In March, I wrote about the local branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society when I talked about the Ontario Genealogical Society. I am a member of the society as a whole and three branches: Bruce-Grey, York and Toronto.
I am also a member of the National Genealogical Society (based in the US).
The question posed for the 82nd Carnival of Genealogy is "Why do you belong to a society? "
To be a member of a branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, you must now be a member of the parent group.
Why did I pick the three branches listed above?
- I live in the area so I can attend many of the meetings.
- I started speaking to the group before I was even a member.
- My Iles line came directly to Owen Sound when they came from England.
- I wanted to make connections with people in the area who are interested in genealogy.
- When I began doing my own research, I wanted to learn from the more experienced members.
- The newsletter that is published in February, May, August and November includes interesting articles and news.
- Monthly meetings (except December) have informative speakers.
- In the months of January, February and March, the meetings are held on Saturday afternoon.
- The Fall event, held on a Saturday during the day, has brought many outstanding speakers to our area.
- I have made many friends within the group. We have a great time at our meetings and when we go to the annual conference.
I have never attended a meeting of the Toronto Branch.
- When I first joined the branch included York Region.
- My great-grand mother Elizabeth Fields Robinson was born, according to family information, in "Muddy York" 0n 6 December 1859.
- The newsletter is very interesting.
York Regional Branch
I have only attended one meeting.
- My Hemingway, Stiver, and even my Johnston family who eventually moved to the Manitoulin, lived in York County.
- The newsletter includes interesting and helpful information for my research.
Unfortunately, there is no Ontario Genealogical Society branch that focuses on the Manitoulin area. For a short time, I tried both Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury branches, but they didn't provide much information on the area. I have to also take into consideration my budget.
Our local public library receives on deposit the Bruce-Grey Branch newsletters that the branch receives on exchanges, so I have easy access to the past five years if I wish to read the newsletters of other OGS branches. They also have the newsletters from provincial societies across Canada. One of the perks, when I was working full time in the library, was that I could read the newsletters of interest before I entered them into the collection.
© 2009 Janet Iles