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1890 family portrait

Meredith family portrait (ca 1890), Baldwin Collection, Toronto Reference Library

Are you new to family history… or maybe feeling a little rusty? Now’s your chance to learn or brush up on the fundamentals of genealogy and make sure that your research is on the right track.

This fall, Toronto Branch is offering an eight-week course on Wednesday afternoons, beginning on October 19, on Basic Genealogy and Family History. Taught by author/lecturer Jane E. MacNamara in a friendly, supportive class environment, this course will cover all you need to know to move forward with confidence. Learn about terminology, types of sources, the use of on-line resources, libraries and archives and record-keeping… and how to “think like a genealogist”.

Visit the course page for further details and to register online.

September 2016 Meeting

Our first Toronto Branch meeting of the fall 2016 season will take place on Monday 26 September starting at 7:30 pm at our new location—Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto (in the Sanctuary).

Our featured speaker Paul Jones will share the story of his 25-year research odyssey to unravel two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy and identify his “true” surname. Please join us for I’m not a Jones, but what am I?

During the mid-meeting break, take a few moments to drop by our information tables and find out about Branch courses and volunteer opportunities… and mingle with other members and guests. We’ll conclude with a short presentation by Branch members Ann Brown and Beth Adams titled Indomitable Granny Brown/Auntie Belle.

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?