The Ontario Genealogical Society acts as the voice of Ontario genealogists on issues that could impact the ability of genealogists to find their families and preserve and share our common heritage. The following are some of the issues OGS feels strongly about, and the work we are doing. Please consider getting involved and adding your voice to the chorus.
OGS 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.
OGS, along with the broader genealogical and heritage community, requests that the City of Toronto seriously consider the historic significance of this treasure and find a way to preserve it and the information it holds.
OGS's letter to the City of Toronto contains photos of genealogical information contained on the site of Fegan Home.
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.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) took possession of the 1921 Canada Census from Statistics Canada 92 years following its compilation on June 1, 1921 as per the The Statistics Act. On its own blog dated June 4, 2013, LAC stated its intention to index the data "so it can be mined for historical and genealogical research as soon as possible." As of June 18, 2013, there has been neither release of information about this index, nor further comment on release of the digitized census images to the public.
Shirley Sturdevant, President of The Ontario Genealogical Society has sent a letter on behalf of The Society encouraging the "timely release of these fully indexed and searchable records" to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
OGS Members and the general public are encouraged to write their own letters or emails of interest and concern and encourage the Minister to direct LAC to accommodate this request as promised.
The general public has a right to access this information and genealogists await its contents to write the next chapter in their families’ lives.
Join us in speaking up for the timely release of this indexed information.
The Hon. Shelly Glover
(N.B. no postage required)