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OGS and The Ontario Heritage Fairs Association: Looking to the Future to Perserve Our Past

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Although our raison d’etre is genealogy, the OGS also works with and supports other non-profit organizations whose mandate is to preserve and make accessible Ontario’s heritage. One such organization is the Ontario Heritage Fairs Association.

Every year, this Ontario non-profit works with schools across the province to hold regional heritage fairs,where students in grades 4 -10 research and create heritage projects. OGS supports this initiative by providing a prize for the best genealogical project at each regional fair, with the aim of encouraging our future genealogists and historians.

This year’s Provincial Fair is in need of funding and to this end, the OHFS is running a crowdsourcing campaign. If you wish to support the work of the Association and to fund another Provincial Heritage Fair in the spring of 2014, please visit them at:

Mennonite Archives of Ontario Launches Guide to Ontario Mennonite Peace History

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

“Spanning the years 1786 to the present, this guide highlights the rich collections in peace history held at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. Listings range from 19th-century militia exemption papers and First World War correspondence with government, to interviews with Second World War conscientious objectors and efforts to raise awareness of Central American conflicts in the 1980s. A series of short articles set the context for Mennonite peace activities in Ontario. New listings will be added continually as peace-related records make their way to the Archives.”

For more information about this wonderful new research guide, please visit the Mennonite Archives of Ontario website at:

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!

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

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 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

Epigenetics: The Ghost in your Genes

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

If you are interested in the application of DNA testing for genealogical research, then you may find The Ghost in Your Genes, a documentary about Epigenetics to be of interest:

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]

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

OGS Member Participates in Irish ‘Reverse Genealogy’ Series ‘Tar Abhaile’ (Come Home)

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Sudbury Branch member Brenda Cavallin is enjoying an experience most of us can only dream about; having her (Irish) roots reach out to find her, rather than the other way around.

Brenda has been chosen to be one of 6 participants in Tar Abhaile (Come Home), a 6 part bilingual Irish/English television series by Red Pepper Productions. Here is a brief synopsis from the Show’s website

“Hosted by broadcaster Evelyn O’Rourke, the series is based on the premise of ‘reverse genealogy’ – whereby community volunteers trace the long-lost relatives of Irish families living in countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and then invite their back to their ancestral homeland.”

“…Brenda Cavillin from Ontario, is overcome with emotion when she returns to the home of her ancestors…”

Brenda’s story airs next Sunday, November 24 at 9.30pm & Monday, November 25 at 7:30 pm. For those of us in Canada, we can view the series via TG4′s player at Click on the Tar Abhaile logo on the left hand side of the page.

Each episode will be available on the player for 35 days after its original airing.

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Attention OGS Members: Archives of Ontario Seeks Real Stories of WWI

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Do you have an ancestor who fought during World War I?

The Archives of Ontario is offering OGS Members a chance to share their WWI family research through two exhibition cases (34″ x 58″ in size) located in their Reading Room.

More information and application forms are available in the OGS Members Only Area.

The Deadline for Submission is December 1st, 2013.

Give your WWI ancestors a voice and get your stories in now.

Contact Info for the Archives of Ontario:


Telephone: 1-800-668-9933 Toll-Free Number (Ontario only)

Mailing Address:

The Archives of Ontario
134 Ian Macdonald Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M7A 2C5