Kawartha Branch
Ontario Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 861, Peterborough, ON K9J 7A2
Branch e-mail address: kawartha@ogs.on.ca

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    The Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS was formed in 1975. We are a group dedicated to supporting genealogical research in the Counties of - The City of Kawartha Lakes (formerly known as Victoria), Haliburton, Northumberland and Peterborough through our meetings, events, beginners courses, library collection, and publications.

We extend a warm welcome to all those seeking out their family roots.

Upcoming Meetings and Events



September Meeting of the Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be held Tuesday, September 15 - 7:00 pm at the de la Fosse Library, Peterborough, Ontario. Guest Speaker - Dr Fraser Dunford. Topic: Ontario Land Records. Land Records in Ontario are complex, involving petitions, orders-in-council, location tickets, two Heir and Devisee Commissions, the Township Papers, patents, and extensive records once held by the Land Registry Offices. This talk is an introduction to all the resources. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Beginner Genealogy Seminars

Dr Fraser Dunford, Past Executive Director of the Ontario Genealogical Society and member of Kawartha Branch OGS will guide you through:

The Basics - the family tree, family records, relationships, the importance of birth, marriage and death records and recording dates.

Getting Started - guiding principles, citation and keeping records.

The schedule for the last two 2015 Beginner Seminars on Genealogical Research is as follows -

  • Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015, Time: 1:00 to 3:30 pm, Place: Millbrook Public Library, 1 Dufferin Street, Millbrook. Hosted by - Cavan Monaghan Public Libraries. To register for this FREE EVENT please contact the library at 705-932-2919 or the OGS Planner at 705-741-6066. The Seminar will be followed by information about genealogical resources available at the library.
  • Tuesday, September 22nd, start time 1:00 pm - hosted at the Douro/Dummer Library. More information coming soon.

Please check back often for updates as additional dates and locations are posted as confirmed.

Military Settlers

2nd Annual Kawartha Conference

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 9:30 to 4:30 (Doors open at 8:30)

Northminster United Church - 300 Sunset Blvd, Peterborough

There will be five speakers. Here is the information on one of them:

1. Political and Military Situation in the United Kingdom and Canada 1814-1850

Speaker: Timothy Dubé - As Military Archivist for the Public Archives of Canada / National Archives of Canada / Library and Archives Canada (1984-2012), he had a role in bringing copies of much of the military documentation to Canada.

(Registration is Essential. Cost $35.00 - includes snacks and lunch. More details to come)

Kawartha Branch Projects


Earlier this year Kawartha Branch started a new outreach program through the online newspaper MyKawartha . There are two sets of monthly articles with one set scheduled to come out early each month and the other set to come out mid-month:

Families of the Kawarthas (aka Founding Families at the online address) will give brief histories of some of the early settlers in this area. The articles to date are:

NOTE: If you would like to write about your ancestors for the series above, let us know at kawarthaprojects@ogs.on.ca

The Amateur Genealogist which introduces people to the basics of genealogy. The articles can be found at the following links:

2) Family History Name Index

The Branch library has many family histories. We are creating a name index for each history and will put the index in TONI (The Ontario Name Index - the three million and growing name index created by OGS). If you would like to help, this is another project you can do in your own home. We send you a digitized copy of the family history, you read it, and you enter each name you find into a spreadsheet. If you want to help - please contact us at: kawarthaprojects@ogs.on.ca


Kawartha Branch, OGS 40th Anniversary Fall 2015

Upcoming Events

Lang Pioneer Village Museum - Historic Literary Walks of Lang|: Words from the Wilderness taking place - September 10, 11, 17, 19, 24 & 25 at Lang Pioneer Village. NOTE: Advance Booking is required. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $18 for students/seniors. For more information, please visit their website at www.langpioneervillage.ca .

Smith Ennismore Historical Society invites you to join them on the 18th of September for a bus tour to Cobourg, Trenton Air Force Museum and the Best of Prince Edward County. For more information please call Bernice at 705-742-7390.

Check out - British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa - Family History Conference - 18-20 September 2015. www.bifhsgo.ca


Access to our Library Collection at de la Fosse Library is by Appointment Only. Please contact the Branch Librarian to book a day and time.

    Our Branch Newsletter "The Bulletin" - Next issue November 2015.


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