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Announcing the next installment in our Members only Genealogy Webinar Series

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Date: Tuesday March 4, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

Speaker: Lisa Alzo

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Lisa Alzo has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. An avid genealogist for 22 years, Lisa teaches for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is the recipient of the 2002 Mary Zirin Prize given by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies to recognize the achievements of independent scholars. Lisa lives in Ithaca, New York.

OGS Webinars are offered using Adobe Connect software and all members are invited to attend for free. Access to the webinar is available from the OGS Members Only area.

The virtual room will be open 20 minutes before the webinar is scheduled to start.

Ontario Genealogical Society at a Crossroads

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

A Message from President Shirley Sturdevant

Over the last weeks, information has been distributed about the Society elections on May 3, 2014. Like many organizations, OGS finds itself at a crossroads. To be relevant in the future we need to understand not only who we have been and who we are, but who we need to be. We have been “Community, Education, and Advocacy” to serve our mission and objectives on behalf of our members and the broader genealogical community.

Now…The Society has a new governance model and seeks candidates for all positions – President, Vice-President and 4-6 Directors-at-Large. As President, I have spoken with many members, both veteran and new, and all have a desire to see a strong society taking us into the next era of genealogical service. Many are getting older or are already doing several jobs within the Branch, Special Interest Group (SIG) or Society. Others have already served in many ways throughout their membership. We are looking to new members to step up and take on roles, either within the Branch or SIG, or on the Society’s Board.

Many feel there are members who would be willing and capable of taking on these positions but are waiting to be asked. It is also a fact that the greater the numbers, the less likely someone is to volunteer, the assumption being that someone else will step forward.

Please consider yourself asked. 

Whether you have been a long-time or recent member, whether actively involved or “quiet”, please consider the skills and qualities you possess and the passion you have for helping your Society as we come to this crossroads in our history – our future.

We need members with skills in a variety of categories as outlined in the Call for Nominations found in the OGS Members Only area: https://www.ogs.on.ca/membersonly/mem_sign_in.php. No one candidate must be all things; each will bring his or her own unique skill(s). These will change over time as the needs of The Society change; new Directors in future years will bring new sets of skills. Over the long-term, OGS will stay strong and meet its mission:

To encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage. 

Please consider where you fit into our future. If there is a part you can play on the OGS Board, now is the time to step forward. If you see another whom you might replace within your Branch/SIG to allow them to step forward, think about doing so now. Let’s find motivated people who are passionate about OGS, prepared to use their skills on behalf of others, willing to bring fresh ideas and, most of all, prepared to work jointly as a Board to actively make these things happen on behalf of all members of The Society.

Our Society cannot continue to exist if there is no one to lead.

Yes, together we are at a crossroads. Together we must choose the right direction.

Together we are OGS!

Please see the OGS Members Only area: https://www.ogs.on.ca/membersonly/mem_sign_in.php for more details. Make arrangements for further discussion or to get answers to your questions by emailing: nominations@ogs.on.ca – or – president@ogs.on.ca.

Shirley L. Sturdevant, President 

The Ontario Genealogical Society 

Call for Candidates closes February 21, 2014. 

Announcing an Exciting New Membership Benefit for OGS Members

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

The Ontario Genealogical Society has made an agreement with FindMyPast.com to offer a discount on a subscription for all OGS Members.

What does that mean? Basically, you will receive a discount of $61.20 – the current OGS Membership fee – when you subscribe to FindMyPast.com

YOU MUST BE A CURRENT OGS MEMBER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER. 

Not a member or haven’t renewed for 2014 yet? No problem. Simply go to the OGS Website and click on the Membership tab on the top of the page. From here, you can either order your new OGS Membership or re-new for 2014. If you are joining as a new member, don’t forget to check out the other benefits you receive as a member of OGS.

FindMyPast.com is a constantly growing resource, offering you a unique and diverse collection of genealogical records. They currently have 850 million U.S. records on FindMyPast.com, and more than 1.6 billion records in their global collection.

Have questions or want more information? You may contact the OGS Membership Coordinator at: membership@ogs.on.ca. Or, contact OGS Provincial Office directly at: provoffice@ogs.on.ca.

Reminder for February’s OGS Webinar

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Evidence: Guidelines for Evaluating Genealogical Evidence

presented by Linda Woodward Geiger

A discussion of the standards used to evaluate evidence found in a variety of sources and documents

Date: Tuesday February 4th, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm (on-line room opens 6:40 pm)

Linda Woodward Geiger is the principal researcher, author, and lecturer, of www.Woodward-Geiger.com. She specializes in state and county records for Georgia and a variety of US federal records. She also has experience in many other geographic regions of the United States and her personal research involves New England records.

Linda is an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). She is also a Certified Genealogist, Genealogical Lecturer, and a former trustee and editor of the BCG newsletter, OnBoard. Linda currently serves as president and webmaster for the Friends of the National Archives at Atlanta.

Up to 100 people can access this webinar at one time. The room will open 20 minutes before the session is scheduled to start. All OGS members will be able to access the webinar via the Members Only area.

If you would like a personal reminder of this webinar and more detailed access instructions, please contact OGS Provincial Office at: provoffice@ogs.on.ca

Advocacy a High Priority of The Ontario Genealogical Society: Cemeteries a Continuing Focus

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant, recently received a phone call from Michael D’Mello, Registrar of Ontario Cemeteries, in response to her letter to the Hon. Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Consumer Services, referred to in last week’s eWeekly. A subsequent meeting was held on 9 January 2014 at the Registrar’s office in Toronto with representatives of both The Ontario Historical Society and The Ontario Genealogical Society. Together they discussed shared concerns about the dilemma around preserving and protecting Ontario cemeteries.

Although Ontario apparently has one of the most stringent sets of regulations to accomplish that, identifying and locating these cemeteries is but one step in the process. OHS and OGS will continue to work on their project to complete that all-important first step. Together with the Registrar, they will attempt to clarify for municipalities and the general public what specific actions must then be taken to protect these properties which serve as resting places for our Ontario ancestors.

Future of Canada’s Libraries and Archives Under Review

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

The activities of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and the Canadian Archives Summit have been featured in previous issues of the OGS eWeekly. Both the Ontario consultation with the RSC and the Summit occurred in Toronto this week.

In response to a call for papers from the RSC, OGS asked members for their ideas about the future of libraries and archives in Canada. The resulting submission can be viewed at http://www.ogs.on.ca/home/advocacy.php#lac. A copy was also shared with the Summit organizers.

Continue to watch for the results of these in-depth reviews.

OGS Open Forum with the President a Success

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

An Open Forum with OGS President Shirley Sturdevant was held at 7 PM on 8 January 2014. Participants set the topics and asked the questions.

Topics of discussion included: Family Day activities, accessibility initiatives, newsletter guidelines, transcriptions, vote on bylaws and call for candidates, OGS finances, membership fees, Families in electronic format, Digital Rights Management (DMR), webinar costs and promotion, Infant Home Records, OGS transparency, advocacy partnering with other provincial societies, Branches partnering to offer courses and Branch Facebook pages. Some participants suggested this type of forum be a regular event to keep members updated and to clarify Society happenings.

Annoucing February’s OGS Genealogy Webinar

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Evidence: Guidelines for Evaluating Genealogical Evidence

presented by Linda Woodward Geiger

A discussion of the standards used to evaluate evidence found in a variety of sources and documents

Date: Tuesday February 4th, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm (on-line room opens 6:40 pm)

Linda Woodward Geiger is the principal researcher, author, and lecturer, of www.Woodward-Geiger.com. She specializes in state and county records for Georgia and a variety of US federal records. She also has experience in many other geographic regions of the United States and her personal research involves New England records.

Linda is an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). She is also a Certified Genealogist, Genealogical Lecturer, and a former trustee and editor of the BCG newsletter, OnBoard. Linda currently serves as president and webmaster for the Friends of the National Archives at Atlanta.

Up to 100 people can access this webinar at one time. The room will open 20 minutes before the session is scheduled to start. All OGS members will be able to access the webinar via the Members Only area.

If you would like a personal reminder of this webinar and more detailed access instructions, please contact OGS Provincial Office at: provoffice@ogs.on.ca

OGS Continues to Advocate for the Protection of Unregistered Cemeteries

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

In Spring 2011, a group jointly representing OGS and the Ontario Historical Society had a meeting with the then Minister of Consumer Services, John Gerretsen. The result of this meeting was a commitment by the Registrar to register all Ontario cemeteries provided we could acquire location information for these cemeteries.

Since 2011, OGS volunteers have worked in the branches and Provincial Office, to gather GPS information for cemeteries across the province and send that information to the Registrar. To date, we have received no word that any of the previously unregistered cemeteries had been registered, so OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant, wrote a letter to the current Minister of Consumer Services to inquire about the delay.

The letter is available on the OGS Advocacy page and resulted in a request for a meeting from the Registrar.

The Ontario Genealogical Society continues to work for the protection of Ontario cemeteries.

OGS Genealogy Webinar For January Now Archived

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

The latest OGS Genealogical Webinar: Problem Solving with Timelines with speaker Beth Foulk was offered live last Saturday and is now posted in the OGS Members Only area for all members to enjoy.

To access the Webinar, please login to the Members Only Area and select OGS Webinars from the left hand menu, and then click on Genealogy Webinar Series at the top of the page. Enjoy!