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


Toronto Branch monthly meetings are an opportunity to learn and to connect with fellow members. The format of meetings varies but there is always at least one main presentation by a guest speaker. Other offerings may include: short presentations by members about ‘great moments’ in their family history research, sessions where Branch expert researchers help solve members’ brick walls, other learning/sharing opportunities, ‘Discovery’ tables where items of interest to family historians are displayed or demonstrated, and ‘Rescue’ tables where donated gently-used publications are made available to other members.

Meetings are normally held the fourth Monday of the month at Lansing United Church, at the corner of Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road in Toronto  (west of Yonge just south of Sheppard). Official proceedings are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Since March 2020, Toronto Branch meetings have moved online as Zoom webinars. We anticipate that this option will continue—to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our members safe—and to accommodate the much larger audience of distant members and non-members who have become regular attendees.

The October 24, 2022 meeting, will be our first “hybrid” meeting. You may join us at Lansing United Church or online. Click here for details.

Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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In keeping with our November, last-meeting-of-the-year tradition, Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short, inspiring and frequently humorous presentations. We look forward to this meeting all year!

Here’s the lineup:

Janice Nickerson—Barking up the Wrong Tree
Debi Eatherly—My Great Grandfather, the Imposter, a.k.a. Joseph Eatherley
Margaret Kipp—Endogamy is Us
Patricia Blackstock—Digging Deep Into Family Research
Bev MacCulloch—The Irish Registry of Deeds
Debbie Hewitt—More about my Maternal Line: Beyond the Census and BMD certificates
Michael Nettleton—The Addams Family
Georgie Kennedy—Reunited, and it feels so good!

This will be a hybrid meeting. You are welcome to join us in person at Lansing United Church. Masks are encouraged. (We’ll know you are smiling.)

Or watch the presentation live online. Click here to register for the webinar and get your unique Zoom link.

Living in Interesting Times: Two Loyalist Families
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm
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Living in Interesting Times: Two Loyalist Families in York Township, Upper Canada
While building out his family tree, Rick Hill was surprised to discover a 3rd great-grandmother who could have boasted that three of her four grandparents were United Empire Loyalists—and she had a Loyalist great-grandfather, too! During the American Revolutionary War, these UEL ancestors—Henry Dennis, his son John, John’s wife Martha (née Brown), and Lawrence Johnson—all fled Pennsylvania. Three of the four made it out of the future USA, first to Nova Scotia, and ultimately to York Township and the Town of York in Upper Canada. Their stories include the Battle of St. Lucia, the Quaker religion, losing a husband at sea, founding a settlement that banned slave masters, shipbuilding in Kingston, ill-starred actions in the War of 1812, a house at the corner of King & Yonge, a Methodist bishop, and the first customer of a new burial ground.

Speaker: Born, raised and educated in Toronto, Rick Hill has lived in Brighton for over forty years. The births of his three sons during the 80s inspired him to begin mapping their family tree. The arrival of two granddaughters over the last decade, and the bandwidth offered by retirement, combined with the explosion of genealogical resources available online, all came together to prompt him to double down on this project. Besides being a member of the Quinte Branch of OGS, Rick is also a member of the Brighton Public Library Board, and a director of the Marie Dressler Foundation. He chairs the committee which presents the Foundation’s annual Vintage Film Festival in Port Hope.


From No Story to a Life Story—Breaking Down a Brick Wall.
When Carol started working on her family history she only knew her great grandmother’s name—and that turned out to be wrong! Carol will tell the story how, over a thirty-year time span, she managed to break down that brick wall and fill in her great grandmother’s life story.

Speaker: Carol Ufford is a retired librarian and has been researching her family history for over 30 years. Her family has deep roots in Ontario, and she loves to dig deeper and find the stories behind her ancestors’ names and dates. Carol is currently Chair of Toronto Branch.

If the weather cooperates, this will be a hybrid meeting. You are welcome to join us in person at Lansing United Church. Masks are encouraged. (We’ll know you are smiling.)

Or watch the presentation live online. Click here to register for your Zoom link.