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

Learn with Toronto Branch

Toronto Branch provides a variety of learning opportunities throughout the year—different lengths, different formats, different venues.

Many of our own members (acknowledged experts in their fields) share their expertise, and we often bring in speakers and instructors from a distance, as well as from other disciplines. Our events are well-known and well attended. Be sure to register early.


COURSES, whether online or in person, provide an in-depth look at a type of research, a geographical area, or technology. Expect small class sizes, lots of discussion, handouts, a little homework, and sometimes a hands-on component.

Many courses are intended for beginners or those still learning the basic techniques of genealogy while some courses are aimed at people who have many years of experience who are looking to fine-tune a specific skill, enhance an area of knowledge, or just keep up-to-date. Each year Toronto Branch’s education committee plans a mixture of courses that will enable everyone to find something of interest. (And we’re always looking for new ideas.)

Courses can be as short as two weeks and as long as eight weeks. Occasionally, we pack a whole course into one day! But they’re always inspiring—and fun.


When circumstances allow, in-person WORKSHOPS are big events, usually with 100 or more participants, often held on Saturdays. There are lots of opportunities to ask questions and share information with the group. Many workshops feature one or two “big name” speakers who are renowned for their expertise—some from the British Isles, the United States, or other parts of Canada—but some of the best speakers are members of Toronto Branch.

LECTURE SERIES bring together speakers on a particular theme or area of expertise. Whether held online or in person, the lectures will be spread over several weeks. Online lectures are usually recorded and available to paid registrants for a limited time. You may be required to register for the full series, or you may be able to choose individual lectures.

Click here to see the educational opportunities we are offering right now.

Members of Toronto Branch OGS are first in line to hear about educational events, and benefit from a lower registration fee. We’d love to have you join us!