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Genealogy: Back To Basics

Starting in January 2015, Ottawa Branch OGS will present a genealogical education session prior to the monthly program. See our Announcements page for more details


Gene-O-Rama 2015 will be held on  March 27 and 28, 2015 at the Confederation Education Centre (by the Nepean Sportsplex). Our Key Note Speaker will be Janice Nickerson. Check back for more news on Gene-O-Rama 2015.


Membership in Ontario Genealogical Society provides for the ability to join Ottawa Branch. Please refer to the OGS Membership page for complete details.

 Library Volunteers Still Needed

Ottawa Branch provides volunteers at new City of Ottawa Archives and we could use a few more people to help visitors and researchers. Branch volunteers serve as monitors, giving advice about the collections to visiting researchers and re-shelving books. When things are quiet, you can work on your own projects or assist with the indexing of documents for The Ontario Name Index (TONI). Anyone willing to provide this valuable but not onerous service for a few hours per month should contact the librarian or past chair.

JimNewArchives The Archives are open Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 4pm and, from September to May, Saturday 10am to 5pm. Volunteers are not needed for the full day, so we have one volunteer for the morning, 10am to 12:30pm, and another in the afternoon, 12:30 to 3:30pm. Similarly 11am to 1:30pm and 1:30-4pm on Saturday.

Many of us only work every second week but I am open to more frequently if you want. The vacant shifts are shown on the schedule at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/home/community/library-volunteer-schedule/, but there are other opportunities to fill in as well. If you would like to volunteer to help in the Archives, contact library@ogsottawa.on.ca.  There will be an orientation session before your first shift. It is a remarkable facility and all visitors have been very impressed with it.


What Can I Do?

It’s sure nice to hear that at a meeting: What can I do to help the Branch?

Most of us have on the Board for several years. Check the list in the latest issue of The Ottawa Genealogist to see what positions are vacant. If you don;t think that you are ready, the current Board would be happy to spend the next year training replacements. Most of these jobs require only a couple of hours each week and I am sure that most of us could afford to skip a couple of TV shows. The descriptions of the Board positions are at Job Descriptions.

Not ready to contribute to running the Branch? There are other smaller tasks to be done. How about bringing the juice and  cookies to the monthly meeting? Show up half an hour early to start the coffee pot brewing? Welcome new members at meetings? Spend a couple of hours in the City Archives helping researchers? Help give a course or introduction to new genealogists? Work on the Facebook or Blog? Tell your story’ in The Ottawa Genealogist or at a branch meeting? How about indexing some of our holdings for The Ontario Name Index? There are many ways that you can contribute to the Branch. Let us know what you can do to help to help.

It is your Branch and every one of you is responsible for its future. We can make the Branch better and help our hobby.

Mike More
Past Chair Ottawa Branch OGS


Ottawa Branch

Ottawa Branch is one of 30 Branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS). The Ottawa Branch is “responsible” for Carleton, Lanark, Renfrew, Prescott and Russell Counties in Ontario. The Branch consists of members who seek and share information about family history searching. Its mission is “To encourage, assist and bring together all those interested in the pursuit of family history.” If you want to discover more about your family origins, or how and where to locate information about your ancestors, hundreds of our members will be there to help you.

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