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October Meeting

The October 2014 meeting of Toronto Branch will take place on Monday 27 October starting at 7:30 in the evening at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York subway station).

External view of Archives of OntarioLong-time Branch member and instructor Jane MacNamara will be speaking at this meeting on “Archives of Ontario: What’s in it for me?” Most family historians know that the AO is the place to go for records of birth, marriage, death, and divorce, land records, and estate files, but that’s just scratching the surface. Jane will show us how to get the most from the AO’s Archive Descriptive Database, and share “insider” tips for both new and seasoned researchers.

Our mid-meeting break is always a good time to drop by our information tables and find out about our Branch courses, workshops and other activities, or chat with fellow family history enthusiasts. After the break, we’ll close out the evening with a short presentation by Irena Lewycka and Dawn Connolly from the Toronto Reference Library on the Library’s new service that lets you design and publish your own family history, memoir or novel as a paperback book through Asquith Press.

Hope to see you there! If you’re planning ahead and would like to find out what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

A Project Milestone

Students are back in class for another year… and we can’t think of a better time to announce that Toronto Branch has just reached a milestone in its project to index war memorials in the city’s schools!

The number of schools in our For King and Country database now stands at 100.

The latest additions are The Bishop Strachan School, Davisville Public School, Eastern High School of Commerce, George Syme School, Humbercrest Public School, Keele Street School (which just happens to be celebrating 100 years this month), Maurice Cody School, Roselands Public School, Victoria College, and York Memorial Collegiate Institute.

That’s 10 more schools… and 3,378 more names of students, former students and teachers who volunteered for active service in the World Wars and other conflicts. Our database now contains a total of more than 38,000 names, along with descriptions and transcriptions of memorials, photos and school histories, all fully searchable on-line.

Visit our For King and Country pages now to explore this growing collection – you never know who might turn up!

Memorial stone at Roselands Public School

Black granite memorial outside Roselands Public School, Toronto, names 15 “Roselanders” who died in World War II.
Photo ©Toronto Branch OGS

Toronto Branch Meetings

Oct
27
Mon
7:30 pm Archives of Ontario: What’s in i...
Archives of Ontario: What’s in i...
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Archives of Ontario: What's in it for me? @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Jane MacNamara The Archives of Ontario is a rich source for family history. You can find records of birth, marriage, death, and divorce, land records, and estate files, but that’s just scratching the surface.[...]
Nov
24
Mon
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 Barry Spinner : Determining my ancestor’s homeland and village through perseverance – before the Internet Donna Di Lello : My Cousins Lynn Sue Reid : Hide-and-Go Seek with Great-Great-Granny[...]
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[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Nov
1
Sat
9:00 am Industrial England
Industrial England
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Industrial England @ North York Central Library Auditorium | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP  Join members of Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society for a day of diverse lectures on the major effects of the Industrial Revolutions on English society. Come and hear our keynote speaker[...]
Nov
6
Thu
6:15 pm Maps and Mapping for 21st Centur...
Maps and Mapping for 21st Centur...
Nov 6 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A FOUR-WEEK COURSE STARTING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6 AND CONTINUING ON THE FOLLOWING THREE WEDNESDAYS, NOVEMBER 12, 19 AND 26 This course is now fully subscribed. This 4-week course, designed for intermediate and advanced-level genealogists, explores[...]

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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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