Archive for December, 2010

Season’s Greetings from OGS

Friday, December 24th, 2010

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All the best to you and yours for this holiday season!

The OGS Provincial Office will be closed for the holidays from December 27, 2010 - January 3, 2011.

See you in the new year!

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Piction Burial Threatened

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Just yesterday, the OGS cemetery committee received word of a Notice of Intent published in the December 16th edition of the Picton Gazette. The notice is regarding a burial site at Isaiah Tubbs Resort and Restaurant in Hallowell Township,  Prince Edward County.

According to the notice, the Registrar intends to declare the site an “Unapproved Cemetery” and invites representatives of the persons whose remains may still be interred in the former cemetery to contact the Registrar within two weeks after December 23, 2010

 Time is short. Please share this information with anyone you know who may have connections with this burial ground.

If you fall into this category, please contact the Registrar by any of the following methods: 

Michael D’Mello
Registrar, Cemeteries Act (Revised)
Cemeteries Regulation Unit
Ministry of Consumer Services
5775 Yonge Street, 15th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2E5
Tel: 416-326-8393
FAX 416-326-8406

On a related note, OGS is still requesting letters and petition signatures in support of Bill 126. As you gather with family over the holiday season, please share the news of this Bill with them and encourage them to write letters or sign the petition as well. Marjorie Stuart invites email requests for copies of the Bill 126 petition. She can be reached at  marjstuart  (A T) sympatico.ca

Join OGS: Preserve the past for future generations

Monday, December 13th, 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?

As genealogists, we know that information that is not specifically written down and shared can get lost easily. We’ve all had moments where we wished we’d thought to ask more questions of our relatives before they departed the earth. We want to preserve the past so that our children and grandchildren will know who they are and where they came from.

The Ontario Genealogical Society helps you do this by offering resources to help you do your research and teaching you how to do it the best way possible. We encourage our members (and all genealogists) to assemble their research and write it down as a book to share with your children and grand children.

We collect these books in our library so that the past will be preserved and we encourage you to add your story to our collection.

Join OGS: Advocate for Threatened Cemeteries and Records

Friday, December 10th, 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?

Part of providing genealogical information to researchers is to preserve that information in the first place. The Ontario Genealogical Society often has to rescue records and information before we can share them.

Right now we are advocating for the passage of Bill 126 – An Act to Protect Ontario’s Inactive Cemeteries.  Click on the link to find out how you can help.

Join OGS: Receive Families and Newsleaf

Wednesday, December 8th, 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?

OGS Members receive our journal, Families and our Newsletter, newsLeaf.

Families is a quarterly publication that includes researched, referenced and illustrated articles; the Game, a queries column that members may contribute to; and a book review section on books of interest to genealogists.

newsLeaf is our newsletter which is published quarterly as well. It includes OGS news and happenings; a section announcing forthcoming gatherings and special events;  and current news from the 30 OGS Branches.

Join us to receive these publications.

Join OGS: Contribute Your Time and Talents

Monday, December 6th, 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?

Whether it’s transcribing gravestones, creating an index, writing a book, planning an event, we’re always looking for people to help out with the many projects we have on the go. There are projects that our individual branches work on and then there are those that involve members province wide.

 Volunteers are what keep OGS moving and you can be part of what we do. Check out the volunteer opportunities at the provincial and branch levels or simply contact your closest branch or the provincial office and offer your skills.

Many thanks to all the volunteers whose hard work has built OGS over the past 50  years. Check out our Interview with a Volunteer series to pay tribute and be inspired.

Join OGS: Network with Other Genealogists

Friday, December 3rd, 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 may seem like a solitary activity that is done sitting in front of a computer or in a dark corner of the library. This is far from true. Some of the greatest genealogical discoveries are made by chatting with other genealogists.

There is no better way to join a community of genealogists than by joining the Ontario Genealogical Society community. You can network at branch meetings, at Conference and through our Members Message board in the Members Only section. Newsletters keep you up to date on what’s happening in Ontario genealogy these days

A Heritage Certificate under Your Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

It’s the gift giving season again and if you’re looking for the perfect gift, may we suggest an
Ontario Genealogical Society Heritage Certificate.

Make your research tangible by applying for one of four clubs and societies.

The Centenary Club - for those whose ancestors have been in Ontario for 100 years or more

The War of 1812 Society – for those who can prove descent from someone who fought on the Canadian/British side of the war

The 1837 Rebellion Society - for those who can demonstrate that an ancestor fought on either side of the rebellion in Upper Canada.

The Upper Canada Society – for those who can prove that they had an ancestor living in Upper Canada prior to February 10, 1941 1841 *(when Upper Canada became Canada West)

All proofs must be to genealogical standards.

This holiday season, take all your hard work and give your loved ones the gift of their heritage.

*apologies for the incorrect date. Thank you for the correction messages. I am lucky to have such enthusiastic readers.