01 May 2015

Ottawa Zoomer Show 2015

The Ontario Genealogical Society, the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) and the City of Ottawa Archive have again taken a booth at the Ottawa Zoomer Show to be held 9-10 May at the Shaw Centre (Ottawa Convention Centre) downtown: http://www.zoomershow.com/events/ottawa2015/.

FOR FREE TICKETS to your friends, family and customers – so they can come visit you at the show – please share this information with them:

 Come out and say hello, enter the draw for an Ancestry subscription as well as memberships to OGS and BIFHSGO. We hope to see you there.


26 April 2015

Ottawa TMG Users Group

The next meeting of the Ottawa TMG Users Group is next weekend, Saturday 2 May. Please visit our web site for details, http://ottawa-tmg-ug.ca/

03 April 2015


Many of the OGS Conference 2015 Speakers have offered their service for the "Ask an Expert" program being offered at the OGS Conference in Barrie this year from May 29-31 at Georgian College. Conference organizers are seeking other experienced OGS members or other APG/OCAPG experts in the field who wish to offer their services and promote their skills. Interested volunteers should contact Shirley Sturdevant, Program Chair at: program.conference@ogs.on.ca

For more information on the Conference itself, check out http://www.ogs.on.ca/conference/

30 March 2015

Ottawa Museums and City Archives go virtual with their collections

From the City of Ottawa

30 March 2015
Accessing information about Ottawa’s history just got easier with the launch of the Ottawa Museums and Archives virtual Collections Catalogue. Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor, Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee and Kathryn Jamieson, Chair of the Board, Ottawa Museum Network, today unveiled the Collections Catalogue at the City’s James K. Bartleman Central Archives.

“This collaborative initiative between the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Museum Network is an amazing online tool that lets users easily discover the history of our city at their fingertips,” said Deputy Mayor Taylor.

The virtual catalogue includes digitized records and artifacts from the City Archives, City Museums, and the following community museums: Bytown Museum, Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, Goulbourn Museum, Muséoparc Vanier Museopark and the Osgoode Township Museum.
“This project was a massive undertaking by many community partners,” stated Chair Deans. “Not only is it a great resource for our residents, it will also benefit researchers who are looking for specific period pieces or studying a particular time period”.

“At present we have over 34,000 records active on the website, and as we continue to digitize more records and artifacts they will be added to the growing collection,” said Ms. Jamieson.
Each entry in the catalogue provides a description, which may include the time period in which the record or object was created; a digital copy of a photo or image of the artifact; the name of the manufacturer, and other information. The site is presented in both official languages and is fully accessible.

The Museums and Archives Collections Catalogue was part of the City’s 20/20 Heritage Plan, which called for a city-wide collections data base. You can check out the Collections Catalogue at ottawa.minisisinc.com.

25 March 2015

GENE-O-RAMA 2015 27-28 march

Ottawa Branch
 Ontario Genealogical Society
Presents the 31st
27-28, 2015
Confederation Education Centre 1645 Woodroffe Avenue Ottawa, Ontario (map)
(Corner of Hunt Club & Woodroffe)

On-line registration has closed but you can still pay at the door.

On Friday evening, Johanna Smith,  the Director General of the Services Branch at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will talk about LAC’s direction under the new Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Guy Berthiaume, and provide an update on a range of LAC’s ongoing work of interest to genealogists, including the major project to digitize First World War records, collaboration with Ancestry.ca, and other initiatives that support family history research.  Johanna also will talk about LAC’s work to renew its library database system, renovation of public spaces at 395 Wellington Street, new public exhibitions opening in Ottawa, and the work that LAC is doing in areas such as collection acquisition, preservation, access, and collaboration.

That will be followed by Janice Nickerson and the Pat Horan Memorial Lecture: Castlecomer to Montague: A Case Study in Irish Protestant Immigration to Upper Canada

20 March 2015

News from Conference 2015 - Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

NEWS FLASH:  Tour information has now been posted on the conference website (www.ogs.on.ca/conference).  We invite you to check it out and see if they are of interest to you.  If you have already registered for the Conference, you will be getting an email about how to add tours to your registration.
NEWS FLASH TWO: Due to the delay in finalizing the tours, we have extended the Early Bird deadline to April 10thThe Conference Committee also felt that the late departure of Winter from most of Canada had prevented many people from thinking about travelling, and for those who have managed a winter escape, we offer the opportunity to focus on their spring upon their return.  If you have friends or colleagues who were hesitating, please tell them that they can still join us in Barrie by visiting the website and registering for Conference.

If you can help us publicize the conference we would really appreciate it.  We have a one-page poster, and one-page (double-sided) flyer, and an invitation to Join Us which we would be happy to send you electronically.  If you could post even one of them at your local Library, Seniors’ Center or other gathering place where people who have an interest in family history might hang out, we can reach a new audience and hopefully get them interested in our genealogy hobby.  If you want to receive any of these items, please send an email to conference@ogs.on.ca and we’ll be happy to supply them.