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OGS Pay Per View FAQs - draft

What can I find in Pay Per View (PPV)?

In PPV you can obtain a piece of information such as an obituary or a tombstone inscription or a page from a register by paying a small sum, usually less than a dollar. You may print the item using your Print Screen function or you may save it (each item is typically a pdf or jpg file). Note the copyright restrictions in the section below. You may freely browse the indexes. You will be charged only if you press a “Buy” button.

How do I purchase records?

You must set up or log into your Pay Per View account. Add money your account using your credit card. Then pay for your purchases from that account.  If you have logged into your account, your Account Balance is shown in the upper right of all index screens.  Clicking on “Details” gives you information about your transactions and enables you to put more money into your account.

How do I set up an account?

  • OGS members: you already have an account. You can log into your account using your membership login information.
  • not an OGS member: follow the OGS ONLINE ACCOUNT to set up an account for yourself. With this account, you can also purchase items from the OGS e-store.
  • If you have bought anything from the e-Store or renewed your membership online, your accounts are already set up. Visit the sign in page and click on “Returning Customer” to log into your accounts.

Who owns this material?

This material or the copyright to it is owned by an Ontario Heritage Organization such as a historical society, archive, museum, or library. OGS Branches and Special Interest Groups are also Ontario Heritage Organizations. Very little of this material is owned by OGS as a provincial society. The owner of each item is given as part of indexed description.

Copyright Restrictions

Copyright of PPV material remains with the Ontario Heritage Organization that owns the copyright.  By purchasing this material you also purchase the right to make a copy for your personal use, to use the information for your personal research, and to cite the source in any published work.

You DO NOT have permission to reproduce the item in any way nor to post it on the internet. If you wish to reproduce the item in any publication, even one for which you will not charge, you must get written permission from the Ontario Heritage Organization that owns it. OGS cannot provide permission for use of materials we do not own.

Where does the money go?

This is a not-for-profit site. Fees are typically divided as follows:

  • 60-80%: Ontario heritage organization which owns the data or its copyright.
  • 20%: Ontario Genealogical Society
  • 0–20%: parties assisting in preparation of data (usually either OGS or Ontario heritage organization depending on resources)
  • Thank you to TONI volunteers.

By using this data you are supporting the Ontario heritage community and helping these organizations survive. OGS takes 20% to pay for operating costs such as site hosting, credit card fees, and future development costs.

How is this site financed?

Startup funding was provided by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation , a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and a grant from the Hal Jackman Foundation. We greatly appreciate this assistance.


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