Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Genealogical Week in Review

I have been absent from the blog for a while because I have been busy writing articles, but here is a summary of some of the things which has happened this past week -

Ian S. Wilson Announces Retirement - Ian S. Wilson, the Chief Archivist and Librarian of the Library and Archives of Canada, is retiring April 24th.

This came somewhat as a surprise to genealogists, but he has been at the Library and Archives Canada since 1999 when he joined as National Archivist, and then became the Chief Librarian and Archivist in 2004 when the two institutions were united.

He says in his letter advising of his retirement that he will continue his work as President of the International Council of Archives.

The government will make an announcement shortly regarding his successor.

Ontario Genealogy Society's Call for Papers Conference 2010 - The Toronto Branch of the OGS will be hosting Conference 2010 and has called for papers for May 1st.

But recently, they have amended their "Call for Papers" in that the workshops they plan to hold for Italian and Dutch lecture streams will have until June 1, 2010 to submit their proposal for papers.

This extension is to allow for more complete outreach to these communities.

The deadline remains unchanged (1 May 2009) for submission of all other topics.

To read more details on Conference 2010, you should go to

Discount on British Columbia Membership - The Ontario Genealogy Society (OGS) has entered an arrangement with the British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) in which you can belong to both societies with a $5.00 discount on your membership for both.

Remember, a couple of months ago a similar discount was announced with the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society's membership, and that seems to be going along quite nicely.

If you are a members of both societies or wish to be a member of both, you should phone 416.489.1734 or email <>. BCGS members should phone 604.502.9119 or email <>.