The Ontario Genealogical Society acts as the voice of Ontario genealogists on issues that could impact the ability of genealogists to find their families and preserve and share our common heritage. The following are some of the issues OGS feels strongly about, and the work we are doing.
Please consider getting involved and adding your voice to the chorus.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
Cuts announced by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will affect the ability of LAC to provide a high level of service to researchers and will affect the public's ability to access records housed at LAC. The Ex Libris Association has produced a description of these changes and explanations of how researchers are impacted by them.
Additionally, LAC has announced cuts to programs that support archives throughout Canada, which will affect the ability of these organizations to continue to make Canada 's documentary history accessible. Read more.
Inactive and Unregistered Cemeteries
Bill 126, Inactive Cemeteries Protection Act, 2010, died due to the Legislature being prorogued on the 1st June. So, unfortunately, the impressive amount of work that done to promote the passage of this bill came to an end. Mr. Brownell, who introduced the Bill, did not run for office in the 2011 provincial election. We will have to see if we can find another champion in the legislature to work in our stead with the current government.
Read the OGS Position Paper on Cemeteries. Find out about Unregistered Cemeteries.
Census and Census Records
Read the OGS Position Paper on the Census and Census Records.
Print on Demand
Read the OGS Position Paper on Print on Demand and the Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) Program.
War of 1812 Battle Honours
The Ontario Genealogical Society supports the group Honour Our War of 1812 Heroes in their fight to secure recognition for the military units which fought to protect Canada during the War of 1812 and to allow modern Canadian units to link their histories to these War of 1812 units who fought in a war that helped shape what would later become the nation of Canada.