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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

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[...]
Oct
24
Mon
7:30 pm A Captain? My Captain?
A Captain? My Captain?
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A GENEALOGICAL SUCCESS STORY Speakers: Elizabeth A. R. Kaegi and James F. S. Thomson Long ago, far away, in the middle of the Second World War, a baby boy was informally “adopted” by foreigners. A[...]
Nov
28
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Once again in November, a number of Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their genealogical research in a series of short presentations. In addition, special refreshments will be served to celebrate the[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
21
Wed
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition Fall 2016 @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is on three Wednesdays, September 21, 28 and October 5, 2016.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society[...]
Oct
6
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is offered in partnership with the Archives of Ontario. Course sessions are on Thursdays, October 6, 13 and 20, 2016. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in[...]
Oct
12
Wed
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Oct 12 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course will be on three Wednesdays: October 12, 19, and 26, 2016 Description: This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be[...]
Oct
19
Wed
2:00 pm Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History Fall 2016 @ Eglinton St. George's United Church, South Studio | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This day-time course is on 8 Wednesdays: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and December 7 The course is designed for those just beginning to research or looking to upgrade basic research skills.[...]

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?