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OGS NextGen Meetup



The Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2018 is being held June 1st-3rd in Guelph, Ontario and NextGen will be there!

Join us on Saturday June 2nd from 9-10pm  at the Fifty West Bar at Delta Hotels Guelph Conference Centre.

The hotel conference centre is located at 50 Stone Road W, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 0A9

Feel free to drop by and network with fellow young genealogists.  We would love to see you!


Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2018


In 2 weeks, the Ontario Genealogical Society 2018 Conference will be kicking off in Guelph, Ontario and NextGen will be there!

The conference runs from June 1st-3rd and is being held at the University of Guelph.  It is going to be a fun and informative 3 days filled with many speakers, vendors and events.


Friday is dedicated to workshops -there are 12 different workshops to choose from (6 in the morning, 6 in the afternoon).  These workshops cover a number of different topics including “Preparing your Family Tree for Professional Printing” and “DNA and the Global Family Tree”.   Details on all the workshops can be found HERE.


Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, there are 35 lectures being presented.  Saturday is split into 3 sessions and Sunday will have 4 sessions.  The presentations range in topic from “The Emigration/Immigration Experience: London, England to Upper Canada via New York and the Erie Canal” to “A Soldier’s Camera: Candid Glimpses of the First World War”.    NextGen’s very own Melanie McComb (Social Media Coordinator) will also be there presenting 2 lectures!

Details of all the lectures can be found HERE


Amongst the variety of vendors, NextGen will also have a booth at the marketplace.  We will have plenty of swag to give away and we can’t wait to meet you all!  So please don’t be shy, come find us and say hi!

Also there will be Fast Track speakers in the marketplace – 30 minute presentations taking place in a small seated area.

Conference  events

There are several conference events happening on Friday and Saturday.  If this is your first time at the OGS Conference, don’t miss out on the First-Timers Gathering being held from 4.30-5.30pm on Friday.  There is a Welcome and Networking Reception from 9-10pm Friday – this will be a great way to connect with your fellow genealogists.

Saturday’s conference events will focus on Special Interest Groups, including Irish, Scottish and British Home Child meeting.

Full details on the whole event can be found here in the OGS 2018 Conference Handbook. 

Don’t miss out on this great event!  Although online registration is now closed, you can still register onsite May 31st-June 3rd at the front entrance of Rozanski Hall.

Details for the NextGen meetup at OGS can be found here.


Volunteers for OGS needed!

The Ontario Genealogical Society Conference is being held June 1st-3rd in Guelph, Ontario and NextGen will be there!

We will have a booth in the Exhibitors Hall and we need your help to staff it.  Several members of the NextGen Leadership Team will be there to help, and volunteers will work shifts manning the booth. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about NextGen and meet lots of interesting new people.

If you are interested in volunteering or need more info, please email us at

We look forward to seeing you there!


Research Over My Shoulder

In this first installment of our new guest blog series #IamNextGen Spotlight, join Devon Lee Noel of Family History Fanatics as they launch the first episode of their new series ‘Research Over My Shoulder’.    In this YouTube series, the Fanatics will answer your questions about how to research your ancestors.

Future projects for the Family History Fanatics include a six part series featuring Winfield Underwood and the quest to figure out who his parents are.

Find Devon and her family online at Family History Fanatics and their YouTube Channel

Devon has been told she has so much energy and passion that it’s contagious.
She specializes in practical research, writing, and memory keeping. She has published over 60 books, including a memoir and four family history how-to books, including the popular A Recipe for Writing Family History.
With over 20 years experience in genealogy and 10 years as a journalist, Devon is a high energy speaker and lab instructor at local, state, national genealogy conferences and public libraries.
She’s a Texas Aggie with degrees in Marketing and Journalism. Currently, Devon is a home educator for five superheroes.