An organization of family historians, some with Toronto roots, others who live in Toronto, we have ancestors around the world.

Toronto Branch

Welcome! We are the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, a not-for-profit organization of family historians founded in 1967, with over 500 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, subject to the guidelines of its parent organization, the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) which also uses the brand Ontario Ancestors. Toronto Branch has its own charter and policies and procedures. 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.

The Branch is governed by an Executive Committee, which consists of officers and members-at-large. Executive Committee members are elected by Branch members at each annual general meeting (AGM) for a term of one year, with the possibility of re-election. The Executive presents a short report of its activities at each AGM, including its unaudited financial statements.

To access the Toronto Branch charter, click on the link below:
Toronto Branch, OGS Charter (PDF file)

Executive Members to May 2023:

Chair: Carol Ufford

Vice Chair: Dawn Kelly

Treasurer: Valerie O’Brien

Secretary: Heather Somers

Member at Large: Michael Nettleton

Member at Large: Melanie Parker

Member at Large: Marian Press

Member at Large: Diana Thomson