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The Workers’ City

It was a lovely summer evening on Wednesday August 6th but more than a hundred people chose to spend it indoors – at the City of Toronto Archives – and they weren’t disappointed! Author, historian and university professor Craig Heron drew a full house for the fourth annual Toronto History Lecture, co-sponsored by the Archives and Toronto Branch, and titled “The Workers’ City: Lives of Toronto’s Working People”.

Toronto History Lecture 2014

Photo courtesy of Jane E. MacNamara

Professor Heron invited his audience to walk in the shoes – or boots, in some cases – of eight different workers from Toronto’s past and present. He introduced us to a 19th-century distillery worker, a print worker, a pieceworker in the garment trade, an immigrant construction worker, a public servant, a health-care worker, a young retail sales clerk and an elderly woman with a long history of unpaid work at home. We learned about the financial, physical and social challenges they faced, and the impact labour movements of the day had on their lives.

The Toronto History Lecture was inaugurated in 2011 in memory of well-known local and family historian Paul McGrath, and this year’s event was dedicated to the memory of J. Brian Gilchrist, one of the country’s leading genealogists, who passed away earlier in 2014. Previous Toronto History Lecturers have included Chris Raible, Janice Nickerson and Guylaine Pétrin.

To find out more about this annual event, visit our Toronto History Lecture page. And if you’d like us to keep you informed of Branch news, click here or on the By Email link at the top right of your screen to subscribe to our updates.

Learn to “Think Like a Genealogist”

Are you intrPortrait of two childrenigued by family history but not sure where to start? Or, if you’ve been at it for a while, are you feeling as though you might need a refresher on techniques and resources? Our fall course, Basic Genealogy and Family History, may be just what you need to get your genealogy on track.

This course – taught by long-time Toronto Branch member Jane E. MacNamara – will run from 8 October to 26 November, on Wednesday afternoons, at North York Central Library. In those eight classes, we’ll cover all the basics of family history research, both online and at libraries and archives, and we’ll show you how to organize your results. We’ll review types of records, where to find them and how to evaluate and build on what you discover. The classes are relaxed, with lots of time to ask questions and share your research with fellow students.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to “think like a genealogist”.

To find out more and to register on-line, visit our Courses page.  Spaces are limited, so do sign up early to ensure a spot.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
22
Mon
7:30 pm The Widow Cathy Brown: Proving a...
The Widow Cathy Brown: Proving a...
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Guylaine Petrin Cathy Brown’s life went through upheavals because of the actions of the men in her life.  While most of the facts of her life are found in the records of her menfolk,[...]
Oct
27
Mon
7:30 pm Archives of Ontario: What’s in i...
Archives of Ontario: What’s in i...
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Archives of Ontario: What's in it for me? @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Jane MacNamara The Archives of Ontario is a rich source for family history. You can find records of birth, marriage, death, and divorce, land records, and estate files, but that’s just scratching the surface.[...]
Nov
24
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research Barry Spinner : Determining my ancestor’s homeland and village through perseverance – before the Internet Donna Di Lello : My Cousins Lynn Sue Reid : Hide-and-Go Seek with Great-Great-Granny[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
20
Sat
9:00 am Using Legacy Family Tree Software
Using Legacy Family Tree Software
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Using Legacy Family Tree Software @ Auditorium North York Central Library | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP To register, click on the Tickets button, above. If you are now using Legacy Family Tree software but are not sure you are using it fully to help you with your[...]
Oct
8
Wed
2:00 pm Basic Genealogy and Family History
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
AN EIGHT-WEEK COURSE ON WEDNESDAYS STARTING OCTOBER 8 To register, click on the green Tickets button, above. Are you thinking of starting your family history? Or maybe you have been working on it for a[...]
Nov
6
Thu
6:15 pm Maps and Mapping for 21st Centur...
Maps and Mapping for 21st Centur...
Nov 6 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A FOUR-WEEK COURSE STARTING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6 AND CONTINUING ON THE FOLLOWING THREE WEDNESDAYS, NOVEMBER 12, 19 AND 26 To register, click on the green Tickets button, above. This 4-week course, designed for intermediate and advanced-level[...]

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Other Events

May
29
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2015
OGS Conference 2015
May 29 – May 31 all-day
OGS Conference 2015 @ Georgian College | Barrie | Ontario | Canada
Join members of the Ontario Genealogical Society for the annual provincial conference. The 2015 theme is “Tracks through Time”. Details and registration will be available early in 2015.  
Jun
3
Fri
all-day OGS Conference 2016
OGS Conference 2016
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
OGS Conference 2016 @ 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 and conference centre, close to Pearson International Airport, Highway 401,[...]

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