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May Meeting

Our May 2016 Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 30 May starting at 7:30 pm at our new location—Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto.

Somewhere in France book coverWe’ll begin with our Annual General Meeting, including a summary of Branch accomplishments in the past year and priorities for the year ahead. Our featured speaker at the May meeting will be best-selling author Jennifer Robson, who’ll be talking about Research techniques for the family historian. Jennifer will share her insights into how the digital revolution has transformed her own research and writing, as well as her methods for making the most of your time and budget as a family historian. Her books will be on sale at the meeting ($20 each – cash or cheque only please).

During the mid-meeting break, take a few moments to drop by our information tables and find out about Branch activities and volunteer opportunities… or just mingle with other members and guests.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit our new venue, Eglinton St George’s, it 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.

And if you’re not able to attend in person, consider joining in online. For instructions on how to connect to our live feed, visit our Live Meeting Stream page. To find out what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

2016 Toronto History Lecture—August 3

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The annual Toronto History Lecture was inspired by former Toronto Branch Chair Paul McGrath, who died suddenly in 2008. Paul was a well-known local and family historian who relished sharing stories of Toronto in years gone by.

Paul McGrath

Paul James McGrath, 1959–2008

This year’s free Lecture will take place on the evening of Wednesday August 3 at the City of Toronto Archives, which has hosted the event since its inception. We are currently inviting proposals from potential speakers for lectures on any aspect of Toronto history.

Do you or does someone you know have a story to tell? Download our full call for details. The deadline for submissions is June 10.

Be sure to mark August 3 on your calendar. Past Toronto History Lecturers—Chris Raible, Janice Nickerson, Guylaine Pétrin, Craig Heron and Jonathan Scotland—have all wowed us with fascinating and passionate presentations.

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[...]
Oct
24
Mon
7:30 pm A Captain? My Captain?
A Captain? My Captain?
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A GENEALOGICAL SUCCESS STORY Speakers: Elizabeth A. R. Kaegi and James F. S. Thomson Long ago, far away, in the middle of the Second World War, a baby boy was informally “adopted” by foreigners. A[...]
Nov
28
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Once again in November, a number of Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their genealogical research in a series of short presentations. In addition, special refreshments will be served to celebrate the[...]

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.[...]

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?