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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.

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

Sheelagh Hysenaj: It all started with My Great Uncle’s WW1 Helmet