Gene-O-Rama 2014 is fast approaching on March 21/22, 2014 at the Confederation Education Centre! We have Jane MacNamara, Ken McKinlay, Glenn Wright, Shirley-Ann Pyefinch , Lesley Anderson, John Reid and Rideau Archives staff scheduled to provide you with information to help you with your family history. We even have OGS Patron and past Speaker of House Peter Milliken speaking at the Saturday Evening Banquet at Algonquin College. Marketplace will contain all your favourite vendors. If you want to take advantage of Early Bird registration rates, don’t forget to register before February 28!
Membership in Ontario Genealogical Society provides for the ability to join Ottawa Branch. Please refer to the OGS Membership page for complete details.
The new Branch Council for Ottawa Branch will be elected at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 21 June at 1pm at the City of Ottawa Central Archives at 100 Tallwood Drive. All positions on the Council are open for election and any interested members are to contact the Past Chair at email@example.com.
The Council meets once a month from September to June and we are now using the Internet for those who cannot physically join us in the room. Details of the positions are available at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/home/about-2/ . Nominees must be members of OGS and Ottawa Branch.
More at: http://ogsottawa.on.ca/category/branch-info/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
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.
Past Chair Ottawa Branch OGS
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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