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Interested in your family history? Join the Museum's Genealogy club! If you’re new to genealogy, need guidance with research or are an avid genealogist looking to connect with fellow researchers, come learn about the resources available that will assist you in tracing your family history.

 Reasons you should join a Genealogy Club

1. You are no longer alone.

2. You’ll learn new research skills.

3. You’ll improve your skills in reading

4. You’ll learn from other members.

5. You’ll gain an appreciation of other local societies.

6. You’ll develop lifelong friendships.

7. You’ll discover new resources

 

 

Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00PM excluding January, July and August. They include a lecture with a Q&A period followed by time for networking. There will also be time to discuss what you hope to see at future club events. Membership to the genealogy club includes 9 meeting's throughout the year and presentations from guest lecturers.


2023/2024 Genealogy Club Season!

We have some great presenters lined up for this year, so be sure to join us for our 2023/2024 Genealogy Club season. Please find our Fall/Winter Schedule below!

 

2023 Fall/Winter Genealogy Club Schedule

 

September 13th, 2023 - Navigating Court Records at the Archives

Join us in kicking off the 2023/2024 Genealogy Club season by welcoming Roberto Lima and Astoria Felix from the Archives of Ontario. This presentation will guide you through a historical overview of the Ontario court system and their archival records. The goal is to provide a starting point for researching court records. At the end of the presentation, there will be a Q&A session.

Participants will:

• Learn how court records are arranged at the Archives of Ontario

• Understand the court system and how it relates to your genealogical research

• Recieve practical tips and resources for conducting research

 

*Please note that this month's meeting will be held over Zoom. If you are not a member and would like to receive the link to the meeting, RSVP to info@museumontowerhill.com


October 11th, 2023 - Census and the Community

Join us in welcoming Janice Nickerson from Upper Canada Genealogy, a research service dedicated to helping people learn about their early Onatrio ancestors. Her presentation will explore how to navigate census records and what they can tell us about a community.

 

*Please note that this month's meeting will be held over Zoom. If you are not a member and would like to receive the link to the meeting, RSVP to info@museumontowerhill.com


November 8th, 2023 - Eastern European Genealogy

Join us in welcoming, Eva Kujawa. This presentation will provide a brief historical overview of Eastern Europe and how it morphed through divisions, border changes, and wars into the countries that exist in today's world. Eva will cover the majority of Eastern European countries and will share the impacts of the various cultures that exist in these areas. Participants will be guided through the process of accessing various research resources, such as civil registration and church records, and learn how to plan, research, and address potential challenges and solutions for this type of genealogical research.

 

*Please note that this month's meeting will be held over Zoom. If you are not a member and would like to receive the link to the meeting, RSVP to info@museumontowerhill.com


December 13th, 2023 - Explore Your Roots: Starting your First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation Genealogy at LAC

This month, we are welcoming Nicole Watier from Library and Archives Canada. This presentation will explore the resources, related to Indigenous genealogy, that are available in Library and Archives Canada's vast collection and how to navigate them.

 

*Please note that this month's meeting will be held over Zoom. If you are not a member and would like to receive the link to the meeting, RSVP to info@museumontowerhill.com


February 14th, 2024 - Finding and Using Digital Collections for Genealogy

Join us for the very first presentation of this year with Gene Philibert-Ortega as she presents how the internet has made accessing a variety of online records easier than ever. In order to understand what is available online, researchers need to be aware of the variety of digital collection websites outside of the familiar genealogy websites and what they offer.

 

*Please note that this month's meeting will be held over Zoom. If you are not a member and would like to receive the link to the meeting, RSVP to info@museumontowerhill.com


March 13th, 2024 -  In Her Own Words - Lives of Women

We love to explore the lives of our ancestors. Documenting our female ancestors can often prove more challenging. They are less likely to appear in many of the public records created at the time – land, estate, court, tax records, and more. One great resource to learn more about our overshadowed female ancestors is via their own words. Personally written diaries, journals, correspondence, and more as found in private collections a.k.a. manuscript collections at many archives and library collections, are priceless.

 

*Please note that this month's meeting will be held over Zoom. If you are not a member and would like to receive the link to the meeting, RSVP to info@museumontowerhill.com


April 10th, 2024 - Become an Awesome Newspaper Researcher

In this era of the Internet, we can use resources other than the internet search. In the past, newspapers were the only source of information, which gave them an important place in researching family history. This presentation will teach you how to use an old newspaper effectively in your genealogy research.

 

*Please note that this month's meeting will be held over Zoom. If you are not a member and would like to receive the link to the meeting, RSVP to info@museumontowerhill.com


May 8th, 2024 -  Genealogy As A Therapeutic Tool

 

*Please note that this month's meeting will be held over Zoom. If you are not a member and would like to receive the link to the meeting, RSVP to info@museumontowerhill.com


June 12th, 2024 - Research Projects at the Museum

The final presentation of the season will be with staff member, Michaela Dickens, and explore some recent research projects at the Museum.

Research is consistently needed at the Museum to answer everyday questions, learn about new and old artifacts, develop exhibitions and complete research requests. This presentation will explore how staff conducted recent research projects, from finding obituaries to uncovering the history of local businesses.

*Please note that this month's meeting will be held over Zoom. If you are not a member and would like to receive the link to the meeting, RSVP to info@museumontowerhill.com

 

 


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