Branch Meetings

Most meetings are held in Guelph on the fourth Tuesday of the month, except for the months of July, August, December and January. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m with coffee, cookies, and an opportunity to fellowship with other researchers, followed at 7:30 with the guest presentation.

Some presentations are held at the Speaker's location to enable access to the materials available therein. One meeting is usually held at a more northern location in Wellington County. The following meetings will be held at the Col. John McCrae Memorial Legion, Branch 234, 57 Watson Parkway South, Guelph, ON N1L 1E3 (map). This facility is wheelchair accessible.

Date Topic
Oct 28, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Ontario Legion, 281 George St. Arthur (map)
What else is there? Lesser known resources for family history at the Wellington County Museum and Archives

This talk will explore the types of information that can be gleaned from collections at times overlooked by genealogists. It will also make clear the process by which materials such as municipal and school records can be accessed, and the potential treasure trove that they and other records hold for the genealogist.

Speaker Elysia DeLaurentis has worked as Archives Assistant at the Wellington County Museum and Archives for thirteen years, interacting daily with both researchers and the Archives’ extensive collections. She holds an Hons. BA in Art History from the University of Guelph, a Master’s degree in History from the University of Waterloo, and has completed courses and workshops offered by the Archives Association of Ontario. Her previous experience includes work at the University of Guelph’s Gordon Couling Slide Collection, and Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Folklore and Language Archive. Elysia delights in research challenges, believing that if something is still a mystery, one hasn’t yet looked where the answer lies. This talk will examine some of the resources where those answers might be found.
Nov 25 2014 7:00 p.m.
Ontario Legion, 281 George St. Arthur (map)
Researching your military ancestors

A special presentation by Bob McEachern about resources available to research your ancestors' military service.

A Wellington Branch meeting held at the Wellington County Land Registry Office. Members were introduced to the methods of access and the wealth of genealogical materials associated with land records.