Thursday, 3 July 2014

Planning Ahead

Brant County Branch,OGS

To help you plan ahead for our Fall Activities

September 28,2014
Open House

Sharon Murphy


10 Top Tips on Researching

October 25,2014
Fall Workshop

Dave Naylor


Overview and Understanding of DNA

$30.00 with lunch
space will be limited

November 23,2014

presenter to be announced

World War One

Complete information will follow

Moving Forward

Brant County Branch of OGS invites you to view our newest advances in communication.  Our new updated website: now includes PayPal for purchases including books,workshops and research activities.

For those unfamiliar with PayPal the explanation from Wikipedia is:
"PayPal is an international e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Online money transfers serve as electronic alternatives to paying with traditional paper methods, such as cheques and money orders. It is subject to the US economic sanction list, and subject to other rules and interventions required by US laws or government."

We also encourage you to visit and join our Facebook page at /Brant County Branch OGS.  We currently have 70 members signed up and welcome everyone else to join.  

Monday, 2 June 2014

BBQ and Strawberries Fund Raiser

BBQ and Strawberries and friends, does it get any better!

Everyone is invited to join us at the fund raiser for Brant County OGS.

The annual BBQ and strawberry social will be held on

Friday, June 27, 2014 

5:00pm socialize

5:30pm BBQ begins

Cost is $15.00 per person

To pay on line please visit our web page at

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Storyteller Extraordinaire-Marsha Skrypuch

Brant County Branch of OGS guests and members had the privilege of sharing a Sunday afternoon with an exceptional storyteller and writer.  Marsha Skrypuch has been honoured on many occasions and recently won the Silver Birch Award for the second year in a row.  This award must have special meaning since 250,000 children from Ontario voted for their favourite non-fiction book, this year One Step at a Time:A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way was the winner.  Marsha discussed her trilogy of books:  Stolen Child, Making Bombs for Hitler and Underground Soldier and that they have entered into new arenas that have not been written about previously.  She talked about how children can identify with her characters by realizing that tragedies can be overcome in ones life and that you can survive the unthinkable.  Children will ask if the story content is real since so many of the children books are fantasy. Marsha explains that her research is intensive and accurate and that she strives to take you into the moment even including the weather of the day if possible. Often during her presentation she would ask if we had heard of certain events before and the response seemed to be "no, we did not know that".  These stories have been hidden for years, so many events that happen during a war never see the light of day.
 Marsha is a rare writer that wants us to have the knowledge of those events in the hope that history will not repeat the mistakes and that from misery heroes are born.

The Brant County Branch of OGS continually provides, by many avenues, connections to the past. 

We welcome all to attend our Fall meetings. 
Please visit our website: for upcoming notifications.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Loyalist Day-special event Simcoe

By order of the Government of Ontario, June 19th is Loyalist Day in Ontario. As well, 2014 is the Centennial Year of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada. 

Therefore, the Grand River Branch UELAC, is planning a special celebration and flag raising ceremony at Governor Simcoe Square, 50 Colborne St., S, Simcoe, Ontario. The celebration will begin at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 14th 2014 with the raising of the Loyalist Flag and some brief remarks by loyalist descendants and some of our local dignitaries. 

Following the flag raising ceremony all are welcome to recess across Court Street to the Trinity Anglican Church Hall for a special presentation by the Cottonwood Brass. This renowned group plays music of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries using antique brass instruments. Following their one hour presentation refreshments will be served. 

You are cordially invited to attend this special celebration and presentation. 

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch presents "Underground Soldier"

 Brant County Branch of the OGS invites you to a presentation by local Brantford writer
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch.  Marsha will be discussing her latest book the Underground Soldier. This is a companion book to her award winning books Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler, completing the World War Two trilogy.  This latest book is a perfect entry point into the series as the books can be read in any order.

Our meeting will be held on Sunday

May 25, 2014 at 2:00pm

Brant county Branch Library
118 Powerline Rd.

All Welcome

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Spring Workshop

The attendees of the Spring Workshop declared the day a great success.

Our morning began with Karen Richardson,curator of the Halidmand County Museum walking us through the Victorian Era.   We travelled through the years from 1837 to 1901 enjoying the events, the fashions,food,architecture, innovations and inventions of this period in time.   The influences of Queen Victoria are still in evidence today. For example, after her marriage to Albert she adopted his tradition of decorating a Christmas tree.  She was also in the vanguard of instituting laws that protected the rights of children.
We continued on through the Edwardian period noting the changes that occur between the two eras.  Karen delighted the audience with asides about the royal families.  She told a story about Queen Victoria hiding a pregnancy behind a paisley tablecloth that then became a rage by being interpreted as a shawl by the general populace.
Karen concluded her presentation by giving us pointers on our pictures. The paper quality,the edges of the paper,the type of dress and the background can all help identify when they may have been taken.

After lunch, Vicki McKay was generous to let us explore a section of her personal family research.  Given the title of her presentation was “Sorting Fact from Fiction…and lessons learned along the Way” she kept us all involved in her detective search.  The visual presentation  of the many documents along with a synopsis of how she followed paths and then when she hit a “brick wall” how she backtracked was so encouraging.  At times, just an address where someone had resided and someone else died, tied the family members together.

Vicki had good advice regarding the pieces that don’t seem to fit.  File them away and every six months revisit the documents.  You may find that with your further research these pieces may now fit into your puzzle.