‘Genealogy Day at the Archives’

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‘Genealogy Day at the Archives’ Celebrates Archives Awareness Week!
Archives of Ontario and The Ontario Genealogical Society

The first week of April is Archives Awareness Week in the province of Ontario, a time to celebrate those institutions that preserve and protect our shared Ontario heritage.  First among those is the Archives of Ontario, the provincial institution charged with preserving and protecting millions of artifacts and documents relating to Ontario’s history.

As part of Archives Awareness Week 2018 the Archives of Ontario has asked The Ontario Genealogical Society to partner with them in a genealogy event to celebrate family history in our province.  On Thursday, April 5th we invite people to visit the Archives of Ontario to participate in Genealogy Day at the Archives.  The day will begin with a presentation on “a genealogist’s visit to the Archives”, delivered by OGS member and professional genealogist Janice Nickerson, followed by a presentation from AO about “what’s new at the Archives”.  We’ll also have a panel discussion among three OGS members who have used the Archives to build their own genealogy stories, followed by an opportunity to tour the Archives and visit the Family Ties exhibit created to celebrate Ontario’s 150th Anniversary.  The Archives is open late on Thursdays until 8:00 pm, so plan to stay and do your own research in the afternoon and evening.

We will also have a limited number of opportunities for researchers to “Ask an Archivist” questions submitted in advance to help further your research.  Archivists will meet one-on-one with researchers who have submitted questions, in thirty-minute time-slots, from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required.  Space in the classroom is limited to sixty participants.  A registration form will be available on the OGS website beginning Wednesday, March 7th, and will include an opportunity to submit questions for the Ask an Archivist time slots.  Visit the OGS website on or after March 7th for more information and to register.

OGS is looking forward to meeting family historians face to face in Ontario’s house of history!

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