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And Danforth Tech makes 90!

If you haven’t yet explored the Toronto Branch For King and Country database, make it a New Year’s resolution to take a look! Branch volunteers have added about 3,000 new names since the fall of 2013 to this searchable database of school memorials commemorating Toronto students and staff who volunteered for active service in the two World Wars and other military conflicts. It now contains more than 35,000 names and 90 schools, with transcriptions and photographs of school war memorials, along with historical background and links to other useful school and community websites.

Bronze memorial at Danforth Technical School

Bronze memorial at Danforth Technical School ©Toronto Branch OGS

The newest schools in the database are Oakridge Public School and Danforth Technical School. Danforth Tech holds the distinction of being the alma mater of a staggering 2,235 volunteers—students, graduates, teachers and other staff—more than any other school in the British Commonwealth—and it maintains an impressive archive of records, housed in its War Memorial Library. To find out more about these records, visit the For King and Country blog, and please contact our project co-ordinator if you would like to help with the work of researching and cataloguing memorials in Toronto schools. We’d be happy to hear from you whether or not you actually live in Toronto—volunteers for this project can work from home.

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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[...]

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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?