An organization of family historians, some with Toronto roots, others who live in Toronto, we have ancestors around the world.

Digital Humanities for Family Historians

February 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lansing United Church
Poyntz Ave & Beecroft Rd
Toronto, ON M2N 1K4
Visitors welcome
Digital Humanities for Family Historians @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada


Speaker: Marian Press

Digital humanities is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities, which has resulted in history and social science departments at academic institutions digitizing research materials and compiling historical databases for computer analysis and interpretation. More and more of these materials and databases are directly relevant to family history. In addition, beyond the databases and digitizing that can be used for computer analysis, there are more straightforward academic projects that genealogists can take advantage of.

This presentation will look at how things stand in 2018, as many more relevant projects have come online, as well as give an overview of the best of the resources that were made available in the past.

Marian Press, MLS, MA, is a retired academic librarian living in Toronto. Born in New Zealand, she has been researching her Scottish, English, Irish and Portuguese roots for over 35 years, sharing the results online and in articles in family history journals. Much of this research involves travel to the places where her ancestors lived and worked. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical workshops and conferences and a writer on family history topics. In 2011, Dundurn/OGS published her book Education and Ontario Family History: A Guide to the Resources for Genealogists and Historians, the result of her years at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Marian is a long-standing Toronto Branch volunteer and has been serving as the editor of Toronto Branch’s Toronto Tree since 2010.


Mini-presentation: Beth-Lynn Adams — Chasing Betts Houses.