Presenting the 35th
March 27-28, 2021


>>>> Fees and Registration <<<<

Over two days, Ottawa Branch will present eight different speakers on a variety of topics for both beginners and more experienced researchers.  Starting at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 27 and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 28, you can learn about different methods, websites, Loyalists, and of course, DNA!

There will also be an opportunity to learn about local to Ottawa (and some farther afield) museums, historical societies, and genealogy groups.  You can also find out what they can offer to you as a researcher!  To learn more about each of our exhibitors/vendors, please check out their weblink under ‘Marketplace’. Our Marketplace exhibitors/vendors will be available for a live chat at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, to answer your questions about their products and resources.

Great door prizes too!

All session recordings and hand-outs will be available to attendees for 30 days after the event.
Gene-O-Rama reserves the right to alter the programme as needed.

No refunds after March 15, 2021



08:30  Update from Library & Archives Canada Lisa Tremblay-Goodyer
09:00 Pat Horan Memorial Lecture
Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching
Thomas MacEntee

 Break & Browse Marketplace

10:20 Silver Spoons and Short Straw: British Immigrants to Canada John Reid and Glenn Wright

Lunch Break & Browse Marketplace

 12:15 Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA Alec Ferretti

Break & Browse Marketplace

01:35 All Kinds of Loyalists Kathryn Lake Hogan

Break & Browse Marketplace

02:55 Genetic Genealogy Tools Mags Gaulden


10:00 Opening
10:30 Uncommon Websites to Help Your Research Lianne Kruger

Lunch Break & Browse Marketplace

12:10 Irish Research Methodology Donna Moughty

Break & Browse Marketplace

01:30 Female Ancestors Gena Philibert-Ortega
02:30 Live Chat with our Vendors
03:00 Closing

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FOR EARLY BIRDS Until Friday March 15, 2021

For OGS members $25.00
For non-OGS members $27.50

After Friday March 15, 2021

For OGS members $30.00
For non-OGS members $32.50


Alec Ferretti Alec Ferretti is a New York City-based professional genealogist specializing in the genealogy of 20th century immigrants to USA as well as endogamy. His passion is records access and volunteers with Reclaim the Records. He has lectured throughout New York state and at numerous conferences in USA.
Mags Gaulden is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa.  She is an international Genetic Genealogy Lecturer, Blogger and a Social Media Maven.  Mags is also a Leader on various WikiTree projects and serves as Admin for a few Facebook groups.  She is one of the founders of
Kathryn Lake Hogan through her business, Looking4Ancestors, since 2007 has helped family history researchers learn how to find their ancestors in Canada.  She is an author, lecturer, virtual host, and past Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada.
Lianne Kruger combines her love of technology with her love of genealogy to help others research their family faster and more efficiently with #NoTears.  She has spoken in Britain, Canada, Utah including RootsTech, and webinars for multiple societies including Surname Society, AGS, BIFHSGO, Genealogy with a Canadian Twist, and Vivid-Pix.
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in using technology and social media to improve genealogy research and to connect with the family history community.   He started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at Abundant Genealogy and also runs the popular Genealogy Bargains and DNA Bargains websites.
Donna Moughty, a member of APG and GSG is a researcher, lecturer and blogger on topics including Methodology, Internet, Irish research, and technology.  She is the author of the Quick Reference Guides for Irish Research and conducts Irish research trips each year to Ireland.
Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women’s history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Her published works include two books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, as well as four editions of the Tracing Your Ancestors series from Moorshead Publishing 
John D. Reid blogs daily at Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections and has a particular interest in British immigration to Canada.  He has been blogging since 2006 and his blog is very highly regarded.  He has lectured extensively across Canada
Library and Archives Canada Lisa Tremblay-Goodyer, the granddaughter of British and Italian immigrants, was born and raised in Quebec City. She started her career at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) 15 years ago as an archivist, and is currently the Director of LAC’s Reference Services, which includes Genealogy Services. The dedicated Genealogy staff offer onsite and remote support with LAC’s collections, as well as guided visits and various community-based workshops, including Indigenous Genealogy workshops. Lisa and her team are currently involved in the future Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility project where a renewed Genealogy Center will be located.
Glenn Wright had a 30-year public service career employed as an archivist, historical research officer and, for many years, assistant historian with the RCMP.  Now retired, he is a frequent speaker at family history and genealogical events throughout Ontario, with a special interest in Canadians who served in the Great War.  Glenn has also been associated with TV programs such as “Who Do You Think You Are?”, “Ancestors in the Attic”, and “Engraved on a Nation”.; he served as President of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, 2010-2014.

(Those Exhibitors that have confirmed to attend,  or have agreed to provide us with a door prize, have their website address attached to their name) Kyla Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation
Archive CD Books Canada Lanark County Genealogical Society
Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives Leeds and Grenville Branch OGS
Bay of Quinte UEL Legacy
BIFHSGO MyHeritage
City of Ottawa Archives National Institute for Genealogical Studies
Gatineau Valley Historical Society Ontario East British Home Child Family
Geni Ontario Genealogical Society
George Laidlaw Books Osgoode Township Historical Society & Museum
Global Genealogy & History Shoppe Ottawa Public Library
Gloucester Historical Society Ottawa Stake Family History Centre (LDS)
Goulbourn Museum Patricia McGregor Books
Grenville County Historical Society Patricia McGregor Books
Heritage Productions Quebec Family History Society
Huntley Township Historical Society Sir Guy Carleton Branch, UELAC
Kingston Branch OGS Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Group

All session recordings and hand-outs will be available to attendees for 30 days after the event.
Gene-O-Rama reserves the right to alter the programme as needed.

No refunds after March 15, 2021