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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.

What’s new at Ancestry
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: Lesley Anderson  What’s new at Ancestry


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

B C 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 WW I Helmet

Ellen Maki:  Potters’ Wheels and Battlefields

Chris Aylott: Moments of Sidetracking between Brandsby, Wallaroo and Moose Jaw

Mary Newel: A Woman of Propertease

Dawn Kelly: Louis Hebert: Apothecary, Adventurer, Alpha Ancestor

I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: Paul Jones I‘m not a Jones, but what am I?

The story of researching two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy to identify the hitherto unknown fathers and my “true” surname. This account involves a 25-year research odyssey and uses family oral history (and misinformation), all the usual and some not-so-usual documents, the patient advice of the late Ryan Taylor, a remarkable but puzzling Y-DNA test, and the power of autosomal DNA testing and segment matching.