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June Meeting

Our June 2016 Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 27 June starting at 7:30 pm at our new location—Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto.

Jane - St. Bartholomew the GreatPlease join us for a fascinating case history presentation. Our featured speaker Jane E. MacNamara will guide us through many early English records—from manorial records and parish registers in Yorkshire, to an ancient church in Smithfield, to manors in rural Essex, and to intriguing records of inheritance in all locations—as we follow The Search for Alban Leaf.

During the mid-meeting break, take a few moments to drop by our information tables and find out about new Branch educational activities and volunteer opportunities… and mingle with other members and guests. We’ll conclude with a short presentation by Branch member Stephen Low titled The Ladies of Loughborough.

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.

This will be our last Branch meeting until September. To find out what’s in store in the fall, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Please note: Due to unforeseeable circumstances, this meeting will not be live-streamed as planned.

Tired, inspired, and very grateful

Just over a week ago we were in the midst of OGS Conference 2016 with some 720+ weekend guests, closer to 800 with speakers and exhibitors. It was a whirlwind for the volunteer committee, the culmination of a couple of years of planning and preparation—and maybe a little dreaming, too.

We are so grateful to those guests who came with us to take genealogy “to the cutting edge” like the enthusiastic attendees from Sudbury (pictured below) who made very good use of the Conference App. They are a few of the 20 Sudbury Branch members who made the trek to Toronto—proving that there’s still a role for gatherings that bring genealogists face to face.

Conference attendees from Sudbury

Thanks to the terrific speakers who brought their expertise, the exhibitors who brought their tools and local knowledge, and the sponsors and partners who put us on a sound financial footing and helped us add some bells and whistles.

After a short, but much needed rest, we’ll be tidying up the finances, and analyzing the effectiveness of various activities. We’ve invited all attendees to provide input with a painless online evaluation. (Check your inbox for the link.)

Then we’ll pass the torch to next year’s hosts—Ottawa Branch. Watch for news of that event—which also celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial—coming soon.

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
In keeping with tradition, ten Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their genealogical research in a series of short presentations as follows: Jane Briant – My World-Wide Irish Family Barb Garrow –[...]
7:30 pm The Ontario Historical County Ma...
The Ontario Historical County Ma...
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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 by the Tremaine family, H.F. Walling[...]
7:30 pm 19th Century English Gardeners, ...
19th Century English Gardeners, ...
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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,[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

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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 at special rates?