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Quebec Workshop

Registration is now open for a full-day workshop on Saturday 16 April 2016 exploring the history and genealogy of the people of “La Belle Province”.

Our Quebec Family History Workshop will feature three expert presenters. Gary Schroder, the long-time President of the Quebec Family History Society, will demonstrate how to access and use church and civil registers, as well as census, probate, land, tax and other records to research your Quebec ancestors. Reference archivist Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne will tell us about some of the many archival treasures that can be found at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, including judicial records and coroners’ files, as well as resources that are available online. And Ryerson University historian Dan Horner will examine the history of migration into and out of the province and the impact it has had on Quebec culture and society.

Bird's eye view of Montreal 1889

“Bird’s Eye View of Montreal” – 1889

This workshop is co-sponsored by Toronto Branch and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library, and will take place in the Library’s Auditorium.

Early-bird rates apply until 19 March and OGS members enjoy additional discounts.

For full program and speaker details and to register on-line, visit our Quebec Workshop page.

And if you have a question about Quebec genealogy that you would like our workshop experts to address, please send us an e-mail by 8 April 2016 to, with the subject-line “Quebec Family History Workshop”.

February Meeting

Our February Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 22 February 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).

Image of jug and bowl on washstandGenealogy writer and instructor Barbara J. Starmans will be our featured speaker at this meeting. Her main presentation will be on Researching and Sharing Your Family’s Social History—how exploring the social history of our ancestors’ time and place can help us go beyond the who, when and where of their lives and find answers to the harder questions of how and why. Barbara will also be joining us for a special pre-meeting question and answer session from 6:45 to 7:15 pm on choices related to the change in ownership of the Family Tree Maker program. If you’re a FTM user, don’t miss this chance to air your questions and concerns.

During our mid-meeting break, drop by our information tables to find out about upcoming workshops, volunteer openings and other Branch activities and announcements, or catch up with other family history enthusiasts. We’ll close out the evening with a short presentation by Branch member Valerie Watt titled Britain’s Genetic Map Reveals its Regional History.

We will be live-streaming this meeting for those who are unable to attend in person. For instructions on how to connect to our live feed, visit our Live Meeting Stream page. We hope you’ll be able to join us – either in person or on-line.

To find out  what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

* We have been advised that the current work-to-rule campaign by Toronto’s inside workers will not have any impact on our meeting, which will be proceeding in the Burgundy Room as planned. If there is any change, we will post a further update here.

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm Research techniques for the fami...
Research techniques for the fami...
May 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Research techniques for the family historian @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Jennifer Robson: Research techniques for the family historian International bestselling author Jennifer Robson is a former Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and holds a D Phil in Modern History from the University of Oxford. At this[...]
7:30 pm The Search for Alban Leaf
The Search for Alban Leaf
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Search for Alban Leaf @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Jane MacNamara: The Search for Alban Leaf This presentation demonstrates the use of many English record types—in a period well before census and civil registration. The search for the subject of this case history, Londoner Alban Leaf (1681-1756),[...]
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[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

7:00 pm Genealogy Discussion Group
Genealogy Discussion Group
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Genealogy Discussion Group @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course has been CANCELLED.  This course is on Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2016. Description:  Have you ever tried doing family research in a cemetery? Do you want to ensure that all[...]
6:30 pm Designing Genealogy Posters
Designing Genealogy Posters
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Designing Genealogy Posters @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This evening course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch Members Network Description: In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how[...]
all-day Spadina’s Austin Family and the ...
Spadina’s Austin Family and the ...
Jun 3 all-day
Spadina's Austin Family and the Great War @ Spadina Museum | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
A FULL-DAY PROGRAM OFFERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OGS CONFERENCE 2016. Bus leaves the International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Road at 8:45 am. If it is more convenient for you to join the group at Spadina[...]

Other Events

all-day OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy o...
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy on the Cutting Edge @ 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, close to Pearson International Airport, Highway 401, and with good[...]

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 and purchase Dell computer products at special rates?