Archive for February, 2011

History of Your Home reviewed in Toronto Star

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Check out the February 25th edition of the Toronto Star for a review of The History of Your Home written by Lesley Ciarula Taylor. The OGS publication describes strategies for researching your house and learning more about what it and the neighbourhood was like before you moved in.

You can purchase The History of Your Home from our E-Store.

In Memoriam: Cliff Collier

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

We are sad to share with you the passing of long time OGS volunteer, Cliff Collier. Cliff passed away peacefully on Monday February 21, 2011 surrounded by family and friends. His obituary and details of the planned memorial can be found in the Toronto Star .

 OGS owes a lot to Cliff’s enthusiasm and tireless dedication over the years. An avid genealogist, his involvement with the Society led him to wear many hats. He was Education Co-ordinator for our Toronto Branch as well as the Chair of the Provincial Library Committee where he was instrumental in the development of our library catalogue.

 In addition to being an OGS author, Cliff was also a driving force behind our publishing division as he coordinated the publishing process. For many years, every OGS book contained his personal touch. His fellow committee members have fond memories of the time they spent working with him. His vivacious sense of humour provoked much laughter and a pot of tea was always nearby.

 Cliff’s contributions have left a lasting impression on the Society. While we miss him dearly, we are comforted by the knowledge that his work will live on and in that way he will always be with us.

Conference Speaker: Ruth Blair

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The countdown is on to Conference 2011. Our Golden Anniversary Conference will take place May 13 – 15 at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton Ontario. On top of being a gala celebration of 50 years of the Ontario Genealogical Society, this conference is proud to feature 21 expert genealogical speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth Blair

Ruth Blair, a Professional Genealogist, has written two books and earned three Professional Learning Certificates in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Please visit her at her website: www.familyhistorysearches.com

 Recent Engagements:
OGS 2010 Conference – “Searching Modern Records in an Era of Privacy Legislation: A Case Study”
OLA Pre Conference Day to OGS 2010 Conference – “Genealogy 101: Basic Terminology and Definitions”
Oakville Public Library November 2009 – “I Want to Research my Family History – Where do I Start?”
OGS 2009 Conference – “Irish Research from Ontario” (workshop); “Beginning your Scottish Research Online” (lecture)

Ruth Blair will educate us in the following sessions:

102: A Brick Wall Chisel:  the cluster research project
1106: Maiden Aunts of the 20th Century
1301: The Whys and Wherefores of Scottish Emigration

Conference Speakers:Tammy Tipler – Priolo

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The countdown is on to Conference 2011. Our Golden Anniversary Conference will take place May 13 – 15 at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton Ontario. On top of being a gala celebration of 50 years of the Ontario Genealogical Society, this conference is proud to feature 21 expert genealogical speakers.

Tammy Tipler-Priolo

North Bay’s Tammy Tipler-Priolo BASc, PLCGS member of APG, GSG, with 18+ years genealogical experience, offers consultations, researcher, workshops, and lecturing services with her business www.ancestorinvestigator.com

Recent Speaking Engagements:
2010-Trinity United Church Morning Coffee Group-“How To Start Your Family History Tree”
2010-Nipissing District Branch of OGS-“Gateway To The North-The Hunt For Northern Ontario Ancestors”

2009-Trinity United Church Kindred Spirits-“Writing Your Obituary”

Tammy will be sharing her knowledge of key genealogical subjects in the following workshop and sessions:

W4: Workshop: The Ancestor Investigator Biography Workshop
706: Taking The Plunge into Genealogy
1107: I Can’t Live Without the Ontario Birth, Marriage and Death Records

Conference Speaker: Dave Obee

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The countdown is on for Conference 2011. Our Golden Anniversary Conference will take place May 13 – 15 at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton Ontario. On top of being a gala celebration of 50 years of the Ontario Genealogical Society, this conference is proud to feature 21 expert genealogical speakers.

Dave Obee

Dave Obee has been researching family history since 1978. He is the author of nine books, including Destination Canada: A Genealogical Guide to Immigration Records.
Recent speaking engagements:
OGS conferences in 2009 and 2010; Brigham Young University Family History and Genealogy conference 2010; plus many more. See daveobee.com/schedule.htm

Dave Obee is speaking on several genealogical topics including our Closing Plenary: Blogs, Posts, Tweets and Apps.

Sessions:
202: It’s About Time: a simple way to organize your work
401: Tracing Forward to Find Distant Cousins
702: Introduction to Eastern European Research
807: Get Them Talking
901: Two Dozen (or more) Ways to Research Germans from Russia
1206: More Than Just Dates and Names
1400: Closing Plenary: Blogs Tweets, Posts and Apps

Book your hotel before Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Conference 2011 is fast approaching (May 13-15, 2011 at the Hamilton Convention Centre).

When making your plans, remember early bird hotel prices end soon.

The last day to book the Crown Plaza Hotel for the special rate of $99.00 per night is Monday February 14, 2011.

After that the rates go back up to $129.00 per night.

Book now and save.

Register for Conference 2011

Reminder: New Hours at the Archives of Ontario

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The new extended hours at the Archives of Ontario starts in one week.

Starting Tuesday February 8, 2011, the hours will be as follows

Monday, Wednesday, Friday                 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday                             8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday                                                        10:00 am – 4:oo pm

These hours are being offered on a trial basis.

Let’s make sure we show the Archives how much we need them.

For more information, visit the Archives of Ontario website