February 2023 Branch Update

Preserving. Educating. Promoting. 

Monthly newsletter, e-TRAILS,  to the Family History Community.
Greetings members, friends and supporters of Essex Branch!
We wish to send a warm welcome to our members (any new members to Essex Branch) and to all our friends and supporters. We look forward to getting to know you and your research interests. 

For February we are highlighting some wonderful wedding photographs and remind you that we have many, many resources for “members” on our website in the “Members’ Library” section. See the list below. If you are a new member, be sure to check out the Members’ Library as this is a BIG benefit of your membership. Not a member and don’t have access … why not consider joining to open a virtual goldmine of resources at your finger tips accessible from home?? To join, visit the main OGS website HERE.

We hope you find this communication interesting and helpful. As always, we encourage you to browse our Essex Branch WEBSITE and join our Essex Branch FACEBOOK GROUP for more resources, guidance and information.
Educational Opportunities 
Ontario Ancestor’s February Presentation 

 February 2, 2023 (7:00 P.M.)

TOPIC:  My DNA Brought me to the Forest, but Where are all the Trees? 

SPEAKER Sara Cochran

Presentation FREE and open to anyone.
Genealogical DNA tests are bringing thousands of new cousins to our attention, but many of them don’t have trees yet, or the trees aren’t attached to their test. Learn some new techniques for figuring out where and how these individuals connect with you. (Focus is on Ancestry.com results system).
For more information and to register, click HERE.

Essex Branch Presentations 

Our monthly educational presentations are held virtually. Our presentations are free and open to the public. Simply register at the links below.
Don’t forget that past presentations have been recorded and archived for you on our
YouTube Channel  which is free and open to everyone. 

DATE: February 15, 2023, Wednesday (7:00 P.M.)
TOPIC: DNA Does Not Lie
Jane Teskey has been using DNA testing for many years to assist with her family history research. Along the way, Jane has encountered results which range from interesting to shocking. She will discuss potential results that your family may not be ready for.
Everyone is welcome to join us virtually. Register HERE.

Ontario Ancestors Webinar Series
Surrey Family History Presentation
Registration to the world’s biggest FREE family history conference is now open. Read all about it HERE.

RootsTech registration for 2023 is now open, and it’s an experience you won’t want to miss! This year, you can tailor the experience to your needs and interests like never before. Hundreds of online classes will be available globally. Plus, an in-person option with additional classes and opportunities will take place at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The event will take place March 2–4, 2023. Mark your calendars and register to save your spot.

Register Here for Rootstech 2023
Wonderful Wedding Photos
James LINTON graciously shared a wonderful wedding photograph of his wife Brenda’s ancestors on their wedding day. The wedding photo (above) is of Sarah E. SCRATCH and Darwin B. JONES married at the Baptist church in Kingsville, Ontario on July 14, 1874. They are Brenda’s great-great-grandparents. James and Brenda (LALEY) are lucky enough to have a (very large) family bible (from the 1800s) that lists a number of names, birth dates, etc. from the JONES family, mostly from the late 1800s. Both the JONES and SCRATCH families have deep roots in Essex county.
Below is the same couple years later with their children circa 1901. The photograph was shared with us by Doug GAMMON who is also a descendent. Back row (left to right) Nettie, William and Maude. Middle row (left to right) Rose and Oliver. Front row, sitting (left to right) Sarah (SCRATCH), baby Nelson, Mildred, Roy, Darwin JONES and Myrtle. The family lived in Gosfield North Township and are mostly buried in the Cottam Cemetery.
James’ paternal LINTON line originated in Lockton, Yorkshire, England. His great-grandfather, William LINTON (1859-1938), immigrated to Maidstone, Essex County in 1881 according to the 1901 Census of Canada. William married Sarah Anne KENDRICK (1866-1940) on April 4, 1888 in Maidstone, Essex County.
Their son, James Robert, (1891-1947) married Veva Elizabeth Jenny SAUNDERS (1895-1982) on May 31, 1916 in Detroit, Michigan. Veva was the daughter of Thomas Cornelius SAUNDERS (1865-1948) and Elizabeth Anne GOSLIN (1870-1957) married on June 9, 1886 in Gosfield, Essex County.

The photo below is of James and Veva on the “day before” their wedding. James and Veva went on to have two children and lived their entire lives in Essex County. 

We thank James, Brenda and Doug for sharing these wonderful photos and a bit of their family history with us.
 Members’ Library – Marriages, Weddings, Engagements, etc.

In the Church Records folder we have: ALL SAINTS (Windsor) Marriage Register 1858-1896; CHRIST CHURCH Marriages (Amherstburg) 1828-1911; ST ANDREW’s Marriages (Maidstone) 1894-1904; STE ANNE’s Marriages (Detroit) 1701-1850; ST JOHN’s Marriages (Sandwich) 1802-1899; ST JOSEPH Marriages (River Canard) 1864-1988; and MARRIAGES OF THE WESTERN DISTRICT 1772-1848.

In the BMD Records folder we have: COUNTY MARRIAGE REGISTERS for ALL the Counties in Ontario 1858-1869; ONTARIO MARRIAGE NOTICES 1836-1856; Marriage Dates for the township of Mersea from the 1861 Census; MARRIAGES IN ESSEX COUNTY 1858-1864; and MARRIAGES AND ENGAGEMENTS in Essex County 1979 and 1984.

In the Newspapers folder we offer clippings of marriage notices found in the AMHERSTBURG ECHO 1874-1978; The COMBER HERALD 1892-1917; ESSEX RECORD 1871-1882; The Kingsville Reporter 1893-1949; the WHEATLEY JOURNAL 1896-1906, the WINDSOR EVENING RECORD 1895 and the WINDSOR STAR MARRIAGES AND ENGAGEMENTS 1979 and 1984.

We hope you enjoyed this issue and as always, we welcome your comments and feedback and of course, any family photos, documents or information you might have to share. 

Finally, we wish to acknowledge that the land on which we gather, live, work and play is the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of the Ojibway, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples and Huron/Wendat peoples. 

From the Ontario Ancestors – Essex County Branch Operating Team
Pat Clancy                     Cindy Robichaud
Michele Watson             David Hutchinson
Linda Urquhart               Tammy Richards
David Thompson

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