Family Tree Maker Live Comes to Barrie

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Join us November 23rd at 7 pm for Family Tree Maker 2019 – An In-Depth Insider’s View

Ontario Ancestors and Simcoe County Branch are pleased to present Family Tree Maker on Tour, an interactive presentation.

Mark Olsen, Family Tree Maker Ambassador, will discuss the history of Family Tree Maker, North America’s most popular family tree software, will demonstrate new features of FTM 2019, moving to FTM 2019 from earlier versions and add-on products. Kiara Neilsen, Education Ambassador, will discuss DNA and the partner product Charting Companion 7, DNA Edition, and its ability to produce amazing DNA matrix reports. Family Book Creator, a plug-in product to FTM 2019 will also be discussed and Mark will show how to easily make amazing family histories with this product.

Mark and Kiara will answer user questions and will offer special show pricing for Family Tree Maker, for Windows and Mac, Charting Companion and Family Book Creator.

Outline of Presentation

  • Brief history of Software MacKiev involvement with Family Tree Maker
  • New features of FTM 2019
  • FamilySearch Integration 2.0
  • Profile Picture Perfection
  • TreeVault Cloud Services
  • Rich Colour Coding
  • Smart Filtered Lists
  • Sync Weather Report
  • Using FTM 2019 for the first time
  • Upgrading to FTM 2019 from prior versions
  • Moving trees over to the new version
  • Introduction to DNA
  • Charting Companion 7 – DNA Edition
  • Family Book Creator – Create amazing family history books
  • Questions & Answers Session

This presentation is free and open to all. 7:00 pm November 23rd at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 93 Berczy Street, Barrie. Preregistration required as seating is limited – REGISTER HERE .

Now Open … 2020 Membership Season

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The 2020 membership season is now underway. All current memberships expire on December 31st, so renew early to avoid any lapse in benefits or Member’s Only Access. New memberships will be effective immediately upon joining, giving up to 14 months of membership benefits.

Hop on over to the OGS website and register between Nov. 1st and 30th to qualify for the Early Bird Draw!

Prizes include:

    ● DNA kits from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Family Tree DNA and Findmypast/Living DNA
    ● Ancestry and MyHeritage subscriptions
    ● Family Tree Maker 2019
    ● Ontario Ancestors memberships
    ● Quebec Genealogical eSociety membership
    ● The Armchair Genealogist – set of 4 workbooks, $70 value
    ● Shop The Hound – Two $25 gift certificates
    ● $150 certificate from Family Ancestrees toward a family tree art project
    ● Ontario Ancestors books

As well, the “Grow Our Family” membership program is returning for another year. Current members and new members who “partner” each pay only ½ the usual price for the OGS portion of their membership, a $31.50 saving for each!

The new member must not have been a member in either 2018 or 2019. You can take advantage of the Grow Our Family discount between November 1st and midnight on December 15th. Invite a friend, relative, colleague or acquaintance to join you in belonging to Canada’s largest family history organization, or simply sign someone else up with you as a gift!

OGS is now Ontario Ancestors

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On Feb. 27th, the Ontario Genealogical Society announced that it is re-branding itself as Ontario Ancestors, with a new logo which will be rolled out throughout the Society and its publications and on-line presence in the coming months. The goal of the re-branding is to better connect with the family history user community throughout Canada, the United States and the world. The name Ontario Ancestors provides a more immediately recognizable name to the family history community.

While continuing to serve the Ontario genealogical community, the Society is focused upon reaching new members in the United States, where by some conservative estimates, approximately 50 million to 75 million Americans have Canadian Ancestry. The name change will also assist to reduce confusion to which the widely used OGS acronym is susceptible when the Society is marketing itself, with the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Oklahoma Genealogical Society and the Oregon Genealogical Society, and others, all using the same acronym.

The new name and logo will appear on the Society’s websites, correspondence, social media and other communications. The legal name of the society remains The Ontario Genealogical Society.

Simcoe County Remembers

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In time to help us remember, today the Simcoe County Archives launched a new database. The Simcoe County Remembers database is a a fully searchable database memorializing the service men and women from Simcoe County, who perished during the First World War.

Information has been obtained from many sources, but as with all things, additions or corrections may be needed. The Archives ask you to contact them at 705-726-9331 or if you have any information to contribute to this project.

Search their database here: Simcoe County Remembers

Settlers Database back online

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For all those who have missed the Simcoe County Branch Settlers database, I am pleased to let you know that it is now back online. Navigate the menu above (Resources -> Branch Resources -> Settlers Database) to search, or click on the button to the right.

Search fields are located on the right of the screen. Depending on your device, you may have to scroll down the page a bit to find them. The “Columns” icon located to the left of the Print/Copy/PDF icons will allow you to select or deselect which columns you would like to view, and which ones to disregard. When you click on the icon, a drop down of column names appears. Click each column name to toggle (on or off) the columns you would like to see. You can choose how many entries you would like displayed on the page using the Show (#) Entries drop down box. The default value is set to 10, however, you can choose to view more if you prefer. Clicking on the arrow in the column title box will sort the column for you. As well, the Print/Copy/PDF icons allow you to print, copy, or save the list of entries for future research.

When you find an entry

Contact the Publications Chair with the Surname, Page Number (Set), and Source (Book Set) for information about how you can obtain the details for the entry. There is a small charge for this service, with proceeds being used to offset the cost of providing this service. Please use “Settlers Database Query” in the subject line of your message.

The Settlers database is updated regularly so be sure to check back from time to time. You never know when you will find something really helpful.

Happy searching …

Welcome to the new Simcoe County Branch, OGS website

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Welcome to the new Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society web site. We hope that you will find information on this site that will help expand your family history project.

If you are ever in the Barrie area consider joining us at one of our monthly meetings. Meetings start at 2 pm and we host a variety of speakers. The list of speakers and dates can be found here. We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your project.

Should you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to email the Branch Chair or leave us a message at (416) 489-0734 Ext. 328 or toll free at 1-800-My Roots (1-800-697-6687) Ext. 328.