Monthly Toronto Branch meetings resume this month after our summer break! The September 2014 meeting of Toronto Branch will take place on Monday 22 September starting at 7:30 in the evening at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York subway station).
Our featured speaker, Guylaine Pétrin, will tell us how she drew on both public records and oral history to piece together the story of a strong and remarkable woman who faced upheaval and hardship because of the actions of the men in her life, but went on to re-invent herself and fight two governments along the way. The title of Guylaine’s talk is “The Widow Cathy Brown: Proving a Family Story”.
During our mid-meeting break, take the opportunity to drop by our information tables and find out about our other Branch activities, or mingle and catch up with fellow family history enthusiasts. We’ll close out the evening with a short presentation by Branch member Pat Javor on “A Smuggler, a Shipwreck and Mrs. Heron”.
Hope to see you there! If you’re planning ahead and would like to find out what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.
The Industrial Revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries transformed the world and dramatically changed the lives of our ancestors in many ways. On Saturday 1 November, we’ll explore the social, economic and cultural impacts of industrialization on the people and cities of England in a full-day workshop titled Industrial England. Author and professional genealogist Kirsty Gray, a founding member and Chair of the Society for One-Place Studies, and Director of English Studies with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, will be our keynote speaker for this event. Kirsty and six other expert genealogists and social historians will team up to present a day of learning and discovery that you won’t want to miss.
Iron and Coal by William Bell Scott,1855-60
The day will feature plenary lectures on the broader global context of industrialization, the raw materials of industry and industrial power, and the physical legacies of the industrial age. Attendees will also be able to choose from concurrent morning lectures on literacy and education, food production, and the cotton industry, and from concurrent afternoon lectures on the changes that took place in three major English industrial centres — Birmingham, London and Sheffield.
Industrial England workshop is co-sponsored by Toronto Branch and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library, and will be held in the Library’s Auditorium.
Early-bird rates apply until 18 September and members of the Ontario Genealogical Society enjoy a further discount on the workshop fee. For additional details and to register on-line, click here. Be sure to sign up early to ensure a spot!