On Sunday, January 19th, Board Member Joann Stoll and I (Jeanette Sheliga) crossed the Canadian Border to visit our Niagara Peninsula Branch friends of the Ontario Genealogical Society. You can find their websites here:
Ontario Genealogical Society: https://ogs.on.ca/
Niagara Peninsula Branch: https://niagara.ogs.on.ca/
We first met our OGS hosts at the St. Catharines Public Library – Central Library Branch at 54 Church St., St. Catherines, ON L2R 7K2. The library’s website can be found here: http://www.stcatharines.library.on.ca/.
The St. Catharines Central Library Branch has a large Special Collections room on the second floor of the library which houses their Local History, Genealogy, and Norval Johnson Heritage Centre collections. Right outside of the Special Collections room is Ontario Genealogical Society Collection:
After we explored all of the wonderful resources they had at the library (directories, family histories, OGS publications, surname indexes, cemetery transcripts, and so much more!), we headed to offices of the Niagara Branch located right near the locks for the Welland Canal (50 Chapel St. S, Thorold, ON L2V 2C6). They share a space with the Thorold and Beaverdams Historical Museum and the Lock 7 Viewing Centre.
Ontario Genealogical Society President, Steve Fulton, showed us around the museum and let me have some fun with an old phone switchboard:
We drove around the Welland canal locks (so much bigger than our set here in Lockport!) and then had a really nice dinner with a group of Niagara Branch members. At the dinner we learned about their upcoming OGS Conference & Family History Show taking place in the Hamilton Convention Centre on June 5-7, 2020. You can visit the conference website here: https://conference2020.ogs.on.ca/. I registered to attend!
After dinner, they gave us a gift for our NCGS library. It is a collection of stories outlining the lives of men and women who found themselves in the midst of battle in the War of 1812.
Here are some of the names of the people featured:
We had such a great visit and truly appreciate their hospitality and kindness. We are very fortunate to have so many nice neighboring societies near us and loved crossing the bridge to visit and learn from our Canadian friends.
I am very much looking forward to attending the OGS Conference this June!
Contributor: Jeanette Sheliga is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club, a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists) and the National Genealogical Society.