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Courses

Toronto Branch courses are a great way to improve your research and organizing skills, learn about records in a specific geographic area, or increase your knowledge of your ancestor’s life and times.

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. Class sizes are kept small to allow discussion with your instructor and fellow students.

Our courses are popular! We recommend that you register early. It is quick and easy with our online system. You can pay with your credit card, PayPal account, or print the form and send us a cheque. (Just follow the links for each course.)

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!


The following courses are starting within the next few months:

Using Digital Newspapers for Genealogy Research (3 Wednesdays, March 4, 11, and 18, 6:15-8:15pm at Toronto Reference Library) Instructor: Marian Press. This course is now full so registration is closed. 

Introduction to Genealogy and Family History (Saturday March 28, 10:00am-3:00pm at North York Memorial Community Hall) Instructor: Linda Reid.

Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records (3 Tuesdays, March 31, April 7 and 14, 4:00-7:00pm at the Archives of Ontario) Instructor: Jane E. MacNamara.

Genealogy Discussion Group (Wednesdays May 6, 20 and 27, 6:30-8:30pm at North York Central Library). Registration will open in early March.