERctc