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Ottawa Branch to host OGS Conference 2017

The Ontario Genealogical Society’s annual Conference provides for members and the public to learn and share information about the hobby.  Ottawa Branch has hosted five times, in 1972, 1977, 1988, 2000 and 2007. The 150th birthday of Canada is 2017 and Ottawa Branch will again host the OGS Conference. For more details on the event click here .

Registration continues on line until 31 May but will resume at the door when the event begins on 15 June. Marketplace will be open to the public at no cost from 11:00am Friday 16 Jun until 1:30pm Monday 19 June. Check the list of Marketplace vendors/exhibitors here.

Using Ancestry Day in Ottawa –“Ancestry Experts” are coming to OGS Conference 2017 to talk about using Ancestry and DNA. Crista Cowan will be here, as will Ancestry’s DNA product manager Anna Swayne. Ancestry DNA kits will also be on sale. The price is $35 if you register at the SAME time as you register for one or more days of sessions. Otherwise it is $40.  You do NOT need to register for the Conference in order to attend Using Ancestry Day. Details can be found here.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a new challenge for the future? Here’s a way to expand your genealogical network. If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity, your assistance would be appreciated. The current executive members are willing to train and help ease the transition to these positions. We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact Mike More at ottawaprogram@ogs.on.ca.

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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

Membership

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

 

 What Can I Do?

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

Some of us have been 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 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? Help with a library project? There are many ways that you can contribute to the Branch. Let us know what you can do to help.

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

Mike More

Ottawa Branch

Ottawa Branch is one of 29 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. 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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