The next Toronto Branch meeting of 2014 will take place on Monday 24 March beginning at 7:30 in the evening at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York subway station).
Our own Marian Press will be our featured speaker. Although academic institutions may not be the first places family historians think of when planning a research trip, they are in fact leading the way in the digitization of research materials. And, as we’ll find out from Marian, more and more academic digitization projects are proving to be directly relevant to family history! The title of her presentation will be: ”How Academic Institutions are Helping Genealogists: Free Digital Projects That Family Historians Should Know About“.
After our mid-meeting break (a great time to find out about upcoming Branch courses, workshops and other activities), Sue Henderson will treat us to a short additional presentation on ”HERstory, not history – My Family’s Famous Females“. Hope you can join us!
To find out what’s in store for future Branch meetings, visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.
2014 is a milestone year for family history in Ontario! It was three decades ago that Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records, written by long-time Toronto Branch member Brenda Dougall Merriman, first rolled off the presses. Since then, it has been revised several times, and has become an indispensable first-stop reference for anyone researching Ontario roots.
Genealogy in Ontario is a comprehensive guide to original Ontario source materials and where to find them: vital records and census returns, as well as records relating to land, courts, migration, municipal administration, education, health, the military and more. The book begins with an introduction to the methodology of family history research and the history and geography of the province, and includes chapter-specific reading and reference lists as well as key contact information for specific societies and repositories.
Brenda Dougall Merriman, CG has been a board-certified genealogist since 1979. A respected writer, instructor, speaker and blogger, she has twice received the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Citation of Recognition, and is an active member of the Ontario Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists. Among her other genealogy works are Genealogical Standards of Evidence and the award-winning United Empire Loyalists: A Guide to Tracing Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada. Brenda’s first loves are genealogical problem-solving, the 18th-century Loyalist era… and, yes, chasing camels. In fact, her newest publication is a photographic chronicle entitled Camelogue.
A special 30th Anniversary edition of Genealogy in Ontario is now available for purchase through the Ontario Genealogical Society’s e-Store. Congratulations from Toronto Branch, Brenda!