Thursday, March 11, 2010

Semaine de généalogie/Genealogy Week, 11-16 July 2010


It is sponsored by Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and la Société de généalogie de l'Outaouais.  The event is modeled after the Toronto Branch OGS' successful Genealogy Summer Camp.

The intent of this program is to bring out-of-town genealogists to Ottawa and Gatineau for a week of tutorials and hands-on research at the many archives and repositories in the area. The group is kept small to allow lots of help from our local members.  Registrants fill out an application form which we then review and determine the logical research facilities.

Registrants arrive on Sunday July 11 and we start with a Meet & Greet, with registrants, volunteers and staff from the various research venues. From Monday to Friday, the registrants will be escorted by a  volunteer to a research facility. The day starts with a lecture on the facility or a research topic, preferably by the staff but, if not, by a qualified volunteer.

The exact schedule will be determined by the needs of the registrants but our tentative plan would be to start at LAC/CGC on Monday morning. The lecture should run about an hour, after which the registrants would be free to research on their own. There may be volunteers available to help them, depending on the expertise that we can get.

At 4pm, a volunteer would be available to escort the registrants back to their residence (travel probably by bus with us supplying the bus tickets) but they could remain to research on their own.
The rest of the week depends on the individual requirements of the registrants but we have included BAnQ, City of Ottawa Archives (including the UC Archives), and the Anglican Archives or back to an earlier location.

See the Genealogy Week Venues web page for MORE DETAILS and a list of research facilities that may be visited.

The groups would likely be fairly small. We finish on Friday evening with a dinner.

The fee for Semaine de généalogie/Genealogy Week is $210 CDN per person. This includes lectures and tutorials, supervised research, all worksheets and handouts and public transportation to the venues. It does NOT include the cost of accommodation or meals, other than the Sunday Meet & Greet.

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