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September 2016 Meeting

Our first Toronto Branch meeting of the fall 2016 season will take place on Monday 26 September starting at 7:30 pm at our new location—Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary).

Our featured speaker Paul Jones will share the story of his 25-year research odyssey to unravel two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy and identify his “true” surname. Please join us for I’m not a Jones, but what am I?

During the mid-meeting break, take a few moments to drop by our information tables and find out about Branch courses and volunteer opportunities… and mingle with other members and guests. We’ll conclude with a short presentation by Branch members Ann Brown and Beth Adams titled Indomitable Granny Brown/Auntie Belle.

Please note that the Members Network will be gathering before the main meeting (beginning at 6:15) in the Eglinton Room.  All Branch members are welcome to participate and share experiences with others pursuing their family history research!

Eglinton St George’s is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues—a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you’re driving, there is some local street parking and there are also three “Green P” parking lots close by.

To find out more about future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Fall 2016 Courses

Get set for a busy autumn season of learning at Toronto Branch!

On Wednesday afternoons in September and October 2016, we will be presenting a three-session course by Carol Nichols, titled Hands-On Library Edition. Join Carol for practical instruction on how to use one of the largest commercial databases of Canadian and international records to build your family tree.

If you’re ready to put your research skills into practice with expert guidance, consider joining Jane E. MacNamara for Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records, a three-session course at the Archives of Ontario on Thursday afternoons in October. Learn how to navigate the Archives’ collections to document the acquisition of land in Upper Canada.

Are you intrigued by the possibility of confirming and expanding your family tree through DNA testing? If so, consider signing up for our three-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy with instructor Linda Reid on Wednesday evenings also in October.

People who are just starting out or are interested in upgrading their basic research skills will want to register for our eight-week course on Wednesday afternoons from mid-October to early December on Basic Genealogy and Family History. Instructor Jane E. MacNamara will cover terminology, types of sources, the use of on-line resources as well as libraries and archives, and sound record-keeping practices.

We are now accepting registrations for all of the above courses. Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for program details and to sign up online.

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
In keeping with tradition, ten Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their genealogical research in a series of short presentations as follows: Jane Briant – My World-Wide Irish Family Barb Garrow –[...]
7:30 pm The Ontario Historical County Ma...
The Ontario Historical County Ma...
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speakers: Joan Winearls & Marcel Fortin This talk will describe a major new mapping and indexing project of the names of landowners on the county maps of Ontario issued by the Tremaine family, H.F. Walling[...]
7:30 pm 19th Century English Gardeners, ...
19th Century English Gardeners, ...
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Ellen Maki Today many of us think of gardening as a pleasurable pastime, but in the nineteenth century it was a profession in which many men and women were employed. While researching her family,[...]

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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 at special rates?