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Tired, inspired, and very grateful

Just over a week ago we were in the midst of OGS Conference 2016 with some 720+ weekend guests, closer to 800 with speakers and exhibitors. It was a whirlwind for the volunteer committee, the culmination of a couple of years of planning and preparation—and maybe a little dreaming, too.

We are so grateful to those guests who came with us to take genealogy “to the cutting edge” like the enthusiastic attendees from Sudbury (pictured below) who made very good use of the Conference App. They are a few of the 20 Sudbury Branch members who made the trek to Toronto—proving that there’s still a role for gatherings that bring genealogists face to face.

Conference attendees from Sudbury

Thanks to the terrific speakers who brought their expertise, the exhibitors who brought their tools and local knowledge, and the sponsors and partners who put us on a sound financial footing and helped us add some bells and whistles.

After a short, but much needed rest, we’ll be tidying up the finances, and analyzing the effectiveness of various activities. We’ve invited all attendees to provide input with a painless online evaluation. (Check your inbox for the link.)

Then we’ll pass the torch to next year’s hosts—Ottawa Branch. Watch for news of that event—which also celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial—coming soon.

See you at OGS Conference 2016!

If you’re a family historian, Toronto is the place to be the first weekend of June. From June 3 to 5, the biggest genealogical conference in Canada will be taking place at the International Plaza Hotel near Pearson Airport.

Walk-ins welcome

OGS Conference 2016, “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge” is the annual conference of our parent organization, the Ontario Genealogical Society, and we at Toronto Branch are thrilled to be hosting it this year. Online registration for Conference 2016 is now closed but walk-in registrations are welcome throughout the weekend, and those who are already registered may choose to add to their orders at the door. However, on-site registrants should be prepared to pay with a credit card, or a cheque. The Conference registration desk won’t be able to take cash.

There are also some events taking place at Conference 2016 that are open to all serious family historians—whether you’ve signed up for Conference sessions or not. The National Institute for Genealogical Studies will be holding a graduation ceremony at the Conference hotel on Friday afternoon at 5:30. The Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be taking place at the Conference hotel on Saturday afternoon at 1:30. And visitors are free to browse and shop in the Conference 2016 Expo Hall, which will be overflowing with cutting-edge displays.

If you’re planning to come to Conference 2016, please stop by the Toronto Branch table in Expo Hall and find out more about who we are and what we do. If you can’t be there in person, you can still be part of the online Conference community! Download the OGS 2016 app and start exploring…

Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
26
Mon
7:30 pm I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Paul Jones I‘m not a Jones, but what am I? The story of researching two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy to identify the hitherto unknown fathers and my “true” surname. This account involves a 25-year[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
21
Wed
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition Fall 2016 @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is on three Wednesdays, September 21, 28 and October 5, 2016.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society[...]
Oct
6
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is offered in partnership with the Archives of Ontario. Course sessions are on Thursdays, October 6, 13 and 20, 2016. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in[...]
Oct
12
Wed
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Oct 12 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course will be on three Wednesdays: October 12, 19, and 26, 2016 Description: This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. There will be[...]
Oct
19
Wed
2:00 pm Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History Fall 2016 @ Eglinton St. George's United Church, South Studio | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This day-time course is on 8 Wednesdays: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and December 7 The course is designed for those just beginning to research or looking to upgrade basic research skills.[...]

Other Events

Aug
3
Wed
7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture
Toronto History Lecture
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm
Toronto History Lecture @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
THE 6TH ANNUAL TORONTO HISTORY LECTURE. The Chinese in Toronto: The way we were… Speaker: Arlene Chan The arrival of Chinese and the development of Chinatown in Toronto owe their modest beginnings to the completion[...]

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 at special rates?