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  • Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 - I Want to Research My Ontario Family History: Where Do I Start?
    7:00-8:30pm at Oakville Public Library Central Branch
    This lecture for beginners will help you begin the search for your family history. You will learn to examine the basic records and methods needed to help you find information. Participants will be shown how to evaluate the information found and where to look next. You will also learn what information can be found online as well as in libraries and archives.
    Age: 16Y+ Cost: $8/1 class
    Central Branch Course Code: 200714
    Registration opens on August 16
    This is the beginners session in our family history series presented by Ruth Blair, PLCGS, a Professional Genealogist based in Oakville.

  • Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 - I Want to Research My Ontario Family History: What's Next?
    7:00-8:30pm at Oakville Public Library Central Branch
    The second part of this lecture series is at an intermediate level and will cover topics such as how to find a will; the importance of researching newspapers; where to look for your military ancestor; immigration, naturalization and citizenship; and municipal records including assessment rolls, collector rolls and pre-1850 census records.
    Age: 16Y+ Cost: $8/1 class
    Central Branch Course Code: 200713
    Registration opens on August 16.
    This is the intermediate session in our family history series presented by Ruth Blair, PLCGS, a Professional Genealogist based in Oakville.

  • Monday, November 10th, 2014 - The First World War and Your Family History
    2:00-4:00pm at Oakville Public Library Iroquois Ridge Branch
    In honour of the Centennial of World War I, we would like to help you learn about your ancestors' participation in the war. This session will show you how to use library resources, Library and Archives Canada, Family Search and other sources to learn more about your family during the First World War.
    Age: 16Y+ Cost: Free/1 class
    Iroquois Ridge Branch Course Code: 200747
    Registration opens on August 16.

  • Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 - Meet Rob Laverty & Alison Little of the Ontario Historical Society 7pm at the Schoolhouse
    Yes, it’s true: Rob Leverty (Executive Director) and Alison Little (Program Manager) of the Ontario Historical Society are willing to drive from Willowdale through the evening rush hour to be our guest speakers on Tuesday, November 25, 7 p.m.
    Rob and Alison are looking forward to meeting people from our area heritage organizations. The OHS is a non-profit corporation, publisher, and registered charity; a non-government group bringing together people of all ages, all walks of life and all cultural backgrounds interested in preserving some aspect of Ontario's history. They are an umbrella organization which provides support, guidance, and advocacy to historical societies, heritage groups, and cultural institutions across the province.
    During this informal session, Rob will speak on lessons learned from the history of built, cemetery, and natural heritage grassroots preservation in Ontario; his travels across the province and interactions with the heritage community as Executive Director of the OHS will provide a broad snapshot of heritage work being done in Ontario. Alison will speak about the Society’s upcoming OHS Reach project, which will provide online access to the entire back catalogue of OHS’ scholarly journal Ontario History, published since 1899, and other organizational growth plans.

  • Wednesday, February 4th, 2014 - I Want to Research My Ontario Family History: Advanced Search
    7:00-8:30pm at Oakville Public Library Central Branch
    The third lecture in the series is more advanced and will cover such topics as: land registry records, crown land records, land petitions and township papers. Land records are extremely useful in helping piece together a family's history, their place of origin and might even uncover a will!
    Age: 16Y+ Cost: $8/1 class
    Central Branch Course Code: 200712
    Registration opens on August 16.
    This is the advanced session in our family history series presented by Ruth Blair, PLCGS, a Professional Genealogist based in Oakville.

  • Thursday, February 12th, 2014 - Genealogy Resources
    7:00-8:30pm at Oakville Public Library Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Interested in researching your family roots? This hands-on workshop will introduce you to Ancestry Library Edition and other library resources that will help you get started.
    Age: 16Y+ Cost: Free/1 class
    Iroquois Ridge Branch Course Code: 200702



Ongoing Events
  • The Trafalgar Township Historical Society holds scanning days every other month during our open house and at our fall fair in September. The scanning project has so far recorded more than 1,000 family and historic photos from Trafalgar Township.

    Scanning Instructions

    Naming your images: We use a particular file naming convention so before you begin your scanning work, please contact TTHS who will provide more information about assigning the correct names to each image.

    Scanning your photos: In an effort to create archival quality versions of original images, it is necessary to use the following settings when scanning photographs on any scanner:
    1. 600 dpi resolution
    2. Photograph setting (as opposed to text, etc.)
    3. Full colour (While many photographs being scanned are in black and white, full colour allows us to be true to the original's colouring and nuances.
    4. Save image as a TIFF with no compression


    Sending images to TTHS: Due to the size of these images, it is best to save them onto DVD-RW, but CD-RW are a consideration depending on the age and availability of the equipment with which you are working. They can then be mailed to TTHS c/o 97 Roxton Rd Oakville On L6H 6V3. Do not attempt to email these files, as their large size will cause significant difficulties with your computer and/or your e-mail provider.


Schoolhouse Rentals
The Schoolhouse is available for community rentals at $20/hour. Contact Gord Kaitting or Mario Testa (see the Contacts page) for more information




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