Ontario Ancestors Present – Virtual Meeting Monday April 8, 2024 at 7pm!

Hello Everyone,

Please see this guest post from the Oxford Branch of Ontario Ancestors:

Please join us on Monday, April 8 at 7:00 pm for a Zoom presentation by Ken McKinley – OnLand from a Genealogy Perspective (Intermediate to Advanced Level)

Once we know where our ancestors lived the next step in our research journey is to see if we can find the land records such as deeds and even wills. In this presentation we will be taking a look at the Ontario Land Property Records Portal, AKA OnLand, to help us locate the documents concerning the properties where our ancestors lived. We look at the various historical books, try to find a property in an urban area, and even walk through placing an order for an instrument.

Please visit our website at https://oxford.ogs.on.ca and click on the link “Register Here” for the zoom meeting.  The meeting is free and we welcome everyone.

Liz Buchanan
Oxford Branch Publicity Coordinator
Ontario Ancestors

Ph: 519-421-1700


If you have an event, pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca

Ontario Ancestors Present – Virtual Meeting Monday March 11, 2024 at 7pm!

Evelyn Herman (Greenland)

Hello Everyone,

Please see this guest post from the Oxford Branch of Ontario Ancestors:

Please join us at our next virtual meeting on Monday, March 11 at 7:00 pm:

Grandma’s Secret with Al Fewster

Tragedy, tribulations and triumph.  Evelyn Herman (Greenland) kept a secret that was not talked about or shared.  Few knew of her past.  Like many of the thousands of children who emigrated to Canada as indentured labor Evelyn never spoke of her ordeal.

Please visit our website at https://oxford.ogs.on.ca and click on the link “Register Here” for the zoom meeting.  The meeting is free and we welcome everyone.

Liz Buchanan
Oxford Branch Publicity Coordinator
Ontario Ancestors


If you have an event, pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca

Ontario Ancestors Present – Virtual Meeting February 12, 2024 at 7pm!

Photo courtesy of the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Hello Everyone,

Please see this guest post from the Oxford Branch of Ontario Ancestors:

Please join us at our next virtual meeting on Monday, February 12 at 7:00 pm, Hilary J. Dawson presenting:

Hunting for Hidden History: How Slavery Came to the Town of York

“How do you find out about people who had no rights, rarely appear in the public record and for the most part were illiterate? Where do you look for information about the disadvantaged who did not receive direct payment for their work, and who had little control over their own lives? How can we uncover the stories of indentured servants and enslaved Africans?

Hilary Dawson will explain where she found personal papers and other manuscripts, and show how she used them to piece together the stories of the Pompadour family, Henry Prince and others who were regarded as “property” by York slaveholders like Peter Russell and William Jarvis.”

Hilary Dawson is a professional genealogist, historical researcher and educator who has worked in museums in the UK and Canada.

Please visit our website at https://oxford.ogs.on.ca and click on the link “Register Here” for the zoom meeting.  The meeting is free and we welcome everyone.

Liz Buchanan
Oxford Branch Publicity Coordinator
Ontario Ancestors


If you have an event, pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca

Ontario Ancestors Present – Stone Houses of Zorra – Monday, January 8th at 7pm!

Hello Everyone,

Please see this guest post from the Oxford Branch of Ontario Ancestors:

Please join us at our next virtual meeting on Monday, January 8th at 7:00 pm where Vicki Brenner of the Oxford County Library will present “Stone Houses of Zorra”. There will be a short business meeting and Annual General Meeting prior to Vicki’s presentation. 

Please visit our website at https://oxford.ogs.on.ca and click on the link “Register Here” for the zoom meeting.  The meeting is free and we welcome everyone.

Liz Buchanan
Oxford Branch Publicity Coordinator
Ontario Ancestors

From the Oxford County Library:The Stone Houses of Zorra Project is an effort to document pioneer field stone farm houses in Zorra Township, Oxford County.  Gathering information from published local history books, newspapers, land records and present day owner interviews, this work hopes to consolidate the chronicles of stone houses in one place.  With new photography, combined with historical imagery, a visual path to the past is established.  These stone structures are a part of our cultural heritage and the rural Oxford County landscape.


If you have an event, pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca

Proudly She Served – Canadian Women at War: 1885-1945!

Hello Everyone,

Please see this guest post from the Oxford Branch of Ontario Ancestors:

Please join us at our next virtual meeting on Monday, November 13th at 7:00 pm as

Glenn Wright presents “Proudly She Served – Canadian Women at War – 1885-1945”.  Between 1914 and 1919, more than 3200 nurses served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) at home and overseas. During the Second World War, about 50,000 women volunteered, as the role of women expanded significantly when the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy created women’s divisions. The CEF and the Second World War service files in the custody of LAC are an important source of information for family historians, genealogists, women’s history, and all those interested in Canada’s military heritage. With these and other sources, we can more fully document and appreciate the role of Canadian women in uniform.

Please visit our website at https://oxford.ogs.on.ca and click on the link “Register Here” for the zoom meeting.  The meeting is free and we welcome everyone.


If you have an event, pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca