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Local Student Wins Provincial Genealogy Essay Award

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Helping her grandmother document family stories led University of Windsor student Chelsea Meloche to begin looking into her family history. Writing about her experience won the LaSalle resident The Mike Brede Genealogical Essay Prize awarded by the provincial office of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS). Chelsea recently joined the Essex County Branch to learn more about family history research. The $500 prize was presented to Chelsea by Debra Honor at our public meeting on May 12th. In addition to the cash award, Chelsea’s essay will be published in an upcoming issue of the OGS quarterly journal, Families.
The Ontario Genealogical Society holds several competitions annually, including the Mike Brede Essay Prize for full time post-secondary students and the Dr Don Brearley Essay Prize for secondary school students.
We hope Chelsea will have continued success in family history research and would like encourage other young people to begin their own family history journey.???????????????????????????????

Upcoming Events

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Next Member/Public Meeting and Presentation September 8th 6pm, WPL, lower level

While we don’t yet stream our meetings, we have been video recording them since March and will soon make those recordings available to our members.

Two Great Local Area Resources

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Last night’s meeting highlighted valuable resources and information available in the Windsor-Essex area.

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French family history resources were highlighted by Margaret Jeffrey from the Centre de Genealogie Pionnere du Sud-Ouest.  She mentioned they also have some Irish resources included in their Catholic Church records.

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Heather Colautti from Windsor’s Community Museum presented many how-tos, dos and don’ts when it comes to taking care of family mementos.  Heather suggested The Canadian Conservation Institute website as a good resource for more information.

 

Preserving Family Artifacts and Documents

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DocumentsGuest speaker Heather Colautti from Windsor’s Community Museum discusses the preservation of those important family history mementos. Also, a representative from the Centre de Genealogie, Pionniere du Sud-Ouest will present an overview of their services and resources.
Monday, April 14, 7:00 pm, at the main branch of the Windsor Public Library (850 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor), lower level.
No charge! Public Welcome!

EssexOGS: September, Open Family History Meeting

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Welcome back from summer!

The EssexOGS fall monthly meetings, open to the public, start again:

Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 6:00 PM (Library on summer hours)

Topic:  COPYRIGHT and Family History Research (GENEALOGY) Copyright do’s and don’t’s and general practices for family historians

Presented by: Myra Tawfik.

Location: Windsor Public Library 850 Ouellette Ave., Windsor, lower level, at 6:00 P.M.

Hope you and your friends and family can join other individuals interested in family history!

 See the web site for details on future meetings: http://www.ogs.on.ca/essex/Meetings/meetings.htm

The Diary of Death – A Mystery 200 Years in the Making

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Saturday September 21st
The Diary of Death – A Mystery 200 Years in the Making
A 200-year-old diary points the finger at a murderer, but the vital page is stolen before a name is revealed.  The inhabitants of this little garrison town (both past and present) will be happy to share their stories and answer questions as you investigate the murder of Dr. Smith in 1813 and uncover which present-day citizen was determined to protect their family’s reputation.  Script by local mystery author John Schlarbaum.  Advance tickets $8, available at Fort Malden NHSC, Park House Museum, GIbson Gallery, North American Black Historical Museum.  $10 at the door, Park House Museum, 214 Dalhousie Street.  This event runs from 6:30-9:30 pm and involves walking through downtown Amherstburg, rain or shine.  Recommended for ages 14+.  For information 519-736-2826 or office@gibsonartgallery.com.  Proceeds to Amherstburg Museums & Galleries

Jennifer on behalf of Amherstburg Museums & Galleries  Thanks!

Personal Ancestral File (PAF) – Moving ON without PAF

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  • What is happening?

    FamilySearch will no longer offer PAF downloads or support after JULY 15, 2013.

    • Why is it happening?

      Advances in technology, strong alternatives from third parties, and the need to focus on the latest FamilySearch initiatives have diminished the need for PAF as part of the FamilySearch offering.

      • How do I move to another software program?

        It’s easy. FamilySearch recommends that you choose one of the following free, third-party products that have each been certified to work with FamilySearch and the Family Tree.

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