Posts Tagged ‘FYI’

Introductory Membership Grants Access to Webinars

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

OGS Webinars are open to members only and now is the perfect time to join for the first time.

Our partial year membership launched June 1 and we welcome new members to join us for the rest of 2014 for $35.70 rather than waiting till the New Year. Partial year Members receive all the benefits of Individual membership including our quarterly mailing for August and November, as well as the upcoming OGS Research Day at the Archives of Ontario scheduled for November.

This offer is also available to those who have not been an OGS member since 2011 and would like to come back.

Join now:

Announcing October’s OGS Member’s Genealogy Webinar

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee;
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: and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Reminder: Save Norfolk County Branch – Call for Volunteers

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Alan Campbell
President OGS

This is a reminder that there is a meeting of Norfolk County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society on Sept. 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Delhi Seniors Centre, 418 Queen Street, Delhi, Ontario.

This meeting is being held to vote to become an inactive Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. The vote is being taken simply because new volunteers have not come forward to fill the positions on the Executive and those of Committee Chairs. It would be unfortunate if a Branch that was chartered in October of 1987, were to move to inactive status with the resulting loss of easier access to family history materials by researchers.

Potential volunteers are welcome to contact either Co-chair of Norfolk Branch for more information prior to the meeting:

  • Marie Shull @
  • Shirley Godfree @

British Home Child Day in Ontario

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

On September 28th, Historic Black Creek Pioneer Village will be hosting British Home Child Day in Ontario.

Events include:

  • Performances by members of Barb Perkin’s HOMECHILD Musical, Folk Singer Marion Parsons, as well as Highland and Irish Dancing – and of course, there will be bagpipes and drums!
  • Author Marjorie Kohli will give a presentation on the contribution British Home Children made in the First World War.
  • Rose McCormick Brandon will host an open mike session with British Home Child stories including two British Home Children.
  • A multi-media installation inspired by the lost childhood of British Home Children by international artists Nerea Martinez de Lecea and Michele Woodey
  • BOOK LAUNCH of Belonging, Sandra Joyce’s sequel to The Street Arab – The Story of a British Home Child
  • The British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association’s display of diverse and precious artifacts
  • Genealogists will be on hand to give tips on research
  • MP Judy Sgro, York West, former Minister of Immigration, will also be on hand to help in the celebrations
  • This day will culminate in a SPECIAL DINNER to be held in the Village: reserved tickets, including parking, admission and a three course meal,will be available soon

A special dinner package is being offered to the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association for forty dollars including a three course meal, admission to the day long event and parking. Seating is limited and tickets must be bought in advance. For those not wishing to attend the dinner, admission tickets may be purchased from Black Creek Pioneer Village directly on the 28th. The dinner will be held in the Canada West Room at 5 pm sharp.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Historic Black Creek Pioneer’s website at:

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:

Full training will be provided.

Final Call for Speakers – OGS Conference 2015

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

With the September 12, 2014 deadline close at hand, OGS is still receiving proposals for presentations for Conference 2015: Tracks Through Time.

The theme originates from the 130th Anniversary of the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway across Canada. Many family historians have their roots in the immigrant laborers who built this railway across our vast country. Other ancestors were tempted by the transportation routes and migration opportunities allowed by its completion. Still others worked for the railway company itself over the years to follow.

As researchers, we track our family history through time in many ways, always attempting to ensure we are tracking the right people from the right line. The variations on “Tracks through Time” are endless.

Check out our official Call for Speakers and prepare your proposal right away.

Deadline: September 12, 2014

New to Genealogy and Family History Research? This Might Help

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
How to Research Your Family History: Part 1

Work from the known to the unknown

Genealogical work usually moves back in time, going from something we know to something we do not know. First piece of advice: Start with yourself. You probably know when and where you were born, who your siblings are, when and where your parents were born and were married, their siblings (your aunts and uncles) and hopefully, your grandparents.

Take the time to talk to as many of the older members of your family as you can. Ask if anyone has done a family tree. Ask when the family came to Canada, where from, where they settled in Ontario and where your ancestors worshipped.

When you have all this data from family members, write it up! Draw the trees, create the family records, note who told what to you and when. Finally, organize your records! See an earlier blog post Controlling the Chaos, for some organizational tips.

The OGS has also published several books to help you get started – and continue – researching your family history:

More titles are available on the OGS eStore.

When you have learned all you can from your family, it’s time to start searching Ontario records. The Archives of Ontario would be an excellent place to start.

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

Reminder: OGS Member’s Webinar for September

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

21st Century Genealogy: How to Use Social Media in Your Family History
Speaker: Kathryn Hogan
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 @ 10:00 a.m. (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)

Learn how using social media such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and more can help you find your ancestors, new cousins and keep in touch with your relatives right from the comfort of your home.

Kathryn Hogan is graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies where she earned the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies. She enjoys speaking both nationally and internationally at local, and provincial/state societies, and regional conferences. Her webinars featuring Canadian family history topics appeal to family historians from around the world. Kathryn is currently the OGS Webinar Coordinator.

Up to 100 people can access this webinar at one time. The room will open 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to start. We are no longer accepting pre-registrations for webinars but it you would like a personal reminder, please contact

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: and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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.