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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

Jun
27
Mon
7:30 pm The Search for Alban Leaf
The Search for Alban Leaf
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Search for Alban Leaf @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Jane MacNamara: The Search for Alban Leaf This presentation demonstrates the use of many English record types—in a period well before census and civil registration. The search for the subject of this case history, Londoner Alban Leaf (1681-1756),[...]
Sep
26
Mon
7:30 pm I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Paul Jones I‘m not a Jones, but what am I? The story of researching two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy to identify the hitherto unknown fathers and my “true” surname. This account involves a 25-year[...]

Other Events

Aug
3
Wed
7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture
Toronto History Lecture
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm
Toronto History Lecture @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
JOIN US FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL TORONTO HISTORY LECTURE. The Chinese in Toronto: The way we were… Speaker: Arlene Chan The arrival of Chinese and the development of Chinatown in Toronto owe their modest beginnings[...]

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 at special rates?