Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) is responsible for Carleton, Lanark, Renfrew, Prescott and Russell Counties. Our 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, our members will be there to help you.
Starting in January 2015, Ottawa Branch OGS will present a
genealogical education session prior to the monthly program. Genealogy: Back
To Basics will include 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.
The first session will be Saturday 24 Jan 2015 at 10:30am in
Room 115 of the City of Ottawa Central Archives. The presentation should last
about 45 minutes and will be followed by a general Q&A session on
genealogical topics until noon. Coffee and tea will be available throughout the
There is no charge for the session and all are invited to
return at 1:00pm for the monthly presentation with Elizabeth Kipp talking about
One Name Studies.
Although we have not suffered like our neighbours in Buffalo NY this
week, our own forecast for Saturday is mainly cloudy, with 70 percent
chance of snow or rain late in the afternoon then 70 percent chance of
rain or drizzle in the evening. That's not too bad but there may be
times when the weather limits our ability to attend the Ottawa Branch
meetings. What can you do?
You could sit at home and research on line. But you can also attend the Branch meeting. Our regular monthly presentations are web cast, so you don;t even need to leave your cozy home. You will miss out on the camaraderie as well as the drinks and cookies. But you can still listen to the speakers and see all the slides.
Instructions are on our website at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/. Click on the date on the calendar and scroll down to the instructions.
The next Ottawa Branch meeting is 1:30pm on Sat 22 Nov: A Case Study from the First World War
Networking & Refreshments
1:30-3:00: A Soldier of the Great War: A Research Case Study
For our presentation this month, Ottawa genealogist Ken McKinlay will
discuss a case study of an individual who served in the First World War.
Ted Hsu, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands has a new
private member's bill to bring back the mandatory long-form census.
Debate on this bill began last week in Parliament. Your help is sought
to build momentum leading up to the vote expected in February.
"The government replaced the 2011 long-form census with a voluntary
National Household Survey (NHS). Unsurprisingly, the NHS data is of poor
quality and can't be compared with previous census data. Experts who
rely on this data, and the continuity of these data sets, call the NHS
Bill C-626 is a private member's bill that will reinstate the mandatory
long-form census and expand the authority of the Chief Statistician.
Throughout this debate, and leading up to the eventual vote on Bill C-626, you are asked to please:
1) Write or speak to your MP to encourage them to support the bill and reinstate the mandatory long-form census
2) Write a letter or op-ed for your local paper explaining the value of the census and the need to pass Bill C-626
3) Share this information with your friends, family and colleagues
It's not too late to fight for the census! If you wish to contact MP Ted Hsu, please email firstname.lastname@example.org."
Comment: In my view some of the questions on the long-form census were
unnecessarily intrusive, but politics is rough justice. You can't get
everything you want and in view of the loss of information necessary for
public policy and desirable for historical purposes when the long-form
census was dropped I support this initiative for restoration. I emailed
my MP and encouraging you to lobby your's.
The British Isles
Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is seeking proposals for
presentations at its 21st annual conference, September 18-20, 2015 to be held
in Ottawa at Library and Archives Canada. The three themes for the conference
will be Scotland, Photographs in Genealogy, and Technology (including
hardware, software, apps, websites, databases, social media, DNA analysis tools
etc.). Proposals on these three themes for lectures at the conference on the
Saturday and Sunday are sought as well as for workshops or seminars on the
Friday. Details on writing the proposals can be found at www.bifhsgo.ca under the Conference 2015 heading. Please send
your proposals to email@example.com before January 31, 2015.
The Special Genealogy Presentation on Sunday, sponsored by the Ottawa Branch Ontario Genealogical Society and the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, was a great success. About 132 people squeezed into the Woodroffe United Church banquet hall to hear Kirsty Gray deliver two lectures: Solving Problems Through Family Reconstruction and Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous.
Advice and tips were provided on levels of family reconstruction, things to consider in family reconstruction and how to do it. Tips on searching the internet were also provided, with examples of interesting (ridiculous) items found in the census.
Sunday, November 2, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Woodroffe United Church, Banquet Hall (207 Woodroffe Ave.)
UK Rockstar Genealogist Kirsty Gray will give two lectures in Ottawa on
Sunday November 2nd. The lectures, sponsored by the Ottawa Branch of
the Ontario Genealogical Society and the British Isles Family History
Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO), will be:
1. Searching for Names: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous 2. Solving Problems Through Family Reconstruction
This event will be held at the Woodroffe United Church Banquet Hall
(207 Woodroffe Ave) from 2-5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person at the
door. A break with light refreshments will be held between the two
lectures. Signed copies of Kirsty's book will be available.
Kirsty's first involvement in family history came at the tender age of
seven years with her maternal grandfather’s tree in hand. Obsessed with
her great-grandmother’s maiden name of Sillifant, Kirsty began a
one-name study on the name in 1999, publishing tri-annual journals on
the surname for more than ten years. Kirsty took up genealogy
professionally while training to be a teacher in 2002. Running Family
Wise Limited, Kirsty ‘finds people’ and has conducted research for
private individuals, solicitors, academics and companies worldwide. As
an author, Kirsty has written for many international publications on
various topics for beginners to more advanced levels and her first book,
Tracing Your West Country Ancestors, was published in March 2013 by Pen
and Sword with her second, Tracing Your Industrial Ancestors, due out
in early 2015. A sought-after lecturer, her knowledge and her energetic
and infectious personality wows audiences around the world. Appointed
as Director of English Studies with the National Institute for
Genealogical Studies (University of Toronto, Canada) in 2011, Kirsty has
more recently been awarded Superstar Genealogist (Gold Medalist in the
Rockstar Genealogist Awards 2013) for the UK/Ireland by fellow family
history professionals: Rockstar genealogists are those who give “must