"Thelma Wright and her late brother Bill Ferguson were members of the Whitby - Oshawa Genealogical Society and both were well known and respected genealogists. Thelma was a major contributor to the school house project, by donating pictures for scanning and traveling with us when we GPS'd Cartwright Township. She was also instrumental in the production of a book on The English Family. She was a good friend and will be missed.". . . . from K.N., Durham Region Branch Council Member
Monday, April 27, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Dutch Family History Lectures
Call for Speakers
Extended Deadline: 1 June 2009
The Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch will host the Society’s annual conference on May 14-16, 2010, at the Doubletree by Hilton –
The Ontario Genealogical Society, founded in 1961, is a not-for-profit organization with more than 4,500 members. The umbrella Conference theme will be “Essentials, Innovations and Delights”.
We are looking for proposals for presentations on any aspect of Dutch family history, including (but not limited to) sources, research techniques, historical background, Dutch migration or settlement in Canada or other parts of the world, language or paleography, libraries, archives, and online resources.
Lectures will be one hour long, including 5-10 minutes for questions. Workshop proposals should allow for a three-hour session with one 20-minute break. All presentations should have a visual component. Speakers will be required to submit Syllabus material in early 2010.
Speakers will receive an honorarium, plus appropriate expenses and complimentary registration for the Conference.
Please submit your proposals by e-mail. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, website address (if applicable) and biographical information, including recent speaking credits. For each proposal, please provide a unique title, a detailed outline up to 250 words, a summary of 50 words or less suitable for publicity, identification of the intended audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and A/V requirements. Multiple proposals are encouraged, but only one per page, please.
EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS FOR DUTCH LECTURES: 1 June 2009
NB The deadline for other speaking proposals to the umbrella Conference remains unchanged at 1 May 2009.
To submit proposals or ask a question about the event, please contact the Conference 2010 Program Committee at email@example.com
For more information about the Ontario Genealogical Society and Toronto Branch respectively, please visit:
Ian Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, has announced his retirement effective almost immediately - April 24, 2009. He has been in this position since 2004 and was the first head of Canada's amalgamated national Library and Archives, now known as Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
Mr. Wilson will be continuing as President of the International Council on Archives.
His letter advising of his retirement is here.
A brief biography and texts of some of his speeches are here.
In December of 2008, he was the keynote speaker at the West Beyond the West: BC Digitization Symposium. A webcast of his presentation is here.
No announcement regarding a successor has been made yet.
Thank you to the canadiangenealogy.blogspot.com for this information.
The Ontario Genealogical Society is seeking a new full-time employee.
Salary: $30 000 to $35 000
Closing Date: 2009 Apr 24
Please submit a resume to:
OGS appreciates all applications but only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Please, no phone calls.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
If you haven't already, please email your MPP asking her/him to support this "private member's bill to ensure inactive cemeteries scattered around Ontario are protected and preserved in their current locations, . . ."
To find you MPP's email click below:
Sunday, April 5, 2009
We will need Branch volunteers to be hosts between Noon to 4:00 p.m. each day.
Please, consider volunteering for two(or more) hours on either day. We would like to have between 3 to 5 hosts available during the stated times to welcome visitors. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Ancestry Writer II Version 84 for MacintoshPersonal Ancestry Writer II is modeled on the old LDS Personal Ancestral File program (PAF) for the Macintosh (for which all development stopped a few years ago after release 2.3.1). However, Personal Ancestry Writer II now contains features that never appeared in Personal Ancestral File for Macintosh, . . .
Complete Eastman Blog Article on Personal Ancestry Writer II at
Download Software PAW-II here - FREE.
Thank you to Nancy Trimble for alerting us to this free genealogy software for the Mac. Share this info with any other Mac using genealogists you know.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in partnership with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies, Professional Learning Centre, is providing each registrant of OGS Conference 2009 with a Gift Certificate for a free online course in their Certificate in Genealogical Studies program (1-800-580-0165 or www.genealogicalstudies.com/).
Essentials, Innovations and Delights
Deadline: 1 May 2009
The Ontario Genealogical Society's Toronto Branch will host the Society's annual conference on 14-16 May 2010. The Conference theme will be: "Essentials, Innovations and Delights".
In keeping with this theme, the Conference aims to present information that is both relentlessly practical and inspiring. We will be especially interested in lectures that deal with (a) practical essentials, (b) recent innovations, or (c) one-of-a-kind case histories.
You are invited to submit proposals for lectures on any aspect of genealogical or social history research in Canada and/or countries of origin.
In addition we are planning half-day in-depth programs on Italian and Dutch ancestry. We encourage proposals for lectures that could form part or whole of these streams.
Most sessions will be one hour long. Topics for longer workshops will also be considered.
For more details about Conference 2010 and how to request further information and submit your proposals, please visit http://www.ogs.on.ca/conference2010/
Note: Deadline for proposals is 1 May 2009