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Become a Member

To become a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society in any of our categories, complete our Membership Form.

There are many reasons to belong to OGS.

Join the OGS Community

  • We have 33 Branches and Special Interest Groups around Ontario
  • Our branches hold regular meetings with interesting Speakers
  • Webcast meetings for distance attendance
  • Participate in monthly online webinars
  • Attend our Annual Conference
  • Receive our quarterly journal Families, newsletter Newsleaf and regular e-news about Society events
  • Submit name queries to the Name Game in Families
  • Take part in our research projects
  • Use our volunteer compiled genealogical information
  • Receive mentorship and expertise from veteran genealogists
  • Receive discounts to some of our sister organizations across Canada (more information)

Get an OGS Education

  • Genealogy Webinar Series FREE to members
  • Annual Conference with over 40 lectures and workshops to hone your skills
  • We publish books to improve your skills
  • Discounts on genealogy courses offered by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Become an OGS Genealogy Advocate

  • Help us make the views of genealogists known through letter writing and awareness campaigns
  • Bring attention to the issues that matter to family history researchers

Membership supports OGS's work in all of these areas and allows us to continue research and database creation and advocacy.

Membership Categories

Membership in OGS runs for the calendar year (January–December). Individuals joining after October 31 will receive a membership for the next calendar year. For members residing outside Canada, fees are in US dollars.

Individual Members $61.20
An individual member receives all benefits of membership in OGS for the year in which they became a member.

Partial Year Membership ($35.70 - available June 1 to October 31)
An introductory offer for brand new members that allows you to join right away rather than waiting for the next calendar year (this category is also available to those who have not been an OGS member for the past two years and would like to come back).

Family Membership $7.14
A discounted membership available to those residing at the same address as an individual member. Family members receive all benefits of membership except for a copy of Families and Newsleaf.

Student Membership $25.50
A special membership rate for full time students.

Member-Get-A-Member

If an existing OGS Member brings in a new Individual Member, both the existing and new Members will get a $5 discount on the membership fee. Find out more and download the Discount Form