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Toronto Branch OGS

Welcome! We are the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, a not-for-profit organization of family historians with over 700 members in Toronto and worldwide. Toronto Branch is run by enthusiastic, engaged volunteers, with leadership from an elected Executive.

Some of our members have Toronto roots, others live in Toronto. We have ancestors around the world. We share a passion for family history and discovery. Some are very experienced in genealogy and others just beginning this fascinating pursuit. We welcome your participation, whatever your level of experience and wherever your family interests might lie. You are very likely to find someone with common interests.

Here are a handful of key objectives:

  • Education in genealogical techniques and record sources, through courses and workshops
  • Making Toronto and area records of genealogical and historical interest accessible
  • Stimulation through monthly meeting presentations from accomplished speakers
  • Mutual support for member research interests, including Special Interest Groups

How we are run:

The Toronto Branch operates independently of its parent organization, the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), in its recurring activities, subject to OGS guidelines. We draw on OGS for administrative support. OGS is a publicly registered charity and must meet government regulatory guidelines and our Branch charter reflects duties required of us in support of OGS compliance.

Executives are elected by Toronto Branch members at each annual general meeting (AGM). Executive members normally serve a two-year term, staggered in annual expiry date in order to facilitate continuity in management. The Executive presents a short report of its activities at each AGM, including its unaudited financial statements.

Executive Members to May 2014:

Chair: Greg Marlatt

Vice Chair: Susan Fisher

Past Chair: Diana Thomson (unelected appointment)

Treasurer: Bob Murphy

Recording Secretary: Gwyneth Pearce

Members at Large: Mike Fisher, Jean McNulty, and Barry Spinner