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Toronto Branch monthly meetings are an opportunity to learn and to meet with fellow members. Most meetings have an hour-long presentation as well as a 10-minute presentation from one of our members.

Breaking the Silence
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Breaking the Silence @ Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Speaker: Sandra Joyce

Over 118,000 British children were sent to Canada from 1869 to 1939 to work as indentured farm workers and domestics in individual farms or households.  Some suffered horrifically in their placements, others did well. One in ten Canadians are descendants of these children and most are unaware of this huge part of Canadian history.

Sandra is the author of The Street Arab: The Story of a British Home Child and Belonging and is Executive Director, Canada for the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association

Mini-presentation: Sue de Groot: Love & Marriage in Amsterdam

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Imaging the women of my family
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: Bonnie Bell

This presentation is one’s women personal project to inspire members of her family to become interested in the history of their female ancestors.   Using photographs, personal documents, and family stories and memorabilia, from England, Scotland, and Canada, along with my own vision, I set out to capture, in brief 2-3 page summaries, the essential character of each of the women who define me.  This talk will combine a look at these “snapshots” with a consideration of the roles that selection, bias/colouring, family stories and memory play in the ways in which we present our family histories to our relatives and the larger world.

Mini-presentation: Elayne Lockhart How DNA broke through my Irish brick wall and took me back 3 generations – in England!

Dead and Buried
May 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: Sue de Groot

Deaths produce many records—death registration, obituary, burial, cemetery, tombstone records, etc.
This presentation demonstrates why to collect all records and what information they hold.


Recent Developments in British and Irish Research
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: James F.S. Thomson: Recent Developments in British and Irish Research


Mini-presentation: Patricia Blackstock 1837 Rebellion – York Region

On-Line Family Trees
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: Marian Press: On-Line Family Trees