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