Thursday, September 27, 2012

Announcing a New Certificate Design Competition

Create a design for a new Heritage Society certificate for The Ontario Genealogical Society.

As an addition to our current heritage clubs and societies, OGS is developing the Fathers of Confederation Society for those who can prove they are descended from one of Canada’s iconic Fathers of Confederation.

We need a striking certificate for members of the Fathers of Confederation Society to proudly display.
Prize: $500
(donated in memory of Mike Brede)

Design Criteria
Each 8.5” x 11” certificate design must have:
  • The OGS logo present somewhere on the certificate (.jpg of the logo may be obtained by contacting OGS provincial office
  • Space for the name(s) of applicant(s)
  • Space for the name of qualifying ancestor
  • Space for the date of issue and signature of the OGS president
  • Room for the OGS seal measuring 5.5 cm in diameter
To view examples of our other heritage certificates, please visit the OGS website:
While you may submit your entry in a format of your choice, please be aware that the OGS office is a PC environment.

Deadline: January 31, 2013
The winner will be contacted in March 2013 and the certificate will be launched at The Ontario Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference May 31st – June 2nd 2013
Please submit entries and any questions you may have

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

6 Nov 2012 Branch Meeting, A.G.M., Election 2013 Exec.Comm.

Notice from Nominations Committee

The Durham Region branch has been served by many dedicated volunteers since 1982.  They have been answering queries, organizing meetings, collecting local genealogical information, providing assistance to members, operating our office, organizing/presenting workshops/conferences and much, much more. During the last few years members’ volunteerism has been decreasing.  For these and other services to continue we encourage you to volunteer for the Executive or any Council Committees.  Volunteering rewards you and your fellow members.  Two members may share a role.

Durham Region OGS Branch AGM - 6 Nov 2012
And Election of 2013 Officers
(Announced at 4 September 2012 Branch Meeting)

We have an URGENT need for members to run for Executive Officer positions.
Please email the Nominations Committee your interest in any Executive Officer Positions or Council Committee Chair positions.
The Executive Officer positions:
        First Vice-Chair (Vacant)
        Second Vice-Chair
        Recording Secretary (Vacant after AGM)
We also urgently need volunteers for each of the following Branch Committees:
        Publicity Coordinator,**
        Publication Sales.
Committees always appreciate volunteer help:  Cemetery, Correspondence, Education, Heritage Papers, Library, Membership**, Newsletter**, Office Management, Places of Worship, and Program**.
** You do not need to be resident in Durham.

The regular Branch Meeting will follow immediately with Guest Speaker Fraser Dunford,

Thank you,
Guy Lafontaine,
Nomination Committee / Current Past Chair
Information: Articles 4 and 5 in
Bylaws on our Website under Membership.
Election questions?  Contact Guy .

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Latest Heredis Genealogy Software

Heredis is from France.
It has reinvented itself with its latest PC and Mac versions.  
The  software interface is in English or French.

Two reviews . . 
Dick Eastman's Blog review a must.

Read a review of the Mac OS and iOS version on Page 14 of the September 2012 edition of MaUsE's DoubleClick newsletter. (download (pdf) it here.)  Though the review is of the Mac version (Lion/Mountain Lion) there is a Windows version and French language versions too.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Durham OGS Monthly Genealogy Meetings Return

Researching your family genealogy?  Come and Join Us.

Tuesday, 4 September    19:30hrs (7:30 p.m.)
General Meeting of Durham Region Branch of OGS
Oshawa Public Library - Main Branch

Join us to find out ways you can learn more strategies and skills for researching.
Speaker:  Louise St.Denis
Topic:      Education for Genealogists  
                 Louise is the  Managing Director of  the National Institute for Genealogical Studies  and one of its faculty members.  Louise has many years of genealogical research experience.