Posts Tagged ‘members only section’

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.

FYI: June 3rd OGS Webinar now Archived + Info for our July 2nd Webinar

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Our June 3rd Genealogy Webinar, Searching Ontario’s Family History with OurDigitalWorld, has now been archived in the Member’s only section of the OGS Website. This is excellent timing as the OGS partial year membership is now in effect until December 31, 2014 (see details here).

Take advantage of the partial year membership now and enjoy full access to all of the OGS Genealogy Webinars.

Our next webinar, Meet Your Match: How MyHeritage Smart Matches and Record Matches can help you overcome brick walls, presented by Daniel Horowitz, will go live on Wednesday, July 2nd at 7:00pm.

If you would like more information about our partial year membership, please contact our membership coordinator at: membership[@]

FYI:Reminder for January 2014 OGS Genealogy Webinar

Monday, December 30th, 2013
All OGS members are invited to attend the next lecture in our Monthly Genealogy Webinar Series: Problem Solving With Timelines, with Speaker Beth FoulkDate: Saturday Jan. 4th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online via Members OnlyProblem Solving with Timelines
When you create a personal timeline on an ancestor’s life, it is easy to see facts, relationships, and stories emerge that were never before apparent. Learn how to create a timeline and the many uses for them in genealogy research and analysis.

Beth Foulk is a Professional Genealogist based in Missouri, U.S.A. She discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. She shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her website:, and one-on-one assistance. Beth has been teaching at the Midwest Genealogy Center since June 2008 and gave her first Webinar in September 2013.

All OGS members will have access to this Webinar through a link in the Members Only area. If you wish to receive a reminder about this Webinar, please contact the Provincial 

*Please note that OGS Provincial Office will be closed from Tuesday, December 24 through to Wednesday, January 1, 2014. 

FYI:3rd OGS Genealogy Webinar Now Archived in the Members Only Section

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Kathyrn Hogan’s webinar, Mapping your Ancestor’s Footsteps, has now been archived in the Member’s Only section of the OGS Website.

Imagine walking a mile in your ancestors’ footsteps. Maps can help you do that. Discover why maps are important to family historians, explore different types of maps, and learn how to use maps in your family history, including Google Maps and Google Earth.

Kathryn Hogan, P.L.C.G.S is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has been helping others find their ancestors since 2007 when she opened her business Looking 4 Ancestors. She has spoken at Conferences and meetings in Canada and the United States covering family history topics that are useful to genealogists the world over. She is currently the OGS Webinar Coordinator.

OGS Strays Database Updated

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

The OGS Strays Database was updated on Nov. 16th and now contains 23,356 records. Now is a great time to check and see if any of them are your ancestors.

Log in to the OGS Members Only area to explore the database

FYI: 2nd Webinar in OGS Genealogy Webinar Series has now been Archived

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Thomas MacEntee’s webinar, You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools, as well as the webinar notes, have now been archived in the members only section on the OGS website.

The OGS webinar committee is busy working on the 3rd installment of our webinar series.

Stay tuned for details.

OGS Members Only Resource: IOOF Insurance Papers Database

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Between 1875 and 1929, the Independent Order of Oddfellows (IOOF) operated a life insurance program. Approximately 60,000 men from all across Canada applied. The program was eventually operated by Empire Life, who held all the application forms. A few years ago Empire Life gave these application forms to the OGS. We have spent nearly four years indexing these forms.

The information on the applications varies depending on the individual applying and the year of the application. Furthermore many men took out a second policy at a later date, and that form may say simply “See policy # …” or it may contain more up-to-date information. If you find several policies for one person, we suggest you purchase at least the one with the earliest policy date.

Each policy consists of a four page 8.5 x 11” document. Information you may expect to find on the application includes the following:

  • Health information
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Beneficiary (generally wife, parent, sibling)
  • Number of siblings and their health information
  • Parents
  • Grandparents (often including age at death but not names)
  • Applicant’s signature
  • Some applications have extra materials as well.

The actual application form contains a great deal more information about the applicant including health information, marital status, occupation, beneficiary of the policy, number of siblings, and a health status of siblings, parents, and grandparents. It also includes the signature of the applicant and may include interesting attachments.

This information could be very useful to someone researching their family history. As a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society, you can search the index to these forms.  Requests to purchase copies of the IOOF papers may be sent to the OGS Membership Coordinator at:  Each form requested costs $10.00 (taxes included).

For more information about this and other OGS Members only databases, please visit the Members Only section on the OGS website.

Please note: The presence of medical information in the application forms and the associated privacy concerns with regards to medical information mean that we cannot make available any forms that were created less than 100 years ago. These forms will become available as the 100 year mark is passed.

FYI: NewsLeaf Vol. 43 now online

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

NewsLeaf Vol. 43, no. 1 – February 2013, is now available to be viewed online in the Members Only section of the OGS website. Sign in here.

NewsLeaf Electronic is a green initiative started in 2012. The digital version of NewsLeaf is a full-colour PDF document that is available online for OGS Members with live clickable links to allow for easy exploration of the sources and resources shared in the publication.

Everyone who has registered an email address with OGS will receive email notification when the file is available to be downloaded from the Members Only area.

Please be assured that if you requested to continue receiving paper copies of NewsLeaf, they will be delivered to you with your issue of Families as before. Also, be assured that OGS members who do not have an email address registered with us will continue to receive paper copies of NewsLeaf as before.

We hope you enjoy the benefits of NewsLeaf Electronic and thank you for your participation in this new initiative.


FYI: Conference 2012 Wall of Ancestors Online

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

The Wall of Ancestors at Conference 2012 was very well supported by registrants who kept the members of Quinte Branch, particularly Lynn Heale, busy putting up cards during Conference. The information is now in a database on the Members Only portion of the OGS website for you to search and see if someone else’s research coincides with your own.

Thanks go to the members of Kingston Branch who transcribed the hundreds of cards, many handwritten, into electronic format: Helen Coffey, Duncan McArthur, Janice Rector, Joanne Stanbridge, and Ann Turner. Their work was proofread by Barbara Aitken, Mary Burns and Hilda Manning. Finally, Nancy Cutway merged their files into one table, cross-referenced and sorted it, and the OGS Webmaster has provided the link to it.

Have fun searching!

-Conference 2012 Committee