Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ottawa Genealogy Day

I am going to the Ottawa Genealogy Day on Saturday May 4th to be held at James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, known locally as the City Archives.

It will start at 8:00 am with registration. The marketplace will open at that time, as well as the Computer Research Room.

It will officially start at 9 am, and I am going to spend that hour doing research in the Ontario Genealogical Society Branch Library which is onsite. I went to their library-holding catalogue, which they have online at and checked the books they had for Leeds and Granville County, and they have books that I will check when I am there. (I I have just been informed by Mike More, that the reference room where the OGS library is located, does not open until 10:00 am on Saturdays. So I will do my library work between 12:00 and 1:00 pm, and visit the Marketplace at 9:00 am. Thanks, Mike.)

At 11:00, I will listen to Marthe Sequin-Muntz of the LAC give a presentation called Genealogy: the “Facebook” of the past: a look at Library and Archives Canada “Wall”.

I will have to ask if she had to “vent” her talk with the LAC management before she gave her talk to us. It seems the employees must now do that in order to give public addresses these days.

The second talk will be given by Shirley Ann Pyefinch called Utilising Information Resources.

The question I want to ask is about RootsTech 2014. Is a conference going to be held in Ottawa in February next year? And if it is going to be held in Ottawa, exactly what will it entail?

And the third talk I definitely want to hear is Glenn Wright’s talk about Great Revelations: Canada, Canadians and the 1921 Census. I want to ask if we have anyone in Canada to index the census as they did with the 1940 census in the States? Does he know if there are any groups who are organized to take on such a task?

As John D. Reid said in his blog yesterday at, there are only 50 days left before the 1921 census is released. We had better mobilize and organize a lot of indexers quickly if we plan to do something about this.

Are there any questions that you would like me to ask on your behalf? Just write to me at with your questions, and I will endeavor to ask them.

So I will report on the "day" during the week of May 7th.

The website is at