An organization of family historians, some with Toronto roots, others who live in Toronto, we have ancestors around the world.

Change. Challenge. Promise.

Three words that describe what’s in store for Toronto Branch and our members in 2016!

For many years, the Branch has held its monthly meetings at the North York Central Library. However, over the next few months, the NYCL will be undergoing major renovations, and the Canadiana Department, which has been a key partner in Toronto Branch workshops and other educational events, will be dismantled. While 2016 will bring to an end a long and valued relationship for the Branch, it will also mark a new beginning, as we get set to relocate most of our Branch activities to beautiful and spacious new quarters at Eglinton St George’s United Church just west of Yonge between Eglinton and Lawrence in North Toronto.

Conference 2016 logoThere’s another reason, though, that 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for Toronto Branch. We are hosting the biggest genealogical event in Canada – the annual Conference of our parent organization, the Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is now open for Conference 2016, which will take place from June 3rd to 5th at the International Plaza Hotel near Pearson Airport. The Conference theme is “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge” and the organizing committee is making sure that every aspect of the program lives up to that demanding standard.  We can’t wait to welcome our enthusiastic speakers and exhibitors, and of course hundreds of eager family historians, and show off our city’s splendid collection of libraries and archives. You won’t want to miss it!

And there’s still more… our winter season of educational programming is just about to begin! In February 2016, Toronto Branch is offering a series of courses on social history, and an introductory course on the basics of genealogy and family history. We’ll be hosting a workshop led by the Ulster Historical Foundation as part of its North American Tour in March, and we’re looking forward to another workshop in April on Quebec family history. Did we mention our fabulous monthly meetings and presentations, which are now being live-streamed for those who can’t attend in person? And our active Special Interest Groups? What’s in store for the fall… wait and see!

Is this going to be a busy year? You bet! But we think it’s going to be one of the most interesting and rewarding years ever to be a Toronto Branch member.