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)

Gene-O-Rama 2015 Brochure

Register Online


On-Line Registration is available to March 22. On-Line purchase of Lunch and On-Line purchase of Banquet is extended to Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Purchase of any of these items by mail must have been done before Friday, March 13, 2015. Registration will be available at the door on March 27 and 28.

Lunch:  There will be a different selection of sandwiches and snacks from what we have done in the past.  You need to purchase your lunch tickets by March 18, 2015 at

Banquet:  Come to the Gene-O-Rama Banquet on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Algonquin College!  You need to purchase your tickets by March 18, 2015 at  Ottawa Branch OGS has a long relationship with Algonquin College, starting in 2007 when Ottawa Branch hosted the annual OGS  Conference at Algonquin.  Almost every year since, we have been pleased to work with the catering staff at Algonquin College (notably Gordon Esnard and Cathy Bell) to host our Banquet.  Just like in 2007 when Ottawa Branch organized fine meals at Algonquin College, the catering staff is responsive to our needs and easy to work with.  The meals are always well-prepared, well-served and well-received!  And then there is the speaker at the Gene-O-Rama Banquet!  Last year, we were pleased to have OGS Honourary Patron Mr. Peter Milliken, longest-serving MP in Kingston’s history and on top of that, longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons, regale us with tales of the diplomatic side of being Speaker.  Now this year, our Banquet speaker will be talking about politicians again – but those closer to home.  Dave Mullington, a well-respected journalist who worked for newspapers in Australia, Hong Kong and across Canada before retiring from The Ottawa Citizen, will be telling us stories about “Mischief and Mayhem in Ottawa’s Past”.  Hearing about the hi-jinks in Ottawa’s past will just make what is sure to be a good meal, even better!

Update to the Program for Friday evening: Library and Archives Canada (LAC) update: Johanna Smith is the Director General of the Services Branch at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). She 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, 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.