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Call for Speakers – Genetic Genealogy

Has DNA testing become an integral part of your genealogy research? Do you have particular testing strategies, techniques for analysing results, or case experiences that you would like to share with other family historians?

DNAToronto Branch is planning a day-long workshop on 6 June 2015 at the North York Central Library on Genetic Genealogy, and we’re looking for speakers who would like to take part. Sessions may be targeted at beginners or at more seasoned family historians.

We’re also seeking feedback from people who would be interested in attending this workshop – are there specific topics you would like us to address?

You’ll find a link to our detailed call for presentations and information on how to give us your suggestions on our Speakers and Instructors Wanted page.

Please note that the deadline to submit a proposal for this workshop is Saturday 17 January 2015.

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.

Toronto Branch Meetings

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[...]
May
25
Mon
7:30 pm Dead and Buried
Dead and Buried
May 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Sue de Groot Deaths produce many records—death registration, obituary, burial, cemetery, tombstone records, etc.This presentation demonstrates why to collect all records and what information they hold.  

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Courses starting & Workshops

Mar
4
Wed
6:15 pm Using Digital Newspapers for Gen...
Using Digital Newspapers for Gen...
Mar 4 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON WEDNESDAYS MARCH 4, 11 and 18 This course is now full. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please send an e-mail message to courses@torontofamilyhistory.org to make that[...]
Mar
28
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Introduction to Genealogy and Fa...
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY MARCH 28 FROM 10AM TO 3PM INCLUDING A 1-HOUR LUNCH BREAK To register, click on the green “Tickets” button above. This fast-paced course introduces some of the types of records[...]
Mar
31
Tue
4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
Mar 31 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON TUESDAYS MARCH 31, APRIL 7 AND APRIL 14 This course is offered in partnership with the Archives of Ontario. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived[...]

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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
  The Ontario Genealogical Society is hosting its 2015 Conference, Tracks through Time, at Georgian College in beautiful Barrie, Ontario from May 29 to 31, 2015. Over the course of three days, there will be[...]
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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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 and purchase Dell computer products at special rates?