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2014 Branch News

Researching at the Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre
by John Carew; photos by Georgette Green
Our Ides of March 2014 Genealogy Meeting at the Quinte West Council Chambers was a very successful double-header, combining a designated Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Quinte Branch OGS with a presentation about Ameliasburg’s very own Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre (MAGRC) and the 7th Town Historical Society.
The AGM was called to order at 1 pm, the principal objective of which was to seek Branch approval of 4 Motions covering the 2013 Financials Audit, the proposed Budget for 2014, the 2013 Chair’s Annual Report to OGS, and the slate for the 2014 Branch Executive Committee. Each item on the agenda was presented by the Chair in succession, with each Motion read, moved, seconded and voted on by the members present. All motions were approved and carried.

Barbara Dawes, Volunteer; Larry McQuoid, Treasurer; Lois Duggan, Social Hostess;
Cheryl Levy, Webmaster; Debb Walker, Publicity; Debbie McDonald, Secretary.

Following this short AGM for Quinte Branch, Bob Dawes introduced our guest speaker.
Diane Godbout is the sitting President of the 7th Town Historical Society, having taken over the reins last April from Ian Reilly. Diane is a graduate of Queen’s University and she held various managerial positions with Bell Canada over a 30 year period. She also served as Governor of Loyalist College for 6 years, and was a Director of 7th Town from 2000 until her appointment as President of 7th Town Historical Society in 2013.
In her introductory remarks, Diane offered a short history of the 7th Town Historical Society which was formed in 1969 and the MAGRC which was established in 1994 at Ameliasburg in the City of Prince Edward County. The main topic of her presentation focused on the library holdings at MAGRC and 7th Town which are the treasure sought by family historians and genealogists who come from far and wide to conduct research. While she covered all of the major categories and types of research resources in their library, Diane made special emphasis on the significance of their 1200 family genealogies which have been donated over several decades, the value of CemSearch as a research tool for birth, death and cemetery information in the form of digital cemetery transcripts for our very large local community which shares this database, and the unique and very precious Hastings County Land Records and Abstract Books, including Deeds and occasional Wills for the lucky researcher.
Diane offered her views on the several particular advantages of doing research in our own communities, noting that there are many types of documents and records which have local origins and subject matter which is not available anywhere else or through internet sources. She made particular mention of the fact that they are in the midst of completing a GPS project for their cemetery list locations, and that they are soon going to tackle indexing of the Land Records for Belleville and Trenton. Following her talk, excerpts from the 2013 History Moments DVD were shown, featuring the Marilyn Adams Centre and the life of Marilyn Adams. During the Q&A which followed, Diane fielded many questions on her presentation, the MAGRC and 7th Town. Diane was thanked by the Chair of Quinte Branch for her very informative presentation about one of the Bay of Quinte’s local and highly valued historical and genealogical resources.
Click here for Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre website
Also check out: 7th Town Historical Society and Quinte Kin

7th Town Historical Society President,
Diane Godbout was thanked by
Quinte Branch Chair, John Carew
for her informative presentation.

Quinte Branch offers a variety of books
and CDs relevant to local research,
including Quinte cemetery transcriptions
at our Resource Table.

Digital Images: Scanning, Editing and Preserving Your Photos
Digital Presentation by Geoff Rasmussen, with permission
by John Carew
On February 15th at the Quinte West Council Chambers, our presentation of things genealogical took a bit of a turn and a twist. For the first time Quinte Branch OGS opted for a webinar event, partly for a change of pace and partly to evaluate the trend and effectiveness of this format in our own back yard.

This premiere digital video and audio lecture was attended by about 45 members and visitors, all of whom either were practicing the skill sets involved and were looking for some tips to improve their levels of expertise or were wanting to get involved in the process and hoping for a leg up before they started. Based on feedback during and after the presentation, no one went away disappointed!

Geoff Rasmussen graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He recently received the Distinguished Presenter Award at the prestigious RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. His biographical summary is spot on as evidenced by his presentation which was both very informative and easy to follow. A handout available to attendees provided a worthwhile set of notes and reminders of the major elements of Geoff’s lecture.

The subject matter included the basics of digital imaging, a review of terminology and the fundamentals of scanning, editing and preserving old and new photos, including pitfalls to avoid and a number of sound recommendations on how to approach each task. After a considerable number of “how to” explanations with lots of graphics to demonstrate the right, wrong, and better, best possibilities, we conducted our own Q&A session before calling it a day and finishing off the event with coffee, cookies and conversation.

If I am any judge of the success of this event, our members should expect more of this type of high quality presentations in the future. A sensible balance of webinars and live presentations will expand our choices of topics and presenters to make the most of our learning experience. Here’s hoping!!
Larry McQuoid & Rod Green checking out our Resource table (Photo by Georgette Green)

Geoff Rasmussen, host of Legacy Webinars
Check out more webinars here

Crouse-Wanamaker Lecture
What's Beneath Your Feet?
by John Carew, photos by Georgette Green
Our 2014 series of presentations on genealogy and its companion interests was kicked off on 18 January at the Quinte West Council Chambers with the annual Crouse–Wanamaker Lecture, tying together the history of our very own Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society with the current issues and revelations of the day.
The Chairperson, John Carew, extended thanks on behalf of the Branch to Tracey Cuddington, Mary Culloden and Clare Westheuser for their contributions to our genealogical efforts, and who have recently withdrawn from their positions as committee coordinators. We wish them well and look forward to their continuing support and interest in our activities and undertakings as Branch Members. He also informed the audience that Marilyn Harry is doing well after her hip surgery and that she hopes to be back in fighting shape as soon as possible.
The Chair then turned his attention to the Crouse-Wanamaker Lecture with a few words of history and reflection. Gordon Crouse was our first Chairperson in 1980 when the Branch was formed, and furthermore was the instructor for the initial cadre of 26 Charter Members whose training he oversaw in the fall of 1979, when 32 local citizens expressed a desire to get some formal education to enhance their family history research aspirations. Most of that genealogy class joined Quinte Branch as Charter Members, and many others followed. Loral and Mildred Wanamaker were accorded Honorary Membership in recognition of their longstanding involvement in genealogy and local history such as their early involvement in the 7th Town Historical Society. From this small group of well motivated budding genealogists and with the leadership of Gordon Crouse and the inspiring experience of the Wanamakers, Quinte Branch flourished. Rodney Green, an original member of the Branch, and first Treasurer is still serving the Branch today in fine fashion in our Research department. We owe them all a lot for their foresight, dedication to the Branch and commitment to genealogy. Bravo!
The Chair then introduced the guest speaker, Orland French, local author and former journalist with the Kingston Whig Standard, the Ottawa Citizen and the Globe and Mail, who provided us with some insights to his recently released book about the geology of Prince Edward County, entitled Wind, Water, Barley and Wine. His presentation on this subject, “What’s Beneath Your Feet?” was accompanied by a reminiscence about his uncle, Pte. Oscar French, who gave his life during WW1 at Vimy Ridge, and whose story will be the subject of the next book published from the desk of Orland French.
Orland devoted the bulk of his presentation to the world history backdrop of the emergence of Prince Edward County as a glacially ravaged landscape, rising out of the depths of the Laurentide Glacial Ice Sheet melt, which occurred approximately 14,000 - 13,000 years ago. Once the melt excess had found its way to the Atlantic Ocean, and the shores of Lake Ontario’s larger predecessors had narrowed to relatively current positions, Prince Edward County was now part of the Ontario landscape. While home to about 25,000 people, “the County” is better known for its unique geology and visual grandeur, of which there are several features and splendours, and perhaps less so for excesses of opportunity. Stripped of much of its topsoil by the glacial rub, the land has been used and continues to be used in our time to advantage where possible, but “the County” provides for such a wonderful combination of onshore and offshore activities, that few of us would fault the Laurentide Glacier for what it left behind for us to cherish.
The book, Wind, Water, Barley and Wine, offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about the place we live in or what is a frequent destination for the rest of us, its birth as present day land mass instead of aqua sub-structure, and considerable insight as to what we are able to appreciate and take advantage of as a place to call home, to play, to work and enjoy. That would be “the County”!
Check out Orland’s website here.

Guest speaker Orland French is thanked by Bob Dawes

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