Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to start planning for summer! And what better way to spend some of those lazy hazy days than at Genealogy Summer Camp…
Toronto Branch has been running this innovative program for almost two decades now and, over the years, we’ve welcomed more than 140 adult “campers” from England, right across Canada and many US states. We invite out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a full week of concentrated family history research under the guidance of local experts. Local residents are welcome too, and may choose to stay with the group or attend as “day-campers”.
This is an intensive week – the group is on the move every day, travelling to different libraries and archives – but we build in plenty of time for campers to do their own research. While the Summer Camp curriculum emphasizes sources for genealogists researching families who lived in what is now Toronto, anyone with ancestors anywhere in Ontario will find a wealth of material to explore in the city’s wonderful repositories.
This year’s Genealogy Summer Camp will run from Sunday 7 June to Friday 12 June 2015. Enrolment will be limited to allow for individual guidance and to accommodate the venues we will be visiting. The fee for the 2015 Summer Camp is $260, which includes about 7 hours of lectures and tutorials, about 25 hours of hands-on instruction, and all worksheets and handouts.
For full details of the program and how to register, visit our Genealogy Summer Camp webpages.
Each year, the first full week of April is designated as Archives Awareness Week in Ontario, and 2015 is no exception. Events are planned throughout the week of April 7 to 11 to celebrate our archival repositories and rich archival collections.
The Archives of Ontario will be offering free give-aways to new and long-term customers all week long, and will be hosting a full day of special activities on Thursday April 9th, including: an Ask-a-Conservator booth, where you can get free advice on storing and handling your family treasures; a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives; and presentations on collection development, digitization initiatives and archival resources and services. Among the other organizations taking part in the Thursday activities are the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections of York University Libraries, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, and the Archives Association of Ontario. In the evening, visitors will be able to take in a “film night” at the City of Toronto Archives* – a chance to view rarely-seen archival film footage from the collections of various Toronto archives. For further details, visit the Archives of Ontario website.
Archives staff will cap off Archives Awareness Week by participating in our own Toronto Branch workshop on Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors at North York Central Library on Saturday April 11th. If you haven’t yet signed up for this workshop, don’t delay – the early bird discount deadline is March 14th. Visit our workshop page to find out more about the program, speakers, and how to register.
*Please note: This is a new venue for the “film night”, which was originally scheduled to be held at York University’s Sound and Moving Image Library.