Family and Local History

Oakville Genealogy Meetup

Whether you’re new to genealogy or an experienced researcher, come learn in this informal seminar setting. Here’s a chance to ask and answer questions about genealogical research and get some tips and tricks!

  • Wednesday, October 10
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 14
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 9
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 13
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 13
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Central Branch Auditorium
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

Preregister prior to each date by emailing to ensure a seat!
Brought to you in partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Oakville Public Library.

Family and Local History: A Perfect Pairing

One step that many people may miss in their research is learning more about the local history of the area in which their ancestors lived. It is important to understand the time and place of an ancestral location and its place in your family history. Find out how to learn more about researching local history to add flavour and substance to your family history.

Tuesday, October 16
7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $8
Age: 18Y+
Course Code: 239964

Oakville’s 2nd Annual Family History Fair

October is Family History Month, and our Family History Fair returns on October 27! Drop in to visit with historical and genealogical groups, family history vendors, or attend one of our free workshops* with genealogical speakers on a variety of topics.

Saturday, October 27
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

*Workshops are 16Y+, and limited to 30 people.
Pre registration is required by emailing

11am-12pm: Why Can’t I find it Online? Good Question! Other resources to help you with your research with Ruth Blair, PLCGS
These days it seems like you can find everything online. There are a lot of great databases out there but if you are relying only on those then you will be missing out on a lot of useful information. This lecture will discuss what is not available online, using case studies from England, Scotland, Ireland and Canada.

1-2 pm: Loyal Then, Loyal Now – Researching and Proving your UEL Ancestry with Linda Corupe, UE

2:30-3:30pm: Accessing and Preserving Family Heirlooms with Denise Psaila, Manager, Archives of Ontario
This presentation is of particular interest to genealogical researchers, and explores best practices for storing personal treasures, with a particular focus on paper records. Participants will learn how to care for their family history documents at home, including detailed instructions on proper storage and handling. The presenter will offer advice about where to acquire archival supplies or the help of an independent conservator. This presentation also includes information about digitizing private collections to ensure they will be available for future generations.

Archives of Ontario
Bronte Historical Society
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Oakville Ward
e-Scapes Photography Family Tree Printing Services
Halton Black History Awareness Society
Halton-Peel Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Hamilton Branch, United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada
Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives Department
Linda Corupe, UE
Lynn Palermo, the Armchair Genealogist
Nasagiweya Historical Society
Oakville Historical Society
Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate
Oakville Public Library
Ontario Genealogical Society
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Wayne E. Shillum, Author: The Farmboy: From 1950’s Palermo Ontario

Door Prizes include a 1-yr MyHeritage Complete Subscription and a MyHeritage DNA kit. Be sure to visit us and fill out a ballot and you could win!

A Day in the Life of Oakville

Our photo project returns a fourth time with fall/winter in Oakville as our subject. Grab your camera or device and take photos of the town on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Saturday, December 1
Cost: Free
Age: All Ages

Submission details will be available online starting December 1, and photos will be accepted December 1-7.

Maximizing Your Use of Ancestry

Come join our Local Collections Librarian and learn some tips and tricks to maximize your use of Ancestry and Ancestry Library Edition.

Wednesday, March 6
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+
Course Code: 240034