Saturday, 12 April 2014

Spring Workshop April 26,2014

Brant County Branch of OGS

invites you to our Spring Workshop

Saturday, April 26, 2014

9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Guest Speakers

Karen Richardson, Curator of the Haldimand County Museum and Archives in Cayuga

Topic:  "Edwardian & Victorian Era"

Food, Clothing and Living Conditions

Vicki McKay, Researcher

Topic: "Sorting Fact from Fiction...and lessons learned along the way"

Workshop to be held at Brant County OGS Library

118 Powerline Rd Brantford


Register by April 21st, 2014 cost is $25.00 ( with lunch)

At Door $30.00 plus $5.00 for lunch

Everyone Welcome

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Call For Proposals

Toronto Branch has issued a Call for Proposals for the fourth annual Toronto History Lecture, to be held on Wednesday, 6 August 2014, at the City of Toronto Archives. 

The Toronto History Lecture was inaugurated in 2011 in memory of well-known local and family historian Paul McGrath and his love for telling people about Toronto and its past. It is free to attend and open to the public.

Proposals are welcome from potential speakers on any aspect of Toronto’s history and should be submitted by 15 April.

To find out more about this event and featured speakers of previous years, visit our Toronto History Lecture page at


Tuesday, 11 February 2014


Brant County Branch of the OGS invites you to our Annual General Meeting.
Guest speaker, Zig Misiak,will present the Biography of TONTO of Six Nations.
Our Annual General Meeting will follow the presentation.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
118 Powerline Rd Brantford
Everyone welcome.

Family Day Open House at Brant OGS Library

Brant County Branch OGS invites you to our February Open House
Mon. Feb. 17th from 10am to 4pm.
Location: 118 Powerline Road, Brantford at Smokey Hollow Estates.
Bring the whole family to learn about your ancestors,
the history of Brant County, or local areas of interest.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

We Are On Facebook!

We have a Facebook Group! Please visit, join us and see all that Brant County OGS has to offer as you work to learn more about your Brant County Ancestors.!/groups/277299872427563/

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Start Your Family History Week

Today is the start of Family History Week. And to kick the week off, FindMyPast is offering 30 free pay-as-you-go credits.

You will need to register for an account, or sign into an already existing one, Next, click "subscribe" at the top right of the screen. On the subscription page, there is a yellow bar on the left side of the screen. Here, about the middle, you will see a box where you can enter a promo code. Enter XMAS13 and hit "apply" The offer of the free credits is available until midnight January 2.

Also as part of Start Your Family History Week, is offering free access to records until Dec 29, 2013.

Enjoy the finds!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

A New Publication by One of Our Volunteers

Rush-Sleeth, Linda.  Roll of Honour.  Brant O.G.S., 2013 640 p. illus. 
ISBN 978-0-7779-4001-3.   

Roll of Honour – For the Brant County area men and women who made the Supreme Sacrifice from the Boer War to Afghanistan. 

Linda Rush-Sleeth, one of Brant’s dedicated volunteers, took on our Roll of Honour project, spending countless hours researching, photographing, transcribing and compiling a massive amount of information from the numerous war memorials in the Brant County area, and many other sources. Linda was asked to complete the project which had been started years before by Brant volunteers Shirley Sills, Audrey Elcomb and Frank Elcomb, himself a World War II veteran, but was put aside until more information could be gathered. 

The result is three binders totalling 640 pages, including a 160 page index, and a listing of the numerous sources.  Along with photos of Honour Rolls, war memorials and their location are those of service men and women, newspaper articles, and information about companies whose employees volunteered for service.

Linda’s research is an important documentation of area men and women who served and gave their lives for Canada and our freedom, and with Honour Rolls having gone missing in the past, a timely one that reinforces their importance.

 Thank you Linda for this important contribution to our Library.