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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 Become a member of OGS for full access to our webinar series – including those that have been archived.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!

Reminder: OGS on Facebook

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Have you liked the OGS Facebook page yet?: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ontario-Genealogical-Society/259163438258

Find us on Facebook and “Like” our page to get the latest OGS news and genealogical information delivered to your Facebook newsfeed.

Many of our branches are already quite active on Facebook; Niagara Peninsula, Quinte and Nipissing are but a few.

Click here to view other branches on Facebook.

How to Research Your Family History: Part 5

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Now that we have laid the ground work on the How of starting your family history research – it’s now time to look at the Where.

Records:Where to Look

Vital Stats, Land Records, Wills and Probate Records, Military Service Records – the list goes on. With so many records to hunt down – just where does one start? In a word – Archives! Start with your local Archival Institution – not just for the records, but for the invaluable assistance you will receive from the Archivists. Yes, you could go online and start your search there, especially if accessing an Archive is not easily accomplished. Just keep in mind though, you might not know what – or who – you are looking for BUT you do need to know what – and who – you have found. This may be the most important distinction between doing your research solely on-line vs utilizing an Archive or even a Library: Guidance. Archivists and Librarians not only know their collections – they know how to search – consulting these professionals will save you time, effort and perhaps even money.

Being the Ontario Genealogical Society, our primary focus is on Ontario records. For these, your point of reference will be the Archives of Ontario. Here is a basic guide of the genealogical resources you will find here:

Ontario Births:

  • Prior to 1869
    • Civil registration for births in Ontario did not come into effect until 1869, so you will have to rely, where possible, on church records.  The Archives of Ontario (AO) website offers some tips on how to search for church records.
  • 1869-1913
    • Reading Room at the Archives of Ontario
    • Local Library, Archives or Family History Centre
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • Microfilm reels – index and registration –  may be purchased through the Ontario Genealogical Society (Pending approval of the Archives of Ontario)
    • familysearch.org (free genealogy website)
    • Paid subscription to genealogy website (check your local library to see if they subscribe to any of these sites)
  • 1914-1916
    •  Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1917
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1917 births available in microfilm format sometime in late 2014.

Ontario Marriages:

  • Prior to 1869
    • As with births, the civil registration of marriages in Ontario began in 1869. The Archives of Ontario has some marriage registrations dating back to 1780, but the collection is not extensive.  As with pre-1869 births, you will have to rely on church records for early Ontario marriages where possible.
  • 1869 -1928
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario
    • Local Library, Archives or Family History Centre
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • Microfilm reels -index and registration –  may be purchased through the Ontario Genealogical Society (pending approval of the Archives of Ontario)
    • familysearch.org
    • Paid subscription to genealogy website
  • 1929-1931
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service, provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1932
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1932 marriages available in microfilm format sometime in late 2014.

Ontario Deaths:

  • Prior to 1869
    • Deaths were not registered in Ontario before this date. Your best bet is to try to locate Estate Files from the Surrogate and Probate Courts. For more information on how to search for and locate these records, follow this link to the Archives of Ontario’s pathfinder page for Ontario Court of Probate and Surrogate Court Records: Wills and Estate Files.
  • 1869-1938
  • 1939-1941
    • Reading Room, Archives of Ontario.
    • Through the AO’s Interlibrary Loan Service , provided your local library or archival institution is a member of the Interlibrary Loan Network
    • These records are not available for sale.
  • 1942
    • These records are closed for scanning. According to their website, the AO is planning to make 1942 deaths available in microfilm format sometime in late 2014.

Vital Stats are of course not the only sources genealogists may use when documenting their family histories.  Crown Land and Land Registry records, as well as divorce records and of course newspapers, are but a few of the resources available to genealogists and family historians.

The Archives of Ontario is your best resource for accessing all of these record collections. Click here for the Research Guides and Tools page on the AO website. Don’t forget to check out the Citing Archival Records guide-book as well.

Contact Information for the Archives of Ontario:

Mailing Address:

The Archives of Ontario (map)

34 Ian Macdonald Boulevard

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

M7A 2C5

Email Address:

reference@ontario.ca

Telephone

1-800-668-9933 Toll-Free Number (Ontario only)

416-327-1600

Website

http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/index.aspx 

If you are searching for service records for Canadian Soldiers of the First World War, Library and Archives Canada has digitized many of the records and continue to do so as part of the Government of Canada First World War commemoration initiative. You can find out more about this initiative, and access the database by visiting the Library and Archives of Canada website.

If you are researching ancestors from a specific region in Ontario, you will find that nothing beats local knowledge. OGS has 33 branches and special interest groups spread across Ontario. Click here to see if we have a branch in your region of interest.

FYI:Posts by Others on the OGS Facebook Page

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

It seems Facebook has undergone another face lift and things have shifted a bit. The posts by others is now called Posts to this Page and is located at the left hand side of the page – you might have to scroll down a bit. Lots of interesting stuff gets posted here, including requests for help with brickwalls. Check this area often as you never know who you might be able help – or who might be able to assist you with your brickwalls.

Have a genealogical or heritage event you wish to promote? These can be posted in our Posts to this page as well – the more the merrier!

Announcing October’s OGS Member’s Genealogy Webinar

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee; hidefgen.com/
Thursday Oct. 2, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.

Do you have trouble planning a genealogy research strategy? What if you had an automated way to lay out concepts, variables and actions? Mind mapping can help you create an effective research plan as well as help you connect data points once the research is completed. Learn about automated mind mapping tools that let you see your research data in a new light.

Thomas MacEntee built his genealogy business after 25 years in the information technology field. A blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, and network builder, he is the founder of the GeneaBloggers community, and a very popular speaker on genealogy and technology.

Up to 100 people can access this webinar at one time. The room will open 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to start. Sign in to the Members Only area right now to attend today’s webinar live.

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.

Guaranteed access to OGS Webinars for volunteer technical hosts

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

In preparation for our 2015 Webinar series, we are working to grow our team of Technical Hosts.

Webinar Technical Hosts work alongside the Webinar Co-ordinator to run each Webinar. They arrive early to set up the Adobe Connect virtual room and run a technical check with the Speaker and Co-ordinator. They assist members as they sign on for the Webinar and they are present for the talk and work with the Co-ordinator to mute and unmute microphones for questions.

No one volunteer will be expected to handle all webinars.

If you are interested in assisting with this, please contact the OGS Executive Director at: ed@ogs.on.ca.

Full training will be provided.

Keffer Writing Contest

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

It has recently come to our attention that the word count for the Keffer Writing Contest has to be adjusted due to the increased content now asked for in the endnotes.

While the number of words in the text remains the same (1,500 to 2,000 words), the endnotes will not be counted in the total number of words.

The deadline for essays is November 1st, 2014.

For more details about the Keffer Writing Contest, please visit the Essay Competitions page on the OGS website