Monthly Branch presentations, are open to the public and are held at 1pm on Saturday afternoons, except in July and August, at the City of Ottawa Central Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive (near Woodroffe). Announcements of the place, date and guest speakers for the monthly presentations are listed in the Ottawa Branch News, on this website, notice boards of local libraries and in the media.

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Ottawa Branch OGS offers a genealogical education session prior to the monthly presentation. Genealogy: Back To Basics includes a short (30-45 minute) lecture on a genealogical topic, followed by a Question and Answer session with Ottawa Branch members. If you are new to family history research or need a refresher, come out and join us. The sessions are held on a Saturday at 10:30am in Room 115 of the City of Ottawa Central Archives. Coffee and tea will be available throughout the morning. There is no charge for the session and all are invited to return at 1:00pm for the monthly presentation. Check our website at for details on the morning and afternoon presentations.
     For the first half of 2015, we covered Getting Started, Are You a Trust Me Genealogist?, Genetic Genealogy, Lineage Societies and Ottawa Resources. The fall schedule includes Genealogical Resources in Eastern Ontario, the Genealogical Proof Standard anSeven Common Genealogy Research Mistakes to Avoid.
     We are looking for local genealogists who are willing to give a Genealogy Back to Basics presentation in 2016. There is no reimbursement other than all the tea and coffee that you can drink as well as the appreciation of your fellow hobbyists. If you are interested in participating, contact Mike More at

Ottawa Branch meetings are now being shown as a calendar that is available by going to the home page.

On line copies of our electronic newsletter collection are available for reading on both our computers at the Branch’s library. Located in the City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood. Click here for location details.

The collection contains over 225 publications from 27 organizations and is growing. Click here for a complete list.

We continue to seek volunteers to work on your Board or on other tasks for the Branch. The descriptions of the Board positions are listed in Ottawa Branch Job Descriptions.  Most of these jobs will require 5-6 hours of work per month.

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We are pleased to announce a new publication:

“Ottawa Branch News Issues and Index  1970 – 2008”
Published 2009.   $25.00 includes postage, etc

We have converted the library to the Dewey Decimal system. This should make it easier to use the catalogue and to browse the shelves.

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PLEASE!!! We are not a Lending Library. Do not remove books from our Library – we do not lend them. Read the rest of this entry »

You may be interested to know about the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, a genealogy-related interactive Web site. Read the rest of this entry »

The Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa / le Conseil des organismes du patrimoine d’Ottawa (CHOO/COPO) is the sole umbrella organization providing active and effective networking for the entire local heritage community. Read the rest of this entry »