10 August 2015

Genealogy Back to Basics

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 http://ogsottawa.on.ca/ 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 ottawaprogram@ogs.on.ca

30 July 2015

Bytown Days

Bytown Days | Journées Bytown
Bytown Days are now under way. Check it out at http://www.bytowndays.ca/

Join me for the Genealogy Workshop on Sunday at 1pm and share your expertise with the rest.

On Monday, Ottawa Branch will have a table in the Heritage Marketplace where you can learn more about the hobby and local resources.

22 July 2015

Ottawa Branch to host Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2017

The Ontario Genealogical Society’s annual Conference provides for members and the public to learn and share information about the hobby.  There are tours and workshops, lectures and Marketplace, awards, a Research Room, the annual Banquet, displays and special events.

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. A small committee has started to plan the event but we can always use help. Meetings are held on-line, so you can participate from anywhere in the world. If you would like to join one of the sub-committees, particularly if you have expertise in Marketing or Social Media, please contact Mike More at conference2017@ogs.on.ca.

If you belong to another heritage or genealogical organization in Eastern Ontario, we would be pleased to have you participate with us. For more details, contact Mike at conference2017@ogs.on.ca.

28 June 2015

Scottish Coats of Arms

I copied the following from the Scottish Clans and Families Facebook page:

In Scotland Coats of Arms are owned by an individual not a family, there are companies out there mis-selling coats of arms as 'family' coats of arms. Just to warn people who have just joined the group. The Clan/Family wear the clan crest - not the coat of arms (know its very confusing) - here's a post explaining more: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scottishclans/permalink/10152869197823956/

 Officers, 2009

Gene-O-Rama 2016

Mark your calendars. Gene-O-Rama 2016 will be 1-2 April 2016.

26 June 2015

Ottawa Branch events: Saturday, June 27th

Saturday, 27 June Ottawa Branch 

10:30am Genealogy: Back to Basics - Ottawa Resources 
City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive (Room 115) 

Welcome to Genealogy: Back To Basics! Genealogy B2B is a short 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!  This month's topic is "Ottawa Resources" with Mike More 

Coffee and tea will be available throughout the morning. 

1:00pm Ottawa Branch AGM & Presentation: "Researching British Home Children – An Education" 
City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive (Room 115) 

1:00-1:30: Networking and Refreshments 
1:30-3:00: AGM and Presentation Annual General Meeting followed by our monthly presentation. This month's presentation will be "Researching British Home Children – An Education". Gloria Tubman will discuss publicly available information about British Home Children, the majority who came to Canada during the period of 1869 to 1939. Some of the information presented may dispel previously accepted ideas about Home Children. A research case will demonstrate the information in the public domain that one can expect to uncover while searching for information on a Home Child or any other person.  

This meeting will be simulcast for members who can't join us in person. To join the meeting, go to: http://genealogicalstudies.adobeconnect.com/ottawaogs/ 

3:00pm Computer Special Interest Group 
City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, ON room 115 

The Computer Special Interest Group meets following the branch's monthly meeting to share experiences with Genealogy and computers.

23 June 2015

Safe Solutions for hard to read tombstones

Kathryn Lake Hogan UE posted the following link for reading tombstones on the Ontario Genealogical Society Facebook page: http://www.ncgenweb.us/newhanover/cem1.html

I have been a proponent of treating tombstone properly for many years and I am glad to see this on one website. Another good site is The Association for Gravestone Studies at https://www.gravestonestudies.org/.