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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. Meetings are normally held the fourth Monday of the month in the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall,  5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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

 This presentation offers an overview of some exciting recently-released resources for British and Irish research. In addition to resources of direct and substantial genealogical interest, several intriguing local history and other resources will be mentioned.

 Mini-presentation: Patricia Blackstock 1837 Rebellion – York Region

Putting Your Family Tree Online: What Choice Should You Make?
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: Marian Press: Putting Your Family Tree Online: What Choice Should You Make?

There are now many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find, well beyond what was available in the early years of the web. This talk will cover the various options available for family historians to choose from: the use of major genealogy sites like or Ancestry; wiki sites, such as WikiTree; blogs; or building your own web site. The simpler and free options will be emphasized. There will also be discussion of what will happen to your family information online when you die and the planning you should do for this eventuality.

Mini-presentation: Cathy McNamara: Sort, Scan, Share, Solve and Scrapbook Your Old Photos

Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research

Douglas Hill: Finding A “Secret” Cousin

Joan Beckley: Wearable Genealogy

BC Holmes:  My Grandfather’s Research Was Too Large For the Shelf

Stephen Low: Tracing in Both Directions