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Basic Genealogy Course & Atlantic Workshop

Registration is now open for two more Toronto Branch fall events.

We’re offering an eight-week course, beginning in October, led by instructor Jane E. MacNamara on Basic Genealogy and Family History. This course will be held at North York Central Library on Wednesday afternoons, and is designed for those who are just setting out on their family history journeys or who wish to upgrade their basic research skills.* Learn how to climb your family tree on a secure footing!

And on Saturday 17 October, we’ll be turning our sights to Canada’s east coast, with a full-day workshop on Atlantic Canada Genealogy.

1775 map of Prince Edward Island

Map of Prince Edward Island, 1775

Led by keynote speaker Terrence M. Punch of Halifax, with additional lectures by Roberta Clark and Terri Raymond, this workshop will explore the resources available to help you find your Atlantic ancestors. The focus will be on understanding the patterns and sources of immigration into the four Atlantic provinces over the past four hundred years as well as subsequent migrations from Atlantic Canada to other parts of Canada and to the United States. Sign up soon to ensure a spot!

For details of all of our fall 2015 educational events, and to register online, visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages.

*Please note that a second session of this course, originally scheduled for Tuesday evenings at the Riverdale Public Library, has been cancelled.

2015 Toronto History Lecture

The fifth annual Toronto History Lecture will take place on Wednesday 5 August at the City of Toronto Archives.

Photonegative of City of Toronto memorial to returning soldiers

“Memorial to returning soldiers” (January 1919), City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 41, Item 66

As we mark the four-year centenary of the First World War, it is fitting that the topic of the 2015 Lecture is Returned Men: Toronto’s Veterans in the Great War’s Aftermath. Historian Jonathan Scotland will examine the consequences, aftermath, and impact of the War and how Toronto’s “returned men” tried to reintegrate into civilian life.

The 2015 Toronto History Lecture is dedicated to the memory of Mary Garrett, who passed away in May of 2015. Mary was a long-time active member of the Ontario Genealogical Society, and the first editor of the Toronto Branch newsletter Toronto Tree, from 1968 to 1976.

This event is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited.

Visit our Toronto History Lecture page now to find out more.

Toronto Branch Meetings

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[...]
7:30 pm And Now for Something Completely...
And Now for Something Completely...
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Donna Di Lello And Now for Something Completely Different: charts have their place, but come learn some really creative ways to display your families, both beautiful and whimsical. Mini-presentation: Mary Williamson: My great-great grandfather was[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

2:00 pm Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History - Day @ North York Central Library, Room 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This day-time course is on 8 Wednesdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 25 and December 2 (no class on November 18).   The course is designed for those just beginning to research or[...]
9:30 am Atlantic Canada Genealogy Workshop
Atlantic Canada Genealogy Workshop
Oct 17 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Atlantic Canada Genealogy Workshop @ North York Central Library, Auditorium, Room 1, Room 2/3 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
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 ancestors who lived in any of the four[...]

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Other Events

all-day OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy on the Cutting Edge @ 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, close to Pearson International Airport, Highway 401, and with good[...]

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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?