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


June Meeting of the Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be held Tuesday, June 23rd - 7:00 pm at the Peterborough Public Library in the Board Room - Lower Level. Guest Speaker - Dr Fraser Dunford. Topic: Ontario Municipal Records. Ontario's Municipal history is complex. Finding municipal records is even more complex, yet they contain significant genealogical and historical information. This talk, by Dr Fraser Dunford, author of Municipal Records in Ontario, covers the history and growth of Ontario municipalities, the sorts of records municipalities kept, and where you may find these records. 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 Beginner Seminars on Genealogical Research is as follows -

  • Tuesday, June 23rd, start time 1:00 pm - hosted at the Bobcaygeon Library. NOTE: To register for this free event, call Bobcaygeon Library at 705-738-2088.

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

Military Records

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

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

2. Lanark Society Settlers 1815

3. Commuted Pensioners Scheme 1831-32

4. Enrolled Pensioners Scheme 1851-58

5. Useful Records for Military Settlers

(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

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 August 2015.


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