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Two thousand more names…

For King and Country has expanded again!

We’ve just added more than two thousand names to our database of Toronto school war memorials.

Many schools in the city display lists of students, former students, and teachers who volunteered for active service during the two World Wars and other conflicts. Some lists name only those who died, but most include all who enlisted. For King and Country is an ongoing Toronto Branch project to locate, photograph and transcribe these memorials and research the schools where they are—or were once—found.

WWII "illuminated list" memorial

WWII “illuminated list” memorial originally at Coleman Avenue School in East York

The new names are from five schools, two of which are “vanished”—no physical traces of them remain. Coleman Avenue School used to stand in East York, on Coleman Avenue between Barrington Avenue and Dawes Road. It closed in 1964 after more than 50 years, and the building was demolished in the early 70s. Wellesley Public School was in operation from 1874 to 1956 at Wellesley and Bay Streets in downtown Toronto, on what would later be the site of the Sutton Place Hotel (now The Britt Condominiums). Both the Coleman and Wellesley memorials are now housed in the Toronto District School Board archives.

The three other schools whose memorials have now been transcribed are: Courcelette Public School, in Scarborough near Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue; Hartman Jones Memorial School, now Westwood Middle School, on Carlaw Avenue north of Danforth Avenue; and Oakwood Collegiate Institute, on St Clair Avenue West at Oakwood Avenue.

These latest additions bring the total number of schools researched and documented in our memorials database to 112… and the number of names recorded to 44,326

Visit the For King and Country website now and find out how Toronto’s schools remember their young men and women who went to war.

 

October 2016 Meeting

Please join us for our next Toronto Branch meeting on Monday 24 October starting at 7:30 pm at Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary), as we present A Captain? My Captain?.

Speakers Elizabeth A. R. Kaegi and James F. S. Thomson will share a genealogical success story, the account of their search to identify the biological parents of a WWII adoptee and solve a seven-decade-old mystery, using both traditional research techniques and new genetic genealogy testing.

As this presentation is by its nature very personal and concerns living people, it will not be live-streamed.

During the mid-meeting break, take a few moments to drop by our information tables, check out our books for “rescue”, find out about Branch courses and volunteer opportunities… and mingle with other members and guests. We’ll conclude with a short presentation by Branch member Linda Reid titled Stocking the Fish Pond: Getting Your Relatives To Take DNA Tests.

Please note that the Members Network will be gathering before the main meeting (beginning at 6:15) in the Eglinton Room.  All Branch members are welcome to participate and share experiences with others pursuing their family history research!

Eglinton St George’s is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues—a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you’re driving, there is some local street parking and there are also three “Green P” parking lots close by.

To find out more about future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
23
Mon
7:30 pm County Maps Project
County Maps Project
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
County Maps Project @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The Ontario Historical County Maps Project Speakers: Joan Winearls & Marcel Fortin This talk will describe a major new mapping and indexing project of the names of landowners on the county maps of Ontario issued[...]
Feb
27
Mon
7:30 pm 19th Century English Gardeners, ...
19th Century English Gardeners, ...
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
19th Century English Gardeners, Horticulturalists, & Nurserymen @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Ellen Maki Today many of us think of gardening as a pleasurable pastime, but in the nineteenth century it was a profession in which many men and women were employed. While researching her family,[...]
Mar
27
Mon
7:30 pm What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
What Lies Beneath @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sherilyn L. Bell, BSc UE This lecture will provide an overview of a genealogy covering the early 1900s.  The subjects are not relatives of the speaker.  What started as a brief distraction from regular[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
17
Tue
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Jan 17 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Tuesdays:[...]
Jan
19
Thu
2:00 pm TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. This course is now full.  Please contact[...]
Jan
26
Thu
5:00 pm Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-on Records of Inheritance @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Archives of Ontario and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Thursdays: January 26, February 2, & 9, 2017 Registration is required.  Registration[...]
Feb
23
Thu
2:00 pm TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 5th Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.         This course[...]

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?