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Season’s Greetings from Toronto Branch!

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our supporters a holiday season filled with good cheer… and perhaps a few free moments for family history research. May your ancestors finally manage to track you down in the New Year!

Toronto Branch has exciting plans for 2014 – some brand-new courses along with tried and true favourites, workshops you won’t want to miss, and a lineup of fascinating speakers at our monthly meetings. We’re working on some new projects and member benefits and we look forward to sharing more of our news with you in the months ahead. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, now’s the time!

And if you’re still trying to come up with New Year’s resolutions… what about resolving to spend a few hours of your time to help preserve precious Toronto records and make them available to family history researchers everywhere? There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer with Toronto Branch year-round – just drop us a line and we’ll match you up with a job that suits your skills, interests and schedule.

Best wishes to you and yours from Toronto Branch!

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Jun
27
Mon
7:30 pm The Search for Alban Leaf
The Search for Alban Leaf
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Search for Alban Leaf @ Eglinton St George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Speaker: Jane MacNamara: The Search for Alban Leaf This presentation demonstrates the use of many English record types—in a period well before census and civil registration. The search for the subject of this case history, Londoner Alban Leaf (1681-1756),[...]
Sep
26
Mon
7:30 pm I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Speaker: Paul Jones I‘m not a Jones, but what am I? The story of researching two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy to identify the hitherto unknown fathers and my “true” surname. This account involves a 25-year[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

Sep
21
Wed
2:00 pm Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edi...
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-On Ancestry.ca Library Edition Fall 2016 @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is on three Wednesdays, September 21, 28 and October 5, 2016.  It is jointly sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society[...]
Oct
12
Wed
6:15 pm Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Oct 12 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course will be on three Wednesdays: October 12, 19, and 26, 2016 Description: There will be a brief overview of the different types of DNA tests available to genealogists (autosomal, Y-chromosome and mitochondrial) and[...]
Oct
19
Wed
2:00 pm Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Basic Genealogy and Family Histo...
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Basic Genealogy and Family History Fall 2016 @ Eglinton St. George's United Church, South Studio | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This day-time course is on 8 Wednesdays: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and December 7 The course is designed for those just beginning to research or looking to upgrade basic research skills.[...]
Oct
25
Tue
6:15 pm Putting Your Family Tree Online
Putting Your Family Tree Online
Oct 25 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Putting Your Family Tree Online @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This course is on three Tuesdays: October 25, November 1 and 8, 2016 Description: There are many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find and for them to respond[...]

Other Events

Aug
3
Wed
7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture
Toronto History Lecture
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm
Toronto History Lecture @ City of Toronto Archives | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
JOIN US FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL TORONTO HISTORY LECTURE. The Chinese in Toronto: The way we were… Speaker: Arlene Chan The arrival of Chinese and the development of Chinatown in Toronto owe their modest beginnings[...]

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?