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Call for Speakers – Irish Genealogy

Toronto Branch is planning a one-day workshop on 19 September 2015 on Irish genealogy and family history with a specific focus on Ulster. Historian Dr. William Roulston and genealogist Chris Paton – who both have a wealth of Ulster knowledge – have agreed to lead this workshop as keynote presenters, and we are now seeking other speakers with Irish expertise who would like to be part of the team.

Map of Ireland highlighting 9 counties of UlsterWe invite proposals for presentations at either a beginner or more advanced level aimed at family historians researching ancestors in the nine counties in the historic province of Ulster. Some possible topics might include: Ulster family history research before 1800, Scots-Irish settlement patterns in Ireland, pre-Famine emigration from Ulster to North America, Irish records on-line, Irish research sources in the Toronto area, estate papers and other land records, church records, and social history.

If you think this is a workshop that you would like to attend, we’d love to have your feedback too – are there other topics we haven’t mentioned that you would like us to address?

You’ll find a link to our detailed call for presentations and information on how to give us your suggestions on our Speakers and Instructors Wanted page.

Please note that the deadline to submit a proposal for this workshop is Saturday 18 April 2015.

February Meeting

Our February Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 23 February starting at 7:30 pm at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York subway station).

Recoated PloughboysRichard Feltoe, author of “Redcoated Ploughboys”, a history of the Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815, will tell us about the recruitment, training and active service of this fascinating regiment, and introduce us to some of the personalities who were on its muster rolls in the various battles during the War of 1812.

Carrying on the military theme, we’ll close out the meeting with a short presentation from Branch member Ken Godfrey on War and Remembrance: Three Brothers in WW I.

This meeting will mark an exciting new beginning for Toronto Branch too – we will be live-streaming our proceedings for the first time! For instructions on how to connect to our live feed, visit our Live Meeting Stream page.

We hope you’ll be able to join us – either in person or on-line. To find out more about the February meeting and what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Mar
23
Mon
7:30 pm Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Breaking the Silence @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sandra Joyce Over 118,000 British children were sent to Canada from 1869 to 1939 to work as indentured farm workers and domestics in individual farms or households.  Some suffered horrifically in their placements, others did[...]
Apr
27
Mon
7:30 pm OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Imaging the ...
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Imaging the ...
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Bonnie Bell This presentation is one’s women personal project to inspire members of her family to become interested in the history of their female ancestors.   Using photographs, personal documents, and family stories and memorabilia, from[...]
May
25
Mon
7:30 pm Dead and Buried
Dead and Buried
May 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Sue de Groot Deaths produce many records—death registration, obituary, burial, cemetery, tombstone records, etc.This presentation demonstrates why to collect all records and what information they hold.  

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Courses starting & Workshops

Mar
4
Wed
6:15 pm Using Digital Newspapers for Gen...
Using Digital Newspapers for Gen...
Mar 4 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON WEDNESDAYS MARCH 4, 11 and 18 This course is now full. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please send an e-mail message to courses@torontofamilyhistory.org to make that[...]
Mar
28
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY MARCH 28 FROM 10AM TO 3PM INCLUDING A 1-HOUR LUNCH BREAK To register, click on the green “Tickets” button above. This fast-paced course introduces some of the types of records[...]
Mar
31
Tue
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Mar 31 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON TUESDAYS MARCH 31, APRIL 7 AND APRIL 14 This course is offered in partnership with the Archives of Ontario. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived[...]

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Other Events

May
29
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2015
OGS Conference 2015
May 29 – May 31 all-day
OGS Conference 2015 @ Georgian College | Barrie | Ontario | Canada
  The Ontario Genealogical Society is hosting its 2015 Conference, Tracks through Time, at Georgian College in beautiful Barrie, Ontario from May 29 to 31, 2015. Over the course of three days, there will be[...]
Jun
3
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2016
OGS Conference 2016
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
OGS Conference 2016 @ International Plaza Hotel | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Toronto Branch will welcome hundreds of family historians to the largest genealogical conference in Canada. The event will be based at the International Plaza Hotel and conference centre, close to Pearson International Airport, Highway 401,[...]

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Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on publications, and course and workshop registration fees? And that Toronto Branch belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies, which means our members can also subscribe to findmypast.com and purchase Dell computer products at special rates?