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Tracks through Time

The Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2015 Conference is taking place at Georgian College in Barrie from May 29 to 31. This year’s theme is Tracks through Time—and whether you are tracking your ancestors by researching vital and census records, poring through old newspapers, visiting ancestral homesteads or comparing DNA results, chances are that this is an event you will not want to miss.

Over the course of three days, attendees will be able to choose from eight workshops and thirty-five sessions, stop in at familiar Conference features such as the Research Room, Ask an Expert and Wall of Ancestors, and check out new additions, such as “fast tracks”, short presentations offered exclusively by exhibitors in the Conference Marketplace. Toronto Branch members Jane E. MacNamara, Janice Nickerson, Guylaine Pétrin and James F.S. Thomson will be among the expert Conference speakers.OGS Conference 2015 logo

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register in person on the Conference weekend. See the Conference Registration page for available packages. If you are coming to Barrie, be sure to drop by the Toronto Branch table in Marketplace and find out what’s in store for Conference 2016!

If you can’t attend in person, you can tune in to select sessions from a distance. On Saturday morning, Conference organizers will be live-streaming a panel discussion, moderated by Thomas MacEntee, on “challenges, concerns and opportunities related to tracking our ancestors and leaving behind our own tracks”, followed by the Society’s Annual General Meeting. See the Conference schedule to find out how to connect to these live-streamed sessions and to review the full program.

May Meeting and AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Toronto Branch will take place on Monday 25 May 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), and will be immediately followed by our regular monthly Branch meeting.

Tombstones at St James CemeteryAs family historians, we are accustomed to seeking out and recording the dates when our ancestors died. But deaths produce many types of records—death registrations, obituaries, burials, cemetery records, tombstone inscriptions and more—each containing different information. And, as Branch member Susanna de Groot will tell us in our featured presentation at the May meeting, titled Dead and Buried, we can gain a much more complete and accurate picture of our ancestors’ lives if we make the effort to collect all death records available.

Both the AGM and the regular meeting will be live-streamed 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.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Sep
28
Mon
7:30 pm What’s new at Ancestry
What’s new at Ancestry
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Lesley Anderson  What’s new at Ancestry  
Oct
26
Mon
7:30 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Putting Your Family Tree Online:...
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Marian Press: Putting Your Family Tree Online: What Choice Should You Make? There are now many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find, well beyond what was available[...]
Nov
23
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research Douglas Hill: Finding A “Secret” Cousin Joan Beckley: Wearable Genealogy B C Holmes:  My Grandfather’s Research Was Too Large For the Shelf Stephen Low: Tracing in Both Directions[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
9
Wed
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Sep 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please send a request to courses@torontofamilyhistory.org with “Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition” in the Subject line. If any of[...]
Sep
18
Fri
3:00 pm Scottish Family History Lecture
Scottish Family History Lecture
Sep 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Scottish Family History Lecture @ North York Central Library, Room 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Lecture Title: Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis It is often the case in family history research that our ancestors’ lives were best documented when the chips were truly down. We may have[...]
Sep
19
Sat
9:00 am Irish Genealogy Workshop – Focus...
Irish Genealogy Workshop – Focus...
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:45 pm
This full day workshop is jointly sponsored by the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. If you have Irish ancestors who lived in the nine counties[...]
Sep
30
Wed
2:00 pm Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edition
Drop-In Ancestry.ca Library Edition
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This course is on 3 Wednesdays: September 30, October 28, and November 25, 2015.  No registration required.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto[...]

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Other Events

Aug
5
Wed
7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture
Toronto History Lecture
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm
Toronto History Lecture @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
JOIN US FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL TORONTO HISTORY LECTURE. Returned Men: Toronto’s Veterans in the Great War’s Aftermath Speaker: Jonathan Scotland During the four-year centenary of the First World War, we are encouraged to commemorate[...]
Jun
3
Fri
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[...]

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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?