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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!

For the Winter season 2015, we are offering the following courses. Registration for all courses is now open. To register, click on the links on this page.

Publish Before You Perish (Saturday February 21, 9:30am-12:30pm at Toronto Reference Library) Instructor: Nancy Conn.

Welcome to Our World: A Day with Top Toronto Genealogists and Family Historians (Saturday February 21, 10:00am-3:00pm at North York Central Library) Speakers: Carol Nichols, Janice Nickerson, Guylaine Pétrin and James F.S. Thomson.

Using Digital Newspapers for Genealogy Research (3 Wednesdays, March 4, 11, and 18, 6:15-8:15pm at Toronto Reference Library) Instructor: Marian Press.

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

In addition to the four courses above, the New Members Special Interest Group is collaborating with the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library to present two free courses on the use of Photoshop:

Photoshop 1 (Wednesday February 4, 6:15pm-8:15pm at Toronto Reference Library).

Photoshop 2 (Wednesday February 11, 6:15pm-8:15pm at Toronto Reference Library).

The first course of the Spring season 2015 has also been announced and is now open for registration:

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.