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.
Speaker: Victoria Fenner.
Victoria made a remarkable and surprising discovery while tracking down her family tree. She discovered that her great great grandmother was a patient in three of Canada’s earliest asylums. She is digging through archives, old newspapers and writings between 1858 and 1901 to find out what life was like in these asylums, the people who lived there, the staff who took care of them, and how the politics and social life of the day affected the treatment of people with mental health challenges.
Victoria is a documentary producer and journalist who is working on a documentary about early mental health care in Ontario.
Mini-presentation: Donna Di Lello Writing Your Memoirs: it’s hard to do after you are dead
Speaker: Richard Feltoe “Redcoated Ploughboys”, a history of the Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, 1813-1815
Richard will discuss the recruitment, training and active service of the regiment in the various battles that took place during the war. He will also highlight some of the personalities from the regiment, many of whom had significant careers and contributed to the development of Ontario in later years.
Mini-presentation: Ken Godfrey War and Remembrance: Three Brothers in WW I
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
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!
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.
Speaker: James F.S. Thomson: Recent Developments in British and Irish Research
Mini-presentation: Patricia Blackstock 1837 Rebellion – York Region