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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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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?