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The Quinte SearchlightThe Quinte Searchlight

From 1980-2000, the Branch published its newsletter The Searchlight; from 2000-2005, the newsletter was published jointly in the Quinte-Kin. In 2006, the Branch returned to independent publishing with the launch of The New Searchlight, renamed The Quinte Searchlight in 2010, which is issued four times a year in March, June, September and December and is jam-packed with articles of interest to all genealogists.

Articles and queries are most welcome and can be mailed or emailed to: Quinte Branch OGS, c/o Editor. Contact us.

In addition to ongoing branch news that includes: Reports from the Chair and Regional Director, Upcoming Events, Committee Reports, Queries, Additions to the Library, Indexing News, Book Reviews, New Publications for Sale and Members' Surnames Interests, the newsletter contains feature articles submitted by members from near and far.


Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2014 **NEW**
Membership Renewal and Newsletter Distribution 2015 • Chair’s Comment: On Conversations with my Ancestors • Bob's Bytes: The Google Garden • Monthly Meeting: Discovering the Lennox and Addington Archives presentation by Shelley Respondek • Monthly Meeting: Timelines and Chronologies: Secrets of Success digital presentation by Geoff Rasmussen • Grappling with Grave Markers #18: John & Elenor FENNELL, Hilton Cemetery • Monthly Meeting: Great Moments in Genealogy presentation by Quinte Branch • Mississauga at War - New Online Exhibit • War of 1812 Plaque placed on Stockdale Grave Site - A Personal Connection and A Number of Descendants Attended • Query with DINGMAN/WILSON connection • Doors Open 2014 at the Quinte Genealogical Centre • Notice for Quinte Branch Annual General Meeting on 21 Feb 2015 • CDs available for purchase at Quinte Branch • Family Trees • Quinte Branch Members' 2014 Surnames Interest List •

Volume 9, Issue 3, September 2014
Monthly Meeting: Making the Most of the Canadian Census Records digital presentation by Kathryn Lake Hogan • Chair’s Comment: Onward and Upward! • Unusual English Kinship Words • Does Anyone Remember the DEWBERRY Family? • Bob's Bytes: Quinte Branch has New Computers • Loyalist Descendants in Beechwood Cemetery • Remembering Marjorea ROBLIN • ELMERS Descendants Reunion • Grappling with Grave Markers #17: Cinthey FAIRMAN, 1870 • Brighton Documents Now Part of County Archive • An "Instant Ancestor" Aquires a Name • Upcoming Workshop: Industrial England • CDs available for purchase at Quinte Branch •

Volume 9, Issue 2, June 2014

Notice to Members of Quinte Branch: Newsletter Digital Distribution • Researching at Queen's University presented by Nancy Cutway • Building Personal Archives presentation by Stephanie Wright • Chair’s Message: Electronic Distribution Becoming the Norm • Bob's Bytes: The Cloud - Where is it? • Re-enactment of the 1884 Lazier Murder Trial • Any Potwallopers in Your Past? • Grappling with Grave Markers #16: Garret ECKERSON, 1798, New York • FamilySearch adds Saskatchewan Probate Estate Files, 1887-1931 • Researching at the Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre presentation by Diane Godbout • New CD Record Set: Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Registers for Hastings & Prince Edward Counties, and Murray Township Cemeteries • Last Post: J. Brian Gilchrist - April 7, 1956 - May 1, 2014 • CDs available for purchase at Quinte Branch • Stories My Grandma Told Me: We Still Want Your Memories • Find Quinte Branch OGS on Facebook

Volume 9, Issue 1, March 2014
Crouse-Wanamaker Lecture: Think About What's Beneath Your Feet presented by Orland French • Digital Images: Scanning, Editing and Preserving Your Photos, a digital presentation by Geoff Rasmussen • Chair’s Message: Welcome to 2014 • Bob's Bytes: What About Podcasts • Read All About It • Grappling with Grave Markers #15: Catherine WAY, 1859, Carrying Place • Annual General Meeting: March 15 • Didn't You Go To School With What's His Name? • QB Financial Statements for 2013 • Proposed Budget for 2014 • CDs available for purchase at Quinte Branch • Stories My Grandma Told Me: We Still Want Your Memories

Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2013
Blessings of the Season • Chair’s Message: Looking Back and Ahead • Doors Open and British Home Children • More Choices in the Future • Bob's Bytes: Using Programs with Reduced Support Systems • Romance and Tragedy in Carlow Township, 1876 (Archibald McFADYEN and Son) • The Other O.G.S. • A Happy Ending After All • Grappling with Grave Markers #14: Henry & Elizabeth VAN TASSEL, Smithfield • Monthly Meeting: Solving Cemetery Problems (Vandalism, Abandoned Cemeteries, Registration and Heritage Designation presented by Diane Clendenan and Marjorie Stuart) • Deeds Returned Home • Member Surname List • CDs available for purchase at Quinte Branch • Stories My Grandma Told Me: We Still Want Your Memories

Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2013

The Fearful Fate of the KILBANKS • A Paperless World? Not for Me • Chair’s Message: About Members and Memberships • Death Registration Rather Blunt (KILBANKS con't) • We're Here For You • Plenty of Mystery in KILBANKS Story • Romance and Tragedy in Carlow Township, 1876 • Grappling with Grave Markers #13: The TAYLOR Family and Belleville Cemetery • Monthly Meetings: Answers for a Common Question (Why Can't I Find It Online? presented by Ruth Blair) • Happy 33rd Birthday to Quinte Branch OGS • Author (Millie MORTON) Reflects on Teacher's "Exceptional Life" • CDs available for purchase at Quinte Branch • Update to the Physicians Database (coming this fall) • Obituary: Rev. J. William LAMB (1930-2013)

Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2013

Quinte Branch Meeting Hosts Well-Known Writer and Editor • Flights of Fancy • Chair’s Message: Moving Forward - Success Doesn't Happen Overnight • Children Aware of Family's History Better at Facing Challenges • Bob’s Bytes: Portable Genealogy • Monthly Meetings: Researching in Scotland & DeoxyriboNucleic Acid: That's DNA to You and Me • Grappling with Grave Markers #12: PHEBE (PIERSON) HENDRICK, 1848 • Predestined • What is Canada Post Doing with Your Mail? • Veterans Service Medal a Mystery • Genealogists Want To Be Correct • Reading Tombstones • Obituary: HARRIET RICHARDS • CDs available for purchase at Quinte Branch • A Photo Question 

Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2013
Stories My Grandma Told Me • Stay in Touch with Your Past • Chair’s Message: No Resting on Our Laurels • Monthly Meetings Highlights include the Crouse-Wanamaker Lecture: Gerry Boyce Packs the Council Chamber and What's New on Family Tree Maker • Bob’s Bytes: What is a GEDCOM file? • New CD Record Set: Vital Records (Baptisms, Marriages & Burials) for Hastings & Prince Edward Counties United Churches (formerly Methodist & Presbyterian) • Grappling with Grave Markers #11: William MEREDITH, 1859 • Youth Challenge Family History Contest Announced • What's Behind Your Name? • Quinte Branch 2012 Financial Report

Volume 7, Issue 4, December 2012
Welcoming Number Sixty-Three • Chair’s Message: We Will Meet Again • Monthly Meetings Highlight the Basics and the Canada 150 Project • Letter: James Herbert NOXON Photo Query • Bob’s Bytes: Backing up is Hard to Do • Queries: Fred & Annie Janet Catherine KING and Bangor Loyal Orange Lodge #1194 • A Family Bible with Local Links • Grappling with Grave Markers #10: William LOWTHER, 1777 • Musical Warriors: The Greatest Hits of 1812 • Stirling News Argus: Births, Marriages and Deaths (Reel 1: Sep 1879 – Sep 1884) • Membership Report • 2012 Member’s Surname List

Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2012
The STEENBURGH Reunion: The Civil War reaches Cordova Mines--150 years later! • War of 1812 Takes Over Summer • The Annual Loyalist Day Celebration Takes on an 1812 Flavour This Year • Bob's Bytes: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know about Electronic Readers • Obituary: Margaret L. MAY, 1929-2012 • Grappling with Grave Markers #9: Gilbert HARRIS, 1827 • TURCOTTE Pioneer Family of Stoco Lake, Hastings County • 100 Physicians Who Graduated between 1900 and 1909 in the Belleville Area • Photo Query: Herbert James NOXON.

Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2012
Congratulations to our Ontario Volunteer Service Award Recipients • Wide Variety of Topics at Monthly Meetings: English Probate Records, Resources at the Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Centre and King's College, Ontario's Missing Link • Taking Genealogy Wherever You Find It • The (Lost) Wesleyan Methodist Graveyard in Frankford • A Day at the Front: Toronto Branch Workshop on Finding Your Great War Ancestors • Grappling with Grave Markers #8, The ROWE Family • Stirling High School, the Class of 1910 • Ottawa and the War of 1812 • DNA Query, DIAMOND Family • Newsletter Article Brings Distant Cousins Together • Elvis Presley's Quinte Cousins? PRESLARS of Camden-Sidney • Prince Edward County SMITH Family Bible Wants a Home • Anglicans Observe Two Anniversaries at Campbellford in 1934.

Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2012
Full House present for Annual Lecture: Searching Effectively on Ancestry • February Meeting Highlights War of 1812 • Eleanor Isabel Carleton MOULT UE • A Homemade Wedding Certificate Surfaces in a Surprising Location, HERRINGTON-SCOTT • Grappling with Grave Markers #7, Lest We Forget: Benjamin JUBY, 1917
• Photo Query EGGLETON • An Interesting Golden Wedding, TERRILL-HERRINGTON

Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2011
Care of Family Papers & Photographs • Grappling with Grave Markers #6: The KETCHESONS • Quinte Branch Members Participate in the OGS 50th Anniversary Cruise • My Path to a Successful U.E. Certificate Application as a descendant of Hazleton SPENCER U.E. • MORDEN Family History • Helping Reuben WHITE Stand Up Again • McCAW Family History • 2011 Member's Surname List

Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2011
Bringing the Quinte Branch OGS to You • Quinte Branch Research Library • Grappling with Grave Markers #5: John COLLINS 1728 & William Van TASSEL 1769 • Research Section of the Quinte Branch • CORLETT/CURLETT Query • Sorting Out The SKINKLES...No Easy Task!

Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2011
How to Use the Ontario Genealogy Society Website • Photo Query JACKMAN or HUBBLE • Grappling with Grave Markers #4: Lucinda SKINKLE 1859, Warkworth • Photo Query BROWN & GUNTER • Genealogy Resources at Belleville Public Library • The Methodist Church in Ontario • Why We Do What We Do!!! • Mayors of the City of Belleville 1850-1955 Database • Photo Query STOCKDALE Women • Quinte Branch at the OGS 50th Anniversary Conference

Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2011
Planning a Research Strategy • Photo Query POST & LIDELL • Drowning in Paper? • Grappling with Grave Markers #3: FAIRMANS at Consecon 1876-1883 • Cramahe Township Cemeteries, Northumberland Co. • Archives of Ontario Vital Statistics Release

Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2010
Researching Your Loyalist Ancestors • The Impact of the 1918 Flu Pandemic on Prince Edward County • Upper Canada Land Petitions Online Database • Grappling with Grave Markers #2: Emmarilla BENSON 1876 • Major Sills Gets Some Recognition, Finally • Carmel Centennial of Carmel Public School 1853-1955, The PITMAN, REED & REID Families • City of Belleville and Hastings County Archives • 2010 Members' Surname List

Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2010
30th Anniversary, It was a Party • British Home Child Memorial Quilt & Descendants Reunion • Grappling with Grave Markers #1: Major Andre COLE • We Celebrate our 30th Year • Physicians Database by Dr. Donald Brearley

Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2010
Celebrating Our 30th Year on June 19th • Bay of Quinte Families from Dutchess County, New York • Irish Research 101 • Irish Genealogy on the Internet • Bibliography of Irish Resources • Why Not? Pre-Planning Funerals • 2010 Year of the British Home Child Quilt Blocks • GIST Family Bibles • Hastings County Copybooks

Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2010
Migrations of our Pioneer Ancestors •
Rum Runners, Gamblers and Flyers • "Damned Rascal" Captain John Walden Meyers • From a Little Seed a Mighty Branch Grew--Quinte Branch 30th Anniversary • 2010, Year of the Home Child in Canada • Carmel Centennial of Carmel Public School 1853-1955, The HOWES & JONES Families

Volume 4, Issue 4, December 2009
Family Research at the Archives of Ontario, On-Site or from a Distance • History of the Family Dairies of Prince Edward County • Research British Immigrants to Canada • The COWIE Family of Belleville • Brick Wall Breakthroughs: EMBURY, TONER • A Pioneer Cemetery is Reborn in Cloyne, Eastern Ontario • Sandra & John Horwat transcribe 9,600 stones at the Belleville Cemetery • Carmel Centennial of Carmel Public School 1853-1955, The HOMAN & HORTON Families • Do You have British Roots? • 2009 Members Surname Interests

Volume 4, Issue 3, September 2009
Ancestors in Your Attic • Publishing a Family History • I Found Some of my Ancestors in a Pile of Newspapers • Brick Wall Breakthroughs: McCUTCHEON-McDONALD • Carmel Centennial of Carmel Public School 1853-1955, The BRITNELL, CLAPP, CLARKE, GEROW & HICKS Families

Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2009
Meeting Reports • Quinte Branch Volunteers Receive Awards • A Brief Look at the 225th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Loyalists in this Province • Brick Wall Breakthroughs: WILSON • Quinte Branch Librarian Mugged • Quinte Branch Genealogy Group Passes a Major Milestone, over 1,000,000 Names in Finding Aid • Happy Third Anniversary, Quinte Branch • Your Market Place, Stockdale Cemetery Annotated Transcript • Some Quinte Settlers Discovered in Revolutionary War Pension Records, ROHLEY, CLARKE & BRADSHAW.

Volume 4, Issue 1, March 2009
The Palatine Exodus from Germany • Brick Wall Breakthroughs: TUTTLE-CRONKHITE • Grave Undertakings: Ainsworth Funeral Home, Wellington, Ontario: A Five-Generation Family Enterprise • Assisted Emigration from Coolattin, Wicklow • Exploration of the Relationship Between the United Empire Loyalists and Freemasonry in Upper Canada, now Ontario • Websites worth Surfing

Volume 3, Issue 4, December 2008
"Damned Rascal" Captain John Walden Myers • Brick Wall Breakthroughs: MEEHAN-McGEE, O'NEILL, BUSH, POST-KELLER • Hastings County Cemetery Transcriptions • Websites worth Surfing • Janet Kellough Presents • War Memorial Inscriptions • Historic Cemeteries Sporting New Look • A Genealogist's Night Before Christmas • 2008 Member's Surname Interests

Volume 3, Issue 3, September 2008
12 Google Search Tips for Genealogists • Muster Roll of the Hastings County Flank Co. 1812 • War Memorial Inscriptions • Members Websites • 1881 and 1891 Digitized Census Returns Online • Methodists and Their Many Branches • Brick Wall Breakthroughs: KEATING • Quinte Branch Outreach at Work

Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2008 
Sher Leetooze on Northern Ireland Research  • Brick Wall Breakthroughs: BROWN, AMSBARY • Quinte Branch Outreach at Work • Stirling's 150th Anniversary  • The Ancient Order of Bedillii  • The Prince Edward Courthouse and Jail • Hastings County Migrations to Western Canada

Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2008 
Quinte Branch Library Gets a Major Boost with Trillium Grant • Brick Wall Breakthroughs: GRAHAM-SWEET, SELEY/SEELEY • Alternate Death Resources from Paul McGrath • Did You Inherit more than the Family Farm, Part II • Stirling's 150th Anniversary • So You Think You Might Be a UEL Descendant? • The Loyalists in our Area

Volume 2, Issue 4, December 2007 
Lisa Russell Brings the AODA to Quinte • Genealogy 101 Grows on Website • Brick Wall Breakthroughs: POLLEY • Library and Archives Canada New Search Tools • Genealogy DNA Testing and Family Crests • What's In a (Quinte) Name • The Creation of the Anniversary Book, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Read, Ontario: 1854-2004  • 2007 Members Surname Interests.

Volume 2, Issue 3, September 2007 
Quinte Branch Searchable Names Index Online • Do You Have a Brick Wall? • Quinte Branch Connects with James and Ethel BARRY of Stirling • Researching Quaker Ancestors in Quinte • CAVERLEY DNA Project • The Marchmont Distributing Home • Chisholm's Mill Celebrates it's 150th Anniversary.

Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2007 
A Visit from Orland French • Manorial Records  • Local Rum Runners • Stirling is Celebrating 150 Years in 2008 • The Hungerford Township Smallpox Epidemic of 1884 • The Adventure of a Pioneer Family: DUHAMEL / HAMEL / AMELL.

Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2007 
Annual Crouse-Wanamaker Lecture • Quinte Disaster: The Trenton Explosion • Hastings County Heritage Atlas • Did You Inherit More Than The Family Farm? DOLMETSCH, DOLLMETSCH, DOLMATSCH, DOLLMATSCH, DOLMAGE, DULMAGE, DALMADGE, DELMAGE, DELMEGE Family • Smith Sabbath School Pocket Bible • Being Creative with Troublesome Kin.

Volume 1, Issue 4, December 2006
A SMITH Family Bible Wants to Go Home • Heritage Years (Stirling History) • Cleaning Tombstones • Research Letters • Memorial Ronald Ryan Taylor • Is This Your Family (James Alfred ELLIOTT and Charlotte Helen BEATTY) • Finding Family at the Quinte Branch Research Library • Osprey Newspaper Obituaries Online  • The Course of Justice in the 1890s.

Volume 1, Issue 3, September 2006
Found, Pedigree of John Vowles PALMER • Mary JANEWAY: The Legacy of a Home Child • Birth Registrations in Ontario • The Canadian Vital Record Closure Gap • Snake Oil and Cure-Alls for Quinte's Pioneers • Our New Home at Quinte West Public Library.

Volume 1, Issue 2, June 2006
Quinte Branch Is On The Move! • Let’s Bring Our Ancestors Back to Life •  Reconnecting • Rawdon Township Historical Transcripts • What Did They Do? •  Hastings Gets a New Atlas • Quinte Holidays—Victorian Style • Your Families History • This Early Canadian Rector even had a Boulder Named after Him.

Volume 1, Issue 1, March 2006
Using a Spreadsheet to Record your Research Findings • Gravestone Symbolism •  Planning a Family Reunion • The Formation of the Presbyterian Church in Wallbridge • Burials in St. George’s Churchyard • Who was Wiliamena VANDERDANK? • Keep to the Known Facts.

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