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September Meeting

Monthly Toronto Branch meetings resume this month after our summer break! The September 2014 meeting of Toronto Branch will take place on Monday 22 September 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).

Our featured speaker, Guylaine Pétrin, will tell us how she drew on both public records and oral history to piece together the story of a strong and remarkable woman who faced upheaval and hardship because of the actions of the men in her life, but went on to re-invent herself and fight two governments along the way. The title of Guylaine’s talk is “The Widow Cathy Brown: Proving a Family Story”.

During our mid-meeting break, take the opportunity to drop by our information tables and find out about our other Branch activities, or mingle and catch up with fellow family history enthusiasts. We’ll close out the evening with a short presentation by Branch member Pat Javor on “A Smuggler, a Shipwreck and Mrs. Heron”.

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.

England in the Age of Industry

The Industrial Revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries transformed the world and dramatically changed the lives of our ancestors in many ways. On Saturday 1 November, we’ll explore the social, economic and cultural impacts of industrialization on the people and cities of England in a full-day workshop titled Industrial England. Author and professional genealogist Kirsty Gray, a founding member and Chair of the Society for One-Place Studies, and Director of English Studies with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, will be our keynote speaker for this event. Kirsty and six other expert genealogists and social historians will team up to present a day of learning and discovery that you won’t want to miss.

William Bell Scott, Iron and Coal

Iron and Coal by William Bell Scott,1855-60

The day will feature plenary lectures on the broader global context of industrialization, the raw materials of industry and industrial power, and the physical legacies of the industrial age. Attendees will also be able to choose from concurrent morning lectures on literacy and education, food production, and the cotton industry, and from concurrent afternoon lectures on the changes that took place in three major English industrial centres — Birmingham, London and Sheffield.

Industrial England workshop is co-sponsored by Toronto Branch and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library, and will be held in the Library’s Auditorium.

Early-bird rates apply until 18 September and members of the Ontario Genealogical Society enjoy a further discount on the workshop fee. For additional details and to register on-line, click here. Be sure to sign up early to ensure a spot!

Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
22
Mon
7:30 pm The Widow Cathy Brown: Proving a...
The Widow Cathy Brown: Proving a...
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Guylaine Pétrin Cathy Brown’s life went through upheavals because of the actions of the men in her life.  While most of the facts of her life are found in the records of her menfolk,[...]
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[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
20
Sat
9:00 am Using Legacy Family Tree Software
Using Legacy Family Tree Software
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Using Legacy Family Tree Software @ Auditorium North York Central Library | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP To register, click on the Tickets button, above. If you are now using Legacy Family Tree software but are not sure you are using it fully to help you with your[...]
Oct
8
Wed
2:00 pm Basic Genealogy and Family History
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
AN EIGHT-WEEK COURSE ON WEDNESDAYS STARTING OCTOBER 8 To register, click on the green Tickets button, above. Are you thinking of starting your family history? Or maybe you have been working on it for a[...]
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[...]

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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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