Ontario Ancestors’ free webinars this week

Three of Ontario Ancestors’ branches and a special interest group are hosting free webinars this week, and they’re all open to those who register. There’s a good range of topics that will interest many.

The following times are in Eastern time.

Monday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. — Leeds & Grenville Branch
History of Slavery along the St. Lawrence River by Jennifer de Bruin

This presentation explores the connection of this region to the history of slavery in North America. While information on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, and a brief history of slavery in Canada and the US will provide an understanding of the magnitude of this tragic institution, it most importantly gives a voice to those who were enslaved. Together we’ll journey through time to discover the harrowing experiences of the thousands of enslaved men, women and children who fought for freedom in the courts, fled from enslavement on the Underground Railroad (routes that crossed through Quebec/Eastern Ontario), and eventually settled in Ontario.  An environment of learning and openness, this presentation provides an excellent opportunity to ask questions and get answers or more resources for learning. Register to watch online.

Tuesday, February 6, 7:30 p.m. — Durham Region Branch
Between Friends / Entre Amis: Cousins Across the Border by Dave Obee

Many of us have cousins in another country, and many Canadians and Americans have family members across that long, undefended border. This talk gives some examples of cross-border ties, along with advice on how to search in the other country. It could be that clues in one country can help solve genealogical mysteries in the other. And yes, DNA testing is helping us to find relatives we did not know we had. Register to watch online.

Wednesday, February 7, 7:30 p.m. — Huron County Branch
OnLand from a Genealogist’s Perspective by Ken McKinlay

Once we know where our ancestors lived in Ontario, the next step is to see if we can find the land records, such as deeds and even wills. In this presentation, we will be taking a look at the Ontario Land Property Records Portal, AKA OnLand, to help us research where our ancestors lived. Using OnLand, we will look at the various historical books, try to find a property in an urban area, and even walk through placing an order for an instrument. Register to watch online.

Saturay, February 10, 11:00 a.m. — Irish Palatine SIG
The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland Project by Dr. Brian Gurrin

Dr. Gurrin will introduce the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland project and speak about the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922, with a particular emphasis on the records for the Palatines, which were located in the Archive before it was destroyed. He will describe some of the surviving records for the Palatines, which are available to researchers via the Virtual Record Treasury, including the relevant surviving returns from the 1766 religious census of Ireland, the greatest survey held in Ireland between the Down Survey of the 1650s and the national censuses of Ireland of the nineteenth century. He will also introduce some records which may find their way into the Treasury during this phase of the project. Register to watch online.

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