Why Join OGS?

Why join the OGS? Three big reasons! The OGS has always been, and will continue to be, all about:

There are also these additional member advantages:



       LIMITED TIME OFFER! Are you a member?Do you live in South-Western Ontario? Here’s something just for you – access to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store in London Ontario, from Nov. 30 – Dec. 24, 2018. Save up 40-50% off items marked with Employee Discount.  You can take up to 4 guests with you! To be admitted to the store under this offer you require the Columbia invitation and Society Proof of Membership.



 NEW FOR 2019! Members can purchase RootsMagic 7 and save UP TO 55%.

NEW FOR 2019! Members can subscribe to the electronic (.pdf) version of Your Genealogy Today for only $9.95 (+ tax), an $8.00 (45%) saving off the currently available price.





NEW FOR 2019! Save up to 15% on stays at any Choice Hotel, including Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, and more.



NEW FOR 2019!  Save on Dell  regular and sale priced items, limited time deals on PC’s Electronics and Accessories,  free standard delivery, affordable financing options with Dell’s Member Purchase Program. 



NEW FOR 2018!  Join OGS and get 18 hours of recorded webinars FREE by DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters, LLC and noted genealogy blogger, speaker and writer Thomas MacEntee: Getting Started with DNA and GenealogyAdditional DNA Tools and ConceptsInterpreting Your AncestryDNA ResultsInterpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe ResultsSolving Family Mysteries with DNA;  and Finding Birth Families Using DNA

Watch the Facebook Live announcement with from RootsTech 2018 OGS Vice President Steve Fulton and Thomas MacEntee:



NEW FOR 2018!  Society members are eligible for a $10 discount on new memberships in New England Historic Genealogical Society, America’s oldest genealogical organization.  Already a member of NEHGS? Get a $5.00 discount in the NEHGS bookstore with on orders of $25.00 or more.


Continued for 2019!  Society Members can access the MyHeritage Library Edition and its more than 9.2 billion records throughout the year from the comfort of home for only $10.   For more information and to see what is available in the MyHeritage Library edition click HERE


NEW FOR 2018!  We are pleased to be able to offer OGS members substantial discounts on subscriptions to the UK’s Family Tree magazine – 30% discount on annual digital subscriptions (only 24.49 GBP) and a 2 year (26 issue) print subscription for 115 GBP (regularly 140 GBP). Subscribe today and get the experts with over 30 years of expertise and enjoy all of this every month: STEP-BY-STEP GUIDES on researching your ancestors; EXPERT problem-solving advice about the best ways to access new records; IN-DEPTH ARTICLES for the beginner or experienced genealogist, with essential sources and websites; LEARN how to access records both online and in the archives and use them to full advantage; INSPIRING READER STORIES and historical articles help to put your ancestors’ lives in context, bringing the past to life; EXCLUSIVE subscriber benefits in every issue including giveaways, discounts and competitions to win prizes


Receive our quarterly journal Families, providing an outlet for genealogical writing with an Ontario focus, as well as interesting articles about family history innovations and pursuits, and opportunities for researchers to solicit help with their genealogical brick walls.  Families also now includes our quarterly NewsLeaf which provides current information in the field of genealogy and information about Society events


NEW FOR 2018!  We are pleased to be able to offer all Members substantial discounts on subscriptions to History Scotland magazine – 50% discount on digital subscriptions and a 22% discount on print subscriptions. Published 6 times a year, History Scotland is the world’s premier Scottish history magazine,written by a team with a passion for the past, and enjoyed by thousands of readers around the world



FREE!! Attend our live Genealogy Webinars . the Society’s Webinars are open to all free of charge for the live presentation, while  Members can view the recorded Webinars at any time following the live presentation by logging in to our website




YourDNAGuide.com – You’ve done your DNA or are thinking about it. Confused? Diahan Southard at YourDNAGuide.com can help, with a 15% discount on all products and services




Get a member’s reduced registration cost to attend our Annual Conference with over 40 lectures and workshops to hone your skills.  OGS members also receive “member rates” to attend conferences of the Quebec Family History Society


The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is the largest genealogical society in New York State and offers OGS members a 25% discount off the usual individual membership pricing.


Updated for 2018! Shop the Hound offers OGS members a 5% discount on anything in the store, including the famous Flip-Pal mobile scanner, 20% off Restore Picture-Fix software, and the IQ Massager Pro V Tens Stimulator for only $119.95.


Get access to the Members Corner section of the OGS website, including codes to take advantage of discounts offered by OGS Corporate partners; searchable digital copies of Families from 1962 to the present; access to   Branch or SIG Members Only pages with hundreds of databases, indices and digitized records; and previous OGS Webinars recordings since 2016


In addition to special free draws and promotions, members get a 10% discount on genealogy courses and packages, including eleven Certificate Programs, offered by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.




Get a reduced OGS member rate when you apply for a certificate from one of our Heritage Societies or our Heritage Clubs.



DIGITAL TREASURES provides high quality Media Transfer Services for film, slides etc. Convert your old films and VCR tapes, snapshots and slides to digital before they deteriorate beyond recovery! Enjoy special OGS membership discounts.



Receive membership discounts when joining the British Columbia Genealogical Society. Many early Ontario settlers, or their offspring, headed west in search of land, gold and other riches. Follow your ancestors or their families to British Columbia.





Receive membership discounts when joining the Manitoba Genealogical Society. Many early Ontario settlers, or their offspring, headed west in search of land, gold and other riches. Follow your ancestors or their families to Manitoba.





Receive membership discounts when joining the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society. Many early Ontario settlers, or their offspring, headed west in search of land, gold and other riches. Follow your ancestors or their families to Saskatchewan.


Mark’s Work Wearhouseoffers a “download & print” certificate to receive a 10% discount savings on many items.  You will need to present the certificate to the store.


Get 5% to 30% off of Budget Car Rental Rates


JSTOR for Family Research $50 OGS Member Discount. With access to more than 10 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines spanning 300 years, JSTOR connects researchers with scholarship from the leading academics worldwide.



OGS is the portal through which you can join any number of our 34 Branches and Special Interest Groups in order to take advantage of the materials that have been indexed or digitized for geographical regions of Ontario, and to research areas of special interest. Some Branches and SIGs have a Member’s Only section of their website in which many genealogical treasures reside. Branches/SIGs may offer members of OGS reduced rates for research and involvement in education programs. Each Branch/SIG has a small additional membership fee.

Note: For complete information on how to get special pricing from our partners, OGS Members must login to the OGS website, then select Resources > Member’s Corner > Member Advantage Codes.


Now, back to the question….

In the past few years, I have also heard the question, “But what do we get for our money?” OGS does have member benefits such as those mentioned above, as well as agreements with some other provincial societies and FindMyPast to provide reduced rates, and is working to arrange more; however, the truth of the matter is, the people joining now do not join because of the benefits. They, like our previous and many current OGS members, join to be a part of an organization that works on behalf of family historians. They recognize skills they have and offer to use them to serve OGS and the genealogical community by supporting its Branches/SIGs, projects and advocacy.

People can gather information online, but they soon realize it is not all there, or they do not know if what they have is their “family line”, or do not understand how to use or organize the data they have located. OGS may not be the first place they come any more, but after they have found “the low-hanging fruit” they join to find out what else there is and to connect with people who have learned from their own errors and are ready and willing to lead and share that knowledge. They join to help make a difference by offering their background skills and knowledge in leadership, technology or many other volunteer roles.

OGS is a membership-driven organization but it is also a service organization. Some members join for a short while to get all they feel they need and move on. Many others did and still join in order to better equip The Society in meeting its mission and objectives. Many see the vision of OGS to be so important that they donate their dollars to its projects. Others donate their time and skills. Like other service clubs whose members work together to serve their communities’ greatest needs by promoting service, fellowship, values, or pride, our organization works together for the community of genealogists.

So, why belong to OGS? Why wouldn’t you! Please consider how you fit into an organization that believes in these values and principles and that strives to meet your family history needs.