BGOGS, OGS, Fall Event, October 19, 2019

Bruce & Grey Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Fall Event

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Normanby Centennial Centre, 818 Albert Street, Ayton Ontario


Terry Schwan: His family is from the Carrick and Greenock townships in Bruce County, particularly the hamlet of Carlsruhe. His entire ancestry is German-speaking Roman Catholic who settled in the area in the 1850s. He has had an interest in family history since high school. He also researches other families in the area.

Melanie McLennan: She was born to parents of Irish and Scots-Irish heritage. A natural curiosity, a love of story-telling, history and an interest in pioneer life drew her to genealogy which she began as a hobby about 20 years ago. Since selling their bed & breakfast business in 2017, she has pursued her passion for genealogy and family history under the business name of Ancestral Tapestry.

Janet Iles: Her interest in family history developed when she was working at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library cataloguing the Local History collection. She has taken many courses and regularly attends webinars and conferences to increase her knowledge of record sources and methodology.


8:40–9:10          Registration, Visit Vendors’ and Display Tables

9:10–9:15          Welcome & General Remarks

9:15–10:15        # 1 Using the Canadian National Registration of 1940 to Breakdown Genealogical Barriers—Terry Schwan. The National Registration of 1940 provides an alternative to census records. The Registration resulted from the compulsory registration of all adults in Canada from 1940 to 1946. A fee is required for each successful search. Terry will explain how to use this Registration and what information was collected. He will also describe how he used it in his research.

10:15–10:45      Break, Visit Vendors’ and Display Tables

10:45–11:45      #2 Irish Immigration to Bruce & Grey Counties — Melanie McLennan. Bruce & Grey Counties were often a destination for immigrants seeking a new life and opportunities. They were also an important link in chain migration as well. Among the Scottish, English, French, Dutch and other migratory groups who settled there, immigration from Ireland is another facet of these early communities. This talk will consider the various forms of Irish and Scotch-Irish immigration to Bruce and Grey counties and the role these counties played in chain migration across Canada and the United States. Examples of the various records used to trace a family with Irish origins will be illustrated as well as techniques for approaching migration research.

11:45                BGOGS Meeting

12:15–1:15        Hot Chicken & Beef Buffet Lunch with Homemade Pies

1:15–2:15          #3 DNA as a Research Tool in Irish and Scottish Research—Melanie McLennan. DNA has become a valuable tool in the research tool box to add additional scope to evidence and breadth of search to today’s researcher. This case study will follow a family line from Bruce and Grey Counties back through chain migration to Ireland and Scotland to a paternal ancestor and his extended Scottish family. Examples of lesser known Canadian, Irish and Scottish records and DNA information (novice-intermediate level) will be illustrated.

2:15–2:30          Break, Visit Vendors’ and Display Tables

2:30–3:30          #4 Estate Records: A Useful Record Set in Your Genealogical Research—Janet Iles. Whether your ancestor left a will or not, this record set may be worthwhile exploring. The talk will look at some of the terminology related to estate records with examples. Janet will illustrate how estate records expanded what she knew about her Hemingway family and how they gave clues for further research.

3:30–3:40          Closing remarks & Survey