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January Meeting

Our first Toronto Branch meeting of 2015 will take place on Monday 26 January 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).

Our featured speaker will be Victoria Fenner, a documentary producer and journalist. Victoria will tell us about her Personal Journey through Canada’s Earliest Mental Health Facilities. In the course of her family history research, she discovered to her surprise that her great-great-grandmother had been a patient in three of Canada’s earliest asylums. She is now digging through archives, old newspapers and other documents written in the latter half of the 19th century to flesh out her ancestor’s story and find out more about early mental health care in Ontario.

Also in store – Branch Education Committee Chair Jean McNulty will give us an inside look at the work of her Committee and the educational activities planned for this year, and we’ll close out the meeting with a short presentation by Branch member Donna Di Lello on Writing Your Memoirs: It’s Hard to Do After you are Dead.

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

2015 Courses Now Open

From all of us at Toronto Branch to all of you… happy new year!

2015 is shaping up to be another busy year for Toronto Branch – in just a few weeks, our educational programs will start up again.

On Saturday 21 February, we have two different events planned. Sign up for a half-day course called Publish Before You Perish – instructor Nancy Conn will walk you through the steps to getting your family history published as a printed book. Or join in an interactive forum called Welcome to Our World: A Day with Top Toronto Genealogists and Family Historians – a chance to get the inside scoop from some of our own Toronto experts on what being a genealogist is all about.

In March, we’re running a three-session course on Using Digital Newspapers for Genealogy Research – find out from Marian Press where to locate historical newspapers online and how they can help with your family history. And, on the last Saturday of the month, we’re offering a fast-paced Introduction to Genealogy and Family History with instructor Linda Reid – learn about key record types and the techniques that will help keep your research on a solid footing.

Looking ahead, we’ll be starting off our spring lineup with a three-session course in late March and early April at the Archives of Ontario called Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records, led by Jane MacNamara. Put your learning into practice by following actual case histories through the records.

Registration for all of the above courses is now open. Click on the title of any course to find out more and to sign up online. Discounts are available for OGS members.

And a special bonus for newbies and veterans alike… the Toronto Branch New Members Special Interest Group has teamed up with the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library to present two free courses in February on the use of Photoshop. Visit our Courses page for further details.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
26
Mon
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[...]
Feb
23
Mon
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[...]
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[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Feb
4
Wed
6:15 pm Photoshop 1
Photoshop 1
Feb 4 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A TWO-HOUR SESSION ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2015 A special course co-sponsored by the Toronto Branch’s New Members Special Interest Group in cooperation with the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library. Learn the correct[...]
Feb
11
Wed
6:15 pm Photoshop 2
Photoshop 2
Feb 11 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A TWO-HOUR SESSION ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2015 A special course co-sponsored by the Toronto Branch’s New Members Special Interest Group in cooperation with the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library. Prerequisite: Completion of[...]
Feb
21
Sat
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 To register, please click on the green Tickets button above. This half-day course is intended for those who have already done a lot of family history research. It[...]

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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
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.  
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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