Branch History

History of Wellington County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS)

The Waterloo-Wellington Branch of the OGS, which served Waterloo and Wellington counties, was formed by Eldon Weber and Jacqueline Norris in 1972.  In 1991 the Branch began a review with the objective of enhancing its ability to serve the regional territory covered by the Branch by electing two vice chairs – one for Waterloo and one for Wellington. As a result, meetings were held in Guelph at the Orange Lodge on Waterloo Avenue on a regular basis and several of the committees, such as the Cemetery Recording, Church Records and Branch Library, started dividing the work.  By 1997 when the Waterloo-Wellington Branch was celebrating its 25th Anniversary, it was decided to divide into two separate branches.  By 2000 all the assets had been divided and Wellington applied to OGS to become a separate Branch.  This was granted in September 2000.  The Wellington County Branch of the OGS was officially granted its Charter on January 1, 2001.

Wellington Branch Charter

The Charter was officially presented to the Branch in a ceremony held 24 April 2001.  Pictured below is Ken Bird, 2001 OGS President, presenting the Charter to Elinor Knight, Region III Director, and Jack Knight, the Chair of the newly formed Wellington County Branch.

Wellington Charter Presentation

Fifteen years later, the Wellington County Branch is still thriving.  The photo below taken at the 2015 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference shows Alan Campbell, the Past President of the OGS, presenting our Branch Chair, Jan Salsberg, with a certificate honouring the Branch for 15 Years of Service.

Branch Council – Through the Years

A special thank you goes out to the following men and women who have served over the years on the Wellington County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society Council.  Thanks to their hard work we have many valuable genealogical materials at our disposal today.

Chair      

  • Jan Salsberg, 2017
  • Jacquie Norris, 2010, 2015
  • Catherine Pacey, 2011-2013
  • Jim Deverell, 2009
  • Jack Burns, 2009
  • Ronald Walsh, 2007- 2008
  • Vacant, 2004-2006
  • Jack Knight, 2001-2003

Vice-Chair     

  • Laura Inglis, 2013-2014
  • Jim Deverell, 2009
  • Jack Burns, 2008
  • Jacquie Norris, 2001-2002

Secretary      

  • Sheila Watt, 2013-2014
  • Diane Gilbertson, 2012-2014
  • Yvonne Robertson, 2007-2011
  • Elizabeth Larabee, 2001-2003

Treasurer  

  • Phyllis Carnochan, 2010-present
  • Sylvia Jane Rigby, 2001-2009

Awards

  • Jacquie Norris, 2010-2012
  • Dale Lahey, 2011

Cemeteries

  • Pat Pletch, 2001-2010

Computer Resources   

  • Jack Knight, 2001-2007

DNA-SIG

  • Terry Maurice, 2017

Hospitality   

  • Elinor Knight, 2007
  • Donna Speers, 2001-2002

Indexing  

  • Elinor Knight, 2001-2005
  • Jacquie Norris, 2002-2005

Inquiries 

  • Jennifer Thackwray, 2017
  • Penny Cleeves, 2007-2008
  • Elinor Knight, 2002-2006
  • Bill McKinnie, 2001
  • Perry Cockburn, 2001

Library   

  • Jan Salsberg, 2016-present
  • Bill McKinney, 2008-2015
  • Bev Niven, 2012
  • Bill  Pipes, 2003-2007
  • Elinor Knight, 2001-2002
  • Donna Speers, 2001-2002

Members at Large 

  • Elinor Knigh, 2008-2009
  • Bob McEachern, 2006-present
  • Jacquie Norris, 2002-present

Membership   

  • Susan Leitch, 2007-present
  • Sue Visser, 2004-2006
  • Kasey Mitchell, 2001- 2003

Photographer    

  • Jim Deverell,  2013-present

Program  

  • Susan Edwards, 2015-2016
  • Susan Edwards, 2003-2012

Projects Coordinator

  • Phyllis Carnochan, 2016-present

Publications & Sales  

  • Stephen Bowley, 2007-present
  • Perry Cockburn, 2001-2002

Publicity  

  • Susan Edwards, 2015-present
  • David Chapman,  2014-2014
  • Joan Maynard,  2012
  • Margaret Finnigan,  2011
  • Dawn Pembleton, 2010
  • Laura McKay, 2007-2009
  • Sue Visser,  2006-2006
  • Mary Hurst, 2001-2004

Scrap Book        

  • Thelma Hornberger, 2015-2017
  • Catherine Taylor, 2011-2014

Traces & Tracks Editor

  • Judith Hayman,  2017
  • Yvonne Robertson,  2013-2014
  • Phyllis Carnochan,  2012
  • David MacLachlan,  2008-2011
  • Stephen Bowley,  2004-2007
  • Dale Lahey,  2001-2003

Strays   

  • Dale Lahey, 2001 – 2001

Welcoming  

  • Thelma Hornberger, 2010-2011
  • Penny Cleeves, 2001 – 2002