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A Project Milestone

Students are back in class for another year… and we can’t think of a better time to announce that Toronto Branch has just reached a milestone in its project to index war memorials in the city’s schools!

The number of schools in our For King and Country database now stands at 100.

The latest additions are The Bishop Strachan School, Davisville Public School, Eastern High School of Commerce, George Syme School, Humbercrest Public School, Keele Street School (which just happens to be celebrating 100 years this month), Maurice Cody School, Roselands Public School, Victoria College, and York Memorial Collegiate Institute.

That’s 10 more schools… and 3,378 more names of students, former students and teachers who volunteered for active service in the World Wars and other conflicts. Our database now contains a total of more than 38,000 names, along with descriptions and transcriptions of memorials, photos and school histories, all fully searchable on-line.

Visit our For King and Country pages now to explore this growing collection – you never know who might turn up!

Memorial stone at Roselands Public School

Black granite memorial outside Roselands Public School, Toronto, names 15 “Roselanders” who died in World War II.
Photo ©Toronto Branch OGS

Call for Speakers – Pre-1867 Ontario

Toronto Branch is planning a day-long workshop on 11 April 2015 on Upper Canada and Canada West Research, and we’re looking for speakers who would like to take part.

Do you have expertise in pre-Confederation Ontario family history or local history research that you’d like to share? If so, we’d love to know about it. Potential speakers are invited to submit proposals for lectures on sources, research techniques or historical background that may be helpful to researchers. Sessions may be targeted at beginners or at more seasoned family historians. You’ll find a link to our detailed call for presentations on our Speakers and Instructors Wanted page.

Please note that the deadline to submit a proposal for this workshop is Saturday 15 November.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
26
Mon
7:30 pm A Personal Journey through Canad...
A Personal Journey through Canad...
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A Personal Journey through Canada's earliest mental health facilities @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Victoria Fenner. Victoria made a remarkable and surprising discovery while tracking down her family tree.  She discovered that her great great grandmother was a patient in three of Canada’s earliest asylums.  She is digging[...]
Feb
23
Mon
7:30 pm “Redcoated Ploughboys”, a histor...
“Redcoated Ploughboys”, a histor...
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
“Redcoated Ploughboys”, a history of the Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815 @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Richard Feltoe “Redcoated Ploughboys”, a history of the Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815 Richard will discuss the recruitment, training and active service of the regiment in the various battles that[...]
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[...]

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Courses starting & Workshops

Feb
21
Sat
9:30 am Publish Before You Perish
Publish Before You Perish
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
A HALF-DAY COURSE ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21 Registration will open in early December. This half-day course is intended for those who have already done a lot of family history research. It will outline the steps[...]
10:00 am Welcome to Our World: A Day with...
Welcome to Our World: A Day with...
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
A HALF-DAY FORUM ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21 FROM 10AM TO 3PM Registration will open in early December. This interactive forum is intended for people who are thinking of getting involved in genealogy or who are[...]
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 Registration will open in mid-December. Newspapers have always been a major, although under-used, source for family history, but it is only recently that so many[...]

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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
Join members of the Ontario Genealogical Society for the annual provincial conference. The 2015 theme is “Tracks through Time”. Details and registration will be available early in 2015.  
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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