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OGS Genealogy Webinar Series

A Webinar is a Web-based Seminar – a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Web.

Webinars allow information to be shared simultaneously, across geographically dispersed locations in real-time. For OGS, this means providing the opportunity for people to be part of an audience without leaving the privacy of their own homes.

All OGS Webinars are available for FREE to members in good standing of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
Members can access webinars on the appropriate date and time by signing into the OGS member account and selecting the Attend Webinar link.

Geography no longer matters as those with like interests join in instructional or educational presentations with genealogical focus. This initiative is made possible through The Society's agreement with The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

How to attend an OGS Webinar.

Webinars 2014

Saturday January 4, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

Problem Solving With Timelines

Speaker: Beth Foulk; www.genealogydecoded.com/index.html

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.

Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Evidence: Guidelines for Evaluating Genealogical Evidence

Speaker: Linda Woodward-Geiger; www.woodward-geiger.com

A discussion of the standards used to evaluate evidence found in a variety of sources and documents.

Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Storyboard Your Family History with Scrivener

Speaker: Lisa Alzo; www.lisaalzo.com/

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!

Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

New Clues from Old Headstones: Using gravestones to find unexpected sources

Speaker: Marian Pierre-Louis; www.fieldstonehistoricresearch.com/

How many times have you transcribed a gravestone and moved on to the next one? You could be walking away from valuable clues. Learn to interpret a gravestone for hints that will lead you to new record sources. This talk will take you through specific examples to get the most out interpreting gravestones.

Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Technology for Documenting Family Heirlooms

Speaker: Jennifer Alford: www.jenealogy.biz/

As family heirlooms are passed down from generation to generation it becomes challenging to know where the item originated and the story behind it. This webinar will cover methods (techie and non-techie) to document your photographs, documents, quilts, and embroidered samplers.

Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Searching Ontario's Family History with OurDigitalWorld

Speaker: Jess Posgate, OurDigitalWorld; ourdigitalworld.org/

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 OurOntario ca portal including oral histories, photographs, documents, full-page newspapers and more.

Wednesday July 2, 2014 @7:00pm

Meet Your Match: How MyHeritage Smart Matches and Record Matches can help you overcome brick walls

Speaker: Daniel Horowitz; www.microtarget.com/bmr/index.htm

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.

Wednesday August 6, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Getting the Most From Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer

Speaker: Linda Woodward- Geiger; www.woodward-geiger.com/

You've found the document, now put it through the wringer. Consider: genealogical standards, provenance, jurisdiction, possible biases, etc.

Saturday September 6, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

21st Century Genealogy: How to Use Social Media in Your Family History

Speaker: Kathryn Hogan; www.looking4ancestors.com/

Learn how using social media such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and more can help you find your ancestors, new cousins and keep in touch with your relatives right from the comfort of your home.

Thursday October 2, 2014 @7:00 pm

Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results

Speaker: Thomas MacEntee; hidefgen.com/

Do you have trouble planning a genealogy research strategy? What if you had an automated way to lay out concepts, variables and actions? Mind mapping can help you create an effective research plan as well as help you connect data points once the research is completed.

Learn about automated mind mapping tools that let you see your research data in a new light.

Saturday November 1, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Do I Have That Book? Keep Your Library on Your Portable Device

Speaker: Nancy Waters Lauer; http://www.nwlauer.com/index.html

Learn how to have your books catalogued in a transportable book database for logging, searching, and organizing publications and authors on your iPhone or portable device for easy access. No longer will you purchase the same book over and over again.

Tuesday December 2, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

The Write Stuff: Using Nonfiction Writing Techniques to Write a Better Family History

Speaker: Lisa Alzo; www.lisaalzo.com/

As genealogists we often focus on facts and uncover so much that our research produces nothing but lists. But do you really know what happened between the dashes of your ancestors’ lives? This presentation will discuss how to using nonfiction writing techniques to produce a “can’t put down” family history that will keep the pages turning for generations.

Attending A Webinar

  • Webinars are presented using Adobe Connect. Attendees do not need to download anything to their computers to take part in a Webinar.
  • First time attendees should consider checking their system using the Adobe Connect program.
  • Webinars are recorded and will be archived in the OGS Members Only area for members who were not able to attend on the webcast date.