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Happy Anniversary!

2014 is a milestone year for family history in Ontario! It was three decades ago that Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records, written by long-time Toronto Branch member Brenda Dougall Merriman, first rolled off the presses. Since then, it has been revised several times, and has become an indispensable first-stop reference for anyone researching Ontario roots.

Cover of Genealogy in Ontario, Searching the RecordsGenealogy in Ontario is a comprehensive guide to original Ontario source materials and where to find them: vital records and census returns, as well as records relating to land, courts, migration, municipal administration, education, health, the military and more. The book begins with an introduction to the methodology of family history research and the history and geography of the province, and includes chapter-specific reading and reference lists as well as key contact information for specific societies and repositories.

Brenda Dougall Merriman, CG has been a board-certified genealogist since 1979.Brenda Dougall Merriman with camel A respected writer, instructor, speaker and blogger, she has twice received the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Citation of Recognition, and is an active member of the Ontario Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists. Among her other genealogy works are Genealogical Standards of Evidence and the award-winning United Empire Loyalists: A Guide to Tracing Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada. Brenda’s first loves are genealogical problem-solving, the 18th-century Loyalist era… and, yes, chasing camels. In fact, her newest publication is a photographic chronicle entitled Camelogue.

A special 30th Anniversary edition of Genealogy in Ontario is now available for purchase through the Ontario Genealogical Society’s e-Store. Congratulations from Toronto Branch, Brenda!

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Feb
22
Mon
7:30 pm Researching and Sharing Your Fam...
Researching and Sharing Your Fam...
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Researching and Sharing Your Family’s Social History @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Barbara J. Starmans Researching and Sharing Your Family’s Social History As a genealogist, don’t you wish that you could draw up a chair by the fire at your ancestor’s house and have a cup[...]
Mar
28
Mon
7:30 pm St Patrick’s Day Riots of 1858
St Patrick’s Day Riots of 1858
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. David Wilson: The St Patrick’s Day Riots of 1858 Ethno-religious street fighting, a corrupt police force, rabble-rousing Councilmen, class conflict within both the Protestant and Catholic Irish communities, and a murder mystery —[...]
Apr
25
Mon
7:30 pm (Mis)Adventures in Genealogy
(Mis)Adventures in Genealogy
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Susan Reid: (Mis)Adventures in Genealogy–Labyrinth, Maze or Rabbit-hole? Family history research is often fraught with missing or erroneous records, and findings that seem to conflict with oral family history. What’s a genealogist to do? Sometimes[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Feb
20
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History @ North York Central Library, Room 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20 FROM 10AM TO 3PM INCLUDING A 1-HOUR LUNCH BREAK This course is jointly sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.[...]
Feb
24
Wed
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition Winter 2016 @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is on Wednesdays, February 24, March 2, and March 9, 2016.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society.[...]
Mar
5
Sat
9:00 am Ulster Historical Foundation Nor...
Ulster Historical Foundation Nor...
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Ulster Historical Foundation North American Tour 2016: Finding Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots @ North York Civic Centre, Memorial Hall, Burgundy Room | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This full day workshop is jointly sponsored by the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required. Registration is now open. If you have Irish[...]
Mar
30
Wed
2:00 pm Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edit...
Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edit...
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This course is on 3 Wednesdays: March 30, April 27, and May 25, 2016.  No registration is required.  The course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library[...]

Other Events

Jun
3
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy on the Cutting Edge @ 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, close to Pearson International Airport, Highway 401, and with good[...]

Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on publications, and course and workshop registration fees? And that Toronto Branch belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies, which means our members can also subscribe to findmypast.com and purchase Dell computer products at special rates?