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Follow Friday- The Largest Gathering of Family Historians in Canada, Count Me In!

I am getting very excited about the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2010. Set to take place Friday May14th-Sunday May16th at the Doubletree Hilton in Toronto. You may think I’m getting ahead of myself but if you subscribe to their blog and feed you too will get caught up on the exciting things they have going on this year.

This blog keeps me updated regularly on what is being planned along with speakers, as they are booked. With each new detail released, I am convinced more and more that if you have some Canadian roots in your ancestry, then The Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2010 is going be well worth the trip.

This conference is entitled Essentials, Innovations and Delights. So far, the line up of speakers is impressive. Photo Detective, Maureen A. Taylor will be offering four lectures over the course of the weekend. Dave Obee will be speaking, rated one of the best, informative and entertaining genealogists who has researched in more than 17 European countries. Gary Schroder is an expert in Quebec records as well as in Canadian, English, Irish and British military resources. Lisa Louise Cooke from will be offering three lectures on Saturday.

John Philip Colletta will offer a number of lectures that I am looking forward to including starting on Friday with, “Stories that Instruct: Using Case Studies to Teach Genealogy Methodology” and “Principles of Good Writing and Good Storytelling.” John will also offer on Saturday a special lecture on Italian Ancestry and John will be the speaker for the closing plenary on Sunday afternoon his topic ”Hacks and Hookers and Putting Up Pickles: Snare of Yesteryear’s English.” As well on Sunday John will give a two-part morning lecture on “Writing a Narrative History

This is only a partial list of the some 27 speakers already booked, you can check out all of them at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference blog.

This conference will also be offering guests an Irish Heritage Tour of Toronto as well as hands-on research excursions to key Toronto archives and libraries, along with a 10,000 square foot marketplace and many other activities and workshops yet to be announced. I am gearing up for one very busy and impressive conference.

Unfortunately, registration has not opened yet, but you can book your hotel now to get the best rates. If you want to keep up to date on the conference, speakers, workshops and registration then I encourage you to follow their blog. If you want to learn more about The Ontario Genealogical Society then visit their website at