Ontario Genealogical Society Acquires “ALivingPast.ca”

The Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that it has acquired the genealogical website http://alivingpast.ca/ by way of gift from the site’s founder and operator, Peter Bolton.

ALivingPast.ca was established by Peter Bolton and Barbara Kyle in 2000 with the hope of expanding their own genealogy database. Along the way, they discovered and began to transcribe a wealth of family research material for Port Hope and Hope Township: births, marriages & deaths; census returns; probates; newspaper articles; and much more. The site today comprises some 250 pages of transcribed materials.

Planning for their retirement, and wanting to preserve their legacy for future generations, Peter turned to the Ontario Genealogical Society, which is delighted to be able to preserve this wonderful resource, in accordance with its mission to preserve Ontario’s genealogical heritage.

According to OGS President Patti Mordasewicz: “OGS is excited to be able to play a role in the preservation and continuation of sites of genealogical data.  Being able to preserve and present ALivingPast.ca to future generations of researchers makes us very proud.  At a time when so many web sites dedicated to Canadian genealogical resources are disappearing or being archived, we are grateful to Peter and Barbara for giving us this opportunity to ensure the continued free access to their site, which will stand as a legacy to their work for generations to come.”

Peter will continue to operate ALivingPast.ca for some time to come, and the site will remain freely accessible and open to all.

Site owners who may be interested in discussing the future of their sites with OGS are encouraged to email the Society’s Technical Support and Innovation Committee at tsic@ogs.on.ca .

The Ontario Genealogical Society

The OGS, an Ontario not-for-profit corporation and a registered Canadian charity (Reg. # 119248680 RR0001), was founded in 1961 with the vision of being recognized as the authority and leader in all aspects of Ontario related family history research, preservation and communication. The mission of OGS, the largest such organization in Canada, is to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve Ontario’s genealogical heritage.  OGS has 30 geographically based branches throughout Ontario together with 4 special interest groups (British Home Children, Scottish, Ireland and Irish-Palatine).  OGS has published numerous books and pamphlets to assist Ontario researchers, produces a respected journal, Families, and publishes a free weekly online newsletter ( https://goo.gl/skQUM6 ) highlighting events of interest to Ontario researchers. OGS Branches have transcribed most Ontario cemeteries and published numerous indices which are the foundation of family history and genealogical research in Ontario. The Branches present regular presentations and educational workshops to members and the public on topics of genealogical and family history interest, while the OGS annual conference is the largest such conference in Canada.

OGS operates 34 separate websites together with the OGS Private Cloud for data storage and backup, and is honoured to have been selected by Jim McKane to operate CanadianHeadstones.com.

OGS is committed to digitizing and preserving Ontario documentary genealogy and family history documents and providing public access for future generations.

OGS Media Contact: Heather McTavish Taylor

202-2100 Steeles Avenue West
Concord, ON  L4K 2V1
Phone: 1-855-MYROOTS, ext. 258
Email: director6@ogs.on.ca
Web: https://ogs.on.ca