2015 OGS Conference

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The 2015 OGS Conference will be held at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario from May 29 to May 31, 2015.  The conference’s theme of “Tracks Through Time” is in commemoration of the 130 anniversary of the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) across Canada.

The railway had a major impact on Canada and on many of our ancestors.  Perhaps you had an ancestor who immigrated to Canada to get work building the railway.  Perhaps your ancestors left eastern Canada and moved west on the train.  Or perhaps your ancestor worked for the CPR or the Canadian National Railway (CNR) companies themselves.  The railway was definitely one of the “ties that bind”!

We are extremely pleased to announce that Austin Bovenizer will be your IP-SIG’s sponsored presenter on Sunday morning.  Austin Bovenizer is 7th generation Irish Palatine and grew up on the Bovenizer family farm at Killeheen, Ireland, one of the original Irish Palatine settlements of County Limerick. He continues to live at Killeheen in a home that was built by his great-grand uncle where he makes his living as a graphic artist. As well as his Bovenizer ancestry, Austin has links to the Delmage, Shire and Switzer families. He is a founding member of the Irish Palatine Association and has worked to build its resources since its inception in 1989. He has been Chairman of the Association since its beginning, editor of the Irish Palatine Association’s Journal, and a welcoming host and font of knowledge to visitors to the area.

The title of Austin’s talk is: Tracking the Irish Palatines in Ireland

Since its inception in 1989, the Irish Palatine Association has endeavoured to preserve the rich heritage of Palatine culture by encouraging and developing a sense of identity among Irish Palatine families and their descendants especially in Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada and by re-kindling a relationship with their ancestral homeland, the Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany. The IPA operates a museum and heritage centre in Rathkeale, County Limerick, Ireland, housing exhibits and archival resources available for research onsite and via the IPA’s website.

On Sunday, May 31st at 10:30 a.m., live-streamed directly from Ireland, Austin Bovenizer will give an overview of the Association and its resources.

As for your IP-SIG, we will have the following usual activities:

  1. We will once again have a table in the Marketplace where you can talk to some of our members who will be manning the table over the course of the weekend, and look at the available research.
  2. There will be a limited number of our Irish Palatines in Ontario Tour book for sale at our Marketplace table
  3. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place over the lunchtime break on Sunday, May 31, 2015, immediately following Austin’s presentation (in the same location).  Members will be advised of the exact location we are allotted at the conference for Austin’s presentation and our meeting, and a link to the AGM agenda will eventually be posted here.