The Week’s Online Genealogy Events

Choose from selected free online events in the next five days. All times are ET except as noted. Those in red are Canadian, bolded if local to Ottawa or recommended. Assume registration in advance is required; check so you’re not disappointed. Additional mainly US events are listed at

Tuesday 18 April

2 pm: Ottawa Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, by OGS Ottawa Branch.

2:30 pm: Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day:
A Second-Generation Voice, by Peppy Margolis for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

3 pm: How the Weather Affected Your Ancestor, by Ari Wilkins for Dallas Public Library.

8 pm: Urban Mapping Tools, by Rick Sayre for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Wednesday 19 April

2 pm: Surname Origins – Why? When? Why then? by Wayne Shepheard for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

7 pm: British Home Children in Essex County, by Jayne ‘Cookie’ Foster for OGS Essex County Branch April Webinar.

9 pm: Canadian Genealogy, by Dave Obee for Southern California Genealogical Society.

Thursday 20 April

1 pm: Lang Pioneer Village Museum, County of Peterborough, by Renée Homiak for OGS Kawartha Branch.

Friday 21 April

2 pm: Daughters of the King to Mothers of a Nation, by Lianne Kruger for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Saturday 22 April

1 pm: Fort Frontenac: The Rise and Fall of New France’s Key to the West, by Jean Rae Baxter for Kingston and District Branch, United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada.



Monday 1 May
Ben Franklin Place, Nepean Centrepointe
Attend any or all of the following presentations:

Introduction, by Ottawa Public Library (9:20 am – 9:30 am)

MyHeritage Library Edition, by Daniel Horowitz (9:30 am – 10:30 am)

The MyHeritage Search Engine Library Edition is a state-of-the-art tool for finding billions of historical records that mention your ancestors. Discover the advanced technology behind the scenes and learn how to take full advantage of the search engine’s robust features to explore the lives of your ancestors.

Jumping the Pond, by Mags Gaulden (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)

We will walk through the scant records as we make our way across the pond to discover lost cousins through boots on the ground. Working with researchers from the North of Ireland Family History Society and the Islandmagee DNA Group Project, volunteers have been busy gathering DNA, sources and information to make great connections!

When Is a Photo Worth a Thousand Relatives?, by Daniel Horowitz (1:30 pm – 2:30 pm)

Take a tour of all MyHeritage’s game-changing new photo features. From enhancing and colourizing your photos with the Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color™ to animating the faces with Deep Nostalgia™ and making them speak with DeepStory. Learn how to use MyHeritage to breathe new life into your old family photos.

The Printed Page: Online Newspapers and Books, by Glenn Wright (3:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Books and newspapers should never be overlooked in any family history or genealogical research. An enormous number of both are now freely available online. Learn about these resources, how to access relevant websites and see how useful they can be for adding historical context to the story of an individual, a family or the place where they lived.


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