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OGS Conference 2017: Early Bird Deadline

Sculpture outside Library and Archives Canada building

“The Secret Bench of Knowledge”, sculpture outside Library and Archives Canada building in Ottawa (Wikimedia Commons; public domain)

The early bird registration deadline for the Ontario Genealogical Society’s annual Conference is fast approaching.

The title of OGS Conference 2017 is Our Canada—Your Family: Building a Nation and, fittingly in this sesquicentennial year, it is being held in the nation’s capital. Conference 2017 will run for three days from 16-18 June at Ottawa’s Algonquin College, with optional extra events before and after.  Some of these events are already sold out, so be sure to sign up soon to avoid disappointment.

All Conference activities have been grouped into eight different themes: Canada General, Ontario, The Provinces, Canada/US, Military, DNA, Irish and General Interest. Whether you stick with the themes that interest you most, or mix and match, there’s plenty to choose from, with about 30 different sessions including several plenaries during the weekend alone. For full program and speaker details, visit the Conference website.

For the best rates, register by 31 March 2017.  A full weekend registration for an OGS member is just $135 with the early bird discount—you’ll pay $20 more if you hold off until April, and $40 more if you register at the door. Why wait?

A block of rooms has been set aside for Conference 2017 attendees at the Algonquin College Residence, and anyone wishing to share a suite is invited to post a query on the Conference Facebook page. Whether you’re planning to stay in the Residence or in a local hotel, booking your accommodation early is highly recommended—Ottawa is a popular destination this year!

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
22
Mon
7:30 pm Lives and Times of the United Em...
Lives and Times of the United Em...
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lives and Times of the United Empire Loyalists @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sandra McNamara UE Please join Sandra as she travels back in time to explain how the United Empire Loyalists can be considered Canada’s first refugees. Many of the founding families of Canada had originally settled[...]
Feb
26
Mon
7:30 pm Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Digital Humanities for Family Hi...
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Digital Humanities for Family Historians @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
DIGITAL HUMANITIES FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS — AN UPDATE FOR 2018 Speaker: Marian Press Digital humanities is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities, which has[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
10
Wed
10:00 am Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 10, 17 and 24, 2018. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be an overview[...]
Jan
13
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genetic Genealog...
Introduction to Genetic Genealog...
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy -Saturdays @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Saturdays: January 13, 20 and 27, 2018. This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be an overview[...]
Jan
31
Wed
6:15 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online
Putting Your Family Tree Online
Jan 31 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Putting Your Family Tree Online @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Wednesdays: January 31, February 7 and 14, 2018. There are many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find and for them to respond to what[...]
Feb
1
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Course runs on three Thursdays: February 1, 8 and 15, 2018. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in early Ontario survives in land records. The records of the Crown[...]

Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on publications, and course and workshop registration fees? And that Toronto Branch belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies, which means our members can also subscribe to findmypast.com at special rates?