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June Meeting

Our June 2016 Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 27 June starting at 7:30 pm at our new location—Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto.

Jane - St. Bartholomew the GreatPlease join us for a fascinating case history presentation. Our featured speaker Jane E. MacNamara will guide us through many early English records—from manorial records and parish registers in Yorkshire, to an ancient church in Smithfield, to manors in rural Essex, and to intriguing records of inheritance in all locations—as we follow The Search for Alban Leaf.

During the mid-meeting break, take a few moments to drop by our information tables and find out about new Branch educational activities and volunteer opportunities… and mingle with other members and guests. We’ll conclude with a short presentation by Branch member Stephen Low titled The Ladies of Loughborough.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit our new venue, Eglinton St George’s, it 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.

This will be our last Branch meeting until September. To find out what’s in store in the fall, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Please note: Due to unforeseeable circumstances, this meeting will not be live-streamed as planned.

Tired, inspired, and very grateful

Just over a week ago we were in the midst of OGS Conference 2016 with some 720+ weekend guests, closer to 800 with speakers and exhibitors. It was a whirlwind for the volunteer committee, the culmination of a couple of years of planning and preparation—and maybe a little dreaming, too.

We are so grateful to those guests who came with us to take genealogy “to the cutting edge” like the enthusiastic attendees from Sudbury (pictured below) who made very good use of the Conference App. They are a few of the 20 Sudbury Branch members who made the trek to Toronto—proving that there’s still a role for gatherings that bring genealogists face to face.

Conference attendees from Sudbury

Thanks to the terrific speakers who brought their expertise, the exhibitors who brought their tools and local knowledge, and the sponsors and partners who put us on a sound financial footing and helped us add some bells and whistles.

After a short, but much needed rest, we’ll be tidying up the finances, and analyzing the effectiveness of various activities. We’ve invited all attendees to provide input with a painless online evaluation. (Check your inbox for the link.)

Then we’ll pass the torch to next year’s hosts—Ottawa Branch. Watch for news of that event—which also celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial—coming soon.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
26
Mon
7:30 pm I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Paul Jones The story of researching two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy to identify the hitherto unknown fathers and my “true” surname. This account involves a 25-year research odyssey and uses family oral history[...]
Oct
24
Mon
7:30 pm A Captain? My Captain?
A Captain? My Captain?
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A GENEALOGICAL SUCCESS STORY Speakers: Elizabeth A. R. Kaegi and James F. S. Thomson Long ago, far away, in the middle of the Second World War, a baby boy was informally “adopted” by foreigners. A[...]
Nov
28
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Once again in November, a number of Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their genealogical research in a series of short presentations. In addition, special refreshments will be served to celebrate the[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Oct
6
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. If you would like to add your name to a waiting list, please send an e-mail message with your request to: courses@torontofamilyhistory.org. This course is offered in partnership with the[...]
Oct
12
Wed
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Oct 12 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL If you would like to add your name to a waiting list, please send an e-mail message with your request to: courses@torontofamilyhistory.org. The course will be on three Wednesdays: October 12,[...]
Oct
19
Wed
2:00 pm Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History Fall 2016 @ Eglinton St. George's United Church, South Studio | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This day-time course is on 8 Wednesdays: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and December 7 The course is designed for those just beginning to research or looking to upgrade basic research skills.[...]

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 findmypast.com at special rates?