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Toronto in 2016!

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The Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2015 Conference in Barrie has now drawn to a successful close, but the countdown to next year’s Conference is just beginning. OGS Conference 2016 will draw hundreds of family historians to… Toronto!

The 2016 theme is “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge“, and has been selected to inspire excitement among attendees, speakers and exhibitors alike. The goal is to offer a fresh and original program that will showcase the latest developments and discoveries in family history research — from records, repositories and databases to methodology and technology. Two internationally acclaimed genealogy experts have already confirmed that they will be speaking at Conference 2016.  “The Legal Genealogist” Judy G. Russell  and genetic genealogist CeCe Moore will both be making their debut appearances in Ontario. If you are a potential speaker, please note that the Conference Committee is now inviting proposals for presentations. See the full Call for Presentations for further details.

Conference 2016 will take place from June 3 to 5 at Toronto’s International Plaza Hotel, which is convenient to major highways, the airport and public transit. It’s compact, yet with all the public spaces needed for plenary sessions, a wide array of concurrent lectures, the annual banquet and an extensive exhibitor marketplace.

Be sure to mark your calendar now, and stay tuned for more exciting announcements about what’s in store for you at Conference 2016! Sign up below for Conference updates delivered directly to your inbox.

Tracks through Time

The Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2015 Conference is taking place at Georgian College in Barrie from May 29 to 31. This year’s theme is Tracks through Time—and whether you are tracking your ancestors by researching vital and census records, poring through old newspapers, visiting ancestral homesteads or comparing DNA results, chances are that this is an event you will not want to miss.

Over the course of three days, attendees will be able to choose from eight workshops and thirty-five sessions, stop in at familiar Conference features such as the Research Room, Ask an Expert and Wall of Ancestors, and check out new additions, such as “fast tracks”, short presentations offered exclusively by exhibitors in the Conference Marketplace. Toronto Branch members Jane E. MacNamara, Janice Nickerson, Guylaine Pétrin and James F.S. Thomson will be among the expert Conference speakers.OGS Conference 2015 logo

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register in person on the Conference weekend. See the Conference Registration page for available packages. If you are coming to Barrie, be sure to drop by the Toronto Branch table in Marketplace and find out what’s in store for Conference 2016!

If you can’t attend in person, you can tune in to select sessions from a distance. On Saturday morning, Conference organizers will be live-streaming a panel discussion, moderated by Thomas MacEntee, on “challenges, concerns and opportunities related to tracking our ancestors and leaving behind our own tracks”, followed by the Society’s Annual General Meeting. See the Conference schedule to find out how to connect to these live-streamed sessions and to review the full program.

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm What’s new at Ancestry
What’s new at Ancestry
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Lesley Anderson  What’s new at Ancestry  
7:30 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Marian Press: Putting Your Family Tree Online: What Choice Should You Make? There are now many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find, well beyond what was available[...]
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research Douglas Hill: Finding A “Secret” Cousin Joan Beckley: Wearable Genealogy B C Holmes:  My Grandfather’s Research Was Too Large For the Shelf Stephen Low: Tracing in Both Directions[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

2:00 pm Hands-On Library Edi...
Hands-On Library Edi...
Sep 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This course is on Wednesdays, September 9, 16, and 23, 2015.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society. Uncovering your[...]
3:00 pm Scottish Family History Lecture
Scottish Family History Lecture
Sep 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Scottish Family History Lecture @ North York Central Library, Room 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Lecture Title: Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis It is often the case in family history research that our ancestors’ lives were best documented when the chips were truly down. We may have[...]
9:00 am Irish Genealogy Workshop – Focus...
Irish Genealogy Workshop – Focus...
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:45 pm
This full day workshop is jointly sponsored by the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. If you have Irish ancestors who lived in the nine counties[...]
2:00 pm Drop-In Library Edition
Drop-In Library Edition
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This course is on 3 Wednesdays: September 30, October 28, and November 25, 2015.  No registration required.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto[...]

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Other Events

7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture
Toronto History Lecture
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm
Join us for the fifth annual Toronto History Lecture. Details will be announced soon.
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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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 and purchase Dell computer products at special rates?