Family and Local History

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
 2302 Bridge Rd, Oakville, ON
Cost: Free/Drop-In
*Workshops are 16Y and up, and limited to 30 people.
To register, please email with your workshop selection(s), name, telephone number and email address

Researching Indigenous Family History: Some Alternative Strategies
with Indigenous and Community Researcher Trish Rae
This session will be an exploration of some of the other strategies and sources that are available that can help with researching Indigenous family history, and will touch on the obstacles you’ll face. Some of these resources are not “traditional” sources, but can be a rich source for family history information.

City and Rural Directories for Family History
with Genealogist, Researcher and Author Jane MacNamara

Research Directories are a major source for family historians, particularly in North America. To glean all the information they offer, and to understand their limitations, it is useful to know a bit about the origins and history of directories, how and why they were compiled, types of directories available, and where you can find them today.

Exhibitors confirmed:
–  Halton-Peel Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
–  Trafalgar Township Historical Society
–  United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, Hamilton Branch
–  Oakville Historical Society
–  Archives of Ontario
–  Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
–  Oakville Public Library & Green Screen
–  Ontario Genealogical Society
–  Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate
–  Friesens, Ontario History Book Division
–  Milton Historical Society
–  Linda Corupe, UE: History & Genealogy Publications of Ontario & Quebec
–  Nasagiweya Historical Society
–  Bronte Historical Society
–  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Oakville Ward
More to come!


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.

Thursday, November 23
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Central Branch, Auditorium
Age: 18Y and up
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