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Remembrance for a Parkdale son

A wooden cross first marked the spot where Parkdale’s Roy Victor Jones lost his life in April 1917—one of about 3,600 Canadians who fell at Vimy Ridge.

When the wooden crosses at Vimy were replaced with stone markers, Roy’s parents had his cross brought home. John and Helen Jones are now buried in Etobicoke’s Park Lawn Cemetery and a fragment of their son’s cross stands beside their shared grave stone.

Vimy cross fragment in Parklawn Cemetery, Etobicoke

The date Apr 9, 1917 still visible on the cross fragment.

Roy Jones is also remembered in memorial lists at Parkdale Public School, near Queen Street West and Lansdowne Avenue, and Parkdale Collegiate Institute, on Jameson Avenue just south of Queen Street West.

Parkdale C.I., the second oldest high school in Toronto, is one of three schools that have just been added to For King and Country, the Toronto Branch database of war memorials in Toronto schools. The two other new schools in the database are Birch Cliff Heights Public School, on Highview Avenue northwest of Kingston Road, and Malvern Collegiate Institute, on Malvern Avenue between Kingston Road and Gerrard Street East. Special thanks for the help from the staff at the archives of  Malvern and Parkdale. Their concern for the past, the present, and the future of their schools should make all Malvernites and Parkdalians proud.

Our For King and Country database now contains 107 schools and more than 42,000 names of students, former students, and teachers who volunteered for active service in World War I or II or other military conflicts, as well as valuable information about the history of the schools themselves.

Visit our For King and Country pages to search the database, explore Toronto’s school memorials and learn more about Roy Jones and his story.

The Gift that Gives Back…

Toronto Branch is entirely staffed by volunteers. We rely on volunteers to organize, promote and provide technical support for Branch meetings and workshops, maintain the Branch website and social media communications, respond to queries, contribute to and produce our newsletter Toronto Tree, develop Branch publications, coordinate and work on our special projects, and much more…

Volunteering does require some commitment of time and effort, but it’s a gift that gives back. In addition to the satisfaction of being able to use their skills and experience to benefit others, and being part of an active community of fellow family historians, our volunteers gain a closer connection to Branch operations and a deeper understanding of Toronto records and repositories.

To find out what volunteer positions are currently available for Toronto Branch members, visit our Volunteer Opportunities page… whether you can spare a few hours a week or a few hours a month, it all helps!

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Researching and Sharing Your Fam...
Researching and Sharing Your Fam...
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Researching and Sharing Your Family’s Social History @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Barbara J. Starmans Researching and Sharing Your Family’s Social History As a genealogist, don’t you wish that you could draw up a chair by the fire at your ancestor’s house and have a cup[...]
7:30 pm St Patrick’s Day Riots of 1858
St Patrick’s Day Riots of 1858
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. David Wilson: The St Patrick’s Day Riots of 1858 Ethno-religious street fighting, a corrupt police force, rabble-rousing Councilmen, class conflict within both the Protestant and Catholic Irish communities, and a murder mystery —[...]
7:30 pm (Mis)Adventures in Genealogy
(Mis)Adventures in Genealogy
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Susan Reid: (Mis)Adventures in Genealogy–Labyrinth, Maze or Rabbit-hole? Family history research is often fraught with missing or erroneous records, and findings that seem to conflict with oral family history. What’s a genealogist to do? Sometimes[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Introduction to Genealogy and Family History @ North York Central Library, Room 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20 FROM 10AM TO 3PM INCLUDING A 1-HOUR LUNCH BREAK This course is jointly sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Registration is required.[...]
2:00 pm Hands-On Library Edi...
Hands-On Library Edi...
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-On Library Edition Winter 2016 @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is on Wednesdays, February 24, March 2, and March 9, 2016.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society.[...]
9:00 am Ulster Historical Foundation Nor...
Ulster Historical Foundation Nor...
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Ulster Historical Foundation North American Tour 2016: Finding Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots @ North York Civic Centre, Memorial Hall, Burgundy Room | 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. Registration is required. Registration is now open. If you have Irish[...]
2:00 pm Drop-In Library Edit...
Drop-In Library Edit...
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This course is on 3 Wednesdays: March 30, April 27, and May 25, 2016.  No registration is required.  The course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library[...]

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[...]

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?