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21st Century Mapping

Historical map of Toronto

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library


Every family historian appreciates the value of maps – they help us not only to pinpoint where our ancestors lived, but to understand their physical surroundings, local landmarks and topography, travel and migration routes, changing administrative boundaries and much more. Many of us have likely already relied on printed modern and historical maps to further our research. But, in this day and age, we don’t need to limit ourselves to static maps created by others!

In November, Toronto Branch will be offering a four-week evening course at the Toronto Reference Library titled “Maps and Mapping for 21st Century Genealogists“, designed for intermediate and advanced-level researchers. Our experienced instructor James F.S. Thomson will explore creative new ways in which family historians can make use of maps, including specialized tools that allow the integration of maps, plans and data from different sources.

To find out more and to register on-line, visit our Courses page.  Spaces are limited, so don’t wait too long to sign up!

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Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Marian Press: Putting Your Family Tree Online: What Choice Should You Make? There are now many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find, well beyond what was available[...]
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research Douglas Hill: Finding A “Secret” Cousin Joan Beckley: Wearable Genealogy B C Holmes:  My Grandfather’s Research Was Too Large For the Shelf Stephen Low: Tracing in Both Directions[...]
7:30 pm And Now for Something Completely...
And Now for Something Completely...
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Donna Di Lello And Now for Something Completely Different: charts have their place, but come learn some really creative ways to display your families, both beautiful and whimsical. Mini-presentation: Mary Williamson: My great-great grandfather was[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

9:30 am Atlantic Canada Genealogy Workshop
Atlantic Canada Genealogy Workshop
Oct 17 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Atlantic Canada Genealogy Workshop @ North York Central Library, Auditorium, Room 1, Room 2/3 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This full day workshop is jointly sponsored by the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. If you have ancestors who lived in any of the four[...]

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Other Events

all-day OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy on the Cutting Edge @ International Plaza Hotel | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Toronto Branch will welcome hundreds of family historians to the largest genealogical conference in Canada. The event will be based at the International Plaza Hotel, close to Pearson International Airport, Highway 401, and with good[...]

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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 and purchase Dell computer products at special rates?