Posts Tagged ‘genealogy’

Advocacy a High Priority of The Ontario Genealogical Society: Cemeteries a Continuing Focus

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant, recently received a phone call from Michael D’Mello, Registrar of Ontario Cemeteries, in response to her letter to the Hon. Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Consumer Services, referred to in last week’s eWeekly. A subsequent meeting was held on 9 January 2014 at the Registrar’s office in Toronto with representatives of both The Ontario Historical Society and The Ontario Genealogical Society. Together they discussed shared concerns about the dilemma around preserving and protecting Ontario cemeteries.

Although Ontario apparently has one of the most stringent sets of regulations to accomplish that, identifying and locating these cemeteries is but one step in the process. OHS and OGS will continue to work on their project to complete that all-important first step. Together with the Registrar, they will attempt to clarify for municipalities and the general public what specific actions must then be taken to protect these properties which serve as resting places for our Ontario ancestors.

Future of Canada’s Libraries and Archives Under Review

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

The activities of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and the Canadian Archives Summit have been featured in previous issues of the OGS eWeekly. Both the Ontario consultation with the RSC and the Summit occurred in Toronto this week.

In response to a call for papers from the RSC, OGS asked members for their ideas about the future of libraries and archives in Canada. The resulting submission can be viewed at A copy was also shared with the Summit organizers.

Continue to watch for the results of these in-depth reviews.

OGS Open Forum with the President a Success

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

An Open Forum with OGS President Shirley Sturdevant was held at 7 PM on 8 January 2014. Participants set the topics and asked the questions.

Topics of discussion included: Family Day activities, accessibility initiatives, newsletter guidelines, transcriptions, vote on bylaws and call for candidates, OGS finances, membership fees, Families in electronic format, Digital Rights Management (DMR), webinar costs and promotion, Infant Home Records, OGS transparency, advocacy partnering with other provincial societies, Branches partnering to offer courses and Branch Facebook pages. Some participants suggested this type of forum be a regular event to keep members updated and to clarify Society happenings.

An Open Letter to the City of Toronto: Please Ensure the Preservation of the Fegan Home

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

OGS, along with the broader genealogical and heritage community, has learned that the City of Toronto has a current interest in the site of the former Fegan Boys Distributing Home at 295 George St. in the City of Toronto. The structure was damaged by fire in 2012. Many of the boys passing through these walls left their mark by way of inscribing their names and the dates of their stays on the bricks. These names are still visible.

We have written a letter that requests that the City of Toronto seriously consider the historic significance of this treasure and find a way to preserve it. Click here to view the letter on the OGS website.

Notice for London & Middlesex County Branch Meeting

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013,

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location:Westmount Branch, London Public Library, 3200 Wonderland Rd. S., London (map)

Topic:“What about Archives?”


Brief Info:Archives are sometimes forgotten with the large amount of WWW information available. What are we missing and how can we access it?

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Notice for Haldimand County Branch Meeting

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Haldimand County Museum & Archives, 8 Echo Street, Cayuga

Topic: “Redcoat 1812: The Difference between Historical and Non-fiction History”

Speaker: John Nixon

Brief Overview: A well known author, Mr. Nixon will explain what books are trying to relay to the reader and whether the book you are looking for is truly the right one.

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Must See TV:A Desert Between Us &Them: Raiders, Traitors, and Refugees in the War of 1812

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

On Saturday, October 5th, at 9:00 pm, tune into TVO and watch as Ontario Visual Heritage brings to life a story that has been two hundred years in the making.

Narrated by R.H. Thomson, A Desert Between Us &Them: Raiders, Traitors, and Refugees in the War of 1812, is a 120 minute cinematic documentary that explores the stories that make the War of 1812 a”modern war” by stepping back in time to experience the conflict through the eyes of the people of Southwestern Ontario, who spent several years living in a War Zone.

For a sneak peek of A Desert Between Us & Them, click on the link to view the trailer:

In addition to the TVO broadcast, viewers can also attend a series of free community screenings in Southwestern Ontario in the Fall of 2013 and throughout 2014. Visit for the most up-to-date screening information.

DVD and Blu-ray copies will also be for sale starting on October 6th, 2013 at: .

FYI:Upcoming Heritage Event: 3rd Annual Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Beginners and experts alike are invited to KPL’s third annual Genealogy Fair. Attend workshops, speak with experts and enjoy more than 25 exhibits and vendors.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013

Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, 200 King Street W., Kitchener (map)

Speakers include:

  • Genealogy and the Law in Canada
    with Professor Margaret Ann Wilkinson, University of Western Ontario
  • Do Local History & Family History Mix?
    with Ruth Burkholder, RMB Genealogical Services
  • Roll Up Your Sleeves! A Trip to the Archives
    with Amanda Hill, Archives Association of Ontario

Free admission. No registration required – simply drop by and enjoy the day!

Please visit the Kitchener Public Library website for more information.

OGS/Dundurn Publications: The Genealogist’s Reference Shelf Series

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Genealogy and the LawGenealogy and the Law in Canada

Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson


Digital records and broad access to the Internet have revolutionized the ways in which genealogists approach their investigations — and has made it much easier to locate information relevant to any particular genealogical inquiry from sources often separated by vast distances. The law, on the other hand, remains very connected to particular geographic locations. There are legal differences depending on whether you are doing personal research or working for others for pay.

This book will discuss the relevant laws — access to information, protection of personal data and copyright — applicable to those working within Canada with materials that are located, at the time you are doing the work, in Canada. The opinions expressed in this book are not intended as legal advice.

2010 125p glossary

Click here to purchase this book from the OGS eStore

Notice for Simcoe County Branch Meeting

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013

Time: 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Location: LDS Church, 79 Ferris Lane, Barrie

Topic: “Googling for Genealogy”

Speaker: Marian Press

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