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: Jane MacNamara
The Archives of Ontario is a rich source for family history. You can find records of birth, marriage, death, and divorce, land records, and estate files, but that’s just scratching the surface. There is only a handful of records that are indexed by name online. The rest must be found using online and on-site finding aids. This presentation will help you understand how archival records are organized and “described” and demonstrate how you can get the most from the AO’s Archive Descriptive Database. There will be “insider” tips for both new and seasoned researchers–and many techniques will be applicable to any modern archives.
Mini-presentation: Irena Lewycka and Dawn Connolly: Self-Publish your Family History or Memoirs at the Toronto Reference Library using Asquith Press Book Printing Service
Learn about Toronto Reference Library’s new book printing service that lets you design and print bookstore quality paperback books.
Self-publish your own family history, memoir, cookbook, novel or journal (colour cover and black & white pages) at the library with Asquith Press.
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research
Donna Di Lello : My Cousins Lynn
Sue Reid : Hide-and-Go Seek with Great-Great-Granny
C. Michael Schmitz : A Search for Truth, Family and Identity: My ultimate Why!
Greg Marlatt : Where is my Y-Chromosome Taking Me? – Fact to Fantasy
Marian Press : Did my 3X Great-Aunt Really Run Away With Her Music Teacher?
Cathy McNamara : I think he’s mine, I think he’s mine…but how do I know for sure?
Paul Jones : Oy vey iz mir: One Anglo’s adventure in Jewish research
Don Hall : Good Golly Miss Molly…where did you come from?
Jean McNulty : Searching for the Upton Family
Linda Reid : The Irish Landed Gentry and Me: Fun with DNA
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: To be announced
Mini-presentation: Sue de Groot Marriage on the Canals of Amsterdam
Speaker: Bonnie Bell
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Mini-presentation: To be announced
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
Mini-presentation: Patricia Blackstock 1837 Rebellion – York Region