Webinars 2020


The Society’s Webinars are open to all free of charge for the live presentation. Webinars will be recorded and will be available shortly after the live date for Members to access by logging in to the website and clicking on the Education tab and selecting “Recorded Webinars”.

January Webinar - Thomas MacEntee

Topic: Smarter Search Strategies for Genealogy

February Webinar - Mags Gaulden
February 6, 2020 07:00 PM

Topic: DNA Databases
DNA databases, what are they? How do they work? Who runs them? What’s in the TOS/Privacy (Terms of Service/Privacy)? How to you use DNA Databases in your research? Answering these questions for every level of Genealogists.

March Webinar - Ute Brandenberg
March 5, 2020 07:00 PM

Topic: Hidden Gems in German And Polish Archives and How To Find Them
Parish and civil registration records are the workhorse of German genealogy. Many researchers are unaware that there are manifold resources ranging from probate and court records to mortgage registers, tax lists, registers of settlers, and more, held by local and regional German archives. In addition, Polish archives are of great importance when researching Germans in the former Eastern Prussian provinces, for which church records sometimes have not survived. Archival materials can help you fill in blanks in your family tree but might also provide details not found in parish records, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of your ancestors’ life experience. Many archives have been making great strides with digitizing inventories. It is now easier than ever to locate records of interest. This webinar will provide samples of records from different areas of Germany and Poland, analyze their value, and show how they were found.

April Webinar - Lindsey Winstone
April 2, 2020 07:00 PM

Topic: How To Trace Your Family History Using The Archives Of Ontario’s Collections
This webinar will give an overview of the various genealogical resources available in the Archives of Ontario’s holdings. Lindsey will look at potential sources of information in both government and private records and advise on the best way to access them.

May Webinar - Beverly MacCulloch
May 7, 2020 07:00 PM

Topic: Using Ontario’s Township Papers
Genealogists today have a wonderful problem – access to more information than they will ever have time to investigate. If you have Ontario ancestors, you may have heard of Township Papers, and have them on your mental list of “records I should look at someday”.
Learn how the Township Papers are organized, so you can use them efficiently.
Learn who is most likely to be found in the Township Papers, so you can decide where to prioritize these records on your “someday” list.

June Webinar - Jenna Lemay
June 4, 2020 07:00 PM

Topic: Researching Indigenous Ancestors in Northern Ontario
This presentation will cover aspects of researching Indigenous people in Northern Ontario, as it presents unique challenges. I will cover researching online using Ancestry and FamilySearch, using Library and Archives Canada to access Government records, and taking advantage of local archives and local historians. Some challenges include the lack of indexing in the censuses for Northern communities; the shifting of regional names, boundaries, community locations, and community names; lack of birth, marriage, and death records; and difficulties in determining what Residential School, if any, an ancestor may have attended.

July Webinar - Tim Janzen
July 2, 2020 07:00 PM

Topic: Tracing Ancestral Lines in the 1700s Using DNA
Many of us are faced with genealogical brick walls involving ancestors who lived in the 1700s or early 1800s. Autosomal DNA testing is increasingly becoming an integral part of modern genealogical research used to help solve these types of problems. You can increase the power of using autosomal DNA test results to predict correct genealogical relationships in the 1700s if you test multiple descendants of an ancestral couple on multiple lines of descent. This presentation will provide examples where DNA analysis was used to solve genealogical research questions involving ancestors who lived in the 1700s and will demonstrate how you can start making these types of discoveries as well.

August Webinar - Bruce Durie
August 6, 2020 07:00 PM
Sponsor: The Scottish Special Interest Group

Topic: Using ScotlandsPeople for ALL your Scottish Genealogy needs
Can’t find the Scottish records you need in Ancestry, MyHeritage, FamilySearch etc? That’s because they don’t have the records. And they won’t be getting them.
Frankly, why should they, when they are perfectly available at ScotlandsPeople – Parish BMD from the 1500s to 1854 (including Catholic and Secession Churches as well as Church of Scotland) Statutory BMD from 1855 Wills & Testaments (which are not the same thing!) Censuses from 1841 to 1911 Valuation rolls from 1855 Coats of Arms Photographs and illustrations Maps and plans …and more
There is even more at the companion site ScotlandsPlace, which is not just geographical but has Land and Tax Rolls and more records.
How to use these sites and get the best out of them, is the subject of this Webinar.

September Webinar - Lynn Palermo
September 3, 2020 07:00 PM

Topic: Get with The Plan: 7 Simple Steps to a Research Strategy
Are your research methods unfocused? Do you find yourself jumping around with no clear strategy? This is a real sign that you’re not working with a research plan. In this presentation, Lynn will help you to reign in your scattered approach to your research and stop the aimless and unorganized researching. Get more precise in your approach to uncovering the lives of your ancestors by learning to develop a research plan. Level: Beginner to Intermediate

October Webinar - Serge Paquet
October 1, 2020 07:00 PM

Topic: Pre-1869 Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Serge will explain how births, marriages and deaths were registered with the government before civil registration was introduced in 1869, and where and how to search for them. This webinar will also help you find other sources for births, marriages and deaths available at the Archives of Ontario.

November Webinar - Michael Strauss
November 5, 2020 07:00 PM

Topic: Researching Your Canadian Ancestors in the First World War
Canada would go on to play a prominent role in the First World War. Then a part of the British Empire in 1914.When Great Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914 the war would automatically involve Canada. Records of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (CEF); including personnel files, Commonwealth war graves, nominal rolls, Americans fighting for Canada, and records of the Royal Canadian Navy will be examined. Additionally, post-war records including soldier’s settlement board, pensions and Canada back home afterwards.

December Webinar - Janice Nickerson
December 3, 2020 07:00 PM

Topic: Religious Newspapers - Not just for Clergy
The church played an enormous role in the lives of our ancestors, but we rarely give much thought to how we can learn about this aspect of their life histories, beyond locating their baptism, marriage and burial entries in church records. Religious newspapers to the rescue.
Did you know that religious newspapers published different versions of our ancestors’ obituaries? Or that they printed lists of subscribers, letters to the editor and news about Church Bazaars, Sunday School Festivals and Camp Meetings? Want to know what your ancestors’ denomination thought about dancing, Sunday streetcars and why young married couples shouldn’t live with their parents?