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OGS Conference 2012: Register Soon for the Early-Bird Discount
By Rick Roberts, Biography & Archived Articles
Canada's biggest annual genealogy event is accepting registrations... and the early bird discount rate is in effect until 31 March.
Official notice from the Ontario Genealogical Society:
Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2012: The Early Bird deadline for Conference is almost here
OGS Conference 2012: Borders & Bridges: 1812 - 2012, will be held 1-3 June 2012 at St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, Ontario.
The War of 1812 was a border dispute between England and the United States. Issues such as borders; land settlement and pension records (on both sides of the border) of participants in the war of 1812 and other wars; immigration and migration; and genealogical resources in areas bordering eastern Ontario as well as in Ontario will be among the topics covered by speakers at the Conference. Other sessions will cover 21st century topics such as DNA, Google and other technology relevant to genealogical research.
Of particular interest to people curious about family history may be the pre-conference workshop "Starting Out in Genealogy", offered Friday, June 1, 9:30 am - noon. People can register for this or any other Friday workshop without registering for the entire conference.
Registration is now open and the early bird rate ends on 31 March.
This year's Conference is being held in the scenic and historically important city of Kingston, Ontario. Kingston is home to historic Fort Henry, Royal Military College (including its excellent military library), Queen's University (and it's outstanding reference library) and a long list of museums and historic sites. If your travelling companion is not as interested in genealogy and history as you , Kingston offers a bustling downtown filled with interesting shops and a beautiful waterfront. Art Galleries, theaters & fine arts, an outside farmer's market and fine restaurants add to the experience of visiting Kingston.
Within an easy drive from Kingston you will find many other interesting things to do. To the east are the Thousand Islands, Upper Canada Village, the War of 1812 Battle of the Windmill site, Fort Wellington. Ottawa, the capitol of Canada and home to Library and Archives Canada and numerous museums and other interesting sites is a 90 minute drive to the north. To the west is historic Prince Edward County and its Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Center at Ameliasburgh. No matter where your interests lie, you will find lots to do in the Kingston area. Did I mention the 29 local golf courses? Why not stay in Kingston for a few extra days and make a memorable vacation out of it?
GlobalGenealogy.com at OGS Conference:
GlobalGenealogy.com has reserved 80' of exhibit space in the conference marketplace. We will bring lots of books, eBooks, maps, genealogy software and archival supplies for your inspection and purchase. If there is anything in our online catalog that you would like to evaluate or purchase, let us know (by phone 1.800.361.5168 or by email) and we will be sure to bring it along.
GlobalGenealogy.com is sponsoring the Saturday night banquet speaker, Glenn Wright, author of Canadians at War 1914-1919, A Research Guide to World War One Service Records. We are also sponsoring the complimentary non-alcoholic beverage bar at the pre-banquet cocktail hour. A traditional cash bar will be available for those who prefer wine or other spirit. Don't miss this opportunity to interact with other family historians, enjoy a fine meal, and listen to Glenn Wright's insider views on genealogy research and archives during his after-dinner talk on Sex, Lies and Archives.
Dozens of other interesting vendors and exhibitors will populate the marketplace, providing hard to find resources for the family historian.
Family Tree Maker Workshop at OGS Conference:
I will be presenting a Family Tree Maker software talk at OGS Conference 2012 on the Friday from 1:30 to 4 pm. This is one of several "pre-conference" lectures and workshops that are running on Friday June 1. Here are the details:
Benefit from dozens of hints and tips that will help you improve your results using Family Tree Maker. Discover the best techniques for entering information, dealing with conflicting dates and events, how to make professional quality genealogy charts and reports at the click of a mouse, and even how to create a family history book that your family will treasure for generations. New features in FTM 2012 will be discussed including "Blended Families" and "TreeSync". Most people use less than 20% of Family Tree Maker’s capabilities. Once you know about the other 80%, you can decide which features and options will help you to best record and share your family history using Family Tree Maker.
Canadian Genealogy & History Resources from Global Genealogy: