Posts Tagged ‘ogs publications’

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:

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.

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.

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

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

OGS Publications: Help! I’ve Inherited an Attic Full of History

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

attic_coverAlthea Douglas, MA, CG (C), UE


“What on earth do I do with all this stuff?”

For people who find themselves the custodians of a portion of history. Conducts the reader through the steps to gain control over the variety of material, advising how to evaluate and whether to maintain or dispose. Covers simple conservation and maintenance of items retained for sentimental or historical value. Includes a detailed glossary, useful ‘not before’ dates and suppliers’ addresses.

2003 184p

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OGS Publications:Townships of the Province of Ontario, Canada

Friday, November 15th, 2013

townshipCompiled by Muriel Gartner and Frederick Prong


A Complete Index of the Townships in all the Counties and Districts

Births, marriages, deaths, land – all these records were registered by township.

Originally published by the Nipissing Branch, OGS, this updated compilation of the names of Townships in the Province of Ontario, Canada, includes the names of historical townships and of recently formed townships, and is current up to December 2006.

Changes in the government structure of Ontario municipalities have resulted in the amalgamation of former townships into larger townships, towns, municipalities or cities. The footnotes accompanying each map indicate where changes in the status of townships have occurred.

2007 56p

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OGS Publications: Time Traveller’s Handbook: A Guide to the Past

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

timetravellershandbookAlthea Douglas


“A great book for not only genealogists, but also historical fiction readers, Jane Austen fans, writers, and anyone else interested in history.” – Chandler Public Library News and Reviews, June 20, 2011 (accessed online June 22, 2011)

Do you know how long it took to sail across the Atlantic Ocean? Was it faster from east to west or west to east? Imagine sailing to India, a five-month trip around the Cape of Good Hope! No wonder late Victorians valued the steamship and the Suez Canal. What difference did the invention of the telephone or steam engine make to our ancestors’ lives? How much could you buy for 10¢ in 1840?

Time Traveller’s Handbook answers these questions and looks at “mythinformation” hand down by word of mouth. This sort of information can be found on the Internet – somewhere – but the researcher can waste a lot of time hunting for it.

In an entertaining and useful manner, Time Traveller’s Handbook brings together a lot of facts our ancestors once knew, took for granted and used regularly, and helps put your family history back into its context.

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