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OGS BOARD BRANCH/SIG EXECUTIVE MEETING NOTICE

Monday, November 17th, 2014

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 7 to 9pm, there will be an on-line Board Branch/SIG Executive Meeting via Adobe Connect.

If you are a member of your Branch’s Executive (Elected or Committee Coordinator) and would like to attend, please email your RSVP to liaison@ogs.on.ca . These meetings will be held on a monthly basis, and is your opportunity to chat with some of the OGS Board Member’s, and your fellow Branch Executive’s.

When you RSVP please include your Name, Branch, and Executive Position. A couple days before the meeting, an email will be sent out with the agenda and a link to the meeting.

 
Thank You,
Tyler Stevens
Board Branch/SIG Executive Liaison

OGS BOARD BRANCH/SIG EXECUTIVE MEETING NOTICE

Monday, November 10th, 2014

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 7 to 9pm, there will be an on-line Board Branch/SIG Executive Meeting via Adobe Connect.

If you are a member of your Branch’s Executive (Elected or Committee Coordinator) and would like to attend, please email your RSVP to liaison@ogs.on.ca . These meetings will be held on a monthly basis, and is your opportunity to chat with some of the OGS Board Member’s, and your fellow Branch Executive’s.

When you RSVP please include your Name, Branch, and Executive Position. A couple days before the meeting, an email will be sent out with the agenda and a link to the meeting.
Thank You,
Tyler Stevens
Board Branch/SIG Executive Liaison

OGS Members Invited to December Webinar

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

The Write Stuff: Using Nonfiction Writing Techniques to Write a Better Family History
Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Lisa Alzo; www.lisaalzo.com/

As genealogists, we often focus on facts so much that our research produces nothing but lists. But what happened between the dashes of your ancestors’ lives? This presentation will discuss using nonfiction writing techniques to produce a family history that will keep the pages turning for generations.

Lisa Alzo was raised in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, and lives Ithaca, New York. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Lisa teaches online genealogy courses for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is the recipient of the 2002 Mary Zirin Prize from by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.

OGS webinars are free to OGS members. Up to 100 people can access this webinar at one time. The room will open 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to start. It is no longer necessary to pre-register for webinars but if you would like a personal reminder, please contact:  provoffice@ogs.on.ca.

If you wish to check that your computer and network connections will work well with Adobe Connect, you will find more detailed access instructions visiting: http://www.ogs.on.ca/membersonly/mem_webinar_upcoming.php and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Now is the Time to Join or Renew your OGS Membership for 2015

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

The 2015 membership season has begun! Now is the time to renew your membership in OGS or join us for the very first time.

OGS members are part of a community of researchers who are passionate about family history. Learn more about the benefits of membership: http://www.ogs.on.ca/joinogs.php

Your membership will be valid until December 2015. New members take advantage of a bonus two months of membership by joining now and activating your membership immediately. Current members who renew before Dec. 31, 2014 are entered into a draw for $900 worth of courses from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

You can join online or by mailing in a membership form.

Welcome to the OGS Family!

Announcing 2 New Interactive Features on the OGS VITA Site: Share Your Family’s Story and My Favourites

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Here’s what they do and how they work:

Share Your Family’s Story
Become part of the community narrative. Help OGS capture and preserve Ontario’s rich history by sharing the story of your Ontario roots.

To add your contribution to the Our Stories collection, follow these steps:
1. Click on the Share Your Family’s Story link located on the right hand side of our VITA home page
2. Read the Terms of Use – if you agree – check off the I Agree to the Terms of Use Box
3. You can choose to upload a file – an image jpeg or scanned document OR you can choose to write a short story
4. Click on the appropriate button then follow the steps through to submission

Once your submission has been approved – it will then be added to the Our Stories collection. You may make as many submissions as you wish, in fact – we encourage it!

 
My Favourites
Essentially, My Favourites lets you create your own resource centre. When you find something of interest when searching through the OGS collection, make it a favourite and tuck it away for future reference. This feature is not limited to the OGS collection either – you can search all the VITA sites and add whatever items to your Favourites area that you wish.

 
To create your own My Favourites area, follow these simple steps:
1. Find a record, image or resource you want to save
2. Click on the Login to My Favourites button on the top right hand side of our VITA home page
3. Set up your My Favourites account
4. Find a resource you want to save and add it to your lists of favourites

 
Don’t forget to check our other collections on the OGS VITA site.

Join the First World War Society

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, OGS has launched a new Heritage Society. The First World War Society is a lineage Society open to anyone who can show direct descent from a person who served in a documented capacity on the Allied side of the First World War.

To qualify for this Society, your research must show that your named ancestor(s) fits in the category above, and then show the line of descent from that ancestor(s) to you or the person you wish named on the certificate.

For more information and an application form, visit the Heritage Societies area on the OGS website: http://www.ogs.on.ca/heritage_societies.php#WW1

Heritage Certificates make great presents.

All OGS Members Invited to our November Webinar

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Do I Have That Book? Keep Your Library on Your Portable Device
Speaker: Nancy Waters Lauer; http://www.nwlauer.com/index.html
Saturday Nov. 1, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.

Learn how to have your books catalogued in a transportable book database for logging, searching, and organizing publications and authors on your iPhone or portable device for easy access. No longer will you purchase the same book over and over again.

Nancy Waters Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author. She has extensive speaking experience throughout the Maryland — Virginia area. She has presented at national and regional conferences. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, certified Microsoft Professional, and member of APG, GSG, ISFHWE (Secretary), NGS, Maryland Historical Society, American Society for Quality, and International Society of Six Sigma Professionals.

Up to 100 people can access this webinar at one time. The room will open 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to start. It is no longer necessary to pre-register for webinars but if you would like a personal reminder, please contact the provincial office at:  provoffice@ogs.on.ca.

If you wish to check that your computer and network connections will work well with Adobe Connect, you will find more detailed access instructions visiting: http://www.ogs.on.ca/membersonly/mem_webinar_upcoming.php and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Intrigued by the OGS Genealogy Webinar Program? Become a member of OGS for full access to our webinar series – including those that have been archived. Join – or renew – for 2015 starting on November 1st. For more information on the benefits of becoming an OGS Member, please contact our membership coordinator at: membership@ogs.on.ca

In case you missed them…..

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Here are the links to all five articles in the How to Research Your Family History series:

Part 1:http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=5789

Part 2:http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=5816

Part 3:http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=5872

Part 4:http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=5897

Part 5:http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=5917

We are always on the look out for submissions for the OGS blog! Have you written an article that would help fellow family historians with their research? Or perhaps there is another family history topic closer to your heart.

Why not send it into provoffice@ogs.on.ca for review.

Don’t forget, the complete series is also pinned to the Interesting Articles board on the OGS Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/OGSLibrarian/

Toronto Branch Reaches a Project Milestone!

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Toronto Branch has reached a milestone in its project to index war memorials in the city’s schools.

The number of schools in the For King and Country database now stands at 100. The latest additions are The Bishop Strachan School, Davisville Public School, Eastern High School of Commerce, George Syme School, Humbercrest Public School, Keele Street School, Maurice Cody School, Roselands Public School, Victoria College, and York Memorial Collegiate Institute.

That’s 10 more schools… and 3,378 more names of students, former students and teachers who volunteered for active service in the World Wars and other conflicts.  The database now contains a total of more than 38,000 names, along with descriptions and transcriptions of memorials, photos and school histories, all fully searchable on-line.

Visit Toronto Branch’s For King and Country pages at http://torontofamilyhistory.org/kingandcountry/ to explore this growing collection.

OGS is now on Pinterest!

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

The OGS provincial office has now joined the Pinterest community www.pinterest.com.

What will you find there? Our Librarian has created 14 boards — so far — including:

• Welcome to OGS
• OGS Branches (those on Pinterest)
• OGS Special Interest Groups
• OGS Conference 2015 – Tracks Through Time
• OGS Publications
• Interesting Articles
• Historic maps
• Heritage photos
• Ancestral lands

Pins are for sharing — pin our stuff to your boards, pin your stuff to some of our boards. Share your heritage photos. Have you travelled to your ancestral lands? Taken photos? Pin them to our Ancestral Lands board — maybe find some new neighbours. Search for us under The Ontario Genealogical Society.

Happy pinning!