Essex County Branch & O.G.S., Calendar of events:
Calendar click here
May 18, 2013.
If your ancestors settled in Canada or were just passing through, Fawne Stratford Devai is the one that can help answer your questions on Canadian research.
We are looking forward to seeing you on May 18th.
Additional information available at:
Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan
An 1812 Tour Along the Thames
Sat. June 8th, 2013
$80 per person ($150 per couple)
Windsor's Community Museum
Museum Volunteer Group
Essex County Heritage Brochure
South Western Ontario Heritage Council
2013 brochure available from:
Windsor-s Community Museum (call ahead, please at 519 253-1812) and ECHRS
For a pdf version of the SWOHC Brochure click here (the pdf is a large file, so it may take time to download)
For the SWOHC List of Events, see their BLOG:
There Is Life after Death!
There have been some questions as to what happened to the Cemeteries Act Petitions in May 2011 when the Ontario Legislature was prorogued. The answer is: they died!
But - OGS and The Ontario Historical Society (OHS) received a life line from Jim Brownell, then retiring Member of Provincial Parliament for Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry. He arranged for us to meet John Gerretsen, then Minister of Business Services - the Ministry in charge of cemeteries registration.
We presented Minister Gerretsen with a list of more than 1500 unregistered cemeteries across the province and had a first hand opportunity to tell the Minister about the lack of protection and high risk of removal for unregistered cemeteries. As a result, we received a letter of undertaking from the Registrar of Cemeteries, Michael D'Mello. The Ministry plans to register unregistered cemeteries! To this end, we have been asked to submit the data county by county and to include modern identifying information such as GPS, street addresses, directions, etc.
It isn't too late.
The joint OGS and OHS Cemetery Registration Committee has been resuscitated and, with assistance from many hardworking branch cemeteries committees, is working to compile the necessary information and send it to the Registrar. To date the data for four counties - Algoma, Brant, Bruce and Carleton - have been forwarded to the Registrar of Cemeteries. Any new information for these counties will be also forwarded as it is discovered.
The OGS Cemetery Locator is being updated as we move along by county, with the goal of making it as complete a record of cemeteries in Ontario as possible.
None of this can happen without the co-operation of our branches and our genealogical and historical friends who have first hand knowledge of their areas. We ask that people check out the Cemetery Locator to see what is on record for your county or region.
We invite anyone with cemetery information, particularly little known or abandoned cemeteries to contact us. This week we learned about three unregistered small family burial grounds from surprising sources.
Please help the OGS/OHS Cemetery Registration Committee remain alive! We look forward to hearing from the friends of cemeteries. We plan to keep you posted as we send the government further information.
Diane Clendenan email@example.com
Marjorie Stuart firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is now open for our spring workshop titled “Digging for Gold in Toronto Libraries and Archives” to be held on Saturday 4 May at North York Memorial Community Hall, co-sponsored by the Toronto Branch and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library. This will be a full day devoted to the unique resources and expertise available at Toronto libraries and archives. Early bird registration rates apply until 15 April. I have attached a letter-sized notice for the workshop, suitable for bulletin-board posting. Full details about the program and how to register are available through the Toronto Branch website at www.torontofamilyhistory.org...
…and we have just issued a Call for Presentations for a fall workshop titled “Tracing Forward - Searching for Relatives in Recent Times”. The aim of this workshop, to be held on Saturday 26 October, is to offer new ideas, skills or tools to help researchers trace members of their expanded family trees, people who might still be alive or recently deceased. We are hoping to receive proposals from professional genealogists, family historians, private investigators, legal experts and heir searchers. The deadline for proposals is Friday 31 May. I have attached the text of the call to this message – and again, it is also available through our website at www.torontofamilyhistory.org.
Mark Warren has printed a new book, covering Anderdon Township in Essex County, Ontario. It is available in Amherstburg bookstores (Gordon House). Now available at the University of Windsor Bookstore http://bookstore.uwindsor.ca/
Friends of the Tecumseh Monuments: Buy a Brick Program to renovate & expand the existing site. Visit: http://www.tecumsehmonument.ca/support/buy-a-brick-program/
Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society, (HEIRS) Membership meets monthly, on the fourth Thursday, excluding June, July, August, and December. The meetings are held in the Community Room, Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre, Arena Building, at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise stated. The public is welcome.
War of 1812 Commemorative Project (on going until 2015)
Do you have a War of 1812 ancestor? To commemorate the actions of our ancestors during the War of 1812, the Essex County Branch OGS would like to add a collection of family histories that prove their ancestry back to those who fought during the War of 1812 in the Western District (Essex, Kent and Lambton counties). We will present certificates to those who can successfully prove this connection. They, along with their families, will be invited to special events being held in the area to commemorate the war.
To be a part of this project, a completed
certificate application form with documented proof for each
generation between the applicant and the War of 1812 ancestor must
be completed. Successful applicants will receive a certificate. The
certificate processing fee is $25.00 for each certificate
The applications will be placed on our Branch Members Only section of our website. Information for only those persons who were born earlier than 100 years ago will be included. No information about living persons will be posted.
Click on the button below to download the certificate application form.
June 2012 - Burton Collection - Detroit Public Library, Tour
August 2012 - Booth at Roots to Boots Event and handing out War of 1812 Certificates (on going until 2015 !)