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The Cemetery Beat

April showers bring… May shovels? As soon as the air begins to warm up, you can be sure that a dedicated band of Toronto Branch volunteers will be back at work again – uncovering and transcribing gravestones!

Our cemetery crew can usually be found at St James Cemetery, on Parliament Street just south of Bloor at the edge of the Don River Valley, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings – outfitted with gardening gloves, picks, probes, shovels and notepads. Volunteers work together to locate plots according to cemetery maps and plot records. Sometimes this means getting down and dirty – especially when markers have been overgrown with sod or buried altogether. The next step is to decipher and write down the transcription on each stone. Some are poignant, some amusing, and some just puzzling – but they’re all fascinating. It’s a great way to spend a few hours!

Transcribers in St James Cemetery

Toronto Branch volunteers hard at work in St James Cemetery

 

Please contact us at cemeteries@torontofamilyhistory.org if you’d like to join in the transcribing fun. We’ll confirm the exact location where we’re working and what you need to bring with you when you get in touch. If you would like to help with our St James indexing but aren’t able to come out to the cemetery in person, let us know that too. We have other volunteers who are hard at work typing up our cemetery notes and entering them into a searchable database. That database will be available sooner with your help!

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Apr
27
Mon
7:30 pm Out of the Shadows: Imaging the ...
Out of the Shadows: Imaging the ...
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Bonnie Bell This presentation is one’s women personal project to inspire members of her family to become interested in the history of their female ancestors.   Using photographs, personal documents, and family stories and memorabilia, from[...]
May
25
Mon
7:30 pm Dead and Buried
Dead and Buried
May 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Sue de Groot Deaths produce many records—death registration, obituary, burial, cemetery, tombstone records, etc.This presentation demonstrates why to collect all records and what information they hold.  
Jun
22
Mon
7:30 pm Recent Developments in British a...
Recent Developments in British a...
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: James F.S. Thomson: Recent Developments in British and Irish Research  This presentation offers an overview of some exciting recently-released resources for British and Irish research. In addition to resources of direct and substantial genealogical interest,[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

May
6
Wed
6:30 pm Discussion Group: Genealogical R...
Discussion Group: Genealogical R...
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
THREE SESSIONS ON WEDNESDAYS, MAY 6, 20 AND 27, 2015 You may register for as many sessions as you like: one session only, any two sessions or all three sessions. Do you want to know[...]
Jun
6
Sat
9:30 am Genetic Genealogy
Genetic Genealogy
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – 4:45 pm
Genetic Genealogy @ North York Central Library Auditorium | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Are you wondering what genetic genealogy is all about? Or have you already had some DNA tests done for yourself and your relatives but don’t know what the results mean? Do[...]
Jun
7
Sun
5:30 pm Genealogy Summer Camp
Genealogy Summer Camp
Jun 7 @ 5:30 pm – Jun 12 @ 5:00 pm
Genealogy Summer Camp @ Various Toronto libraries and archives
Designed mainly for out-of-town family historians with Ontario roots, this unique program takes researchers to different archives and libraries each day. We’ve also welcomed lots of locals as “daycampers”. Each day starts with a tutorial[...]

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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
  The Ontario Genealogical Society is hosting its 2015 Conference, Tracks through Time, at Georgian College in beautiful Barrie, Ontario from May 29 to 31, 2015. Over the course of three days, there will be[...]
Sep
18
Fri
3:00 pm Scottish Family History Lecture
Scottish Family History Lecture
Sep 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Make a note in your calendar to come to an entertaining and informative lecture on Scottish family history by Chris Paton, a well-known professional genealogist living in Scotland. Chris manages the British GENES Blog (covering GENealogy News and[...]
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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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?