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September Courses & Irish Workshop

Summer may be just underway, but here at Toronto Branch we are already gearing up for autumn with a full array of educational programs planned.

researcher-clipart-research_iconSeptember will be a busy month, with a three-session course taught by Carol Nichols on how to make the most of Ancestry.ca Library Edition running on Wednesday afternoons. Carol’s course, titled Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition will be followed by three drop-in sessions at the Toronto Reference Library, again on Wednesday afternoons, where you can practice your Ancestry.ca skills with the help of volunteers from the Toronto Branch Members Network.

On Friday 18 September, we’ll present a special two-hour afternoon lecture by professional genealogist Chris Paton on his research into the hardships endured by our Scottish ancestors.

And on Saturday 19 September, Chris will be back with us together with historian Dr. William Roulston for a full-day workshop on Irish Genealogy—Focus on Ulster. This workshop is aimed at family historians researching ancestors in the nine counties in the historic province of Ulster, but many of the topics discussed will be of relevance to Irish research generally.

We are now accepting registrations for all of the above courses and events. Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for program details and to sign up online. We expect to open registration for October and November courses in late July.

Summer Camp Memories

It was cloudy with showers for most of the week but the 15 campers who attended the Toronto Branch Genealogy Summer Camp in early June didn’t seem to mind. This year’s Summer Camp drew family history enthusiasts from New York State, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario—all eager to make the most of Toronto’s wonderful archives and libraries.

Campers on a TTC bus

Campers on the move between archives

Home base for Summer Camp was the Massey College residence on the downtown University of Toronto campus. The campers and instructors travelled as a group on public transit every day to different repositories, where they enjoyed a tour or tutorial to introduce them to available resources.

This year’s participants visited the Toronto Reference Library, Canadiana Department of North York Central Library, Archives of Ontario, City of Toronto Archives, and their choice of the archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, Anglican Diocese of Toronto, Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the United Church of Canada’s Central Ontario Conferences. A generous block of time was set aside in each day’s schedule for campers to spend tackling their own research with the guidance of local experts.

Canadian Department of North York Central Library

Jane E. MacNamara (far left), with 2015 campers at North York Central Library’s Canadiana Department

2nd floor viewing area at City of Toronto Archives

Checking out the “miles of files” at the City of Toronto Archives

Genealogy Summer Camp, founded and run by long-time Toronto Branch member Jane E. MacNamara, has been offered almost every year since 1995 and has welcomed participants from England, right across Canada and many US states, as well as local day-campers.

Many campers have found the experience so rewarding that they have returned in subsequent years to do it all again!

Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
28
Mon
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  
Oct
26
Mon
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[...]
Nov
23
Mon
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

Sep
9
Wed
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Sep 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please send a request to courses@torontofamilyhistory.org with “Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition” in the Subject line. If any of[...]
Sep
18
Fri
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[...]
Sep
19
Sat
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[...]
Sep
30
Wed
2:00 pm Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edition
Drop-In Ancestry.ca 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

Aug
5
Wed
7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture
Toronto History Lecture
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm
Toronto History Lecture @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
JOIN US FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL TORONTO HISTORY LECTURE. Returned Men: Toronto’s Veterans in the Great War’s Aftermath Speaker: Jonathan Scotland During the four-year centenary of the First World War, we are encouraged to commemorate[...]
Jun
3
Fri
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 findmypast.com and purchase Dell computer products at special rates?