The Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2015 Conference in Barrie has now drawn to a successful close, but the countdown to next year’s Conference is just beginning. OGS Conference 2016 will draw hundreds of family historians to… Toronto!
The 2016 theme is “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge“, and has been selected to inspire excitement among attendees, speakers and exhibitors alike. The goal is to offer a fresh and original program that will showcase the latest developments and discoveries in family history research — from records, repositories and databases to methodology and technology. Two internationally acclaimed genealogy experts have already confirmed that they will be speaking at Conference 2016. “The Legal Genealogist” Judy G. Russell and genetic genealogist CeCe Moore will both be making their debut appearances in Ontario. If you are a potential speaker, please note that the Conference Committee is now inviting proposals for presentations. See the full Call for Presentations for further details.
Conference 2016 will take place from June 3 to 5 at Toronto’s International Plaza Hotel, which is convenient to major highways, the airport and public transit. It’s compact, yet with all the public spaces needed for plenary sessions, a wide array of concurrent lectures, the annual banquet and an extensive exhibitor marketplace.
Be sure to mark your calendar now, and stay tuned for more exciting announcements about what’s in store for you at Conference 2016! Sign up below for Conference updates delivered directly to your inbox.
The Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2015 Conference is taking place at Georgian College in Barrie from May 29 to 31. This year’s theme is Tracks through Time—and whether you are tracking your ancestors by researching vital and census records, poring through old newspapers, visiting ancestral homesteads or comparing DNA results, chances are that this is an event you will not want to miss.
Over the course of three days, attendees will be able to choose from eight workshops and thirty-five sessions, stop in at familiar Conference features such as the Research Room, Ask an Expert and Wall of Ancestors, and check out new additions, such as “fast tracks”, short presentations offered exclusively by exhibitors in the Conference Marketplace. Toronto Branch members Jane E. MacNamara, Janice Nickerson, Guylaine Pétrin and James F.S. Thomson will be among the expert Conference speakers.
Online registration is now closed, but you can still register in person on the Conference weekend. See the Conference Registration page for available packages. If you are coming to Barrie, be sure to drop by the Toronto Branch table in Marketplace and find out what’s in store for Conference 2016!
If you can’t attend in person, you can tune in to select sessions from a distance. On Saturday morning, Conference organizers will be live-streaming a panel discussion, moderated by Thomas MacEntee, on “challenges, concerns and opportunities related to tracking our ancestors and leaving behind our own tracks”, followed by the Society’s Annual General Meeting. See the Conference schedule to find out how to connect to these live-streamed sessions and to review the full program.