Family and Local History

Photo Organization and Storytelling with Your Photos

In this two-session series with Trish Keogh from Pictures in Place, you will learn the ABC’s of photo organization including how to preserve and organize your photos, regardless of format. In the second session, learn about new technology that will allow you to share your family history through your

Age: 18Y and up Cost: $16/2 Classes
Thursday, September 8 & October 26, 2017: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Central Branch Auditorium
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 230206

How to Harvest Seeds for the OPL Seed Library

Be sure to join us for this lecture and demonstration by master gardener David Marshall. Learn to harvest your OPL Seed Library plants in time for their due date!

Wednesday, September 20
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free/1 Class
Ages: 16Y and up

Register through IRIS with Course Code: 230186

A Day in the Life of Oakville 2017

Help us celebrate Oakville and be a part of history! Our photo project returns a third time with fall in Oakville as our subject. Grab your camera and take photos of the town on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Don’t forget – Oakville is celebrating many anniversaries, so be sure to capture some of those memories too!

Submission details will be available in this space starting September 23 and photos will be accepted September 23-30. Be sure to visit our 2015 & 2016 galleries!

Open to All Ages!

Quebec Family History

Come join Tammy Tipler-Priolo for her lecture on how to conduct Quebec genealogical research. Not only will she cover differences between Catholic and Protestant records and English versus French families, but she will include information on major research tools, Civil versus Church records, Dit Names, Archival Centres, Internet sources and much, much more!

Age: 18Y and up
Saturday, September 30, 2017: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Central Branch Auditorium
Cost: $8/1 Class
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 230213

Oakville’s First Annual Family History Fair

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

Age: All Ages
Saturday, October 28, 2017:  10:00am-4:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre
Cost: Free/Drop-In
*Workshops are 16Y and up, and limited to 30 people.


Modern Day Research for Canadians Who Served In WWI

How do you find information on Canadian men and women who served in the First World War? Which records survived and which ones perished? Join Ruth Blair, Professional Genealogist, and learn how 21st century technology can help you find resources that you can use to find military service records and other documentation.

Age: 18Y and up
Thursday, November 23, 2017: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Central Branch Auditorium
Cost: $8/1 Class
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 230196

Centennial Celebrations! Save the date!

On December 2, 1967, the Central Branch opened its doors to the public in its new home in Centennial Square. Come celebrate the 50th  anniversary of the Centennial Building. Party planning is underway, and updates will be posted in this space!

Saturday, December 2, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free/Drop-In
Ages: All Ages

The Genealogy GPS: Let It Guide You

The Genealogical Proof Standard is the GPS of genealogy. It will help you stay on course, organize and cite your research, as well as analyze the information you have discovered about your family. This lecture with Professional Genealogist Ruth Blair will walk you through and simplify the process of using the
Genealogical Proof Standard to help you decipher the information you have found either online or elsewhere.

Age: 18Y and up
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 7:00pm-8:30pm
Central Branch Auditorium
Cost: $8/1 Class
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 230278