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November Meeting

The November 2014 meeting of Toronto Branch will take place on Monday 24 November 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).

This will be our last meeting before the holiday break, and, in keeping with Branch tradition, we’ll be marking the close of the year with a celebration of our own Great Moments in Genealogy. Eleven Branch members will each have five minutes to talk about a research breakthrough, a serendipitous connection, an exciting discovery, an intriguing new lead, a hunch that paid off – one “great moment” in their family history adventures.

Please join us for a fast-paced and entertaining evening! To find out more about our November speakers, and what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Winter 2015 Courses

Toronto Branch is pleased to announce that we will be offering three courses as well as a special forum to keep you learning over the winter months.

If you’ve already done a lot of family history research, and are ready to take the plunge and go to print with your work, our half-day course on Saturday 21 February 2015 called “Publish Before You Perish” may be just what you need. Instructor Nancy Conn will show you how to organize your material, design a layout, choose a publisher, market your book and more.

If you’re just starting out on your genealogical travels, our fast-paced course “Introduction to Genealogy and Family History“, on Saturday 28 March, will help you ensure you’re on the right track. Instructor Linda Reid will orient you to key records and demonstrate techniques for extracting and evaluating data, and making the most of your family history research.

Researchers at all levels will benefit from a course running on three consecutive Wednesday evenings from March 4 to 18 on “Using Digital Newspapers for Genealogical Research“. Find out from instructor Marian Press how to find historical newspapers online, and how to use them to flesh out your family history.

And last but not least, please join us for a special interactive forum, “Welcome to Our World: A Day with Top Toronto Genealogists and Family Historians” on Saturday 21 February. This will be a chance to meet some of Toronto’s top genealogists and family historians and find out from the experts what this fascinating field is all about and why it has them hooked.  The speakers will be Elayne Lockhart, Carol Nichols, Janice Nickerson, Guylaine Pétrin and James F.S. Thomson. A light lunch will be included.

Registration for all of these courses will be opening soon. Visit our Courses page to find out more about our programs and instructors and how to register on-line.

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research 1. Paul Jones : Oy vey iz mir: One Anglo’s adventure in Jewish research 2. Don Hall : Good Golly Miss Molly…where did you come from? 3. Jean McNulty : Searching[...]
7:30 pm A Personal Journey through Canad...
A Personal Journey through Canad...
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A Personal Journey through Canada's earliest mental health facilities @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Victoria Fenner. Victoria made a remarkable and surprising discovery while tracking down her family tree.  She discovered that her great great grandmother was a patient in three of Canada’s earliest asylums.  She is digging[...]
7:30 pm “Redcoated Ploughboys”, a histor...
“Redcoated Ploughboys”, a histor...
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
“Redcoated Ploughboys”, a history of the Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815 @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Richard Feltoe “Redcoated Ploughboys”, a history of the Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815 Richard will discuss the recruitment, training and active service of the regiment in the various battles that[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

9:30 am Publish Before You Perish
Publish Before You Perish
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21 Registration will open in early December. This half-day course is intended for those who have already done a lot of family history research. It will outline the steps[...]
10:00 am Welcome to Our World: A Day with...
Welcome to Our World: A Day with...
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
A HALF-DAY FORUM ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21 FROM 10AM TO 3PM Registration will open in early December. This interactive forum is intended for people who are thinking of getting involved in genealogy or who are[...]
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 Registration will open in mid-December. Newspapers have always been a major, although under-used, source for family history, but it is only recently that so many[...]

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Other Events

all-day OGS Conference 2015
OGS Conference 2015
May 29 – May 31 all-day
OGS Conference 2015 @ Georgian College | Barrie | Ontario | Canada
Join members of the Ontario Genealogical Society for the annual provincial conference. The 2015 theme is “Tracks through Time”. Details and registration will be available early in 2015.  
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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