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Message from OGS President: Vigilence is Needed to Preserve Ontario Cemeteries

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

In My Own Backyard!

Vigilance is necessary regarding unregistered cemeteries. I was reminded of this recently when bulldozing of a stand of trees on a farm at 8947 Petrolia Line, Brooke Township, right in my own county of residence, Lambton, resulted in damage to a pioneer cemetery. Dana Thorne, Archivist at the Lambton County Archives, provided the following article about this Methodist Episcopal Cemetery for the Lambton County Branch of the OGS newsletter, Lambton Lifeline [December 2014 issue].

Alan Campbell President

Click here for the full article.

National Genealogical Society’s 37th Annual Family History Conference

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s 37th Annual Family History Conference – Crossroads of America, which will be held 13–16 May 2015 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 150 lectures, given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics. The conference will open with The Tales of Pioneer Paths: Rivers, Roads & Rails given by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, a full-time professional researcher and educator, and former APG president.

Continuing NGS’s goal of providing quality educational opportunities to its participants, the conference will feature a variety of lectures for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Lecture topics covered at the conference will include: researching in many Midwestern states; national and regional migration paths; land, military, immigration, and naturalization records; ethnic and religious groups including African American, German, Irish, Jewish, Native American, Polish, and Scots-Irish; methodology, analysis, and problem solving; and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and websites useful in genealogical research. The Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Skillbuilding track will again be an integral part of the conference and presented over the four days of the event.

Registration is currently open. To register online, visit the NGS website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/event-registration/ and complete the registration form.

The online searchable program is available at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/agenda/ and the PDF brochure is available at http://goo.gl/x92kAg. The brochure includes an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates, as well as general conference and hotel details. Attendees are urged to visit the conference blog, which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities as well as things to do in and around St. Charles and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

More Unregistered Cemeteries Sent to the Registrar

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

OGS, spearheaded by our unsinkable provincial cemeteries committee, has been advocating for many years for the registration of all cemeteries in Ontario

The joint OGS and OHS Cemetery Committee continues to compile comprehensive information about all Ontario cemeteries and then to send our records of unregistered cemeteries to the Registrar of Cemeteries, Michael D’Mello whose department is charged with working to get these cemeteries registered.

Registration is the highest form of protection a cemetery can have in the current environment.

This week we sent to the Registrar details of unregistered cemeteries for the counties of Halton, Hastings and Huron so that they can be registered and protected.

Many thanks also to all of the Branch Cemetery Volunteers who have worked so hard to add to our records.

We are working through the Ontario Counties alphabetically.
The modern information we seek includes:
• Street addresses
• GPS coordinates
• Property ownership information

For more information about the Ontario Genealogical Society’s continued efforts to identify and protect Ontario’s cemeteries, please visit the Unregistered Cemeteries section of our website at: http://www.ogs.on.ca/unreg_cemeteries.php

If you have information about local cemeteries, please share this information with your local branch chair or branch cemeteries committee.

OGS Members Invited to December Webinar

Saturday, November 29th, 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 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.

The 4th Research Day at the Archives of Ontario a Great Success

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

On cold and cloudy Nov. 22, 40 OGS members made the journey to the Archives of Ontario for a special day of events available to OGS members only. Attendees were given an orientation to the resources held at the Archives and a tour of the beautiful Reading Room. They attended a presentation on preserving historical documents hosted by a professional Conservator, and the first 18 registrants were granted a half hour one-on-one research session with an Archivist to help make inroads on their genealogical research.

Many thanks to outgoing OGS Provincial Office staff members, Sarah Newitt (Executive Director) and Frances O’Regan (Manager, Library Division/Social Media) for arranging another successful Members only research day at the AO.

The OGS would like to extend a very special Thank You to the staff at the Archives of Ontario for volunteering their Saturday to share their time and expertise with OGS members. It is greatly appreciated!

If you were unable to attend this event, keep an eye on your eAnnounces for the next Research day in Spring 2015.

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.

The Ontario Genealogical Society and Its Members Want to see the Long Form Census Reinstated

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

We have a chance to fight to reinstate the long form census. Ted Hsu, Liberal MP from Kingston and the Islands, has introduced a private member’s bill, Bill C-626, that calls for the restoration of the long form census.

In hindsight, it now appears that along with depriving family historians of access to family information in future censuses, the present National Household Survey (NHS) data has been found to be of “inferior and dubious quality” according to Muriaza Haider, a professor of management at Ryerson University. That makes the information of less value; decreases Canada’s chances of remaining globally competitive and makes the creation of public policy more difficult. Added to that is the fact that it was not obligatory to complete it.

What can you do?
Contact your local MP and request that she/he support reinstating the long form census. If you need contact information for your local MP go to the following website for the information http://www.civic.ca/

Write letters/send emails to the editors of local papers in your area.

Place messages on your Facebook page or group in order to spread the word and to encourage others to contact their MP and contact local papers.

Send a message of encouragement to Ted Hsu MP at http://www.tedhsu.ca/

Alan Campbell
President
The Ontario Genealogical Society

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

Save the Date: National Genealogy Conference

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

July 17—19, 2015
At historic Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

KEYNOTE SPEAKER DAVE OBEE

One of Canada’s most prominent authorities on Genealogy, Dave will provide excellent information and guidance for genealogists of all levels of experience.

Conference topics and activities will include:
• DNA testing in Genealogy
• History of immigration into Nova Scotia
• Recording family history through photography, digital filing and citing sources
• Best practices for beginner & intermediate genealogists
• Tour of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
• Visit to the Titanic Graveyard

Come be a part of this inaugural event!

Conference information and registration coming soon
Questions? Contact Heidi Wilker at heidi.wilker@visiontravel.ca or call 905-457-2092

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