Genealogy Events

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Preserving Family Heirlooms

This presentation is of particular interest to genealogical researchers, and explores best practices for storing personal treasures with a focus on paper records. Participants will learn how to care for their family history documents at home, including instructions on proper storage and handling. Advice will be offered about where to acquire archival supplies or the help of an independent conservator. This session will also include tips about digitizing private collections to ensure they will be available for future generations.

Age: 18Y+
Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:15pm
Central Branch Auditorium
$8/1 Class
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 215811

Quebec Genealogical Records

Getting started into researching ancestors in Quebec can be a daunting task for people who aren’t familiar with Quebec as a province and its history. We will take a dive into exploring how Quebec is sub-divided, and the many record collections available in some of the most populated regions – both online and offline. Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate.

Age: 18Y+
Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm
Central Branch Auditorium
$8/1 Class
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 215815

The Quebec Divide?

Religion, language, and history are three large components which make up the general culture of a society. We will look at some of the similarities,differences, and terminology you will face when looking into record collections and help you become more confident in delving into records not found on mainstream genealogy websites. Experience Level:Beginner/Intermediate.

Age: 18Y+
Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm
Central Branch Auditorium
$8/1 Class
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 215817

A Day In the Life of Oakville: Come make history with us!

Everyone is invited to take part in the 2nd Annual ”A Day in the Life of Oakville.”  We want to see Oakville from your perspective.We’ll be collecting photos taken on Saturday, May 28, 2016 and preserving them in a digital exhibit for future generations. Using your smartphone or digital camera, take a snapshot of a moment during your day and help us build a community archive.This is your chance to contribute to Oakville heritage and show us Oakville the way YOU see it! Submissions will be accepted online from May 28 until June 6.

If you live in Oakville, work in Oakville, or if you’re visiting Oakville on May 28, we’d love to see your snapshots. Try to avoid taking photos that feature the identity of a specific individual, and if you do, he or she must fill out our photo consent form.

The link to submit your photo online will be available from  May 28 and June 6. This opportunity is open to all ages!

If you have any questions or need the photo consent form in an alternate format, please contact Elise C. Cole at or at 905-815-2042 ext. 5037.


For more information on our genealogy programs, please email Elise C. Cole .

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