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Ontario Genealogical Society 2015 Conference Call for Speakers – Get Involved

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Under the leadership of the OGS Conference Chair, Patti Mordasewicz the OGS Board, Volunteers and Staff, are in the midst of planning The Society’s next Conference – Tracks through Time – to be held at Georgian College, Barrie – May 29-31, 2015.

The Conference Program Committee would like to encourage returning as well as new presenters to submit proposals. Consider the possible related topics yourself or pass the information on to others you know who might be interested. We cannot reach everyone ourselves but with your help we can.

Please see the Call for Speakers at:


Shirley L. Sturdevant

OGS Conference 2015 Program Committee, Chair



Call for Presenters: OGS Conference 2015 – “Tracks Through Time”

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: September 12, 2014

The Ontario Genealogical Society will host the Society’s annual conference on 29-31 May 2015 at Georgian College Campus, Barrie, ON, Canada. The conference theme — “Tracks through Time” – 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.

The subject of presentations should preferably fall within one of the following categories:

1. Impact of the development of the railway in Canada
2. Tracking various cultural and ethnic ancestor groups to and within Canada (e.g., Aboriginal, African American, Chinese,   Scandinavian, Quaker, Polish, Jewish, etc.)
3. Tracking ancestors through various record groups (land, company, religious, civil, etc.)
4. Tracking the right people (sorting out same-name research, One-Name Studies, etc.)
5. Technological advancements in tracking our ancestors

Saturday and Sunday lectures will be one hour long, including time for questions. Friday workshops offering a more in-depth exploration should be 2.5 to 3 hours in length, including time for questions. Consideration will also be given to distance presentations – “streamed in” from a presenter’s location and/or “streamed out” to a distance audience.

Each one-page proposal should include:
• Presentation Title
• Abstract – no more than 200 words
• Presentation Description – one or two sentences for program brochure
• Full Contact Information – name, postal address, telephone number, e-mail address, and website (if applicable)
• Brief Biography
• Target Audience – beginner, intermediate or advanced level family historians; general or specialist audience.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be requested to provide a 2- to 4-page summary of your lecture or workshop for our Conference Syllabus. This may include a brief overview, references and web addresses mentioned, sample screen shots, etc. It will be submitted electronically no later than 1 March 2015 as a word processing file or in rich text for ease of formatting our Program Syllabus. Speakers should also bear in mind that PowerPoint presentations must be clearly readable from a minimum distance of 20 metres/65 feet and should employ fonts no smaller than 32 points.

Please include your approximate travel costs, economy class, to Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Remuneration will normally include reimbursement of transportation expenses, free conference registration, free accommodation, meals on the day(s) of your talk(s), free social activities, plus honorarium. Workshop fees may be negotiated.

Contact Info:

Conference 2015 website:

email address:

FYI: OGS Conference 2015

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

The OGS Board and Provincial Office proudly announce that Conference 2015 will take place June 5-7, 2015 at beautiful Georgian College in Barrie, ON.

More information and a Call for Speakers will follow shortly.

See you there!

Count Down to OGS Conference 2014 is ON!

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Ontario Genealogical Society
Spring is finally here and that means there are only four more weeks until Conference 2014 at Brock University. Check out the Conference website for a slate of speakerstour information, and the terrific marketplace.

Those registrants wishing to order meals must register before APRIL 17th.

Register Now:

Check out what OGS Niagara Conference 2014 has to offer

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

If you haven’t registered for Conference 2014 yet, now is the time. Early Bird rates apply until the end of the month and you’ll have the chance to explore all sorts of exciting genealogical activities.
Two Days of Tours to choose from
A schedule of terrific speakers
Workshops and lectures
All in beautiful Niagara Region

Register now to take advantage of all that OGS Conference 2014 has to offer!

Shuttle Buses for Conference Registrants

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

The Conference 2014 committee is making arrangements for shuttle buses to operate between the Conference at Brock University and the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus of Niagara College. More details on the shuttles and costs will be available shortly.

Registrants who will not be bringing their own vehicle to Conference are advised to book their accommodations at the Niagara on the Lake location: 

Register for Conference 2014 before the Early Bird Deadline for a Better Deal

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Early Bird pricing for Conference 2014 will end on Feb. 28th, 2014.

Until then a full weekend package (covering Friday night, Saturday and Sunday lectures) is only $120 for members and $150 for non members.

Check out the Conference website for more details, to download the brochure and to register online.

Experience OGS Conference 2014 Online!

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

If you’ve always wanted to attend Conference but the distance has made it impossible, there is now a way to experience some of the benefits of an OGS Conference from your own home.

Seven of our lecture sessions will be available online via live streaming during the Conference weekend and can be registered for separately.

Sign up for one or more sessions and experience Conference from home for the first time. Webinar Registration:

FYI: Registration for OGS Niagara Branch Conference 2014 NOW OPEN!!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Well it is time!! OGS Conference 2014 Registration has opened!! Please read all instructions before proceeding to make the registration process work for you. Click on the link below to begin.

A first for OGS Conferences, Niagara Branch Conference 2014 is Pleased to offer


If you have never attended an OGS Conference due to distance or cost


The AGM and Branch Executive Meeting will be hosted and live-streamed on Adobe Connect FREE for all.

The Plenary: Social Media Panel will be broadcasted via Google+ hangout.

Watch the Conference Website for further details & instructions.

You must register online to view the Sessions offered by the following Speakers:

Speakers streaming in:

Luana Darby (Ohio)

  • Audrey Collins (England)
  • Dave Obee (British Columbia)
  • David Holman (England)

Speakers streaming out:

  • Stephen Young
  • Chris Paton
  • Lesley Anderson

Whether it be in person or online, we look forward to welcoming you to Conference 2014.

FYI: Exciting News About OGS Niagara Conference 2014

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Wondering what surprises and delights OGS Conference 2014 will have in store for you? Wonder no more. Niagara Peninsula Branch will be releasing their Conference Program and line-up of Speakers this evening on their Conference 2014 website.

Let the planning begin!