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Toronto Research Tip: Master Database

So you think your ancestor may have lived in the Toronto area, but you’re not sure where to look next to pinpoint your search? Did you know that Toronto Branch maintains a searchable master database of genealogical information that could save you countless hours of research time?

Our master database includes all of the burial registers, place of worship registers, funeral home registers and other records transcribed by Toronto Branch, as well as some indexes and transcriptions for places beyond Toronto’s current boundaries – in York, Halton, Peel and Dufferin Counties. Volunteers on our research team can run a search for a single name or for all occurrences of a surname and send you a printout for a very modest charge.

To access a list of all the records currently in our master database and to find out how to request a name search, visit our Research Services page.

November Meeting

The November 2014 meeting of Toronto Branch will take place on Monday 24 November starting at 7:30 pm at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York subway station).

This will be our last meeting before the holiday break, and, in keeping with Branch tradition, we’ll be marking the close of the year with a celebration of our own Great Moments in Genealogy. Eleven Branch members will each have five minutes to talk about a research breakthrough, a serendipitous connection, an exciting discovery, an intriguing new lead, a hunch that paid off – one “great moment” in their family history adventures.

Please join us for a fast-paced and entertaining evening! To find out more about our November speakers, and what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Feb
23
Mon
7:30 pm “Redcoated Ploughboys”, a histor...
“Redcoated Ploughboys”, a histor...
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
“Redcoated Ploughboys”, a history of the Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815 @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Richard Feltoe “Redcoated Ploughboys”, a history of the Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815 Richard will discuss the recruitment, training and active service of the regiment in the various battles that[...]
Mar
23
Mon
7:30 pm Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Breaking the Silence @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sandra Joyce Over 118,000 British children were sent to Canada from 1869 to 1939 to work as indentured farm workers and domestics in individual farms or households.  Some suffered horrifically in their placements, others did[...]
Apr
27
Mon
7:30 pm OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Imaging the ...
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Imaging the ...
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Bonnie Bell This presentation is one’s women personal project to inspire members of her family to become interested in the history of their female ancestors.   Using photographs, personal documents, and family stories and memorabilia, from[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Feb
4
Wed
6:15 pm Photoshop 1
Photoshop 1
Feb 4 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A TWO-HOUR SESSION ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2015 A special course co-sponsored by the Toronto Branch’s New Members Special Interest Group in cooperation with the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library. Learn the correct[...]
Feb
11
Wed
6:15 pm Photoshop 2
Photoshop 2
Feb 11 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A TWO-HOUR SESSION ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2015 A special course co-sponsored by the Toronto Branch’s New Members Special Interest Group in cooperation with the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library. Prerequisite: Completion of[...]
Feb
21
Sat
9:30 am Publish Before You Perish
Publish Before You Perish
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21 To register, please click on the green Tickets button above. This half-day course is intended for those who have already done a lot of family history research. It[...]

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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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