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Archives Awareness Week 2017

The first full week of April is Archives Awareness Week in Ontario – a time to discover and celebrate the many different archives that help to preserve our history and culture. Don’t miss our Libraries and Archives page.

Here are just some of the AAW events taking place in and around Toronto:

Using a forklift to retrieve files at the Metropolitan Toronto Archives and Records Centre (now City of Toronto Archives), 1992. Toronto Star Photo Archive, Toronto Reference Library.

The Archives of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Historical Society, is hosting a symposium on the afternoon of Thursday 6 April titled “Active Archives: Bringing Ontario’s History Online” — a series of presentations on new initiatives in the preservation of historical materials. And all week long, visitors to the Archives can explore two free exhibits:  “Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150“, and “From Suffragettes to the Second Wave: Women’s Activism in Ontario“.

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives in Brampton is presenting “Archives 101” on the evening of Thursday 6 April — an opportunity to learn how to organize and protect historical records, including a behind-the-scenes tour.

The City of Vaughan Archives is sharing one image each day of the week of an artifact or artifacts that  represent each of its five major communities: Maple, Kleinburg, Concord, Woodbridge and Thornhill.

And the Durham Region Area Archives Group will be mining the holdings of its member institutions, and showcasing items from 1867 and 1967 in honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

For AAW events elsewhere in the province, visit the Archives Association of Ontario website. What will you discover?

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!

Toronto Branch Meetings

May
29
Mon
7:30 pm Life on the Farm
Life on the Farm
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Life on the Farm @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Life on the Farm: Your Ancestor’s Place in Ontario Agriculture Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara We often think of farming as a traditional occupation—something that hasn’t really changed much. But that is not and was never[...]
Jun
26
Mon
7:30 pm Mining Databases for Information
Mining Databases for Information
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mining Databases for Information @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Are you really finding it all when you search?   Mining Databases for Every Nugget of Information Speaker: Marian Press Many family historians confine their searches of Internet search engines and online databases to the[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

May
30
Tue
6:15 pm Using Adobe Spark to Create Gene...
Using Adobe Spark to Create Gene...
May 30 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Using Adobe Spark to Create Genealogy Videos @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. This course will be on two Tuesdays: May 30 and June 6,[...]

Other Events

Jun
16
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2017
OGS Conference 2017
Jun 16 – Jun 18 all-day
OGS Conference 2017 @ Algonquin College | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Our Canada—Your Family: Building a Nation/ JUNE 16–18 Members of all 34 branches and special interest groups of the Ontario Genealogical Society and other family historians from across North America and around the world will[...]

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?