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Fall 2016 Courses

Get set for a busy autumn season of learning at Toronto Branch!

On Wednesday afternoons in September and October 2016, we will be presenting a three-session course by Carol Nichols, titled Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition. Join Carol for practical instruction on how to use one of the largest commercial databases of Canadian and international records to build your family tree.

If you’re ready to put your research skills into practice with expert guidance, consider joining Jane E. MacNamara for Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records, a three-session course at the Archives of Ontario on Thursday afternoons in October. Learn how to navigate the Archives’ collections to document the acquisition of land in Upper Canada.

Are you intrigued by the possibility of confirming and expanding your family tree through DNA testing? If so, consider signing up for our three-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy with instructor Linda Reid on Wednesday evenings also in October.

People who are just starting out or are interested in upgrading their basic research skills will want to register for our eight-week course on Wednesday afternoons from mid-October to early December on Basic Genealogy and Family History. Instructor Jane E. MacNamara will cover terminology, types of sources, the use of on-line resources as well as libraries and archives, and sound record-keeping practices.

We are now accepting registrations for all of the above courses. Visit our Learn with Toronto Branch pages for program details and to sign up online.

June Meeting

Our June 2016 Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 27 June starting at 7:30 pm at our new location—Eglinton St George’s United Church at 35 Lytton Blvd in North Toronto.

Jane - St. Bartholomew the GreatPlease join us for a fascinating case history presentation. Our featured speaker Jane E. MacNamara will guide us through many early English records—from manorial records and parish registers in Yorkshire, to an ancient church in Smithfield, to manors in rural Essex, and to intriguing records of inheritance in all locations—as we follow The Search for Alban Leaf.

During the mid-meeting break, take a few moments to drop by our information tables and find out about new Branch educational activities and volunteer opportunities… and mingle with other members and guests. We’ll conclude with a short presentation by Branch member Stephen Low titled The Ladies of Loughborough.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit our new venue, Eglinton St George’s, it is located a block west of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues—a short bus-ride or a reasonable walking distance from either the Eglinton or Lawrence subway station. If you’re driving, there is some local street parking and there are also three “Green P” parking lots close by.

This will be our last Branch meeting until September. To find out what’s in store in the fall, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.

Please note: Due to unforeseeable circumstances, this meeting will not be live-streamed as planned.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
23
Mon
7:30 pm County Maps Project
County Maps Project
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
County Maps Project @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
The Ontario Historical County Maps Project Speakers: Joan Winearls & Marcel Fortin This talk will describe a major new mapping and indexing project of the names of landowners on the county maps of Ontario issued[...]
Feb
27
Mon
7:30 pm 19th Century English Gardeners, ...
19th Century English Gardeners, ...
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
19th Century English Gardeners, Horticulturalists, & Nurserymen @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Ellen Maki Today many of us think of gardening as a pleasurable pastime, but in the nineteenth century it was a profession in which many men and women were employed. While researching her family,[...]
Mar
27
Mon
7:30 pm What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
What Lies Beneath @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Sherilyn L. Bell, BSc UE This lecture will provide an overview of a genealogy covering the early 1900s.  The subjects are not relatives of the speaker.  What started as a brief distraction from regular[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Jan
17
Tue
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Jan 17 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Tuesdays:[...]
Jan
19
Thu
2:00 pm TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
TRL Genealogy Collection Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. This course is now full.  Please contact[...]
Jan
26
Thu
5:00 pm Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Hands-on Records of Inheritance
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-on Records of Inheritance @ Archives of Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is jointly sponsored by the Archives of Ontario and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. The course will be on three Thursdays: January 26, February 2, & 9, 2017 Registration is required.  Registration[...]
Feb
23
Thu
2:00 pm TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
TRL Special Collections Centre Tour @ Toronto Reference Library, 5th Floor | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This tour is jointly sponsored by the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre at the Toronto Reference Library, the Toronto Public Library, and the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.         This course[...]

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?