Saturday, October 28, 2017 – BGOGS Fall Event

Bruce & Grey Branch Ontario Genealogical Society

Fall Event

            Saturday, October 28, 2017

Neustadt Community Centre, 183 Enoch St., Neustadt, ON

All are welcome!                                                 


Telephone: 416-489-0734 Extension 303

Registration Form 2017 Fall Event

Roberta Clark has been researching her family’s roots for about twenty years.  She has been our Newsletter Editor for a number of years and is currently the Branch Chair. She is also a former Region Director with The Ontario Genealogical Society.

Ruth Blair is a Professional Genealogist and lecturer based in Oakville. She has been doing family history research for over 30 years. She has researched her family history from Canada to Ireland, England, Scotland, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. She has her Professional Learning Certificate for Genealogical Studies for Canada, England and Ireland from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She writes the “The Passionate Genealogist” blog.

Steve Fulton, UE is the Vice-President of the Ontario Genealogical Society and chair of its Technical Support and Innovation Committee. Steve is also the Chair of the Niagara Peninsula Branch.

Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre and Grey Roots offer two free days of research in their Archives to pre-registered participants on Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27.

Registration Fee:   $45.00 (before October 12), $50.00 at door         

Cheques made payable to Bruce and Grey Branch OGS (BGOGS).

Mail registration to: BGOGS, Attention Janet Iles, P.O. Box 66, Owen Sount, ON, N4K 5P1


8:30 am – 9:05 am               Registration, Visit Vendors and Display Tables

9:05 am – 9:15 am               Welcome & General Remarks

9:15 am – 10:00 am             Roberta Clark: Serendipity

Serendipity is defined as the phenomenon of finding something of value not being sought. Experiencing this phenomenon, while researching your family history, is very exciting. Roberta has been very fortunate because she has had a number of serendipitous discoveries in her own family research. Using case studies she will explain how stumbling upon the information was lucky but knowing the value of what you find can only be attained through careful research and organized recording.

10:00 am – 10:30 am           Break, Visit Vendor’s Tables

10:30 am – 11:30 am           Ruth Blair: The Whys and Wherefores of Scottish Emigration

It covers the reasons why the Scots left and where they eventually ended up settling. Understanding the emigration of the Scots will assist you with your research and enhance your family history story

.11:30 am – 12:00 pm         BGOGS Annual Meeting & Presentation of Ken Young & Betty                                                        Wilson Family Story Awards

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm            Hot Chicken & Beef Buffet Lunch with Homemade Pies

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm              Steve Fulton: Membership in the Ontario Genealogical Society                                                      Can Help Advance Your Personal Genealogy

Steve will talk about the OGS and the riches of the Branches/SIGS and the new things that are happening and how it will advance your personal genealogy.

 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm           Break, Visit Vendor’s Tables

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm            Ruth Blair: A Brick Wall Chisel: The Cluster Research Project

You have an ancestor and you know he should be found in that particular parish but he is nowhere to be found in the registers – now what? You have two people with the same name, age and living to adulthood, how do you distinguish the two? Are they related? This is where a cluster research project can be useful. This lecture will describe how to organize and start a cluster research project to help you breakdown a brick wall in your family history. A case study will be used to describe the process.

 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm           Closing remarks