Posts Tagged ‘FYI’

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!

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!

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.

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:

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 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:

Can You Help? Seeking Info on 6 RCAF Personnel Killed Over Northamptonshire in 1944

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

This was posted on the OGS facebook page by Genie Weather and I felt it should be included on the blog as well:

“The following appeared in the Winnipeg Sun today in the Letters to the Editor. I thought perhaps someone here can help this gentleman …”

In 1944, a Wellington bomber exploded over our small English village in Northamptonshire killing all six RCAF personnel on board. Roade Local History Society are concerned that few people in the village know of this event. They would like to erect a plaque honouring the six young Canadians who died so far from home. We do not want their sacrifice to be forgotten.

The Wellington HF641 of 22 OTU had taken off on a navigational exercise from Wellesbourne, Mountford, Warwickshire on Thursday June 29, 1944 at 13:35. Over Roade, the plane was struck by lightning and disintegrated. The men who died were:

• F/O Robert J. Andrews, 21 yrs. J27301 RCAF, Pilot, from Toronto, Ont.;

• P/O Charles E. Stephen, 30 yrs. J36296 RCAF; from Montreal, Que, and the only married man;

• F/O Paul W. Tokar, 22 yrs. J27116 RCAF from Fenwick, Ont.;

• Sgt. William H. Clark, 22 yrs. R193583 RCAF, from Washgo, Ont.;

• Sgt. Allan H. MacKimmie, 18 yrs. R260780 RCAF from Bentley, Alberta;

• Sgt. John B. Sollie, 23 yrs. R150594 RCAF from Port Coquitlam, B.C.

The all Canadian crew were interred at Brookwood Cemetery, near Pirbright, Surrey, England.

In addition to the plaque, we hope to keep a fuller account of this tragic incident in our archives giving more details about the men. We have their names and ages but would also like to know more about them. We would like to be able to trace relatives, friends or obtain other information that would help us remember them as people rather than just names on a plaque.

If you think you can help, please contact:



Contact www. or Or, by mail, Roade Local History Society, 23 Bailey Brooks Lane, Roade, Northampton, NN7 2PT, UK

FYI: OGS Conference 2015

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

The OGS Board and Provincial Office proudly announce that Conference 2015 will take place June 5-7, 2015 at beautiful Georgian College in Barrie, ON.

More information and a Call for Speakers will follow shortly.

See you there!

Update on Plans for the Fegan Boys’ Distribution Home at 295 George St., Toronto

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

In September 2013, The Ontario Genealogical Society was made aware of the City of Toronto’s interest in for former Fegan Boy’s Distribution Home. Concern about the future of the home, and the many inscriptions on its exterior walls left by the boys passing through, prompted OGS President Shirley Sturdevant to send a letter to The City enquiring about their plans for this historic property.

Subsequent emails with city administrators and a telephone conversation with Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, left The Society with the understanding that the property had been designated a heritage property and that it and other heritage properties in the area would be integrated into the overall redevelopment of the street. The City planned to acquire the property and carry out a Heritage Impact Assessment to identify how that property and others were being appropriately conserved in keeping with the City’s Heritage Policies in the Official Plan.

Once the City acquired the property, they planned a stabilization and securement process to ‘mothball’ the heritage properties until the redevelopment began, expected no earlier than 2017. As part of that stabilization process, The City would be willing to consider additional measures to ensure the preservation of the bricks to which we referred. If it was determined that our organization could assist in any way we would be informed.

This week, the President sent a message to query where The City was in this process and received the following response:

“Thank you for your inquiry and for your interest in preserving this important part of our history on George Street. The City of Toronto is purchasing that property, along with other heritage properties on that block, and will incorporate them into a redevelopment to create a new shelter, long-term care home and service hub, pending council approval in 2015.

After the City takes possession next week, we will issue an RFP for the stabilization of the heritage houses until the redevelopment begins. If all goes as planned, the stabilization will take place by early summer. Specs for stabilization include the installation of a frame around the inscription, with hoarding and sealant across the top. This will remain in place until the redevelopment begins, likely in 2018.

Within the next couple of weeks we will have a website in place where you will be able to follow the progress of the project. I will email you the URL when it is available.

Rudy Mumm

SSHA Project Lead, George Street Revitalization

General Manager’s Office

Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, City of Toronto”

We thank Mr. Mumm for this update and watch with interest the stages of development for this significant property. Our members stand at the ready to be of assistance if called upon.