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Call for Speakers: Quebec Workshop

Gary SchroderToronto Branch is planning a full-day workshop in April 2016 on Quebec Family History, and we’re delighted that Gary Schroder has agreed to be the keynote speaker. Gary is the long-time President of the Quebec Family History Society, a popular lecturer and instructor, and a recognized expert in the field.

And now… we’re seeking other speakers with Quebec expertise who would like to be part of the workshop team.

Gary will be addressing church, civil and other key record sets, and we’re inviting potential speakers to suggest complementary presentations, both focused and more general, at various skill levels. Proposals should emphasize the sources available for researching the lives of our Quebec ancestors, but we are open to a range of topics, including migration patterns and social history. Case studies are welcome.

You’ll find a link to our detailed call for presentations on our Speakers and Instructors Wanted page.

Please note that the deadline to submit a proposal for this workshop is Saturday 24 October 2015.

A Special Fall Welcome

Our September Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 28 September at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York Centre subway station)… and it will be a special gathering to launch the fall season!

Image of autumn leavesWe’ll be getting underway a little earlier than usual – at 6:30 pm. Mix and mingle over coffee and tea and enjoy poster presentations by six Branch members on their family history research.

At 7:30, we’ll welcome Lesley Anderson, Partnership Development and Content Specialist with, who’ll bring us up to date on What’s new at Ancestry… learn about the latest record sets and updated collections available through the Ancestry network of websites and how to make your most of your search experience.

And, following a short refreshment break, we’ll be introducing an exciting new meeting segment that we’re calling Ask a Question! You’ll be invited to join one or more of four discussion groups, all led by Branch volunteers. Whether you’re new to family history or a seasoned veteran, we hope you’ll attend! We’re looking forward to a lively exchange of questions, research puzzles, expertise and lessons learned. For details of the discussion group topics and to find out what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Please note that the September meeting will not be live-streamed, but we expect to resume live-streaming our monthly meetings in October.

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Marian Press: Putting Your Family Tree Online: What Choice Should You Make? There are now many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find, well beyond what was available[...]
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research Douglas Hill: Finding A “Secret” Cousin Joan Beckley: Wearable Genealogy B C Holmes:  My Grandfather’s Research Was Too Large For the Shelf Stephen Low: Tracing in Both Directions[...]
7:30 pm And Now for Something Completely...
And Now for Something Completely...
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Donna Di Lello And Now for Something Completely Different: charts have their place, but come learn some really creative ways to display your families, both beautiful and whimsical. Mini-presentation: Mary Williamson: My great-great grandfather was[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

9:30 am Atlantic Canada Genealogy Workshop
Atlantic Canada Genealogy Workshop
Oct 17 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Atlantic Canada Genealogy Workshop @ North York Central Library, Auditorium, Room 1, Room 2/3 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This full day workshop is jointly sponsored by the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. If you have ancestors who lived in any of the four[...]

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Other Events

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[...]

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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 and purchase Dell computer products at special rates?