Archive for the ‘FYI’ Category

OGS Launches New Promotional Videos

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Invitation from OGS President, Alan Campbell

Welcome to The Ontario Genealogical Society

Videos by Tree of Life Video

http://treeoflifevideo.com/

The OGS Ontario Locator: A GPS for Genealogists

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Province of Ontario covers a lot of ground and making sense of the different geographic areas can be a brickwall in itself. For instance, did you know that Ontario has two Aylmers – one in Elgin County and the other in the Sudbury District?

The Ontario Locator shows every municipality in Ontario (city, town, village, township, regional municipality) and all of the geographic townships which have belonged to a municipality. In other words, everything that has or had a local government is here. If nothing else, the locator will assist you in narrowing down specific areas in the search for your Ontario ancestors.

Click here to access the Ontario Locator on the OGS website.

And don’t forget, our OGS Branches are specialists in regional and local area knowledge. Click here to access our branch listings.

FYI: Genealogy Priorities Survey From Canadiana

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Over the past few months, Canadiana partnered with Library and Archives Canada on a massive project to digitize 40,000 reels of microfilm from Canada’s most important archival collections. This project, known as Héritage, will comprise 60 million page images when completed next year.

Much of the Héritage collection will be of interest to genealogists. Canadiana would like to enhance access to this content by partially transcribing select collections. Once transcribed, researchers can conduct key-word searches on a collection, allowing them to find specific personal names, geographical locations, events, etc. within a document. We need your help in choosing which collections to transcribe first.

By participating in this short survey, you can have a voice in telling Canadiana which collections are important to you. If interested, please share this widely with your members, branches, and other contacts to help us get the most feedback.

Take me to the survey!

Thank you!
Canadiana

Reminder: OGS Partial Year Membership Now Available

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

If you, or someone you know is thinking of joining OGS for the first time, now is a perfect time to do it. Our partial year membership launched June 1st and we welcome new members to join us for the rest of 2014 for $35.70 rather than waiting till the New Year.

Partial year Members receive all the benefits of Individual membership including our quarterly mailing for August and November as well as access to our Genealogy Webinar Series. This offer is also available to those who have not been an OGS member since 2011 and would like to rejoin the OGS family.

Join now!

http://www.ogs.on.ca/integrated/integrated_account_new_step1.php

Reminder for the July OGS Member’s Webinar

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Daniel Horowitz

Meet Your Match: How MyHeritage Smart Matches and Record Matches can help you overcome brick walls MyHeritage top-of-the-line technology tools help you find relatives effortlessly: Smart Matching can extend your family tree and reunite with long lost relatives; Record Matching looks in multiple sources to match the people in your family tree automatically and bring you the actual records.

Up to 100 people can access this webinar at one time. The room will open 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to start. Follow the link in the OGS Members Only area to attend.

OGS is on Facebook

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Did you know that along with the Provincial Office, 15 of our branches are also on facebook? Here’s the list – drop by and LIKE your favourites:

Brant: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrantCountyBranchOGS/?fref=ts
Bruce & Grey: https://www.facebook.com/groups/633643046723946/?fref=ts
Elgin: https://www.facebook.com/ElginOGS?fref=ts
Essex: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006053194907&fref=ts
Halton-Peel: https://www.facebook.com/HaltonPeelBranchOGS?fref=ts
Hamilton: https://www.facebook.com/groups/523462191101234/?fref=ts
Huron: https://www.facebook.com/groups/221555263797/?fref=ts
Kent: https://www.facebook.com/kent.ogs.96?ref=ts&fref=ts
Niagara: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NBOGS/
Ottawa: https://www.facebook.com/groups/237267743111732/?fref=ts
Perth: https://www.facebook.com/PerthCountyBranchOGS?fref=ts
Quinte: https://www.facebook.com/QuinteBranch.OGS?fref=ts
Sudbury: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sudburyogs/?fref=ts
Toronto: https://www.facebook.com/TOFamilyHistory?fref=ts
Wellington: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wellington-County-OGS/413477792099902?fref=ts

 

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[@]ogs.on.ca

FYI: OGS Partial Year Membership Now Available

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

If you, or someone you know is thinking of joining OGS for the first time, now is a perfect time to do it.

Our partial year membership launched June 1st and we welcome new members to join us for the rest of 2014 for $35.70, rather than waiting till the New Year. Partial year Members receive all the benefits of Individual membership including our quarterly mailing for August and November.

This offer is also available to those who have not been an OGS member since 2011 and would like to rejoin the OGS family. To take advantage of the half year membership, please visit the OGS website at: http://www.ogs.on.ca/integrated/integrated_account_new_step1.php

FYI: Correct Date for the OGS June Webinar

Monday, May 26th, 2014

The correct date for the upcoming June webinar is Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm ET – not June 4th as reported in the last eWeekly:

Special Guest Speaker: Jess Posgate, OurDigitalWorld

Topic: Searching Ontario’s Family History with OurDigitalWorld
This session will introduce ODW (previously OurOntario), our portals and local collections. We’ll talk about how to use our online collections to find genealogical resources and trace family histories. We will introduce you to the search options and millions of objects in the OurOntario.ca portal including oral histories, photographs, documents, full-page newspapers and more.

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 starts. All webinars will be archived in the OGS Members Only area so those unable to attend will be able to view them after the fact.

2014 UELAC Annual Conference

Friday, May 16th, 2014

A Centennial Celebration

Join the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary!

Date: Thursday, June 5th – Sunday, 8th, 2014

Location: The Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Toronto Ontario

For more information and to Register, please visit the UELAC website at: http://www.ueltoronto.ca/2014%20UELA%20Annual%20Conference.htm