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It’s in our Genes!

Have you taken the plunge and tested your DNA to help you advance your family history research? Are you wondering what to do with the results? Maybe you’ve been at it for a while, but you’d like to learn more about techniques and strategies? Or perhaps you just want to find out what genetic genealogy is all about? Wherever you are in your DNA journey, you’ll want to attend our June workshop!

Registration is now open for Genetic Genealogy, a full-day event to be held on Saturday 6 June 2015 at North York Central Library, co-sponsored by Toronto Branch and the Library’s Canadiana Department.

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This workshop will cover the main types of DNA testing available to genealogists, different analytical techniques and how the results from genetic testing are used in conducting or supporting family history research. Our keynote speaker will be Irish genetic genealogy expert Dr. Maurice Gleeson. We’ve programmed concurrent lectures during the day to enable attendees to choose the sessions that are best suited to their levels of knowledge, expertise and interests.

Early-bird rates apply until 9 May and OGS members enjoy additional discounts.

For full program and speaker details and to register online, visit our Genetic Genealogy workshop page.

March Meeting

Our March Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 23 March starting at 7:30 pm at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York Centre subway station). Members are invited to come for coffee or tea and a chance to chat about family history before the meeting (from 6:15 to 7:15), courtesy of the Branch New Members Special Interest Group!

Book cover - The Street Arab

One out of every ten Canadians is descended from the more than 118,000 British children who were sent to Canada from 1869 to 1939 to work as indentured farm workers and domestics in individual farms or households. Sandra Joyce, the Executive Director, Canada for the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association and the author of The Street Arab: The Story of a British Home Child and Belonging, will be joining us at our March meeting to tell us more about this important but little-known part of Canada’s history. Copies of Sandra’s book will be available for purchase.

We’re also looking forward to short presentations from Research Services Coordinator Ann Rexe on the work of the Branch research and enquiries team, and from Branch member Sue de Groot on Love and Marriage in Amsterdam.

This meeting will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person. For instructions on how to connect to our live feed, visit our Live Meeting Stream page.

To find out more about the March meeting and what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Apr
27
Mon
7:30 pm OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Imaging the ...
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Imaging the ...
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Bonnie Bell This presentation is one’s women personal project to inspire members of her family to become interested in the history of their female ancestors.   Using photographs, personal documents, and family stories and memorabilia, from[...]
May
25
Mon
7:30 pm Dead and Buried
Dead and Buried
May 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Sue de Groot Deaths produce many records—death registration, obituary, burial, cemetery, tombstone records, etc.This presentation demonstrates why to collect all records and what information they hold.  
Jun
22
Mon
7:30 pm Recent Developments in British a...
Recent Developments in British a...
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: James F.S. Thomson: Recent Developments in British and Irish Research   Mini-presentation: Patricia Blackstock 1837 Rebellion – York Region Rebels

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Courses starting & Workshops

Mar
31
Tue
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Mar 31 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON TUESDAYS MARCH 31, APRIL 7 AND APRIL 14 This course is offered in partnership with the Archives of Ontario. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived[...]
Apr
11
Sat
9:30 am Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors
Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors
Apr 11 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors @ North York Central Library Auditorium | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP Join members of Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society for a day of lectures on the lives of the people who settled in Ontario between the 1790s and the 1860s in what was[...]
May
6
Wed
6:30 pm Discussion Group: Genealogical R...
Discussion Group: Genealogical R...
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
THREE SESSIONS ON WEDNESDAYS, MAY 6, 20 AND 27, 2015 You may register for as many sessions as you like: one session only, any two sessions or all three sessions. Do you want to know[...]
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
  The Ontario Genealogical Society is hosting its 2015 Conference, Tracks through Time, at Georgian College in beautiful Barrie, Ontario from May 29 to 31, 2015. Over the course of three days, there will be[...]

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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
  The Ontario Genealogical Society is hosting its 2015 Conference, Tracks through Time, at Georgian College in beautiful Barrie, Ontario from May 29 to 31, 2015. Over the course of three days, there will be[...]
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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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 and purchase Dell computer products at special rates?