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It’s Census time. Are you saying “Yes”?

Tuesday May 10 is Census Day in Canada, and if your household hasn’t yet received a census notice, chances are it’s in the mail.

Most of us have just ten questions to answer. But one in four households, selected at random, is receiving the 36-page “long-form” version, with dozens of questions about each individual’s place of birth (and their parents’ places of birth), citizenship, ethnic ancestry, education, employment, means of transportation, dwelling-place, health conditions and more. It all adds up to hugely valuable data for government and community planners—but also for future generations of local and family historians.

Major Henry Joseph Woodside, Census Commissioner, Yukon, 1901.

Major Henry Joseph Woodside, Census Commissioner, Yukon, 1901. Library and Archives Canada/PA-016341.

Why are censuses so important to genealogists? They’re the closest thing we have to snapshots of our ancestors in time—documents that record not just one event but the circumstances of entire families and neighbourhoods. So far, census records for what is now Toronto are available free of charge online for 1842, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 and 1921. To find out what you can find out about your ancestors in Toronto censuses and how to access them, visit our census records page.

Researchers will get a chance to see the information in your 2016 census return 92 years from now… but only if you answer “Yes” to the final question, “Does this person agree to make his or her 2016 National Household Survey information available in 2108…?” Imagine how your 22nd century descendants will feel when they find you.

Conference “Carrots”

If you aren’t one of the more than six hundred people who have already signed up to attend OGS Conference 2016, “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge“, coming to Toronto in June, this may prompt you to take the plunge!

The Conference 2016 team has just announced that anyone who registers by May 15 will be eligible for a special package of genealogy goodies courtesy of the event’s generous sponsors. The details are still under wraps (who doesn’t love a genealogy surprise?), but we understand this is a giveaway that will appeal to any family history enthusiast. In other words, it’s not just a carrot… it’s a whole bunch. You can register online or by mail. Visit the Conference 2016 website to get started.

Oh, and don’t worry—if you were one of the wise early-bird registrants, your name is already on the list for the special giveaway package.

Good luck!

bunch of carrots

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 Geneti...
A Captain? My Captain? A Geneti...
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Elizabeth A. R. Kaegi and James F. Thomson A Captain? My Captain? A Genealogical Success Story Long ago, far away, in the middle of the Second World War, a baby boy was informally “adopted”[...]
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?