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posted 18 Mar 2020, 07:45 by Lakeshore Genealogical Society

Hello everyone,
On behalf of the executive committee, please be advised that the April 12 meeting is cancelled and we expect to reschedule the speaker, Linda Corupe, to a date in the Fall.  As well, the joint LGS/Cobourg Public Library Open House and Wikitree event planned for Saturday, April 18th is also cancelled. It is expected Wikitree speaker, Leanne Cooper can join us at a later date.
Due to the COVID 19 Virus, HTM discontinued use of the Community Room until further notice and, we plan to “wait and see” re the May and June meetings. We will keep you posted.
How are you planning to fill your days over the next month(s.) It may be time to begin that family book that Peter described at the February meeting.
Do you have a suggestion to help the group stay connected electronically;  would you like to reach another member but don’t have the LGS email list, let me know.
On behalf of the Executive Committee,
Wendy Bannon

2019-2020 Meeting Topics

posted 14 Jan 2020, 08:32 by Lakeshore Genealogical Society   [ updated 18 Mar 2020, 07:40 ]

Unless otherwise specified, all regular meetings are scheduled for 6:30pm at HTM Insurance, corner of Elgin St. and Wilkins Gate, Cobourg. Free parking and fully accessible.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - Linda Peterson of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will explain the current, free offerings on The meeting begins at 6:30 pm for the AGM & coffee followed by the 7:30 pm presentation.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Speaker: Cheryl Levy PLCGS, British Home Children

The British Home Children were part of a child emigration scheme meant to assist with a growing social situation in Britain, and hopefully, give them an opportunity to carve out a better life for themselves. Beginning in 1869, over 100,000 children were sent from the UK to Canada and other Commonwealth countries. This year of 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the launch of this significant part of Canadian immigration.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Speaker: Gabe Blaschuk, PLCGS, 

will give us guidance about the protocols when Researching Religious Records.

Thursday, December 12, 2019 

Members’ Annual Potluck & Social

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Speaker Peter Sterling will talk about “Using Microsoft Word to write your own family history” and Wendy Bannon will describe how The Drouin Records can assist your family research.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 

Speaker Anne Burnham – Farming in Northumberland has played a significant role in the development and health of Northumberland since the 1790’s. Anne will speak about the “Family Farm” and its genealogical connections.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 CANCELLED

Speaker: Linda Corupe – Making Her Presence Known –  It is often “a man’s world” when it comes to researching ancestors in Upper Canada. This talk will guide the audience through the records left behind in archives and libraries that researchers can use today to enhance their knowledge of female ancestors.


Speaker: Danielle Manning, Archives of Ontario
This presentation will suit researchers who are unable to travel to Toronto to visit the Archives of Ontario in person. Learn how to use the Archives of Ontario's website and Microfilm InterLoan Program to access collections - particularly records that are helpful for genealogical research. The speaker will also explain which services are available from anywhere in Ontario and provide a guided tour of the Archives' website. 

Thursday, June 11, 2020 POTENTIAL CANCELLATION

Program not yet confirmed

CANCELLED: Saturday, April 18, 2020 – Open House and Presentation at CPL

posted 27 Dec 2019, 14:09 by Lakeshore Genealogical Society   [ updated 18 Mar 2020, 07:41 ]

Poster for LGS Open House April 18
Saturday, April 18, 2020 – Open House and Presentation at Cobourg Library – a co-sponsored event with Cobourg Library who will provide the Rotary Room. The open house portion would enable the public to meet with LGS members to gain answers to questions about their research. Topics might
include: where to begin; help with brick walls; researching locally; what’s in the library, etc. It’s anticipated there would be 5-6 manned tables.

Following this morning event, a topic that will suit experienced researchers as well as those new to genealogy, Leanne Cooper presents The Wonders of WikiTree. She will give an overview of WikiTree and its key features, and explore the ways the program supports finding and collaborating with distant cousins and other genealogists. The presentation would also be open to the public (with pre-registration). Below are links that will help you to assess the value of her talk.

Leanne Cooper lives in Ottawa and she is an active member of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO).

1878 Northumberland in Google Earth

posted 24 Feb 2014, 19:25 by Lakeshore Genealogical Society   [ updated 24 Feb 2014, 19:26 ]

Township maps of Northumberland Co. from 1878 overlaid on Google Earth
Check out our new feature - we have overlaid the maps from the Illustrated historical atlas of the counties of Northumberland and Durham, Ont. Toronto : H. Belden & Co., 1878 onto Google Earth for a nifty way of exploring this area. See 1878 Northumberland in Google Earth.

Residents of Cobourg/Port Hope can borrow from both Public Libraries

posted 29 Oct 2013, 05:18 by Tom Holden   [ updated 20 Jan 2020, 14:48 by Lakeshore Genealogical Society ]

Did you know that residency in either municipality entitles you to borrowing privileges at both's Public Libraries? I didn't, or, if I was told when I joined CPL some 4 years ago, I have forgotten. Thanks, PHPL and CPL!
  • The PHPL website, under the menu At the Library > Get a Library Card, says: "Library borrowing privileges are also extended to members of the Cobourg Public Library."
  • Under the menu Our Library > Library Policies > 5.6 Membership Policy, the Cobourg website says (paraphrased): "Any permanent resident of Cobourg or Hamilton Township and any resident of the Municipality of Port Hope, is able to get a Library card at no cost."
(Updated 2020-01-20)

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