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Halton-Peel Branch

PO Box 24
Streetsville, ON, L5M 2B7, Canada
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Monthly Meetings

Our meetings are held every month with the exception of June, July, August and December.  Our Annual General Meeting is held along with our regular meeting in November.  The meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month.  They alternate between the Four Corners Branch of the Brampton Public Library at 65 Queen Street East (near the Peel Archives) and the Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario.  Visitors are always welcome.

Note:  Brampton library parking – there is limited library parking on the east and west sides of the library.  On Sundays there is also on-street parking behind the library.  There is free underground parking at Brampton City Hall (two blocks west) entrance from George Street — after parking take the elevator to the main floor, exit to and cross Main Street and walk one block down John Street (next to the church) to the library.

List of meeting dates, locations, speakers and topics:

January 22nd 2017 Brampton Coral Harkies — Administrative Assistant for Ontario Genealogical Society in Toronto.
"Quebec Research from Afar"
The presentation will focus on what sources are available on-line, as well as what you need to be aware of when doing research in Quebec. 
Coral has a certificate in Canadian Studies from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and has been doing research for 25 years.
February 26th Oakville Jane MacNamara
"Life on the Farm: Your Ancestor's Place in Ontario Agriculture"
We often think of farming as a traditional occupation-something that hasn't really changed much.  But that is not and was never the case.  Farmers had to react and adapt to changing conditions like climate, technology, economics, new markets and new competitors.  Some farmers did more than adapt.  They set out to be the most productive by innovating with new techniques and processes, products, and marketing.  Farm journals and business records survive in many archives.  Farmers may have had help and encouragement along the way from agricultural associations, community groups, government agencies, or private patrons.  Digitization of many of the records of these pro-agriculture organizations has made them a viable source to help us understand the changes that were happening around our farming ancestors and whether they were leading the way or following the pack. 
Jane is a well-known genealogical author, lecturer and blogger who teaches courses on Ontario Records for the Toronto Branch OGS and leads regular trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
March 26th Brampton Tammy Tipler-Priolo
"Tracking Your Elusive Aboriginal Ancestors In The Records"
This lecture will discuss where one can find records to prove aboriginal ancestry, what information is found on these records that will give you the proof you need, and how to use these records in aboriginal genealogical research. 
Tammy is a professional genealogist and lecturer, who has her own business, 'The Ancestor Investigator'.  She holds a Professional Learning Certificate in Canadian Studies from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.
April 23rd Oakville Ruth Burkholder
"The Hudson's Bay Company"
Hudson Bay Company records are some of the earliest documents recording native peoples and overseas immigrants, particularly those from Scotland. 
Ruth Burkholder has been a professional genealogist, historian and educator for more than 30 years.  She is the author of several books, including Starting Out In Genealogy.
May 28th Mississauga Genealogy Road Show at Lorne Park Public Library, 1474 Truscott Drive, Mississauga
Chat with experts in different areas of genealogical research and family tree data record-keeping.
Drop in from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for assistance with your genealogy:
  • Help for beginners as well as those trying to break down brick walls.
  • 15 minute consultations with experts on research in Ontario, England and Scotland; using Ancestry.com and Legacy Family Tree; and use of DNA testing.
June, July & August – No Meetings
September 24th Oakville Ruth Blair
"New Brunswick & Nova Scotia Research from Afar"
This presentation will examine the records that are available online to research your New Brunswick and Nova Scotian ancestors as well as what is available in the local repositories. 
Ruth Blair is a professional genealogist, author and lecturer based in Oakville.  She has her Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies for Canada, England and Ireland from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.  She is also a member of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Ontario Genealogical Society.
October 22nd Oakville Kathryn Lake Hogan
"Interactive Webinar:  Loyalist or Patriot, whose side was he on?"
This lecture focuses on what defines a 'Loyalist' or a 'Patriot' of the Revolutionary War and what constitutes accepted proofs of loyalty or patriotism and where to find them. 
Kathryn is a professional genealogist, speaker and author of Digging Your Canadian Roots, as well as 17 Legacy QuickGuides featuring Canadian research topics.  She is a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada and was formerly the UEL Association's Dominion Genealogist.
November 26th Brampton Annual General Meeting
Matthew Wilkinson
Topic to be announced  
Matthew Wilkinson is a 7th-generation born and raised Mississauga resident.  A graduate of the University of Toronto at Mississauga's Erindale College, he is the Historian with Heritage Mississauga, historian with the Mississauga South Historical Society, and citizen member of the Heritage Advisory Committee for the City of Mississauga.
December – No Meeting

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This page last updated 18 February 2017