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You will want to check it out over and over again always something new



OGS Blogs! 


We have launched a new blog on the OGS website  
(or go to our website and click on BLOG in the green side menu, under NEWS).

It is the place to go to find oodles of interesting news and information such as Conference 2015 announcements, news from the branches and provincial office, celebrations of our achievements and genealogy tips and tricks. Leave a comment to join the conversation.


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Sarnia Collegiate Celebrates City’s Birthday by Putting History Online


As the oldest school in the city, Sarnia Collegiate Institute & Technical School has been a part of Sarnia’s history for over 100 years. Now, the school is sharing their history by making over 100 years of their yearbooks available online. The oldest known edition goes back to 1902, when Sarnia Collegiate was then on the site of the current day London Road Public School.


Computer Studies teacher Caleb Courtney has been working on digitizing the project for about three years. “It’s important to value our history. Every day I come to work and think, ‘I get to be a part of the rich history of this school.’ SCITS is a great school, and we have great students.”


The project has had the support of several Sarnia businesses and organizations, including Haines Printing, who helped in preparing some books for scanning, and the Ontario Genealogical Society, who scanned many of the yearbooks for us with their archival-quality scanner. The Lambton County Archives, Lambton County Libraries, and Sarnia Centennial Celebration Committee, have also been supporters.


Students have been involved in the project as well, helping out during a ‘yearbook scanning day’ in the school library.


Courtney originally started the project to help celebrate Sarnia Collegiate’s 90th birthday in 2012, but because of the time required to scan the books, realized the project would take longer. “We decided to make this a Sarnia Centennial Project. What a perfect time to make this history available to the community. Instead of having a single, fragile copy of the books locked in a back room, everybody can easily access them.”


School librarian, Denise McCaffrey says she gets between three and five requests a month from the public looking for relatives in old yearbooks. “This project is wonderful. Why wouldn’t we want to make these resources readily available to everybody?”


The demand for the books is high. Without any advertising, the books have already been viewed over 700 times on the school’s website.


This is not the first major project that S.C.I.&T.S. students and staff have undertaken to celebrate the school’s rich history. The school’s website features a World War II memorial that links to previous students’ service records from Veterans Affairs Canada.


The Sarnia Collegiate yearbooks can be accessed by visiting

and clicking on

 “SCITS Vault.”



 Do you have family  who was a home child in Lambton Co. Ontario, Canada

2010  was the Year of the British Home Children
If you haven’t already sent information about a British Home Child in your family, extended or
otherwise, to

Ann Hentschel 

branch e-mail

The index is on our Members Only section




Heritage Committee-Hillsdale Cemetery Tour
Sat, September 13, 2014, 12pm –4pm
click here  for more information
Hillsdale Cemetery Petrolia


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Book cover
My name is Ken Leland and I live in Toronto. I have written a historical novel, recently published by Fireship Press,  entitled    
1812 The Land Between Flowing Waters

ISBN-13:978-1-61179-251-5 Paperback, 
ISBN 978-1-61179-252-2: ebook
The novel is set in the Old Northwest and the Niagara River frontier with Upper Canada during the War of 1812. In Upper Canada the Benjamins found freedom from slavery. With their white neighbours and friends, the Lockwoods, both families must defend a new homeland from impending American invasion. These families are Loyalists, living near Niagara Falls. The Babcocks are pacifist Quakers, yet they too are threatened by the coming onslaught. For Kshiwe, Kmonokwe and their children, 1812 is just another season of fear among First Nations. This Neshnabek family lives many days travel to the west, in a place settlers call Indiana. In the shadows of Brock and Tecumseh, all join in the struggle to endure.

There are reader reviews available on and the book is available from

Those interested in the time period might also enjoy my website 
which includes excerpts from the novel, a blog with historical background and sources for my writing, short stories, and links for purchasing copies.
I hope that the members and patrons of the Ontario Genealogical Society - Lambton County Branchmight enjoy the novel.
Thank you for your consideration.      
Ken Leland
3 Humber Trail
Toronto, Ontario  M6S 4B8