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May Meeting

Our May 2016 Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 30 May starting at 7:30 pm at our new location—Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto.

Somewhere in France book coverWe’ll begin with our Annual General Meeting, including a summary of Branch accomplishments in the past year and priorities for the year ahead. Our featured speaker at the May meeting will be best-selling author Jennifer Robson, who’ll be talking about Research techniques for the family historian. Jennifer will share her insights into how the digital revolution has transformed her own research and writing, as well as her methods for making the most of your time and budget as a family historian. During the mid-meeting break, take a few moments to drop by our information tables and find out about Branch activities and volunteer opportunities… or just mingle with other members and guests.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit our new venue, Eglinton St George’s, it is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues—a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you’re driving, there is some local street parking and there are also three “Green P” parking lots close by.

And if you’re not able to attend in person, consider joining in online. For instructions on how to connect to our live feed, visit our Live Meeting Stream page. To find out what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

2016 Toronto History Lecture—August 3

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The annual Toronto History Lecture was inspired by former Toronto Branch Chair Paul McGrath, who died suddenly in 2008. Paul was a well-known local and family historian who relished sharing stories of Toronto in years gone by.

Paul McGrath

Paul James McGrath, 1959–2008

This year’s free Lecture will take place on the evening of Wednesday August 3 at the City of Toronto Archives, which has hosted the event since its inception. We are currently inviting proposals from potential speakers for lectures on any aspect of Toronto history.

Do you or does someone you know have a story to tell? Download our full call for details. The deadline for submissions is June 10.

Be sure to mark August 3 on your calendar. Past Toronto History Lecturers—Chris Raible, Janice Nickerson, Guylaine Pétrin, Craig Heron and Jonathan Scotland—have all wowed us with fascinating and passionate presentations.

Toronto Branch Meetings

May
30
Mon
7:30 pm Research techniques for the fami...
Research techniques for the fami...
May 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Research techniques for the family historian @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Jennifer Robson: Research techniques for the family historian International bestselling author Jennifer Robson is a former Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and holds a D Phil in Modern History from the University of Oxford. At this[...]
Jun
27
Mon
7:30 pm The Search for Alban Leaf
The Search for Alban Leaf
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Search for Alban Leaf @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Jane MacNamara: The Search for Alban Leaf This presentation demonstrates the use of many English record types—in a period well before census and civil registration. The search for the subject of this case history, Londoner Alban Leaf (1681-1756),[...]
Sep
26
Mon
7:30 pm I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Paul Jones I‘m not a Jones, but what am I? The story of researching two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy to identify the hitherto unknown fathers and my “true” surname. This account involves a 25-year[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jun
3
Fri
all-day Spadina’s Austin Family and the ...
Spadina’s Austin Family and the ...
Jun 3 all-day
Spadina's Austin Family and the Great War @ Spadina Museum | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL-DAY PROGRAM OFFERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OGS CONFERENCE 2016. Bus leaves the International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Road at 8:45 am. If it is more convenient for you to join the group at Spadina[...]

Other Events

Jun
3
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy on the Cutting Edge @ 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, close to Pearson International Airport, Highway 401, and with good[...]

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?