Gene-O-Rama 2015 will be held on March 27 and 28, 2015 at the Confederation Education Centre (by the Nepean Sportsplex). Our Key Note Speaker will be Janice Nickerson.
Registration is now open.
Genealogy: Back To Basics
Starting in January 2015, Ottawa Branch OGS will present a genealogical education session prior to the monthly program. See our Announcements page for more details
Membership in Ontario Genealogical Society provides for the ability to join Ottawa Branch. Please refer to the OGS Membership page for complete details.
Library Volunteers Needed
Ottawa Branch provides volunteers at the City of Ottawa Archives and we can use a few more people to help visitors and researchers. Branch volunteers serve as monitors, giving advice about the collections to visiting researchers and re-shelve books. When things are quiet, you can work on your own projects or assist with the indexing of documents for The Ontario Name Index (TONI) or work on other projects (please speak to the OGS Librarian about these). Anyone willing to provide this valuable but not onerous service for a few hours per month should contact the Librarian.
The Archives is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are not needed for the full day, so we have one volunteer for the morning, 10 to 12:30, and another in the afternoon, 12:30 to 3:30. Similarly 11 to 1:30 and 1:30-4 on Saturdays.
You can volunteer for 1 shift a week, once every couple weeks or once a month. The vacant shifts are shown on the schedule at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/home/community/library-volunteer-schedule/ in yellow, but there are other opportunities to fill in as well. If you would like to volunteer to help in the Archives, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be an orientation session before your first shift. It is a remarkable facility and all visitors have been very impressed with it.
What Can I Do?
Some of us have been on the Board for several years. Check the list in the latest issue of The Ottawa Genealogist to see what positions are vacant. If you don’t think you are ready, the current Board would be happy to spend the next year training replacements. Most of these jobs require only a couple of hours each week and I am sure that most of us could afford to skip a couple of TV shows. The descriptions of the Board positions are at Job Descriptions.
Not ready to contribute to running the Branch? There are other smaller tasks to be done. How about bringing the juice and cookies to the monthly meeting? Show up half an hour early to start the coffee pot brewing? Welcome new members at meetings? Spend a couple of hours in the City Archives helping researchers? Help give a course or introduction to new genealogists? Work on the Facebook or Blog? Tell your story in The Ottawa Genealogist or at a branch meeting? How about indexing some of our holdings for The Ontario Name Index? Help with a library project? There are many ways that you can contribute to the Branch. Let us know what you can do to help.
It is your Branch and every one of you is responsible for its future. Working together we can make the Branch better and help our hobby.
Ottawa Branch is one of 29 Branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS). The Ottawa Branch is “responsible” for Carleton, Lanark, Renfrew, Prescott and Russell Counties in Ontario. The Branch consists of members who seek and share information about family history. Its 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, hundreds of our members will be there to help you.
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