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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

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?