Archive for the ‘OGS projects’ Category

FYI: TONI Update

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

The TONI committee has reported that another 24,541 records have been added to The Ontario Name Index bringing the total number of entries to 2,514,931. On top of the many additions from OGS branches, the index now includes records from the following Ontario Heritage Organizations:

- Millbrook Cavan Historical Society

-Bruce Township Historical Society

-Westminster Historical Society

-Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogy Group

-Northumberland County Archives

Now is a great time to search these new records for your ancestors:https://www.ogs.on.ca/integrated/toni_database1.php

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Kathyrn Hogan’s webinar, Mapping your Ancestor’s Footsteps, has now been archived in the Member’s Only section of the OGS Website.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

FYI:Ontario Genealogy Society Open Forum

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

The Ontario Genealogical Society invites members and non-members to join in an online discussion with President, Shirley Sturdevant. Ask questions and make comments about the changing face of OGS and volunteer opportunities with the Society.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
More information will follow.

This forum is open to anyone who is interested but you may express your interest and receive a reminder and your own copy of the login information by contacting the OGS provincial office at provoffice@ogs.on.ca.

Please use the subject line “GS Open Forum.”

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

Conference Niagara 2014 Needs Your Opinion

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Here we go again — we have removed and added two new tours! As we are busy preparing for conference, we have come to the spot were we have to decide about which tours to offer. We know what we like for the tours but we really would like to know which ones you like. We are also thinking about offering tours on Thursday and Friday, comments are welcome.

Please visit the Conference 2014 website at www.ogs.on.ca/conference2014/index.php and select “Tours Survey.” You can view and read about the five possible tours and make your opinion count with the poll on the webpage.

Thanks for being involved and sharing your opinion. – The Conference 2014 Committee

Announcing Our Next Member’s Only Webinar: Mapping Your Ancestors’ Footsteps

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

The next OGS Genealogy Webinar will be held on Thursday Dec. 5th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. with Speaker Kathryn Hogan.

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.

This Webinar is available to all OGS members and will be hosted via Adobe Connect webcasting software. To sign up for this Webinar and receive connection information, please contact Brenda at Provincial Office provoffice@ogs.on.ca. Adobe Connect has a 100 attendee capacity so be sure to connect 20 minutes before the Webinar is scheduled to begin in order to secure your spot.

Another Successful OGS Day at the Archives of Ontario

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

RDOGS Day at the Archive, Nov #2

On Saturday, November 16, approximately 40 OGS Members, along with Sarah Newitt, Executive Director, and Frances O’Regan, Manager of the Society’s Library Division & Social Media, took over the Archives of Ontario for the second time this year.

OGS Day at the Archive, Nov #3Learning preservation,Nov 16Pres Session, Denise Nov 16

The good news is that the AO is going to allow us to do it again. It has now been confirmed that our members can look forward to 2 Member’s Only Days at the AO next year, one in the spring and another in the fall. Once the exact dates have been confirmed, all current OGS members will receive an invitation via email. As usual, registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. And yes, we do keep wait lists that are diligently checked if any cancellations come in.

Thank you to all of our Members for such an enthusiastic response for this event. Your support has ensured that OGS Day at the AO will be carried forward into the near future!

The OGS would also like to extend our deepest appreciation and thanks to the staff at the Archives of Ontario for their support and assistance in making our 2nd Member’s Only event at the Archive another great success. We look forward to the next event in Spring 2014.

All photos courtesy of Anna-Louise Richardson, Tree of Life Video

FYI: We have added a WWI Memorial Wall to our Old Photos Flickr Page

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Do you have family members who served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI? As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, the Ontario Genealogical Society invites you to share their stories and photos on our newly created WWI Memorial Wall on the OGSoldphotos flickr page.

If you would like to share your scanned photos, or require more information, please contact our Digitization Manager at: scanning[at]ogs.on.ca

We also welcome photos and stories from all of our Canadian War Veterans, and as always, those popular Mystery Photos.

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.

Reminder: It’s Membership time again at the OGS

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

When you become a member of The Ontario Genealogical Society, you become part of a very large group of individuals and organizations who are researching their own family history and also working to help preserve and expand family history resources for future generations.

Membership supports OGS’s projects, research and database creation, as well as our advocacy in support of issues such as the closure of old cemeteries and the ongoing release of census data.

Membership Benefits

As an OGS member, you:

  • enjoy exclusive access to the monthly OGS Genealogy Webinar Series
  • enjoy special events, such as the OGS Members Only Research Day at the Archives of Ontario
  • receive the Ontario Genealogical Society’s quarterly journal Families, quarterly newsletter Newsleaf and 8 issues/year of e-NewsLeaf.
  • receive flyers describing publications and supplies available for purchase from OGS
  • can submit four family name queries each year to the Name Game – which is published in the quarterly Families
  • have the right to vote at the annual general meeting and regional meetings, the right to hold office and the right to join any branch or branches.
  • receive invitations to regional meetings and the annual Seminar for further education in genealogical subjects and social contacts with other genealogists.
  • can participate in genealogical research projects specific to Ontario.
  • get a membership card which can be used as a passport to resources.
  • may receive a discount on a membership to other provincial genealogical societies (more information).

To become a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society, please complete our Membership Form.

Questions? Contact the OGS Membership Coordinator at: membership@ogs.on.ca