Archive for the ‘OGS Publications’ Category

Index to Families Now Available Online!

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

OGS Members receive our quarterly journal Families as a benefit of membership. Issues of Families contain fascinating genealogical research articles, useful book reviews, and an opportunity to share queries and research information through our long-standing Name Game.

Members are also granted access to our full catalogue of 50 years of back issues in the Families Digital Archive available in the OGS Members Only area. Join OGS to get access to this information.

Now, we have made our Index to Families available on the OGS website. Search the Index to see which articles in the archive will help your own work.

Using Forms for Canadian Genealogical Research Now Available on CD

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Susan Smart’s and Clifford Collier’s resource book Using Forms for Canadian Genealogical Research is full of useful forms to help keep you organized. These forms were developed specifically for research in Canada.

This book is now available on CD. All forms from the original book are printable to make using this resource even easier.Find it in our eStore:

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:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

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 for review.

Don’t forget, the complete series is also pinned to the Interesting Articles board on the OGS Pinterest page:

Genealogy and the Law in Canada

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Gen and Law258

The September issue of e-Newsleaf had a very interesting editorial on how copyright laws may affect the sharing of electronic files. It mentioned the book Genealogy and the Law in Canada.

This book was published jointly by OGS and Dundurn Press and is part of the Genealogist’s Reference Shelf series. The author, Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson, is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario who has taught, written and spoken widely about intellectual property, privacy protection and legal ethics.

The book explores Canadian law and how it pertains to copyright, information found in cemeteries, genealogy and libel, and the publication of genealogical material. For individual family historians or professional genealogists, the book contains a wealth of information.

It is available through the OGS e-store.

How to Research Your Family History: Part 2

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Keeping Records

Once you start the process of researching your family history, it will quickly become evident that you are going to end up with a lot of information about a lot of people. At this point, you might be thinking that you should find and install genealogical software so that you can start building your tree as well as organize and store all of your data. As tempting as this idea might seem, hold off – for now.

Initially, keep it old school. Rely on good, basic record keeping principles to organize your records – and stick to pencil and paper as you start filling out your tree. (Please refer to an earlier post, Controlling the Chaos, for tips on how to organize your records) There are many excellent genealogy programs and you need to pick the one that fits your specific needs and style. Give yourself enough time to actually determine what these will be – otherwise whatever software you chose may end up frustrating you.

Keep paper records until you have data on about a hundred people; then start looking at the software. Do some research by asking other genealogists what they use – feedback based on hands on experience is invaluable. Also, check sites like Genealogy Software Review – here is their best of for 2014. And don’t forget, if you are on a Mac- it’s best to use software developed for a Mac – here is the Genealogy Software Review for Mac 2014.

There are two basic documents that you need to record two basic types of information.

  1. You need to know who the ancestors of a particular person are. You record this on chart called a Family Tree. Start with yourself, then work back to your parents – your four grandparents, your eight great grandparents, and so on.
  2. The second document is a Family Record – for information about a set of parents and all their children. At a minimum you should create a Family Record for each couple in your Family Tree.

These two forms are the only essential ones, although there are many other useful forms, charts and diagrams. A good source of forms with a Canadian orientation is the book Using Forms for Genealogical Research by Susan Smart (OGS 2005). It contains 42 forms which you can photocopy for your own use.

Visit the OGS eStore for other useful Genealogy Guides.

Find Your Ancestors in Municipal Records

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Now that fall is almost here, are you thinking of kick-starting your family history research? One often overlooked resource for new information is municipal records.

By definition these records are all local and, if you’re lucky, they can provide some really specific details about your ancestors. Assessment Rolls, Collector Rolls, Voter Lists, and Board of Health records are just some of the records to be found. The OGS publication Municipal Records in Ontario: History and Guide describes these records and has appendices which list every municipality in Ontario that could have produced records and tells you where these records may be found.

To purchase a copy of this, and other OGS publications, please visit the  OGS e-store.

OGS Offers Plenty of Summer Reading for Genealogists

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Now that summer is here and the pace has slowed down, are you thinking of finally getting around to writing that family history? OGS has several books that might help.

For social history information that would add character to your narrative, try the Time Traveller’s Handbook; A Guide to the Past or perhaps A Better Place; Death and Burial in 19th Century Ontario.

To help locate a local history for a place of interest, OGS offers Local Histories of Ontario Municipalities 1997-2007; A Bibliography. Finally, if you want to make a book from your family history, Publish Your Family History will provide you with all the detail needed.

For more information about these publications, visit the e-store section of the Society’s website.

OGS Publications: Roots and Remembrance

Sunday, May 18th, 2014


May is Jewish Heritage Month in Ontario; an opportunity to explore the impressive contributions made by members of the Jewish community. According to Irving Abella, author, historian and York University professor, the Jewish presence in Canada goes back at least 250 years, and has paved the way for our current culturally diverse society.

If you are exploring your Jewish ancestry, OGS has publications that may be of interest, including a series of indices of Jews resident in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and Western Canada taken from late 19th century censuses, and the wonderful book Roots and Remembrance: Explorations in Jewish Genealogy.

See the  OGS e-Store section of the Society’s website for fuller details

Advertise in Ontario Genealogical Society’s Quarterly Journal: Families

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Do you run your own business that may be of interest to genealogists? You may want to consider advertising in Families.

Families is the OGS quarterly journal for all members of The Ontario Genealogical Society. It includes:

– researched, referenced and illustrated articles

– Name Game, a queries column

– In Review, a book review section on books of interest to genealogists

Check out our advertising rates to see if we’re a good fit for your company:

OGS Publications: 30th Anniversary Edition of Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Genealogy in Canada 30 Anniversary Edition

Brenda Dougall Merriman


The 30th Anniversary edition offers the most up-to-date information about genealogical resources in Ontario.

Reviewers and users have found that Genealogy in Ontario is required reading for family historians from every background. Merriman gives details of source material in archives and libraries, in municipal and federal collections, in religious institutions and military fonds. She explains where to find the records, the context for their creation and how to use the finding aids.

Also included are discussions of the diversity of land records, court documentation, educational sources, native and ethnic interests, occupations and immigration through the years, among other subjects. By making all this information available in one volume, Brenda Dougall Merriman saves genealogists countless hours of research.

2013 329p appendices and index

Click here to purchase this book from the OGS eStore

Please note: OGS Provincial Office will be closed from December 24th – January 1st. All eStore orders will be processed on January 2nd, 2014.