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England in the Age of Industry

The Industrial Revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries transformed the world and dramatically changed the lives of our ancestors in many ways. On Saturday 1 November, we’ll explore the social, economic and cultural impacts of industrialization on the people and cities of England in a full-day workshop titled Industrial England. Author and professional genealogist Kirsty Gray, a founding member and Chair of the Society for One-Place Studies, and Director of English Studies with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, will be our keynote speaker for this event. Kirsty and six other expert genealogists and social historians will team up to present a day of learning and discovery that you won’t want to miss.

William Bell Scott, Iron and Coal

Iron and Coal by William Bell Scott,1855-60

The day will feature plenary lectures on the broader global context of industrialization, the raw materials of industry and industrial power, and the physical legacies of the industrial age. Attendees will also be able to choose from concurrent morning lectures on literacy and education, food production, and the cotton industry, and from concurrent afternoon lectures on the changes that took place in three major English industrial centres — Birmingham, London and Sheffield.

Industrial England workshop is co-sponsored by Toronto Branch and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library, and will be held in the Library’s Auditorium.

Early-bird rates apply until 18 September and members of the Ontario Genealogical Society enjoy a further discount on the workshop fee. For additional details and to register on-line, click here. Be sure to sign up early to ensure a spot!

Save the Dates!

Family historians are busy people and we know that your calendars for next year are probably already filling up! So we thought we’d give you plenty of advance notice of some important Toronto Branch dates in 2015…

Calendar clipartWe’re planning three exciting full-day workshops next year… and that’s in addition to our regular spring, fall and winter lineups of family history courses, and our monthly Branch meetings with featured speakers on topics of genealogical interest.

On Saturday April 11, we’ll delve into the records and repositories of this province, as we spend the day Searching for Ontario Ancestors.

Next up, on Saturday June 6, we’ll explore the latest developments and best practices in Genetic Genealogy, with keynote speaker Maurice Gleeson.

And as we head into fall, we’ll turn our sights across the Atlantic and welcome lead speakers William Roulston and Chris Paton on Saturday September 19, for Irish Genealogy: Focus on Ulster.

So now that we’ve got your interest, be sure to mark your calendars! And keep an eye on our Workshops page for further details.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Oct
27
Mon
7:30 pm Archives of Ontario: What’s in i...
Archives of Ontario: What’s in i...
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Archives of Ontario: What's in it for me? @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Jane MacNamara The Archives of Ontario is a rich source for family history. You can find records of birth, marriage, death, and divorce, land records, and estate files, but that’s just scratching the surface.[...]
Nov
24
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research Barry Spinner : Determining my ancestor’s homeland and village through perseverance – before the Internet Donna Di Lello : My Cousins Lynn Sue Reid : Hide-and-Go Seek with Great-Great-Granny[...]
Jan
26
Mon
7:30 pm A Personal Journey through Canad...
A Personal Journey through Canad...
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A Personal Journey through Canada's earliest mental health facilities @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Victoria Fenner. Victoria made a remarkable and surprising discovery while tracking down her family tree.  She discovered that her great great grandmother was a patient in three of Canada’s earliest asylums.  She is digging[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Oct
8
Wed
2:00 pm Basic Genealogy and Family History
Basic Genealogy and Family History
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
AN EIGHT-WEEK COURSE ON WEDNESDAYS STARTING OCTOBER 8 To register, click on the green Tickets button, above. Are you thinking of starting your family history? Or maybe you have been working on it for a[...]
Nov
1
Sat
9:00 am Industrial England
Industrial England
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Industrial England @ North York Central Library Auditorium | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP  Join members of Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society for a day of diverse lectures on the major effects of the Industrial Revolutions on English society. Come and hear our keynote speaker[...]
Nov
6
Thu
6:15 pm Maps and Mapping for 21st Centur...
Maps and Mapping for 21st Centur...
Nov 6 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A FOUR-WEEK COURSE STARTING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6 AND CONTINUING ON THE FOLLOWING THREE WEDNESDAYS, NOVEMBER 12, 19 AND 26 To register, click on the green Tickets button, above. This 4-week course, designed for intermediate and advanced-level[...]

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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
Join members of the Ontario Genealogical Society for the annual provincial conference. The 2015 theme is “Tracks through Time”. Details and registration will be available early in 2015.  
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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