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September Meeting

Monthly Toronto Branch meetings resume this month after our summer break! The September 2014 meeting of Toronto Branch will take place on Monday 22 September starting 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 featured speaker, Guylaine Pétrin, will tell us how she drew on both public records and oral history to piece together the story of a strong and remarkable woman who faced upheaval and hardship because of the actions of the men in her life, but went on to re-invent herself and fight two governments along the way. The title of Guylaine’s talk is “The Widow Cathy Brown: Proving a Family Story”.

During our mid-meeting break, take the opportunity to drop by our information tables and find out about our other Branch activities, or mingle and catch up with fellow family history enthusiasts. We’ll close out the evening with a short presentation by Branch member Pat Javor on “A Smuggler, a Shipwreck and Mrs. Heron”.

Hope to see you there! If you’re planning ahead and would like to find out what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

England in the Age of Industry

The Industrial Revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries transformed the world and dramatically changed the lives of our ancestors in many ways. On Saturday 1 November, we’ll explore the social, economic and cultural impacts of industrialization on the people and cities of England in a full-day workshop titled Industrial England. Author and professional genealogist Kirsty Gray, a founding member and Chair of the Society for One-Place Studies, and Director of English Studies with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, will be our keynote speaker for this event. Kirsty and six other expert genealogists and social historians will team up to present a day of learning and discovery that you won’t want to miss.

William Bell Scott, Iron and Coal

Iron and Coal by William Bell Scott,1855-60

The day will feature plenary lectures on the broader global context of industrialization, the raw materials of industry and industrial power, and the physical legacies of the industrial age. Attendees will also be able to choose from concurrent morning lectures on literacy and education, food production, and the cotton industry, and from concurrent afternoon lectures on the changes that took place in three major English industrial centres — Birmingham, London and Sheffield.

Industrial England workshop is co-sponsored by Toronto Branch and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library, and will be held in the Library’s Auditorium.

Early-bird rates apply until 18 September and members of the Ontario Genealogical Society enjoy a further discount on the workshop fee. For additional details and to register on-line, click here. Be sure to sign up early to ensure a spot!

Toronto Branch Meetings

Nov
24
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research Donna Di Lello : My Cousins Lynn Sue Reid : Hide-and-Go Seek with Great-Great-Granny C. Michael Schmitz : A Search for Truth, Family and Identity: My ultimate Why! Greg Marlatt : Where[...]
Jan
26
Mon
7:30 pm A Personal Journey through Canad...
A Personal Journey through Canad...
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A Personal Journey through Canada's earliest mental health facilities @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Victoria Fenner. Victoria made a remarkable and surprising discovery while tracking down her family tree.  She discovered that her great great grandmother was a patient in three of Canada’s earliest asylums.  She is digging[...]
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[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Nov
1
Sat
9:00 am Industrial England
Industrial England
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Industrial England @ North York Central Library Auditorium | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL DAY WORKSHOP  Join members of Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society for a day of diverse lectures on the major effects of the Industrial Revolutions on English society. Come and hear our keynote speaker[...]
Nov
6
Thu
6:15 pm Maps and Mapping for 21st Centur...
Maps and Mapping for 21st Centur...
Nov 6 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A FOUR-WEEK COURSE STARTING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6 AND CONTINUING ON THE FOLLOWING THREE WEDNESDAYS, NOVEMBER 12, 19 AND 26 This course is now fully subscribed. This 4-week course, designed for intermediate and advanced-level genealogists, explores[...]

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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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