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Summer Students: Sarah

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Every summer, OGS applies for grants so we can offer summer employment to university students who have an interest in history, heritage and genealogy. This year we had the privilege of hiring 2 hard working students for seven weeks each.

Sarah Gletnak has worked at OGS provincial office for two summers now. She has worked hard to scan books for the e-library scanning project and then to proof those scanned books to make sure they’re ready to be added to the e-library. She has also helped catalogue our microfilm collection.

Sarah recently graduated from Queen’s University with a history degree. She focussed her studies on 20th century British history and particularly enjoyed researching the evacuation of children from England to Canada and other parts of the United Kingdom during World War II. As part of her studies, she read the autobiography of Ben Wicks which she recommends to anyone with an interest in these events.

She also spent a term studying in England where she fell in love with the closeness of historical sites. She notes that there are many great historical sites in Ontario but it was amazing to be able to see ancient buildings and ruins that were only a few minutes away from where she stayed.

Working with OGS has not been Sarah’s first experience working in the genealogical community. A few years ago she worked at St. George’s on the Hill Anglican cemetery in Etobicoke, near her native Mississauga. She assisted in organizing the cemetery records and digitizing their maps. She spoke with several genealogists who visited the cemetery and used the results of her project to do their research. This piqued her interest in genealogy even if her work here has required her to spend more time struggling with 5” inch binders that are hard to scan than doing her own genealogical research.

What she has enjoyed most about her work here at OGS is the opportunity to explore family histories and to see the care and pride genealogists take in their work. Sarah hopes to continue her history studies either here or in the United Kingdom and we wish her well wherever she goes.

Summer Students: Elizabeth

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Every summer, OGS provincial office applies for grants so we can offer summer employment to university students who have an interest in history, heritage and genealogy. This year we had the privilege of hiring 2 hard working students for seven weeks each.

This is the second summer we’ve had the pleasure of having Elizabeth Atkinson join the staff here at the provincial office. She has been involved in our e-library scanning project and has also worked hard to help update our databases and tidy up our library catalogue.

Elizabeth is a Pickering Ontario native who recently completed an undergraduate degree in English and History at Queen’s University in Kingston. She particularly enjoyed combining her love for literature and history when taking a course discussing literature and history outside of the confines of the book. It was for this class that she wrote a paper studying the trend of kitsch architecture in Montreal.

While she didn’t know much about genealogy before being hired for the summer student position, she found it interesting instantly and learned about us through our website. Operating the large book scanning machine is the part of the job she most enjoyed and loathed at the same time. Each book comes with its own quirks and challenges and the book scanner’s settings must be adjusted to take many factors into account such as the dimensions of the book and the thickness of its pages. She found the investigation and problem solving part of it appealing, but sometimes she wished the problems could be solved faster.

We will miss Elizabeth but we hope she enjoys the rest of her summer and wish her well this fall as she begins studies for a Master’s of Library and Information Studies at University of Toronto’s iSchool.