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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!

March 2017 Meeting

Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 27 March starting at 7:30 pm at Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary), and will feature a presentation titled What Lies Beneath.

Speaker Sherilyn L. Bell will take us through an intriguing genealogical case study involving a suspicious series of events in Toronto and Coboconk in the early 1900s, some unusual research techniques and the occasional ethical dilemma. Cemetery stones

After our mid-meeting break, we’ll launch our new Brick Wall Buster series with expert researcher James F.S. Thomson. You won’t want to miss it!

If you can, do plan to come early. Linda Reid, the Facilitator of our Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group and some fellow members will be at our Demonstration Table before the main meeting, from 6:30 to 7:20, to answer your questions about DNA testing. And, as usual, the Members Network will be gathering from 6:15 on in the Eglinton Room.  All Branch members are welcome to participate and share experiences with others pursuing their family history research!

Eglinton St George’s is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues—a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you’re driving, there is some local street parking and there are also three “Green P” parking lots close by.

To find out more about future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

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?