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March Meeting

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. A pile of old booksAnd, 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.

Happy Anniversary!

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.

Cover of Genealogy in Ontario, Searching the RecordsGenealogy 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.Brenda Dougall Merriman with camel 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!

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Where there’s a will there’s a word
Where there’s a will there’s a word
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where there's a will there's a word @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Katherine Barber, Canada’s “Word Lady” Where there’s a will there’s a word The speaker, a Canadian lexicographer and former Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Canadian Dictionary, [...]
7:30 pm Mobile Family History
Mobile Family History
May 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Carol Nichols The trend in technology is a move to the use of mobile devices. In Genealogy, there are many ways to use your [...]
7:30 pm How Uncovering my Grandmother’s Deepest Secret Revealed a Rich Jewish Ancestry
How Uncovering my Grandmother’s …
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Coral Grant “Initially, all I had was a piece of paper with a few names and huge gaps in what was a pathetic looking [...]
7:30 pm The Widow Cathy Brown: Proving a Family Story
The Widow Cathy Brown: Proving a…
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Guylaine Petrin Mini-presentation: Pat Javor  A Smuggler, a Shipwreck and Mrs. Heron    

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Courses starting and Workshops

9:30 am Using Family Tree Maker Software
Using Family Tree Maker Software
Jun 7 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Using Family Tree Maker Software @ North York Central Library Auditorium | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL-DAY WORKSHOP, SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Most people use less than 20% of Family Tree Maker’s capabilities. Here’s a chance to learn more about Family [...]
6:15 pm Using Photography in Family History
Using Photography in Family History
Jun 11 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Using Photography in Family History @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A THREE-SESSION COURSE, WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 11, 18 AND 25  A course to help genealogists to make effective use of photography in all its aspects. The [...]

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