Welcome to Oxford Branch
The Oxford Branch of Ontario Ancestors (The Ontario Genealogical Society) was founded in 1979 and is dedicated to supporting and promoting genealogical research in Oxford County. We focus on collecting and preserving information that will be useful for anyone researching ancestors who lived in Oxford County.
Our research library is a non-lending, private library and is located at 82 Light Street, Court House Square, Woodstock, ON. We are open, without appointment, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are on hand to assist with locating material and providing instruction on the use of equipment.
Joining the Oxford County Branch of Ontario Ancestors is a good way to expand the scope of your genealogical research, as well as to meet people with a similar interest. If you are not yet a member of Oxford Branch, please consider joining us. Details on becoming a member can be found here.
Barn Raising, Threshing and Quilting Bees: The Stories Farm Diaries Tell, will be presented by Catharine Wilson, with stories from her recent book, “Being Neighbours,” about barn raisings and quilting bees in Ontario, 1830-1960. Employing farm diaries, she takes the audience into families’ daily lives, the intricacies of the labour exchange, their workways, feasts, and hospitality to uncover the subtle social politics of mutual dependency, the expectations neighbours had of each other, their relationships, and ways of managing conflict and crisis.
Dr. Wilson is a History Professor, University of Guelph, and Director of the Rural Diary Archive website.
This is an online ZOOM meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is required. Register: here.