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Basic Genealogy and Family History

October 8, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
North York Central LIbrary, Room 1
5120 Yonge Street
North York, ON M2N 5N9
$160 ($140 for OGS members)
Toronto Branch OGS
1-800-658-6497 Answering service


Are you thinking of starting your family history? Or maybe you have been working on it for a while but want to sharpen your research skills?  This course will cover the basics, including 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 is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn, 2013) and writes about genealogy at A long-time member of the OGS and a member of the Society of Genealogists (London), Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario family history and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. Jane is responsible for the “Toronto Research” pages on the Toronto Branch’s website and has coordinated the Toronto Branch’s Publishing Committee for several years, editing and/or co-authoring several books including: Toronto in the 1850s. 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.


By public transit: North York Central Library is connected directly to the North York Centre subway station, on the Yonge line. Inter-city trains and buses link with the subway at Union, Dundas, or York Mills stations. Allow at least 35 minutes from Union or Dundas, or 15 minutes from York Mills, to get to North York Centre.

By car: North York Central Library is at 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto M2N 5N9, on the west side at Park Home Avenue (about halfway between Sheppard and Finch). From Highway 401, exit northbound at Yonge Street; proceed north to Park Home Avenue (6th or 7th traffic light) and turn left. The most convenient parking is under the building—enter from Novotel on Park Home Avenue, or from Beecroft Road (parallel and west of Yonge Street).

North York Central Library is wheelchair accessible. For more information about our policies on accessibility, visit our policies page.

For information about our policies on registration, cancellation and refunds, late registration and at-the-door registration, visit our policies page. Please note: A registrant who withdraws from a course or workshop before the start date will receive a full refund minus a $5 administration fee. All fee refunds will be paid by cheque issued by the Branch Treasurer.

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