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President's Welcome

The Ontario Genealogical Society:
Over 50 Years of Service to the Genealogical Community

The Ontario Genealogical Society, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1961, has become the largest genealogical society in Canada. The mission of The Society, with members around the globe, is to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history. Our 3,500 members in 33 Branches and Special Interest Groups strive to assist those researching ancestral roots in Ontario and to share their expertise with those having interests abroad.

In an effort to realize our objectives, we work to make quality resources and instructional materials available through our publications and resource libraries across the province. Our provincial website and those of our Branches also provide information about accessing records or access to actual records and historical information. Some Branches have also created members only sections in their websites to be filled over time with local historical information, indexes of records and actual records. As OGS moves into the electronic age, some Branches are streaming their regular meetings to the Internet in order to extend their educational reach. Additionally, The Society and its Branches host the annual OGS Conference in various sites around the province in late May or early June of each year. Attendees, often numbering 500-700, participate in workshops by well-known speakers from North America and abroad with topics dependent upon the conference theme. The Conference Marketplace generally hosts 40 or more vendors selling books and other items of genealogical interest.

OGS is continually involved in a variety of projects to assist family researchers. Keeping and Valuing Ontario’s Heritage, an evergreen project, is intended to make Ontario heritage documents available through our website. One example is our agreement with the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario to make their Tweedsmuir Histories collection digitally accessible.

OGS projects, both local and provincial, could not be undertaken without the tireless efforts of our dedicated volunteers who develop our publications, create and maintain genealogical databases and indexes and participate in advocacy initiatives such as the movement to locate, transcribe, register and preserve Ontario cemeteries among many others. Through The Ontario Name Index (TONI) launched in 2011, The Society hopes to provide a mega-index including every name found in any publication relating to Ontario ancestry and then point researchers to the location of the information about that name. This index surpassed 2, 630,000 names as of May 2014

And now, I invite you to explore our site further to learn more about The Ontario Genealogical Society and its genealogical resources available to you as a family history researcher and a member of The Society.

OGS advocates on issues of importance to genealogists by maintaining one-on-one communication with the particular bodies involved. Join us in advancing the cause of family history and in advocating on behalf of issues of importance to us all! Let us ensure that our families are remembered via genealogies and recorded family stories and that the records recognizing their lives in Ontario and across Canada are preserved and readily accessible!

Deeds, not words. ~ George Washington

Alan Campbell , President
The Ontario Genealogical Society

The assistance of the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Culture,
is gratefully acknowledged.