Why join Ontario Ancestors? Three big reasons!
Watch the Facebook Live announcement from RootsTech 2018 with then Vice-President Steve Fulton and Thomas MacEntee:
There are also these additional Member Advantages:
|Legacy Family Tree Webinars has for years hosted online genealogy webinars, presented by nationally-known speakers on a variety of genealogy and technology topics. The live webinars are free, and their recordings are free to view for about a week after the live show. The Webinar Library now has more than 900 classes (over 1,200 hours!) and more than 4,000 pages of instructors’ handouts. Access to the Webinar Library is granted through an annual membership (US $49.95/year). Ontario Ancestors has partnered Legacy Family Tree and FamilyTreeWebinars.com to provide Society Members a first-year 50% off discount for a webinar membership for the first year, valid for new memberships only).|
| Members can purchase RootsMagic 7 and save UP TO 55%.
|Save up to 15% on stays at any Choice Hotel, including Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, and more.|
|Join Ontario Ancestors 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 Genealogy; Additional DNA Tools and Concepts; Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results; Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results; Solving Family Mysteries with DNA; and Finding Birth Families Using DNA|
|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 NEHGS bookstore with on orders of $25.00 or more.|
|Subscribe to the UK’s Family Tree Magazine – Save 52% on annual digital subscriptions (only 16.99 GBP – approximately Cdn. $29). Subscribe today and get the experts with over 30 years of expertise and enjoy all of this every month: STEP-BY-STEP GUIDES, EXPERT problem-solving advice, IN-DEPTH ARTICLES, LEARN how to access records, INSPIRING READER STORIES, and EXCLUSIVE subscriber benefits. A digital subscription allows you to read your magazines on your iPad, iPhone, Android device, Kindle Fire, PC and on Windows 10. Issues are stored digitally and can be taken with you anywhere at anytime with the Pocketmags app.|
|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|
|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|
|The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society , the largest genealogical society in New York State, offers Society members 25% off the individual membership pricing.|
|Shop the Hound offers OGS member a 10% discount on everything in the store with no minimum order.|
|Get access to the Members Corner section of the Society website, including codes to take advantage of discounts offered by Society 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 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 Member rate when you apply for a certificate from one of our Heritage Societies or our Heritage Clubs.|
|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 discount to membership in the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society. Many Ontario settlers or their offspring went west in search of land, gold and a new left. Many moved to Saskatchewan to follow their dreams. The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society is offering reciprocal membership discount of $5.00 Please contact them https://www.https://www.saskgenealogy.com/saskgenealogy.com/
to provide proof of OGS membership in terms of a membership number.
|Mark’s specializes in men & women’s casual clothing, jeans, work apparel, scrubs and accessories. Mark’s offers 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|
|OGS members save $50 on JSTOR access: Explore 2,000+ journals to build your family history with JSTOR. For more information on how to use JSTOR for family history research|
|Ontario Ancestors 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 reduced rates for research and involvement in education programs. Each Branch/SIG has a small additional membership fee.|
|Receive discount to membership in the Alberta Genealogical Society. Many Ontario settlers or their offspring went west in search of land, gold and a new left. Many moved to Alberta to follow their dreams. The Alberta Genealogical Society is offering reciprocal membership discount of $5.00 https://www.abgenealogy.ca/become-a-member Please contact them to provide proof of OGS membership in terms of a membership number.|
Note: For complete information on how to get special pricing from our partners, Ontario Ancestors Members must login to our website, then select My Account > 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?” Ontario Ancestors does have member benefits such as those mentioned above, as well as agreements with some other provincial societies and commercial companies 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 many previous and current members, join to be a part of an organization that works on behalf of family historians. They recognize the skills they have and offer to use them to serve Ontario Ancestors 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. Ontario Ancestors 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.
Ontario Ancestors 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. However many others join in order to better equip Ontario Ancestors in meeting its mission and objectives. Many see our vision 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 Ontario Ancestors? Why wouldn’t you! Please consider how we can help you strive to meet your family history needs.