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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

7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
In keeping with tradition, ten Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their genealogical research in a series of short presentations as follows: Jane Briant – My World-Wide Irish Family Barb Garrow –[...]
7:30 pm The Ontario Historical County Ma...
The Ontario Historical County Ma...
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speakers: Joan Winearls & Marcel Fortin This talk will describe a major new mapping and indexing project of the names of landowners on the county maps of Ontario issued by the Tremaine family, H.F. Walling[...]
7:30 pm 19th Century English Gardeners, ...
19th Century English Gardeners, ...
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Ellen Maki Today many of us think of gardening as a pleasurable pastime, but in the nineteenth century it was a profession in which many men and women were employed. While researching her family,[...]

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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 at special rates?