Posts Tagged ‘OGS projects’

Announcing the next installment in our Members only Genealogy Webinar Series

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Date: Tuesday March 4, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

Speaker: Lisa Alzo

Storyboard Your Family History with Scrivener
Scrivener is a combination word processor and project management tool that’s affordable and simple to use. Learn how to set up your writing projects, how to use Scrivener‘s virtual “corkboard” to storyboard-visually plot out the story you want to tell, how to store notes, citations, images, and research materials, compile your finished draft for printing or exporting for final formatting, manage multiple projects, and much more!

Lisa Alzo has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. An avid genealogist for 22 years, Lisa teaches for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is the recipient of the 2002 Mary Zirin Prize given by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies to recognize the achievements of independent scholars. Lisa lives in Ithaca, New York.

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 is scheduled to start.

OGS Continues to Advocate for the Protection of Unregistered Cemeteries

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

In Spring 2011, a group jointly representing OGS and the Ontario Historical Society had a meeting with the then Minister of Consumer Services, John Gerretsen. The result of this meeting was a commitment by the Registrar to register all Ontario cemeteries provided we could acquire location information for these cemeteries.

Since 2011, OGS volunteers have worked in the branches and Provincial Office, to gather GPS information for cemeteries across the province and send that information to the Registrar. To date, we have received no word that any of the previously unregistered cemeteries had been registered, so OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant, wrote a letter to the current Minister of Consumer Services to inquire about the delay.

The letter is available on the OGS Advocacy page and resulted in a request for a meeting from the Registrar.

The Ontario Genealogical Society continues to work for the protection of Ontario cemeteries.

OGS Genealogy Webinar For January Now Archived

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

The latest OGS Genealogical Webinar: Problem Solving with Timelines with speaker Beth Foulk was offered live last Saturday and is now posted in the OGS Members Only area for all members to enjoy.

To access the Webinar, please login to the Members Only Area and select OGS Webinars from the left hand menu, and then click on Genealogy Webinar Series at the top of the page. Enjoy!

Reminder for OGS Open Forum

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

There is a lot going on at OGS these days. The Board is changing and the Society is taking on new initiatives and incorporating new technologies and we want to hear from you.

OGS invites members and non-members to join in an online discussion forum with President, Shirley Sturdevant. You lead the discussion. Ask questions you want answered and share your thoughts about the changing face of OGS and volunteer opportunities with the Society as we move forward.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online via Adobe Connect

Even if you cannot make a visit to this Open Forum, Shirley Sturdevant would be happy to hear your comments and answer your questions. She can be reached at president[@]ogs.on.ca

Hope to see you online.

Together we are all OGS.

Log in to the OGS Open Forum here: https://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/_a1120427347/ogs/

FYI:Reminder for January 2014 OGS Genealogy Webinar

Monday, December 30th, 2013
All OGS members are invited to attend the next lecture in our Monthly Genealogy Webinar Series: Problem Solving With Timelines, with Speaker Beth FoulkDate: Saturday Jan. 4th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online via Members OnlyProblem Solving with Timelines
When you create a personal timeline on an ancestor’s life, it is easy to see facts, relationships, and stories emerge that were never before apparent. Learn how to create a timeline and the many uses for them in genealogy research and analysis.

Beth Foulk is a Professional Genealogist based in Missouri, U.S.A. She discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. She shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her website:http://www.genealogydecoded.com/index.html, and one-on-one assistance. Beth has been teaching at the Midwest Genealogy Center since June 2008 and gave her first Webinar in September 2013.

All OGS members will have access to this Webinar through a link in the Members Only area. If you wish to receive a reminder about this Webinar, please contact the Provincial Office:provoffice@ogs.on.ca 

*Please note that OGS Provincial Office will be closed from Tuesday, December 24 through to Wednesday, January 1, 2014. 

FYI: OGS Genealogy Webinar for January 2014 Announced

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

All OGS members are invited to attend the next lecture in our Monthly Genealogy Webinar Series: Problem Solving With Timelines, with Speaker Beth Foulk

Date: Saturday Jan. 4th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online via Members Only

Problem Solving with Timelines
When you create a personal timeline on an ancestor’s life, it is easy to see facts, relationships, and stories emerge that were never before apparent. Learn how to create a timeline and the many uses for them in genealogy research and analysis.

Beth Foulk is a Professional Genealogist based in Missouri, U.S.A. She discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. She shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her website:http://www.genealogydecoded.com/index.html, and one-on-one assistance. Beth has been teaching at the Midwest Genealogy Center since June 2008 and gave her first Webinar in September 2013.

All OGS members will have access to this Webinar through a link in the Members Only area. If you wish to receive a reminder about this Webinar, please contact the Provincial Office:provoffice@ogs.on.ca 

*Please note that OGS Provincial Office will be closed from Tuesday, December 24 through to Wednesday, January 1, 2014. 

Attention OGS Members: Want to help OGS spread knowledge and cultivate future members?

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

We are seeking OGS Members from across Ontario to join the Education and Youth Committee. Help propose and develop initiatives to assist genealogists in building skills and to encourage young people to explore their family history.

Interested?

Please contact OGS Executive Director Sarah Newitt at: ed@ogs.on.ca to share your background and ideas.

OGS Applauds Huronia Regional Centre Cemetery Settlement

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

OGS Secretary, Bob Crawford, on behalf of the Society, penned a letter applauding the recent settlement concerning the Huronia Regional Centre, where the Ontario Government promised to maintain the cemetery attached to the Centre and create a registry of those who are buried there.

The letter is available on the OGS website: http://www.ogs.on.ca/home/pdfs/advocacy/OGS-Applauds-Huronia-Agreement.pdf

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.

Profile: Current OGS Projects: The Ontario Name Index (TONI)

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Officially launched at the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Annual General Meeting on May 14, 2011, the Ontario Name Index (TONI) shows where information about a particular name can be found. The number of records in the TONI database currently stands at 2,401,406, and counting.

So, just what is TONI, what does it contain and what does it do?:

  • TONI is an indexing program and NOT a digitization program. Unlike some of our commercial and non-commercial colleagues, we are not limiting TONI to digitized sources and indexing them
  • The Ontario Name Index (TONI) is a mega-index of names with the goal of including every name found in any publication relating to Ontario
  • Indexes, particularly name indexes. These are the most valuable thing a genealogical society can produce
  • The index will point people to the location of the information about that name. The location may be a Branch document, a web site, a microfilm, a family history, an archive, etc
  • TONI will be on the public part of the OGS website so that anyone can access it

Working on TONI includes:

  • Converting and importing the existing electronic indices at both the Branch and Society level i.e., Ontario Cemetery Ancestor Index, Ottawa Branch Name Index
  • Digitizing and importing existing hard copy indices
  • Indexing existing electronic and hard-copy documents and importing them, e.g.,  family histories
  • Branch publications such as cemeteries, census, newspapers and other transcriptions that they have done
  • Indexes to digitized documents produced for other organizations as part of the scanning project, e.g., the Tweedsmuir Histories, could be included with permission of the owner

What do we want to include in TONI?

  • Any source that contains a name in Ontario. You know the type and range of documents that genealogists and family historians are seeking. Think about how an index would have helped you locate those documents faster and easier
  • All Branches and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are invited to take part in the TONI project

If you have questions or want to get involved, contact the TONI Provincial Coordinator at: toni@ogs.on.ca.

Click here to search TONI.