Archive for November, 2010

Join OGS: Access Online Databases

Monday, November 29th, 2010

It’s Membership month here at the Ontario Genealogical Society. If you’re a current member, you have received or will soon receive your OGS membership renewal form with your November issue of Families. If you’re not a current member, now is the best time to join us to ensure you get a full year’s worth of OGS membership benefits.

So, why join OGS?

We have digital records databases in the Members Only section of the website full of Ontario genealogical data. These databases are always growing as more information is found and added.

Become a member and get access to our Members Only site so you can track down those elusive ancestors you haven’t found yet.

Join OGS: Learn to be a Better Family Sleuth

Friday, November 26th, 2010

It’s Membership month here at the Ontario Genealogical Society. If you’re a current member, you have received or will soon receive your OGS membership renewal form with your November issue of Families. If you’re not a current member, now is the best time to join us to ensure you get a full year’s worth of OGS membership benefits.

So, why join OGS?

Most family histories are rife with mythology. We’ve all been told the tales of how great great Grandma came to Canada by selling the family jewels or how six times Great Uncle Fred escaped from the French Revolution with his head on his shoulders.

Those may not be your exact family tales but these stories often blur the line between history and tall tales.

OGS offers many ways for you to improve your ability to tell fact from fiction when tracking down your ancestors. We publish books  as well as our quarterly journal Families. They share information about genealogical skills and practices.  Many of our branches offer workshops to help you get better at searching the records for the information you need and determining whether you can trust what you find.

Join us and you’ll build the skills you need to get the whole story on your ancestors.

Call for Nominations

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Are you interested in getting more involved in the running of OGS?

 

Do you have ideas and want your voice to be heard loud and clear?

If so, consider nominating yourself (or someone you admire) for a position on the OGS Board.

The Ontario Genealogical Society invites nominations from members, Branches and Regions of individuals willing to serve as officers of the Society. The two (2) officers to be elected for a two (2) year term (2011-2013) are:

Secretary and Vice-President, Finance

As officers of the Society, the elected candidates will serve on the Board of Directors, which meets four (4) times a year as well as at Conference to set policy governing the Society and guiding the Society toward its objectives. The individuals also will serve on the Executive Council which manages, supervises and co-ordinates the activities and programs of the Society on behalf of the Board and reports to the Board.

For more information and the nomination forms, visit the nominations page on our website

Join OGS: Expand Your Family

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

It’s Membership month here at the Ontario Genealogical Society. If you’re a current member, you have received or will soon receive your OGS membership renewal form with your November issue of Families. If you’re not a current member, now is the best time to join us to ensure you get a full year’s worth of OGS membership benefits.

So…Why Join OGS?

Most of us have more relatives than we think we have and doing your genealogy is a great way to find them. Many genealogists soon discover long lost cousins or complete branches of their family that they had no idea even existed. These discoveries can lead to new friendships and family reunions.

OGS offers you the opportunity to find these people and make those connections. Our branch meetings (find out more on our facebook page ) as well as online communities such as our member message board allows you to share your work and findings with other genealogists.

You may find yourself talking to family members you didn’t know you had.

Erratum: Bill 126

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Please note that in the recent blog post and e-announce about Bill 126 it was referred to by an incorrect title.

The Bill is officially titled Bill 126 – An Act to Protect Ontario’s Inactive Cemeteries.

You can find more information about the bill here:  Bill 126 – An Act to Protect Ontario’s Inactive Cemeteries

My apologies for any confusion this typographical error may have caused.

Interview with a Volunteer: Bob Crawford

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Without the hard work of volunteers all across the province, OGS would simply cease to exist. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. This feature is designed to introduce you to some of them and let you know about the work they’ve been doing.

Bob Crawford is a member of OGS and the following branches: Halton-Peel Branch, Kingston Branch, Toronto Branch, Irish Palatine SIG and the Ireland SIG

How long have you been involved with OGS?
Been involved with OGS since the late 1990s

 What hats do you wear / have you worn?
Currently : Chair, Halton-Peel Branch.
Past positions: Branch Vice-Chair, Branch Indexing Coordinator

 Currently: Acting Secretary, OGS. Past positions: Vice-President, OGS, President, OGS, Past-President, OGS

 Other: Chair, Conference 2009, Marketplace Coordinator, Conference 2011

How did you become interested in genealogy?
In the mid 90s my uncle took a slight interest in discovering his gr. grandfather Crawford. He knew his grandfather well but did not know who his gr. grandfather was. He discussed the topic with me, wondering how we could find the information. I had access to the Internet at work (early days of Internet) and found the Index to the 1871 census that had been done by OGS. I searched for all CRAWFORDs in Kingston, Ontario and came up with a short list. We eliminated many of the people because of age and ethnicity (Irish) and came up with a short list. Between the 2 of us we narrowed the list to one man by looking at cemetery lists and the full 1871 census which gave us the names my uncle knew as his grandfather and gr. uncles and aunts. This all peaked my curiosity and I started to explore both sides of my family and my wife’s family.

Would you like to share a favourite genealogical adventure you have had or tell us about a part of your family history that you particularly enjoyed learning?
I knew that my gr. grandfather had graduated from Queen’s University but I didn’t know too many details. I have discovered that he graduated in 1869 at the age of 17-18 with a degree in Fine Arts and Poetry. His graduating class had 8 students. This degree did not seem to fit his future career as a Master of a steamship. It seems that he worked on a ship on the Great Lakes during the summer and often did not return to class until October. After graduating, he went back to the ships and became a Master of several ships moving people and freight between Kingston and Picton and finally between Port Hope and Rochester NY. He finally left the ships in the 1870s and ran a business supplying coal and wood to the ships working out of Kingston. The family ran the business until the mid 1940s when my grandfather sold it. Never forgetting his connection with Queen’s University, my gr. grandfather became a member of the Board of Trustees of the university. He held the position from the mid 1890s until his death in 1940. He represented the School of Mining and then the School of Engineering.

 There have been many things that I have discovered about our families that no one ever talked about. I hope to be able to bring them together for the current family to learn about.

Many thanks to Bob for his continued hard work!

In Memoriam: Kathleen Barclay Bowley

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

We are saddened to learn of the passing of OGS author, Kathleen Barclay Bowley, who passed away on Tuesday November 16th, 2010.  Kathleen was an honourary life member of OGS and a former chair of OGS Kawartha Branch.

After an enthusiastic response to a talk on “Genetics and Genealogy”, it was Kathleen who worked with genetics experts Elizabeth Curtis and Luanne McNabb to turn their talk into the book Family Health Trees: Genetics and Genealogy. The book was originally published in 1995 and a second edition was published in 2004 to reflect new discoveries in the area of genetics and health.

Kathleen’s dedication to genealogy and the importance of knowing one’s family health tree will be sorely missed.

You can read her obituary in the Toronto Star

Join OGS: Connect With Your Past

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

It’s Membership month here at the Ontario Genealogical Society. If you’re a current member, you have received or will soon receive your OGS membership renewal form with your November issue of Families. If you’re not a current member, now is the best time to join us to ensure you get a full year’s worth of OGS membership benefits.

So…Why Join OGS?

Genealogy is all learning more about where you came from. No matter how much you have learned about your ancestors from your living relatives,  there are bound to be some people and times in your family story that remain shrouded in mystery and require more investigation.

OGS helps you connect with your past by helping you study your genealogy and uncover those family history mysteries. We offer resources: both on our website and in our publications for you to use to research your family tree.

Volunteers can help you find your way through records and help you develop strategies for your search.

By joining OGS, you join a community of people who, like you, want to connect with their past and you will not be alone in your explorations.

Help Make Bill 126 Law!

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Bill 126 – An Act to Protect Ontario’s Inactive Cemeteries was introduced at the Ontario Legislature on November 2nd. The Bill prohibits the relocation of inactive cemeteries despite anything to the contrary in another Act or regulation dealing with cemeteries.

We need your help to get the Bill passed.

Find out how you can help here: Bill 126 – An Act to Protect Ontario’s Inactive Cemeteries

Get Involved: Branch Opportunities

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Image: Salvatore Vuono, link below

As those of you following our Interview with a Volunteer series likely know, volunteers are the backbone of OGS. We are always on the lookout for members who want to get involved and we post opportunities on the website for all to see.

Last week I pointed you in the direction of provincial volunteer opportunities, but OGS also has 32 branches all across Ontario and they’ve always got projects on the go. You don’t have to look further than your local branch for ways to volunteer.

As listed on the Branch Opportunities page, branches are always looking for assistance in the following areas:

Research and Publishing
Publishing
Cemeteries Transcriptions
Places of Worship
Databases
Electronic search
Research & inquiries
Education
Education
Instruction
Program (monthly meetings) and Workshops
Summer Camp
Journal and Newsletter
Library
Marketing and Administration
Publication Sales
Special Events
Web Site
Marketing
Membership
Recognition

Every Branch will have something that will excite your interest, utilize your skills, or help you develop new skills. Talk to your Branch. You will be glad you did.