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Doors Open 2014

Doors Open – an annual celebration of community heritage – is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year in cities and towns across Ontario. On Doors Open days, heritage buildings and sites – many of which are not normally open to the public – invite residents and visitors in for an up-close behind-the-scenes look at their architecture, facilities and operations. In Toronto, Doors Open has been running since 2000 and has drawn more than two million visitors to date. This year’s Doors Open Toronto is a weekend affair, on May 24 and 25, with walking tours, special activities and free access to 155 sites – places of worship, educational institutions, museums, theatres, gardens, and more. The 2014 event theme is Secrets and Spirits…Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door. Among the many treats in store for participants are hidden spaces, secret treasures and stories of intrigue and haunting!

Historic 19th-century sites opening their doors for the first time this year in Toronto include the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse (built 1808), the Bank of Upper Canada building (built 1827-1834) and the Cornell Campbell House (built 1836). There are also plenty of spots to visit that will hold particular appeal for family historians – the Archives of Ontario, the City of Toronto Archives, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Toronto Reference Library and the Toronto Necropolis, to name just a few. For a full list of places to go and things to do, visit Toronto’s Doors Open website.

Photo of City of Toronto Archives

City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd
Photo courtesy of Jane E. MacNamara

And if your Doors Open plans include a stop at the City of Toronto Archives on Saturday May 24, keep an eye out for the Toronto Branch table. Volunteers will be on hand to offer information about genealogy resources and help you with your research questions. In keeping with this year’s theme, we’ll also invite you to try your hand at finding hidden clues to crack some family history mysteries.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
23
Mon
7:30 pm County Maps Project
County Maps Project
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
County Maps Project @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The Ontario Historical County Maps Project Speakers: Joan Winearls & Marcel Fortin This talk will describe a major new mapping and indexing project of the names of landowners on the county maps of Ontario issued[...]
Feb
27
Mon
7:30 pm 19th Century English Gardeners, ...
19th Century English Gardeners, ...
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
19th Century English Gardeners, Horticulturalists, & Nurserymen @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Ellen Maki Today many of us think of gardening as a pleasurable pastime, but in the nineteenth century it was a profession in which many men and women were employed. While researching her family,[...]
Mar
27
Mon
7:30 pm What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
What Lies Beneath @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sherilyn L. Bell, BSc UE This lecture will provide an overview of a genealogy covering the early 1900s.  The subjects are not relatives of the speaker.  What started as a brief distraction from regular[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
17
Tue
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Jan 17 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Tuesdays:[...]
Jan
19
Thu
2:00 pm TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. This course is now full.  Please contact[...]
Jan
26
Thu
5:00 pm Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-on Records of Inheritance @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Archives of Ontario and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Thursdays: January 26, February 2, & 9, 2017 Registration is required.  Registration[...]
Feb
23
Thu
2:00 pm TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 5th Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.         This course[...]

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 at special rates?