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COURSES (including WORKSHOPS)
Co-sponsored by the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library and the Toronto Reference Library.

The Toronto Branch runs a regular program of courses in a wide variety of subjects for genealogists at all levels of expertise.

Past Workshops: Click here for information on previous workshops.

Fall 2013

Introduction to West Indian Genealogy
This Course is full. Please e-mail courses@torontofamilyhistory.org to go on a waiting list. We hope to re-run early next year.
This one-day course is a fast-paced introduction to the principles of West Indian genealogical research with a particular emphasis on methodologies and records pertinent to family historians with African, East Indian and Chinese West Indian ancestors. You will learn how generations can be linked together using vital records, church records, indentured contracts, parish registers, slave registers and much more. You will be introduced to online records, records available in Toronto and GTA libraries and archives and also to archives located in the West Indies. You will also be introduced to the importance of historic timelines to your research. As an added bonus, you will be able to peruse a private collection of relevant books, maps and rare documents at break times during the course.

Instructor: Pooran Bridgelal
Pooran graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Caribbean Studies. He has spearheaded two Genealogy workshops at his local church in the past two years focusing mainly on the West Indies. He recently published an article regarding ‘Slavery and East Indian Indentureship.’ This was published in the 2012 Caribbean Students Union Journal (CARSSU) at the University of Toronto and another one is awaiting publication in the Fall (2013) titled ‘Complaints of the Slaves in Berbice, Guyana 1819-1823.’ Pooran also is a collector of rare books, maps and postcards from the West Indies.

Course Fee: $30 ($25 for OGS members)
Schedule: Saturday, September 21, 2013. Morning session: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM; Afternoon session 1:00-3:00 PM.
Venue: North York Central Library, Classroom 2/3 
5120 Yonge Street,
Toronto, ON M2N 6L4
Click here to register for this course.

Basic Genealogy and Family History
Designed for those just beginning to research or looking to upgrade basic research skills, this 8-week course will cover terminology, types of sources, the use of on-line resources, libraries and archives, including LDS Family History Centres, and record-keeping – to help you “think like a genealogist”. Techniques discussed will apply to a wide variety of geographic areas, providing you with a good base for further courses. Instructor: Jane E. MacNamara
Jane E. MacNamara, Toronto, is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn, 2013) and writes about genealogy at wherethestorytakesme.ca. A long time member of the OGS and a member of the Society of Genealogists (London), Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for the OGS Toronto Branch, most notably hands-on courses about Ontario records. She also leads regular trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and is the organizer of Genealogy Summer Camp, an innovative program that brings out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a week of tutorials and hands-on research, now in its 17th year. Course Fee: $160 ($140 for OGS members)
Schedule: Wednesdays from October 2 to November 20, 2013, inclusive, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.
Venue: North York Central Library, Classroom 1 
5120 Yonge Street,
Toronto, ON M2N 6L4
Click here to register for this course

Maps and Mapping for 21st Century Genealogists
This Course is full.

This course, designed for intermediate and advanced-level genealogists, explores sophisticated ways in which maps and mapping tools can contribute to family history research, analysis and writing, and demonstrates that the current generation of genealogists has no need to feel limited to availing themselves of static maps created by others. We start with a brief introduction to some terrific (and perhaps little-known or under-appreciated) resources in local libraries and archives, and then discuss a new generation of remarkable online sites demonstrating or permitting the integration of maps and other data. The major part of the course considers how a variety of mapping and other tools can be used creatively and effectively in genealogical projects, enabling the user to create unique maps and plans, tailored to the needs of the compiler and incorporating data derived from different sources. Resources and examples used in the course will be drawn from different jurisdictions, and the principles and techniques described will be independent of geography. The course will be taught in four two-hour sessions over four weeks.

Instructor: James F. S. Thomson
James F. S. Thomson has designed and taught over a dozen very popular advanced and expert-level family history courses co-sponsored by Toronto Branch OGS and the Toronto Public Library. For these courses and in his articles and presentations at conferences and workshops, as well as in his capacity as a University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies instructor, James draws on over thirty years of experience of family and local history research.
Course Fee: $80 ($70 for OGS members)
Schedule: Thursdays, November 7 to November 28, 2013, inclusive, from 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM.
Venue: Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 
789 Yonge Street,
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
Click here to register for this course

Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in early Ontario survives in land records. The records of the Crown Lands Department are extensive, complicated and sometimes a little mysterious, but extremely rich in unique and intriguing historical detail.

This three-session course, designed for both family and local historians, will provide an introduction to the land granting process and the main types of Crown Lands records. You’ll learn how to use the various finding aids and collections at the Archives of Ontario (including those on microfilm from Library and Archives Canada) to document a person’s acquisition of (or attempt to acquire) land in Upper Canada.

Instructor: Jane E. MacNamara
Jane E. MacNamara, Toronto, is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn, 2013) and writes about genealogy at wherethestorytakesme.ca. A long time member of OGS and a member of the Society of Genealogists (London), Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for the OGS Toronto Branch, most notably hands-on courses about Ontario records. She leads regular trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and is the organizer of Genealogy Summer Camp, an innovative program that brings out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a week of tutorials and hands-on research, now in its 17th year.

Course Fee: $90 ($78 for OGS members)
Schedule: Thursdays November 28, December 5 and 12, 2013, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Venue: Archives of Ontario,
134 Ian McDonald Blvd.,
York University, Toronto, ON M7A 2C5
Click here to register for this course

Winter 2014 - Registration is now available

The Social History of Medicine in 19th Century Canada
A two-part lecture series that first looks at life and death and the role of medicine in Canada in the nineteenth century, then examines the revolution in Canadian medical education from 1875 to 1920 that extended life span and professionalized medicine and medical training.

Imagine being born in 1850 in Canada. What were your chances of celebrating your first birthday? Grave markers tell a sad tale of many children’s deaths. What diseases, rare today, were common killers then? And when you got sick, was the treatment worse than the disease? Your doctor, if there was one nearby and you could afford to see him, had few medicines or treatments available to him because medical training was very basic.

Instructor: Marianne Fedunkiw
Dr. Marianne Fedunkiw is a Toronto historian, writer and playwright. She is the author of two books including Rockefeller Foundation Funding and Medical Education in Toronto, Montreal and Halifax (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005) and more than 75 articles on topics ranging from ice hockey to medical history. She has a PhD in medical history and an MA in journalism and did a fellowship at University of Oxford (UK). She has written for The Globe and Mail, Maclean Hunter publications and was part of the team that started The Discovery Channel in Canada. Marianne currently teaches at Glendon College (York University) and works as a communications consultant within the university and healthcare sectors. .

Course Fee: $35 for OGS members ($40 for non-members)
Schedule: Tuesdays, February 4 and February 11, 2014,
     from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Venue: North York Central Library, Classroom 1,
5120 Yonge Street.,
Toronto, ON M2N 6L4
Click here to register for this course.

Making the Internet Work for Genealogy
This course is aimed at those who have considerable experience already with using the Internet for genealogy, but who are interested in learning how to fine tune their search abilities and how to take advantage of the social networking opportunities the Internet provides. The course is hands-on and will cover: how to take full advantage of Google (the new Google Maps, Google MyLibrary, Google Blog Search and Blogger, etc.); what other search engines are out there; the “hidden” Internet (including free databases); the new faceted library catalogues; Boolean searching; blogs, podcasts, and wikis; photo-sharing sites; and how to keep up-to-date with developments online.

Instructor: Marian Press
Marian Press, MLS, MA, is a retired academic librarian. She has taught about the Internet and Genealogy for the Professional Learning Centre at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, the Ontario Library Association and the Ontario Genealogical Society. She has been doing her own genealogical research for 31 years and is a frequent speaker at genealogical conferences. She is a regular contributor to Internet Genealogy and Family Chronicle and recently published Education and Ontario Family History: A Guide to the resources for genealogists and Historians (OGS and Dundurn, 2011).

Course Fee: $70 for OGS members ($80 for non-members)
Schedule: Four Wednesdays: February 12, 19, 26 and March 5, 2014,
     from 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Venue: Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1,
789 Yonge Street.,
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
Click here to register for this course.

The Social History of Dress in 19th Century Canada
This two-part lecture series is intended as a primer to the social history of dress seen in 19th century photographs from the Victorian age to the Edwardian age, with a special emphasis on Canadian history. The course will cover the period from 1840 to 1910. Those who have old family photographs will find this course helpful in dating the images as well as finding clues to the social status of their ancestors. Victorian photographs are embedded with clues related to codes of dress and behaviour, marking them as mirrors of their age. The course will conclude with a discussion on best practices for the care of old photographs and extant garments to assist with preserving precious family artifacts.

Instructor: Ingrid Mida
Ingrid Mida, BA, MA, is the Acting Curator of the Fashion Research Collection at Ryerson University in Toronto. As a dress historian and curator, she has a special interest in 19th century dress and photography practices. Ingrid is also the Managing Editor of the Costume Journal, having recently initiated a redesign to bring its focus back to providing a forum for original research on Canadian topics in dress history. Ingrid is a frequent guest lecturer and has given talks at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Concordia University, Universitat Catholica in Milan, as well as the keynote address at the recent Costume Society of America Mid-west Conference.

Course Fee: $35 for OGS members ($40 for non-members)
Schedule: Tuesdays, February 18 and February 25, 2014,
      from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Venue: North York Central Library, Classroom 1,
5120 Yonge Street.,
Toronto, ON M2N 6L4
Click here to register for this course.

Introduction to Genealogy and Family History
A fast-paced one-day course introduces some of the types of records and techniques needed for researching your family tree. It highlights vital records (civil and church), census records and probates (wills), showing how to extract and evaluate data. Secondary sources are touched on in the course and examples are shown of how to use online newspaper indexes as finding aids and how to use newspaper accounts of events to flesh out other data.

Instructor: Linda Reid
Linda Reid is a retired librarian and has been researching her British roots for over 25 years. She volunteers in the Toronto Family History Centre and speaks at genealogy conferences and workshops throughout Ontario. She is actively involved in the Toronto Branch of the OGS, presently serving as program coordinator and compiler of the Branch electronic bulletin. For over 15 years Linda has also been a volunteer at the Toronto Family History Centre, where she helps people from many countries to trace their family trees.

Course Fee: $35 for OGS members ($40 for non-members)
Schedule: One day: Saturday, February 22, 2014,
      from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Venue: North York Central Library, Classroom 2/3 ,
5120 Yonge Street.,
Toronto, ON M2N 6L4
Click here to register for this course.

COURSE LOCATIONS

1. North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto (Subway: North York Centre Station) Map
2. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto (Subway: Bloor-Yonge Station)
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3. Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian McDonald Blvd.,
York University, Toronto
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HOW TO REGISTER

On-Line pre-registration is required to guarantee your space.

Applicants will be accepted in the order of receipt of their application with payment. Payment may be made through our online registration system using your PayPal account or credit card (through PayPal), or by mail using a credit card or personal cheque.

To register on-line, click on the links above to go to the registration form for each course. If you prefer not to pay on-line, and wish to pay by cheque, print out the form and mail to the address shown.

Course & Workshop Policies and General Information

Accessibility: The venues for all of our courses are wheelchair accessible. If you are a person with a disability and you need a support person to accompany you, he or she is welcome to attend the course at no charge. Please contact us if you wish to register a support person or if you have any other accessibility questions or concerns.

Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel a course no later than 7 days before a course commences should registration levels be insufficient to cover our costs. We also reserve the right to cancel a course should some other unforeseen circumstance arise.

Copyright: Course notes and other teaching materials are considered the intellectual property of the course instructor. Any such materials received in connection with the course, including but not limited to handouts, overheads, lesson plans, outlines, web pages, slides and slideshows, remain the property of the instructor and the instructor retains copyright in all such teaching aids and materials.

The use of any form of device to audiotape, photograph, video-record or otherwise reproduce lectures, course notes or teaching materials is generally prohibited. However, such recordings and/or reproductions may be made, for private use only, by attendees with disabilities who have obtained advance written permission from the instructor, such written permission not to be unreasonably withheld by the instructor.

Late Registrations & Door Registrations: Late registrations may be accepted if there is space; please contact courses@torontofamilyhistory.org. The course instructor has the discretion to decline acceptance of door registrations, as these can seriously disrupt course proceedings. The full course fee will apply for all registrations and there will be no discount for attending less than all the sessions offered.

Refund Policy: You will be fully refunded, by cheque, if a course is cancelled. Refunds will be pro-rated if the course schedule is changed. For example, a 50% refund will apply if an instructor provides just two of four sessions or if you are unable to attend two rescheduled sessions. Barring exceptional personal circumstances, a 50% refund will apply to registrants who cancel their registration 48 hours or less in advance of the course start date. When deemed appropriate by the instructor, people who cancel late will be provided with copies of handouts.

For further information, to discuss prerequisite equivalents and to confirm space in a course, email: courses@torontofamilyhistory.org.

OGS members enjoy a reduction in course fees.

 

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