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TechConnect Evening Series: Ins & Outs of Scanning & Storing Personal Documents & Photos

Whether you’re scanning to reduce paper in your life, or want to preserve your family history photos or research for generations to come, join us for this easy-to-understand session on how to scan, edit,save and store your newly digitized files.

Central Branch Auditorium
Tuesday, October 25: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
18Y+  $8/1 class
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 220284

Researching Your English and Welsh Ancestors

Have you wanted to research your ancestors from England and Wales but didn’t know where to start?Join Professional Genealogist Ruth Blair and look at the records to begin your search and then move on to the other resources you will need to find your English and Welsh ancestors. What can and can’t be found online will be discussed as will some Welsh-specific resources.

Central Branch Auditorium
Saturday, November 05: 10:00am – 12:00pm
18Y+  $8/1 class
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 220274

Organizing Genealogy and Technology: The Top Ten List

The lecture will examine organization in varying forms for the genealogist. Professional Genealogist Ruth Blair will cover it all: computer programs, paper documents, digital and traditional filing systems and other alternatives. She’ll also cover how to organize your paper, research, photographs, research plans and other genealogy materials.

Central Branch Auditorium
Saturday, November 05: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
18Y+  $8/1 class
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 220230

Publishing Oakville

For forty years, Oakville based Mosaic Press has been publishing books reflecting the unique characters and stories of the local community. Throughout its history, Mosaic has published books by local literary icons like Irving Layton, memoirs by prominent community figures and fascinating stories with regional flavour. Join Mosaic founders Michael Walsh and Howard Aster as they recount four decades of publishing with insightful and unknown stories of Oakville’s literary history.

Age: 18Y and up

Cost: $15/ticket

Central Branch Auditorium

Thu Nov 17, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm

Tickets available at all OPL branches starting Oct 20, 2016.


Quebec Genealogical Records

Getting started into researching ancestors in Quebec can be a daunting task for people who aren’t familiar with Quebec as a province and its history. We will take a dive into exploring how Quebec is sub-divided, and the many record collections available in some of the most populated regions – both online and offline. Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate.

Central Branch Auditorium
Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm
18Y+  $8/1 class
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 220273

Writing Your Life & Other True Stories

Have you ever considered writing your memoirs or family history? This workshop with writing coach Brian Henry and special guest Ross Pennie will introduce you to the tricks and conventions of telling true stories and will show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Whether you want to write for your family or for a wider public, don’t miss this event!

Ross Pennie is the author of The Unforgiving Tides, a doctor’s memoir of Papua New Guinea. At the workshop, Ross will speak on how to turn ordinary life into dramatic material and answer questions about how he wrote his memoir and got it published.

Central Branch Auditorium Sat/Dec 03 10:00am-4:00pm
Age: 18Y and up Cost: $46*/1 Class

To reserve a spot now, email and allow 2-3 business days for a response. No email? Call Elise at 905-815-2042 x. 5037
*$46 paid in advance or $49 at the door
Details about paid parking and directions are available on the library`s website.

The Quebec Divide?

Religion, language, and history are three large components which make up the general culture of a society. We will look at some of the similarities,differences, and terminology you will face when looking into record collections and help you become more confident in delving into records not found on mainstream genealogy websites. Experience Level:Beginner/Intermediate.

Central Branch Auditorium
Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 7:00pm-8:30pm
18Y+  $8/1 class
Register through IRIS with Course Code: 220296

For more information on our genealogy programs, please email Elise C. Cole .

Complete program listings available:

  • Fall/Winter Adult Programs @ your library programs guides (PDF)