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Pack Your Bags… for Camp!

Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to start planning for summer! And what better way to spend some of those lazy hazy days than at Genealogy Summer Camp

Genealogy Summer Camp buttonToronto Branch has been running this innovative program for almost two decades now and, over the years, we’ve welcomed more than 140 adult “campers” from England, right across Canada and many US states. We invite out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a full week of concentrated family history research under the guidance of local experts. Local residents are welcome too, and may choose to stay with the group or attend as “day-campers”.

This is an intensive week – the group is on the move every day, travelling to different libraries and archives – but we build in plenty of time for campers to do their own research. While the Summer Camp curriculum emphasizes sources for genealogists researching families who lived in what is now Toronto, anyone with ancestors anywhere in Ontario will find a wealth of material to explore in the city’s wonderful repositories.

This year’s Genealogy Summer Camp will run from Sunday 7 June to Friday 12 June 2015. Enrolment will be limited to allow for individual guidance and to accommodate the venues we will be visiting. The fee for the 2015 Summer Camp is $260, which includes about 7 hours of lectures and tutorials, about 25 hours of hands-on instruction, and all worksheets and handouts.

For full details of the program and how to register, visit our Genealogy Summer Camp webpages.

Archives Awareness Week 2015

Each year, the first full week of April is designated as Archives Awareness Week in Ontario, and 2015 is no exception. Events are planned throughout the week of April 7 to 11 to celebrate our archival repositories and rich archival collections.

Archives of Ontario montageThe Archives of Ontario will be offering free give-aways to new and long-term customers all week long, and will be hosting a full day of special activities on Thursday April 9th, including: an Ask-a-Conservator booth, where you can get free advice on storing and handling your family treasures; a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives; and presentations on collection development, digitization initiatives and archival resources and services. Among the other organizations taking part in the Thursday activities are the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections of York University Libraries, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, and the Archives Association of Ontario.  In the evening, visitors will be able to take in a “film night” at the City of Toronto Archives* – a chance to view rarely-seen archival film footage from the collections of various Toronto archives. For further details, visit the Archives of Ontario website.

Archives staff will cap off Archives Awareness Week by participating in our own Toronto Branch workshop on Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors at North York Central Library on Saturday April 11th. If you haven’t yet signed up for this workshop, don’t delay – the early bird discount deadline is March 14th. Visit our workshop page to find out more about the program, speakers, and how to register.

*Please note: This is a new venue for the “film night”, which was originally scheduled to be held at York University’s Sound and Moving Image Library.

Toronto Branch Meetings

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.  
Jun
22
Mon
7:30 pm Recent Developments in British a...
Recent Developments in British a...
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: James F.S. Thomson: Recent Developments in British and Irish Research   Mini-presentation: Patricia Blackstock 1837 Rebellion – York Region Rebels

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Courses starting & Workshops

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[...]
Apr
11
Sat
9:30 am Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors
Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors
Apr 11 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors @ North York Central Library Auditorium | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Join members of Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society for a day of lectures on the lives of the people who settled in Ontario between the 1790s and the 1860s in what was[...]
May
6
Wed
6:30 pm Discussion Group: Genealogical R...
Discussion Group: Genealogical R...
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
THREE SESSIONS ON WEDNESDAYS, MAY 6, 20 AND 27, 2015 You may register for as many sessions as you like: one session only, any two sessions or all three sessions. Do you want to know[...]
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[...]

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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?