Genealogy Back to Basics

Welcome to Genealogy Back to Basics. This page will keep you up to date on our exciting series of training sessions on Genealogy Back to Basics.

Ottawa Branch OGS offers a genealogical education session prior to the monthly presentation. Genealogy: Back To Basics includes a short (30-45 minute) lecture on a genealogical topic, followed by a Question and Answer session with Ottawa Branch members. If you are new to family history research or need a refresher, come out and join us. The sessions are held on a Saturday at 10:30am in Room 115 of the City of Ottawa Central Archives. Coffee and tea will be available throughout the morning. There is no charge for the session and all are invited to return at 1:00pm for the monthly presentation. Check our calendar at for details on the morning and afternoon presentations.

There is no charge for the session and all are invited to return at 1:00pm for the monthly presentation (check our calendar for details).

Speakers: We are always looking for local genealogists who are willing to give a Genealogy Back to Basics presentation in 2016. There is no reimbursement other than all the tea and coffee that you can drink as well as the appreciation of your fellow hobbyists. If you are interested in participating, contact Mike More at



Getting Started

Genealogy Software Basics

28 Nov 2015: World of Webinars Handout

23 Apr 2016: Scanners for the Travelling Genealogist – OGS 2016

17 Dec 2016: Getting Organized in Genealogy

25 Feb 2017: Websites Used Today – Historical Directories

02 Apr 2017: Back to Basics OGS Presentation

27 May 2017: Quebec Research

25 Nov 2017: DiscoveringAncestorsThroughCensusInformation

28 Apr 2018: Preserving Family Archives Handout

27 Oct 2018: Ethics & Etiquette

15 Dec 2018: The First World War Fronts

26 Jan 2019: Getting Started

05 Apr 2019: Are You a Trust Me Genealogist

05/27 April 2019: Evaluating Evidence

05 Apr 2019: Parish Records

05 Apr 2019: Genetic Genealogy