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The Quinte Branch of the OGS holds meetings at a variety of venues on the 3rd Saturdays of the month except July, August and December. These meetings encourage fellowship, sharing of expertise among members, and guest speakers are invited to share their knowledge. Visitors are always welcome--come and bring a friend and your genealogy questions. Free admission, refreshments served.

Date Event Time
Dec
2014
NO Quinte OGS Branch Presentation

Library resources available for research


Venue: Quinte West City Hall Library
7 Creswell Drive, Trenton, Ontario

 

Jan 17
2015
Quinte OGS Branch Presentation

Crouse-Wanamaker Lecture
Topic: Dancing in the Sky
Presentation by Bill Hunt

The Crouse Wanamaker Lecture, held every January by Quinte Branch, is dedicated to the driving force of Gordon Crouse and Loral and Mildred Wanamaker who were instrumental in getting Quinte Branch up and running as a Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society in 1980. This yearís lecture by Bill Hunt is a fitting example of that spirit of commitment and vision, the Royal Flying Corps training program in Canada during World War I.

C.W. (Bill) Huntís book, Dancing in the Sky, was originally started by Al Smith who began to write about the World War I training airfields around Deseronto. Al collected stories from people who had worked at (or had otherwise been involved with) the two camps (Camp Mohawk and Camp Rathbun) and amassed a number of photographs. Bill took over the project in 1998 and broadened the research to include the other Royal Flying Corps Canada locations in Ontario. The photographs collected by Al Smith are available for research in Deseronto Archives (under the name J. Allan Smith Collection).

Dancing in the Sky is the first complete telling of the First World War fighter-pilot training initiative established by the British in response to the terrible losses occurring in the skies over Europe in 1916. This program, which was up and running in less than six months despite enormous obstacles, launched Canada into the age of flight ahead of the United States.

The results enabled the Allies to regain control of the skies and eventually win the war, but at a terrible price. Flying was in its infancy and pilot training primitive. This is the story of the talented and courageous men and women, who made the training program a success, complete with the romance, tragedy, humour, and pathos that accompany an account of such heroic proportions. A valuable addition to Canada's military history, this book will appeal to all who enjoy an exceptional adventure story embedded in Canada's past.

Download poster here.

Venue: Quinte West City Hall Library
7 Creswell Drive, Trenton, Ontario

1:00 pm

Feb 21
2015
Quinte OGS Branch Digital Presentation

Topic: Backing Up Your Genealogy Data
Legacy Presentation by Thomas McEntee

Have you ever experienced a data loss when it comes to your genealogy research? Not yet? Well if not, have you prepared for what might happen if your hard drive fails? What if your laptop is lost or stolen? Learn the basics of backing up all your genealogy data including identifying data, common backup methods and how to use free online programs to help you make sure your data will always be available! Participants will learn various methods for backing up their genealogy data including many free online programs such as Drop Box, Google Docs, Picasa and more! Join Legacy webinar host, Geoff Rasmussen, and presenter, Thomas McEntee for this digital presentation.

Venue: Quinte West City Hall Library
7 Creswell Drive, Trenton, Ontario

1:00 pm

Mar 21
2015
Quinte OGS Branch Presentation

Topic: TBA
Presentation by TBA

Details will be posted when available.

Venue: Quinte West City Hall Library
7 Creswell Drive, Trenton, Ontario

1:00 pm

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